Costa Rica trips for me have been all that I could have imagined.
And each trip home firmly gives that feeling of “I can’t wait to go back” and “I have to tell all of my friends, or should I keep it to myself!?”
Have a bucket list? One of the experiences on mine was a white water rafting trip. Why not in Costa Rica? and was I ever pleased.
The Sarapiqui River was chosen as a mid-range option and adventure. The rafting skills of the guide and the added bonus of the on shore photographer getting those very special close up shots as I paddled and helped direct the raft along the 4 hour trip provides for memories to share.
I had a great time seeing the rapids and some twists and turns, but paddling on, losing my paddle once, listening to the guide, and enjoying the team work of the fellow white water rafters.
The plan for the day was taken care of in the hands of the tour company, fruit and drink stops along the trip with some time for swimming in the calm and cool river waters, wildlife sightings of the howler monkeys, a real Tico lunch experience, photos and safe trip back to the home base hotel.
The next day was set aside for the traditional Arenal Volcano and Tabacon Hot Springs Tour. One highlight of the visit at sundown is the lava visibly flowing and spewing upward. Not going to see that in Dallas, Texas!
And here is one of many moments that would always be a memory. At night following the volcano visit and while driving on the way back to San Juan our van driver noticed a large native sloth moving toward the edge of the highway from the grass.
He pulled over to the side of the road and each of us had a special close up look at the slow moving sloth.
After a moment he turned the animal around away from the highway and back toward the jungle area from which he came. The story we all thought had a happy ending for the sloth, if his journey to the highway continued it would not have ended well.
After two adventure packed days, the final two days of the stay in San Juan and Costa Rica was the Xandari Resort & Spa.
Looking forward to a day of relaxing and renewal the spa village is set in a tropical garden and includes private palm-roofed jalapas with Jacuzzis and a picturesque view. The jalapa is yours for the day with a wide choice of classes, relaxing, food and drink, and treatments.
I signed up for a private Yoga class, now that was fun!
I have never practiced Yoga, and let’s just say my muscle tone and flexibility shows the lack of experience. I went on to enjoy a massage, mud wrap, and mimosa and light lunch. Various other body treatments with Costa Rican flavor are also available.
Make your own memories with a trip to Costa Rica.