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VECCS Spring Break ‘09 Costa Rica April 22-27 JW Marriott Guanacaste JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa JW Marriott Guanacaste This beautiful resort is situated on a secluded beach in a prime Resort & Spa location within Costa Ricas renowned central coast. The hotel Costa Rica features a free flowing pool along with an 18-hole championship , April 22-27 2009 golf course that neighbors the hotel and features a challenging Exclusively For VECCS Members experience with breathtaking views of flourishing landscapes and the Pacific Ocean. An Unforgettable CE View more information about the JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort Experience Not to Be Missed! on our website at www.veccs.org. Click the picture on the bottom Annual VECCS Members ONLY Recreational CE Meeting of the home page. Top Speakers - Internationally recognized subject Matter Experts Eco-tourism at its best Check-In and Checkout Check-in: 3:00 PM Networking with Colleagues & Specialists Check-out: 12:00 PM Perfect Mix of CE and Personal Time Parking Central coast of Costa Rica – Guanacaste region, Complimentary on-site parking Unlimited outdoor recreation: nature tours, championship golf courses, Pet Policy surﬁng, diving, ﬁshing, and more Pets not allowed Ultimate in relaxation – stroll the beaches, enjoy the luxurious spa, breath- Swimming taking sunsets and sunrises from your hotel Mansita (On-site) 15 hours CE credit Outdoor Pool Whirlpool VECCS continues to provide its members with an opportunity to participate in Fitness Facilities a combined CE – Recreational Meeting in a spectacular location outside the Fitness Center continental United States. The Executive Board has arranged a VECCS Spring Golf Break – 2009 in one of the most interesting and exotic locations, the JW Mar- Hacienda Pinilla Golf Course riott Guanacaste Resort & Spa in Costa Rica. This meeting will allow members (0.6 miles) to enjoy the perfect combination of VECCS cutting-edge CE and unbelievable Spa outdoor recreation. The natural wildlife areas of Costa Rica have an inﬁnite JW Marriott Guanacaste SPA variety of animal and bird species as well as unlimited national parks and pre- Appointment required serves. Enjoy relaxing at the pools, strolling on the beach or be as adventur- Activities ous as you want exploring the natural beauty of this culturally unique Central Biking trail American country . The hotel will pamper you with luxurious service, spacious Hiking grounds, exquisite restaurants, relaxing lounges and a world class spa with 10 Horseback riding treatment rooms and couples rooms with private Jacuzzis. Jogging/ﬁtness trail Kayaking Nature preserve, trail River rafting (34.2 miles) FOCUS: Respiratory Medicine Sailing (49.7 miles) The theme and focus of VECCS Spring Break ‘09 is Respiratory Medicine. The Sauna speakers are well known lecturers and internationally recognized experts in Scuba diving this ﬁeld of emergency and critical care. They will take you through the physi- Snorkeling ology, pathophysiology, therapeutic and ventilatory management of various Surﬁng Tennis respiratory disease states. A couple of interesting “bonus”presentations will be Volleyball included! 2 • VECCS (34.8 miles) Water-skiing SPRING BREAK SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM SCHEDULE THURSDAY, APRIL 23 FRIDAY, APRIL 24 6:30 am – 12 noon 2:00 - 6:10 pm 2:30 – 5:30 pm REGISTRATION DESK & REGISTRATION DESK & EXHIBITS OPEN EXHIBITS OPEN Grand Ballroom Grand Ballroom 8:00 am – 12:00 pm 2:30 - 6:10 pm 2:30 – 5:30 pm SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM 2:30 - 3:20 pm 8:00 - 9:30 am Indications for Mechanical Understanding Respiratory Physiology Ventilation -Dr King - Dr King Believe it or not, respiratory physiology can actually be cool An overview of mechanical when it provides clues for diagnosis and management of ventilation. When is ventilation animals in respiratory distress. This lecture will explore the required? Where are we now? What principles of lung mechanics, ventilation and perfusion, with is the real prognosis for ventilator emphasis to their relevance and application in the critical patients? SUNDAY, APRIL 26 care unit. 3:25 - 5:15 pm 7:00 am – 12 noon 9:40 - 11:05 am Introduction to Ventilation & REGISTRATION DESK & Pathophysiology: Special Syndromes in Respiratory Management of the Ventilator EXHIBITS OPEN Medicine Patient Grand Ballroom - Dr King - Dr Hopper 8:00 am – 12:00 pm This lecture focuses on updates about the pathophysiology of How to get a patient started on SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM several common clinical syndromes, including feline asthma the ventilator; this lecture will and lower airway disease, upper airway obstruction; etc include a review of the initial 8:00 - 9:00 am ventilator settings, monitoring, Envenomation 11:10 am - 12:00 pm anesthetic options, patient care - Dr Hopper Glaucoma: Saving Vision When the Pressure is On and complications for both long and A review of snakes, spiders and all - Dr Giuliano short term ventilator patients. things venomous. Both entertaining This presentation will provide an overview of the diagnosis and informative, this talk has special and latest therapeutic options for treating glaucoma in 5:20 - 6:10 pm relevance to Costa Rica. dogs and cats. What’s Eating You? Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia 9:10 - 10:00 am 2:30 - 4:00 pm - Dr Kerl Pulmonary Thrombo-embolism: Assessment of Oxygenation and Ventilation Immune mediated hemolytic Risk Factors, Diagnosis and - Dr Hopper anemia is a rapidly progressive Therapy A discussion of monitoring and evaluation of oxygen and disease with severe consequences. - Dr King carbon dioxide levels in our patients. The clinical application These patients frequently require Pulmonary thromboembolism is an of arterial and venous blood gases, pulse oximetry and emergency stabilization and all-too-common complication in the capnometry will be emphasized. management. This lecture will ICU. This lecture will provide an 4:05 - 5:30 pm review causes for IMHA in dogs update on the practical diagnosis Pulmonary Edema: Causes, Management and and cats, associated complications, and management of pulmonary Prevention diagnostic testing, and treatment thromboembolism. - Dr King strategies. 10:10 am - 12:00 pm Pulmonary edema is a common presentation in the critical Respiratory Cases care unit. This lecture will delve into the causes, treatment - Drs Hopper & King and ancillary management (including rational ﬂuid therapy) An interactive session in which of animals with pulmonary edema, including heart failure, numerous controversies in drowning (salt vs fresh), upper airway obstruction, neurogenic edema, ALI/ARDS etc. NO LECTURES respiratory medicine will be ON SATURDAY explored. 7:00 - 9:00 pm MONDAY, APRIL 27 WELCOME RECEPTION HAVE FUN!! Depart Costa Rica VECCS SPRING BREAK • 3 SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM HOTEL Must be a VECCS Member in good standing to register for the Hotel Reservations for the group rate must be made through Scientiﬁc Program. New members are welcome and may join at AJ Travel, the exclusive booking agent for this program. Hotel this time to be eligible. See attached Registration Form (Part B) Packages are priced separately (see reservation form on page 6) for details. Note the early registration deadline of January from the Scientiﬁc Program. A deposit is due when submitting 15, 2009. Complete and return the attached Registration Form as soon as possible to secure your registration. The Scientiﬁc the forms and the balance will be invoiced with ﬁnal (full) Program is limited to approximately 150 attendees. NOTE: payment due March 1, 2009. Compantion badges do NOT allow entry to scientiﬁc sessions. The Hotel packages include: CANCELLATION POLICY • Five nights (in Wed, April 22 – out Mon, April 27) at the There are speciﬁc cancellation fees for the Scientiﬁc Program. world class JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa - including • Before January 15, 2009 - $50 Fee hotel taxes, housekeeping, convention services, and baggage • January 15 – March 1, 2009 - $100 Fee handling. • After March 1, 2009 - No Refund on Scientiﬁc Program Registration. • Continental breakfast • Additional nights may be arranged for you (pending availability) TRAVEL RESERVATIONS • Tour desk located in the hotel for local activities An airline request form is included with the registration materials • All amenities of a luxury hotel!! (Part D) and we encourage booking your airline along with the rest of your meeting package through our agent, AJ Travel. They NOTE: An additional fee is charged for those registrants will make every effort to obtain the least expensive and most NOT staying in the JW Marriott Hotel room block. convenient method of travel for you. Guest room features: PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP • JW Marriott Resort’s spacious guest rooms have a private For entry into Costa Rica, U.S. citizens must present valid balcony or terrace and ocean view. passports that will not expire for at least thirty days after arrival, • Guest rooms feature luxurious bathrooms with separate and a roundtrip/outbound ticket. No other documents will be accepted. Persons traveling to Costa Rica from some countries bathtub (with spray jets) and shower. in South America and Sub-Saharan Africa must provide evidence • Luxury suites provide additional space, incredible comfort of a valid yellow fever vaccination prior to entry. The South and stunning views of Mansita beach. American countries include Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador • Wireless Internet available in guest rooms & throughout the and Venezuela. Please make sure your passport has at least resort. (Daily Fee) one blank page. • Luxurious bedding - down comforters, custom duvets, cotton- rich linens - down/feather pillows. SHUTTLE SERVICE The airport is located approximately one hour from the JW Hotel Cancellation Policy, which is standard for group tours Marriott. Transfers from the airport to the hotel can be utilizing major hotels, is applicable. If cancelled: arranged by AJ Travel for all attendees. Email Laura at AJ Travel (firstname.lastname@example.org) for options and details. If you would like • Before January 15, 2009 - $50 Fee information on car rentals, please complete the bottom of Part • January 15 – March 1, 2009 - $200 Fee D on page 6. • After March 1, 2009 - No Refund IMPORTANT CONTACTS REGISTRATION CTR: (800) 344-8456 OR VECCS OFFICE: (210) 698-5575 (210) 490-2400 FAX: (210) 698-7138 FAX: (210) 491-9484 EMAIL: INFO@VECCS.ORG EMAIL: LAURA@AJTRAVEL.COM WEB SITE: WWW.VECCS.ORG 4 • VECCS SPRING BREAK REGISTRATION FORMS VECCS 2009 SPRING BREAK Meeting, Hotel, Airline Reservations • Membership Application PART A: SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM REGISTRATION: Instructions: Please type or print clearly. Use one form per registrant. Be sure to ﬁll out both sides of this form completely. Total the amount for each part, enter the totals in the summary box on page 6 and indicate your payment method. Enclose payment and mail or fax to address below. Note the Early registration deadlines below. Dr./Mr./Mrs. __________________________________________________________________________________________________ (Circle One) First Name MI Last name (CVT, RVT, RN, etc.) ___________________________________________________________________________________Emergency Clinic: Y___ N___ Practice Name ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Address ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ City State Zip Country (______)_________________________________(______) _____________________Email: _________________________________ Daytime Phone Fax Companion/Guest Name(s): _____________________________________________________________________________________ One Complimentary Companion Badge issued per scientiﬁc program registrant. Please complete PART C to purchase additional companion badges. Companion badges are NOT valid for scientiﬁc program. REGISTRATION FEES – SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM Circle Your T-shirt Size On/Before Between After S REGISTRANT 1/15/09 1/15/09 & 2/15/09 2/15/09 M LG Veterinarians (Incl, MD, RN, Etc.) $395 $445 $495 XLG Techs, Interns, Residents $340 $390 $425 XXLG PLEASE INCLUDE AN ADDITIONAL $175 FEE FOR REGISTRANTS NOT STAYING AT HOST HOTEL. Cancellation Fees: Before Jan 15, 2009 - $50 Fee • Jan 15 - Mar 1, 2009 - $100 Fee • After Mar 1, 2009 - No Refund PART B: VECCS MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION To be eligible to register for the VECCS 2009 Spring Break Meeting you must be a member in good standing at time of registration. If you are not a member and would like to be, complete the form below and include appropriate membership fee with your total payment. Position In North America International check boxes that apply: Veterinarian $125 $135 Intern/Resident $80 $90 Small Animal Large Animal Mixed Animal Technician $70 $80 Zoo or Exotic Animal Private Practice Teaching Manager/Admin $65 $75 Industrial University Practice Student Chapter Student $55 $60 Research Emergency Practice Private Specialty Veccs & Eveccs Joint Membership $165 The Journal of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care (JVECC) is included with membership (online access included). An e-mail address MUST be provided to receive online access. PART C: ADDITIONAL COMPANION BADGES A Badge is required for each person 12 years or older to attend all social functions and to enter the Exhibit Hall. Additional badges: __________ X $50/Adult = $ ________ + ________ X $20/Child = TOTAL $ __________ Name(s) for badges: ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________ On Site Fee for Companion Badge is: $60/Adult and $30/Child VECCS SPRING BREAK • 5 PART D: AIRLINE/RENTAL CAR RESERVATIONS Every effort will be made to obtain the least expensive and most convenient itinerary for you. Our travel Agent (AJ Travel) has contracts for this meeting with CONTINENTAL and AMERICAN AIRLINES plus several TOUR COMPANIES. Please complete this Travel Request. (You will be contacted with proposed itinerary) Passenger Name(s)__________________________________________________________Total Passengers __________________ Please conﬁrm (departure city) _______________________ (departure date)_____________ (return date) ___________________ Preference: Window Aisle Frequent Flyer Information: (airline)______________(FF#) ______________________ Note: Credit Card authorization or check payments must be received before reservations and airfare can be secured. All airfare pay- ments are subject to airline cancellation fees. Rental car information requested: No Yes: Car Van 4-wheel drive Tour companies offer Air & Car packages. Please call AJ Travel for a quote at 800-344-8456 SUMMARY PAYMENTS: Please include credit card authorization or a check for payment of fees indicated. Make checks payable in US funds to VECCS. TOTAL FEES: Part A: Scientiﬁc Program Registration $____________________________ Part B: VECCS Membership (new) $____________________________ Part C: Additional Companion Registration $____________________________ Part D: Airline Travel Reservation N/A $____________________________ Part E: Additional Fee - $175 (Please include if you are not staying at host hotel) $____________________________ TOTAL FEES (A+B+C+E) $ __________________________ PAYMENT INFORMATION Check #________ Credit Card: Visa Mastercard American Express Card Number: ________________________________________________________ Expiration Date: ______ / _______ Cardholder Signature __________________________________________________ 3-Digit Security Code: __________ Mail Forms with payment to: VECCS Costa Rica, 16404 San Pedro Ave., San Antonio, TX 78232 Or Fax to: 210-491-9484; Or Register On-line: www.veccs.org HOTEL RESERVATIONS Each Hotel Package Quote Includes: Five (5) nights April 22-27 (in Wednesday and out Monday) at the World- Class property, JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort, including continental breakfast, hotel taxes, daily service charge (housekeeping, convention services, etc.), and baggage handling. Please check your preferences below. RUN OF HOUSE OCEAN VIEW ROOMS Additional Information Requested Double – $713/person/5 nights Double – $830/person/5 nights Room Type Requested (subject to availability) Single – $1426/person/5 nights Single – $1659/person/5 nights King Bed Double Beds Smoking Non-Smoking Add. Nights: Add. Nights: Sharing Room With:___________________________ Double – $143/person/night Double – $166/person/night Arrival Date: ______________________________ Single – $286/person/night Single – $332/person/night Departure Date: ____________________________ A one night deposit will be charged by the JW MARRIOTT at time of booking. Final payment will be charged to your credit card on ﬁle on March 1, 2009 by the JW MARRIOTT. RATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE UNTIL PAID IN FULL. HOTEL CANCELLATION FEES Hotel Rate: $________ X ____ persons = $____________ Before Jan 15, 2009 – $50 Fee Jan 15 – March 1, 2009 - $200 Add Nights: $________ X ____persons X _____nights = $____________ After March 1, 2009 – No Refund Please charge deposit and ﬁnal hotel reservation payment to: Visa Mastercard American Express Card Number: ________________________________________________________ Expiration Date: ______ / _______ Cardholder Signature __________________________________________________ 3-Digit Security Code: __________ 6 • VECCS SPRING BREAK SPEAKERS Kate Hopper BVSc, DACVECC Lesley G. King, MVB Kate is a graduate of Melbourne Uni- Dr Lesley King graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University Col- versity, Australia. She completed two lege Dublin, Ireland, in 1986. After a year as a House Surgeon in Dublin, Dr King residencies in Small Animal Emergency went to the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, where and Critical Care, one at Melbourne Uni- she completed a residency in small animal internal medicine in 1989. Following the versity and the second at the University residency, Dr King remained on staff in the Intensive Care Unit at the University of of California, Davis. She is a Diplomate of Pennsylvania, and she is currently a Professor in the Section of Critical Care, and the American College of Emergency and the Director of the Intensive Care Unit. She is a Diplomate of the American College Critical Care and is currently an Assistant of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, the American College of Veterinary Professor at the University of California, Internal Medicine, and the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Com- Davis. She completed her PhD in acid panion Animal). Dr King’s research interests include all aspects of small animal in- base physiology with a minor empha- tensive care medicine, with special emphasis on pulmonary medicine and outcome sis on respiratory physiology and her prediction in the critical small animal patient. In 2001 she received the ACVECC research interests include acid base bal- Scientiﬁc Achievement Award for advancing the understanding of acute lung injury ance, mechanical ventilation and sepsis. and implementation of ventilator management in veterinary medicine; and in 2006 Kate is co-editor of the textbook Small she received the Bourgelat Award from the BSAVA, which is their primary interna- Animal Critical Care Medicine. tional recognition of outstanding contributions to the ﬁeld of small animal practice. GUEST LECTURERS: Marie Kerl, DVM, DACVIM, DACVECC Elizabeth Giulano, DVM, MS, DACVO University of Missouri, Columbia MO University of Missouri, Columbia MO VECCS SPRING BREAK • 7 Canopy Tour Mega Combo Arenal Volcano & Coter Rain Forest Visiting the northern ﬂanks of Rincón de la Gorgeous landscapes will unfold on our way to the Lake Coter Rain Forest while we Vieja Volcano is perfect for enjoying differ- drive around the Arenal Lake. Coter Rain Forest is a private biological reserve that ent activities in one place: Canopy our, water protects 250 hectares of primary and secondary rain forest; it is ideal for trekking slide, hot springs, mud bath and horseback and bird watching.After lunch, we will continue to the Arenal Volcano area where riding.The Canopy Tour is a system of 10 you can take a dip into the natural mineral hot springs that descend from the cables connected to platforms that are built volcano. You’ll ﬁnd different pools ﬁlled with mineral water, surrounded by impres- on centuries-old trees in the tropical forest. sive well-manicured tropical gardens and a hot-water river that crosses the entire A 400-meter (1,300 foot) waterslide is also property. While you enjoy the hot springs, take a look of the impressive view of the Arenal Volcano, considered one of the most active volcanoes in the world. located inside the forest; it is like a fountain of youth for grownups and great fun for chil- DURATION: 12 hours. dren. After these two activities, you can enjoy REMARKS: This tour requires minimum 2 people to operate. a delicious Costa Rican lunch, the best of our cuisine. In the afternoon, either by horse of by a horse-drawn carriage, you can visit the thermal hot springs located in the heart of the forest; here you can take a volcanic mud treatment or relax in the hot springs that are surrounded by a natural tropical forest. DURATION: 10 hours. REMARKS: This tour requires minimum 2 people to operate. Children under 5 years old are not allowed. Not recommended for people with heart conditions or physical limitations. Waiver is required. Canopy Tour Palo Verde National Park This is a network of suspended cables between platforms built on Palo Verde National Park is located on the Paciﬁc slopes ancient tall trees in the tropical dry forest. You will slide from treetops of the northwestern Costa Rica. It is an 18.418-hectares to treetops with a harness and wearing security equipment.If you are area of a plain delineated by rivers, limestone hills and lucky, perhaps one howler monkey will join you on this exciting experi- extensive wetland vegetation bordering the Tempisque ence. River that ﬂows into the Gulf of Nicoya. Our visit will DURATION: 4 hours. consists of a boat ride through the river to appreciate the great ecological variety of this park Birds are the big- REMARKS: This tour requires minimum 2 people to operate. Children gest attraction at Palo Verde National Park; in the wet under 5 years old are not allowed. Waiver is required. season the ﬂoodwaters of the Tempisque River spread to form extensive marshes that welcome migrant birds from North and South America. Large numbers of aquatic birds can be seen: Grebes, Cormorants, Anhinga, Herons, Jabirus Storks, Ibises, Spoonbills, Falcons, Caracaras and Jacanas.The mammal fauna is equally rich and visible, particularly during the dry season when peccaries, arma- dillos, jaguarondis, coatis, agoutis, deers, and monkeys are attracted to the water holes.There are 13 different habitats, including mangrove and swampy forests, salty and freshwater marshes, evergreen, lowland, limestone and secondary forests in a wide range of continuous stages. DURATION: 8 hours.REMARKS: This tour requires minimum 2 people to operate. The sequence of the tour depends on the tides. 8 • VECCS SPRING BREAK The tours listed are being offered by Swiss Tours. Some of the these tours have been arranged just for VECCS so the price may vary. Costa Ricais Wonders Palo Verde National Park is located on the Paciﬁc slopes of the north- western Costa Rica. It is an 18.418-hectares area of a plain delineated by rivers, limestone hills and extensive wetland vegetation bordering the Tempisque River that ﬂows into the Gulf of Nicoya. Our visit will con- sists of a boat ride through the river to appreciate the great ecological variety of this park Birds are the biggest attraction at Palo Verde National Park; in the wet season the ﬂoodwaters of the Tempisque River spread to form extensive marshes that welcome migrant birds from North and Miravalles Getaway: Volcanoes, South America. Large numbers of aquatic birds can be seen: Grebes, Nature & Culture Cormorants, Anhinga, Herons, Jabirus Storks, Ibises, Spoonbills, Falcons, This is a tour specialized in the Macadamia nut where Caracaras and Jacanas.The mammal fauna is equally rich and visible, you will have the opportunity to learn about the produc- particularly during the dry season when peccaries, armadillos, jaguaron- tion of the most exotic and expensive nut in the world. dis, coatis, agoutis, deers, and monkeys are attracted to the water holes. After the visit to the macadamia plantation, you will There are 13 different habitats, including mangrove and swampy forests, know what makes this queen of the nuts so special and a salty and freshwater marshes, evergreen, lowland, limestone and second- little homemade macadamia nougat will be your souvenir ary forests in a wide range of continuous stages.After touring the park, from this trip.The region where the tour takes place is you will take an interesting trip through the Matambú Coffee Plantation’s home of the Miravalles Volcano, a dormant volcano and facilities, where you’ll learn about the different steps to make coffee: site of the largest developed geothermal ﬁeld in Costa cultivating, processing and recycling wastes. You will also learn about Rica. You will be able to visit the crater with bubbling the production in this area, which is unique in Guanacaste, as well as the water and fumaroles.At last, we will stop at a local art indigenous and rural cultural values of the region. gallery so you can appreciate the work of our local artists DURATION: 8 hours. DURATION: 8 hours. REMARKS:: This tour requires minimum 2 people to operate. Not recom- REMARKS: This tour requires minimum 2 people to mended for people with heart conditions and physical limitations. operate. Floating at the Corobicí River Nicarague: Volcanoes & Colonial Cities The Corobicí River is a wide river that ﬂows from the Arenal Lake, at Once we cross the border from Costa Rica to Nicaragua, the base of the active Arenal Volcano, and continues westward into the the great vistas of Maderas and Concepcion volcanoes Paciﬁc lowlands to the ocean. This is an opportunity for birdwatchers will grace your eyes. The volcanoes are located in one of as it passes near the Palo Verde National Park, home to many different the largest freshwater islands in the world, in the Lake species of birds.Some paddling is necessary but most of the ﬂoat will Nicaragua. Next, you will visit one of Nicaragua’s most give you time for observing wildlife along the shore; there are sections active volcanoes, the Masaya Volcano; the ﬁrst declared where the river gradually reaches the mangrove forests near the coast national park in the country and the only volcano in the where sometimes, the boat-billed heron is found, despite being a noc- western hemisphere where you are able to drive to the turnal bird. This tour is highly recommended for families or beginners rim. Next stop is Masaya, known as the Cradle of Nica- that are more interested on nature. raguan Folklore and the very heart of handicrafts. The DURATION: 7 hours. main market in Masaya is located next to the central bus REMARKS: This tour requires minimum 2 people to operate. Waiver is station and is divided into sections where you can ﬁnd the required. ﬁnest products such as hand woven hammocks, embroi- dered blouses and wood carvings.Continuing, you will visit Granada, the Central America’s oldest European-founded city with plenty of colonial churches, narrow streets and large homes with beautiful indoor patios, tiled roofs and pretty colonial colors. Granada was founded next to the Mombacho volcano and the great lake of Nicaragua in 1524 and was named after the city of Granada, Spain. DURATION: 14 hours. REMARKS: This tour requires minimum 10 people to operate Tours offered are based on a minimum number of people. Please confirm times of all tours before booking VECCS SPRING BREAK • 9 as they may change. White Water Rafting: Level III & IV Rincon de la Vieja National Park This tour is for the adventurous people, a three-hour river Rincon de la Vieja is an active volcano located 16 miles north ride through wildlife, birds, monkeys and dense vegetation from Liberia in Guanacaste. The volcano is 400 km2 with a large around you.After a couple of hours driving through countryside number of fumaroles and hot springs on its slopes. It’s most roads, you will arrive where the action begins. This experience recently eruption was in February 1998.The name, Rincón de la will make you admire nature in its greatest expression while Vieja, means the old woman’s corner; according to locals, the you paddle down the river against many rafts that make your indigenous people named the volcano after an old witch on top adrenaline raise high. of the mountain who sent columns of smoke into the air when DURATION: 8 hours. she was angry. Other version says it was a kind old woman on the same spot and the smoke was from her cooking ﬁre as she REMARKS: This tour requires minimum 2 people to operate. Chil- prepared meals for weary travelers. The hike is rigorous but dren under 14 years old are not allowed. Waiver is required. spectacular, starts in tropical moist forest and as you climb, continues into low wet forest where the trees are covered with epiphytic vegetation. There are 257 species of birds that have been recorded and a great number of insect species; the park protects the largest population of wild purple orchid, the na- tion ﬂower in Costa Rica. This is one of the hotter drier areas of Costa Rica, and the whole region around Rincon de la Vieja has more predictable seasons than the rest of the country. The chance of rain is much less during the dry season from Decem- ber to April, but the higher you climb, the more likely you are to get wet... any time of the year. DURATION: 8 hours. REMARKS: This tour requires minimum 2 people to operate. The park is closed on Mondays. Shopping Tour at Liberia City Aromal Authentic Horseback Riding Liberia City is known as the White City, an appropriate name due to its Hacienda El Aromal is one of the oldest cattle ranch in whitewashed colonial houses, built of bahareque (similar to adobe houses), Guanacaste; a traditional ranch family that have been in a type of clay that gives houses a particularly white color. Calle Real is one the business for over 400 years owns it.Riding will take of the most popular streets of the city; it is considered an architectural place through beautiful plains and streams surrounded gem for its colonial houses to both sides of the narrow street, adorned with by tropical dry forest full of exuberant ﬂora and fauna. Spanish-tile roofs. At the Central Park, you will have the opportunity to ap- From the top of one of the hill in the property, you can preciate the daily life in this picturesque city and later shop at some of the enjoy an impressive view of the savanna and when you handicrafts and stores outside of the city. return to the ranch, a delicious typical snack will be DURATION: 5 hours. waiting for you. REMARKS: This tour operates in the afternoon and requires minimum 2 DURATION: 5 hours. people. The tour is not available on Sundays. The tour is offered only for REMARKS: This tour requires minimum 2 people to guests staying in the Papagayo area. operate. Children under 10 years old are not allowed. Waiver is required. Hanging Bridges in the Rain Forest At the foothills of the Tenorio Volcano, there is a private rainforest nature reserve where you will be walking through paths and hanging bridges in the heart of the forest where ferns, tall trees and exotic plants can be seeing. This is an encounter with nature and if weather permits, a great view of the Nicaragua Lake will unfold for you at certain point. DURATION: 8 hours. REMARKS: This tour requires minimum 2 people to operate. Not recom- mended for people with heart conditions and physical limitations. 10 • VECCS SPRING BREAK VECCS SPRING BREAK • 11 Register Hotel Space Early Registration Early Limited Discount Best CE Experience Under the Sun! VECCS ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE PRESORTED 6335 Camp Bullis Road, #12 NON-PROFIT San Antonio, Texas 78257 U.S. POSTAGE PAID SAN ANTONIO, TX PERMIT NO.82
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