Have Twins, Will Travel

Chilamate Rainforest Eco Retreat

Chilamate, Costa Rica – I am moving quickly on this trip! I spent a few days at one of my favorite places – the Chilamate Rainforest Eco Retreat. In the past, we have stayed here en famille (although it’s been a few years). It’s wonderful to be back at this delightful, family-owned and operated, community-oriented lodge. A few highlights from a stay at Chilamate:

Creatures of the Night

Upon arrival, I joined a Night Walk. This is a chance to catch a glimpse of the many critters who only come out at night. Bugs and frogs are practically guaranteed on this type of walk (and I was not disappointed). But we also spotted a kinkajou and a naked tail possum, both spying on us from the tree tops.

Naked tail possum at Chilamate Rainforest Eco Retreat

Swimming the Río Sarapiquí

This region is steaming hot. There’s no better way to beat the heat than to take a dip in the cooling waters of the Río Sarapiquí. There is a glorious swimming spot right across the road from the entrance to Chilamate Rainforest Retreat (and I can’t believe this was my first time indulging in its refreshing chill). It was just me and a few local teens, splashing around on a hot afternoon. (Unfortunately I didn’t get any photos).

River Rafting

I didn’t go rafting on this trip, but it is one of the highlights of the region. I couldn’t help but recall this adventure we had with the twins way back when… Couldn’t resist this Have Twins, Will Travel memory (blog post from age 3, photo from age 5). And now that they are older, I can’t wait to bring them back here to ride the rapids for real!

Back in the day, the twins riding the Rio Sarapiquí