A little bit about Costa Rica
Climate: March is one of the most ideal times of year to visit Costa Rica. One advantage to vacationing in Costa Rica is the relatively even temperatures you'll find throughout the year. Daily highs are in the high 20's C (80's F) throughout the year, with lows around 19 C (70 F), with a variation of three to four degrees from winter to summer. At a latitude of just nine degrees above the equator, it's no wonder that Puerto Viejo offers similar temperatures, whenever you choose to visit.
The People: Spanish is spoken by 98% of the inhabitants of Costa Rica. Costa Ricans (Ticos) are generally gentle, spirited, friendly, educated, polite, and kind people. Most seem to like visitors from other countries and treat them well. There are, of course, exceptions, but on the whole, you can expect to be made welcome wherever you go.
Ticos are a mixing of races. Though most of the country’s 4 million inhabitants descend from Spanish immigrants, many families originated in other parts of Europe, Asia, Africa and Central America. A large number are fair-skinned, especially in the Central Valley. In the outlying areas, more people are mestizos, a mixture of European and Indigenous blood. On the Caribbean coast you find strong links to African lineage, and in Talamanca Mountain, you will find it inhabited by the pure-blooded Indians of various tribes. In Guanacaste Province, you will find Ticos dark skinned reflecting their Nicaraguan heritage.
The Food: The chef will prepare meals that are healthy, vegetarian, and deliscious. Fresh 100% organic ingredients will be used creatively and awaken every cell in your body. Traditional Carribean and Costa Rican influences will be mixed into your meals in creative and health conscious ways.
What to Bring: Although your trip may seem like a long time our best packing advice to you is to bring about half of what you plan to! Seriously, you don’t need much more than some yoga attire, a swimsuit, and casual clothing. A light pair of pants and light sweater are nice to have for the evening. Less is more when packing as you will want to have room for the awesome and gifts and souvenirs you will find along the way.
Money: We recommend you bring your regular bank card from home to use on your travels. There are many international ATMs available where you can withdraw cash. Speak with your bank to let them know you are traveling as well as the duration and location to avoid your bank locking your card due to what they see as irregular activity. The currency in Costa Rica is the Costa Rican colón but almost all places also accept US dollars. The approximate exchange rate right now is 1 US Dollar = 560 CRC so $4 would be the same as about 2235 CRC.
Tipping: Although tipping is not expected or required it really can go a long way for someone you think went above and beyond for you. In the end what is a dollar or two to you can make a big different to someone else.
Your Group: Your groups will range in size from 5-18 travelers with a wide age range of anywhere from 18 up. We want everyone to feel welcome to come on a Breathe in Life trip. Regardless of the group demographic everyone has something in common right off the bat, you are all here to experience what amazing things Costa Rica has to offer you!
Extending your Trip: Sometimes when 7 days just isn’t enough time you may want to extend your return flight back to reality. We will be happy to assist you with this and support your new dreams to become a Costa Rican beach bum! E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Solo Travelers: Not a problem at all! We have many travelers who will come solo on our trips and the casual group setting is a great environment to meet new like-minded friends. As far as your accommodations go you have two choices. We can pair you with another solo traveler of the same sex in a room with two beds or you can request your own room for a reasonable surcharge.
Communicating with Home: Staying connected to home is easy to do as Tierra de Suenos Lodge, where we stay, has Wi-Fi. If you have an unlocked phone you can also purchase a local sim card for a few dollars.