on november 4th we arrived in costa rica. we had heard about avispas adventures from a friend who moved to costa rica a few years ago. he had recently taken a turtle hatching adventure with them.
we got in touch with one of the owners, amy lentz. instead of giving us the standard routine 'here's a list of what we will do for you', she asked 'what can i do for you?'. after we explained that due to some minor handicaps including cowardice, lol, we told her we wanted to see things without major physical effort. we wanted to learn about costa rica instead of just see places.
amy was off and running. first stop was a local marketplace where we watched and talked with a woman who makes 5-700 tortillas every day beating them with her hand and cooking them one by one. they were delish as was the fried pork and other items we got to sample as we walked thru the market. what a fun start to a day with off and on rain storms!
then off to a river ride on a zodiac. my true handicap (along with fear of rapids and zodiacs) is a heat related auto immune disease. somehow amy, in that short time arranged an ice pack to cool me if needed, an unbrella to keep the sun off if needed, and enough courage to get into this little boat and float down the river with our river guide, my hubby, and a friend for a two hour tour. it was awesome. this was followed by a delicious lunch.
amy showed again how creative she was. off to meet a man who made cheese for sale in his own home. then nearby to his neighbor who made amazing all natural yogurt. the final stop was at a farm where the owner grew macadamia nuts and coffee beans. what an experience with a modern day rube goldberg who created his own machinery to shell the nuts and beans and ready them for sale.
along with a few stops to take volcano steaming pictures we arrived home. the entire tour cost $150/person which included $55/person for the river boat ride. it was no more than any other tour company would have charged for a standard not very creative tour.
there is little left to be said except for avispas' ability to be flexible, conscientious, and caring. i have always disliked tours and found them boring because things i want to see are not the standards. i would go on a tour with avispas adventures again in a heartbeat.
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