Costa Rica McDougall
Our next McDougall
Adventure trip to Costa Rica is August 2 to 9, 2006.
The weather at this time of the year is some of the best we
have found—relatively cool and little rain. The countryside
is lush and green with vegetation and the animals are
everywhere. This will be our 6th trip to this
same location. We have rented the entire El Ocotal Resort
on the Pacific Coast.
pictures and evaluations written by previous travelers.
You can fly directly into
Liberia International Airport (LIR) which is 15 minutes from
the hotel. (An option to fly into San Jose (SJO) will be
available with free transportation to the hotel and a 5-hour
sightseeing trip.) We have a special airfare from Oakland
(OAK) to Liberia for $629 on a charter, Suntrips.
Continental and Delta have frequent flights to Liberia from
all over the country. Right now I find airfares into San
Jose for $518. We expect this trip to fill up quickly. The
cost is $1935 pp (double occupancy) which includes hotel,
meals, adventures, and a great time. You must arrange your
own airfare. A $500 deposit pp will be required by March 1,
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Costa Rica is Our
Favorite Travel Destination – Safe, Fun, and
Costa Rica is a premier
destination for travelers from around the world.
Over the past 12 years we have taken eight groups to
this ecological paradise. Approximately half the
people traveling with us have been on a previous
McDougall trip and some of them have been all eight
times with us to Costa Rica – for two important
reasons: they love this trip and traveling with us.
Personally, our family has traveled there over 25
times and the reason we keep going back is this is
the best destination for the dollar. Costa Rica is
a politically stable country with a very low risk of
the problems too often seen in this troubled world.
The Best Value for Your
The cost for a luxury
resort on the beach with all meals and all adventure
tours provided would be enough to justify spending
$1935 per person – and feel you spent your money
wisely. This trip is a special value because of the
quality of the food, guides, and education (see the
following reasons). Compare similar trips and you
will be spending $2000 to $3500 and get much less.
No Worries about the
Food – Delicious Low-fat and Pure Vegetarian
We have trained the
chefs to cook the foods and they present your meals
with professional pride. This cuisine is unique
because native Costa Rican fruits and vegetables are
used to create delicious and healthy “local”
dishes. Each evening meal consists of a buffet
spread across three walls. The “tortilla lady”
prepares handmade corn tortillas for you for
breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The desserts are
memorable and plentiful. Many of the lunches you
will enjoy are provided by countryside restaurants
located at the adventure sites.
On the typical cruise
the average weight gain is 8 pounds in 7 days – you
may have heard that figure. But not on this trip –
with us you are very likely to lose weight and will
definitely return healthier. Coffee is served each
morning (for those in need) and alcoholic beverages
are available from the bar (charges for these drinks
are not included in this package).
If members of your party
are resistant to a week of vegetarian foods,
reassure them that there are several fine dining
opportunities available. However, our experience
has been that even children unaccustomed to being
without their junk food are eating with us within
two to three days – and receiving a life-changing
education as a side benefit.
“The Best” of Costa Rica
from the Same Location - Without Changing Rooms
We have your week
planned so that you will see the natural wonders of
Costa Rica from one centrally located resort. Our
destination – the Northwest section of Costa Rica –
is the most interesting section of this entire
country – with the most exotic birds, animals and
plants – terrain varying from ocean to rain forest.
Each day you will travel to close-by adventures in a
comfortable bus with a small group of people and an
official guide. This means you spend your time
enjoying yourself – not packing and unpacking,
transferring, and re-registering. The convenience
of this trip is especially appreciated by families
Most of You Will Be Able
to Fly Direct
There are many nonstop
flights to Liberia International Airport (LIR)
located 15 minutes from the resort. In most
instances customs is a breeze at this small
airport. Your plane will be met by our guides and
you will be transferred with little delay.
High Quality Adventures
and Local Entertainment
Each day you will travel
with a small group of people and an English speaking
official Costa Rican guide to a different adventure.
These activities can challenge you. There is
horseback riding and/or wagon rides in the rain
forest, kayaking, snorkeling, rafting, hiking, bird
watching and canopy tours (see below). Regardless of
your fitness level, you will have fun and get some
much appreciated exercise. You can repeat
adventures as often as you like or just relax around
the resort. If you are looking for “tourist traps”
to shop for souvenirs, you should find another
trip. There will be only a few opportunities to buy
high quality local items and post cards, because you
will be too busy interacting with the scenery,
people, animals, and plants.
Each evening we have
local musicians and dancers entertaining you at the
resort. These talented local people provide a
cultural experience you will not find anywhere else.
Five Days of
A canopy tour through the tree tops where you will
have a close look at the wildlife. Seventeen cables
zip you over miles of scenic rain forest. You will
also visit the butterfly farm.
You will travel in a rubber dinghy, steered by your
oarsman and guide, down the class 1 to 2 rapids of
the Corobici River. On our planning trip we saw
over 200 monkeys, 100 bats, 75 iguanas, and 1
crocodile. Afterwards, you will go to the Native Cat
Park where you will stand inches from Costa Rican
cats, like Jaguars and bobcats, separated only by
one layer of cyclone fence.
Near the Nicaragua border is the Los Inocentes Lodge
and Ranch. Here you will either ride a gentle, but
high-quality horse, or take a tractor-pulled wagon
into the rain forest to see many varieties of
monkeys, sloth, iguanas, and birds. While I was at
the ranch restaurant, two Toucans landed within 2
feet of me and I petted one’s foot before he flew
off. Two Scarlet macaws played at our feet. You
will get a close up look at wildlife like you never
and Estuary Trip: You can
take a guided kayak trip out on the ocean or go by
yourself up the river on kayaks to see the
wildlife. At the beautiful beaches that front the
town of Tamarindo, you will have a chance to swim
and play in the waves. This is one of the best
surfing destinations in the world and is great for
boogie boarding. Horseback riding on the beach and
into the rain forest is offered, too.
Ocean and Beach
covered boats will take you along the coast to
isolated beaches. You may see seabirds, dolphins
and sea turtles. Stops will be made for snorkeling
and swimming. These clear Pacific waters are filled
with some of the biggest and most interesting animal
life. The water is warm and calm. Daily guided
snorkeling is offered.
Nature Hikes, Beach Strolls and Do What You Please:
There is every reason to miss one or more of the
above adventures, because you are in one of the
world’s most beautiful destinations. You can also
repeat any of the above adventures as often as you
like from Thursday to Monday.
We Have the Best Guides
in Costa Rica
Our familiarity with the
people of Costa Rica has afforded us the opportunity
to know the most qualified official guides in Costa
Rica and we have hand picked the best to serve you
during this trip. All are fluent in English,
well-educated, experienced, and fun to be with.
These important people will become a big part of
your vacation memories.
We Attract Interesting
People – You Will Make Long-lasting Friends Quickly
Have you been on a trip
lately where you made friends? That’s a lot to
expect. However, because interesting, out-going
people with common health goals travel with us, you
will find yourself enjoying the company of
like-minded people within minutes of your arrival.
This is a unique experience in companionship.
You Will Enjoy the Most
Comfortable Season in Central America
Many people mistakenly
think travel to Costa Rica in early August will be
unbearably hot and humid. Actually, that’s Miami
and Atlanta you are thinking about – because the sun
is overhead these cities in July – and far north of
our resort. The air temperatures are in the
mid-eighties and the skies are sunny with a
refreshing, but short, afternoon shower on some
days. The water temperature is in the mid
Dr. McDougall will be
providing $50,000 worth of education
Well, it could be worth
that much money if you are considering bypass
surgery rather than this vacation. How much value
do you place on your health? On your mobility? On
your family’s health? The information provided by
Dr. McDougall’s nightly lectures could easily save
your life – not to mention your life-savings. Plus,
there is plenty of time to talk to John and Mary
personally – they are at the resort the entire week
– and very approachable.