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Full Retirement Age Group off to Costa Rica.

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As I describe amazing trips that I have taken to Costa Rica, friends of my age group (full retirement age) are fascinated with what I am describing to them. And they often say, ‘that is a place that I have always wanted to go”. What I sense in my age group, one of the biggest obstacles is not speaking Spanish and how will we travel around the country. A trip planned by Green Spot took care of all those concerns, which at the end were not a concern at all, as some of the population speaks some English.
Approximately, two years ago I made my 4th trip to Costa Rica and it was a marvelous experience. 5 friends accompanied me who did not know Spanish and the travel was taken care by GreenSpot. And it was all we all could ever expect. We saw the southern coast in Dominical, the southern tip of the country on the Osa Peninsula (staying in a well known eco lodge of Lapa Rios) north to the Rainforest and on to Arenal where we experienced an active volcano from a safe distance.
My friends found the same things to be true that I have talked about for years. Three of us were avid birdwatchers and we saw enough to fill our birding books. Our first morning out from Lapa Rios, we questioned if all the birds had been planted there for us! We hiked forest trails led by a knowledgeable tour guide who spoke flawless English and who told us of the plants, animals, commerce and history of this interesting country. Our transportation was by small airplane and small tour bus (12-16 passengers). We were able to see the varied topography and have all our questions answered while traveling from one destination to another.
Our whole party would heartedly endorse this way to see the wonderful countryside and to learn about it in a way that the ordinary tourist might never experience.
Afraid of exploring the world at my age? Not anymore.

Highlights of our Family Adventure in Costa Rica

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I’ll begin with our first night at the Finca Rosa Blanca, near San Jose. We loved it and were sorry that we
could only spend the night. It’s a real gem, and got our trip off to a good start.

Another marvelous memory was our stay at the Bosque de Paz, in the cloud forest. It is a special
place, close to nature, secluded and peaceful. The owners were there, and treated us like family.
We never would have known about it on our own. I’m so glad we got to stay there. There was
a young man, native to the place, who is a naturalist and gave us a wonderful nature hike, and let
us see a microscopic orchid he collected that is extremely rare.

From there, we headed toward Arenal, stopping on the way for what turned out to be an
absolutely delightful afternoon with Dona Mara and her family (daughters, grandchildren), with a
home-made delicious lunch in her covered, open-air patio (with kitchen!). Dona Mara is a
gracious and kind lady who made us feel like part of her family. She helped us make our own
tortillas (a first for me, I buy them in packages at home!) and gave us a bountiful lunch of local
cuisine. Then she gave my daughter and I earrings she had made in the colors of the Cost Rican
flag as souvenirs. This experience was certainly unique and not one we would have had on an
ordinary tour, or on one we had planned ourselves. It was unforgettable and it still makes me
smile to remember it.
A few words abut our guide, Julio Madriz. A more knowledgeable and congenial travel
companion cannot be found. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of the flora and fauna,
geography and history of Costa Rica and shared it in a casual and interesting way, helping us
sample a forest-found fruit and see tiny creatures hidden to the untrained eye. He had boundless
energy and patience and made us feel like new-found friends. I hope you are lucky enough to
have Julio as your guide. He added so much to our trip.

The grand finale was a few nights at Punta Islita resort, where we had arranged to stay in an
individual villa, complete with a plunge pool with a gorgeous view of the forest and beach, and
hand-hewn beds of native woods, in air-conditioned comfort. It was low-key and charming, with
a resident troop of monkeys in a mango grove on the property.. The lovely beach ( very warm
and calm water) and amenities of the resort made it the perfect place to unwind and relax before
heading home.

All in all, it was perfect, just what we hoped for, and more. A wonderful time and now,
wonderful memories.

A Costa Rica Family Adventure To Remember

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During the Christmas holidays, our family of 4 took a trip to Costa Rica. We were 2
middle-aged (but in pretty good shape physically) and active adults, and a 19 and 17 year old. It
isn’t easy to plan a trip that will satisfy all of the wishes and wants of 2 adults and a college age
and a high school age teen. Usually, we plan our own trips, but this one called for some savvy
and well-informed assistance.
We had read in Conde Nast Traveler magazine about some travel agencies that specialized in
Costa Rica, so I took their recommendations and called 4 places. I gave each one a description of
our group, and our wish lists and priorities, as well as the time frame. We then carefully read and
evaluated the proposed tips itineraries and budgets.
Greenspot stood out from the beginning. We liked their suggestions, and felt that they “got”
what our family is like and what we were looking for. And they were so pleasant and easy to
deal with.
The trip turned out to be absolutely wonderful- we’d do it all over again in a minute! We were so
happy with all of the choices of accomodations and activities. What made the trip so enjoyable
and stress-free was that the logistics were flawless. Greenspot made sure that, at every transfer,
we were met by drivers who knew exactly what to do and where to go. They were always there,
waiting for us, pleasant and prepared to do their jobs. So we could relax and just enjoy
ourselves.

Read more about some of our highlights of the trip next.

The creation of the Agro-Costarrican Museum

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It would work as a tool to teach the children of the community about how to preserve what it’s been so hard to get, our land.
The museum will expose the history and development of the area, through the eyes of those founders who worked hard to make sure that their families had a place to live and be part of. The founders had the opportunity to give the community a message which was mainly said in these words “Let’s value and preserve what we have now, and teach the rest of the world that our community has been built to give visitors the opportunity to learn about our culture and our identity, and pass this along for many generations to come.
The construction would take close to 5 years, and would be located in the town of Chachagua, just 20 minutes from the town of La Fortuna and the Arenal Volcano.

We hope to see you there!

Rural tourism project in the Manuel Antonio Area

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Driving toward the mountains of Talamanca, 45 minutes from Quepos-Manuel Antonio, is the town of Londres, and the Rural Tourism Project of Los Campesinos Private Reserve. Hanging bridgeCreated by three local costarricans, who wanted to share their tico traditions, great food, and their stories about growing up in the area and the old Costa Rica, but most important to give visitors the opportunity to experience the authentic side of the country, by spending a day hiking among farms, creeks, waterfalls, and wildlife in the primary and secondary forest. Los Campesinos reserve is located on a majestic mountain range between the Naranjo and Savegre rivers watersheds. ViewThe Reserve is part of the community of Quebrada Arroyo, and is managed by Don Miguel Mora, his brother and his wife Doña Juanita. Visitors have the opportunity to interact with the locals, walk in a hanging bridge, and if you feel even more adventures, you could experience a traditional manual tram (kind of a metal tram suspended by ropes) to get across the Savegre River. A day of memorable moments that could be added, if you are staying in the Manuel Antonio Area.
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