6 day moderate fastwater lodge based trip meeting at Monteverde Costa
Rica and disbanding in San Jose:
This trip is currently on hiatus, but is available as a FIT Custom Departure
Day by Day Itinerary
Monteverde Mountain Alive
Discover the meaning
of the Costa Rican phrase "
pura vida"-the pure life- with us.
the essence of Costa Rica
Rica is an active travelers ideal destination. With vibrant mountain
rivers and verdant
forest trails the Monteverde and Arenal region combine to offer the
perfect setting for our newest trip. We ramble through cloud forests
rich with flora and fauna and paddle crystal sparkling rivers with an
active volcano as a back drop.
After meeting in San Jose we begin our journey to the Monteverde Cloud
Forest. Monteverde started as a Quaker community founded by peaceful
people who wanted to live in a quiet and friendly environment. The village
of Monteverde is nestled on the slopes below the cloud forest where
families raise dairy cattle, famous for their delicious cheese.
The mist shrouded privately owned Reserve is home to many varieties
of brilliant colored birds, including numerous varieties of hummingbirds,
parrots, toucans and the elusive and rare Resplendent Quetzal. Early
Mayans believed the quetzal to be the "bird of life" and a
symbol of freedom since it was believed that the bird would not live
We spend several days here, as there is much to see and do. Along with
the Monteverde Reserve there are several smaller reserves that in themselves
offer wonderful walking, hiking and exploring choices. Afternoons can
be spent enjoying the local butterfly gardens where brightly colored
mariposas dance among us, or visiting the small art galleries, artist
co-ops and local coffee growers.
We leave Monteverde and head overland to the village of Fortuna and
the stunning Arenal Volcano. Looming over the village of Fortuna the
volcano is a constant reminder of nature's power and grace. We have
a variety of river choices including the Rio Fortuna, Rio Penas Blancas
and the Rio Arenal. All are quick and lively with verdant vegetation
blanketing their banks. These waterways are a haven for a collection
of birds including Northern Jacana, Little Blue Heron and Fly Catchers.
We paddled at a leisurely pace allowing us to soak in all that surrounds
Ramble choices continue to abound here as well. Lava flows around the
volcano provide wonderful areas
to discover and take in the views of Lake Arenal. We may choose a walk
to the Fortuna waterfalls, a pleasant walk through rich pasture land
leads us to the edge of the forest and the cascading falls.
At days end we enjoy a trip to the Tabacon Hot Springs. The Rio Tabacon
is heated naturally by the near by volcano and is the perfect spot to
enjoy the sunset and reflect on a great day.
All to quickly our adventure ends. It is now time to leave the lowlands
and return to San Jose and our final farewells.
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