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Costa Rica Winter Escape!!
       Mind, Body, Spirit Soul Retreat         

Jan. 20 - 27, 2019


Join Susan Duval at the beautiful rainforest Arenal Springs Resort and Spa for a week of rest, rejuvenation, and renewal for your Mind, Body and Spirit. The rainforest is a place of peace and renewal; mysterious, life-affirming, and of majestic proportions. Life is challenging these days and often we don't have time to savor the moment, enjoy a sunset, marvel at the colors on a butterfly wing, or simply sit in the midst of a spectacular landscape and feel humbled by the magnificence of nature.

We all need a quiet place of beauty, peacefulness and serenity to just sit and think or simply breathe, to pray, write or meditate…a place quiet enough for us to hear that still small voice within that speaks from the depth of our Soul. The natural paradise that is Costa Rica will offer you that place.

Costa Rica alone has more plant species than the whole of Europe, and a staggering world of exotic wildlife, flora and fauna that runs into the millions of species. There will be plenty of free time to do your “own thing” along with lots of fun and laughter on group tours and activities.  This week of Soul Renewal will offer new experience and a fresh outlook on the wealth of possibilities that life has to offer. Costa Rica…Pura Vida – Pure Life!


Sunday, Januray 20     

Arrival at the Juan Santa Maria International Airport (SJO) San Juan, Costa Rica.  A tour representative will meet you upon arrival and provide a group transfer to the Balmoral Hotel.  The Balmoral has been one of San Jose’s favorite hotels for locals and international visitors alike. The hotel is located on Avenida Central, San Jose’s most famous and visited Pedestrian Boulevard and offers convenient access to local attractions, shopping, dining and nightlife.

Balmoral Hotel      
Dinner on our own. Here at the hotel looks pretty nice!       


Monday, January 21    SAN JOSE - ARENAL        B,L,D

After breakfast, board your private bus to begin exploring Costa Rica as you depart for the Arenal Volcano area and the Arenal Springs Resort and Spa. The locals say, to learn about coffee is to learn about the history of Costa Rica! On the way to Arenal we’ll stop for a short tour of a coffee farm! Costa Rican coffee is some of the world’s best due to the rich volcanic soil and the ideal tropical climate.

You will learn about the history, cultivation, and operation of a functioning coffee 'beneficio' and have the opportunity to hand pick some coffee beans yourself. There will be snacks to sample and of course, lots of delicious Costa Rican coffee. There is a gift shop with lots of coffee type gifts to take home with you.    Arrive Arenal Springs Resort and Spa.

The Arenal Springs Resort and Spa offers individual colonial style cabins with spectacular volcano views from your private front porch. Its lush tropical gardens and quiet location off the main road make it a wonderful retreat yet it is not far from the village of La Fortuna, where you have a great choice of restaurants and shops. All cabins have unique garden showers and amenities expected of a resort of this caliber: A/C, cable TV, coffee maker, refrigerator, security box and hair dryer.  In your leisure time enjoy the full service spa, swimming pool and hot, thermal mineral pool’s which will soothe your body and soul.  
Arenal Springs Resort


After lunch at the resort we’ll enjoy a relaxing gondola ride on The Sky Tram. The gondolas rise smoothly through the rain forest, offering endless views as they ascend up the mountain. This tour is perfect for people who want to take a different approach on admiring nature, without much physical effort but still be in the middle of nature’s magic.

Our guide will point out different characteristics of the wildlife, flora, fauna and other interesting facts. Upon reaching the top, you arrive at a large observation platform on the highest point of the reserve. Here you can enjoy the view, take some awe-inspiring photos and also have the opportunity to walk a short trail. 

Tuesday, January 22       B,L,D

After breakfast in the midst of tropical gardens, hummingbirds and peaceful tranquility, spend the morning enjoying a variety of optional activities (additional cost) such as rafting, kayaking, mountain biking, bird watching or just chill, get a massage, relax and soak in hot mineral pools.


After a wonderful lunch we’ll depart for a fascinating tour of a local pineapple farm. We start our trip in a comfortable lorry and enjoy an interactive explanation about the planting, morphology, development and harvesting of this sweet golden fruit. Eat freshly cut, juicy pineapple that is picked from the field right in front of you. Learn how to pick a good pineapple in your local market at home. Then sample a refreshing cool drink of fresh pressed pineapple juice and lots of other “pineapple” goodies that will tantalize your taste buds.   Overnight Arenal Springs

Wednesday, January 23      B,L,D

Depart early morning to Los Chiles to enjoy a relaxing boat tour in Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge. Traveling to the refuge will take you through a great part of the San Carlos plains enjoying the beautiful scenery and a great variety of fields with different products, such as: sugar cane, legumes, fruit and vegetables and large herds of cattle. Upon arrival enjoy a welcome drink and snack then board a comfortable boat that will take you through the Canals of the river “Rio Frio” and its beautiful scenery.

Thousands of animals inhabit the borders of the river and you shall enjoy seeing monkeys, sloth, caimans, turtles, bats and a great variety of birds. Cano Negro is one of Costa Rica’s best refuges where the greatest diversity of flora and fauna can be observed. You will enjoy a delicious lunch in the “El Caiman” restaurant located on the riverbank surrounded by nature. Cano Negro is incredibly exotic and you will have great and unforgettable memories. This is a tour one cannot skip!   Overnight Arenal Springs

Thursday, January 24      B

Free Day for optional activities. Enjoy the day and do exactly as you please. Schedule a massage, soak in the hot thermal pools, zip line, horseback ride, kayak, hike, river rafting, ATV tours, mountain biking, Venado caves, blue river waterfall hike and moreLunch and Dinner on your own.  
Overnight Arenal Springs

Friday, January 25       B,L,D

Morning free for optional activities.  This afternoon, your healing experience will continue as you visit the world famous Tabacón Hot Springs, a private reserve with its own network of naturally flowing thermal mineral springs.

There are five main springs which source highly mineralized water, heated underground by the Arenal Volcano’s magma. Thousands of gallons of this perfect, natural water emanate from the springs every minute.

You will find dozens of cascading waterfalls and warm pools along the riverbed, of varying temperatures, from 72 to 105 degrees Fahrenheit, with varying strength of water flow and degree of privacy. In addition to the natural pools, Tabacon contains five tiled pools, a swim up bar and hydrotherapy waterfalls.

Mindfulness and self-discovery are an integral part of a true healing experience and soaking in the healing waters while you are surrounded by nature and stunning scenery will leave you filled with peaceful bliss. Then enjoy a wonderful dinner at Tabacon’s famous restaurant which will be the perfect ending for your day of renewal.  Overnight in Arenal Springs

Saturday, January 26    B,L,D

We’ll begin our drive back to San Jose and along the way stop for lunch and have some time to stretch our legs and explore the colorful towns of Grecia and Sarchi. The famous Sarchi Village, declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO is known as the center of Costa Rican handicrafts where they make the famous colorful oxcarts or carreta.

Here partake in some “retail therapy” as you discover wonderful gifts to bring home with you.  The oxcart plays a very important part in the cultural history of Costa Rica. In the middle of the 19th century, when coffee was first being cultivated in the surrounding countryside, oxcarts provided the only method in which to transport the handpicked beans over the mountains to the coast and usually were a family’s only means of transportation. They even became a status symbol and the tradition of painting and decorating them with a particular design would identify which part of the country the driver was from. 


Spend your last night in Costa Rica at the lovely Hotel Bougainvillea with 10 acres of botanical gardens along paths filled with birds and butterflies. This evening enjoy a Group Farewell

 Sunday, January 27     B

After breakfast, transfer to Juan Santa International Airport for your flight home. After a blissful week in the healing energy of Costa Rica, return home feeling nourished on a Soul level, ready to embrace an exciting New Year.



7 night’s accommodation in shared double room

Private motor coach and English speaking personal guide services

Transfer airport to hotel / hotel to airport in San Jose

Private tours as specified in the tour itinerary

Meals as specified in the tour itinerary


International airfare to San Jose, Costa Rica

Gratuities at hotels

Tips to tour guide and driver.

Optional tours & meals listed in the itinerary.

Alcoholic beverages

Travel Insurance


$1929 per person, double occupancy by check OR $2006 by credit card
$589 single supplement by check
OR $613 by credit card.

Send by check to Susan Duval, 36 N Church St, Doylestown PA 18901.
OR call Susan with your credit card info  215-348-5755

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