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Do we really want to travel in hermetically sealed popemobiles through the rural provinces of France, Mexico and the Far East, eating only in Hard Rock Cafes and McDonalds? Or do we want to eat without fear, tearing into the local stew, the humble taqueria’s mystery meat, the sincerely offered gift of a lightly grilled fish head? I know what I want. I want it all. I want to try everything once.
— Anthony Bourdain
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Highlights of this Trip

 The Dreamcatchers offer blind itinerary adventure trips in Costa Rica
  • Travel like a local and discover the secret natural and culinary gems of Costa Rica.
  • Spend time in some of the most beautiful beaches of Costa Rica
  • Experience a variety of outdoor adventure activities while traveling in a state of blissful comfort.
  • See some of most beautiful and remote mountainous regions of Costa Rica as we explore a variety of micro-climates and natural habitats.
  • Eat delicious, healthy and locally prepared food from the moment the sun comes up until the sun comes down.
  • Learn to cook typical Costa Rican dishes with our private Chef Royner.
  • Visit the source of our food like coffee farms, cacao plantations and tropical fruit forests.
  • Get up close with local wildlife including howler monkeys, red parrots and sloths.
  • Have piles of fun, good conversation and new connections with positive like-minded adventurous individuals.
  • Relax your body & mind. 
  • Let go and feel The Dreamcatchers  Experience.

What You Can Expect

Food always tastes particularly more delicious when you eat it outside. In this epic adventure journey, we will amplify this by exploring some of the most beautiful regions of Costa Rica while chasing and eating all the delicious and unique local food offerings along our travel path. We'll be walking in coffee fields, exploring jungles filled with tropical foods, sailing and tasting the seas, visiting local markets, sharing meals with local tribes, and connecting with locals that are deeply passionate about the foods they create. Guided with the help of our chef we'll then go even deeper and learn to cook Costa Rican food alongside him.

Adventure travel and great food go hand-in-hand.  Most days of our journey will be marked with amazing outdoor activities that might range from surfing or hiking, to horse-back riding. Our bodies will rejoice and our  appetites will be stirred! 

In "Let's Eat Costa Rica" we will combine the incredible blind-itinerary concept of The Dreamcatchers with an in-depth culinary tour of all of Costa Rica.  Our goal will be to live out one of the most beautiful weeks of our lives while we explore, adventure, eat, laugh, rest, and forge new friendships and connections that will redefine how we connect with food and nature.

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 The Dreamcatchers offers blind itinerary adventure travel in Costa Rica
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Your Private Chef

 

Accompanying us on the trip will be our very own private chef; Royner Abarca Umańa, a young, amazingly talented chef with a passion for discovering and exploring the incredibly rich local cuisines and flavors of Costa Rica. He'll be cooking for you and with you. His job will be to curate our entire culinary experience. Royner will be taking us behind the scenes to visit local markets, farms, and even tropical forests.

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"There are many incredible gastronomic secrets hiding from plain view, things that most people, not even locals, get to experience.  It’s crucial to dig deep and travel a lot of ground to find these jewels. We’ll go from eating creole food like ‘rondon’ on the Caribbean coast, to tasting cacao and coffee in the mountain. We will travel to the jungles to eat all the tropical fruits we can find, an then venture to the Nicoya peninsula where we’ll drink typical ‘coyol’ wine and make tortillas. We will eat amazing things from the moment you wake up until you go to sleep.”

ROYNER A. UMAŃA, PRIVATE CHEF - THE DREAMCATchERS

 

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Your Private Guide

 
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Ignacio's lifelong passion has been exploring and discovering the secret treasures of Costa Rica's diverse natural beauty.

In this trip Ignacio is going to lead the group into a magical mix of incredible food, amazing adventure activities, and fun and sun. Every day will be designed to open all of your senses and help you experience the ultimate week in Costa Rica. 

Throughout the entire  trip Ignacio will be making sure all of your needs are being not just met, but surpassed. 

 

INFORMATION

When: December 1-9, 2018

Where: Costa Rica, Central America

Lead Guide & Host: Ignacio Oreamuno, (fluent in English, Spanish).

Driver & Co-Guide: Javier Solano, (fluent in English, Spanish).

Chef: Royner Abarca Umaña, (fluent in English, Spanish). 

Cost: $3,000 keep your money in your pocket all-inclusive (Food, drinks, private transportation, accommodations, private airport pickup, all tours, expeditions , activities & snacks included)

Available Spots: 10

Airport: LIR (Liberia, Costa Rica)

Places we'll visit: The details of our itinerary are secret but we will be crossing the entire country from coast to coast, from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean sea. We will be traveling a lot and experiencing a great variety of climates and environments ranging from caribbean beaches, rainforests, rural mountains to the jungle.  


ACCOMODATIONS

Where we lay our heads each night is an important part of our travel experience. In this journey we'll be staying in a variety of incredible locations that will range from haciendas, to beautiful houses and unique intimate hotels. After a long day on the road you should always be able to expect a comfortable bed, a clean room and a warm shower. 

Accommodations are private. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest your total cost would decrease from $3,000 to $2,600. 


Activities

We'll be engaging in moderate outdoor activities that might range from light yoga to surfing to moderate hiking.


Questions?

Please contact me at journeys@thedreamcatchers.co 

 The Dreamcatchers offers blind trip itinerary tours in Costa Rica

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should come on this trip?

"Let's Eat Costa Rica" is designed for adventurous travelers that love having fun, meeting new people and eating delicious food. The group aspect of the trip is designed to inject human connection and to amplify the laughs as we share our table and meals with amazing people.

This trip is suited for anyone that's never been to Latin America but wants to get a true inside view into Costa Rica's culture and food.

Who should not come on this trip?

If you don't like humans, sun, beaches, rain, cute rainforest animals, mountains, food, light outdoor adventures and activities similar to hiking, surfing and yoga then this trip might not be suited for you. Additionally if letting go of control and experiencing a blind-itinerary adventure makes you feel queasy then we suggest you pass.

What level of physical activity is required for this Dreamcatchers trip?

Outdoor activities are a very important part of our trips. Exercise helps open up our souls, detox and relax. We will be always moving our bodies but all our trips are balanced out so that no day is too demanding. It's highly unlikely that we are going to over-do any activity because my philosophy is that exercise should always be in moderation. I'd rather do a small morning hike followed by a great lunch and an afternoon at the beach than simply hiking all day OR spending the entire day at the beach. Combining exercise and relaxation is like mixing a good cocktail and that's what my job is all about, I will push your bodies just enough to feel good and alive, but never where it becomes frustrating. We're not in Costa Rica to work out, but snorkeling, horseback riding, and white water rafting all are great ways to move our bodies.

This trip will involve intermediate physical activities. If you have any doubts about whether or not you can do the activities of each trip, just contact me and we'll figure it out without giving away what we'll be doing.

Expect to engage in outdoor activities like yoga, canopying, hiking, snorkeling, horseback riding, surfing and white-water rafting.

What's your cancellation policy?

You may cancel and receive a full refund until November 15, 2018. After that date there is a $250 deposit charge but you will receive $2,750 back.

Is there free time?

Yes. the rhythm of the trip allows for some free time each day to chill, nap, call home, or do anything you please.

I have food and dietary restrictions, am I going to be ok?

Yes. The beauty of traveling in this trip with our own private chef is that he'll be making sure that we have food options for the entire group at all our stops. Prior to the trip we'll be collecting your dietary preferences and restrictions.

Will I be able to connect with my phone?

Yes. Costa Rica has a strong mobile network and most phones will have coverage even in the most remotes part we'll visit. In addition to that most or all of the places we'll be staying will have wifi. We'll ensure you have connectivity most of the time.

Do I need to know Spanish?

Not at all! You'll be in the company of two guides and a chef that are all fluent in English and Spanish. In addition, a lot of people speak English in Costa Rica. By the end of the trip however, we expect you'll know many new words!

Pipa = Coconut in Costa Rica. Vamos a tomar muchas pipas frias en la playa! We're going to drink a lot of cold coconut water at the beach!

What will a trip with The Dreamcatchers really be like?

The reason I don't show itineraries is because traveling with The Dreamcatchers is about experiencing the present moment in it's purest form and letting go. You won't understand just how much energy I put into designing each trip until you are there. I want you to take the leap of trust, because and only if you do so, will you be ready to experience everything that I'm about to show you.

I like to over deliver in everything I do. So from the moment you land until it's time to go back home, I'll be doing my very best to exceed whatever vision you have of this trip.

I'm very good at reading the energy levels of a group and fine tuning the experience on the go. When the group needs rest, I will secretly modify the schedule to allow for that, when the group needs fun, I'll find a way to add that into the day. A trip with The Dreamcatchers, is essentially a moving wedding party.

What kind of people will go on a trip with The Dreamcatchers?

Coming along on a trip with The Dreamcatchers requires a leap of faith and that simple decision is a filter through which only awesome people that are ready to enjoy life to the fullest will join us.

This trip will bring together adventurous people from around the world that love food and nature. Together we'll be chasing fun and eating everything there is to eat in Costa Rica. Sharing this experience will help us create amazing connections, conversations and memories that we'll never forget.

On day 1 we'll be strangers, but on day 5 we'll be family. Traveling together can create strong bonds between people. When we experience nature together we are actually sharing the instinctual primal desire to explore and discover.

If you want to connect with others, and surround yourself with positive, curious, and fun-loving people then come along and let's have some fun!

Are we going to party too?

The Dreamcatchers likes to have fun. So yes, we will be going out to beach rasta bars, drinking good rum, and maybe even do some dancing at night when the mood calls! On some nights we will go out as a group, and on other nights we will simply have free nights where people can go wherever they please. However at times we'll be staying in remote places where there are more sloths than bars, so your disco dancing moves might have to wait a day or two. Our days will be long and full of activity so expect your body to crash early in blissful sleep!

What is our transportation like?

We will be traveling on the awesome deluxe Dreamcatchers bus. It's got great comfortable seating, air conditioner, good music, snacks, and a full-time professional driver.

We'll be driving leisurely and making lots of cool pitstops along the way.

What kind of gear do I need for this trip?

A lot! From specific shoes to pocketknives. We will be providing all our guests with detailed list of gear for each specific trip. I will be very specific about what you need so you won't need to worry about being under or over packed.

How is your all inclusive policy?

We want to minimize the amount of times you reach for cash. All hotels and accommodations, meals, tours, outdoor activities, bus snacks, fruit, and water, will all be included.

What happens when I arrive in Costa Rica?

We will personally be there to pick all our guests at the airport and whisk you off on the adventure. At the conclusion of the trip we will also drop off all our guests at the airport. We'll always be there taking good care of you.

What's the weather like?

December marks the beginning of the Costa Rican summer or dry season so we should encounter minimal rain during our trip. The temperature will however vary drastically depending on where we are, ranging from high 80's (30° Celcius) in the beach, to a cool 65 in the high altitudes of the mountains (18°).