CO-ED WEEK OF RIVERS WITH ANDREW HOLCOMBE AND ANNA LEVESQUE
Experience the amazing rivers of Costa Rica with two of the world’s top paddlers and instructors! Add in some yoga and it doesn’t get any better than this! Join us for an unforgettable week of paddling, yoga, lush scenery and adventure!
Day 1 – Arriving in Paradise
Anna and Andrew will greet you at the Juan Santamaria International airport in San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO), upon your arrival. After leaving the airport, we begin the journey to our base in Turrialba, about a two hour drive through orchards, small towns and beautiful coffee fields.
Upon arrival in Turrialba you will settle into your home away from home: comfortable accommodations with tropical courtyard, Volcano view balcony and relaxing hammock area. This evening you will enjoy a delicious and authentic Costa Rican meal prepared by our Chef, Flor. This will be a great opportunity to practice your high school Spanish, as you enjoy Tico company with dinner. The remainder of the evening is spent getting to know everyone, setting goals for the week and relaxing.
Day 2 – Outfitting, River Adventure and Yoga
After breakfast, we outfit you with your reserved paddling gear from our wide selection. We start out at the Lower Rio Pejibaye, a calm jungle river with clear water and spectacular scenery. This river is an excellent introduction to Costa Rican whitewater with fun surf waves and deep pools for practice. It’s the perfect warm-up for the upcoming week. When we return to our hotel we treat our bodies to a post-kayaking yoga class and a delicious dinner.
Day 3 – Sarapiqui and Yoga
We will hit the road just after an early breakfast and travel to the Sarapiquí River, located on the north side of the Carib bean slope. The Sarapiquí is often referred to as the “Jewel of Costa Rica” with clear water, deep pools and excellent whitewater. There are 3 distinct sections on this river that we paddle, generally the more difficult whitewater is located upstream while the lower sections provide fantastic opportunities to practice and improve in the warm tropical water and sunshine. Paddlers sometimes have a difficult time with this section of river because they are so distracted by the beautiful scenery. Tonight we will lodge in the town of Puerto Viejo Sarapiquí, close to the river, enjoying a jungle setting, a post kayaking yoga session and the use of a swimming pool.
Day 4 – More Yoga and More Sarapiqui!
Morning yoga eases us into our second day on the Sarapiqui, where we put in upstream at La Virgen or San Miguel section. These sections have much to offer paddlers of all ability levels. There are some exciting class III+ rapids and class IV rapids on the San Miguel section, and some fun play waves to practice your moves. Make sure you have had your morning coffee before getting on the river. This section will very much depend on water levels!!!
Day 5 – Top Pacuare Remote Jungle Setting
After a morning yoga session to wake us up we’ll travel to the remote and absolutely beautiful mountains of the Pacuare headwaters. This rarely paddled section of river starts with class II and III rapids and progresses in difficulty as we continue downstream. You’ll love the steep rapids and super-fun playspots of the Upper-Upper Pacuare. If some paddlers don’t feel up to the more difficult rapids they can stay on the top roadside section where they can take advantage of the great surf spots.
Day 6 – Lower Pacuare to Jungle Camp
This 24 kilometer (17 miles) class III/IV section is your paddling gem today. This is the most popular run on
the Pacuare, often said to be one of the top five river sections in the world. We will put-in a bit higher than other groups and enjoy an additional 4 kilometers of whitewater and rapids as we paddle to our riverside Jungle Lodge. To spend a night along the shores of the Pacuare river is an experience every person should enjoy at least once in their lives. Not to mention a post-kayaking yoga class by the river! We light the camp with candles and prepare delicious tropical cuisine in our kitchen with all amenities. The camp is complete with flush toilets, showers, raised platform cabinas with real beds and fully landscaped grounds. The whitewater on the first day is class II and III, fun surf waves and rolling rapids are plentiful.
Day 7 – Lower Pacuare Adventure
After morning yoga and a delicious breakfast we launch and begin preparing for the action downstream. There are about 3 kilometers of warm-up rapids before we enter Huacas canyon and the first of several class IV rapids. The river then opens up as we play and paddle mostly class III whitewater until Cimarrones, a steep and technical class IV drop. There are still 5 more kilometers of whitewater action before we arrive in the Caribbean flatland town of Siquirres where we take out. Paddlers who are not feeling up to the harder rapids will experience all these thrilling class III and IV rapids in a guided raft or shredder. We then return to Turrialba for an evening goodbye fiesta.
Dates: Sorry, this trip is not available until December of 2013.
Price: $1700.00 per person
Skill Level Required: To participate in this trip you must have a success rate of at least 70% or more with your whitewater roll.
$300 – If you are traveling alone we will arrange shared accommodations with an appropriate roommate. If you prefer single accommodations during the 7 nights, you have the option of paying the single supplement fee to guarantee a single room during the week.
What does all inclusive mean?
All inclusive with Girls at Play means from the moment you step out of the San Jose airport and meet your guides, all of your worldly needs are met, so you can focus on having fun in paradise. Bed and breakfast lodging, freshly prepared meals, private transportation, quality equipment, and professional Girls at Play staff will exceed your expectations
- Experienced Girls at Play guides always available
- All adventure activities and equipment (kayaks provided, but you bring your own paddle, PFD, Sprayskirt and helmet.)
- Daily yoga class
- All trip accommodations
- All meals
- Airport pick-up and drop-off
- Private ground transportation
- Entrance fees and permits
What is not included?
International airfare to San Jose – Costa Rica, yoga mats, alcoholic beverages, travel insurance, optional guide gratuities, airport departure tax ($26 USD payable in cash or credit), and items of personal needs (snacks, laundry, souvenirs, etc.).
HOW TO BOOK or ASK QUESTIONS
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Cancellation Policy: A 50% deposit is required to book your spot. The balance is due the first day of the class. 15% of the deposit is non-refundable. If you cancel before 14 days before the trip you’ll receive refund of your deposit minus the 15%. If you cancel within 13 – 0 days before the course your deposit is non-refundable. At that time credit for a future or different program may be offered.