DISABLED HOLIDAYS TO Costa Rica with Can Be Done
Can Be Done is proud to announce the launch of an escorted tour programme to Costa Rica. Costa Rica is rich in wildlife & exotic features and unique in its biodiversity. The country is a biological corridor for an amazing array of vegetation and wildlife between North and South America; it boasts three mountain ranges with active and dormant volcanoes. Here, you’ll find the perfect balance between amenities and nature, city and jungle, world-class touristic infrastructure and historic and cultural sites. More than 25% of Costa Rica’s land area is protected in national parks, biological reserves, wildlife refuges and private preserves. Costa Rica, has become an example to the world for many reasons, such as social development and sustainability. Costa Rica can be visited at any time of year. The rainy season (called green season also) comes starting May and through November, and the dry season or summertime is from December to April.
10 DAYS – 9 NIGHTS PROGRAM
Day 1 SAN JOSE Arrival into Juan Santamaria International Airport, San José, Costa Rica. Meet your local guide who will accompany to the Hotel to proceed with the check in. No meals Overnight at Presidente Hotel.
Day 2 DAY AT LEISURE Today is at leisure and breakfast is included at your hotel. San José is the capital Costa Rica and it is located in the Central Valley of the country. The diversity of restaurants and places to visit such as museums become San Jose a great place to start your adventure in Costa Rica. You can explore the city on your own, relax in your room or get an optional activity. Breakfast included Overnight at Presidente Hotel
Day 3 COFFEE TOUR – LA PAZ Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel. Then we invite you to start picking up the Costa Rican feeling is to start with one its greatest traditions: coffee. You will visit Doka Estate, one of Costa Rica’s premium coffee plantations, and producer of internationally-acclaimed coffees. From the picking of the coffee berries to the roasting and grinding of the coffee beans, you will see how Costa Rican premium quality coffees are processed and prepared for you to enjoy them in the mornings or while chatting with your friends at a café. In addition, you will visit La Paz Waterfall Gardens, which has over 3.5 kilometers of walking trails and 10 animal exhibits to enjoy, situated within a private park ranges in altitude from 5,200 feet to 4,200 feet, which can get chilly when the clouds roll in. Among the attractions you will find there are 5 waterfalls, cloud forest and rain forest, safe hiking trails, aviary with 40 species of birds, toucan feeding, marmoset monkeys, insect exhibit, butterfly observatory and butterfly gardens, butterfly laboratory, hummingbird garden, snake exhibit, frog exhibit, wildcats, and several species of plants. DURATION: 8 hours approximate INCLUDES: Transportation, bilingual guide (English/Spanish), entrance fees and lunch WHAT TO BRING: Hiking shoes, raincoat, light jacket and camera
** Important remark: the walking trails which are used to access the waterfalls are not suitable for wheelchairs. However, your guide can take the group to the last waterfall which is visible from the viewpoint Breakfast and lunch included Overnight at Presidente Hotel
Day 4 SAN JOSE – LA FORTUNA After breakfast the journey continues to the town of La Fortuna, in the northern lands of Costa Rica. This place is home for the majestic Arenal Volcano, which was active for nearly 40 years in our country. On the way, we will visit the beautiful town of Sarchí. Known as the most important hotspot of Costa Rican handcrafts, it is the home of an abundance of craftsmen who work fine woods. You will have time to see the artists in their workshops while they make the famous oxcarts, declared a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Here, you will also be able to choose your favorite gift to take back home as a souvenir of your visit to Costa Rica. Upon arrival to the town, you will enjoy a lunch before proceeding to the hotel. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Tonight, we will also visit Tabacón Hot Springs, a natural expression of Earth’s inherent energy. Geologically, Tabacon Resort’s thermal natural springs are 97% rain-based and 3% magma-based. Rainwater enters the earth through fissures on the surface and is then heated by magma found in the earth’s core. Once heated, the waters rise to surface, taking with them minerals found in the earth’s rocky stratus. As the underground Tabacon River flows through the magma in the volcano, the springs absorb minerals. Hot springs provide many benefits stemming from various chemical, physical and biological effects, the most notable is relaxing tense and tired muscles.DURATION: 4 hours approximate INCLUDES: Transportation, bilingual guide (English/Spanish), entrance fee, use of lockers, towel and dinnerWHAT TO BRING: bath clothing, towel, sandals, and camera Breakfast, lunch and dinner included Overnight at Arenal Manoa Hotel
Day 5 CANO NEGRO BOAT TOUR Today we will visit Caño Negro, a wildlife refuge which, along with the Río Frío area, make up a large biological humid area considered to be one of the richest in biological diversity in Costa Rica. We will travel for hour and a half through the Northern plains until you reach Los Chiles, a village located only 4 km from the Nicaraguan border. At Los Chiles, you will board a boat that will take you around the river for a floating Safari through the rain forest. Here you will be able to see many different types of birds, especially during the dry season. Among the most commonly seen are the Anhinga, the Roseate Spoonbill, Wood Storks and the jabiru, the largest bird in Central America and quite endangered. If you look closely at the shore, you can see Howler Monkeys, Spider Monkeys and White-faced Monkeys, as well as the Three-Toed sloth and reptiles like caimans, Jesus Christ lizards and turtles. Through the trip you will be able to eat some snacks like cookies, natural juices, bottled water and canned drinks. Afterwards, you will enjoy a delicious Costa Rican lunch, local fruits, natural juices and coffee.
DURATION: 10 hours approximate INCLUDES: Transportation, bilingual guide (English/Spanish) and lunch WHAT TO BRING: Wear light clothing, comfortable shoes, bring camera, binoculars, sun lotion and repellent ** Important remark: in order to board the small boat, you will require assistance from your guide in order to change from the wheelchair to your comfortable seat in the boat. The wheelchair can be taken in the boat. Breakfast and lunch included Overnight at Arenal Manoa Hotel
Day 6 LA FORTUNA – GUANACASTE The day starts with a ride on the Aerial Tram through the Forest Canopy. Later that morning, you will depart towards Guanacaste which forms part of the North Pacific Region of Costa Rica, where hundreds of unspoiled beaches line a shore full of enchantment and surprises. Once in this area, it is guaranteed that, you will experience something far from being in a traditional beach destination. Guanacaste is known as Costa Rica’s folklore Mecca and visitors will have the opportunity of living this real destination, more than a beach holiday, it brings a whole experience. You will be staying the next two nights. Breakfast included Overnight at Tamarindo Diria Hotel
Days 7 & 8 DAYS AT LEISURE Guanacaste has lots of interesting activities to do. You may visit the beach, stay near the pool, take a short walk through the town of Tamarindo with its interesting cafeterias and restaurants, or ask your guide for an optional tour. Breakfast included Overnight at Tamarindo Diria Hotel
Day 9 GUANACASTE – CARARA NATIONAL PARK – SAN JOSE After breakfast, we will resume our journey through the country. This time, we will head back to San José; however, on the way we will visit the amazing Carara National Park. In comparison with the vast majority of national parks, at 12,953 acres (5,242 hectares), this one is relatively small; however, its ecological importance is very high, due to its location in the transition area between the tropical dry forest and the tropical rainforest. Because of its particular characteristics, the park houses one of the largest wild populations of scarlet macaws (Ara macao) that remain. Also, the Río Grande de Tárcoles borders the park and helps provide the perfect habitat for a great variety of animals and birds. Birdwatchers will have the trip of their life here, as Carara is considered one of the best spots to watch tropical birds in the entire country! DURATION: 2 hours approximate INCLUDES: Transportation, bilingual guide (English/Spanish) and entrance fee WHAT TO BRING: Hiking shoes, comfortable clothing, insect repellent, sun block, camera and hat Breakfast included Overnight at Presidente Hotel
Day 10 SAN JOSÉ – INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT SJO Private transfer to the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) in San José.