Costa Rica’s Urban Renaissance and Magical Peninsulas
14th annual Wonderful Women Adventure
February 6-16, 2019
Guided hikes and wildlife viewing in rainforests and mangroves of the Nicoya and Osa Peninsulas
An overnight stay, cooking and cultural activities with a local Tico family
Discovering the “new” San Jose: barrios, buildings, and brews
Spotting colorful tropical birds in diverse habitats
Conversations with local leaders in urban and rural sustainability
Exploring small town Montezuma on the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula
Experiencing the culture and history of the Osa through its people- from artisanal gold mining to butterfly farming and more
Enjoying a secluded eco-lodge and its spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and lush surroundings
Optional activities: pre-trip Spanish/Cultural Immersion program, zip lining, massage, kayaking, yoga and early morning bird walks
Sharing and celebrating experiences with an amazing group of women
Part 1: Exploring San José's urban renaissance
Arrive at Juan Santa Maria International Airport in the capital city of San José, and transfer to your hotel in downtown San JosE.
February 6-8, 2019
You'll relax by the pool, begin to get acquainted with fellow travelers and enjoy our welcome gathering and dinner in a nearby restaurant. The group will explore the “new” San José with a guided walking tour of vibrant neighborhoods, independent coffee houses and foodie destinations, and also volunteer with a local nonprofit on an urban river clean-up and care initiative.
Accommodation: Hotel Boutique Jade
Part 2: Montezuma, on the Nicoya Peninsula
With long-time Wonderful Women guide and good friend, Alex Alvarez, we’ll travel by coaster bus and ferry to the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula.
You will hike and picnic in the secluded Cabo Blanco Natural Reserve, Costa Rica’s first protected land, and a perfect location for spotting birds and wildlife. We'll greet the day with a morning yoga class, visit the Montezuma Waterfalls, explore small-town, bohemian Montezuma and enjoy the expansive oceanfront garden.
Accommodation: Hotel Amor de Mar
Part 3: The Osa Peninsula
February 11-13, 2019 - Emerging Rural Tourism Initiatives
From the Nicoya, we will head south toward the rainforest of the Osa Peninsula.
On the Osa: We will spend time with locals to learn about the staggering beauty and rural sustainability initiatives. You'll meet my longtime friend, Pedro Rojas, to learn about the history, culture and renowned artisanry of the indigenous community of Boruca. We'll enjoy a boat tour to explore beauty and see the wildlife of Central America's largest mangrove system, take a gold mining tour, and visit a butterfly farm. We'll also spend time with local leaders Yenci and Freddy, help cook dinner, and enjoy the lodging and surrounding beauty of Finca El Descanso.
February 13-16, 2019 - A Little Slice Of Paradise
You will spend the last three nights enjoying a little slice of paradise. The view and lush jungle surroundings will take your breath away. Perched high on a cliff overlooking the Pacific, our home will be Drake Bay’s stunning La Paloma Lodge. We'll enjoy a guided coastal walk, followed by snorkeling, swimming and a barbecue at San Josecito beach. You'll be able to go on a wildlife hike in Corcovado National Park, go ziplining, kayaking, and enjoy a rainforest massage before our final festive dinner before the trip's end.
Accommodation: La Paloma Lodge
Part 4: Departure
February 16, 2018
We will depart from Drake Bay and the Juan Santa Maria International Airport on February 16.
OPTIONAL PRE-TRIP EXPERIENCE
SPANISH IMMERSION AND A TASTE OF COSTA RICAN CULTURE
Hosted by Personalized Spanish Language School
February 3-6, 2019
Join us for a language and culture program customized by Personalized Spanish School, a small boutique school in the community of Tres Rios, just outside of San José. Personalized Spanish has collaborated with Travel With Ann on more than a dozen programs since 2010.
In your two and a half days, you will have Spanish classes and related programming, stay with a host family and experience local culture, and get a jump start on your Spanish before the official Wonderful Women trip begins!
- Small classes with three students maximum.
- University-educated instructors who teach to your level of Spanish and learning style.
- Cultural activities include an evening of traditional music and dances of Costa Rica’s seven provinces.
- Homestays with Tico families- allowing you to practice Spanish in real life situations.
- Typical foods include delicious tropical fruits, gallo pinto, and regional specialties.
- School facilities include free wi-fi and unlimited international calls.
Wonderful Women 14 Trip Reserved BEFORE October 19, 2018 --- $3,725
Wonderful Women 14 Trip Reserved AFTER October 19, 2018 --- $3,925
Spanish Immersion and A Taste of Costa Rica Culture Program
Program #1 --- $550
Small group classes; cultural activities
Program #2 --- $610
Small group classes; cultural activities; two hours' private instruction
Wonderful Women 14 Trip Price includes:
Experienced bilingual guides
Accommodations and all but four meals (two lunches and two dinners)
All activities and entrance fees, unless noted as optional in the itinerary
Domestic flight from Drake Bay to Juan Santamaria International Airport on departure day
Wonderful Women 14 Trip Price does not include:
International travel to and from San José, Costa Rica
Transportation to the San José hotel on arrival day
“A Spanish Immersion and Taste of Costa Rican Culture” pre-trip and other activities noted as optional in the itinerary
Two lunches and two dinners
Alcoholic beverages and personal purchases
Gratuities for primary Costa Rican guides, drivers and lodging staff
Optional Pre-Trip Price includes:
Airport pick-up and transfer to your home stay;
Choice of small group Spanish classes and cultural activities or small group classes, cultural activities, and two hours of private instruction;
Home stays (three nights; breakfast and dinner; laundry service);
All other activities associated with this program except three lunches, public bus transportation, and transfer to Hotel Boutique Jade in San Jose on February 6.
A small portion of participant registration fees will be contributed to the Osa communities we will visit on February 12-13.
How to register for the trip
Interested in registering for the trip? Contact Ann Becker to learn more and find out if space is still available.