Report on the July 2009 Costa Rica Adventure
our 11th McDougall Adventure trip to the
Guanacaste Area of Costa Rica—a region in the northwest of
this ecologically preserved country. The major improvement
in this past trip over the previous 10 was a change in
hotels. We moved our operation to the Hilton Papagayo
Hotel. This is a first class resort and made an important
difference in our guests’ comfort and happiness. There were
a variety of dining rooms we were able to use. We had all of
our breakfasts in the Papagayo rooms, which were enclosed
and comfortable. Most of our lunches were served
buffet-style in the large La Cosecha room. Lunch was served
twice buffet-style in the open-air Grill del Fuego, looking
over the beach. We had two dinners in the formal dining
room called the
Dinner was served in the amphitheater the evening the
children danced for us.
important than the physical settings was the food. The chef
was American and professionally trained, and has worked in
top restaurants all over the world. He took our low-fat
vegan requests as a personal challenge and exceeded
everyone’s expectations. Read the comments from our guests
to get an idea about the food. However, in my (Dr.
McDougall’s) opinion the desserts were too rich and too
plentiful (but still made with no added oils or animal
Costa Rican beaches are open to the public, for all
practical purposes, the Hilton beach is private. The two
swimming pools are large and inviting. On the grounds of the
hotel are hiking trails where wildlife such as monkeys,
birds, butterflies, and iguanas are abundant.
guides we have worked with for almost 15 years cared for our
travelers. The destinations to the parks, rainforests,
canopy tour, horseback riding, and rafting were also the
same great trips as we have been taking for years. Rather
than motorboats for our ocean adventure we used a large
sailboat to see the dolphins, turtles and to snorkel.
the same trip for February 5 to 12, 2010; staying at the
Hilton Papagayo Hotel. Take some time to read over the
comments from our travelers and view their pictures. This
is an amazing vacation that you cannot have with anyone else
besides the McDougalls.
there is a $200 pp early signup discount. Airline
transportation has never been less expensive. Go to our
website and secure your place for this
once-in-a-lifetime adventure trip.
Testimonies from July 2009
Photos from July 2009
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