Costa Rica

Our homestay experience in Costa Rica

Hello from Costa Rica! I hope you can join me on this tour of this little but fascinating country. Today was the first day of our eight-day tour organized by Intrepid. I like their motto – real life experience, that’s why I chose this tour organizer this time.

We met in the capital of Costa Rica, San José, yesterday in the evening. There is twelve of us in the group from Canada, USA and United Kingdom. Our first adventure is a homestay experience.

We traveled in a small bus to Santa Rosa de Pocosol, approximately 3 hours from San José. What was great about this first portion of our trip is that we began visiting the country by meeting its people.

Here are our lovely hosts from the Juanilama Community. They introduced themselves to us and told us about their roles in the community. Their kindness was overwhelming. This community was created to preserve the land on which they live and to promote rural tourism in the country. This initiative, started around 20 years ago, promotes local traditions, respect for land and nature, and it offers its visitors an authentic experience of rural Costa Rican life.

First meet my hostess, her name is Sandra:

The smile is always on her face. She is the woman who describes herself and other women from the community as “valientes.” Once you learn the history of the community you realize how much they have accomplished. They received the land, with nothing on it so they had to start from the beginning by building the road, their homes, schools and other facilities.

Sandra’s house was very small at the beginning. With time, as she was able to save some money, together with her husband, they added more rooms for their three children and for guests. Five years ago, Sandra learned how to use a computer and now she has an important role of accepting reservations, organizing programs and promoting the project. She is a very energetic, enthusiastic and generous woman. These powerful Costa Rican women also call themselves “impulsadora.” It was an honour for me to meet Sandra in my life.

Juanilama community offers many different activities. The first one was a trek to see local waterfalls. As we were walking there, we found out that the path was built by volunteers from Canada and Australia.

When you travel to Costa Rica you should remember that “dry season” does not mean no rain, it means a little bit less rain. The weather is very unpredictable, and we need to be ready for rain and mud everywhere we go. If we want to see the rain forest, we have to expect rain.

Rain was useful for washing mud off our shoes and clothes.

After our walk, we had a wonderful time with our community preparing food, eating together, dancing, and singing. What a wonderful opportunity for us to become friends with local people on the second day of our trip.


I am ending this post with Costa Rican wisdom:


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  1. Simone Radman
    January 7, 2020 at 2:05 pm — Reply

    Looks wonderful! Enjoy!

    • January 7, 2020 at 2:12 pm — Reply

      Thank you Simone! Happy New Year my friend!

  2. Christina
    January 7, 2020 at 4:58 pm — Reply

    Hi Joanna,

    Thank you for the amazing pics and letting me join you on your adventure! You are well
    Looked after that’s for sure and are enjoying the natural beauty God has created! Continue enjoying and can’t wait for your next post!

    Love Christina and Anthony

    • January 8, 2020 at 10:14 am — Reply

      Thank you Christina, big hugs for Anthony!

  3. January 7, 2020 at 8:12 pm — Reply

    Wow, this sounds amazing already and Sandra and the women from the community sound awesome!

  4. January 7, 2020 at 8:13 pm — Reply

    What did they cook for you?

    • January 8, 2020 at 10:14 am — Reply

      Steve, you would have to be here to figure it out. It’s pots of good food, vegetables and meat, always served with rice and lots of beans.

  5. Bozena Stoch
    January 7, 2020 at 10:47 pm — Reply

    Pura Vida! Udanej wycieczki, Asia!

    • January 8, 2020 at 10:12 am — Reply

      Dziekuje Bozenko!

  6. Angie
    January 8, 2020 at 10:08 am — Reply

    Looks beautiful Joanna!
    Enjoy and we look forward to seeing and reading more posts.
    Loved the Costa Rican words of wisdom. Very wise!
    Love, Alda and Angie

    • January 8, 2020 at 10:11 am — Reply

      Thank you Angie, big hugs for you and Alda!

  7. Basia
    January 9, 2020 at 3:03 am — Reply

    Asiu, cudne widoki 🙂 Przyroda jest najpiękniejsza, ona tworzy wspaniałe krajobrazy. Zazdroszczę tych krajobrazów. Pozdrawiam 🙂

    • January 9, 2020 at 8:06 am — Reply

      Dziekuje Basienko, i zapraszam na wiecej zdjec. Ciesze sie ze ze mna podrozujesz.

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