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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
(laura@ajtravel.com) 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.

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