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> June 2002 > Itinerary
Costa Rica: A family trip for parents, kids and game adults
June 14-23, 2002 10 days/9 nights
I wanted you to have some emergency only contact numbers to leave with
family or friends at home so here is:
The Monteverde Conservation League
(good for the whole trip for emergency only)
Hotel El Bosque
(good for the nights we are there June 18,19,20, 21)
Except for a couple of you, we will be leaving St. Louis on June 14 flying
American Airlines through Miami to San Jose, Costa Rica. The return will
be June 23 via Dallas.
lv St L to Miami #2896 10:03 am - 1:44 pm
lv Miami to SJ #981 5:25 pm - 6:25 pm
Overnight in old coffee plantation turned into hotel outside San Jose.
Chartered bus to Monteverde, welcome, hike into BEN (Bosque Eterno de
los Niños) The International Children's Rainforest staying overnight
at San Gerardo Field Station. Write and draw in your journal.
Learning the natural history of this tropical ecosystem through hikes
with biologists (ornithologists and entomologists and tropical ecologists),
hike to the waterfall, games and RF activities, see Arenal Volcano in
the distance, listen to howler monkeys, look for the umbrella bird, see
coatis, do a service project, learn a little Spanish. Night hike. We can
have a Sunday church service in the forest. 2 more overnights in the BEN.
Write and draw in your journal.
Hike out of the BEN after breakfast, bus to MV for lunch, climb strangler
fig trees, get the world's best milkshakes at the Lecheria (dairy) and
watch the processing of the milk into cheese. Look for quetzals. Free
time. Journal. Overnight at Hotel El Bosque.
Attend Quaker Meeting, visit Butterfly Garden. Lunch and Frog Exhibit.
Learn about the coffee cooperative and roastery and visit CASEM, the women's
cooperative of fine arts in leather, wood, fabric and painting. Journal
time. Mist netting bats with Richard Laval, Costa Rica's premier bat scientist
and good friend. Hotel El Bosque.
Hike trocha to the San Luis Valley to visit rural school and take our
school supplies to donate. Lunch in SL prepared by the SL moms. Sing and
play with the kids. Visit Finca La Bella, a cooperative farm to learn
about organic gardening, coffee, dairy cattle, citrus growing. Journal
time. Evening slide show about Monteverde Conservation League. El Bosque.
Choice of horseback riding, canopy sky walk or sky trek in the a.m. Lunch.
Hiking the Bajo del Tigre trails in the p.m. Free time. Journal time.
El Bosque Hotel. Optional milk shake.
Early departure from MV for raft trip on the Coribici River with monkeys,
birds, iguanas and maybe a crocodile! Lunch. Visit to Las Pumas wild cat
refuge to see jaguar, puma, margay, ocelot, jaguarundi, and tigrillo.
Journal on the bus to San Jose. Overnight near airport.
Depending on weather some adjustments may have to be made, but this is
the current plan. If anything, it will only get better. The scientists
that will teach us in the BEN are all friends of mine and experts in their
Your return flights will also be American Airlines
lv SJ to Dallas #2166 9:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
lv Dallas to StL #2630 4:06 p.m. to 5:51 p.m.