Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary: Volunteers Wanted!

alturas 4The non-profit Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary is located just south of Dominical on the Pacific coast. It's 332 km south of our 1-bedroom, ocean-view condo in Playas del Coco.

At any given time Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary has approximately 75 animals in their care that have come to them through an illegal situation including domestication of wild animals, or because of an injury.

Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary has a volunteer program offering accommodations, meals and optional introductory Spanish language classes. A 1-week, all-inclusive stay is currently USD $445 and 4 weeks is only $930! The Spanish course is an additional $100 for a week, or $240 for 3 weeks (24 hours of classes).

So what will you do as a volunteer at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary? Well, you have to make a commitment of a 7-hour day, 5 days per week where you'll start by cleaning cages, doing grounds work and mixing food, along with feeding animals and nursing others back to health.

The volunteer experience will no doubt change participants forever, plus it's wonderful for the animals and looks great on any resume.

For more information on how you can participate in this life-changing program, visit Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary.

Be sure to read RentOurCostaRicaCondo's Wildlife Viewing in Costa Rica and Sea Turtle Watching in Costa Rica.

Pura vida,
Ed & Connie

Playas del Coco: Costa Rica's Hotspot

Wow. With so many new resorts in the works, there's such a buzz in the air about Playas del Coco, Costa Rica - if you're into that kind of thing, that is. 

We'd much rather have you experience the real Costa Rica by staying at our quiet, private, 1-bedroom condo with ocean views, that comes complete with a beautiful pool just 7 steps from our door!

So what's all the buzz about?? Let's take a look:

With 151 rooms, the hip W Costa Rica - Playa Conchal is set to open in 2019. This edition to the chic W Hotel chain follows the successful opening of W Bogota in 2014, and will follow the W Panama opening in 2017. W Hotels are known for their signature dining and sleek W Living Rooms where the nightlife is always happening. For locals, this means up to 350 jobs.

Secrets Papagayo is a luxe, all-inclusive, adults-only (read: expensive!) resort that opened in April of this year, but was previously known as the Doubletree Resort, which first opened back in 2008. The property received a $70-million refurbishment and voila, Secrets Papagayo was born. 

The Monte del Barco Beach Hotel & Residences will include an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course along with an assortment of 5-star private residences, rooms and suites. It's set to have a huge 8,400-square-foot spa, which we totally suggest you visit for the day while staying at our condo. Pampering is good! While an opening date has yet to be given, this upscale property will be part of Rosewood Hotel & Resort chain.

Be sure to check out our inexpensive green season Costa Rica Bake Sale rates, still in effect until October 31st, and learn about the unique Cowboy Culture of Playas del Coco!

Pura vida,
Ed & Connie