Friday, November 24, 2006

Waterfalls Canopy Tour

I have some friends that went to this place and they said that it was fun. Personally I have never tried it, but I've always wanted to to do it. After they told me of their experience I think I might try and organize a group and get to finally do it. Anyway, I just wanted to share this with you in case you are thinking of visiting Costa Rica and are wondering what to do. Text was taken from the company Web site and has been slightly edited.

Waterfalls Canopy Tour offers you spectacular eco-adventure tours that provide a unique experience in the canopy of the tropical rainforest.

While zipping over cables as high as 120 foot over ground level, they offer you a bird's eye view of the rainforest canopy, which is home to an estimated 60% of rainforest species.

Waterfalls Canopy Tour is located just outside Jaco and near the Carara Biological Reserve and is part of an important ecological transition zone between Costa Rica's drier northwest and more humid south. This transitional rainforest grows on steep slopes, and has studded massive trees laden with vines, bromeliads and orchids.

The gear used is top quality climbing harnesses and equipment, made and certified by reputable, well-established manufacturers. Also the company has successfully passed the safety regulations of the Association for Challenge Course Technology, ACCT, in the USA .

Apart from the Canopy Tour, which consists of 13 platforms , 7 ziplines, Tarzan Swing, a 3 story Tree house, suspension bridges and a 90 foot rappel, the company offers additional adventure tours like the Jungle Adventure Challenge, spectacular night Canopy Tours, 1 day tour from San Jose, ecological tours like the Butterfly & Frog Garden and Nature Walk.

Waterfalls Canopy Tour is located about 1 hour and 45 minutes from San Jose. WCT regularly picks up passengers from several locations on one of their tours because they are only 10 minutes away from Jaco Beach, 25 minutes from Punta Leona, 60 minutes from Puntarenas and Caldera (cruise ship port), and 90 minutes from Manuel Antonio Beach.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

The Butterfly Farm tour

Few places in the world offer visitors a more in depth view and appreciation of butterflies than the Butterfly Farm.

At The Butterfly Farm, widely recognized as one of the most popular destinations close to San Jose, all guests receive a two-hour guided tour.

Inside an enclosed tropical garden, hundreds of Costa Rican butterflies flutter around flowers as trained guides explain about the life cycle and natural history of these fascinating creatures.

Early morning tours may have the extra treat of watching butterflies emerging from their chrysalides. On export days visitors may watch thousands of pupae being packed for export.

The Butterfly Farm is open every day from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Guided tours commence at: 8:30 a.m.11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m. Other tours may begin as demand necessitates.

Guests are urged to arrive before 3:00 p.m. in order to benefit from the full tour.

Butterfly viewing is optimal during the morning hours. Guests are invited to stay all day at the farm and are by no means limited to the duration of the tour.

Daily Bus Transportation from San JoseThe Butterfly Farm offers direct bus service daily from many of the principal hotels of San Jose three times daily. The bus route begins in the center of San Jose three times daily.

Departure times start at: 7:20 a.m.10:00 a.m.2:00 p.m. The pick up time for individuals will vary according to the hotel desired. Each tour includes transportation from San Jose as well as a 2 hour guided tour at the farm. Guests may expect to be returned to their hotels approximately 4 hours after their pick up time.

The cost of the tour with round trip guided transportation from San Jose is: Adults: $25.00,
Students: $20.00, Children Under 12: $12.50, Under 5: Free

Bus reservations may be made here or by calling The Butterfly Farm at 438-0400 when in the country.