Costa Rica & the "Pura Vida" Life

Costa Rica

Duration: 9 days
Group size: 1 - 999
Costa Rica & the "Pura Vida" Life
Costa Rica

Duration: 9 days
Group size: 1 - 999

About this trip

It is not a coincidence that Costa Rica has been recognized many times as the happiest country in the world. What is the secret formula that makes this little Central American country an oasis of peace & happiness? Is it simply because of its natural beauty and the fact it has no army since 1948? Maybe having access to the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans + enviable weather conditions may also have something to do with that? It might even be because they have the freshest/tastiest fruit and some of the best coffee in the world! We believe it is the combination of these facts and having the friendliest people we have come across - You can never get tired of "Tico's" smiles and their favourite phrase: “Pura Vida”.

Join us and discover the true meaning of “Pura Vida” by talking to the locals at a Sunday farmer's market, swimming in hidden waterfalls and walking virgin beaches surrounded by rainforest. Go white-water rafting in the cleanest river in Central America, learn about coffee production at an eco-farm in the central Valley and witness the majestic Arenal Volcano while hiking with a local guide. We will make sure you also have the chance to practise yoga, learn the basics of surfing and give something back to the community by taking part in activities organized by local NGO’s. Sunsets, fauna & flora and connecting with like-minded people are some other ingredients we will be adding to the mix.

Bienvenidos a Costa Rica!

What do Escapades look like?

  • Discover the most beautiful hidden waterfalls in the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Swim in its pristine waters surrounded by rainforest, enjoy an included lunch in the gastronomic village of Ojochal and explore the National park of Manuel Antonio with its unique wildlife and breathtaking beaches
  • Go whitewater rafting in Central America's cleanest river: El Savegre. An adrenaline rush amidst nature that it is completed by an included lunch served on banana leaves at a local waterfall. End the day with a sunset in one of "Bahia Ballena's" (Whales Bay) kilometric beaches.
  • Learn the secrets behind Costa Rican coffee at a family-run sustainable coffee plantation.
  • Go on an epic hike at Arenal Volcano with a local guide. Discover about the local flora & fauna from someone who knows this place like the back of his hand and be amazed by the unique landscapes surrounding this active volcano.

*Included escapades may vary during the year, but they are all amazing!

Want to wander about? Our hosts are full

  • Have an introduction to surfing in one of the world's top destination for this sport. Alternatively, join a yoga class by the Pacific Ocean and forget about the mundane
  • Try different local dishes at our favourite family-owned places. From the freshest ceviche, to "chifrijo" (join us and find out what it is) and Caribbean delicacies like "rondón" and "patí".
  • Experience a Sunday morning farmers market in the tropics. Talk to the locals, buy the sweetest and freshest fruit you will ever try and sit down for a "cafe chorreado" (traditionally brewed coffee) and pupusas or chorreadas (curious eh?).
  • Give something back to the community that is hosting you by joining a local NGO on their daily activities. Discover Costa Rica's daily life, interact with "Ticos" and practise your Spanish!
  • Be prepared to see macaws, turtles, crocodiles, monkeys, butterflies, sloths, toucans, spiders and many other inhabitants of Costa Rica in their natural habitats.

*Free and led by your host - just cover entrance fees or food/drinks when needed!

What’s included

  • Local Host
    Friendly, Knowledgeable and Local Host. Your first point of contact with the local culture and your guide throughout your adventure.
  • Accommodation
    8 nights of comfy, fully equipped and conveniently located accommodation. You will be able to cook and do your laundry in our selected houses (shared and private rooming options available).
  • Escapades & Wander About
    Detailed itinerary available
  • Meals
    9 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 1 dinner
  • Transport
    Private transport throughout the experience
  • “Pre and post-experience
    Advice on your “pre and post-experience” arrangements. Just hit us and we will help you as much as we can!
  • Flights
    We can help you searching for the best options but the ticket is not included.
  • Travel Insurance
    We will ask you to send us the details in advance and we can give you our advice on the best options
  • Meals
    Meals not mentioned on inclusions are not included - easy!
  • Activities
    Activities not specified as included are not included - even easier!

Available Packages

Single room
Available until 77 days before departure

A single person in a private bedroom

Shared room
Available until 77 days before departure

Price per person - 2 people of the same gender sharing one bedroom in single beds

Available until 77 days before departure

Price per couple - Sharing a double bed in a private room



Day 1
Bienvenidos a Costa Rica!

Welcome meeting and a visit to a local farmers market for the best street breakfast with "cafe chorreado" and "pupusas or chorreadas" (curious eh?). We will be also buying fruit and veggie supplies! We have an optional hike in the local area to get a pretty amazing view of the Central Valley before heading to the Central Pacific and settle in our new home!

Your Organizer

Be Local Explorers
We are a group of nomads that have lived in 12 countries and has visited over 85. We speak 9 different languages and we are always on the move. We all have different backgrounds, from design and PR to tourism management and sustainability. We have vast experience organizing and running adventure tours all over Europe, the north of Africa and Asia. We all embrace new cultures, ways of thinking and we find meaning and stay productive by connecting with the right people. Most importantly, we are curious by nature and tireless explorers!