Category Archives: Costa Rica 2011

Summer holidays in 2011 in Costa Rica

Five top activities to keep your teenagers busy in Costa Rica

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Have you ever wondered what you can do with kids on your summer holidays? Should they limit your natural drive to have an adventure? Are lazy summer holidays in a luxury sea resort the only option?

It all depends on what you like doing. If you are the type of person who can lie on the beach in a full sun no more that 10 minutes, then invite your kids to join the adventure trip. In Costa Rica, the choice of family activities, your kids will love, is limitless…

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I will risk saying, that if you survive the adventure holidays of your dream, your kids will manage it as well.

The top adventures in Costa Rica on our kid’s list are following:
1. Zip line
2. Whale watching
3. Swimming up the river and jumping from 5 meter cliff
4. Wild animals watching in the rain forest
5. Horse riding into the rain forest

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Just let me know if you would like to learn how to organise these adventures…

Do not disturb the mating Humpback Whales

When we watched David Attenborough’s program on BBC Nature about whales reproduction process, we didn’t even think for a moment that few months later we will see it real-life in the waters on Bahia Drake (Costa Rica).

The BBC film showed the whole process from various perspectives and it seemed to be quite calm. Frankly speaking, without watching this film, it would be really hard to imagine how whales DO IT. What can you expect from mammals which are up to 15 meters long and weight between 30 to 40 tons. I am not going to describe it here, just watch the film, if you need to dig into details… It is of very high educational value, even for kids, which will ask you whole tone of questions. For example we got a question:

– Dad, do people do it in a similar way…?

Humpback Whale mating, Costa Rica, photo by Grzegorz Kaminski
Humpback Whale mating, Costa Rica, photo by Grzegorz Kaminski

In Bahia Drake, we did not have to explain anything. We were just in the middle of the whole scene. It was not yet the tender loving scene. That was just the beggining… Three males chasing the female, swimming about 15km per hour. We could just experience this for a few blinks of the eye, but believe me – my adrenaline level grew up very quickly. We were really close and suddenly our boat seemed to be very, very small. My son – Greg – just managed to press the shutter button, whereas I started to record the scene on the camera. One picture, few seconds of film, but the memories of that event will stay with us for ever.

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Travelling with no backpack was a real bliss

When we arrived to Costa Rica, it turned out that all our luggage was left at the London airport. We had no choice, but to start travelling without any backpack. All we had, was a camera recorder. Surprisingly, travelling without the backpack was really a bliss. Nothing to carry – we just had plenty of time to enjoy the slow start into the great Costa Rica adventure.

Lazy life of a Sloth

Have you ever observed a sloth in its natural environment? Its slow movements up the cecropia tree are so much different to the way we move. Sloths are unimaginably slow, but they always get what they want – a leaf of cecropia, change of their position on the feeding tree, feeling of safety.

We – humans – move much faster,  but can we say we are more effective? Do we always get what we want? Do we always figure it out how to move up? Or maybe, we just need so many things that irrespective of our efforts, we cannot grasp them all…

Anyway, watching the sloth in Finca Verde farm in Bijagua de Upala on our trip to Costa Rica was a great family moment, though probably conveying a different message to parents and to kids…

Let us know if you would like to get there on your next summer holidays. We will be glad to help.

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