Two Decades of Visiting Paradise
For almost 20 years now, we have taken McDougall adventurers to Costa Rica – an ecological paradise and premier destination for travelers from around the world. The cost of this Adventure includes all meals, drinks and lodging in one of Costa Rica’s most luxurious resorts. Hilton Papagayo Costa Rica Resort and Spa.
Healthy and Delicious Dining – Costa Rica Style
Showcasing native Costa Rican fruits and vegetables, professional chefs create delicious meals to highlight the local flavors, all in keeping with the McDougall diet. Many of our lunches are enjoyed at countryside restaurants located at the adventure sites we visit together.
On a typical cruise, the average person gains 8 pounds in 7 days. On a McDougall Adventure you are very likely to lose weight and will definitely return healthier. For those who want to join you in paradise but are unsure about a week of vegetarian foods, rest assured that there are several fine dining opportunities available right nearby. However, our experience has been that even the kids who join us are quickly won over by the amazing food – and receive a life-changing education in the process.
All the Splendor of the Tropics from One Beautiful Resort
The natural wonders of Costa Rica surround this centrally located luxury resort. North Western Costa Rica is the most scenic and exciting part of the country – home to myriad exotic birds, animals and tropical plants, from beautiful beaches to lush rain forests. Each day you’ll travel to near-by destinations in a private bus with a small group of people and an official guide. You’ll spend your time enjoying yourself, not packing and unpacking, transferring, and re-registering. The convenience of this Adventure makes it perfect for families with children.
Days Packed with Adventure or Leisure – the Choice is Yours
Relax at the resort, or join us for the many exciting activities we have planned each day: horseback riding, wagon rides in the rain forest, kayaking, snorkeling, rafting, hiking, bird watching, canopy tours, and more. Regardless of your fitness level you’ll have fun and get some great exercise in the process. You are free to repeat activities as often as you like.
Treetop Tour: Join us for a canopy tour through the treetops where you’ll get a unique perspective on the local wildlife. Eleven cables – one a quarter-mile long – zip you over the scenic rain forest.
River Tour: Ride the class 1 and 2 rapids of the Corobici River in a rubber dinghy steered by an experienced oarsman and guide. During one trip, fellow adventurers saw more than 200 monkeys, 100 bats, 75 iguanas, several crocodiles, a plethora of native birds, and an anteater.
Ranch Tour: Head out from the Buena Vista Lodge for a challenging horseback ride or a gentle wagon excursion into the rain forest. Volcano-heated mud baths and mineral pools await you at your destination.
Santa Rosa National Park Tour: Celebrate the majesty of early morning on a guided hike including a combination of dry forest, fauna, flora, and history. The park is home to thousands of bird and animal species as well as a magnificent hacienda, La Casona. Lunch will be served at the Hilton Papagayo Costa Rica Resort and Spa.
Ocean and Beach Tour: A comfortable boat will take you along the coast to isolated coves and beaches where many birds, dolphins, and sea turtles make their home. Stops will be made for snorkeling and swimming. These clear, warm, calm Pacific waters are filled with large and interesting animal life. We’ve seen whales, gone swimming with giant mantas and more.
The Best Guides in Costa Rica
Our familiarity with the people of Costa Rica means we know the most qualified official guides in the country and we’ve handpicked the very best to serve you during your Adventure. All are fluent in English, extremely knowledgeable, experienced and fun to be with. They’ll become a big part of your vacation memories.
A True Sense of Community
Interesting, out-going people with common health goals join us on this Adventure every year. You’ll find yourself enjoying the company of like-minded travelers within minutes of your arrival. Our Adventurers form fast friendships that often last well beyond our time together in Costa Rica.
A Priceless Education
How much value do you place on your health? Your mobility? Your family’s health? The information in Dr. McDougall’s nightly lectures could easily save your life – not to mention your life-savings by helping you avoid unnecessary and costly medical procedures. You’ll have plenty of time to talk to John and Mary personally – they are at the resort the entire week – and very approachable.
You can fly directly into Liberia International Airport (LIR), which is 25 minutes from the hotel. American, United, Delta, Air Canada, TACA, US Airways, Jet Blue, Frontier, Sun Country, and others have frequent flights from all over the USA.