Hello beautiful people! The Costa Rica Experience has officially started with the group that arrived today at Samasati lodge, in the South Caribbean cost of Costa Rica.
Over the last week Adriana and I have been scouting trails and Paola and Alice joined us a few days ago to complete the team. Everything is ready to spend two amazing weeks guiding our guests around one of the most wonderful eco systems on the planet. This area of Costa Rica aslo has a special mix of cultures. Native Indians from the Kekoldi and Bribri tribes lived in peace here together with Afro Caribbeans, who arrived later, for a number of centuries.
Their unique cultural expressions of language, food, music and dance remain in tact and are here for us to explore. We met some very interesting and knowledgeable local guides from these different cultural backgrounds who will join us during these next two weeks, sharing with us their culture and all they know about the Costa Rican wildlife. We will learn about medicinal plants, local foods, how they prepare arts and crafts, attend a shaman ritual and much more, adding an rich cultural flavour to the experience.
As you may see in the pictures, we have been hiking in dense rainforest, spotting (and sometimes hugging!) some awesome trees, beautiful flowers and colourful wildlife – including howler monkeys, sloths, frogs, lizards, toucans, pelicans and butterflies. We have discovered some beautiful rivers and secluded beaches where the temperature of the water is unbelievable!
I hope that you enjoy the pictures and please stay tuned in as we will be posting pictures and comments from the guests along these next couple of weeks.
We’re sending a big hug to you all!
Martin and the gang…