My husband and I recently returned from our first trip to Costa Rica during the week of September 15, 2013 with some friends. The country is amazingly beautiful and we would highly recommend it to anyone. This time of year is the rainy season, it rained almost every day in the afternoon, but that did not stop us from doing anything we wanted to do. The sun was extremely hot when it came out in full force so we welcomed the rain showers that came along.
We booked the all day ultimate excursion on Tuesday with “Alex on the Beach”. Alex was our tour guide and it was just the four of us in our group. The tour included hiking through the rainforest to an incredible waterfall for a cool off swim (this was on the bucket list of one of our group, so she was quite ecstatic to do that), we normally would have driven, but since this time of year is the rainy season the road was impassible because of the mud. The mud is extremely slippery, as I can attest by the mud that ended up all over my shorts when I slipped and fell! The next part was zip lining, there were 11 runs in total for that. I really wasn’t too keen on the HUGE spiders that were in the area where you get your harness, but they didn’t bother us. After zip lining, we went for lunch – bottom line the food was amazing! After lunch we went horseback riding, and then hiking to another waterfall. We ended the day at the geothermal feature. This included a walk through the geothermal area, Alex was a wealth of knowledge throughout this whole trip, but he really seemed very excited about this area in particular. Costa Rica traps the geothermal steam to use for electricity – it’s very clean and quite plentiful. We sat in the sauna for 15 minutes, and then went into the mud bath. The mud is very beneficial to your skin and was quite enjoyable. After the mud bath was done, we were able to shower off, then onto the water slide. You sit in a concrete chute with a tire tube wrapped around you (to protect you from getting scraped up) and you are literally “flushed” down in pairs, they open the gate and a gush of cold water hits you in the back and down you go. To end the day we were able to sit in one of the Hot Springs and that was just the perfect end to a jam packed, fun filled day that started at 7:30 a.m. and ended at 7:30 p.m. Alex then told us about an excursion that goes into the national park and includes a river boat tour. We booked this for Thursday and were not disappointed with that one either. We saw many different types of birds on this tour, along with plant life and two crocodiles. One was a whole lot bigger than the other – 15 feet long. He came right up to the boat. We saw Howler monkeys in the trees along the river, as well. After the tour we went for lunch – once again the food was amazing. After lunch we stopped at a pottery shop. The owner came out and showed us how he makes the pottery, what they use to paint it with and gave us a little bit of history as to what the different symbols on the pottery mean. I bought a beautiful vase and my husband bought a bowl. We carried them both onto the airplane; unfortunately the bowl did not make it back in one piece. Alex then dropped us off in Coco Beach to do a little shopping. We did some souvenir shopping then went to Coconutz Sports Bar & Eatery for happy hour. Alex picked us up that morning at 7:30, we were supposed to be back to the resort for around 1 p.m., we didn’t get back until 6:00 p.m., another fun filled day. We would highly recommend “Alex on the Beach” for any excursions you may want to do. You can find representatives for their company right on the beach at the Riu, they are wearing white polo type shirts that say “Alex on the Beach”, and you won’t be disappointed with them.
All in all, the trip to the Riu Guanacaste, the tours with “Alex on the Beach”, the massages with Juanita and Marlen were all worth every penny and we would do it all over again.
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