Friday, May 13, 2016

why kids need wilderness & adventures

Let your kids be wild in Costa Rica.

 Now a days kids are filled with pressure, and can be pretty intense. School, homework, sports and/or other extra curricular activities fill the week. We all can feel like there is no time left to fit anything else in. There has to be. Our younger kids and teenagers need wilderness and adventure in their lives and who better to model it to them than us, their parents. Wilderness and adventure will help develop them into well-rounded young adults.

1. Kids need the freedom to learn what life is like without a schedule.

There are so many books out there right now about the next generation and the lives they are living with the pressures that surround them and the belief that they cannot fail. Let them fail in some areas of their lives. The outdoors is a perfect place to learn to try new things. It takes a lot of work to get strong at wilderness activities, but there really is no failure – you just try again. Take your kids out so they can actually just sit and watch a sunset instead of seeing it out the car window on the way to a game or academic event.

2. Kids of all ages need a connection to nature.

There is no substitute to exploring the natural world around us. Costa Rica is the best location due to its wild biodiversity. The encounter with nature can be a simple walk on a National Park to a wild Canopy Tour in the rainforest.

3. Kids need time to kick back and relax.

Provide them with boredom. Make them figure out how to entertain themselves when they are in a wilderness setting. When they have nothing more than nature their imagination start exploring and to imagine. After a while you will
see your kids building rock structures  or just let them kick back in the hammock. That's it. Nothing exciting, but so good for them.




4. Kids need to figure out how to exist without technology.

Seriously, I cannot even begin to list all of the things that suck up our kids’ time when they are at home from ipads, video games or TV. And with older kids there is the computer they need for their schoolwork and research, texting, social
media and on and on. Take them to places where there is no cell service at all. I am totally serious. If they have phones, they will learn to take photos of their adventures and the beauty around them since nothing else will work on those devices they cannot let go of. They will probably gain a real appreciation for nature. Show them that not only can they survive without technology, but they can thrive and love the time away.

5. Kids must be taught the importance of conservation.

In my opinion, the next generation isn’t going to have the option of not conserving our resources. Teach them how to do it now and model it constantly for them. We have a huge role to play here. Take them out  to the National Parks and let them learn how important the natural world is.

Nature will feed the soul of the young generations.

In Costa Rica will help you achieve the 5 points mentioned. Its a country where nature will open their eyes, the adventure will make it a unique rich experience and will help them see the world in a total different way.
Costa Rica is the best fit!
Contact us and we will program your upcoming family trip.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Wetlands Experience

This amazing location is a great Family Spot for all ages (from 12 and up). It shows kids a new perspective of wildlife. Its an experience of unique sensations, climate, adventures, everything here will be different. Even better if we leave tecnology back home!

This incredible place is called Rancho Humo Estancia and is located on the Nicoya Peninsula of Guanacaste.

The Rancho Humo Estancia is a combination of an eco boutique hotel, a ranch, that is run by local people, a native wetlands reserve, the Tempisque River and the Palo Verde National Park. In total, Rancho Humo is about 1,100 hectares.

The hotel itself is a perfect place to calm down and just enjoy the nature. Almost every room offers a great view over the wide nature reserve and the exclusive furniture let you have a comfortable and relaxing time. If you want to refresh yourself from the warm weather in Guanacaste, there is also a nice pool located on a big terrace.

Due to its corporation with the Costa Rican gastronomical institute Chateau1525 from San Jose every dish was a total delight. Chefs from the cooking corporation prepared gourmet dishes based on the rich and exotic local gastronomy of Guanacaste. You will dine in casual elegance with very personalized service. By the way, all meals during your stay in Rancho Humo hotel are included.

On the second day we started exploring the whole Estancia. The program started with a visit of the cows that live right next to the hotel on the ranch, which is run by local people from Guanacaste. As you can see, Rancho Humo is very interested in supporting the communities from the surroundings and making you part of it. During the visit we were able to experience their everyday lives by milking the cows by ourselves. We were Sabaneros for the day!

The second tour we did was a river boat tour on the Tempisque river which started with an adventurous drive on safari vehicles. During the boat tour we were able to explore the amazing ecosystem with its crocodiles, iguanas, monkeys and various types of birds. Due to the local guides, we could watch animals that we would have never found without them.

In the afternoon, we did a horseback riding tour. During this tour, we could enjoy the wonderful and wide views over the land with its very special combination of colours. The dry yellow/brown grounds and the green mountains in the backgrounds matches on a very unique way.
On the last day, we did explore the beautiful wetlands by driving through with the safari vehicles. These wetlands offers a paradise for birdwatchers. Lots of different species that you can spot in their natural habitats. If you are lucky, you can even find a Jabirú.

All in all, the trip to the Rancho Humo Estancia is a really big pleasure. Its the perfect place to connect yourself to the surrounding nature and calm down for a few days.

Other optional tours in the area are visit Palo Verde National Park, a coffee plantation, the mountain nature reserve to see orchids, turtle nesting tour (seasonal), cultural tour to the colonial city of Nicoya, and much more...
As you can see, Guanacaste offers a lot of unique experiences!

So why not exploring this area by having a great stay at Rancho Humo Hotel and be supported by IL VIAGGIO TRAVEL as your local ground operator here in Costa Rica!!!!