Austin Adventures this week launched a women-only trip to Costa Rica in honor of International Women’s Month. The tour operator, which just appointed new female president (Kasey Austin) to the executive team, created this trip to celebrate and empower women to travel again when people are more comfortable traveling later this year. Austin Adventure’s inaugural “Costa Rica Women’s-Only” trip will take place October 2-9, 2021.
The getaway will be led by president Kasey Austin, who will be joined with female Tico guides. The itinerary will exclusively include visits to all female-owned businesses. Austin Adventures will donate $500 from each trip booked to local Costa Rican women’s nonprofit, the Commission of Artisans of Santa Elena de Monteverde (CASEM), a cooperative of female artisans who produce textiles, jewelry, handicrafts and art in their homes to provide for their families. Founded in the 1980s as a result of the economic crisis, the group has today grown to include 82 women and four men.
“Women-only travel is about community-building and that is especially crucial now in this new COVID landscape when we need it the most,” said Austin in a press statement. “We’re not only empowering women to step out of their comfort zone with unique adventures, but we’re empowering the female small business owners in Costa Rica by bringing much needed revenue their way.”
The eight-day, seven-night getaway will include stays at Costa Rica Marriott Hotel Hacienda Belen, Hotel Arenal Nayara, Hotel Senda Monteverde and Hotel Nammbu. Travelers will enjoy an experience a Campesino Farm with Yuliana Rodriguez and a trek at La Fortuna with Pure Trek, led by Cynthia Crummer. Other activities include Sarapiqui Rafting Class, the Ecotermales Hot Springs, canyoning, snorkeling and more.
Austin Adventure’s team of tour guides is more than 60 percent women. Female guides serve as naturalists, drivers, chefs, storytellers, logistical gurus and confidants.
For more information, visit www.austinadventures.com.