Tour: SRQ - 2014 (SRQ) - 2014 / 2015

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Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Availability is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; to get an estimated price, use a currency converter for exchange rate information (pricing may vary at the time of booking).

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La Azotea Coffee Plantation & Casa Kojom Museum La Azotea is a small coffee plantation located on the outskirts of Antigua. A nature trail leads visitors from the Museum complex to the farms nurseries. From there you can walk through the shade-covered plantation observing coffee plants in their different stages of growth. The different process of planting and handling coffee are labeled in each section for a better understanding of the complex management required for growing the high quality coffee for which Antigua is famous. After the plantation tour, head over to Casa Kojom on Recollection Street. It is a Guatemalan traditional indigenous music research center, which features exhibits of native musical instruments. In the bazaar you can buy books, recordings, musical instruments and a large number of hand-crafted treasures. Lunch is included on this excursion.

Approximate value: $140 USD per person

Surrounding Villages Tour Take a tour of the villages just outside of Antigua, heading to San Juan El Obispo first, at the foot of the Agua Volcano. The church and covent here were constructed in the XVI century by Bishop Francisco Marroquin, who live there for many years and was named after him. The church is simple but has valuable and beautiful altar pieces, paintings and images of great quality and antiquity. Continue to Santa Maria de Jesus, founded at the end of the XVI Century by its first inhabitants from Quetzaltenango, who supplied the residents of Antigua with firewood and ice. The ice was obtained from the summit of the volcano. Lastly, visit San Antonio Aguas Calientes, which is an indigenous community where a large variety of high-quality textiles and techniques that produce colorful designs are produced.

Approximate value: $73 USD per person

Hiking & Zip Line at Atitlan Nature Reserve Embark on a walking tour at Atitlan Nature Reserve, only five minutes away from Panajachel, and occupying half the valley of San Buenaventura on the shores of Lake Atitlan. It has more than 100 hectares (247 acres) of native forest. Its goal is the conservation of the natural surroundings in the Lake Atitlan Basin. Take in the breathtaking scenery on your hike before heading to an exciting canopy tour, the most thrilling way to experience nature here. The height of the cables and the distance between stations is only surpassed by the beauty of the spectacular views of the lake. Each zipline offers a totally different experience: some generate adrenaline at 60 meters (196 ft.) above ground while you enjoy the landscapes moving past you. Others offer striking beauty in the vistas of the volcanoes and the lake.

Approximate value: $105 USD per person

Ecoglide Arenal Park Located in La Fortuna, Arenal Ecoglide Park is one of Costa Rica's newest adventure parks featuring a canopy tour built to highest safety standards. The canopy tour not only offers you a great adventure but also an opportunity to observe all the animal life in its natural habitat. Fly like a bird through the treetops from platforms stationed in the primary forest. Each platform has been designed so that you can observe the forest from different angles allowing you to photograph the impressive scenery. Discover what adrenalin really means to nature lovers.

Approximate value: $75 USD per person

Horseback Ride to La Fortuna Waterfall This tour begins with a horseback ride through the beautiful countryside of San Carlos Valley, passing pastures, cattle farms, and rainforests. The entire route offers stunning views of the Arenal Volcano and a chance to see birds such as oropendolas and toucans. Next, take a short walk into a forested canyon to reach La Fortuna Waterfall, which is 70 meters high. At the base of the waterfall there is a natural pool where we can swim in the fresh water of La Fortuna River (weather permitting). It is important to mention that the obtained funds are administrated for Development Association, for local projects and activities of social interest.

Approximate value: $69 USD per person

PeƱas Blancas Safari Paddle Trip Enjoy the sights and the sounds of the rainforest and experience its peacefulness while paddling the Penas Blancas River. Monkeys, sloths, iguanas, crocodiles and numerous tropical birds are waiting for you. A professional guide will share with you educational and interesting explanations of the local flora and fauna found during your float trip. You will truly appreciate the wonders of the Penas Blancas River and the surrounding rainforest while traveling down the river without a motor. Make sure to bring your camera and binoculars on this tour!

Approximate value: $53 USD per person

Night Tour Valle Escondida If you are a true nature lover, it should come as no surprise that what you see during the day in the rainforest isn't the same as at night. This tour gives you the opportunity to see nocturnal animals that only appear after nightfall. Startings around 5 pm, the gorgeous sunset before venturing into the rainforest. As you start walking, your guide will explain the different sounds you hear, and will tell you which animal they belong to. From this moment on, it's important to keep your eyes open for what might appear from darkness. In the rainforest you can find a wide variety of nocturnal animals: spiders (most commonly, tarantulas), tree frogs, sleepy sloths, armadillos, or snakes, to mention a few. Listen to your guide's explanation of these animals, keeping very still so you don't scare them off. Your nocturnal hike will take about two hours, after which you will be left with a completely different perspective of Costa Rican wildlife.

Approximate value: $72 USD per person