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Sunday, June 23, 2024

Weekend Adventures – Drexel Training Overseas


For my closing put up, I needed to conglomerate my weekend adventures apart from the cultural actions finished with ICDS. Costa Rica is past superb and has something and the whole lot for all folks. Browsing, white water rafting, scorching springs to call a number of of issues my mates and I have been capable of do whereas in nation.


Monteverde is a cloud forest 3 hours northeast of San Jose. We took a bus there and again for about $12 spherical journey, which I’d say was a reasonably good worth. We stayed in Monteverde for 2 nights and three days. On the journey, we went zip-lining by way of the forest, which was so superior! I believe it was a complete of three hours and on this we rappelled 50 meters straight down, then climbed again up these 50 meters by way of a hollowed out tree, and the longest straight zip was round half a mile lengthy!! Others on the journey went for an evening tour of the jungle which might have been tremendous cool if I didn’t hate bugs and different creepy crawlies (spoiler there have been quite a lot of each). Earlier than we left, we additionally went on this cool free hike and noticed this actually neat tree bridge!

Playa Jaco

The following vacation spot was extra for weekend journeys for my part. In Jaco, the seashores aren’t the perfect, however you may get there in 2 hours and keep the entire day, which is ideal for a day journey. I used to be fortunate sufficient to have the ability to exit to Jaco thrice whereas overseas. The primary time I went, we truly went to a seaside about quarter-hour north of Jaco referred to as Playa Herradura on the suggestion of my host household. I’m so glad I took their suggestions as a result of Herradura was attractive and the waves have been so, so light. Herradura is extra of an area’s seaside so it wasn’t touristy in any respect. The opposite two instances I did a day seaside journey was to Jaco itself, which is rather more touristy and the waves there are actually tough. The tough waves make for some fairly first rate browsing. The seaside itself is extra sandy whereas Herradura was rocky.

Playa Manuel Antonio and Nationwide Park

My primary focus for journey spots for Costa Rica, and the world actually, are seashores, so my third journey vacation spot was Manuel Antonio, and boy oh boy, it positive didn’t disappoint. We spent the vast majority of our three days on the seaside the place we noticed pink macaws and Capuchin monkeys, however we additionally went white water rafting. The rafting may have been higher, however we additionally went throughout the dry season when the water degree is VERY low. I’d suggest going early within the 12 months if you need Stage 2 rafting, however later within the 12 months once you need extra hardcore Stage 4. Manuel Antonio can also be residence to the Manuel Antonio Nationwide Park, which most of the group toured. However, like I mentioned, the seaside is my factor.

La Fortuna and Volcano Arenal

I do know I JUST mentioned that the seaside is my joyful place, however my fourth journey was extra inland. We went to La Fortuna, the house of the breathtaking waterfall La Fortuna, pictured to the appropriate. The photographs actually don’t do any off the sights any justice, however this one is finished particularly soiled. In La Fortuna I went horseback using, had a spa day at Baldi Sizzling Springs, and to the waterfall twice as a result of I couldn’t recover from how attractive it was. The new springs are naturally heated by the close by and lively Arenal volcano (pictured under). Fortunately, it has not erupted in a few years and doesn’t pose any lively threats.

Guanacaste: Playa Tamarindo and Playa Langosta

For my closing journey, I wanted it to be a seaside and actually all of our host familes advised us we NEEDED to go to the seashores of Guanacaste earlier than we left the nation. I do should say, the beached of Guanacaste dwell as much as their hype. For 2 complete days, all that we did was lay within the sand and play within the water. There was nothing else that any of us needed to do, and that’s what we did. Guanacaste is the title of the province itself, so we truly stayed in Tamarindo and went to Playa Tamarindo and Playa Langosta (left and under). This final journey was the proper ending to an ideal examine overseas journey in each manner.

Thanks all for tagging alongside on my journey by way of Costa Rica! I actually hope that I’m able to assist a minimum of somebody plan out their excellent keep in such a beautiful nation.

Ciao, Hanna


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