Love Your Wildlife Tour to Costa Rica
Jan 5-10, 2018
Join animal conservationist and Host of ABC’s Emmy-nominated The Wildlife Docs, Rachel Reenstra, as she leads you on this marvelous, fun-filled, and educational tour of the wonders of Costa Rica! Activities will include animal conservation, a catamaran cruise, white-water rafting, optional zip-lining & horseback riding, and touring some of the most delightful areas of this amazing country. Learn about the importance of preservation and get up close and personal with nature on this interactive and hands-on fully guided experience. You’ll have the time of your life with Rachel - think summer camp + learning + FUN!
This is not a typical vacation-this is a life changing adventure. Sign up if you want the experience of a lifetime.
Day 1 - Jan 5, 2018
Meet and greet at the airport. Your flight can arrive any time, and we can help you make all the arrangements! We will have a group transfer to Arenal at 3:30PM. If you are unable to make it in time, we can add a pre-night package so you can come in the day before. Please allow us to help you with your flight if you have any questions or want help booking.
We will stop on the way to Arenal Volcano for a break, and refreshments including a local cup of Costa Rican coffee, and a view of the Coffee Plantations.
After seeing the volcano, we will check in to our hotel, the Arenal Manoa Resort, which is family owned and operated. They feature an organic dairy farm on site, and there’s lots to see and enjoy, including mineral hot spring pools right at the hotel! This evening, enjoy our Welcome dinner, which will feature lots of veggies and healthy food. Rachel herself will help set our individual and group intentions for our experience, and our Costa Rican guide will tell us about the area and local wildlife.
Get a great night’s sleep because tomorrow is going to be so much fun!
After an early breakfast, we are going on a White Water & Dark Chocolate Tour!
First, we will start with white water rafting in level 1-2 rapids, which will be fun but not scary, even if you’ve never gone before. You don’t even need to know how to swim! After a healthy and local lunch, we will enjoy a Chocolate Experience, touring a chocolate plantation, and seeing every aspect of how you go from the cacao trees to finished chocolate, and of course you can buy local chocolate!
After a late afternoon relaxing at the resort, we will have dinner at a local family-owned and operated farm, including typical Costa Rican food treats and a tortilla-making lesson. After dinner, we enjoy a night walk to spot evening animals, such as foxes, frogs, and anteaters. Then Rachel will lead us in a musical adventure, accompanied by her guitar and her open heart. It’s all part of the transformational experience of this amazing trip!
Have an early breakfast, then we will transfer to the Central Pacific area in our air-conditioned coach. Relax and snooze for the ride, until we stop at the Tarcoles River. Here you’re going to want to wake up to see the giant crocodiles!
We lunch by the Tarcoles River at Nosavar, where we will listen to a short educational talk on crocodiles and the local ecosystem.
After lunch we will drive to Kids Saving the Rain Forest, a special conservation project started by two kids! This place is really near and dear to Rachel’s heart, so we are getting to see and share something truly special to her! We will visit and volunteer for three hours this afternoon, doing whatever is needed on site.
Late that afternoon, we arrive in Manuel Antonio and check into the Hotel Parador, our home for the next three nights. Located near the Manuel Antonio National Park and Beach, this delightful oceanfront property will have you gasping at the gorgeous views.
One of Costa Rica’s most prestigious eco-hotels, Parador is the epitome of “responsible luxury.” The resort is located on the Punta Quepos promontory in Costa Rica, surrounded by 12 acres of wildlife-rich tropical rainforest with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and Manuel Antonio.
This evening, enjoy the resort and four ocean-view on-site restaurants, or grab a taxi to the beach area for local dining.
This morning, you are on your own. After a leisurely breakfast, you can choose either to Enjoy a Canopy Safari Zip Line ride - optional ($86/guest) or maybe try horseback riding on the beach or just grab some sun.
At noon, we will transfer to Damas Island area by coach, and then get out to the island on a Jungle Cruiser boat. We will lunch on Damas Island, enjoying the black, red, white mangroves, and the local wildlife - anteaters, 3 types of monkeys, bats, snakes. This is a place where sea and fresh water mix, so our kayak ride there and back will be smooth and easy, and as the locals say, “tranquilo!”
This evening, enjoy dinner on your own: walk to one of the wonderful local restaurants or enjoy some evening shopping.
After a very early breakfast, we will travel to the Manuel Antonio National Park for Volunteering at the Titi Conservation Alliance. Habitat encroachment from growth and tourism has caused the population of Titi Squirrel Monkeys to decrease alarmingly. This is your chance to learn about it and help reverse the effects of man on nature.
Late in the morning, we will travel to the Butterfly pavilion sanctuary for a visit.
This afternoon, have lunch on your own, then enjoy the Beach or relax until…
Late this afternoon, we will have a private Catamaran Cruise and our Farewell Dinner aboard! Local “typico” food will feature fish, ceviche, chicken, and lots of fresh veggies. Back at the hotel, Rachel will gather us on the beach for another songfest and a closing circle, deepening the intentions we set at the beginning of the tour and making our deliberate choices for change upon our return home.
Overnight at our hotel.
After an early breakfast, we will leave for our journey to SJO Airport. We take home wonderful memories and plans, knowing that our time in Costa Rica has changed our perspective on nature and our place in the world.
(Itinerary subject to change due to reasons beyond our control)
Rachel is a passionate animal conservationist, personal empowerment coach, comedian and 3-time Emmy nominated national TV host - she was featured on the news show 20/20 for making her dreams come true and now part of that dream includes taking people on adventures - empowering you both to get educated and close to animals, and to come back from the trip with the tools to create anything you want in your life.