Travel Diary: Costa Rica (4)

We are not the kind of family to lounge by a pool for long… but we have managed to fit in a great deal of pool lounging ;).

So… if you are the adventurous type and wonder what you might find to do in Costa Rica, many local tour companies in Guanacaste will set you up with an “All-Day Adventure” or “Combo Adventure.” Our adventure included zip-lining, rappelling, rock-climbing, Costa Rican lunch,  horse back riding, white water kayaking, and then some relaxing in volcanic mud and hot springs!

I have to be honest... watching my babies get hooked up to a line 100 ft above a canyon didn't seem like a great idea when I really thought about it... but "When in Rome..." right?! It turned out they both had a blast!!!
I have to be honest… watching my babies get hooked up to a line 100 ft above a canyon didn’t seem like a great idea when I really thought about it… but “When in Rome…” right?! It turned out they both had a blast!!!
For those that know me well, you can imagine that this was a *little* outside my comfort zone. But actually, after the first one or two zip lines, I enjoyed myself quite a bit! No hymn singing required ;).
For those that know me well, you can imagine that this was a *little* outside my comfort zone. But actually, after the first one or two zip lines, I enjoyed myself quite a bit! No hymn singing required ;).
Our guide warned us that although all of us would easily be able to do the rapelling, it was a difficult climb up (and in the bright sun!)... so Lee and a few of the other guys in our group were the only ones that gave it a go!
Our guide warned us that although all of us would easily be able to do the rappelling, it was a difficult climb up (and in the bright sun!)… so Lee and a few of the other guys in our group were the only ones that gave it a go!
It was a very hot, very long climb up!
It was a very hot, very long climb up!
We all felt a little badly at the look of these horses and tried our best to make it an easy ride for their sake!!
We all felt a little badly at the look of these horses and tried our best to make it an easy ride for their sake!!
The white-water portion of this trip was a little hairy if you ask me... but for the adrenaline junkies in the crew (CT and JJ included), it was a hit!
The white-water portion of this trip was a little hairy if you ask me… but for the adrenaline junkies in the crew (CT and JJ included), it was a hit!
Volcanic mud in Costa Rica is about as close as I plan to every get to a "tough mudder" ;)!
Volcanic mud in Costa Rica is about as close as I plan to every get to a “tough mudder” ;)!
Even the guys got in on the action!!!
Even the guys got in on the action!!!
Everyone needs a little natural hot springs after a hard day of fun!!
Everyone needs a little natural hot springs after a hard day of fun!!

You can imagine that after this day of fun in the sun (the temperature here has hovered between 33 to 36 degrees C for our entire trip), we had two VERY tired kiddos (and their associated grown ups) at the end of the day. Supper tasted good that night, and it didn’t take very long for anyone to fall asleep!

In addition to this fun day, our excursions have also included some surfing… well, the boys did the surfing… I bobbed in the wonderful bath-tub temperature water! We ate at a wonderful restaurant called “Eat at Joe’s” in Tamarindo located next to the Witch’s Rock surf shop after surfing. Excellent service, good prices, and very tasty food!

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Aaaaand… An awesome day at a local national park, where we saw over 20 species of birds, some very cute monkeys, some not-so-cute crocodiles, and enormous iguanas! We also had the opportunity to feast on a customary Costa Rican lunch… it was delicious!! For some great photos of this excursion, hop on over to Cole’s blog where he and Jake have written a little bit about their adventure so far! But, here is one of my favorite photos from that day!

We are LOVING Costa Rican coffee!!
We are LOVING Costa Rican coffee!!

To cap off our daily adventures, we took this show out on the high-seas for some ocean kayaking and snorkelling. The water was absolutely brilliant blue and clear. After a short paddle to a small beach, we were able to see several species of fish, coral, a sting-ray, and even an eel! I LOVE snorkelling, so this was by far my favorite excursion of the trip!!

So, there you have it friends. If you are looking for some excitement on your vacation, Costa Rica will not disappoint!

Pura Vida until next time!!

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2 thoughts on “Travel Diary: Costa Rica (4)

    1. Glad you like them Steph… It’s difficult to choose good ones because I’m still getting used to using the iPad instead of my computer! But, if you are ever in this part of the world, hopefully you now have some idea what to do!!! 😊

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