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  1. 1 San Jose - Pacuare
    Early morning pick-up from a central location in San Jose by a Costa Rica Nature Adventures representative. Transportation service (approximately 2½ hours) to our Pacuare River put-in including a typical Costa Rican breakfast in route. Get picked up by 4x4 and transferred to the lodge. After lunch participate an optional canopy tour (not included in package price) or waterfall hike, or simply relax in your private bungalow or suite. After candlelight dinner visit our upstairs lounge for a cocktail or refreshment before retiring to a restful night’s sleep.
    2-3 Pacuare Lodge
    Wake up to bird song and the soothing sound of the river nearby. Then head over to the main lodge for a delicious breakfast of home-made bread, tropical fruits, yoghurt, eggs, pancakes, cereal and juice and coffee. The lodge employs a resident naturalist guide who will provide you with unique insights into the plant and animal world. Choose from exciting optional tours that include guided hikes through an emerald rainforest, the Cabecar Indian Hike - where visitors may participate in a cultural exchange, our Adventure Canopy Tour – where visitors glide amid a tropical rainforest canopy or a therapeutic massage. The next 2 days are free for you to choose the activities you wish. INFLATABLE DUCKIES TOUR After breakfast, cross the river in a cable basket and board a 4x4 vehicle for the drive to the Pacuare River. An experienced river guide will teach you how to paddle duckies and provide detailed safety information, ensuring that you are comfortable and capable of manoeuvring the kayak before you begin paddling downriver. You’ll then begin a nine-mile trip down that scenic waterway at a leisurely pace that allows you to admire the surrounding nature and paddle through small, but exhilarating rapids. There will be a stop en route for a snack and a short hike, for a closer look at the rainforest’s flora and fauna. You’ll be back at the Pacuare Lodge in time for lunch. TROPICAL CANYONING TOUR This tour lets you experience the adventure sport of canyoning, or canyoneering, which combines hiking, climbing and rappelling. The adventure includes a hike through the rainforest and exploration of El Tesorito Creek Canyon, where you’ll make several short rappels perfect for learning the technique before an exhilarating rappel down a 30-meter (90-foot) rock wall. The tour can be done just after breakfast, or lunch, and it begins with safety training and instruction in using the equipment. You’ll hike for about 15 minutes through the rainforest from the main lodge to a point where you begin your descent into the narrow canyon of El Tesorito Creek. The canyon exploration provides a great introduction to rappelling, since it includes six short rappels of between 2 and 20 meters (6-65 feet) that will prepare you for a final rappel of more than 30 metres (90 feet). After that, you’ll continue hiking through the creek and the forest back to the lodge. DAY BREAK ACTIVITY TOUR After a cup of steaming coffee we begin a short session of stretching and relaxation exercises designed to aid us in our exploration of the grounds surrounding the lodge. Our naturalist guide will lead you from the Pacuare Lodge along a series of sites from which you can observe buzzing hummingbirds, dancing butterflies and exquisite tropical flowers. The guide will point out delicate bromeliads, like the lovely “sexy lady”, and answer questions about the wide variety of native ferns, lichens and orchids. See Mother Nature at her best as you spot the many birds and other wildlife that are indigenous to the area. Look and listen carefully for the Montezuma Oropendula, which nests far above in the towering trees. The area around the lodge is home to an extraordinary number of exotic bird species including a variety of colourful toucans. The tour lasts about an hour and a half, after which we will return to the lodge for a hot delicious breakfast. SWEDISH MASSAGE Experience the energy of a tropical paradise with this relaxing, soothing, and rhythmic massage and reflexology. Performed in the privacy of your luxury bungalow, our therapeutic rainforest massage offers you a blissfully relaxing spa escape with treatments for the whole body. Other options such as hot stone massage and facials are also available. PLANT A TREE The OWE “Plant a tree program” was begun in honour of Lonnie Dupre and Eric Larsen, two renowned Polar explorers who completed the first ever trek to the North Pole in summer. Their goal was to create international awareness about the dangers of global warming as well as to collect scientific data to measure the effects of global warming in the Arctic. A few months after successfully completing their historic journey, Lonnie and Eric visited the Pacuare Lodge to offer a presentation detailing their gruelling expedition. On December 6th 2006, the day after their presentation, Lonnie and Eric planted a Mahogany seedling, thereby initiating this fund. The cost per tree is US$14 which will be donated to the “Bajo del Tigre” elementary school located a 45 minute horseback ride away. Donations will be used to purchase materials, help with maintenance, and to educate the children about how they can protect the environment. Participants will take part in a tree planting event and your tree will include a small plaque with your name and date of the planting To participate in the The One World Expedition “Plant a tree program”, make sure to inform one of our reservation agents at the time of your booking. CABECAR INDIANS HIKE The Talamanca Mountains are host to the Cabecar Indians, the largest indigenous group in Costa Rica, and one that retains many of its traditional customs and beliefs. From the Pacuare Lodge it is possible to visit an isolated family group to learn about their way of life, as well as enjoying the alluring tropical rainforest. The experience to walk to these families is a challenge due to the difficult conditions of the trails; nevertheless the trail offers a wonderful opportunity to discover many secrets of the forest, interact with the ecosystem, and hike the same trails the Cabecar Indians have for centuries. Sometimes there is the possibility to talk with the Shaman or medicine man, which is still a more enriching experience. After briefly visiting with a Cabecar family, we will begin our trek back down to the lodge. As an indigenous people with little contact with the outside world, the Cabecar can sometimes be shy and reclusive; this will influence the amount of time and contact visitors will have with the Shaman. We urge our guests to request permission from our guide before taking photographs of any Cabecar people. The Cabecar do not like to be photographed, and we strongly respect this wish. A percentage of the tour cost goes directly to the Cabecar family and will be invested in sustainable projects with this community. The tour takes 4-5 hours and is quite physically demanding.
    4 San Jose
    In the morning depart by 4x4, before being transferred by private minibus to San Jose. Arrive back between 5:30-6:30pm.
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  3. Day 1, Havana
    Sunday. Upon arrival at Havana Airport you'll be met and transferred to our joining hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to independently explore this city seemingly stuck in time, in every corner are historical influences from the Spanish conquest and the African slave trade, to the bustling and lavish vacation paradise for wealthy North Americans in the 1950’s.
    No meals included.
    Day 2-3, Vinales
    Havana - Vinales. Leaving the bustle of Havana behind, we pass through the scenic countryside en route to Vinales. This delightful town is nestled in the striking Sierra de los Organos Mountains. On arrival, we’ll check into our home-stays and meet our friendly host families.

    Later we take a walk through tobacco fields where the finest tobacco in the world is grown. There’s also a chance to visit a local farmer and see how they roll a true “campesino” cigar. This evening we’ll have the option to dine at the homestay and listen to some live local Cuban music and trying out some salsa steps.

    On day 3 we travel to Pinar del Rio (or Concelacion) where depending on the opening hours and time available you may get the chance to visit a Guayabita factory to see where the local liquor is made. The afternoon is free - enjoy optional activities such as horse riding or cave tours, or just relaxing by the pool for the less active.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 4, Soroa
    Vinales - Soroa. We leave the charms of Viñales and stay overnight in Soroa where there are nearby short hikes to waterfalls, look-out points and an orchid garden for you to explore. For those less energetic there is plenty of free time to relax.
    No meals included.
    Day 5-6, Jibacoa
    Soroa - Jibacoa. On day 5, we will travel by bus from Soroa to Las Terrazas, Cuba's first sustainable rural community and biosphere reserve. Here we will take a guided tour of an antique 19th century French coffee plantation and learn about the old coffee trade in Cuba and the slaves' role in the coffee harvest. In the afternoon we travel onwards to Jibacoa, where we'll have two free days to take in the sun and relax to our heart's content staying in an all-inclusive hotel. If that's not enough, why not have a soothing massage right on the beach.
    2 breakfast, 2 lunch, 2 dinner included.
    Day 7, Back to Havana
    Jibacoa - Havana. After your fill of sun and surf we head back to Havana, where you will have another chance to explore the city. As a UNESCO world heritage site steeped in history, you will find plenty to keep you busy.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 8, Havana
    Havana. Today your Cuban adventure comes to an end. Tour arrangements finish upon hotel checkout.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
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  5. Day 1, Cancun - Mexico
    Welcome to Cancun - the Mayan Riviera! Make your own way to our joining hotel in Cancun and spend the remains of the day at leisure. Over 2 million visitors a year flock to Cancun's beautiful beaches, in what is known as the 'hotel zone'. This vibrant resort has plenty to keep you entertained, including water sports, shops, lively bars and an excellent choice of restaurants!
    No meals included.
    Day 2, Playa del Carmen
    Cancun - Playa del Carmen. Today we take a short bus journey south to the beautiful coastal town of Playa del Carmen. Spend the day lazing on the white sand beaches and swimming in the clear Caribbean waters, or consider one of our optional activities, which include a visit to the island of Cozumel or the incredible Maya/Toltec ruins of Tulúm.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 3-4, Caye Caulker
    Playa del Carmen - Caye Caulker. On day 3 we cross the border into Belize and catch a water taxi out to Caye Caulker one of an idyllic chain of islands which form the Belize Barrier Reef, renowned for it's superb diving, snorkelling and laid back atmosphere. We kick off our shoes to explore the sandy streets of the island and enjoy some blissful relaxation! You can do as little or as much as you please, a range of optional activities are available from snorkelling and diving excursions to taking a bike around the island, or enjoying a spot of fishing.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 5-6, San Ignacio
    Caye Caulker - San Ignacio. On day 5 we travel to San Ignacio which is known as "Cayo" by the locals. San Ignacio is the adventure and nature capital of Belize and it's also the centre of agricultural. Surrounded by lush, wildlife rich jungle, waterfalls, rivers and caves, there's no shortage of optional activities to enjoy in Cayo, from canoeing downriver and tubing through caves, to visiting the famous caves Actun Tunichil Muknal.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 7, Flores & Tikal
    San Ignacio - Flores. Leaving San Ignacio we cross the border into Guatemala and head to Flores today, a lovely island-town which is uniquely located in the centre of Lake Peten Itzá. Flores is our base for exploring the great Mayan city of Tikal, located deep in the jungle this is one of the largest Mayan cities ever discovered. You will have most of the day to explore and learn about the flora, fauna, and amazing Mayan history with our knowledgeable local guide.
    No meals included.
    Day 8, Rio Dulce & Livingston
    Flores - Rio Dulce. Today we travel to the riverside town of Rio Dulce where we spend the night in cabins right on the water. This afternoon we take a boat trip to Livingston, which is situated at the mouth of the Rio Dulce and is one of the most scenic areas of Guatemala. Livingston is a vibrant little town which is inhabited by the Garifuna people and has a uniquely Caribbean atmosphere.
    No meals included.
    Day 9, Antigua
    Rio Dulce - Antigua. Today we travel to the enchanting colonial town of Antigua, our final destination. Set against a spectacular backdrop of towering volcanoes, this picturesque town as cobbled streets and plazas, ornate churches and colourful markets. The local indigenous in their unique costumes, sell their crafts and textiles in the streets and as the cultural centre of Guatemala, Antigua is an ideal place to experience the traditional music, architecture and art of the country.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 10, Antigua
    Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today after hotel check out. Consider booking some post tour accommodation and extending your stay to have more time to explore the sights.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
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  7. Day 1, Cancun
    Welcome to Mexico! Upon arrival in Cancun make your own way to our joining hotel and spend the remains of the day at leisure in Mexico's famous holiday resort with its beautiful sandy beaches and crystal clear waters.
    No meals included.
    Day 2-3, Chichen Itza
    Cancun - Merida. We begin our journey on day 2 with a tour of the legendary Chichen Itza archaeological site - one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Chichen Itza was constructed between the 7th and the 10th Century AD and these incredible ruins are the best examples of Mayan architecture ever excavated. Chichen Itza's crowning glory is the towering El Castillo pyramid (aka the Pyramid of Kukulcan), which was dedicated to the feathered serpent god Kukulcan and built with such staggering precision that during the equinox the sunlight falls on the steps in such a way that a series of shadows form the shape of a serpents body which joins the stone-carved serpent's head at the bottom of the pyramid. Other sites of interest include the sacred cenote where treasures and the remains of human sacrifices have been discovered and a ball court where the captain of the winning team was beheaded!

    After exploring the ancient ruins of Chichen Itza we travel on to Merida, the capital of the Yucatan state. Known as the 'White City' Merida is an attractive town with colonial buildings, plazas and colourful markets which offer a wonderful array of handicrafts. The next day is free to wander around the town or choose from an exciting range of optional excursions including a free city tour, a hop on hop off bus tour and a Sound and Light show at the beautiful Mayan ruins of Uxmal.
    2 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 4-5, Palenque Ruins
    Merida - Palenque. On day 4 we travel south to Palenque in the state of Chiapas, where we spend the next two nights. Surrounded by the lush and colourful Chiapas jungle, Palenque is home to one of Mexico's most beautiful and important Mayan sites. The Palenque ruins include a series of hilltop temples, towers, tombs and pyramids and Palenque is famous for the discovery of tombs filled with treasure in honour of Lord Pakal and the Red Queen. Palenque highlights include the Temple of the Inscriptions, the Crypt, the Palace complex, the Temple of the Cross, the Temple of the Foliated Cross, and the Temple of the Sun which date back to 400-700 AD. Paths through the jungle will lead you to various temples.

    Whilst in Palenque there is also an optional excursion to the beautiful Agua Azul Nature Reserve with its myriad of waterfalls, and the spectacular Misol-Ha waterfall with a 30 metre drop.
    2 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 6-8, San Cristobal
    Merida - San Cristobal. We travel up into the highlands on day 6 to the colonial city of San Cristobal de las Casas in the mountainous region of Chiapas. Around San Cristobal there are several fascinating and unique indigenous villages, each with their own distinct dress, customs and languages. Our 3 night stay here provides a fascinating insight into Mexico's indigenous culture.

    On day 7 enjoy a guided tour of the nearby villages where you can buy beautifully made local handicrafts and get a true feel for how modern descendents of the ancient Maya people live today and learn about their pre-Colombian beliefs and daily struggles.

    Whilst in San Cristobal you can also opt to visit the stunning Sumidero Canyon, where you can spot sun-bathing crocodiles and other wildlife on a guided speedboat tour along the Grijalva river to the hydro-electric dam.
    3 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 9-11, Panajachel
    San Cristobal - Panajachel. On day 9 we cross the border into Guatemala at Ciudad Cuauhtemoc, en route to Panajachel. The scenery is breathtaking as we travel through the beautiful Guatemalan highlands towards the Pan American Highway and head down to Panajachel on the shores of Lake Atitlán, enjoying incredible views of the lake and its three volcanoes, San Pedro, Atitlán and Toliman.

    Lake Atitlan is arguably one of the world's most beautiful lakes and the laid back lakeside town of Panajachel is an idyllic place for us to relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery. We enjoy free time relaxing in Panajachel. Take a dip in the lake, enjoy lakeside sunset drinks, sample the towns many bars and restaurants or take an optional boat tour to some of the many surrounding villages.
    3 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 12-13, Antigua
    Panajachel - Antigua. On the morning of day 12 we visit Chichicastenango - Guatemala's vibrant market town. On market day, the local indigenous people, mostly descendents of the K'iche' Maya people, come down from the nearby hills in their masses to sell everything from kitchenware and handicrafts to jumpers and live turkeys! There's the opportunity to barter for some last minute souvenirs and enjoy the lively atmosphere before continuing our journey to Antigua, the final stop on our adventure.

    The picturesque colonial town of Antigua cannot fail to enchant, with its cobbled streets, parks and plazas, convents, ornate churches and colourful street markets, all set against a spectacular backdrop of awe inspiring volcanoes. Here, the local indigenous people dressed in their colourful costumes can be found selling their crafts and textiles and as the cultural centre of Guatemala, Antigua is an ideal place to experience the traditional music, architecture and art of the country. Enjoy some free time exploring Guatemala's most captivating city. Sadly our exciting journey through Mexico and Guatemala comes to an end of day 13 after hotel check out. If you'd like to explore Antigua consider extending your stay with some post tour accommodation.
    2 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
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  9. Day 1, San Jose
    Welcome to Costa Rica! Upon arrival at San Jose Airport you'll be met by a representative and transferred to our hotel. Spend the remains of the day at leisure in Costa Rica's cosmopolitan capital city, which is nestled in a fertile valley among coffee and sugar-cane farms.
    No meals included.
    Day 2-3, Manuel Antonio
    San José - Manuel Antonio. We travel from the Central Valley to the Pacific coast, through very lush green countryside to Manuel Antonio, where we will visit the Manuel Antonio National Park, one of the most popular parks in the country. This celebrated park is blessed with beautiful lagoons, palm fringed beaches, a vast array of animals and lush green forests. Some of the many creatures that call Manuel Antonio home include sloths, pelicans, white-faced monkeys, anteaters and huge iguanas. It is also famous for its beaches - although almost deserted on weekdays, keep a sharp eye on your belongings, as the monkeys and raccoons are seasoned thieves!
    2 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 4-5, Monteverde Cloud Forest
    Manuel Antonio - Santa Elena. On day 4 we travel up into the mountains to Lake Arenal, where we take a boat to the other side of the lake, enjoying the picturesque views en route. We then continue our journey to the small town of Santa Elena, which is our base for exploring the beautiful Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve with its unique canopy of cloud. The reserve is a nature lovers paradise and an excellent place for bird watching, we go in search of the endangered Quetzal, a bird with incredibly beautiful and unique plumage and visit the Hummingbird Gallery where these energetic birds buzz around sipping on nectar.

    There are lots of optional activities on offer in and around Santa Elena to keep us entertained, from its famous ziplines over the cloud forest and sky walks on suspension bridges above the forest canopy, to horse treks and nature-spotting twilight walks.
    2 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 6-7, La Fortuna
    Santa Elena - La Fortuna. Our next journey takes us through the mountains of the cloud forest and across picturesque Lake Arenal by boat, en route to the sleepy rural town of La Fortuna which is located in the shadow of the active Arenal Volcano. In the evening there is an exciting optional excursion to a site near the volcano to listen to its rumbles and see the red hot lava. There's plenty of free time in La Fortuna to partake in a variety of exciting optional excursions; from caving or white water rafting, to canoeing, horse-riding or trekking in search of the local wildlife and beautiful waterfalls.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 8, San Jose
    La Fortuna - San Jose. Today we travel back to San Jose for our final night in the capital.
    No meals included.
    Day 9, San Jose
    After hotel check out on day 9, our journey through Costa Rica comes to an end.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
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