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Zip Line Tour
Students will be picked up after Spanish classes at the school and transported to Cortez by private shuttle. Box lunch will be served on the ride. Upon arrival, we will be met at the base of the mountain by our guides and we will transfer into a 4x4 tractor for the ride up the hill. As we leave the shuttle behind, we enter into a completely different world.
Once we reach the start of the tour, we will be given repelling gear, helmets and gloves. The guides will give us a safety talk that will instruct us on the best and safest way to complete the course. There are over 8 platforms suspended in the forest canopy. The zip lines connect these platforms, many of them over 300 feet in length. There is also a Tarzan Swing which catapults the students up and out of the canopy. With the dramatic views of the entire southern pacific coast of the country spread out below and untouched rainforest to either side, it is one of the highlights of the trip.
At the end of the tour, students will have a chance to use the restroom and change into clean clothes. We will then take the tractor back down the hill and the private shuttle will take us back to Dominical and our hotel.
Horseback tour to Nayaca Waterfall
Don Lulo is the owner of the property surrounding the waterfall. His family runs the tour and most of his sons and grandsons are our guides. Students will be given horses depending on their ability to ride. There are a great many horses from which to choose. For those that need it, basic instructions on how to handle a horse will be given.
Once everyone is ready they will set off through the hills on about a half an hour ride to Don Lulo’s ranch house. Here they will have a large, typical Costa Rican breakfast. There is also a small petting zoo where they have toucans, scarlet macaws, deer and other animals of the forest. After everyone has been fed and had a chance to pet the animals we again set off on horseback through the forest. This part of the ride takes another 30 minutes untill they reach the Nayaca Waterfall.
There are changing rooms and bathrooms just before the falls. After spending a couple of hours relaxing and swimming, we will again ride back to the ranch house for lunch. Here we will receive an incredible chicken lunch with plenty of food and drink. Vegetarian options are also available. After lunch we will again have time to visit the animals and take pictures before returning by horse to the start of the tour. We will stop quickly at the hotel for students to change before heading to afternoon Spanish classes.
Surf Lesson at Playa Ventanas
All students will receive a short orientation at the beach to give them an understanding of the beach, the waves, the currents and all safety instructions. We will then break up into smaller groups determined by experience. Those that have never surfed before will stay on the beach and learn the basics before heading out to the whitewater to practice. Those with more experience will go out into the waves with their instructors.
Boards will be supplied to students depending on their level of ability. We will never surf in an environment that is too dangerous for our students and their surfing ability. If conditions on a given day are not conducive to our lessons, we will make every attempt to move to a different beach or reschedule them for that Friday. Safety is our number one priority.
Manuel Antonio Beach Tour
We will be transported from the school, right after Spanish classes end and will have lunch on the way, as it will take about an hour to get to the park. Once we are at the park, we will be met by a naturalist guide who will take us on a guided hiking tour of the park. First we will stop at the beach and one of the counselors will stay with all of our stuff, beach towels and back packs. It is always nice to see the beach first, as it really is an awe inspiring site.
The hike will last about 1 ? hours and take us through areas of primary and secondary rainforest. We will visit a number of different lookout points or miradores, which will give us great views of the park, the ocean and the beach. The guide will point out the local trees and plants, but the highlight of the hike is always the monkeys. The park has troops of white faced (Capuchins) and howler monkeys that are easy to spot. It also has the very rare and not so easy to spot squirrel monkeys. These are the smallest and most endangered primates in Costa Rica.
After the hike, we will return to the beach for time to swim and relax. We will have snorkeling gear that the students can use to check out the undersea world. The beach is a perfect half crescent, with towering cliffs on either side, draped by think green forest trees. We will have snacks and water for all students.
At the end of the tour, we will make our way back out of the park. There are bathrooms and showers for students to clean up and change before heading by private shuttle back to Dominical.