Our family (mom, dad, two kids ages 11 and 13) spent a week at Durika as volunteers in July, 2015. We loved the rustic cabin (a little solar electricity, cold showers), the incredible vegetarian food, the beautiful mountain views, the warm and peaceful community members, the varied volunteer work (a few hours a day of milking goats, shepherding, gardening, making potting soil from scratch, fixing trails), the yoga class, the sauna, the inspiration for living in harmony with nature and the quiet time away from city noises and distractions. The residents made us feel at home and were excellent with our kids. Bring a flashlight, some warm clothes, some work clothes, rubber boots, work gloves, rain gear, a good book and a smile. Be warned that your re-entry into regular civilization may be a bit jolting.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Durika is a private biological reserve that protects approximately 8500 hectares, localized in the top of the Talamanca Mountain Range, in the south west part of Costa Rica. The reserve is protected by the Dúrika Community, a self sustainable community that offers to the visitor the possibility to live in harmony with nature, together with breath taking views of the mountain, a comfortable place to stay and an excellent quality of service during their stay. ... more less