Pioneer Expeditions pride themselves on organising unique off the beaten track adventures, often focusing on wildlife and activities. We aim to get under the skin of a country, away from tourists and consistantly search for the unqiue and extraordinary.
Rainforests, beaches, volcanoes, jungles, oceans, adventure activities and spectacular wildlife!
We absolutely love Central America and many of the countries & places we visit here, such as Costa Rica, are perfectly suited to our ideaology. Pioneer Expeditions Director, Laurenne has just returned from her third time in Costa Rica – a country she adores!
Sensational Costa Rica
“I have had the pleasure of exploring Costa Rica twice before, and on this occassion, I travelled with my 9 year old son as well as some friends. This was not just a fabulous experience for me personally, but has now allowed me to travel to Costa Rica in different ways. I am writing this on the plane with four very happy ‘clients’!” – Laurenne
Costa Rica – May/June 2017
Travelling around this natural paradise, these are just some of the things Laurenne experienced in Costa Rica on her latest expedition!
Visiting the La Paz Waterfall Gardens which involved walking a trail leading to a spectacular waterfall, situated in the middle of the rainforest. “This place was a little touristy – but a good place to visit if you have kids & it does help rehabilitate some of Costa Rica’s wild animals”
Enjoying something really special and unique with a cultural experience of the Masquerades (one of Costa Rica’s most popular traditions). Time here included a visit to the house and workshop of a local craftsman and designing & creating the masquerades (masks) for the traditional marimba music before a historical walk through the village. Even better, a delicious homemade breakfast was made by the mother and the artisan’s sister . “This was an absolutely amazing and surreal experience. Not for the shy and better for groups of 4 or more. It takes you into the home of a local craftsman (completely untouristy), his mother and sister. After learning how they make these unusual creations – some of the local kids are enlisted to dress up in the costumes and dance while the music is playing! You are very much encouraged to join in – a hilarious experience. This is finished with the best home cooked (by Mum and Sister) traditional Costa Rican food – which you enjoy along with their family – none of whom speak English. A really honest and genuinely enjoyable insight into Costa Rican Life.”
Travelling to the less-visited and far less developed Southern Caribbean Coast which presents the laid-back face of the country, as opposed to the country’s pacific coast. Time here was spent exploring some of the coastline’s most picturesque and idyllic beaches. “We spent a day lazing in the ‘pools’ in the Caribbean Sea – this coast is not for the faint-hearted with big rip tides etc. So you seek shelter in the pools by the shoreline that are protected by rocks. Follow the locals and you can’t go far wrong. We were away from the tourists again and were woken up by howler monkeys in the morning!”
Discovering Cahuita National Park which protects tropical lowland wet forest (rainforest) and has one of the nicest and least developed beaches in Costa Rica, as well as coral. Time was spent snorkelling amongst the coral reef and a guided walk through the jungle, home to monkeys, sloths, lizards and snakes. “Chauita National Park is a very special place in Costa Rica. However, I would recommend that if you are looking for luxury hotels and excellent service, to opt for Tortuguero or the Pacific Coast. The snorkelling in Costa Rica definitely isn’t one of its big selling points – if you are looking for snorkelling – go to Belize….however we still had a great snorkel and encountered some fish and a nurse shark. The walk along the national park, by the coast was fabulous – get yourself a good local guide – apart from spotting the usual suspects – Sloths, Howler Monkeys, Leaf Cutting Ants, Agouti, Coati etc – we also saw a couple of Eyelash Vipers – deadly but beautiful. We all loved our time here and I would definetly go back again!”
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