Volcano Jungle Beach of Costa Rica
Experience the best of Costa Rica with this 8-Day/7-Night Volcano-Jungle-Beach vacation in Costa Rica! Spend time in the three most sought-after areas of this diverse country! Get your adrenaline pumping at the Arenal Volcano with rafting and canyoning. Then, see the Monteverde cloud forest and finish off your vacation with a fun visit to the beach at Playa Samara having plenty of time to try ocean activities like stand up paddling and snorkeling!
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Costa Rica Weekend Warrior in Arenal
San Jose - Arenal Volcano
Starting at $599
Do the best adventures in Costa Rica every waking moment of these 4 days and 3 nights in Costa Rica on the Weekend Warrior Escape! Explore the wilderness of Arenal Costa Rica on this unforgettable all-inclusive Costa Rica vacation package! Spend your days white water rafting, rappelling down tropical waterfalls, hiking, kayaking and soaking in relaxing hot springs heated by the volcano! The perfect vacation for couples, groups of friends - and even adventurous families!
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Costa Rica Pure Adrenaline Tour
Arenal - Monteverde - Playa Samara
Starting at $975
Get your adrenaline pumping in tropical paradise! Costa Rica is a natural playground because of its rushing rivers, vast coastlines, lush rainforest, tropical waterfalls and fascinating volcanoes. Rappel down waterfalls and mountain bike through rough & tough terrain at the Arenal Volcano. Head to the Monteverde Cloud Forest by boat to experience a zipline adventure of a lifetime! Finish off this exciting vacation with a few days at the beach with opportunities to try stand up paddling or ocean kayaking!
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The First Adventure Alone as a New Parent! by Tui Frye, Events Planner
I have a soon-to-be three year old daughter and I also have a confession to make. We have never really left her with anyone. There have been a few occasions that we have left her with friends or family for very brief bits of time, but other than that she has always either been with me, her Dad or both of us. And it was time. Most kids her age are in regular day care and/or accustomed to being away from their parents for at least a few hours at a time. I think about all those mom things – like she needs to learn to follow instructions, take turns and be independent. Honestly we never made the opportunity. That is until a few weeks ago…
Hubby and I were given the chance to go white water rafting. Together! Yes, we thought. It had been a long time since we had been together. At least without a toddler along. Oh, but wait… the toddler. She probably couldn't go? What would we do with her? As it turns out Desafio offers a free art class on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for kids of employees. It is taught by another Desafio employee, Selina who studied art and is artist herself. Seriously? We didn't have an excuse or reason not to go? And she would be in a class setting, expanding her horizons? And she would come home with an art project? No more convincing was necessary. We were in.
On the morning of our tour, I was admittedly getting pretty nervous. We went to the Desafio headquarters in downtown La Fortuna and we were picked up with our fellow rafters to travel to the Rio Balsa. We had a 10 am tour time and by 10:04 we were on the road. It was about a 45 minute drive through some really quaint little Costa Rican towns and acres of farmlands, plantations and jungle. All of it still takes my breath away!
We reached the launch point and found a few other vans had arrived before us and people already geared up in life jackets and helmets and ready to go. There were actually bathrooms (thank goodness!) and I changed into my bathing suit. Then we got into our life jackets and joined the group as they were starting the safety talk and instructions. I must say, I felt much better after the talk as they gave us very clear and concise instructions. I figured I would be able to remember all of it. We were then grouped off by who we came with into groups of 4-5 people and each assigned a guide.
We were paired with a really cool couple from California. They had rafting experience so I was very happy to have them along in our boat. We were first into the boat and our guide gave us a few minutes to get used to the raft and our paddles and how to move together. He was fun and that immediately calmed me down a bit. We all seemed to get the hang of paddling together and we were off.
I was impressed with the fact that they also had several safety kayakers along. That made me feel better too. I surprised myself as I was actually amazingly confident as we started paddling down the river and quickly met our first set of rapids. It was such a blast!! It was more adrenaline than I had experienced in a long time - and I loved it!
What I really liked about the river is that we got breaks in between the rapids to really look around and take in the amazing surroundings. Along the river we saw sloths, birds, grazing cows, swimming families and pure, unadulterated rain forest.
After a bit we stopped at a rocky beach and the guides cut up fresh pineapple and watermelon. It was just the break we needed, at just the right time and totally delicious! We climbed back in the boats and headed back down the river. After a few more excellent rapids, we made our way to another rocky beach and all climbed out of out rafts. We showered and dried off (I loved that they provided towels!) and all loaded back up into our vans. We then drove about 30 minutes back toward the town of La Fortuna to a little treasure called La Casona for lunch.
The day was already great, but this portion of the tour, we were not expecting and turned out to be a highlight for us! It is the country estate of a former Costa Rican president and is a totally authentic Costa Rican experience. We were greeted with little shots of home-made moonshine with fresh tropical fruit that was yummy. Hola! We then headed over to a full buffet of totally traditional home-cooked Costa Rican food (on wood burning stoves I might add). I didn't realize how hungry I was but I devoured every bite on my plate. While we ate we sat on a large deck that overlooked another amazing river and grazing horses and watched dozens of colorful tropical birds coming to eat from the feeders nearby. We also really enjoyed getting to know our fellow rafters. It was all just magical.
After lunch we were treated to little pieces of cajeta (which I liken to Costa Rican fudge) and fresh made coffee and more little shots of home-made coffee liquor. It was so fulfilling after the rafting. The icing on the cake was after that we got to go and see how sugar cane was pressed and taste fresh cane juice. It was really authentic from beginning to end and we thoroughly enjoyed the last part of the tour!
Now, I would be lying if I told you that I wasn't beginning to desperately miss the little one at this point in the day. The whole day was very busy and kept my mind off the fact that we had left her. But I wasn't sure what we would find when we got home and if she would ever forgive us... We were pleasantly surprised when we walked in and she barely looked up from what she was doing. Once she realized we were there, she proudly presented us with a beautiful bottle she had made. I would say the day was a total success as we all went home happy and exhausted. Thanks Desafio!
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I’ve worked at Desafio for almost a year; it’s been great and thanks to this job I’ve been able to develop my personality and am getting closer to achieving the many goals that I have, like becoming a US Marine just like my brother!
I believe this company is a really good match for young and thriving people who want to succeed. It can catapult you towards a good future. I love the values and the vision that this awesome place has and I think this is one of the many reasons why I like and enjoy working here, because this job for me is more than just making money.
One of the things that I most like about Desafio is the working environment and the fact that you can discover who is set to be a leader and who is set to be a follower. For example, we have great leaders like Yency, who I think has the characteristics to succeed as the head of the reservations department. I admire and respect leaders. I know that you have to be a follower at some point in order to be a great leader. I also know that in the near future, I can and I will be a great leader!
Desafio is more than my job; I feel that it is my school, too! It seems that every day I learn and see something new and it never gets old for me! I have done incredible things and visited amazing places thanks to being part of this awesome crew! Before I started working here, I used to be a lone wolf, but now I’ve learned how to work as a team and for that I have to thank everybody that has helped me over this time!
Desafio for me is an awesome place, but I also know that it can be stressful from time to time. There are long days full of work, but in difficult times you see who are the people you can rely on. All of this is worth it at the end of the day because when you see a happy and grateful client, you realized how cool our job is.
Well to finish up, I’m proud of being part of the Desafio team, which I think is full of great people. I’ll keep trying to do the best job I can and continue improving every day!
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By: Katherine C.
It all started on December the 25th. I was told by my boyfriend the day before to be ready at 8:15 a.m. He didn’t want to tell me anything; I asked many questions and there was no answer for any of them. I finally told him to tell me at least what I should wear because I had no idea how formal or informal I should dress. I got a few words out of him, which was my goal, but it wasn’t what I was expecting: he told me get ready for a tour! We have always liked to do different things as a couple but he’s afraid of heights. I told myself maybe it had something to do with zip-lining; after all, that was the tour that we had talked about that I wanted to do the most, but I was just speculating. Finally, the morning arrived and I was more than ready! I actually have never been ready on time until that day, and then it was me who had to wait for him because he felt sleepy, so we were in a big rush to get to the place on time. On our way to the place, I realized we were on our way to La Fortuna. Before long, we were right in front of Atica. I didn’t know that there was a small airport behind the place. I thought that he made a quick stop to get something for breakfast, but again we were running late, so I asked what he was doing and he said to me, “We’re here!” To be honest, I got a little aggravated because I thought he had just taken me out to eat. He laughed and said, “Just wait!” After a few steps, I saw the airplane in the back and at that moment I realized the surprise he had—or at least I thought I did. We got ready, they weighed us, asked for some information, gave us a few instructions, and then we started our flight. I thought it was pretty cool! As for my boyfriend, he was a bit scared but he really wanted to do it. There was a photographer with us, but the pilot told me that she was going to take photos of a few properties that were for sale. Then the photographer started taking pictures of us, too, but I thought she was just been nice to us. After a 30 min flight, they took us back to the airport and the pilot told me that he was going to fly above the building just to take a closer look at it, and I was okay with that. We passed above the building three times and my first thought was that the pilot was lying and that he didn’t know how to land the plane. I was getting a bit scared, but then he said to me, “Really, Katherine, you haven’t seen it?” I got worried and asked him what I was supposed to be looking for. He laughed and my boyfriend pointed out the big sign that read “Will you marry me?” in red letters. He took the ring out and of course my answer was a huge YES!
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