Holbrook Shoots 3 Costa Rica Rivers

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Holbrook Travel here has designed a Costa Rica program for clients who enjoy whitewater rafting and kayaking on categories III and IV rivers.

The firm's Tres Rios Aventuras program includes whitewater rafting and kayaking on three of Costa Rica's most challenging rivers -- the Pacuare, the Sarapiqui and the Penas Blancas -- plus hiking, sightseeing and accommodations in rain forest lodges.

After spending the first night at the Hotel Europa in San Jose, clients spend their second day whitewater rafting on the Pacuare, which has been declared a "wild and scenic" river by the government of Costa Rica. A box lunch along the riverside is included.

After an overnight at the Selva Verde Lodge, an eco-lodge set within a 500-acre rain forest, clients spend the third day hiking the rain forest's trails, riding horses and swimming.

The fourth day is spent rafting or kayaking on the Sarapiqui River, whose banks are surrounded by trees that are home to several species of monkeys and birds.

The fifth day is spent whitewater rafting on the Penas Blancas River in the Arenal Volcano region, an area surrounded by rugged terrain that includes half of the species of land-dwelling wildlife found in Costa Rica. Clients can spend their evening enjoying the Tabacon hot springs or relaxing at their overnight hotel, Las Cabinitas.

On the sixth day of the trip, clients return to San Jose for a day of sightseeing or relaxing and an overnight at the Hotel Europa.

The land cost of the package is $757 per person, based on double occupancy, with a minimum of four participants and a maximum of 12. Air fare is extra. The land costs include accommodations, land transportation, rafting and kayaking excursions, guided naturalist hikes at Selva Verde and most meals.

Available departures are scheduled for May 23, June 13, July 4 and 18, Aug. 8 and 29, and Nov. 21.

Holbrook Travel, Phone: (800) 858-0999

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