Costa Rica

Costa Rica – An adventure lovers playground

Costa Rica is fantastic for wildlife and adventure enthusiasts, with exciting experiences to offer everyone. I have just returned from a ten-day experience led trip with Camino Travel testing out their best adventure activities, while staying in magnificent eco-hotels and getting up close to Costa Rica’s wonderful wildlife.

Finca Rosa Blanca

I’ve travelled to Costa Rica a couple of times and always in November, which is considered the green season and the end of the rainy season (May to November). I’ve learned that if it rains, it tends to rain in short bursts in the morning or afternoon, which don’t disrupt your day too much. The temperatures are still warm and tropical in the rainy season (25C-27C on average) and there are fewer people travelling, which is a huge bonus. However, if you prefer to be guaranteed more sunshine, then it’s best to travel between December and May, but it will be busier.


Finca Rosa Blanca was my first stop, one of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World, with a huge emphasis on sustainability and supporting the environment. I enjoyed an organic coffee tour to learn how they take beans to cup to make some of the finest Arabica coffee in the world. After enjoying a cup or two, we travelled on and enjoyed a few hours of wildlife watching at La Paz Waterfall Gardens. This is a great place to get a taste of the wildlife that you may see during your time in Costa Rica, I saw many sloths, monkeys, wild cats, and some very colourful hummingbirds.

La Paz Waterfall Gardens


On the journey from La Paz Waterfall Gardens to Arenal, we spotted some sloths chilling in the trees and saw some colourful toucans. The countryside in Costa Rica is teeming with wildlife and has rich soils and fantastic tropical climate for growing fruits, we drove past many banana and pineapple plantations, coffee farms and coconut trees. I enjoyed a ‘pipa fria’ on the way – a deliciously fresh and cold coconut water. We finished off our first day exploring with a visit to Tabacon Hot Springs, Costa Rica’s largest network of naturally flowing thermal mineral springs in Arenal’s private and secluded rainforest reserve. In my opinion, this is the best place to relax after your first day acclimatizing to the change in time zone.


If you enjoy adrenalin then the Arenal Sky Tram and Trek is a must, it’s one of Costa Rica’s longest zip lines, offering stunning views over the Arenal Lake. However, if you need to find some water-based activities for your clients, then the Guanacaste Coast is easy to access from Arenal (Approx. 3-4 hrs drive). Here you can choose from kayaking, SUP, snorkeling, surfing or fishing. You can visit Samara or Nosara to enjoy the Pacific Coast, there are some excellent hotels to choose from as well, which Camino Travel can advise on.

Pacuare River Rafting, Samara Beach Kayaking, Zip Lining


Costa Rica offers some of the best white water rafting in Central America on the Pacuare River, where you can enjoy an exhilarating raft over grade I and II rapids to the Pacuare Lodge or Rios Tropicales Eco Lodge. Pacuare Lodge is another National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, a very special place for those seeking a luxury rainforest experience. I stayed in one of their river view rooms, which came with an amazing balcony, with a hammock, a great place to sit and listen to the sounds of the river and rainforest. Rio Tropicales is a comfortable eco-lodge option for those that want to enjoy a river view and hike in the primary rainforest surrounding the lodge, it’s great for groups and less expensive.

Pacuare Lodge


Puerto Viejo, located on the Southern Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica offers a more laid-back atmosphere, with palm-fringed beaches and delicious Caribbean cuisine. Bikes are available to rent, to cycle from beach to beach, and you can stop off on the way to visit the Jaguar Rescue Centre or sit and have a few beers sat next to your favourite palm tree. The Aguas Claras Hotel is a 5-star boutique hotel, a short walk away from the tranquillity of Playa Chiquita beach. The hotel is beautifully decorated with Costa Rican art and is owned by a Costa Rican artist, who really cares about sustainability and protecting the natural environment. It was the perfect place to kick back and relax on the beach at the end of a fabulous time touring through Costa Rica.


The diversity of wildlife and activities available in Costa Rica, as well as the very high standard of service and accommodation, make Costa Rica one of the best destinations to travel to in Latin America. If you are interested in knowing more about Camino Travel and Costa Rican itineraries please contact Katrina (katrina@americas.co.uk) for more information.

Gravity Falls – an adventure awaits in Costa Rica!

Gravity Falls day trip

If you are ready to push yourself and put your limits to the test, Costa Rica’s newest and most extreme adventure tour is a must!

Imagine a river tour with canyoning or rappelling – take it up a few notches, and we have the extreme challenge of ‘Gravity Falls Waterfall Jumping’, a multi-sport activity that takes you through a beautiful canyon in the middle of a tropical rainforest.

The day starts out easy enough, with a nice drive through the Costa Rican countryside, to go deep into the forest, where the adventure begins! Get your adrenaline going with a 140 ft rappel down a gushing waterfall, take a plunge into the cool, clear pool below, and make your way to the shore. Continue online drugstore your journey and jump down a series of waterfalls and cliffs, that range from 5 to 25 feet in height, trek through a narrow canyon passage and experience the magical combination of hiking, swimming, and rock climbing along the river. Professional guides will accompany every step of the way to ensure your safety and help you test your limits. Finish up the day with a delicious all you can eat buffet at the ‘Hunters & Gatherers’ riverside restaurant, before heading back to your hotel for a rest.

The gravity falls experience can be enjoyed as a day trip from your hotel in La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano. Contact Camino Travel at info@caminotravel.com for more information.

Nosara – A place to relax the mind, body and spirit

Sunset Yoga in Nosara

The relaxing sound of waves crashing on the beach, the soothing sights of a myriad of tones of green, and the mesmerizing tropical environment are an elemental part of the underlying beauty of Nosara – a community dedicated to yoga, meditation and just plain good living, in one of the few “blue zones” in the world.

Yoga Lessons in Nosara

Nosara is not the easiest place to get to, but that only seems to add to the magic for those who are looking for the perfect wave, heightened self-awareness or just some rest and time to switch off from the constant phone buzzes or masses of emails we all know too well.

Those who come to Nosara to practice the art and science of yoga will find that there is no shortage of options for both the novice and more experienced. A leisurely stroll through town offers healing centers, open-air studios – tucked among the lush vegetation of Costa Rica’s tropical forest or overlooking the Pacific Ocean – yoga retreats, meditation retreats, teaching training courses, workshops, spas. And, of course, a world-renowned Yoga Institute.

Yoga poses

Whether you are interested in the quick and powerful moves of Ashtanga yoga or the slower and more intense movements of Hatha yoga, we are sure that you will find that the white sand beaches, intense turquoise waters, lush tropical forests, and exuberant flora and fauna simply serve as a catalyst to connect with your inner self and find that soothing state of awareness many are looking for.

Marcela Valverde from Camino Travel is an experienced yoga teacher and knows the best places for yoga, zen and relaxation in Nosara and the rest of Costa Rica.

Contact Camino Travel at info@caminotravel.com for more information or visit the Camino Travel website.

Nosara Sunset
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