I’m Going to Costa Rica with Contiki

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That’s right–I’m going to Costa Rica in a few days, and I couldn’t be happier to be travelling with Contiki once again!

If you can recall, my last trip with Contiki was a fairly awesome adventure through Thailand. We explored Bangkok, swung up to Chiang Mai, before spending some time in Koh Samui and Koh Tao, and then heading back to Bangkok.

While we are still going to be doing all the regular Contiki-style touring of Costa Rica, this trip is going to be a bit different…

 

Contiki Cares

Each year, Contiki partners with Celine Cousteau (environmental activist & granddaughter of Jacques Cousteau) and Treadright (a not-for-profit foundation to encourage sustainable travel) to support an environmental project in one of their worldwide destinations. Last year’s trip ventured through the bio-diverse marine playground of the Galapagos Islands, and the year before, explored the Meso American Reef system in Mexico.

“Contiki channels a sizable portion of its energy into supporting the world’s oceans through our sustainability program, Contiki Cares. We do this not only because we are deeply obsessed with all things salt, sun and summer, but also because protecting oceans has a domino effect on the entire eco-system of the planet, from the forests to the deserts and everything in between. It’s about taking care of all the unique and colourful places that continue to mesmerise generations of Contiki travellers.”

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This year, Contiki is partnering with the Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC) to help protect nesting turtles by assisting scientists to apply identification tags, make observations, take measurements and record data in Tortuguero National Park.

Which means that I will be getting up close and personal with some turtles next week, as we venture out on the beaches at night and set to work.

“Much like Contiki travellers, sea turtles are known to journey the world, and have wondrously been doing so for over 100 million years. Due to the impact on our oceans and beaches, however, these incredible creatures are struggling to survive. As the world’s oldest sea turtle organization, the Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC) performs research that has been instrumental in saving sea turtles from extinction throughout Central America and the Caribbean. The STC is the newest partnership for the Contiki Cares conservation program and you’ll be working with them in Tortuguero to protect the nesting turtles, whose existence is in danger of extinction from poachers. In addition to the STC conservation efforts that you’ll be a part of on our Storytellers trip, Contiki Cares will be sponsoring a turtle in the annual Tour de Turtle race promoting sea turtle conservation efforts and sponsoring the research of a member of the STC’s Research Assistantship Program.”

I’ve interacted with turtles on my travels in the past; I snorkelled with turtles in Maui, watched a mother lay eggs in Trinidad and even fed turtles in Barbados. But, I’m looking forward to not only observing the turtles this time, but taking part in something that will truly help them.

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Last Year’s Trip Video:

 

So, what else will I be doing in Costa Rica?

After our time with STC, we will be heading out around the country to go ziplining above the treetops, rushing through the rapids on a white water rafting adventure and canyoneering through the rainforest. It will be a slightly edited version of the Costa Rica Unplugged tour.

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Our Itinerary:

Day 1

  •  Meet the fellow storytellers in San Jose

Day 2

  •  Head to Tortuguero National Park
  • Explore the local village
  • Work with STC on the beach at night

Day 3

  •  Boat tour through the Tortuguero canals, looking for caimans, howler monkeys & toucans
  • Guided nature walk
  • Back to the beach with STC at night

Day 4

  •  Head to Sarapiqui
  • Stay in tent suites in the middle of the jungle
  • Tirimbina Chocolate tour
  • BBQ dinner

Day 5

  • Head to Arenal
  • White water rafting adventure

Day 6

  • Rappelling through a rainforest canyon
  • Head to o to Rio Fortuna La Casona and meet the students of a local school where we’ll watch them perform local folk dances
  • Visit sugar cane farm
  • Learn how to make traditional Costa Rican coffee and delicious freshly made tortillas
  • Soak in the spring water heated from the Volcano

Day 7

  •  Head to Monteverde
  • Visit coffee plantation
  • Selvatura Park to visit the Hummingbird Gardens
  • Zip-ling through the jungle
  • Selvatura Park to visit the Hummingbird Gardens
  • Explore the bohemian, artistic town of Santa Elena

Day 8

  • Hike into the Santa Elena Cloud Forest reserve
  • Head to Jaco, the Pacific coast surf town

Day 9

  • Head to Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Morning nature walk
  • Afternoon catamaran tour and swimming at white sand beach

Day 10

  • Head back to San Jose

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After the Adventure

I’ve ran myself a little crazy with all of the intense adventures and hard work lately, so I decided to stick around for the month after the Contiki tour. This will be my first time in Central America, so I’m excited to spend a little time exploring the region at a slow pace.

I’m going to spend a week at Blue Osa, on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, pop down to Panama for a bit and then spend the rest of the time doing a mixture of relaxing, catching up on work from the comfort of a hammock and filling your newsfeeds with all sorts of Contiki goodness.

As you can imagine, I’m super excited and am literally counting down the hours until Friday.

 

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What can’t I miss in Costa Rica?

 

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12 Responses to “I’m Going to Costa Rica with Contiki”

  1. Amber
    March 24, 2014 at 11:56 am #

    This is so exciting! Such a good cause 🙂
    I’ll be living vicariously through you as I make my way through exams hahah.
    HAVE FUN!
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    • Seattle Dredge
      March 25, 2014 at 8:12 am #

      Agreed! Haha–ohhh I know that exam pain well. I will post extra fun posts to help your mind wander a bit during that time 😀

  2. Danielle
    March 24, 2014 at 12:05 pm #

    Sounds like a blast!! I’m going to Costa Rica in September for my honeymoon and we’ll be in La Fortuna so I can’t wait to read about your time there. We’re doing the white water rafting, canyoning, zip lining and hiking!
    Danielle recently posted..What’s in my bucket

    • Seattle Dredge
      March 25, 2014 at 8:15 am #

      Yess, I remember you saying that awhile ago and wanting to be like, “I’m going to!!” but hadn’t announced it yet, haha. Sounds like an awesome honeymoon, and I’ll do my best to give you a preview of what’s to come for the adventurous parts :]

  3. Steph | A Nerd At Large
    March 24, 2014 at 5:08 pm #

    Wow, sounds incredible. What a fantastic way to make a difference!
    Steph | A Nerd At Large recently posted..Badass Black History in Chatham-Kent

    • Seattle Dredge
      March 25, 2014 at 8:17 am #

      Definitely, I wish all of my trips could give a little something back like this :]

  4. Jen
    March 25, 2014 at 3:36 am #

    This is really cool Seattle! Can;t wait to read all about it and of course see your pics. Have a blast!
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    • Seattle Dredge
      March 25, 2014 at 8:18 am #

      Thanks! I can’t wait to get there and start posting :]

  5. Sarah "wandering" Robbins
    March 25, 2014 at 3:42 pm #

    Can I have your life please?
    I’m so glad you’re not only doing this for fun and to help promote travel, but you’re also doing this with a cause in mind.
    I hope it’s as fun as it sounds!

    • Seattle Dredge
      March 25, 2014 at 4:07 pm #

      Haha–I would like to keep my life, but you’re welcome to come join :p

      Me too 😀 I wish all of my trips could be like this, and that’s something that I hope to lean toward from now on.

  6. Nika
    April 2, 2014 at 8:36 am #

    This is one kind of adventure! They say Costa Rica is great country if you love adrenalin sport. Enjoy Seattle

  7. Sally
    April 4, 2014 at 10:40 pm #

    This is really awesome Seattle! Can;t delay to study all about it and of course see your photos. Enjoy Seattle.

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