A Saturday Afternoon in La Fortuna near the Arenal Volcano
by Suresh and Christine Krishnan, owners of Desafio Adventure Company
a late Saturday afternoon in downtown La Fortuna at the base of one of
the world's most-iconic volcanoes. The Arenal Volcano is clear, outlined
by lofty clouds and the descending sun.
One of our favorite watering holes is starting to fill up. Nene's Restaurantsets
the perfect background to catch up with renowned photographer, Thorton
Cohen. “TJ" is on assignment for Frommer's guidebook getting some pretty
extraordinary images of Arenal Costa Rica.
“TJ" resides on Costa Rica's Pacific Coast of Guanacaste and owns his own company NOMAD Pics out of Tamarindo www.Nomadpics.com.
He's settling in for the night as he takes a deep gulp of his Flor de Caña rum and tonic.
is NOT a photographic town – at all," the charismatic Cohen reflects.
Suresh and I nod in agreement. “It's a good thing there are other things
around here to shoot."
picks up his digital Canon mega-lens camera and we scan through his
days' work. The visuals astound – jumping from the "El Salto" secret
swimming hole at dusk, the behemoth Arenal Volcano from every possible
angle, happy, joyful local children, abundant flora and fauna.
that moment I thought to myself – whoa… there are so many other ways to
look at our community. The problem is we too often just see our
surroundings through our short-sighted tourism lenses.
approach to business at Desafío Adventure Company has been to always be
on the cutting edge of adventure tourism by opening new markets and
inventing new things to do in Costa Rica.
started giving us advice on a new Desafío Adventure Travel magazine and
new website we've been implementing: “You know what, the opposite of
love is indifference. You have to make people either love or hate it.
Suresh stirred his Cuba Libre and eyed up his yucca al mojo. Suresh offered a bite to our Brit companion.
With a smirk and a grin, Cohen replied “I hate vegetables. Greens are for smoking, not eating…" It made for a little chuckle.
your biggest challenge is content – make a connection with the people
who are reading -- the world is a visual place these days – it's got to
So, Suresh and I try to make everything visual. Hope you like the photos and videos. TJ nabbed some great shots of Suresh.
may seem simple, but putting together a magazine or a new website is a
huge endeavor – getting the right shots, including good writing and just
basically coming up with new concepts for marketing.
Our intent is to highlight some of the great things you can do in our favorite areas of Costa Rica.
We like using the theme: “Volcano, Jungle, Beach"
when planning a trip in Costa Rica – which happens to be the name of
one of our favorite package tours. You visit La Fortuna at the base of
the Arenal Volcano, for the “Volcano" part – Monteverde cloud forests,
for the “Jungle" part and Playa Samara/Playa Carrillo for the “Beach"
Enjoy your journey to see volcanoes, hike through the jungle and relax on the beach and much more in Costa Rica…
Suresh and Christine Krishnan
DESAFIO ADVENTURE COMPANY
Krishnan started Desafío Adventure Company way back in 1992. Born in
India, raised in California, this enterprising young man known as the
"GangsterKayaker" was the first to explore many of the rivers of the
Northern Zone for commercial use and now oversees a thriving, fun
company. Christine joined him in 2001 after trapsing around Latin
America working as a tour leader. Combined they share nearly four
decades of adventure tourism experience together.
Carlos plants a tree, falls in love with rafting
by Carlos Oviedo – Desafio Finance Manager
The first Desafio tour I did was the Rio Balsa right after I started working with the company in 2009. I was supposed to go out with the normal raftin..
One of our clients wrote this blog about her recent trip to Playa Samara, Costa Rica with Desafio. She explains how this family vacation turned into a much-needed adventure enabling her to look at the world through different-colored lenses. How many ..
Vanessa Gets Lost in the Lost CanyonI started with Desafio in early 2015. The first tour I ever did was the Lost Canyon adventure. It was Saturday, April 25th and the weather was perfect. It was beautiful, clear and sunny. It was my first ever extrem..
Continuing Education in Costa Ricaby Christine Krishnan, Community Outreach
Many people are curious about what Costa Rica is like
before they come to visit. One of the questions we get the most is: "I
don't speak Spanish. Will it be hard for me..