Costa Rica Week of Rivers, Yoga and Confidence with Anna - Mind Body Paddle

Costa Rica Week of Rivers, Yoga and Confidence with Anna

Costa Rica Week of Rivers, Yoga and Confidence with Anna

Back by popular demand!!

Are you looking for a kayaking trip that provides a powerful context for building confidence, developing skill and expanding your paddling community?

Join me for a paddling trip that’s much more than a paddling trip. Daily yoga classes, mindset coaching, skills refinement, lush jungle rivers, delicious food and lots of fun!

I’m stoked to coach you on living more powerfully, confidently and healthfully on and off the water.

And… Costa Rica is one of my favorite places to paddle!

I can’t wait to share it with you.

This Trip Includes

  • All meals from dinner Day 1 through breakfast Day 8
  • 7 nights accommodation, including 1 Montana del Pacuare and 1 night at Jungle Camp on the Pacuare
  • 6 days of whitewater kayaking
  • Raft support for the last day on the Pacuare (in case you get tired and still want to experience the river without having to kayak) and ducky/inflatable available for any other day you choose to not whitewater kayak.
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Mindset group coaching with Anna
  • Airport transfers
  • Ground transportation
  • Exceptional and highly trained local guides
  • Kayaks, including newer models
  • Guided kayaking on the Pejibaye River
  • Guided kayaking on the Sarapiqui River
  • Guided kayaking on the Pacuare River
  • Latin dance class (my favorite!)

Commonly Asked Questions

What level kayaker do I need to be to participate on this trip?

To get the most out of this trip you want to be comfortable on Class III whitewater with a solid combat roll at least 80% of the time. If you’re comfortable on rivers like the Ocoee, the Pigeon, the Middle White Salmon, Shoshone, Lower New, Southfork of the American, or Ottawa you’re good to go. If I didn’t mention your local river and you’re wondering please contact me to discuss. I’m happy to help.

If you’re more of a Class II kayaker you have the option of paddling on the Pejibaye and a section of the Sarapiqui and paddling a ducky/inflatable/going in the raft the rest of the days. This allows you to experience this amazing trip without having to hardboat every day.

Do I have to bring my own paddling gear?

Kayaks are provided by Amazing Vacations. They have a great fleet to choose from. You can rent a paddle for $75 or bring your own. You’ll need to bring your own PFD, spray skirt and helmet. As well as any other gear you like to have with you. That includes specialized outfitting.

What are the sleeping arrangements like?

The price is based on double occupancy (you’ll have your own bed and will be sharing a room) except our night at Montanas del Pacuare where we get to do true summer camp throwback! We’ll be staying at a cool bunkhouse on top of a mountain overlooking the river. It has the coolest swing and it’s worth the group sleeping arrangement 🙂  Single supplements aren’t available for this trip.

I’d be traveling solo. How are the group dynamics?

I love and welcome solo travelers! Most of my trips are made up of solo woman travelers with the exception of small groups of friends who travel together on occasion. This is an awesome opportunity for you to get to know and paddle with other like-minded women.  We’re all connected by our passion for the river and by the end of the trip we recognize each other as strong paddling sisters.

What is the group size?

I love and specialize in small groups that allow everyone to receive personalized attention. The maximum group size for this trip is 10 women.

Can you accommodate my dietary restrictions?

We do our best! As a vegan myself (95%) I find that Costa Rica is relatively easy. It doesn’t have all of the foods you may be accustomed to, but please let me know asap and I’ll be able to talk to the restaurants and cooks. 

I’d really love to join this trip, but it feels selfish to take money and a week for myself. Especially when I have responsibilities at home and/or at work.

I hear you, I really do. Let me ask you this… Is feeling uninspired, stressed and tired helping you get optimal results in your life? Is it selfish to take care of yourself so you can thrive in your roles at work and at home? Investing in your passion is investing in your wellbeing, both mental and physical. That isn’t selfish, it’s intelligent.

The truth is that taking care of yourself contributes to way more people than you – your family, your colleagues and your community all benefit when you take care of YOU!

What Isn’t Included

  • Airfare
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Alcohol
  • Paddles, PFD, helmet, spray skirt – please bring your own
  • Yoga mat – please bring your own for the week. A mat is going to be key for practicing, please don’t skip bringing a mat and try to use a towel – it’s not effective! To get the most value out of your trip please bring a mat. Here’s a link to my favorite travel yoga mat

Itinerary

Day 1 – Arriving in Tropical Paradise

You’ll fly into SJO San Jose, Costa Rica.

We work with a small bed and breakfast called “Your House” in San Jose that is about 5 minutes from the airport. Because we have multiple people coming in during a 4-5 hour period of time, we want to make it comfortable for everyone.

We have arranged to have our friends at “Your House” pick you up and take you to their location so you can relax, have a drink or snack, and wait comfortably for the others. There is a nice area out back and couches and lounge areas for you to wait for the rest of the group.

From there we’ll transfer to the B&B in Turrialba (you’ll get more detailed information).

Day 2 – Yoga, Outfitting, Paddling and Latin Dancing!

Yoga class starts off our morning to help us settle into our new environment, cultivate balance in our bodies and courage and confidence in our minds.

After breakfast, it’s time to meet the kayak you’ll be paddling all week! (You will have told us about boat preference before you arrive and please ask us for our boat list). We start out on the Rio Pejibaye, a fun jungle river with clear water and spectacular scenery. Warm up your paddling skills under our guidance – play and creek your way down! We’ll have lunch on the river or at a local ‘Soda,’ we like to keep it fresh 🙂

This river is an excellent introduction to Costa Rican whitewater and there are a few difference sections we can run depending on levels (both river and paddler skill). After a delicious dinner we are treated to an awesome Latin dance class lead by our favorite local dance instructor, Elberth, who will teach you how to shake your booty!

Day 3 – Yoga, Coffee, Chocolate and Sarapiqui

Our morning  yoga  moves, balances and aligns our bodies and minds to start the day off right. We hit the road after breakfast and travel to the Sarapiquí River, located on the north side of the Caribbean slope.

On our way we’ll stop by a local coffee and chocolate co-op for some treats and an opportunity for you to buy organic and locally grown coffee and chocolate.

The Sarapiquí is often referred to as the “Jewel of Costa Rica” with clear water, deep pools and excellent whitewater. We’ll be spending 3 days on this amazing river! Today we’ll paddle a beautiful Class II – III run so we can settle in and enjoy the water and the scenery.

Tonight we will lodge in a really cool Eco Resort called Chilamate. It’s riverside and located on 55 acres of preserved jungle. It’s perfect for bird watching, sightings of tree frogs and other jungle treasures.

Did I mention the food here? Well, it’s amazing! So, that’s a awesome too 🙂

Day 4 – Yoga, Guided Jungle Hike and Superman

Morning yoga amidst the beautiful flowers and humming birds on the grounds of the hotel eases us into our second day on the Sarapiqui.

After breakfast we get to explore the beautiful jungle grounds of Chilamate with a local guide. It’ll feel great to stretch our legs and learn about the magic of the jungle.

After lunch, we’ll put in at Superman or La Virgen section (depending on skill level). We’ll guide you through fun and challenging rapids and point out the scenery that sometimes includes monkey, iguana, toucan and macaw sightings! After the river we’ll enjoy lunch at our favorite local restaurant right on the river. We then head back to Turrialba with a stop at a local coffee stop that serves up cafe con leche heated over a wood fire. Once we get back to the B&B we’ll enjoy dinner and relax.

Day 5 – Yoga, Sarapiqui and Montana del Pacuare

Treat your body to a good stretch with Anna to rejuvenate your paddling muscles. After breakfast we’ll go for one last paddle on the Sarapiqui. Depending on water, skill and confidence levels we’ll either paddle Superman section again or head upstream to paddle La Virgen section. Both are beautiful and full of fun waves and wall shots.

After the river we load up and head to our final river of the trip, the world renowned Pacuare river. Tonight we stay at a lodge high up on a mountain with a stunning view of the river.

Day 6 – Yoga and Lower Pacuare to Jungle Camp

Start your day with yoga, of course! At this point in the trip it’s really helping your body recover and reset for the day of paddling ahead!

The Pacuare River is known internationally as one of the most beautiful and fun rivers to raft and paddle. Today we paddle the first part of the run down to our jungle camp. We’ll put-in a bit higher than other groups and enjoy an additional 4 kilometers of whitewater as we paddle to our riverside Jungle Lodge.

The rapids on this day are fun class II and III. To spend a night along the shores of the Pacuare river is an experience every person should enjoy at least once in their lives. Beautiful, screened-in cabins with comfortable beds and breathtaking views. Fall asleep to the sound of the river.

We also get to cook amazing food for you tonight. It’s a guide special you don’t want to miss!

Day 7 – Yoga and Lower Pacuare Adventure

This is one of my favorite spots to teach yoga – on the deck surrounded by awesomeness. Following yoga we eat a delicious breakfast and enjoy the last of jungle camp. This section of the Pacuare winds through the beautiful and exciting Huacas Canyon with several Class III-IV rapids. After the canyon it mellows out and then picks back up before a nice Class II-III paddle out to the Caribbean flatland town of Siquirres where we take out. Paddlers who are not feeling up to the harder rapids will experience all these thrilling class III and IV rapids in a guided raft or shredder. We then return to Turrialba to enjoy our last dinner together and last night in Costa Rica.

Day 8 – Saying Goodbye

We get to enjoy one last breakfast together before saying our good-byes at the airport. We’re now paddling sisters, connected by paddling, Costa Rica and the experiences we’ve shared together all week. It won’t be the last!

**We do our very best to adhere to the specific itinerary listed above, but activities and locations may be subject to change due to a number of reasons beyond our control (i.e. weather, water levels,road and safety conditions).

Dates:  January 15 – 22, 2022

Price: $2995.00

$500.00 deposit and payment plans available!

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What People Are Saying

“This trip was a dream come true. Everything was perfect. Thanks for your positivity and the rich knowledge in so many topics you shared with us. It was a true vacation for body, heart and soul.”  – Karin, Switzerland

“Just got back from an AMAZING trip to Costa Rica with the Anna!! Words really can’t describe how awesome it was… 6 days of whitewater kayaking, gorgeous scenery, fantastic instructors, new friends, delicious food, and lots and lots of laughter!!”  – Sarah, MO

“It was very inspiring to paddle and yogi with you in Costa Rica. I am glad you’re doing what you’re doing. You showed me new ways to approach paddling… really good reminders that it is important to step up to your potential, and remain true to yourself.”  – Almut, Germany

“The rivers are beautiful and I fell in love with the Pacuare River and staying at Jungle Camp. Not only did my kayaking skills grow as well as my confidence, but also I was able to share this experience with such great women and instructors. And to top it off, I loved the yoga every morning and the laughter and celebration in the evening.  I am so glad I did not miss this experience!” – Sarah, WI

“This was more than great. I really had a lot of fun! Many thanks for having made this trip possible.” – Meryl, France

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