When travelling abroad, I get a ritualistic pang of nervousness when it comes to food. Delhi belly, Montezuma's Revenge, whatever you like to call it - its a general fear of stomach cramping (and more) caused by contamination by non-purified water sources. Were the vegetables washed in tap water? Is the ice in this drink made from purified water? As a result, I often avoid raw foods, leaving me me feeling a little veggie deprived.
One of my favourite parts about travelling to Costa Rica is that the tap water is drinkable, and safe for non-natives to drink (in most parts) - making this lush green agrarian society is a haven for delicious, raw eats. Plus, it is recognized by author Dan Buettner as a "blue zone" region, where where a large number of people are living to be at least 100. He theorizes that this pattern has a lot to do with the immense supply of vitamin D from the sun, as well as a vitamin-rich local diet consisting of fresh, locally prepared whole foods.
Origin Travels visits this region on their Surf + Yoga + Explore Costa Rica and Costa Rica + Guatemala Explorer trips. Meals on this trip will be packed with fresh, locally sourced vegetables and with fresh, fruit-rich smoothies to accompany each meal. Vegetarian and gluten-free diets can be accommodated. Can you say, Pura vida? Even better, they will be prepared by the hand of the sincere, kind, and hilarious chef Randy - he will be one of the highlights of your trip (we promise). We'd even eat the food reserved for the animals on the on-site wildlife rescue centre.
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