sábado, 22 de octubre de 2011

Reasonably Priced Waldorf-Oriented School Group Excursions

Suggested Itinerary for a 12-day School Group Excursion:
  • Day One: San Jose airport pick up. Dinner and sleeping at Los Pinitos (scroll down page for photos of the farm and tents)
  • Ziplining
  • Day Two: Hiking tour of our farm. Learn about the challenges that organic farmers face today and how this is influencing the landscapes and farmers' communities in Costa Rica (or concert and lunch at the Turrialba Waldorf School).Basic notion of self sufficiency in the tropics, medicinal plants.  Discover the rich fauna and flora of our region. Nice Zip line/canyoning.
  • Waterfall near Los Pinitos Farm
  • Day Three: Hike through the biggest coffee farm of Costa Rica. Learn about coffee history, growing, processing, and environmental and social certification. If time permits, you can pick some coffee. Visit historic church, picnic and swimming in a (cool) pool under a huge waterfall
    CATIE Botanical Gardens
  • Day Four: Morning Community work (plenty of possibilities to choose from will let you know ahead). Afternoon visit CATIE botanical garden and collections
  • Day Five: Caribbean beach excursion. Lunch in Puerto Viejo (approx. 3-hour scenic drive from the farm) on a beautiful private property that is in front of one of the nicest beach of Costa Rica. Afternoon two hour surf lesson ($55/pp not included in package) or swim in the ocean and walk along a forested beach. Sleep in a villa right in front of the nicest and secluded beach in Costa Rica. Properties has a family of Howler monkeys and all sorts of wildlife.
  • Day Six: Visit Gandoca wildlife refuge, and Tropical Spice and Fruit garden in Puerto Viejo then drive back to Turrialba
  • Day Seven: Rafting on the very lush Peyibaye river
  • Guayabo
  • Day Eight: Guayabo National Park and Monument (a UNESCO world heritage site!) and then spend a day with a typical Costa Rican farming family and enjoy visiting their farm and biodigestor after a typical meal  
  • Day Nine: Visit the impressive 10,000 foot high Irazu Volcano, the beautiful Orosi valley and the magnificent Basilica in Cartago
  • Day Ten: Farmers market, souvenir shop and coffee processing
  • Day Eleven: Community work, Soap making, cow milking, traditional songs of the Caribbean, on the farm mini ziplining
  • Day Twelve: Airport drop off
All activities will be with guide

Biking in CATIE
Please note that the community work can vary depending on the group interest between reforesting, repainting community centers, giving a nice concert to the senior citizen or to local school etc…

Program is not necessary in that order. Final program dates will be based on date of arrival.

Green Iguana
All activities and events directly benefit many small scale local farming families.

Most activities will be held at Los Pinitos, our 30 acre (12 ha) organic farm/forest property 7 km (4 miles) from the town of Turrialba. At 1100m (3300 ft) altitude, the yearly average temperature is a pleasant 21° C (70°F). The property overlooks the Turrialba Valley and the Central mountain range of Costa Rica with the highest peak of Central America in the distance.
Los Pinitos Organic Farm, Costa Rica
On the farm, beautiful hiking paths lead you along a river through our species-rich forest and shaded coffee fields with tropical fruit trees, palms, a large variety of tasty bananas, oranges, mandarins and lemons, pineapples, turmeric, gingers, wild raspberries, orchids, and many medicinal and ornamental plants. You will also get to know the Mayan lipstick tree. Further on you walk through lush pastures with living fences for our grass-fed Jersey cows. Wildlife includes more than 200 bird species (weaver birds, Toucans, parakeets, owls, etc.), armadillos, raccoons, squirrels and many others.
The Muschler family: Gina and Reinhold are the founders of the Turrialba Waldorf School, Wapf chapter leaders for Turrialba and the central valley of Costa Rica, and members of the Association of Organic Farmers of Turrialba. They have two lovely daughters (Naomi, 14 and Malaika, 9, in the photos). Gina is a medicinal and ayurvedic herb educator and Reinhold is a professor of tropical agroecology.
Please contact us for more details and availability :)

Gina Baker Muschler
Tel. 011-506-2556-8021
or US Number (thru Magic Jack/internet): (305) 974-6505
Verbena Norte de Turrialba
Costa Rica                       
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