Costa Rica Jungle Adventure with Sarah – March 19-25, 2023

PURA VIDA - WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE!

Come join us in Costa Rica! We are heading to one of the most biodiverse areas in the world, Manuel Antonio. Resting on a hilltop overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this a magical place offers a brilliant combination of rainforest, beaches, epic sunsets, wildlife and nature leaving you with an experience you'll never forget!

This adventure has a little bit of it all! From chasing waterfalls to guided nature hikes to sunset cruises and more this week long adventure is the perfect combination of fun and relaxation that will have you saying PURA VIDA!


Day 1: Welcome To The Jungle! 

Welcome to Costa Rica! Fly into Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) and arrive by 1:00 p.m. Your trip host, Sarah, along with your other travel mates will be waiting for you. Costa Rica Shuttle, the nation’s leading Transportation Company, will take us to our amazing house tucked away in the heart of the jungle in Manuel Antonio.

Get ready to relax... our home is soothing, peaceful and luxurious. It is located just minutes from beaches, Costa Rica's most popular national park, plenty of shops and restaurants, and the town of Quepos. Spend your mornings soaking in the sounds of the jungle that surround this beautiful home, with 5 in suites with private bathrooms, air conditioning, jungle views and a private pool you'll be living the life of Pura Vida!

The journey to our home is approximately a 2 hours and 45 minute drive and the views along the drive will take your breath away. Once we arrive we will get settled in to our home and have some time to relax and unwind by the pool.

Tonight we are in for a special treat! A private chef will be joining us at our home to prepare a delicious meal for us to enjoy as we get to know each other and share our excitement for the adventurous week ahead!


Day 2: Chasing Waterfalls & Avatar Jungle Experience

Wake to the sounds of the jungle and enjoy breakfast before heading out on a full day of jungle adventures!

Our guide will pick us up at our house to whisk us a way for an epic day of chasing waterfalls, exploring swimming holes, cliff jumping and more. The drive itself is something out of a movie! En route to the waterfall, we will drive along the coastline with epic views of the Pacific Ocean, and sections of jungle that will have you thinking you’re in Jurassic Park.

Upon arrival, we will take a short hike down to where the river begins. As we enter the canyon and round the final bend, we will come face to face with a panoramic view of the majestic 150 ft Eco Chontales waterfall. On the next couple hours, we be guided to the many different features Eco Chontales has to offer including multiple calm swimming holes, picture perfect photo spots, a mini waterslide and even places to jump from!

Once we have explored this stunning waterfall and all its features, we will top off this incredible experience with an Avatar jungle experience. We will create a mini on-the-spot spa and apply mineral rich naturally-colored blue clay on our bodies. This “rainforest clay” is sourced near fresh spring water and is renowned for its healthy skincare properties. After all the fun and excitement, we will walk about 30 yards over to the river-side restaurant and enjoy a fresh and delicious typical Costa Rican meal while we listen the sound of the waterfall and soak up all the Pura Vida vibes!

Our guide will bring us back to our home base in Manuel Antiono once the tour is over. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy as you wish. Relax by the pool and enjoy the jungle views, head to one of the nearby beaches to catch the sunset or head out for an afternoon of shopping.

Enjoy dinner at your leisure this evening. There are tons of great options within walking distance from our home or you can head into Quepos on the local bus, taxi or Uber to enjoy dinner downtown or at the marina.


Day 3: Beach Day & Jungle Night Tour

Wake up with the sun and enjoy breakfast on the patio while watching the morning monkey show. Did you know there are three different types of monkeys that live in the jungle around Manuel Antonio? If you're lucky, you can see them all in one morning!

Manuel Antonio is the perfect place for a relaxing day at the beach. With a handful of beaches in the area, you can grab a book and relax at the quiet and secluded Playa Biesanz or if you want a little action then head down to Playa Espadilla where you can rent an umbrella covered chair and watch surfers while enjoying your favorite fruity drink. Enjoy lunch at your leisure today.

We will all meet back at our home around 4:00 p.m. to get ready for a fun evening adventure. Tonight we will be heading to the stunning Rainmaker Park for a walk on the dark side of the jungle. Costa Rica is known for its diversity in wildlife, and during this tour you may see bats, Jesus Christ lizards, spiders, owls, varieties of frogs, snakes, many interesting insects and tons more. Our guide will provide you with a flashlight for the night hike. Keep your eyes open - maybe you'll be the one to spot the tiny tree frogs or a sleeping sloth. After a walk on the wild side, we will sit down to enjoy a typical dinner and natural drinks before returning to our home for the evening. 

Relax and unwind with a tropical drink back home as you listen to the sounds of the jungle at night before retreating to your warm, cozy bed.
Day 4: Costa Rica's 7 Adventures Tour - Waterfall Rappelling, Monkey Drops & More!

Wake up and enjoy breakfast with the warmth of the early morning sun kissing your skin. Fill up on a typical Costa Rican breakfast before a big day of adventure!

Our guide will pick us up and we will make our way out to the Costa Rican countryside to our base camp for today. From here we will be taken in a four wheel drive vehicle to the start of our adventure which takes place on 80 acres of protected land. Today's adventure will have you feeling immersed within the Costa Rican rainforest as you will have another opportunity to experience its incredible biodiversity.

On the 7 Costa Rican Adventure Tour we try new activities including waterfall rappelling, the famous monkey drop, an inclined rappel, tree climbing ladders, canopy tour zip lines, and tree-top rappelling. During the adventure there will be short breaks for refreshing snacks, fruits, tea, and water. After our tour, we will be treated to a delicious “Comida Tipica” – a typical Costa Rican meal.

Once we arrive back in Manuel Antonio, you will have free time to shop, relax or take an optional trip to Playa La Macha or another nearby beach to catch a breathtaking sunset over the Pacific Ocean.

Dinner is at on your own tonight. You can choose to have dinner at the place of your choice, or if you would like to join your trip host, Sarah, she will be making arrangements for the group at the notorious El Avion restaurant where an old Fairchild C-123 airplane that was refurbished and turned into one of the coolest bars and restaurants in Manuel Antonio.  


Day 5: Choose Your Adventure + Chocolate & Coffee Tour

Buenos Dias! Wake up and enjoy a cup of coffee as you listen to the early morning sounds of macaws, monkeys, toucans and cicadas. Today is another choose your own adventure day - spend the day relaxing, exploring town, or opt to add an extra adventure rafting down the Savegre River!

Today is choose your adventure day! If you are looking for some extra relaxation, head down to the Playitas to relax on the beach while watching local surfers, relax by the pool with a book and a drink, or head out to explore the local shops and eateries. If you are looking to add a little more adventure, you can choose to add a white water rafting trip down the Savegre River.

Considered to be the cleanest river of all of Central America, this journey takes you through stunning landscapes, incredible waterfalls only found in the middle of the rainforest and with a little luck we will spot wildlife. The rapids are class II-III. The tour lasts approximately 6 hours and includes snacks and a typical Costa Rican meal for lunch before returning back home.

We will meet up back at our home around 2:00 p.m. to prepare for a delicious afternoon treat - a chocolate & coffee tour! We will be picked up and whisked away to a private jungle=preserve located 10 minutes outside of Manuel Antonio. Here we will learn the cultural and biological background of cacao in the world and in Costa Rica, and be introduced to the process of collecting, fermenting, grinding and finally the making of chocolate, the drink of the gods. Next up we will dive into coffee and its importance for Costa Rica’s economic and cultural development. Our guide will share how they make Café-Chorreado, the real Costarican practice of preparing coffee. Finally, we will look at one of the most important aspects of Costarican culture and tradition, the trapiche (mechanic sugarcane-mill), where they grind sugar cane to extract the juice and make delicious cocktails. 

After learning about some Costa Rica's history and traditions, we will head back to Manuel Antonio where you will have the evening to spend as you wish. Dinner is at your leisure with plenty of great restaurants to choose from nearby.


Day 6: Take A Walk On The Wild Side + Sunset Cruise

Rise and Shine...it's adventure time! Wake up and enjoy breakfast before we head out on today's awesome adventures!

This morning we are heading to Manuel Antonio National Park for a guided nature hike. Manuel Antonio National Park is Costa Rica's smallest national park at 16 square kilometers but is mighty! It is one of the most diverse habitats in the world and within its borders you can find over 346 plant species, 109 types of mammals including 4 types of monkeys, 184 types of birds and other species. On your visit to the park, you will be accompanied by a local guide who has a trained eye and familiarity with the park which will enable them to point out animals you would likely overlook on your own. Additionally, the guide will bring along a spotting scope so you can get up-close views of everything from monkeys and sloths to toucans and hummingbirds. Did you know that Manuel Antonio is also one of the few places you can spot the squirrel monkey in the wild?

Our guided nature hike will finish up at the gorgeous Playa Manuel Antonio, ranked as the second best beach in Central America. Playa Manuel Antonio is the crowning jewel of Manuel Antonio National Park and we will have a few hours here to relax and enjoy this little piece of paradise. You can stay and enjoy the park as long as you would like. You are welcome to pack a lunch with to enjoy in the park (beware of the white-face monkeys!) or you can head out of the park to Playa Espadilla and enjoy a bite to eat at one of the local beachside restaurants.

After a few hours of enjoying the beach, we will meet back at home base in the early afternoon before making our way to Marina Pez Vela where we will embark on a sunset cruise. Our journey takes us along the coastline of Manuel Antonio Beach, cruising past Isla Olocuita and Isla Mogote and into the bay of Playa Puerto Escondido with an extraordinary view of the untouched National Park rainforest. Along the cruise dolphins, turtles, manta rays, frigate birds, pelicans, and brown boobies are regularly spotted. After enjoying a welcome drink and fresh fruit, our ship will cruise over to Playa Biesanz to anchor for swimming, snorkeling, lounging on our floating mat, or playing with our kayaks and SUPs.Parrotfish, Wrasses, Pufferfish, Damselfish, Sergeant Majors, Lagostina and even the occasional small octopus are common to see here snorkeling

.After some time exploring Play Biesanz, our crew will serve a “fresh from the Pacific” fish dinner, with rice and locally grown vegetables. To cap off our week long adventure, we will enjoy a unique and breathtaking sunset over the Pacific Ocean. You won’t forget the colors of the sky, clouds, and sea. At dusk, we will return to the marina. After our cruise, we will make our way back to our house to relax and enjoy our final evening together.


Day 7: Pura Vida Costa Rica...Until We Meet Again!

Wake up to the sounds of the jungle as we enjoy our final morning in Costa Rica together. After a final dip in the pool, we will pack up our bags into our shuttle back to the airport.

Enjoy the views of the Pacific Coast as we make our way back to San Jose airport (SJO) to catch a flight back home.We plan to arrive to the airport by 1:00 p.m. so you can catch your flight home feeling relaxed and refreshed from an amazing week of exploration, friendship and discovery!
Inclusions:
- 7 days/6 nights accommodations in a variety in a beautiful home located in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. Double occupancy includes your own bed in a shared bedroom.
- Welcome dinner with a private chef experience and all other meals as noted in itinerary (6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners)
- Transportation to and from the San Jose international airport (SJO) at designated arrival and departure dates and time
- In-country transportation by a local driver to and from guided activities
- Time to relax one at one of several nearby beaches, including Manuel Antonio National Beach, Espadilla Beach, Playitas Beach, Beisanz Beach and more!
- Free to time explore local artisan shops, restaurants and more throughout Manuel Antonio and Quepos
.- Daily guided excursions as noted below including exploring jungle waterfalls, guided nature tours, chocolate tour, sunset cruise and more!
- Pre-travel checklists and a packing list along with travel support from your Women Who Explore trip host
- Entrance fees to Rainmaker Park and Manuel Antonio National Park- Small group; maximum of 11 individuals plus your trip hostGuided

Activities Included:
- Eco-Chontales Waterfall Tour + Blue Clay Experience
- Jungle at Night Tour at Rainmaker Park
- The 7 Costa Rican Adventures Tour
- Chocolate & Coffee Experience + Trapiche & Medicinal Plants Garden Visit
- Guided Nature Hike & Beach Visit in Manuel Antonio National Park
- Sunset Cruise & Snorkel Tour

Add-On Activities:
- Whitewater Rafting includes transportation, guide, gear and lunch

Exclusions:
- International flights to/from San Jose, Costa Rica; fly in and out of Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO)
- Airport transfers outside of designated times or locations as noted above
- Alcohol, speciality beverages and meals as noted above
- Any other additional excursions and activities not included in the itinerary - Visas and entry requirements if applicable
- Traveler's Insurance (required to travel with Women Who Explore)
- Guide tips - the value of the tip is up to the client
- Medical expenses, immunizations, and any Covid-19 required testing if applicable

Meals: All meals will be provided as noted in the itinerary. Please reach out to the trip host after booking if you have any food allergies/sensitivities. We always do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions but cannot make any guarantees.

Trip Confirmation: This trip requires a minimum number of ladies to register in order for it to be confirmed. Once the trip reaches the minimum participant number, you will receive a trip confirmation email and a link to be added a private group just for trip guests. In this group further trip details will be provided along with pre-travel support. 

Cost: $2,395 per person for double occupancy. This includes a twin bed or queen bed in a shared room. If you are traveling solo, you will be assigned roommates upon request.. A deposit of $500 is due at booking with a payment plan to follow.

Cancellation Policy: Please see our Terms of Service.

Covid-19 Travel Policy: Costa Rica's current Covid Policies as of April 1, 2022.“Starting April 1, the temporary immigration measures for entering Costa Rica – put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic – are repealed. This eliminates the requirement to complete the epidemiological form known as the Health Pass and the requirement of medical insurance for unvaccinated foreigners."More info can be found here: Visit Costa Rica

Questions? Please reach out to Lindsey Egan at lindseyegan@womenwhoexplore.com

*Images may not reflect the exact places being visited during this trip itinerary.
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Meet Your Trip Host - North Dakota Ambassador - Sarah

I am a military wife and stay-at-home mom of two boys, three cats and a dog. I am originally from southwest Missouri but currently live in North Dakota. I love exploring new places and the military life has given me the opportunity to live in several different states and countries. A few of my favorite activities are hiking, backpacking, camping, kayaking, snowshoeing, cycling, open water swimming, watching movies, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and eating.

I became an ambassador for Women Who Explore in September 2020 and lead weekly hikes and monthly camping, backpacking, or kayaking trips. I'm an advocate for women to step outside their comfort zone and try something new. I love watching women push themselves and accomplish something they never thought possible. I want to help all women experience the beauty and peace the outdoors can provide and to help them realize that they are stronger and more capable than they ever thought possible