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    • 26 Oct 2014
    • 5:00 PM
    • 01 Nov 2014
    • 5:00 PM
    • Phoenix Sky Harbour Airport - Phoenix, Arizona
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    7 Day / 6 Night

    Premier Grand Canyon Adventure

    Explore Amazing Havasu Falls

    Hike the Famous Kaibab Trail

    1 Night Grand Lodge Overlook

    Dinner at Bright Angel Lodge



    This tour packs a full Grand Canyon experience into a relatively short amount of time. Join TAG on an amazing and unforgettable journey across the epic Grand Canyon! TAG provides everything you need to know from A-Z we have you covered and strive to create the most enjoyable trip for those who join the adventure.



    Event Snapshot

     

    Cost: $1975.00

    ($500.00 deposit due at registration)

    Final payment due by 1 Aug 2014



    Physical Requirement Level: 5 of 10 - Moderate Hiking

    Culture Shock Rating: 4 of 10 - Some Remote Wilderness, 3 days camping with exclusive gear.

    Length of Trip:
     7 Days, 26 Oct - 1 Nov 2014

    Adventure Activities:
     Backpacking, photography, exploring, swimming, camping, waterfalls, caves, slot canyons, amazing star-gazing, day hikes, tour Phoenix.

    Minimum people needed for event:
    15 by 1 April 2014

    Experience:
    None! No Prior Experience Needed. Required adventure gear is included in the price.

    Payments: Phone, online, check, or cash with receipt.

    Final Payment Due: 1 Aug 2014

    Children: Yes, Age 15+ 

    Pets: Sorry, No pets allowed on this hike



    What's Included - Just about everything!

    • Grand Hotel stay on the rim of the Grand Canyon
    • Pack mules and horses to carry all camping gear.
    • Guided 3 day hike with all gear included to Havasu Falls
    • Guided amazing views on the Kaibab South Rim day-hike 
    • Private VIP round trip shuttle from airport in Phoenix, AZ to the lodge in Flagstaff, AZ.
    • 2-3 Local Experienced Grand Canyon trail guides and back-country chefs, and historians.
    • All camping and hiking gear included (Lightweight tent, backpack, sleeping bag, pad and other equipment)
    • 4 days of gourmet cooked meals while on the trek in the grand canyon
    • Beautiful Flagstaff AZ Hotel set in a Ponderosa Pine Forest
    • Pre-departure “meet and greet” lunch in a privately reserved room at restaurant located in Tampa.
    • Professionally built beautiful hardcover photo & story book of the entire event mailed to you.
    • A pre-loaded photo thumb drive with the events action-filled photos, express mailed to you
    • Professional fun-filled digital pictures taken of you and the group throughout the entire trip.
    • Emergency satellite communication and safety equipment on hand at all times.
    • GPS event tracking on-line. Friends and family can follow your location during the entire trip online.
    • TAG staff guiding the entire trip for safety and peace of mind, relax and enjoy the trip without worry.
    • TAG's quality event promise: relax, enjoy, and have fun!
    • And more, see details below...


    About the Grand Canyon and Havasu Falls Trek

    Have you ever seen a sunset over the Grand Canyon or swam in the emerald green waters? Do you want to see the best of the Grand Canyon all in one trip? If so, this tour is for you! 


    This is THE Grand Canyon trip, combining the magic of Havasu Falls with an experience of Grand Canyon National Park, we hit the top highlights of the Grand Canyon in just four days. This trip features 2 nights of camping at Havasu Falls, a night of lodging near the South Rim, dinner on the rim, and finally the quintessential views of a hike down the famous South Kaibab Trail.

    Join TAG as we begin this tour with a hike into the incredible turquoise waters of Havasu Falls, where we camp for two amazing nights. Day two features a hike past the stunning 200-foot-tall Mooney Falls into lower Havasu Creek Canyon, hiking as far as Beaver Falls (7 miles round trip). The next day we hike out of Havasu Falls and make our way to our Lodge that sits just a ten minute drive from the rim of the Grand Canyon. That night we enjoy dinner in a lodge perched literally on the edge of the Canyon. The next morning we continue our journey and find ourselves at the helm of the most picturesque views in all of Grand Canyon - those in Grand Canyon National Park. The final top-off on this tour is a four to six hour round trip hike on the South Kaibab Trail, the single must-do hike in all the Grand Canyon Park. See the details below...


    Grand Canyon Fun Facts

    • The Grand Canyon was established as a national monument by Teddy Roosevelt in 1908 - Congress upgraded the monument to a national park in 1919.
    • It’s famous - it’s a World Heritage Site and one of the 7 natural Wonders of the World.
    • It’s big - approximately 1.2 million acres, 277 miles long, 10 miles across and 1 mile deep.
    • It’s old - at least according to the geologists. The Vishnu Schist rock type at the bottom is 1.4 - 1.7 billion years old.
    • With each step below the rim, you travel back approximately 60,000 years in the earth’s history.
    • 5 of the 7 life zones and 3 of the 4 desert types in North America are present.
    • Over 1,500 plant, 355 bird, 89 mammal, 47 reptile, 9 amphibian, and 17 fish species make the park their home.


    Itinerary
    Note: Weather and traffic conditions may change the itinerary slightly.

    Day 1 - Sunday - 26 Oct 2014 - Fly into Phoenix, Arizona

    Hello and welcome to Arizona the land of adventure and amazing sights. You must land in Phoenix Arizona before 5 PM, collect your bags and check in with TAG at the"Arizona City to City Shuttle Check-in" desk located at Terminal 2 just outside the baggage area.  Once everyone arrives we can call the shuttle and they will pick us up. Next, board a private VIP shuttle which will take us to our hotel (Little America Lodge) in Flagstaff, Arizona. After we check-in we will meet in the lobby for a pre-hike meeting and meet the guides. After we can walk to a nearby restaurant for dinner or eat at the hotel.


    Meals Included: None

    Travel: 2 hour shuttle


    Day 2 - Monday - 27 Oct 2014 - Begin the Hike into the Canyon

    Wake up and enjoy a delicious cook-to-order breakfast before a very adventurous and inspiring day; our descent into the Grand  Canyon. After breakfast the excitement of this Grand Canyon adventure begins with our hike into Havasu Falls. We depart from Hualapai Hilltop, where you'll enjoy the luxury of hiking with only a light daypack as we hire pack horses to carry the bulk of our gear.
     We hike downhill steeply through a series of switchbacks before leveling off in a beautiful red sandstone canyon. After hiking 4.5 miles this canyon intersects with Cataract Canyon and Havasu Creek, whose enchanting turquoise waters are some of the most inviting in the world. 
     
    We hike along this creek for 2 miles to the village of Supai before continuing on another 2 miles to the campground. En route to the campground we pass three of the five major waterfalls, Rock Falls, Fifty Foot Falls, and Havasu Falls. 


    Once we reach the campsite relax, everything will be setup for you and a gourmet dinner will be served. The rest of the day is available for photographing, swimming, relaxing, exploring the area, and enjoying the amazing Havasu Falls. 




    Travel: Shuttle 3.5-hour drive from Flagstaff
    Hiking Mileage: 10 miles downhill
    Elevation Loss: 2,400 feet
    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 3 - Tuesday – 28 Oct 2014 - Explore the Falls and Canyon


    It doesn't get better than waking up to delicious breakfast and the soothing sound of a waterfall nearby. We will spend Day 2 exploring the stunning waterfalls that make Havasu a world-renown Grand Canyon destination. We'll hike downstream to Mooney Falls which is perhaps the most magnificent of all of them Mooney Fallsat 200 feet tall, it's taller than Niagara Falls! We'll then continue hiking downstream another 2.5 miles to Beaver Falls, where the canyon becomes increasingly dramatic with small waterfalls cascading under ash and cottonwood trees. Big horn sheep are often an added bonus, as this area provides them with rare, valuable grazing habitat. Beaver Falls makes for a fantastic and relaxing lunch spot before we hike back to camp for the evening.

    Hiking Mileage: 7 miles (optional day hiking)
    Elevation Change: 500 feet
    Meals: B,L,D


    Day 4 - Wednesday – 29 Oct 2014 - Hike out - Lodge on rim

    Another amazing morning in the Grand Canyon. We wake up and repack the gear on our pack horses and mules. After hiking back through the Supai Village, Cataract Canyon and up to Hualapai Hilltop we conclude the Havasu portion of our trip. The drive to Grand Canyon National Park is a time for reflection as the next phase of our journey unfolds. We'll check in at the beautiful and cozy Grand Hotel and get cleaned up before driving 5 minutes to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon for a short evening walk along the Rim Trail as the sun goes down. Afterward we'll enjoy dinner at the famous Bright Angel Lodge overlooking the depths of the Grand Canyon.

    Hiking Mileage: 10 miles
    Elevation Gain: 2,400 feet
    Shuttle to the South Rim: 3.5-hours 
    Meals: B, L, D

    Day 5 - Thursday – 30 Oct 2014 - Grand Canyon rim hike

    We'll get a fairly relaxed start before spending the day hiking on the South Kaibab Trail. It is a 4 to 6 hour moderate hike with BIG Grand Canyon views, and amazing natural and cultural history. The South Kaibab Trail is one of the most photographed trails in the country because it descends the spine of a long ridge with 360-degree views. Exciting hiking, fascinating geologic history and, with any luck, a California Condor will round out the day on this classic Grand Canyon hiking experience. After an unforgettable hike along the rim of the Grand Canyon we make the 1.5 hour trip back into Flagstaff to our hotel (Little America Lodge) reflecting on the past 5 days. 


    Hiking Mileage: 5 miles
    Elevation Gain: up to 2,200 feet
    Shuttle to Flagstaff: 1.5-hour drive to the Flagstaff, AZ hotel
    Meals: B, L

    Day 6 - Friday – 31 Oct 2014 - Travel back to Phoenix

    Wake up and enjoy a delicious cook-to-order breakfast then pack up and have your bags ready for the private VIP shuttle taking us back to Phoenix for our final night's stay in Arizona. Once we reach Phoenix and check in to the hotel (Hilton Phoenix) you are free to explore the city, relax and catch up, or enjoy the hot tub. You're welcome to join everyone for a final dinner in Phoenix.

    Shuttle to Flagstaff: 2-hour drive to the Flagstaff, AZ hotel

    Day 7 - Saturday – 1 November 2014 - End of tour

    You're free from here, enjoy another day in Phoenix or catch the shuttle or taxi to the airport to fly home. Safe Travels.


    Meals: B


    Packing List and Hiking Information

    Note: The weather in the Grand Canyon can be extreme. Please pack for rain, cool night-time temps (50's), and warm daytime temps (70's). Though it is a week-long trip, please limit your luggage to one or two bags at the most. Like any other transportation service, our shuttles only have a set amount of storage.

    The following items are required for your trip. They are a
    must for your safety and comfort. When shopping, think
    layered clothing systems that work together.

    No cotton Please! It gets wet and just makes you cold. You can find no-cotton sports-like clothing at Walmart or Target if you want to save money.


    Clothing Checklist

    • Sturdy hiking boots, mid-weight, lug-soled, above the ankle, and ideally well broken in, no new boots
    • Brimmed sunhat and bandana
    • Rain shell, waterproof/breathable jacket
    • Warm fleece jacket or warm insulated shell
    • Beanie hat
    • Two t-shirts (may be long-sleeved) for protection from the sun, light colors are nice because they're cooler than dark colors. No Cotton!
    • Long pants, one pair of leggings or lightweight trousers to block sun and give warmth at night
    • Long underwear for cold days
    • Shorts, one pair, nylon is nice for light weight and to substitute as a bathing suit
    • Bathing Suit
    • Underwear
    • Supportive sport sandals or water shoes like Chacos® or Tevas® for walking in and out of the creek. No flip-flops please!
    • Hiking socks, one pair for every two days of your trip. Recommended brands include Bridgedale®,Smartwool®, or similar padded socks (wearing a thin liner sock under your hiking socks is highly recommended). No cotton socks!!!


    Hiking Gear

    • Water bottles or bladder (3 liters total capacity)
    • Camp Towel, lightweight, quick-drying camp towel for drying off after swimming
    • Contact lenses and glasses if you wear contact lenses please also bring a pair of glasses - your contacts are likely to become dirty and may be difficult to clean
    • Sunglasses, sunscreen (30+ SPF), lip balm
    • Headlamp, spare batteries (preferably an L.E.D. type that works with AA or AAA batteries)
    • Toiletries, and a small washcloth in stuff sack (bandana can serve as a washcloth)
    • Vitamins (optional)
    • Notebook, drawing supplies, or paperback book (optional)
    • Camera, spare batteries (optional)
    • Prescription medicine (please inform trip leader of any medications you are taking)
    • Knee braces, if needed
    • Money, for tipping your guide (generally 10-15% of trip cost based on your experience) and for any souvenirs

    Non-Hike Accessories:

    • Travel clothes like jeans and shirts

    • Batteries and chargers

    • Camera, batteries, and charger

    • Snacks

    • Memory cards for cameras

    • Cellular phone charger

    • Cash for souvenirs, tips, and snacks

    • Other vacation items


    Do not pack the following gear, its already provided and included in your cost:

    • Deuter or Osprey backpacks
    • Sierra Designs or Mountain Hardware tents
    • Sierra Designs sleeping bags
    • Thermarest or Big Agnes sleeping pads
    • Leki trekking poles
    • Mountain Safety Research cooking stoves
    • Mountain Safety Research cookware
    • Mountain Safety Research cups and utensils

      How to Pack your Mule Gear Bag

      Please pack the above hiking items into a single duffel or stuff
      sack weighing no more than 10 pounds per person and
      clearly label it with your name. 

      Note: *Please be aware that 10 lbs is the maximum allowed weight per person per mule bag. *

      The above listed items will likely weigh less than that. We'll secure this duffel from you at the trailhead for transport to the Havasu Campground on the mules to carry down to the campsite.

      Hold on to your rain jacket, an extra layer, water bottles, sunscreen, camera, and anything you need on the trail - these items will be carried in your day pack. Your daypack should be light, with the majority of your gear in the mule sack.


      Meals during the Hike
      We provide a diversity of foods containing the necessary
      nutrition for sustained energy output. Meals are made from
      staples that travel well in the backcountry - rice, pastas,
      lentils, beans, couscous, oatmeal, granola, etc. Meals are also
      supplemented with trail foods such as crackers, cheese,
      granola, energy bars, fresh and/or dried fruit, and energy
      drink mixes.


      Training

      The enjoyment received from any physical activity is largely dependent on the shape you're in. The physical demands of
      hiking the canyon are in sharp contrast to those found in mountain climbing or hiking on relatively flat terrain. The first part of your hike will be a knee-jarring descent, and the climb out will come when your legs are most tired. We cannot stress enough that the fitter you are the more fun you’ll have. A combination of cardiovascular fitness, strength in all muscle groups and flexibility will help ensure an enjoyable experience. As such, we recommend you prepare for your trip with a moderate training program focused on walking and hiking. 

      We understand we live in Florida and it's hard to train for hills, but any activity will help you prepare.

      Spend time strengthening your legs and knees through lunges, squats, and step-ups. 

      Boost your cardio by walking longer distances, jogging, and then sprinting for short spurts to increase your overall well rounded cardiovascular health. 

      Pictures and Video of this Adventure

      Click here to view a great video of how amazing the Grand Canyon, and its waterfalls are. This trip has spectacular views throughout. 



      Exploring the famous Havasu Falls on Day 2.



      Views of Mooney Falls on your day-hike on Day 4




      Views while hiking the Rim Trail on days 5 and 6



      This is the way hiking should always be. Mules will carry our gear so we get to hike with just a light day pack.



      Lodging


      Flagstaff - Little America


      Grand Canyon - Bright Angel Lodge


      Phoenix - Hilton Airport


      Pricing and Payment Policies


      Total Cost: $1975.00


      Note: Total cost does not include, airfare, alcoholic beverages, some meals, any baggage fees, tips for guides, personal purchases, or personal emergencies.


      To ensure hotels and activities are reserved on time, a deposit is due at the time of registration. TAG offers partial payments using the pay later option when you register and checkout to pay, choose "Bill Me Later" if you wish to make payments for this event.


      Payment and Cancelation Policy
      Cancellations received at any time after making your trip reservation are subject to a non-refundable $250 per person service charge.

      When a trip cancellation is received inside of 90 days from departure, and you have made the full payment, all trip costs are 100% non-refundable. If the event is canceled, your deposit will be returned to you within 5-10 working business days.


      Methods of Payment


      Phone:

      Pay securely by phone by calling 1-855-8000-TAG and we will process your debit or credit card with you on the line directly with our bank.


      Online:

      Register for the event and follow the instructions or pay directly through Paypal by sending your payment to: paypal@tampaadventuregroup.


      Check or Money Order:

      Pay by check or money order by sending a check or money order made out to Tampa Adventure Group. Mail to:

      Tampa Adventure Group

      4644 West Gandy Blvd. Suite 4, Box 149

      Tampa, Florida 33611


      Payment Options:
      When you register and pay online, you have the option to make payments by using the bill me later option when checking out.




      Important Travel Information & FAQ's

      Meals

      All of our backpacking meals are packed full of critical carbohydrates, proteins and fats. We carry foods that travel well in the backcountry – rice, pastas, lentils, beans, couscous, packaged meats, nuts, breads, oatmeal, granola, and more. For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables (fresh and dried). In addition, we provide you with an assortment of trail mix, energy bars, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion. We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. Please note any dietary restrictions or food you don't like when registering for the event.


      Non-hiking meals will include continental or hot breakfasts at hotels, lodges, or restaurants. Some meals are not included in your costs.


      Flights
      Your flight into Phoenix Sky Harbor must land before 5PM so you can meet the shuttle to Flagstaff. If your flight is delayed please contact TAG as soon as possible. If you have questions about a flight please contact TAG.


      What's not included
      Flights
      Tips for guides and tour coach drivers
      Some meals
      Personal items
      Some hiking items (See list above)

      Luggage
      Please limit your luggage to now more than one large bag or two smaller bags or pieces of luggage. The tour shuttles only have enough room for so much luggage. This is a 7 day trip with the majority hiking, you shouldn't need more gear than what one large suitcase can hold.

      Average Weather
      Phoenix, AZ
      Average weather at the end of October is a high of 84 and a low of 60 with low rain chances.
       
      Flagstaff, AZ
      Average weather at the end of October is a high of 58 and a low of 28 with low snow chances.

      Top rim of the Grand Canyon
      Average weather at the end of October is a high of 55 and a low of 27 with low rain chances.

      Bottom of the Grand Canyon
      Average weather at the end of October is a high of 84 and a low of 60 with low rain chances.

      Water
      Carry 3 x 1-liter bottles of water on you. Water will be available during the hike, but its suggested you carry a camelbak or enough water on you for the hike about.  See details about packing above.

      Where to Meet

      Please check in with the TAG guide after you pick up your check bags at the Phoenix Airport. The TAG tour guide will be wearing a green TAG hat and white TAG shirt. If you are unable to find him please call 1-855-800-0824.


      Single Travelers

      All single travelers will be placed in rooms with other single travelers of the same sex, single room options are available but reflect an increase in price, contact TAG for single room pricing options.


      General Information

      Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and pre-departure information will be sent upon registering. If you don't see your question answered here please call TAG at 1-855-800-0824 and we will be happy to help.


      Pre-Event Meetup

      Additional instructions, directions, and times will be provided by email after registering.


      Waiting List

      Waiting list in order that we received reservations. Please email TAG to be added to the waiting list.

      1. No one on waiting list


      Contact the Tampa Adventure Group

      Contact TAG, click on the red "Support" button on the left side of the page to access the support portal. Search existing questions for quick answers, or send TAG a message. We strive to respond to support tickets as quickly as possible.


      support@tampaadventuregroup.com


      Toll Free: 1-855-8000-TAG (824)



      Thank You for Visiting!
      • 15 Nov 2014
      • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
      • Brooker Creek Preserve - 3940 Keystone Road Tarpon Springs, FL 34688-7820

      Day Hike Brooker Creek Preserve


      Florida's outdoors are amazing in November, enjoy the cool weather before summer returns. Get outside and breath some fresh air during this beautiful hike along a well marked trail through a local Tampa Bay park; Brooker Creek.

      This is a free event, mingle with the TAG staff, current members, and guests on a relaxing nature walk in the great outdoors.



      Details

      Event Access: All members and guests

      Event difficulty Rating: 1 of 10 - Easy
      (Beautiful 2-3 mile walk along well marked trails)

      Physical Requirement Rating: Low

      Culture Shock Rating: None

      Pets Allowed: No, pets are not allowed sorry.



      What's Included
      • Guided day hike through the park
      • Free trail maps
      • Access to the nature center presentations
      • Free fun-filled photos of the entire event
      • Share your nature photos with others
      • Meet other TAG members
      • Meet the TAG staff and ask questions
      • TAG's "Quality event guarantee!"


      About the Wilderness Preserve

      Brooker Creek Preserve is an 8,500-acre wilderness area located in the northeastern corner of Pinellas County. Bordered by Pasco County to the north and Hillsborough County to the east, the Preserve is roughly seven miles long and one andBrooker Creek one-half miles wide and lies within the rapidly developing East Lake region of Pinellas County. Brooker Creek Preserve is a wilderness island surrounded on all sides by urban development.

      Brooker Creek Preserve is not a park, but a wilderness area. Responsibility for its management rests with Pinellas County's Department of Environmental Management which is under the direct supervision of the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners.

      The Preserve's namesake, Brooker Creek, is the only stream that enters Lake Tarpon and is a major influence on its water quality. The numerous channels of Brooker Creek enter the Preserve from wetlands in Hillsborough County and flow through a maze of swamps and uplands within the Preserve before combining into a single stream east of Lake Tarpon.

      Ecologically, the Preserve is an interesting place and an important area to protect. The site supports populations of white-tailed deer, wild turkey, otter, gopher tortoise, bobcat, and coyote. Many of these species are abundant in the Preserve but are found nowhere else in the county. Likewise, many less common species such as the endangered Catesby lily, a variety of orchids, Bachman's sparrows, and the tiger swallowtail butterfly find refuge within the Preserve. The size and diversity of the Preserve will ensure that the great diversity of plants and animals that reside there now will have a home for future generations.


      Preserve History

      For about 15 years, Pinellas County has been acquiring the property which today comprises Brooker Creek Preserve. Some of the earliest purchases were targeted to protect groundwater quality around the county's Eldridge-Wilde well field. Other purchases were made for county projects that were not implemented.

      Development and adoption of Pinellas County's Growth Management Plan in 1989 gave great impetus to expand the acreage of conservation lands within the county. The area that is now the Preserve was targeted as the best choice. Since 1990, an aggressive land acquisition campaign was waged to tie together the various parcels that were already owned by the county and to acquire additional environmentally sensitive tracts that had yet to be developed. Although the county was reasonably successful in purchasing land through a number of means including the "Penny for Pinellas" sales tax, the greatest boost came in 1992 when the Southwest Florida Water Management District purchased more than 1,600 acres adjacent to a county purchase of nearly 800 acres at the southern end of the Preserve.

      Another significant boost to the land acquisition program came in 1993 when the State of Florida approved a grant request through its Preservation 2000, Communities Trust Fund Program for 13 separate parcels. The matching contribution of $1.2 million made it possible to add hundreds of additional acres to the Preserve, including the site for the Environmental Education Center. In 1995, another $1.2 million was approved by the State for additional acreage.

      In 1995, Hillsborough County purchased 400 acres adjacent to the Preserve and the future could hold additional acquisitions beyond Pinellas County borders. An aggressive land purchase program continues in Pinellas County while contiguous wildlands remain available.

      In 2009, Pinellas County added over 700 acres to Brooker Creek Preserve with the purchase of the Wilde property on the north side of Keystone Road. This land will provide a corridor for wildlife, connecting Brooker Creek Preserve with 1,000 acres in Hillsborough County and with the Anclote River corridor.

      A comprehensive management plan developed with the assistance of biologists from the University of South Florida directs a program of land management, research, and environmental education. All the while, the Preserve provides a unique backdrop for a variety of public uses. Balancing the needs of wilderness with public use is

      one of the great challenges of the Brooker Creek Preserve.


      Itinerary

      10:00AM: Park and meetup with the other members and the TAG staff in green TAG hats and TAG shirts. After everyone arrives we will begin the event by visiting the nature center, a wealth of knowledge about nature, and Florida's eco-systems.

      Next we make our way out to the trail and enjoy a leisure hike along the 2 mile loop. You will have plenty of breaks for pictures or to read information signs. Relax in the great outdoors.

      Arrive back at the parking lot and visitors nature center around 1pm or so.

       

      Cost

      None, this is a Free Event.


      What to Bring
      • Wear comfortable shoes
      • Small backpack
      • Water or sports drinks
      • Hat
      • Camera
      • Snacks
      • Bug repellant
       


      Directions and Maps

      Brooker Creek Preserve
      3940 Keystone Road,
      Tarpon Springs, FL 34688-7820

      Please check in with the TAG staff in the green TAG hat and TAG shirts when you arrive.


      For driving directions and maps for this event click here!


      From South Tampa - Follow the Courtney Campbell Causeway (SR60) west and turn north (right) onto McMullen Booth Road (CR611). The name of this road changes to East Lake Road north of Tampa Road (CR752). Continue north to Keystone Road (CR582) and turn east (right). Travel approximately 2.5 miles to the Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center entrance. Follow the one-mile drive to the Center.

      From North Tampa - From N Dale Mabry Hwy (SR597), turn west onto Van Dyke Road (CR685A) and travel to Gunn Hwy (CR587). Turn north (right) and continue 1.4 miles to Tarpon Springs Road (CR582). Turn west (left) and travel approximately 5.1 miles to the Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center entrance. Follow the one-mile drive to the Center.

      From Pinellas County - Go north on US19 to Tarpon Avenue E. (CR582) and turn east (right). Pass through the traffic signal at East Lake Road (CR611) and continue for approximately 2.5 miles to the Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center entrance. Follow the one-mile drive to the Center.


      Previous photos of this event









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      Thank You

      • 16 May 2015
      • 5:00 PM
      • 23 May 2015
      • 2:00 PM
      • San Jose International Airport, San Jose, Costa Rica
      • 14


      Event Snapshot

      Cost: $2,150 per person
      (50% deposit required when registering final payment due by 1 Apr 2015)

      Physical Requirement Level: 5 of 10 - moderate


      Culture Shock Rating: 4 of 10 - remote locations

      Length of Trip: 8 Days,  16 May -  23 May 2015

      Included Activities: Canopy zipline tours, 2 days of class III - IV whitewater rafting, 120ft+ waterfall rappelling, kayaking in the Pacific Ocean, jungle ATV excursion, multiple guided jungle treks, air-canopy suspension bridge trek, eco-jungle lodges, natural hot springs, active volcano viewing, bird watching, swimming, and more.

      Minimum people needed for event: 15

      Experience: None! No prior experience needed, all levels of fitness and outdoor experience welcome.

      Required Documents: Must have a valid passport.

      Visa Required: Costa Rica visa given at airport


      Why Travel with TAG?

      Yes, many people travel to Costa Rica each year; you have seen a hundred ads telling you to go to Costa Rica, with a dozen different travel agencies. So why should you travel with TAG? 

       You're in luck. We have an answer for that exact question. We are not a travel agency; we simply love adventure, so leading adventure-seeking groups is what makes us smile!

       Along with doing what we love, we choose a place that feels just as strongly about adventure, exploring, and maintaining an eco-friendly environment. Sure, you could spend a week at a resort on one of the Costa Rican coastlines, but you wouldn't even begin to see what Costa Rica is really about. This is THE Costa Rica vacation! You have never seen Costa Rica like this before. Get Ready for an Amazingly Unique, Vacation and Adventure: Pristine, Private, Beautiful Exotic Destination! 

       If physical challenge is what you want… it’s here. If rest and relaxation is what you need… it’s here, and there’s everything in between! 

      Welcome to Pura Vida!


      What's Included?

      • With TAG you get an exclusive guide to take you around the country, ensuring the entire trip is a relaxing vacation for you, taking away any worries you may have.
      • 2 day white water rafting down Braulio Carrillo National Park, with lodging at a full service all inclusive jungle resort on the river.
      • 5 hour Arenal Volcano rain forest hanging bridges canopy walkways tour
      • Rappelling adventure down 3 waterfalls and a canyon from 160ft to 66ft each.
      • Private ATV adventure around the beach, waterfalls near Manuel Antonio
      • Costa Rica's best canopy zipline with 10 separate lines, 2 rappel lines, and treetop suspension bridges near Quepos, Costa Rica.
      • Private Pacific ocean kayaking along the beautiful Manuel Antonio coastline allowing you to see birds fish, and other animals from the water.
      • Amazing accommodations at beautiful resorts across Costa Rica's capital, rainforest,  and beaches.
      • A new dry bag (waterproof) 30 litre to keep your clothes and gear dry, its yours to keep.
      • Taxes & Entrance Fees: Hotel taxes, entrance fees to National Parks, museums and places of interest are included unless otherwise specified.
      • Airport transportation in Costa Rica on the first and last day
      • Many meals, indicated under each day by the letters "B, L, and D"
      • Professional digital pictures and video taken of you and the group throughout the entire trip.
      • TAG staff guiding the entire trip for safety and peace of mind; relax and enjoy the trip without worry
      • Comfortable, new, fully insured transportation with bi-lingual drivers
      • International departure tax ($30 value)
      • Pre-event meetup lunch in Tampa, Florida
      • 24/7 Emergency satellite phone and safety equipment on hand at all times.
      • GPS event tracking on-line. Friends and family can follow your location during the entire trip online
      • TAG's quality adventure promise: relax and enjoy


      Detailed Itinerary
      Day 1 - Saturday - 16 May 2015
      Bienvenidos...Welcome to Costa Rica

      On Saturday, May 16 2015 arrival San José, Costa Rica at the Juan Santamaría International airport.

      After disembarking the plane follow signs to immigration to get your passport checked and stamped. Next, continue to baggage claim and customs. Once you've retrieved your luggage and cleared customs you will meet the TAG guide near the main exit.

      You'll recognize the TAG guide with the green hat and white TAG shirt standing next to the Costa Rica guide in a bright orange or yellow shirt with a sign that says "Tampa Adventure Group".

      Once everyone has arrived we will load up the bus and spend the night in the Hotel Presidente. Dinner options include the famous cafe at the hotel, or at a nearby restaurant.

      Hotel: Hotel Presidente
      Number of Nights: 1
      Meals Included: None


      Day 2 - Sunday - 17 May 2015
      Rafting Pacuare River - Part I

       The Pacuare River is rated one of the top rivers in the world for a host of reasons. You get to explore the intimate nature of the rainforest from the river perspective. The warm water, cascading waterfalls, and opulently lush rainforest with its brilliantly colored plants, animals, and birds make this trip exquisite for your senses. Add in the exciting Class III-IV whitewater rapids and you have a tropical adventure packed with rich experiences that last long after you've returned home. 

       You'll depart San José early in the morning, heading towards the Caribbean and crossing the Braulio Carrillo National Park. You will arrive at Rios Tropicales Operations Center in El Cairo de Siquirres in time for breakfast, enjoy the gardens and change into your river outfit. Once ready you will be taken to the private put-in at San Martin. Professional guides will load your gear into dry bags, prepare the equipment and give you complete safety and paddle instruction. The first day's Class III rapids welcome you to the Pacuare gorge as you raft deep in the heart of primary and secondary rainforest. Please take into consideration that you are subject to weather conditions so either a picnic style lunch will be served on the riverbank or once arrived at the Lodge.


      Before you know it, you'll arrive at Ríos Tropicales Lodge where you can spend the afternoon relaxing or exploring the lodge premises. Provided that weather conditions are favorable, there is a possibility to experience a small 3 cable canopy zipline as an added bonus during your stay at the lodge. Nestled in the jungle on a 1,000-acre private reserve, the lodge offers you ”Cabecar Indian" style bungalows facing the river. Private single and double rooms are spacious with clean linen, bathrooms and hot showers. Electricity is generated by a self-sufficient hydro-plant. Happy Hour will put you in the mood for a tropical evening, followed by a candlelight wine dinner served by your guides.

      Hotel: Ríos Tropicales Lodge
      Number of Nights: 2
      Meals: All - B, L, and D


      Day 3 - Monday - 18 May 2015
      Rafting Pacuare River  - Part II

       After breakfast and loading the rafts, you'll prepare to paddle down the Pacuare gorge past waterfalls, serene pools and pounding rapids. A snack stop by the riverside lets you explore waterfalls and natural waterslides. This will be an adrenaline-packed afternoon running rapids like Upper and Lower Huacas, Cimarron, Dos Montañas and many more. Hot lunch will be served at Ríos Tropicales Operations Center, showers, changing rooms, cold and hot drinks and snacks will be available. After the river trip continue for the approximately 2 ½ hour drive to the famous Arenal volcano.

      Arenal Volcano, with its almost perfectly shaped cone, soars 1,633 meters (5.500 ft) above sea level. This volcano presents five craters altogether, and one of those craters is about 150 m ( 500 ft) deep. From time to time, deep earth echoes are heard and clouds of vapor or smoke billows out of the top. The frequency of activity varies greatly from day-to-day. This area also shows the largest freshwater lake in the country. Arenal Lake is a man-made water reservoir favorite among water sports lovers and fishermen. 

      Hotel: Volcano Lodge & Springs
      Number of Nights: 2
      Meals: B, L, and snacks



      Day 4 - Tuesday - 19 May 2014
      Arenal Hanging Bridges Canopy Walkway 



      This amazing project consists of eight fixed bridges, ranging in length between 8 and 22 meters, and six hanging bridges, built with the latest techniques and designed with an eye for both beauty and safety. The hanging bridges are between 48 and 98 meters long. All the bridges are made of galvanized steel and high-strength aluminum. The safety mesh and the suspension cables are all galvanized steel. The entire project was designed to blend with the natural environment, leaving the forest virtually intact. The trails, covering a distance of about 3.1 km, are right inside the forest. 

      As you walk, you can appreciate a great diversity of flowers and wildlife that are typical of the rain forest as well as some imposing views of the Volcano (weather permitting).

      Duration: 4.5 – 5 hours including round trip transfer time

      What to bring: close-toed shoes or hiking boots, light “fast dry” clothe, hat or cap, insect repellent, sunscreen lotion, rain gear, water bottle, camera & binoculars recommended (bring zip lock bag to protect optical equipment in case of rain)

      Includes: transportation, bilingual guide and entrance fee


      Pure Trek Waterfall Rappel

      Transportation from your hotel in La Fortuna area to the main offices where you will embark on a 30 minute 4x4 drive that will bring you to the ranch house in the mountains. A safety talk will be conducted, put your gear on, and then embark on a short trek to the top of the first waterfall where you start the descent. There are 4 rappels, 3 waterfalls and 1 canyon wall, ranging in height from 50 meters (160ft) to 20 meters (66ft). There are trails that lead you from waterfall to waterfall through the canyon. A short trek out of the canyon will lead you back to the vehicles and back to the base offices just outside La Fortuna for a “Tipico” lunch in view of the famous Arenal Volcano. 

      Lunch will be prior to the tour on the noon departure

      Duration: 4.5 - 5 hours including transfer time.

       Departure: 12:00 noon

      What to bring: close-toed shoes or sturdy water shoes, light “fast dry” clothe, swim suit & towel, sunscreen lotion, insect repellent, cap, change of clothe (recommended), water proof camera or “go pro camera” recommended (dry bags are supplied)

      Includes: transportation, lunch, bilingual guide (trained with the American Canyoneering Association as well as Wilderness First Aid and CPR), photographer and gear


      Day 5 - Wednesday - 20 May 2015
      Scenic drive to Manuel Antonio Park

      Today you meet your bi-lingual Spanish speaking driver and depart by minivan for the approximately 5 hour drive to Manuel Antonio.

      White-sand beaches, cliffs, promontories, ravines, rivers, rainforests, varied wildlife, beautiful seascapes and a hot steamy climate all describe Manuel Antonio.

       Located on Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Coast 4.3 miles (7 kms) south of Quepos Harbor, Manuel Antonio is one of Costa Rica's most popular beach destinations and is sometimes compared to Key West.

       
      Overnight at: Si Como No Hotel & Resort
      Number of Nights: 3 - 1st night


      Day 6 - Thursday - 21 May 2015

      Jungle ATV Adventure

      Get ready for faced paced adventure as you ride through plantations, jungles, and rainforests while making stops at local sites, which include two waterfalls. Nestled within over 1,000 acres and bounded by 5 kilometers of riverfront and primary rainforest. 

      Duration: 5 – 5.5 hours including round trip transfer time

      What to bring: Comfortable outdoor clothes, good hiking shoes or closed-toed sandals (No Flip Flops), Insect repellent, camera and sunscreen

      Includes: transportation in the Quepos/Manuel Antonio area, a meal, tropical fruits and water.

      Notes: The High Ropes Course and/or the Superman cable can be included for an additional fee.


      Canopy Zip Line

      Race above the canopy on this 10 line and 15 platform tour. Compliant with the highest international standards of safety, this dual to line system ensures your security without compromising ride enjoyment. The tour also includes 2 rappel lines and a treetop suspension bridge. Nestled within over 1,000 acres and bounded by 5 kilometers of riverfront and primary rainforest, MidWorld takes all the adventure the area has to offer and places it in one setting located only twenty minutes from Quepos. Begin your adventure by crossing the hanging suspension bridge, located by the Rio Cañas, and then stop off at the Rancho for some fresh fruit and refreshments.

      Duration: 4 – 4.5 hours including transfer time. Tour leaves daily at 8am and 10am.

      What to bring: Comfortable outdoor clothes, good hiking shoes or closed sandals (No Flip Flops), Insect repellent, camera and sunscreen

      Includes: Includes transportation in the Quepos/Manuel Antonio area, a meal, tropical fruits, and water.


      Overnight at: Si Como No Hotel & Resort
      Nights: 3 - 2nd night
      Meals: B, L

      Day 7 -  Friday - 22 June 2014
      Ocean Kayak the Manuel Antonio Coastline 

      This excursion is for those seeking a true adventurous experience while taking in the ocean and views of the coast. After breakfast you will transfer to the Quepos dock from the hotel. After a safety and orientation talk with your guide, launch from the beach and kayak for approximately 2 ½ hours (round trip), during the journey paddle past islands and inlets where numerous marine aviary species and their nesting grounds reside. There will be time for you to swim and explore the coastline.


      Duration: 2.5 – 3.5 hours including round trip transfer time

      What to bring: sunscreen lotion, sunglasses, hat or cap, light “quick-dry” clothing, water bottle, water shoes or ankle strap sandals recommended, water proof camera optional

      Includes: bilingual guide, water, juice and lunch
      Notes: Kayaks are available in 1 passenger and 2 passenger format. 

      Overnight at: Si Como No Hotel & Resort
      Nights: 3 - 3rd night
      Meals: B, L


      Day 8 - Saturday - 23 June 2015

      Departing Costa Rica

      Wake up for breakfast, then your bags will be loaded into the shuttle and we will return to the airport. Remember to book your return flight for a 2:00 PM or later take off so you have plenty of time to get to the airport and get through customs since you are flying internationally. Safe travels.

      Meals: B


      Lodging
      Hotel Presidente - Day 1 - San Jose



      The full service Hotel Presidente offers 70 rooms in the heart of downtown San Jose. Guestrooms have city or mountain views. Beds have down comforters and premium bedding. The Hotel Presidente is only a few blocks from the most important cultural and historical landmarks in Downtown San Jose: the Costa Rica National Theatre, the Gold-, Jade - and National Museums, the Asamblea Legislativa (Costa Rican Congress), the Plaza de La Cultura and Plaza de la Democracia and the National Cathedral.

      Your room is 215 to 375 square feet of living space with two full size beds, making them ideal for both business and leisure travelers. Bathroom features shower, omplimentary toiletries, and hair dryer. In addition to complimentary wireless highspeed free Internet access, phone voice mail, and in-room safes (accommodate laptops). 32-inch LCD televisions have cable channels and on demand services. Rooms are air- onditioned and also include desks, mini-bar, blackout drapes/curtains, and electronic/magnetic keys. Breakfast buffet included.


      Ríos Tropicales - Day 2 - Pacuare Reserve




      Located on a 1500 acre private reserve at the mouth of the Pacuare Gorge, inside the Pacuare Protected Zone. The private reserve borders the indigenous Cabecar Indian Reserve and contains more than 40 miles of hiking trails and numerous waterfalls, streams, and pools. There are two ways to access the lodge, by rafting in on the Pacuare River, or hiking in along a trail. The various accommodations are set on the mountainside at varying slope heights, offering views of the river and the rainforest
      surroundings.
       

      This rainforest Lodge offers elegantly simple and well-appointed rooms set in small clusters overlooking the Pacuare River. Each has a private bathroom with stone-lined showers, hot water, and electrical outlets. Additional lodging options include expanded family rooms with bunkbeds, twin beds, and double beds and private baths. There is a series of bunkhouses set back up the hillside, perfect for school and youth groups, with group bathroom facilities. All lodging options have hot showers, electricity, and decks for viewing the jungle and/or river. Large tables for board or card games, reading areas with rocking chairs, and lazy colorful hammocks are intentionally placed in the open air dining and gathering areas. Prime views of the river, the rainforest, and even the overhead ziplines dominate these locations.

      This rainforest Lodge offers airy, simple and well-appointed rooms set in small clusters overlooking the Pacuare River. With either a queen size beds or a double bed and a single, each has a private bathroom with stone-lined showers, hot water, and electrical outlets.


      Volcano Lodge & Springs - Day 3-5 - Arenal




      Beautiful hotel that is conveniently located near many of the areas attractions and 10 minutes from the town of La Fortuna. The hotel features 65 rooms of basic and simple design with a terrace that faces the volcano. There are two swimming pools and two hot tubs. Also, the hotel features a natural thermal water pool heated by volcanic hot springs. The temperature at this pool is close to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, therefore they offer a cold water Jacuzzi to compensate body temperature. Guests enjoy the extensive gardens and trails for short walks and bird viewing opportunities. The restaurant offers a variety of local and international dishes and a full breakfast buffet is included daily. This is a non-smoking facility. Warm Climate. 

      Superior Room
      All rooms are in this category. They have two full size beds or 1 king, TV/cable, telephone, air-conditioned, coffee maker, hot water shower, hair dryer, safety deposit box and a terrace facing the volcano. Some rooms have wireless internet service.


      Si Como No Resort - Days 5-8 - Manuel Antonio






      Located in Manuel Antonio, this hotel has 52 spacious rooms. The eco-friendly hotel has energy efficient lights and air conditioning, bar, a movie theatre, solar-heated Jacuzzi, and a seafood restaurant. There are sun decks and shaded areas with a view to the jungle and ocean. There’s an adult pool for those over 18 and a family pool with a waterslide for guests of all ages. Both pools have swim up bars, Jacuzzis, towel service and pool side dining and service from Boca Bar Mogotes in the hotel. You may visit the Tico Rico Bar and Grill for casual dining, and for upscale dinning in a casual setting, the Claro Que Si Restaurant offers seafood specialties. Wi-Fi is available in public areas of the hotel. There is complimentary shuttle service to the beach and National Park. Hot climate. 

      Includes jungle view, bath with shower and amenities, stocked mini-bar, 2 queen size beds, A/C, ceiling fans, telephone and security box.



      Cost

      $2,150 per person

      50% deposit due upon registration (non-refundable after 1 March 2015)

      Important: Cost does NOT include airfare to or from Costa Rica, alcoholic beverages, some meals, emergencies, excess baggage, tourist visa costs and personal purchases.


      Payment schedule

      $1075 Due at registration (non-refundable after 1 March 2015)

      Final payment of $1075 due by 1 April 2015


      Payment and Cancellation Policy

      Cancellations received at any time after making your trip reservation are subject to a non-refundable $250-per-person service charge. When a trip cancellation is received less than 91 days from departure, your deposit is always 100% non-refundable.

      If the event is canceled, your deposit will be returned to you within 15 working business days.


      Methods of Payment

      Phone:

      Pay securely by phone by calling 1-855-8000-TAG, and we will process your debit or credit card with you over the phone.


      Online:

      Register for the event and follow the instructions online to make your payment.


      Check or Money Order:

      Pay by check or money order by sending a check or money order made out to Tampa Adventure Group. Mail to:

      Tampa Adventure Group

      4644 West Gandy Blvd. Suite 4, Box 149

      Tampa, Florida 33611.



      What to Pack
      Note: The weather in Costa Rica is warm and humid. Please pack for Florida-like weather in May with night time temps in the 70's, and warm humid daytime temps in the 80's. Though it is a week-long trip, please limit your luggage to two bags at the most. Like any other transportation service, our shuttles only have a set amount of storage for bags.

      The following items are required for your trip. They are a must for your safety and comfort. When packing think about what will keep you cool in tropical humid environments. Try to avoid cotton or jeans for hikes or during the different adventures. It gets wet and just makes you cold. You can find non-cotton moisture-wicking clothes at most sports stores.

      Shoes
      • Water shoes (e.g. tevas,crocs, 5 fingers, keens) Please bring something other than just flip flops or sandals.
      • Flip flops
      • Sneakers that can get wet

      Clothing

      • 1 x long lightweight pants (to help prevent bug bites at night)
      • 4 x lightweight long-sleeve shirts
      • 6 x thin moisture-wicking socks
      • 8 x t-shirts (things get wet in the tropics and are difficult to dry at times – moisture wicking material is the best)
      • 4 x shorts (quick drying material is best)
      • 3 x bathing suits / swim suits
      • 1 or 2 dress shirts or blouses
      • 1 x dress pants like khakis
      • 1 or 2 bandannas
      • PJ's or gym shorts/shirts


      Outdoor Gear

      • Croakies or a strap to keep glasses secure on your head (required for rafting and ziplines)
      • Baseball hat or wide brim hat
      • Headlamp or flashlight (make sure you have new batteries)
      • Sunglasses
      • Sports water bottle or Nalgine bottle 
      • Backpack or small day-pack to carry gear around
      • Camera with batteries and cards
      • Chargers
      • Sun block
      • Bug spray
      • Rain jacket (lightweight)
      • 3 x Poncho (they tear and don't last long)
      • 1 x dry bag

      Electronics
      • Waterproof camera, charger, memory cards
      • Phone and phone charger (service not guaranteed)
      • Ipod/MP3 music for chilling out


      Personal Items

      • medications, bring enough to last your entire trip.
      • 2 x prescription glasses or contacts with cases and solution
      • toiletries as needed
      • shaving toiletries
      • toothbrush with cover, and toothpaste
      • travel size shampoo and conditioner
      • brush or comb
      • antiperspirant
      • women sanitary items
      • cosmetics

      Other Items Items
      • Ear plugs, the jungle gets loud at night
      • Books for laying in hammocks
      • Cash for tips and drinks
      • Mesh bag for wet clothes (do not bag up wet clothes or they will spoil)

      Documents
      • passport
      • drivers license
      • money, credit/debit card
      • insurance card and contact information.
      • emergency contact information of family and friends


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      Frequently Asked Questions

      Which flights from the U.S. to Costa Rica?

      Fly into Costa Rica on the afternoon of 16 May 2015, but your flight home must take off after 2:00 PM so you have plenty of time to get through customs. Again, please book your return flight home to depart after 2:00 PM on 26 Sep 2015.

       Choose a flight which lands at San Jose International Airport (SJO) in Costa Rica. Round trip Flights from Tampa, Florida to San Jose, Costa Rica will cost around $400 in May 2015.

      Note: As of Sep 26th there is a flight from Tampa to San Jose on Spirit airlines for $298 round trip stopping in Ft Lauderdale.



      What are meals Like?

      Delicious local meals will be either included or available for purchase, each being healthy, fresh Latino-style cuisine. Emphasis is on local cuisine and fresh fish, tropical fruits and vegetables. Many meals will be grown from local tropical fruit trees bearing mangos, pineapples, starfruit, oranges, lemons, papayas, water apples, bananas, and of course, coconuts. The fresh-squeezed juices and salsas are limitless! Some places even bake their own breads and desserts! While the water may be naturally flowing we suggest drinking from bottled water during the entire trip. We will dine together at a family-style table in open air style rooms or balconies.

       Special Diets/Allergies: Please let us know as soon as possible any food allergies/restrictions you may have, if you are a vegetarian, and/or if you do not eat fish.


      Should I bring cash?

      Yes, please bring some cash with you so you can purchase drinks at the bar, or tip any of the guides a few bucks for a job well done. The guides work hard to make sure we have a great time, they appreciate any thanks you provide for them and their families.


      What type of wildlife will I see?

       Costa Rica is home to a variety of mammals, reptiles and marine life. Among the mammals you will likely see are three types of monkeys – capuchin/whiteface, congo/howler, colorado/spider – anteaters, sloths, pizote/coati mundi, agouti/paca, white lipped peccaries, and armadillos. Reptiles and amphibians include caimans, crocodiles, iguanas, geckos, boa constrictors, turtles, fer-de-lances, red-eye tree frogs, poison dart frogs, and marine toads. Marine life includes dolphins, whales, whale sharks, sea rays, turtles, and many varieties of tropical fish. There are over 250 species of birds in the area including scarlet macaws, toucans, parrots, currasows, trogons and herons to name a few.


      Is there a bar on the properties?

       Yes, each lodge or resort hotel has a bar located on the property. It’s a great time to catch up on the day’s activities with other TAG members!


      Will it rain while I am in Costa Rica?

       Yes, it will… and that’s what makes this such a special and lush place to visit. (Hiking under the rainforest canopy while it’s raining is a magical experience not to be missed!) But, rarely do we ever lose a day to the rain. Typically, in May, the rains are less frequent and start later in the evening. This time of year is better for snorkeling and stargazing and for those who enjoy the full sun when out and about on their tours. Typically, the wildlife viewing is better this time of year. Besides, rainy late afternoons give one a great excuse to relax and lay in a hammock with a book and a cool drink!


      Will my cell phone work; will I have internet access?

       Overall, we recommend trying to stay unconnected, but you may have spotty coverage across the country. To avoid costly bills make sure you disable all roaming before you leave the U.S.  Be assured that although we are in a remote location, should an emergency occur, you have the peace of mind to know that you may be reached or make a call.

       If your cell phone has international service, then you should be able to use this to send and receive calls and access the internet/e mail through the local providers. Some of the lodges will have WiFi access, if accessing the phone/internet is important to you, please bring your own cell/smart phone. Please be aware that due to our remote locations during the trip and the unreliability of the local service provider, we cannot guarantee service at all times and locations.


      What if there is an emergency?

       Please be assured that if someone needs to reach you during your stay, they can get a message to you by contacting TAG's global satellite phone. You can also use TAG's satellite phone to place very important or emergency calls. The lodges also have a local phones phone which can be used.


      What's not included in the cost?

      Costs of obtaining passports, visas or tourist cards; excess baggage fees; personal expenses such as room service, beverages and laundry; personal communications charges; international airfare; sightseeing or meals not specified in the itinerary; personal insurance coverage (strongly recommended), gratuities.



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    11 Dec 2011 Kayaking Caladesi and Honeymoon Island
    02 Dec 2011 Camping - Ft Desoto Park - 3 Days 2 Nights
    26 Nov 2011 Canoe & Camp the Peace River - Thanksgiving Weekend Getaway
    19 Nov 2011 Caving and Camping (Free Event)
    19 Nov 2011 Kayaking Caladesi and Honeymoon Island
    01 Nov 2011 Appalachian Trail Backpacking & Camping
    28 Oct 2011 3 Day 2 Night Camping - Hillsborough River State Park
    23 Oct 2011 Day Hike - Brooker Creek Preserve (Free Event)
    22 Oct 2011 Wine Tasting, Italian Lunch and Vineyard Tour
    15 Oct 2011 Zombie Attack - "Hunting the Dead" - Haunted Paintball Adventure
    15 Oct 2011 Kayaking Caladesi and Honeymoon Island
    08 Oct 2011 2 -Day Backpacking for the November AT Hikers Only!
    05 Oct 2011 Indoor Shooting Range
    02 Oct 2011 Horseback Trail Riding - 11:00AM
    02 Oct 2011 Horseback Trail Riding
    01 Oct 2011 Kayaking Weedon Island
    18 Sep 2011 Underground Caving / Spelunking
    17 Sep 2011 TAG 4 Year Anniversary Picnic - BBQ Lunch and Games
    15 Sep 2011 Indoor Rock Climbing and Belaying
    11 Sep 2011 Breakfast and a Hike - Hillsborough River State Park
    10 Sep 2011 Kayaking Caladesi and Honeymoon Island
    04 Sep 2011 Indoor Rock Climbing and Belaying
    03 Sep 2011 Tubing / River Float - Rainbow River - 8:00AM
    17 Aug 2011 Kayaking & Camping on Shell Key
    13 Aug 2011 MOSI - Sky Trail High Ropes Course
    09 Aug 2011 Indoor Rock Climbing and Belaying
    16 Jul 2011 Tubing / River Float - Rainbow River!
    24 Jun 2011 Kayaking Honeymoon Island & Caladesi Island
    18 Jun 2011 Underground Caving
    08 Jun 2011 Kayaking Honeymoon Island & Caladesi Island
    04 Jun 2011 Indoor Rock Climbing and Belaying

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