Austin Adventures has launched a women’s 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 Oct. 2-9, 2021.

The getaway will be led by Austin who will be joined with female Tico guides. The itinerary will 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 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 Kasey Austin, president of Austin Adventures, 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 8-day, 7-night getaway, departing in fall 2021 will include stays in some of Costa Rica’s premier resorts, including Costa Rica Marriott Hotel Hacienda Belen, Hotel Arenal Nayara, Hotel Senda MTV and Hotel Nammbu. Travelers will enjoy women-led activities with vendors who were hit hardest during the COVID-19 pandemic, such as 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 much more.

Rates begin at $5,458 pp, with a single supplement of $1,280. For more information, visit austinadventures.com.

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