Weekend Trips in Costa Rica

August 2019 – Join Us!!

These trips have been carefully planned and thought out. They are not just run-of-the-mill tourist attractions. Habla Language Services Founder, Gina Covello, has used her local contacts met during her Peace Corps Service to plan trips and activities that boost the local economy and support sustainable tourism all while helping you learn Spanish!!

While we are on these trips, away from our homestay – the only meal included is breakfast, unless otherwise noted.

Beach Trip

Fly into LIR on Friday night (August 2, 2019) and get your free shuttle to the Hilton Garden Inn. We will have a morning orientation over breakfast and then depart at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 3, for Hermosa Beach, Guanacaste.

    1. We will drop our things off at the Mangroove Boutique Hotel and then head to Hermosa Beach for a full day of fun in the sun. You will have your choice to snorkel, relax in the calm waves, or enjoy the warm sand in the shade of a tree. We plan to to enjoy a fresh seafood lunch at La Casita del Marisco.  For those who want to stay at Mangroove, kayaking and bicycles are included.
    2. We will leave the beach in time to return to the Mangroove for cocktails, dinner and sunset over the breathtaking Papagayo Bay.
    3. In the morning, there will be time for breakfast, spa (additional), gym, kayaking or bikes or more beach time. Then we’ll head to Llano de Cortes Waterfall for some bathing there. We’ll pick up Subway on the way to have a picnic lunch at the falls.
    4. After we dry off, we’ll head to the Centro de Rescate near Cañas to learn about the cats and other wildlife they are rehabilitating.
    5. From the Centro, we’ll head up to Tilarán, making a couple stops to capture the sunset! We’ll have a brief orientation to the Spanish Immersion Program and get you settled in with your host families or hotel accommodations – ready to start the #SpanishCostaRica program in the morning!

Rain Forest/Volcano/Cloud Forest

After 4 days of the Spanish Immersion Program, we have put together a fabulous trip of a lifetime – not to be missed!!

    1. Friday morning, August 9, we will leave Tilarán and head around Arenal Lake to the Rain Forest Suspension Bridges of Místico. Here we will enjoy a 2½ hour guided walk. Then get lunch in the area.
    2. Our next adventure takes us to the hot springs of Volcano Arenal. We will check-in to our hotel at Volcano Lodge & Springs.  You can chill out at the hot springs; or, if you are feeling adventurous, we can help you get a taxi to La Fortuna Waterfall.  In the later afternoon, there will be time to enjoy a soak in the springs with the volcano in the background, especially as the sun sets. This hotel also has an opportunity for spa treatments.  We will have a restful night because there will be a BIG (and early) day ahead on Saturday.
    3. Saturday we will have an early breakfast at the hotel and head to Project Asis. Here we will spend half a day learning and seeing Costa Rican wildlife up close and will even have the chance to FEED THEM!
    4. Following lunch, we will head to Monteverde Cloud Forest. Once we check into our hotel, you will have the option to do a night hike ($30), or enjoy the beautiful grounds of Hotel Belmar.  An exquisite farm-to-table dinner at the hotel is included. Breakfast the next morning is also included.

      Two thirds of the hotel’s beautiful 3.5-hectare (9-acre) property is composed of pristine cloud forest, including a stream, waterfall, and pond. Our forest is home to many endangered species and was included in 2011 in the National Network of Private Preserves. It is also a part of the Bellbird Biological Corridor of the lowland forests with the temperate cloud forest. The hotel has a short self-guided trail for guests to explore.  Ave Del Sol – Trail Guide

      Around the two chalets that compose the hotel, you will also find naturally landscaped gardens with luscious native plants, a vegetable and herb garden, and a beautiful spring water pond with a sun deck.  Immersed in the cloud forest but with open views of the Pacific Ocean in the horizon, the Hotel Belmar is located on a truly privileged property. On clear days you can see the Pacific, the Arenal Volcano, and sometimes even glimpses of the Atlantic Ocean.

      1. For our adventures in the cloud forest, we have the following options (pricing for 2019 subject to change):
        • Bird Watching ($75) 6:30 a.m – 10:30 a.m. (Includes breakfast at Stella’s.)
        • Ziplining ($45)
        • Hiking at Curi-Cancha Reserve ($35)
      2. After our adventures, we will go to the CASEM Coop for shopping and lunch, followed by the best ice cream ever at the Monteverde Cheese Factory. Next, we will head to Monteverde Reserve to see the hummingbirds and check out the gift shop.
      3. We have one more stop before leaving Monteverde. You will have a chance to souvenir shop at Rosewood Souvenirs. If we get lucky, the owner might even take us on a tour of his gardens and show us how he does woodworking.
      4. We will then head back to our families or hotel and prepare for one day of fun-filled Spanish and debriefing with time in the afternoon for a trip to Viento Fresco Waterfalls. Your trip officially ends on Tuesday, August 13, or you can choose to extend a few days at Analive’s farm or tour more of Costa Rica. Let us know what you’d like to do for a quote.

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