NEW YORK -- Visitors now can choose from a variety of active
vacation plans in Central America that have been designed to
explore wilderness areas by bicycle, river rafts or kayaks.
The following is a sampling of operators with active vacation
Prices are per person, double, land only.WorldTrek Expeditions, Tucson, Ariz., offers a seven-night
program that focuses on biking in Honduras and includes
accommodations at Villa Rhina, a jungle lodge outside La
Daily excursions include single track rides to such areas as
Cuero Salado Reserve; a jungle river trip that offers the chance to
see wildlife such as crocodiles, howler monkeys and manatees; water
rafting on the Rio Cangregal, and a charter boat ride to Cayos
Cochinas islands for beach and reef snorkeling.
Departures are set for June 2 and Sept. 1 from San Pedro Sula,
in northwest Honduras.
The rate for the package is $1,399.The World Outside, Boulder, Colo., explores Costa Rica's
Corcovado National Park on its eight-night Osa Peninsula Hiking
The itinerary also features snorkeling, horseback riding and
The Osa Peninsula offers a diverse ecosystem, affording
participants a chance to hike in the rain forest and along
white-sand beaches -- and possibly spot jaguars, white-faced
monkeys, scarlet macaws or toucans along the way.
Trips are rated moderately easy to moderate in activity
Departures are scheduled twice a month from San Jose, Costa
Rica, and the package rate is $2,250.Toronto-based Butterfield & Robinson takes an
off-the-beaten-path look at Belize with the seven-night Belize
The itinerary features jungle walks, river canoeing, luxury
camping and kayaking among the lagoons and coral reefs of Placencia
Bay and in the mangrove estuaries of the Monkey River, a favorite
haunt of shore birds and manatees.
The program departs Belize City on Nov. 4 and 11, and is priced