Insider Excursions is Point Publishing’s newest travel startup venture. Insider Excursions brings groups of South Florida travelers, media professionals and business entrepreneurs on unforgettable trips to destinations around the globe. Then, we feature the adventures in our three magazines.
At the end of March, Insider Excursions brought a group of 12 people to the Pacific side of Costa Rica to the town of Quepos for a four-night, threeday adventure that included deep sea fishing, inshore fishing, swimming with a superpod of dolphin, zip lining above the rain forest canopy, horseback riding, waterfall jumping and a host of other nature-based excursions that both amazed and inspired us. We were in search of what Costa Ricans call “Pura Vida.” “Pura Vida” is a phrase one hears often in Costa Rica as a common greeting from local Ticos. But it is not merely a casual phrase — it communicates an entire philosophy...a way of life...a soul-felt emotion that runs deep in the hearts of Ticos. The phrase carries with it a sense of optimism, of gratitude for the simple things in life, of appreciation for nature and beauty. It is a no-stress, no-worries, be-happy expression. Ticos try passionately to share this “pure life” perspective with eager tourists who want a taste of Costa Rica’s magic. But like describing a foreign food, one can’t appreciate Pura Vida until it is experienced. It cannot be understood, it must be felt. Our travelers did experience Pura Vida…in many powerful moments, which we have compiled and photographed. These are our top dozen Pura Vida moments.
BY DANIELLE CHARBONNEAU & BARIS VON COBURG | PHOTOGRAPHED BY JOSEPH YERKOVICH
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