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SEA TURTLES

Thank you for your support of Conservación de la Selva a travós del Turismo S.A., "Rain Forest Conservation through Tourism, Inc." or CONSELVATUR. Through your sponsorship you are contributing to rain forest, watershed, wildlife, sea turtle and marine conservation. Your choice makes a difference!

CONSELVATUR operates and coordinates a variety of nature and adventure itineraries through out Costa Rica and Panama which have one thing in common, namely, your stay at Selva Bananito Lodge & Reserve, which is the pivot point for all the programs we offer. We design programs with one main goal, the active support of conservation programs at Selva Bananito Lodge & Reserve and other initiatives, like sea turtle conservation at Pacuare Reserve, and marine conservation at the Bastimentos Marine National Park in Bocas del Toro, Panama.

The itineraries offered by CONSELVATUR / Selva Bananito Lodge are active programs which vary in length, anywhere from 8 days / 7 nights, 11 days / 10 nights up to 13 days / 12 nights in the case of the different La Amistad adventure programs. All programs center around the most active program at Selva Bananito, the 4 days / 3 nights extra adventure package, sometimes including an additional night at Selva Bananito.

When you take part in the extra adventure package you will have the opportunity to explore the canopy during our tree climbing or jungle tree climbing activity as well as the canopy observation platform tour with or without rappel. Ride freely on noble and sure footed horses through open fields and segments of primary forests during the horseback tour of the farm or the adventure horseback tour, and immerse yourself in natural old growth forests of unique beauty while learning about its ecological importance during our guided natural history rain forest hike or the full day waterfall tour. Our most exhilarating activity is the waterfall rappel. Additionally, you can bathe in pristine river pools or enjoy guided bird watching tours. The hammocks on your cabinás veranda invite you to live peaceful moments or to simply absorb the beauty and peacefulness of this pristine environment seeking spiritual healing and rest.

All itineraries include the first and last over night in San Jose at a charming Bed & Breakfast and offer the experience of rafting down the Pacuare River class III / IV, or the Sarapiqui River class II / III.

The following itineraries are our recommendations for a truly memorable vacation experience with nature and adventure in mind. However, we do cater for the individual traveler and individual travel itineraries and gladly will take all of your requests into consideration.

 

8 days / 7 nights | mid-MARCH through mid-AUGUST - End of October of Tortuguero

DAY 1 Arrive from your country of origin to Costa Rica. Overnight at Hotel Milvia or similar (lovely small B&B located in the suburb of San Pedro, just ten minutes away from downtown San José).

DAY 2 Early start to meet the rafting challenge of an untamed river, the world famous Pacuare River, class 3 & 4! Discover the mystical Pacuare Canyon while rafting passed a Cabecar Indian reserve. Waterfalls and wildlife will be part of the adventure. At the end of the day you will enjoy dinner in your hotel in Tortuguero or at a private sea turtle sanctuary. The next two nights you will be hosted in your hotel in Tortuguero or at the main building of the private sea turtle nesting reserve.

DAY 3 SEA TURTLES calls for active participation of our guest by patrolling the 4-mile long volcanic beach at this private reserve. The presence of our guests and their participation in the organized night patrols on the beach together with biologists, volunteers, and private park rangers is a positive deterrent against sea turtle nest poachers.  Watching a giant Leather Back turtle emerge from the waves on to the beach covered by the darkness of the night and the safety of our presence is an unforgettable sight and a very special experience. You will help relocate and hide the nests, so poachers do not find the turtle eggs they intend to sell on the street. The turtle has to be measured and tagged and escorted back into the safe ocean.  By mid-June and until mid-August minute Leather Back hatchlings will squirrel off on their way to the ocean, many times not having the opportunity to do so because of their natural predators and the strong sun. During this time you will help to make sure that as many of these hatchlings as possible find their way into their natural element, the ocean. During the stay at the private sea turtle sanctuary you will also have the opportunity to walk natural trails of the preserve and to observe great wildlife during the boat tour of the natural canals and lagoons created by a big river when it enters the ocean. If you choose to stay in Tortuguero, the night watch for Green Turtle will be managed by your hotel and is charged additionally.

DAY 4 Transfer to Selva Bananito Lodge & Preserve. At Selva Bananito you can choose from a number of exciting adventure activities such as hiking through the exuberant tropical rain forest of our preserve.  At Selva Bananito Preserve you will find trees, over 200 feet tall, that you can climb using our special tree climbing gear and canopy exploration technique. From our canopy platform you will be overwhelmed by the wild and rich diversity in-, and absolute serene beauty of- our primary rain forest.

DAY 5 At Selva Bananito you can choose from a number of exciting adventure activities such as hiking through the exuberant tropical rain forest of our preserve.  At Selva Bananito Preserve you will find trees, over 200 feet tall, that you can climb using our special tree climbing gear and canopy exploration technique. From our canopy platform you will be overwhelmed by the wild and rich diversity in-, and absolute serene beauty of- our primary rain forest.  Have fun, enjoy the lovely scenery, and learn about the region's low impact agriculture during our tour through the farm on horseback.

DAY 6 Selva Bananito Lodge & Preserve. Enjoy the beautiful hike following the Bananito River upstream, deep into the Selva Bananito Preserve. Lunch and fruit juices by the last of a series of charming waterfalls. Highly recommended   for adrenaline seekers is the Waterfall Rappel!!!

DAY 7 Selva Bananito Lodge & Preserve. Adventure horseback Tour with Jungle tree climbing. Get to know the canopy in the most spectacular primary rain forest setting imaginable. Climb up a gigantic Kapok tree and become part of this unique natural cathedral at 120 feet above the ground. Optional adventure tours at Selva Bananito Lodge include canopy observation from our tree platform and / or 165 feet free rappel down a vertical rock wall. In the afternoon transfer to San Jose. Overnight at Hotel Milvia or similar.

DAY 8 Return home.

Including:

  • 2 nights lodging at Hotel Milvia or similar w/ breakfast.
  • Pacuare River rafting tour w/ lunch. (Class III-IV)
  • 2 nights lodging at private sea turtle sanctuary or hotel in Tortuguero, Full American Plan, night patrol and boat tour through the channels.
  • 3 nights lodging at Selva Bananito Lodge & Preserve, Full American Plan and the following tours: introductory tree-climbing, horseback ride through the farm, waterfall tour with rappel and adventure horseback ride with jungle tree-climbing.
  • 2 private transfers and 1 shuttle transfer. (Except airport transfers)
  • TAXES NOT INCLUDED

 

PRICES:
RACK US $ 1,295.00 per person in double occupancy

 

Active Volcano 8 days / 7 nights

DAY 1 Arrive from your country of origin to Costa Rica. Overnight at Hotel Milvia or similar (lovely small B&B located in the suburb of San Pedro, just ten minutes away from downtown San Jose).

DAY 2 Scheduled transfer to Hotel Montana de Fuego Inn in the northern region of Costa Rica, facing the north slope of the Arenal Volcano. Come in close contact with earth's most primordial power: magmatic volcanism has to great extend shaped the creation of Costa Rica. From the comfort of your veranda at "Montana de Fuego Inn" and maybe enjoying a good wine, you will be witness to the most impressive incandescent lava eruptions in form of the most primordial creation power: eruptive volcanic activity! The younger mountain ranges of Costa Rica, with an estimated 31/4 - 4 million years of age have been to great extend shaped by tectonic eruptive activity which is magnificently exemplified by the youngest and most active Arenal Volcano!

DAY 3 After breakfast you will leave towards Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge a wet-and flood- land river basin which is of world importance for many species of migratory birds, and is home to many reptiles, mammal and fish species! The Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge tour is a highlight for every nature lover that is interested in seeing a high concentration of wildlife in an unforgettable setting!

DAY 4 Scheduled transfer to Selva Bananito Lodge & Preserve.  Enjoy a beautiful scenic drive along the eastern slopes of the Central Volcanic Mountain Range towards the Caribbean lowlands. Rafting on the Sarapiqui River on route to Selva Bananito Lodge.Discover the hidden treasures of the Talamanca Mountain Range with an itinerary full of exiting adventure activities at Selva Bananito Lodge and Preserve.

Day 5 At Selva Bananito you can choose from a number of exciting adventure activities such as hiking through the exuberant tropical rain forest of our preserve.  At Selva Bananito Preserve you will find trees, over 200 feet tall, that you can climb using our special tree climbing gear and canopy exploration technique. From our canopy platform you will be overwhelmed by the wild and rich diversity in-, and absolute serene beauty of- our primary rain forest.  Have fun, enjoy the lovely scenery, and learn about the region's low impact agriculture during our tour through the farm on horseback.

Day 6 Selva Bananito Lodge & Preserve. Enjoy the beautiful hike following the Bananito River upstream, deep into the Selva Bananito Preserve. Lunch and fruit juices by the last of a series of charming waterfalls. Highly recommended   for adrenaline seekers is the Waterfall Rappel!!!

DAY 7 Early start for the Pacuare River rafting tour class 3 / 4. Enjoy this amazing adventure activity on one of the world's most beautiful rivers. In the afternoon transfer to San Jose. Overnight at Hotel Milvia or similar.

Day 8 Return home.

Including:

  • 2 nights lodging at Hotel Milvia or similar w/ breakfast.
  • 2 nights lodging at Hotel Montana de Fuego Inn or similar w/ breakfast.
  • Tour to Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge w/ lunch.
  • 3 nights lodging at Selva Bananito Lodge & Preserve, Full American Plan and the following tours: introductory tree-climbing, horseback ride through the farm, waterfall tour with rappel and adventure horseback ride with jungle tree-climbing.
  • Pacuare River rafting tour w/ lunch (Class III-IV)
  • Ground Transfers. (Except airport transfers)
  • TAXES NOT INCLUDED

 

PRICES:
RACK USD $1,325.00 per person in double occupancy

OPTIONAL: Canopy tour: canopy observation from a platform; 165 feet free rappel down a vertical rock wall.

 

Caribbean Beaches 8 days / 7 nights

Day 1 Arrive from your country of origin to Costa Rica. Overnight at Hotel Milvia or similar (lovely small B&B located in the suburb of San Pedro, just ten minutes away from downtown San José).

Day 2 Pick up around 6:00 am for Pacuare River rafting tour at the hotel in San José. Transfer to Selva Bananito Lodge. Start 4 day / 3 nights Extra adventure package at Selva Bananito Lodge.

Day 3 At Selva Bananito you can choose from a number of exciting adventure activities such as hiking through the exuberant tropical rain forest of our preserve.  At Selva Bananito Preserve you will find trees, over 200 feet tall, that you can climb using our special tree climbing gear and canopy exploration technique. From our canopy platform you will be overwhelmed by the wild and rich diversity in-, and absolute serene beauty of- our primary rain forest.  Have fun, enjoy the lovely scenery, and learn about the region's low impact agriculture during our tour through the farm on horseback.

Day 4 Selva Bananito Lodge & Preserve. Enjoy the beautiful hike following the  Bananito River upstream, deep into the Selva Bananito Preserve. Lunch and fruit juices by the last of a series of charmingwaterfalls. Highly recommended  for adrenaline seekers is the Waterfall Rappel!!!

Day 5 Selva Bananito Lodge & Preserve. Adventure horseback tour with Jungle tree climbing. Get to know the canopy in the most spectacular primary rain forest setting imaginable. Climb up a gigantic Kapok tree and become part of this unique natural cathedral at 120 feet above the ground. Optional adventure activities at Selva Bananito Lodge include canopy observation from our tree platform and / or 165 feet free rappel down a vertical rock wall.
In the afternoon transfer to Cariblue Hotel. 

Day 6 Cariblue Bungalows is an intimate resort, which offers a familiar atmosphere and a renowned service. Take the day off, enjoy the beauty of the Caribbean Sea or take part in optional tours offered by this enchanting Lodge. Overnight at Cariblue Hotel (B,D)

Day 7 After a relaxing time by the sea transfer to San José.
Overnight at San Jose (B)

Day 8 Return home

Including:

  • 2 nights lodging at Hotel Milvia or similar w/ breakfast.
  • Pacuare River rafting tour w/ lunch. (Class III-IV)
  • 2 nights lodging at Hotel Cariblue or similar, breakfast & taxes.
  • 3 nights lodging at Selva Bananito Lodge & Preserve, Full American Plan and the following tours: introductory tree-climbing, horseback ride through the farm, waterfall tour with rappel and adventure horseback ride with jungle tree-climbing.
  • 3 shuttle transfers. (Except airport transfers)
  • TAXES NOT INCLUDED

 

PRICES:
RACK USD $1,225.00 per person in double occupancy
OPTIONAL: Canopy tour: canopy observation from a platform; 165 feet free rappel down a vertical rock wall.


Guided Active Volcanoes 8 days / 7 nights

Day 1 Arrive from your country of origin to Costa Rica. Overnight at Hotel Milvia or similar (lovely small B&B located in the suburb of San Pedro, just ten minutes away from downtown San José).

Day 2 Early start to visit Poás Volcano National Park. Enjoy the magnificent sight of one of the largest geyser craters in the world and hike through the fascinating miniature cloud forest to an extinct crater lagoon at over 8000 feet above sea level. Before lunch you will continue with your own driver and guide to the Arenal Volcano area, in the northern region of Costa Rica. Base for our 2 day volcanic exploration and adventure will be "Montanas de Fuego Inn", facing the northern slope of Arenal Volcano.

Day 3 Another highlight awaits the next day for you to be discovered hidden in the eastern slope of the Tenorio Volcano. Named after a fierce Indian chief who ruled this isolated, yet extraordinarily beautiful part of Costa Rica, the Tenorio Volcano National Park hides and protects a much unknown and well kept secret natural treasure! According to "Malecu" Indian tradition shared by the Indian tribe living in this region today, and which can be traced back to the great Indian Cacique, Tenorio, tells of religious ceremonies that took place in the Rio Celeste Waterfall area. Observe the turquoise tainting and coloring of the Celeste River. Dip into absolutely natural thermal water; apply a "rejuvenating" skin cleansing volcanic mud mask that you will than rinse off in the fresh and turquoise colored waters of one the most beautiful waterfalls inCosta Rica!

Day 4 Transfer to Selva Bananito Lodge & Preserve.  Enjoy  a beautiful scenic drive along the eastern slopes of the Central Volcanic Mountain Range towards the Caribbean lowlands. Rafting on the Sarapiqui River on route to Selva Bananito Lodge. Discover the hidden treasures of the Talamanca Mountain Range with an itinerary full of exiting adventure activities at Selva Bananito Lodge  and  Preserve.

Day 5 At Selva Bananito you can choose from a number of exciting adventure activities such as hiking through the exuberant tropical rain forest of our preserve.  At Selva Bananito Preserve you will find trees, over 200 feet tall, that you can climb using our special tree climbing gear and canopy exploration technique. From our canopy platform you will be overwhelmed by the wild and rich diversity in-, and absolute serene beauty of- our primary rain forest.  Have fun, enjoy the lovely scenery, and learn about the region's low impact agriculture during our tour through the farm on horseback.

Day 6 Selva Bananito Lodge & Preserve. Enjoy the beautiful hike following the Bananito River upstream, deep into the Selva Bananito Preserve. Lunch and fruit juices by the last of a series of charming waterfalls. Highly recommended   for adrenaline seekers is the Waterfall Rappel!!!

Day 7 Early start for the Pacuare River rafting tour class 3 / 4. Enjoy this amazing adventure activity on one of the world's most beautiful rivers. In the afternoon transfer to San Jose. Overnight at Hotel Milvia or similar.

Day 8 Return home

Including:

  • 2 nights lodging at Hotel Milvia or similar w/ breakfast.
  • Tour to Poas Volcano
  • 2 nights lodging at Hotel Montana de Fuego Inn or similar w/ breakfast.
  • Tour to Rio Celeste w/ lunch.
  • Driver / guide for days: 2-3 and 4.
  • 3 nights lodging at Selva Bananito Lodge & Preserve, Full American Plan and the following tours: introductory tree-climbing, horseback ride through the farm, waterfall tour with rappel and adventure horseback ride with jungle tree-climbing.
  • Pacuare River rafting tour w/ lunch (Class III-IV)
  • Ground Transfers. (Except airport transfers)
  • TAXES NOT INCLUDED

PRICES:
RACK: US $1,525.00 per person in double occupancy.