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Costa Rica: Arenal | La Fortuna | Heredia | 8 days 

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Our Rainforest Rejuvenation Journey will take us to Costa Rica  for an 8 day yoga, health & community experience! Costa Rica is a country rich in flora and fauna. Travel with Nanda Journeys to the heart of the country and meet the locals, or Tico’s, who are eager to share with you their unique culture and traditions. Your journey will include time on a fully sustainable ranch where you will practice your yoga and, if you so choose, participant in a range of activities from harvesting to cooking.
No visit to Costa Rica is complete without a zip line adventure high above the canopy of the rainforest – do you dare? 

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Jen Valadez

Jen is a registered yoga instructor with 10 years of teaching experience. Sheis passionate about helping others heal from trauma and life experiences in order to realize their own unique potential. Jen is also a licensed massage therapist, specializing in Cranio Sacral Therapy; a certified Reiki Master; owner of Livdeep massage and Intuitive Therapies; Creator of Emotional Balancing and Long Distance Emotional Balancing.

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Cost:     $2,795 per person

includes round-trip air from LAX

Days: ​    8​​

Rainforest Rejuvenation with Jen Valadez

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500 Cathedral Dr # 2377, Aptos, CA, 95001

Day 01: Depart for Costa Rica
Nanda Journeys can recommend flights – contact us for more details.

Upon arrival at Juan Santamaria International Airport, San Jose, Costa Rica, you will be met by your expert in-country guide!

Transfer to your home away from home for the next 4 nights, Rancho Margot. This award winning eco-lodge is a hidden gem near the Arenal Volcano. Rancho Margot is 100% carbon negative, 100% self-sustaining and is an idyllic location for a truly holistic experience.

On the way, stop at the small town of Sarchí, home of the world renowned oxcart, or carretta, originally created in the 19th Century to carry coffee beans from the inland highlands to the Pacific Coast.

Meet with a local artist and learn first-hand about Sarachi’s history and culture.  

Overnight:Rancho Margot
Meals: Breakfast

Day 02: Arenal - Yoga & Adventure
After breakfast, re-energize with a  yoga class by the river. Then, join your fellow travelers for a guided tour of the Ranch which is comprised of eight core zones, each a protected wildlife area .

Learn about sustainable farming, composting, creative recycling, self-sufficiency and building community.

In the afternoon it’s time to pick up the pace! A short transfer will take you to Sky Adventures where you will experience a 2-in-1 adventure deep in the tropical rainforest. A gentle gondola ride will take you over 3200 ft. (1000 m.) to the zip-line platform which has breathtaking views of Arenal Volcano and lake. Zip through the trees and observe the wide variety of animals and vegetation. 

Overnight: Rancho Margot

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 03: Arenal - Yoga & Relaxation
For the next two days relax, rejuvenate and enjoy the wide range of amenities and activities at Rancho Margot. Each morning and evening there will be an opportunity for you to participate in a yoga class.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner is provided at the Ranch and they are not to be missed! Organic produce grown and harvested on the Ranch is turned in to scrumptious and nutritious meals.  Any food not produced in the Ranch is bought from local farmers and Costa Rican sources.

Rancho Margot not only grow all their own fruits and vegetables, but, they have their own herbal pharmacy. In the medicinal garden they grow culinary herbs such as spearmint and basil, tropical plants including cardamom, ginger, and turmeric, and native rainforest trees like senna, amargo, and firebush. In recent times, rainforest plants and the indigenous groups that use them have become an important resource for treating the modern ailments we see today.

Pork is a menu staple as are a variety of vegetarian dishes. The cows are milked every morning at 7:30 a.m., a task you are welcome to join! The fresh milk is used to make mozzarella, “queso fresco,” or fresh cheese, yogurt and butter.
Overnight: Rancho Margot
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 04: Arenal - Yoga & Relaxation
By now you will be totally at home at Rancho Margot. Continue to explore the vast Ranch and help out, if you so choose, milking cows, harvesting crops or assisting in the kitchen. Or, maybe you would prefer to simply kick back, relax and enjoy the tranquil surroundings.

Among the many amenities at Rancho Margot, perhaps the most popular are the natural pools, built with river rocks and filled with pure, untreated crystalline water from natural springs that cascade from the mountain. The pools of Rancho Margot are a perfect spot to relax. Two spring-fed cold pools, one with a vanishing edge, look to the sky and a towering mountain of primary forest. The adjacent warm pool sits beneath a tree-shaped roof with a tree-trunk sculpture at its center.

The bar is the center of Rancho Margot’s evening life. Guests gather in wooden booths and saddle up to the well-stocked bar. The cozy atmosphere attracts both guests and local residents, creating an opportunity for great conversation as well as dancing!
Overnight: Rancho Margot
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 05: La Fortuna - Yoga & Hot Springs
After breakfast and your morning yoga class, say goodbye to your new found friends at Rancho Margot.

We head now to explore the town of La Fortuna approximately 45 minutes away and our new base for the next two days. Explore the town at your leisure. La Fortuna was once a sleepy agricultural town, however, after the fiery eruption of nearby Arenal Volcano in 1968,  tourists from around the world started descending on La Fortuna in search of fiery night skies and the inevitable blurry photo of creeping lava.

No visit to Costa Rica would be complete without a visit to one of the many natural hot springs. Eco Termales is a smaller facility in the Arenal area that is solely focused on its baths. The space around the pools teems with flora and fauna. Relax and enjoy dinner here this evening before transferring to your hotel.
Overnight: Lomas Del Volcan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 06: La Fortuna - Community & Service
Today we will visit with families in the small rural community of Juanilama. At Nanda Journeys we believe that the true essence of travel is found in meeting with others, exploring new cultures and creating bonds of friendship that will stay with you long after you return home.

Our day will include crafting; cooking classes; afternoon tea with traditional snacks; a visit to the local school and a service project in the community. Put your dancing shoes on as your new friends are going to teach you some Latin moves!

We will have lunch with local families.
Overnight:Lomas Del Volcan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 07 - Heredia - Cofffe Culture
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel and take in your last uninterrupted views of the Arenal Volcano. Today we head south to Heredia.  On the way we will visit with friends of Nanda Journeys at Chayote Lodge high up in the mountains of the central valley. Inspired by the rich coffee culture of the region, each nook of the property resembles a piece of the coffee picker’s story and their lifestyle. Moreover, Chayote Lodge’s architecture and design integrates the most noteworthy elements of the coffee culture.

Take in an exclusive coffee plantation tour and learn all about the rich history, traditions and modern day production of Costa Rica’s World famous coffee. 
Overnight: Bougainvillea Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 08: Time to say goodbye

Say goodbye to Costa Rica and all of your new Tica’s and Tico’s! Your guide will accompany you to Juan Santamaria International airport.  

​Please note: All itineraries are subject to change based on availability of hotels, flights and hosting organizations at the time of finalization of booking. Comparable meetings and activities will be arranged should an itinerary change be necessary. 30 days before departure, a finalized itinerary will be available and reflect final details.