“Awaken Your Senses: A Costa Rican Adventure Quest” is a 7-day, 6-night wellness vacation in a lush tropical setting that offers a truly magical experience. Join us as we set off on a quest to awaken each of our 5 senses with all the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and feelings that Costa Rica has to offer.
I want you to imagine yourself...
…venturing into the heart of Costa Rica’s untamed rainforests as you gaze upon the natural beauty of spectacular flora, intriguing wildlife, and amazing mountainous vistas.
…soaking in the natural hot springs at the base of the Arenal volcano as the luxurious warmth of mineral-rich waters soothes your body and relaxes your mind.
…sitting down at the table of a local Costa Rican farm as you enjoy the delightful flavors of a home-cooked meal made with freshly harvested foods.
…reveling in the roar of rushing whitewater as your raft conquers the rapids of the Pacuare river – rated one of the top rivers in the world.
…exploring an organic coffee plantation wrapped in the exquisite aromas of rich Arabica blends being roasted, ground, and brewed.
Now STOP! This doesn’t have to be an imaginary vacation. This magnificent wellness experience can become a reality for you. It’s time to indulge in the beauty, luxury, and adventure that awaits you in Costa Rica.
When creating “Awaken Your Senses: A Costa Rican Adventure Quest,” inspiration was drawn from the Costa Rican phrase “pura vida,” which loosely translated means “simple life.” Costa Ricans (or Ticos) use this term to say hello, to say goodbye, to say everything’s great, to say everything’s cool. But in Costa Rica, it is more than just a saying — it is a way of life. It symbolizes the idea of simply enjoying life and being happy.
The intention of this retreat is to rejuvenate and empower the mind, body, and spirit through adventure and sensory indulgence – the “pura vida” way. This spirit has been infused into every aspect of your wellness vacation experience.
Come immerse yourself in the Costa Rican “pura vida” lifestyle and allow it to inspire you. Together we will explore the rainforest, find presence in daily meditation, discover Costa Rica’s natural beauty and harmonious way of life, enjoy a variety of fresh local dishes, relax in hot springs flowing up from the earth, and share in an adventurous community of fun.
“Awaken Your Senses: A Costa Rican Adventure Quest” is about providing a unique experience and perhaps exposing you to a new outlook on life.
What to Expect
Arise from a pleasant sleep to the sound of cascading waters and songful birds. Start the day conversing with newfound friends over a vibrant nourishing breakfast served with warm, tropical breezes. Each day brings a new adventure. But before we set off on our daily quest, we’ll do our morning warm-up and AWAKEN THE SENSES, gently stretching our arms, legs, back, and shoulders. After dinner, evenings are filled with laughter, friendship, and special inspirational talks, whether we’re enjoying a bonfire, lounging along the riverside, or kicking back in some hammocks. Seal in those “good vibes” with our nightly restoration meditation before retiring to our comfy beds.
We’ll have outrageously delicious meals with spectacular views and a relaxed atmosphere. The chefs create dishes that nourish the body and enliven the senses. You’ll love Costa Rica’s local tropical fruits like pineapple, papaya, starfruit, and citrus. The menu features the freshest ingredients with a strong emphasis on using organic and local produce. Dietary requests (e.g. vegetarian, gluten-free) can be accommodated.)
*All meals are included, with the exception of two lunches and two dinners which gives you the opportunity to explore some fabulous local restaurants.
Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort - Bask in the mystic, romantic beauty of the rainforest while staying at the Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort, a 5-star luxury hotel situated at the base of the Arenal Volcano and surrounded by natural pools and cascading waterfalls formed by hot mineral springs. Tabacon caters to guests desiring a world class luxury experience in one of the most unspoiled and exotic natural settings in Central America.
Tabacon’s air-conditioned guest rooms are all uniquely appointed with furniture and art pieces handmade by Costa Rican artisans. Tabacon guests enjoy spectacular rain forest and exotic garden views and all the amenities one would expect at a world-class resort. WiFi, bathrobes and slippers, nightly turn-down service, and concierge services are all complimentary.
The Grand Spa at Tabacon is world-renowned for its lavish and natural outdoor spa and beauty treatments. Spa guests may opt to enjoy therapeutic mineral body wraps, facials, massages and more, in one to two-person open air bungalows. One of the resort’s newest luxury areas is Shangri-La Gardens, which offers a private and secluded adults-only hideaway exclusively for hotel guests. Shangri-La is a tropical garden oasis, where adult guests can relax with refreshments surrounded by lush flora and six naturally-occurring thermal spring pools.
The Pacuare eco lodge is an adventure retreat located in the heart of the rainforest overlooking the Pacuare River. People come to the lodge for jungle adventures and to experience local culture.
It is one of the most enchanting and spectacular spots in Costa Rica and you’ll appreciate the details: the charming decor, tasty meals, incredible wildlife, laidback friendly atmosphere, and the exuberance of the tropical rainforest.
The lodge consists of open-air cabins, each having a private bathroom with a heated shower. The highlight of the cabin is the private terrace that opens on to landscaped native bush gardens and a stunning view -- a massive wall of thick rainforest that cascades down a mountainside opposite the Pacuare River.
Villa Florencia is a picturesque boutique hotel set amidst sugarcane fields and lush vegetation. The ambiance of Villa Florencia is quiet, peaceful, and discreet. It is an excellent location for those seeking the solace of a retreat in a natural setting.
Accommodations are spacious and woodsy, with private hot water bathrooms. All guest rooms feature Wi-Fi, coffee maker, mini refrigerator, and cable TV. The hotel facilities include an amazing outdoor pool, spa tub, and a home-style restaurant serving local cuisine.
We meet at the Juan Santamaría International Airport. Upon boarding private transport, we begin the journey to Turrialba, about a two-hour drive through orchards, small towns, and beautiful coffee fields. Upon arrival in Turrialba, you will settle into your hotel, Villa Florencia. The hotel is an enchanting and elegant place located in the green and agricultural area of Turrialba. Your accommodations offer an experience full of harmony and exclusiveness. Just a stroll around the Villa Florencia gardens will have you feeling closer to nature. Tropical birds surround you – toucans, parakeets, and oropendolas.
Get to know your fellow “Awaken Your Senses” travelers at our Welcome Dinner featuring local cuisine.
Coffee Tour, Rafting, Ziplines, & Tarzan Swing: Welcome to the jungle! After enjoying a great breakfast, you are outfitted for the awesome two-day, one-night rafting trip on the world famous Lower Pacuare River.
On your way to the river, you’ll stop at a local organic coffee farm. This is an opportunity to not only learn about coffee, but also about the culture, traditions, and daily life in Costa Rica. Discover how coffee is traditionally brewed in Costa Rica and, of course, sip on a fresh cup made this way. Have you heard about the butter-in-your-coffee trend? We’ll learn what this is really all about…and if it’s a truly effective biohack to improve your health.
Then it’s time to enjoy 8 miles of exciting whitewater, and take river-side stops to hike up to secluded waterfalls. The rafting is a fun class III section of whitewater on a beautiful pristine river. After enjoying the wonderful hikes and incredible rapids, you will be taken to a remote eco-lodge. The Pacuare Eco-Lodge offers the perfect vantage point to survey the beautiful river and jungle.
Once you’re settled in at the lodge, take a short walk to the canopy/zipline course. Fly through the treetop canopy and capture a different perspective of the river, rainforest, and its environs. This is an experience as no other! You will face the exotic beauty of the rainforest head on, feeling the adrenaline of dramatic views, rappelling down towering trees and sliding along cables from tree to tree as you descend the jungle-cloaked mountain toward the Pacuare Lodge for a final thrilling rappel. You will experience this excitement secure in the knowledge that you are securely anchored with a safety harness, providing a unique experience that no other tour of this type offers. It's an unforgettable adventure in the tree tops! For the brave, there is also the amazing (and nearly heart-stopping) Tarzan Swing. From a platform located over 200 feet above the river bank, you are launched into a free fall out towards the river. It truly is an adrenaline rush for those craving extreme fun. You can opt out , but why would you want to? And you are almost guaranteed to be the only ones there! Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.
Hike to the Indigenous Villages: The Talamanca Mountains are host to the Cabecar natives, the largest indigenous group in Costa Rica and one that retains many of its traditional customs and beliefs. Spend the day hiking to the nearby Cabecar indigenous tribe. The challenging trail offers a wonderful opportunity to discover many secrets of the forest, interact with the ecosystem, and hike the same trails the Cabecars have trekked for centuries. Visiting the small community of Tsiobata offers a chance to see how some of the most remote natives of Costa Rica live today. Total hiking time will be about 3 hours (though we will add a break for lunch), and the elevation gain is around 1000 feet. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.
Rafting, Part II: Those who enjoy the early morning will especially delight in a scenic hike through the dense rainforest surrounding the lodge. After a hearty breakfast surrounded by tropical birds it’s time to get serious about whitewater fun. Your rafting trip continues down the most challenging section of the Pacuare as class IV drops seem to be around every corner. The spectacular river canyon and virgin rainforest create vertical walls of green, broken by waterfalls and hanging vines. This stretch of the Lower Pacuare River has been voted one of the top 5 commercially-rafted rivers in the world by National Geographic and will have you floating past primary rainforest, stunning waterfalls, and steep canyons while navigating lively class III and IV rapids.
Horse-riding to the La Fortuna Waterfall: The Arenal Volcano is a spectacular backdrop as you travel by horseback across the green countryside to visit the beautiful waterfalls near La Fortuna. Ride with an experienced Costa Rican cowboy and practice your Spanish along the way. Cool off in the rushing waters near the waterfall. The horses are well-maintained and this is an easy going ride. Return to your hotel for an afternoon of free time.
Tabacon boasts the best hot springs and pools in the country, and as a guest, you will have complimentary and unlimited use of them. There isn’t a better way to unwind after five full exhilarating days on our Costa Rican Adventure Quest. Guests also have exclusive access to Shangri-La Gardens, the adults-only hideaway.
Many hot springs destinations in the Arenal Volcano region and around the world drill wells and rely on pumps and mechanical systems to fill their pools. Others re-circulate and/or re-heat their supposed “thermal” waters, by means of gas boilers and other heating methods. All of Tabacon’s water is true thermal water, naturally heated by the volcano and slowly mineralized underground.
An essential part of exploring the wondrous world of the Tabacon Hot Springs is soaking in the cascading thermal waterfalls. This natural hydrotherapy is a surefire way to achieve ultimate relaxation. Bask in Tabacon’s warm, river-fed grottos in the mist of a tropical rain forest. And for those requiring a refreshing dunk, there is a cold river that winds through the property as well, offering up cooler pools that contrast nicely with the hot springs.
Breakfast is included.
Personal Time & Home-Style Cooking Experience: Enjoy a day to spend as you choose. That’s what a vacation is really all about, right? At the 5-star Tabacon Resort there are abundant options for adventure or relaxation!
Later, you’ll be taken from your hotel to a local farm that will open its doors to share insights about Costa Rican food and local agricultural products such as yucca, tiquisque, mamón chino, and sugar cane. You'll visit the farm's garden and farm animals. You'll get an understanding of what it takes to get the food from the farm to the table. You will then be taught how to cook up some Tico-style tortillas and "guisados" for a delicious sit-down meal. Afterwards, relax with a cup of coffee, share some recipes, and learn how whole food living can fit into your life. Then be transported back to your hotel to dream about the scrumptious food you'll probably want to recreate back home! Breakfast and dinner are included.
Time to head home: Say farewell to Costa Rica! Pack up your belongings, fantastic souvenirs, and wonderful memories. Our private transfer will take us from the resort to the airport in time for your departing flight.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
• 1 night at Villa Florencia, Turrialba.
• 2 nights at Pacuare eco lodge, Pacuare River.
• 3 nights at Tabacon Resort, La Fortuna.
• All ground transfers within Costa Rica by private shuttle
• Whitewater Rafting On The Pacuare River
• Organic Coffee Plantation Tour
• Jungle Canopy Zipline Tour & Tarzan Swing
• Guided Indigenous Hike Through The Rainforest
• Horseback Riding To The La Fortuna Waterfall
• Tabacon Hot Springs Access
• Costa Rican Cooking Experience
• Three Inspirational Wellness Chats
• Daily Morning Warm-up/Stretch
• Nightly Restoration Meditation
• Daily breakfasts
• 3 lunches
• 4 dinners
• Tips for our local tour guides, boatmen, and drivers are included.
• 10% service charge is included in all meal fees (as it is required by Costa Rican law).
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:
• Local or International Flights.
• The Costa Rican international airport departure tax. (Estimated $29; sometimes included in your flight cost, so check with your provider.)
• Alcoholic beverages.
• Meals not detailed in the itinerary.
• Personal expenses of any kind.
• Transportation not specified in the itinerary.
• Telephone calls.
• Tips for porters, maids, concierge, optional spa services, etc.
• Services not specified in the itinerary. For example, spa services (facials, massages, etc.) and other available activities (canyoning, rock climbing, etc) are not included.
• The services quoted includes all the taxes (for lodging, it is 13%; for meals, 10% is the service charge and 13% is sales tax). If the tax scheme changes, prices will be adjusted accordingly.
• The check-in time for international flights is 3 hours prior to the flight departure.
Arrival - August 18, 2018
Departure - August 24, 2018
Please plan so that your flight arrives at SJO (Juan Santamaría International Airport) by 3pm local time on August 18, 2018, and departs from the same airport at 12:30pm (or after) local time on August 24, 2018. Shuttle will pick-up at 4:30pm on 8/18/18 for transfer to hotel, and will drop-off at airport on 8/24/18 by 9:30am.
Only $1699 per person (double occupancy).
If you would like single occupancy, then add $700 to total cost.
Deposit of $250 required to book your trip & lock in your price.
Then 50% of remainder due 90 days prior to trip start,
and the balance due 45 days prior to trip start.
See payment terms HERE.
There are 2 beds in each double occupancy room.
Single occupancy is limited and first come, first served.
If double occupancy spots get sold out, email us and request to be placed on wait list
-- will convert single occupancy rooms to double for you, if available.
To ensure the best experience for all guests on this trip, I am keeping the group size small. Space is limited. So make your deposit NOW to reserve your spot before the trip sells out!
This incredible wellness event in tropical Costa Rica was carefully designed to appeal to all 5 senses. The mind and body can optimally remember, appreciate, and learn from each of the amazing, healthful experiences of this adventure quest when they are anchored by a strong sensory stimulation. This is not just a week-long retreat, it’s a life-transforming vacation.
Can you see it?
Hear it? Taste it?
Smell it? Feel it?
AWAKEN YOUR SENSES:
A Costa Rican Adventure Quest!