A long weekend of adventure in Costa Rica - Part 1

I recently moved to San Jose, Costa Rica from the United States... and in doing so I've made it a point to start exploring new and exciting places within this new and beautiful country I get to call home.

@tabithalipkin I really can’t stress enough what a cool experience this was! #turrialba #turrialbavolcano #costarica #expat #hiking #volcano #fyp ♬ Selfcare-demo - Bella Moulden

It started with an early morning rise, and a two hours drive in the drizzle that berates the end of the rainy season before the dry season makes its way known across the country. Once we got to Turrialba the adventure truly began.

We started our first afternoon in the area hiking the Turrialba Volcano. It's a hike that less than 1% of the visitors to this area ever take the time to see, and it's the second biggest volcano in the country. We were greeted with a much needed hot chocolate (YES! It does get cold in Costa Rica!) before our 4 hours adventure through the base of the volcano.

This part of our adventure actually surprised me with how fun it was! We trekked through mud, and local farmlands learning about the local culture, the people who lived here, and the history of the volcano itself. I can't give it all away, because it's definitely a hike you should do if you come to the area. It's about an hour from the town of Turrialba, but absolutely something I recommend. The company we went with was "La Picada" (with help booking from Explornatura). You'll need hiking boots or good close-toed shoes, and they will likely get wet and muddy.

Afterwards, we made our way to our AirBnB for the next three days--- Tito's Coffee Farm. AND LET ME TELL YOU--- I absolutely fell in love with this gem.

We were welcomed with fresh and dried fruits from the farm. It's not just a coffee farm, but also a banana farm! The owner of this spot has had this property in her family for generations and you can tell they love the land. The farm also has an incredible garden with a small hiking trail, little waterfall, and pretty large pool! I can't express how stunning this place is in text, so check out the pictures I took.

On a clear day you can see the Turrialba volcano, and on a rainy morning, you can hear all sorts of birds enjoying the expansive garden. We stayed in the attached flat to the main house... But it was perfect for two people. Full kitchen with anything you'd need to cook, hot shower with amazing water pressure, little living room, and a queen bed. In the future my husband and I will return, and if we bring friends, we'll rent the larger house on property!- Perfect for a large group.