ELLA COSTA RICA

 

8-22 MAY 2019

Yes, Costa Rica.

It has always been a dream for us to organise the first Lesbian event in a Central American country.

Costa Rica is actually the safest Central American destination for LGBT travellers, and we are very much looking forward to offering you an amazing trip to this wild and generous country, together with women from all over the world!

Available packages: 


1. PACK TUCÁN: 8 days (San José – Sarapiquí – La Fortuna – Pacífico Central – San José)


2. PACK PURA VIDA: 15 days (San José – Sarapiquí – La Fortuna – Pacífico Central – Monteverde – Río Celeste – Guanacaste – San José)

 

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Day 1: Wednesday 8 May

Arrival at the International Airport Juan Santa Maria of San José.
ELLA will arrange a transport service from the San José airport to your hotel.
THERE YOU CAN TAKE TIME TO RELAX, ACCLIMATISE TO THE NEW ENVIRONMENT AND SURROUNDINGS. ON THE NEXT DAY, THE PROGRAM WILL START EARLY BECAUSE THE JET LAG AND THE RHYTHM OF NATURE IN COSTA RICA WILL HAVE YOU WAKE UP EARLY NATURALLY.

 

 

Day 2: Thursday 9 May

8h00 : Opening of the ELLA Talks Conference and registration of participants. The conference is included in the package price as a 50€ donation to the association ELLA Global Community, who works on an everyday basis to improve the lives of lesbian, bisexual and transwomen in third-world countries.
ELLA Talks Costa Rica – Inspiring International Lesbian Conference will promote visibility and empowerment of lesbian and bisexual women, and shed a light on their identity, challenges, and aspirations – hereby encouraging the acceptance and respect of lesbian and bisexual women in Costa Rica and the wider region. The Conference will feature successful international as well as Costa Rican speakers who are openly lesbian, who will share their inspiring stories and cover a series of social and political challenges faced by the lesbian community.
The current president of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, will hold the inaugural speech of the ELLA Talks.
International Keynote Speakers to be expected.
Confirmed speakers: Myrtille Danse (Director, Hivos Latin America & Caribbean), Emma Chacón (Activist & author of “Una memoria histórica del movimiento lésbico en Costa Rica de 1970 a 2014”)
Activities will take place all day at the Hotel Camino Real Intercontinental. The closing cocktail will also take place at the Hotel.
21h00: Departure to nightclub La Avispa, a lesbian-owned 40 y/o LGBT club, where we will hold an international Lesbian night in honor of ELLA Costa Rica with ELLA DJs (to be confirmed) and women from all over the world.

Day 3: Friday 10 May

The travel programme of the Festival begins, participants will take their travel itinerary and we will go to our first destination: Sarapiquí
06h30A transport service will pick up all the participants from their respective hotels to take them to Sarapiquí where there will be three activities available from which participants can choose one:
– Rafting class II,
– Bird watching tour at Río Puerto Viejo,
– Guided tour at the Trimbina Forest
08h30Arrival at Sarapiquí and security briefing for each tour
09h00: Start of morning tours
12h00: All groups come together and go for lunch to Hotel La Quinta Sarapiquí. Lunch is included in the package for all participants.
14h00: Departure to la Fortuna de San Carlos, where all participants will stay at the hotel of their choice
15h30Arrival at la Fortuna and participants check-in at hotel of their choice
19h00Pick up from hotels to go for group dinner. Cost of dinner is not included in the package.
22h00Return to hotels.
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Accommodation at hotel of your choice:
5-star: Arenal Springs or equivalent
3-star: Montaña de Fuego or equivalent

Day 4: Saturday 11 May

08h00: Departure to Puentes Colgantes (Hanging Bridges) adventure at Místico Park.* There will be activities available that are not included in the packages.
All participants will be able to choose from one of the following activities should they not wish to take part in the hanging bridges adventure, at their own cost: Rafting / Horse riding / Canyoning / Kayaking on Lake Arenal/ Tour to Volcano Arenal national park / Visit to la Fortuna waterfalls / ATV tour / Tour to dairy farm /
All activities include: transport, tour guide and lunch. Price of tours and activities will be displayed at the Hospitality desk that will be available in each of our hotels.
13h30 and 14h00: Return to hotels to enjoy hotel facilities for the rest of the day, dinner and leisure at own cost. Transport will be available for all participants throughout the day to take them to dinner or shopping in the center of Fortuna.
*TOUR INCLUDED IN PACKAGE: Mistico Park Hanging Bridges, lunch included.

Day 5: Sunday 12 May

08h00: Free day, recommended tour and activity packages available for purchase:
Rafting / Horse riding / Canyoning / Kayaking on Lake Arenal / Tour to Volcano Arenal national park/ Visit to la Fortuna waterfalls / ATV tour / Tour to dairy farm / Hanging bridges at Místico Park.
All activities include: transport, tour guide and lunch. Price of tours and activities will be displayed at the Hospitality desk.
17h30: Pick up from hotels to go for dinner at Hotel Montaña de Fuego. This will be the closing dinner for the Fortuna de San Carlos programme.
17h50: The group will be welcomed with cocktails and music.
18h30: Start of dinner. Speech and announcement of agenda for the evening 
22h00: Return to hotels.

Day 6: Monday 13 May

09h00:Departure to Pacífico Central.
12h30:Arrival at Jacó. All participants will be dropped off at hotel of their choice, rest of the day free.
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Accommodation at hotel of your choice:
5-star: Los Sueños Marriott or equivalent
3-star: Hotel Amapola or equivalent

Day 7: Tuesday 14 May

Free day, recommended tour and activity packages available for purchase:
Sea Kayaking / Zip Line Tour / Cableway to cloud forest / Catamaran Tour to Isla Tortuga (Turtle Island) / Horse riding / Surfing at Hermosa beach.

Day 8: Wednesday 15 May:

Free day, recommended tour and activity packages available for purchase:
Sea Kayaking / Zip Line Tour / Cableway to cloud forest / Catamaran Tour to Isla Tortuga (Turtle Island) / Horse riding / Surfing at Hermosa beach.
16h30: Pick up from hotels to go to Villa Caletas (5 star hotel) to enjoy the sunset followed by a buffet dinner and farewell to Pacífico Central.
17h15: Welcome cocktail and afternoon in Villa Caletas amphitheatre.
18h30: Start of group dinner.
22h00: Return to hotels in Jacó.

Day 9: Thursday 16 May

Tucán Half Program package (8 nights – 9 days):
06h00: Depending on the hour of flight departures we will organise an excursion in the morning or at noon
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Pura Vida Full Program package (14 nights – 15 days).
12h00: Departure to Monteverde. Lunch (at own cost) on the way to Monteverde Cloud Forest.
14h00: Arrival at Monteverde and check in at hotel of choice. Rest of the day free – Recommended tours and activities available
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Lodging at hotel of your choice:
5-star: Hotel El Establo or equivalent
3-star: Hotel Country Lodge or equivalent

Day 10: Friday 17 May

Tour and dinner at Monteverde Cloud Forest
07h30: Departure for tours and group activities selected by the group amongst recommended options available.
Activities that are not included in the package are: Sky Trek Canopy / Serpentarium / Cloud Forest Walk / Bird watching / Coffee Tour / Visit to cheese Factory / Spa time / ATV tours / All tours last half a day.
Participants will have the afternoon free to enjoy the hotel facilities and services.
18h00: Departure to D’Robertos restaurant for group dinner
22h00: Return to hotel.
Dinner and service tax included in the package. Alcoholic beverages are NOT INCLUDED.

Day 11: Saturday 18 May

Departure to Guanacaste via Rio Celeste
09h00: Departure to Rio Celeste for a nature tour and lunch. Rio Celeste Hideaway offers a tour through natural walking trails where you can observe wildlife and swim in volcanic blue waters and admire a wild transitioning forest that is a part of the many microclimates of Costa Rica.
10h30: Arrival at Rio Celeste and preparation for the hike through the forest trail and swim.
12h00: Lunch in the boutique hotel Rio Celeste Hideaway.
13h30: Departure to Guanacaste Zone 2 for check-in at hotel of your choice
16h00: Arrival at hotels in Zone 1 Guanacaste for check-in. Free afternoon to enjoy hotel facilities and dinner at own cost.

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Accommodation at hotel of your own choice:
5-star: Hyatt Andaz Resort or equivalent
3-star: Occidental Papagayo, all-inclusive.

Day 12: Sunday 19 May

Recommended tours available at own cost.
08h30:Departure to tours. We will have a selection of recommended tours and activities available at the Hospitality desk: Buena Vista One Day Adventure / Catamaran tour / Fishing tour / Liberia city tour / El Viejo Wetlands adventure park / Palo Verde boat tour / Horse riding / Catalinas Sunset tour and Snorkeling.
Rest of the day on your own to enjoy hotel facilities.

Day 13: Monday 20 May

Day of relaxation with the possibility to go on an excursion at midday.
The group will have the day off to enjoy hotel facilities and services or to take part in one of our recommended activities.
We will have a selection of recommended tours and activities available at the Hospitality desk: Buena Vista One Day Adventure / Catamaran tour / Fishing tour / Liberia city tour /El Viejo Wetlands adventure park / Palo Verde boat tour / Horse riding / Catalinas Sunset tour and Snorkeling.
Rest of the day on your own to enjoy hotel facilities.
17h00: Pick up from hotels to go to five star Hotel Andaz for farewell afternoon and dinner of the ELLA Festival Costa Rica 2019.
23h00: Return to hotels.

Day 14: Tuesday 21 May

Departure to San José for the last evening.
From midday the group will depart for San José to rest before flying out to their home country or next destination. Lodging at the hotel of their choice.
Hotels in San José:
5-star: Intercontinental Hotel or equivalent.
3-star: Quality Inn or equivalent.

Day 15: Wednesday 22 May

Until next time Costa Rica! PURA VIDA!
06h00: From this hour and depending on flight departure times we will have a transport service available to take participants to the airport.

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