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Adventure, Nature Exploration, Cultural Discovery, Rejuvenation, Yoga...
The Southern Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica is a paradise for outdoor activities, some easily enjoyed at your own pace, other organized by reputable tour providers. Most travellers engage in a mix of activities, based on their interests and the weather at the time of their visit. Bellow you will find a summary of activities, however many more are available. Please take the time to read the information at the links provided and let us know if we can be of further assistance.
Adventure and Nature Exploration - Organized Tours
Some of the most popular adrenaline filled activities are:
- river rafting by Exploradores Outdoors (can be also utilized as a mean of transportation from San Jose to La Selvatica or viceversa)
- different combos tours (involving 2-4 activities) organized by ATEC
Some activities are really easy to plan and attend at your own pace:
- a visit at the Jaguar Wildlife Rescue Center. There are two public tours daily (at 9:30am and 11:30am, Sundays closed); private tours are also available by request. The Center is located in Playa Chiquita, within 15 minutes walking distance from La Selvatica. If you are willing to help the center rehabilitate the animals before releasing them back into the jungle, you may want to know that the powder goat milk donations are always welcome, as the product is difficult to source in Costa Rica. Details on the center website above.
- chocolate tours: a fun and interactive way to learn about the cocoa growing and chocolate making process, as well as taste some of the final product! There are two chocolate farms which offer tours: ChocoArt, located in Playa Chiquita within 10 minutes walking distance from La Selvatica and Caribbeans located in Cocles (4km from La Selvatica toward Puerto Viejo).
- biking along the Coast, to Puerto Viejo or Manzanillo.
The Southern Caribbean (Caribe Sur as referred to by the locals) is a fascinating melting pot of cultures. Local indigenous people (BriBri's) have historically lived together with Ticos (Costa Ricans of Hispanic origin), as well as a significant Afro-Jamaican population. Add to this a sizeable Chinese immigration in the 1800's and a more recent settlement of expats of European, North American and Latin American origin and a full flavour of the active multiculturalism of this area can be observed.
The indigenous people are proud to share some of their lifestyle with visitors. Some of the activities that can be enjoyed are hikes in the Kekoldi Indigenous Territory, meeting healers of traditional medicine, spending the day/overnight in a reserve and so much more. For details and online reservations, please visit ATEC (local non-profit organization).
Rejuvenation, Spa, Yoga
Other options for spending quality time (and some ideas for a rainy day) are: visit an award winning jungle spa (chocolate body wrap or papaya facial?) or take a yoga class at one of the nearby yoga studios. Of course, spending some time with one of the books from our collection at Casa Grande or playing a board game (found in the reading nook) are always good options, as well.
Visit the Pure Jungle Spa website for treatment ideas. For information on yoga classes, please inquire with your host as schedules change often.
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