Thursday, 25 April 2013

Nature trails, waterfalls & plunge pools on the edge of the Pura Vida Ecolodge reserve...

With the 'invierno' (rainy season) just around the corner, we wanted to share a few photos (taken just a couple of weeks ago) of one of the nature trails on the edge of the Pura Vida Ecolodge Reserve. The path has been beautifully crafted and takes guests winding through primary rain forest before ending at one of the quebradas (streams) of Tres Rios. As the rainy season approaches this stream will get heavier and heavier and while an idylic water hall right now, by the middle of the rainy season, it will be a fast flowing river, that you're probably best to sit and admire rather than taking a plunge!

 If you set off from Pura Vida Ecolodge soon after sunrise (en la madrugada)  or late afternoon,  you will definitely hear the congo monkeys and if you're lucky see them playing in the tall trees above the path. As always, you're sure to enjoy a plethora of colourful birds and pizotes are especially commonly seen on the reserve.

Once you get to the river, it's a real adventure to trek upstream, scaling the rockfaces, dipping under huge fallen trees and of course taking a plunge (how high will you dare to climb and jump from) into one of the many freshwater pools. The temperatures down in the jungle are also a few degrees cooler and a welcome escape from Costa Rica's sticky and humid summer afternoons. This is about as close to a natural 'pura vida' organic spa as you can get...

Special thanks to Zeger (of course), Kika, Angelino and Antonio for help with all the photos... And keep an eye on the blog, website and facebook page for more 'jumping into waterfalls action shots' - coming soon!

Nature trails at Pura Vida Ecolodge - Que rico!

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Scuba diving season slowly comes to a close in Costa Rica's Zona del sur...

As 'el verano' (summer season) slowly comes to an end we are sadly having to say goodbye to some of our tours and adventures going to the world famous Isla de Caño. It has been a brilliant first season for Pura Vida Ecolodge with A LOT of our guests having both amazing scuba diving and snorkeling trips to the stunning biological reserve...having been there just a couple of weeks ago I am pleased to say that MINAE (Ministerio de Ambiente, Energía y Mares de Costa Rica) have been doing a good job maintaining both the island and its surrounding waters, limiting the number of boats and group sizes so as not to disrupt the amazing underwater habitats on offer at this very special place...

Please enjoy the photographs below, taken throughout the last few months - just a a few of the highlights that our guests at Pura Vida Ecolodge have been lucky enough to enjoy.

Special thanks to Kumari at Mystic Dive for all the amazing trips, excursions and adventures and we look forward to working together over the next few months. Keep an eye on both the blog and the website with updates of boat charters and excursions over the coming weeks - the whale migration season is not so far away!

Pura Vida a todos!

Isla de Cano - World famous biological reserve - just an hour off the coast of Costa Rica

Breaching whale

Breaching whale right near the dive boat

Tuna at 18 metres

Our loyal friends at Mystic Dive!

Friday, 22 February 2013

Responsible Travel… Travel like a local

We are very proud to announce our new partnership with Responsible Travel and have just been awarded the Responsible Travel badge for our Pura Vida Ecolodge retreat in Costa Rica.

For those of you that don't know, Responsible Travel have spent the last 12 years carefully choosing remarkable people, local specialists and unique locations, so to be honest, we feel pretty chuffed to have been selected by a platform with such a strong 'eco' philosophy and ethos...

Responsible Travel's dream is that near and far, we can all wonder the globe, discovering the world's most interesting places, encountering all sorts of people and experiences along our path. The emphasis of all Responsible Travel's partners is that they provide richer and more authentic travel experiences that also benefit local communities and conservation as a whole…

For more information on how we are working with local communities in the Puntarenas region of Costa Rica, please do visit our new profile page on Responsible Travel's Sit:

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Summer arrives in Costa Rica, but the waterfalls continue to flow freely...

Just a quick shot, taken just a few days ago on the borders of the Pura Vida Ecolodge reserve with a couple of our guests. Glad you guys had such a great experience... Keep in touch!
Pura Vida Ecolodge Reserve - Early January and some of the heavier waterfalls still run freely - What a great way to start your holiday. Que Rico verdad.

To all our 'holiday season guests' that have stayed with us at Pura Vida Ecolodge, we invite you to visit our new 'soft launch' profile on Trip Advisor (link below.) Feel free to join the Trip Advisor community, leaving your reviews and experiences of our retreat and hope to see you back at the jungle villa soon!

The Pura Vida Ecolodge Team