Bienvenidos a Flamingo!
Day 1-2 June 16-17th, 2018
Hola! I'm back but in Flamingo! I'm putting day one and two together because we spent it on an over night trip at Buena Vista. Buena Vista is a hotel resort with many outdoor activities like horseback riding, ziplining, hot springs, tube sliding, and a class on how to milk a cow! We spent the first day horseback riding and enjoying the hot springs. The next day we woke up early to enjoy a nice big breakfast and after we went to the class on how to milk a cow, after the class we went tube sliding, basically going down a huge slide in a tube. After all the activities we relaxed in the pool then headed to Liberia, a near by town where we enjoyed Subway and ice cream! Our day finished early so the kids could come home and rest so they will be ready for classes tomorrow!
Day 3 June 18th, 2018
On Monday we went to the ATV tour, the kids loved the tour! At first they were a little nervous but once they practiced a little everything was fine. We were able to enjoy several different beautiful beaches and back roads. Once the kids got used to driving they didn't want to stop! We drove till right before sunset and then the kids went home to rest after a long first day of classes plus the activity.
Day 4 June 19th, 2018
On Tuesday we went to Mar Vista, a beautiful restaurant with an infinity pool and a beautifu view of the beach! Before we went to Mar Vista the kids were able to participate in a class where they painted traditional Boruca masks. Boruca is an indigenous tribe in Costa Rica. They were able to learn some about the tribe and their culture and then take part in it! Tuesday was a pretty fulfilling day to say the least.
Day 5 June 20th, 2018
On Wednesday our activity was to go on the sailing tour. We left after lunch to the Catamaran with around a 30 minute ride out. When we arrived the kids were able to snorkel, kayak, paddle board, or just swim and hang out. Of course everyone chose to snorkel! After around 45 minutes of snorkeling they came back to the boat and enjoyed a nice snack and a ride back with a beautiful view of the sunset. It was a very relaxing but fun day!
Day 6 June 21st, 2018
On Thursday we went surfing! The kids had a blast! All of us became professionals! It started off with techniques on how to get up on the board, then we put it to the test! We went into the waters and a few of us wiped out the first couple times, but finally we got the hang of it! After surfing we were able to walk to Tamarindo town and go to a smoothie shop. After refreshing drinks the kids returned to their host families to get some rest.
Day 7 June 22nd, 2018
On Friday the kids participated in dance class where they learned how to Salsa and dance Merengue! After dance class we went to a beach named Playa Conchal, Playa Conchal is a beach that has instead of sand, seashells. After Playa Conchal we went to Playa Flamingo for a bonfire on the beach with all of CPI! The kids were able to participate in activities and after have food, roast marshmellows, and end with campfire songs! The kids deserved a fun but relaxing celebration for the end of their studies!
Day 8 June 23rd, 2018
On Saturday we went to La Ponderosa, this activity consisted of Kayaking down a river, a nice traditional lunch, and a trip to the waterfall where we could swim. We did not spend much time swimming so instead we went to see the animals they have. I think that was the girl's favorite part!
Day 9 June 24th, 2018
On Sunday we went to Diamante, I think this was the girls favorite trip so far! We spent the day looking at the animals they have at Diamante (it's one of the largest animal sanctuarys they have here). So first, we got to explore and see the frogs, snakes, butterflies, sloth feeding, monkeys, jaguars, pumas, etc. Then, we went ziplining, and a special kind of ziplining was included it's called the "superman" where you lay flat like superman and do the zipline like that (unfortunately I do not have pictures of this because I participated and could not do the Superman while having my phone on me). After that adrenaline rush we had lunch with a variety of different foods! After lunch we went to the beach and were able to relax, kayak, and snorkel. After the Diamante trip the girls returned to their houses for rest!
Day 10 June 25th, 2018
On Monday we went paddle boarding! We saw some pretty big waves and spent awhile trying to get out past the waves, it was fun but way too hard to successfully paddle board, so we moved to a different beach where it was calm. After moving it was so much easier to use the paddle boards. The kids had contests to see who could stay on their board the longest while the others tried to get them to fall off. After successfully paddle boarding we paddled back to the shore while watching the beautiful sunset to bring our day to an end.
Day 11 June 26th, 2018
On Tuesday we went boogie boarding the kids enjoyed boogie boarding in the rain at first because of the waves! We spent most of the afternoon there and then left before sunset. Before we left the kids were able to enjoy icecream of their choice to finish off the trip!
Day 12 June 27th, 2018
On Wednesday we had cooking class as well as going on the Catamaran trip! We rode out to a point where the kids were able to snorkel! However, they did not snorkel they got the kayaks and paddle boards out! After fun in the water we all came back to the boat and enjoyed a nice snack. After eating we rode out into the sunset!
Day 13 June 28th, 2018
On Thursday we went surfing! The trip started off with a walk around Tamarindo town where we bought smoothies, then we went surfing for a few hours. For some of us this was our second time surfing so we are actually professionals now! After surfing we did more shopping in Tamarindo while we enjoyed some nice cold ice cream!
Day 14th June 29th, 2018
On Friday we spent time at the beach then after the beach we went to the Fogata (bonfire) on the beach! We enjoyed a game of soccer and other activities as well as food of course! It was a perfect way to end the week!