Day 1: Arrive at SJO Airport in Alajuela by 2-3pm. Travel in tourismo vans from airport to Cuerici Research Station in the Talamancas (Los Cerros de Los Muertos). Arrive around 6:30pm and eat dinner and get settled in for the night. It is chilly here, especially in the evenings (as low as ~10C), so bring a light jacket or sweater. If people want to buy a nice woven hammock then get your drivers to stop at ‘Jacks’ or other store along the highway either today or on the 29th.
Day 2: Explore local cloud forests, Excellent birdwatching (hope to see the rare resplendent quetzal), tour the Permaculture trout farm operation, and other tropical high elevation sights at and around the research station. There are hot showers at this research station. Tour of Paramo bioregion can be arranged according to desires of instructors.
Day 3: Eat breakfast at Cuerici and then depart for Uvita. A brief stop in San Isidro del General reveals this bustling modern city. Drive to coastal town of Uvita and eat lunch at local soda. Arrive to Finca Carolina by 2 pm to get oriented, settled in, and eat a delicious dinner.
Day 4: Breakfast at 7am followed by a guided tour of organic gardens, orchards and hiking trails through primary and secondary growth rainforest. This is an excellent opportunity to observe local flora and fauna. After lunch, instructors may choose between activities such as waterfall hikes, scenic ridge hikes with dramatic vistas over the Pacific Ocean, or activities with local farmers/campesinos. Dinner at Finca Carolina at 6pm.
Day 5: Breakfast at 7am at Finca Carolina. Hike down ‘La Union’ to Rest. Marino Ballena at 8am. Drivers will take group to La Cusinga Ecolodge from Rest. Marino Ballena at 9am. Visit old growth forests and secluded beaches of La Cusinga. Lunch at La Cusinga. Depart La Cusinga at 3pm and stop in the town of Uvita for students to do some shopping, make phone calls, and use the internet at local high speed inernet cafes. Return to Finca Carolina at 5 pm and eat dinner at 6 pm.
Day 6: Breakfast at Finca Carolina at 7am. Pack up bags and depart for Alajuela at 10am. Eat lunch at Chisperitos #2 along highway in the Cerros de Los Muertos (make sure driver stops at Chisperitos #2, on righthand side of hwy). Arrive in Alajuela in afternoon and stay in Hotel La Guaria. The hotel is located near the central park and shopping is readily available. The hotel also has a nice swimming pool. Eat dinner at restaurant of your choice in Alajuela.
Day 7: Continental breakfast at Hotel La Guaria. Use internet, shop, or relax until you catch your own cab to the airport (~$4/person). Plan to arrive at the airport 2 hours prior to departure. Each person must pay a $26 departure tax before check-in. ‘QUE LE VAYA BIEN!’
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