Nena Belen Ocampo

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Nena Belen Ocampo

"Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

CANCER, WATER SIGN, MOONSTONE/PEARL

Founder and lead guide at TuCamino, Nena Belen Ocampo has a long history with both Mexico and Costa Rica. Originally from Texas, Nena has always been proud of her Mexican-American heritage. Her father is from the state of Guanajuato, Mexico and much of Nena's extended family still lives there. It wasn't until the age of 23, though, that Nena was able to travel to Mexico to meet them, and ultimately, connect with her culture and heritage. 

While in Mexico, Nena visited the town of Sayulita and fell instantly in love. What was originally to be a four-day stay turned into two weeks, and later, three months. Nena loves Sayulita, and the SayuVida as she calls it, particularly for its strong sense of tradition. Everything from the food to the language to the music and dress is rich in traditional Mexican culture. In addition, Sayulita is a popular destination for yoga and surf, two passions of Nena's. 

At 18, Nena studied abroad and fell in love with Costa Rica, which has been her home for the past two years. It is there, in the Caribbean of Costa Rica that she first discovered surfing and fell in love with the water. Costa Rica introduced her to the concept of pura vida, "the pure life," and she found that it was the perfect place to connect with nature and escape from the hectic lifestyle she was accustomed to in the US. 

Be it in Mexico or Costa Rica, Nena is truly at home in Central America and loves sharing these magical places with new travelers. Her experiences and the memories she has created in both countries were the inspiration for TuCamino, and she can't wait to guide you on your own adventures!
 

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Annah Rose

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Annah Rose

“Stuff your eyes with wonder. Live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds. see the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories."
-Ray Bradbury

TAURUS, EARTH SIGN, KYANITE/ EMERALD

TuCamino Travel Women's Empowerment Coach, Annah Rose, is a born traveler. As a child, her mother took her and her siblings on trips throughout Europe and Africa. She instilled the love of traveling and exploration in her starting at age 2.

Having grown up on Long Island, NY with 5 younger siblings she became passionate about independence and love for family. She has also lived in Brooklyn, Los Angeles and Austin; she just can't seem to stay in one place. She always loves a change of scenery because it really facilitates the inner changes within.

This past February 2015 after being in South America she was invited to Sayulita to meet up with her brother. Having never been to Mexico and living the whole YOLO life, she decided to head from Buenos Aires to Sayulita on a whim. 

Upon arrival she immediately fell in love with the little fishing village that she now calls home. 

She is really excited to bring you to Mexico, show you around, and help you not only connect with nature but yourself in ways that you never imagined. 

She is also the founder and author over at AnnahRose.com after a year in the making. She wants this to be a place for women to come, connect, and learn how to create the life they have always wanted and manifest the love they have always desired. In addition, she uploads video responses twice a week to answer women's most burning questions on life, love, dating and relationships.

She will also be leading the women's circles, morning meditations,and discussions on connection in Costa Rica. She really believes that there's nothing like a sisterhood and is looking forward to creating one with all of you at our retreats throughout the year!

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Booking & Reservations FAQ's

 

WHAT DO YOU NEED FROM ME TO BOOK MY TRIP?

In order to reserve your trip, a 30% non-refundable deposit is required. This deposit will be used to hold your spot. If making a reservation within two weeks of departure, the full payment amount will be required at the time of booking. 

HOW FAR IN ADVANCE DO I NEED TO BOOK?

Whereas we would love to have as many women on our trips as interested, we do have a cut off date of 1 month prior to departure so that we can make sure to have all details in order and provide you with the highest possible level of comfort.

WHAT METHODS OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT?

We live by PayPal. Once you send a booking request, we will send you a secure PayPal Money Request through which you can pay the deposit (30%) as well as the remaining balance.

WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?

If a reservation is cancelled prior to two weeks from the departure date, the funds from the trip may be applied to a future trip with TuCamino. Unfortunately, we cannot offer cash or credit card refunds at this time. If the reservation is cancelled within two weeks of the departure date, all funds will be forfeited.

DO I NEED TO PUT DOWN A DEPOSIT TO BOOK MY TRIP?

We ask for a 30% nonrefundable deposit within 7 business days of receiving your trip confirmation email. This deposit will be used to hold your spot. For those who book less than two weeks in advance of the tour, we require payment in full at the time of booking. For those who book in advance, the remaining balance will be due 2 weeks prior to departure.

DO YOU GIVE REFUNDS FOR CANCELLED TRIPS?

We do not give cash or credit card refunds for cancelled trips; however, if the reservation is cancelled prior to two weeks from departure, the funds may be used toward a future trip with TuCamino.

ARE KIDS WELCOME ON YOUR TOURS?

Yes! We believe you are never too young to start developing a love for travel. Due to this being an all female travel company, girls only please!

DO YOU OFFER PAYMENT PLANS?

Unfortunately, we do not offer payment plans; however, we do offer other incentives such as referral discounts or our "Goodwill Discount," which can be earned by bringing a donation item for one of our community service projects. By subscribing to our newsletter, take an instant $100 off your TuCamino trip. In addition, trip credits are given to those who write a guest blog post about their TuCamino experience. 

CAN I COME ALONE OR DO I NEED TO FORM MY OWN GROUP?

Yes. Absolutely! Whether you are a female solo traveler or group of friends, we would love to have you. We pride ourselves on community and relationship building. That being said, the more the merrier, so invite your friends on a trip. Any one who recommends another lady will receive a discount on her trip.

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Preparing for Your Trip FAQ's

 

WHAT SHOULD I PACK/BRING ON THE TRIP?

Lots of sunscreen, mosquito repellent, swimsuits (snug so they stay on in the waves), a beach blanket or sarong, comfortable yoga clothes, beach attire, a camera (optional: we love pictures and we will take a lot!), cash and credit card, donation item depending on the community service project.

WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE?

Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico: Due to the central Pacific position of Sayulita, this subtropical region has two seasons: dry, warm winters and hot, semi-humid summers. With the exception of a few rainy days, Sayulita is a warm, sunny place. 

Puerto Viejo, Limon, Costa Rica: Puerto Viejo is set on the south Caribbean of Costa Rica and, with its lush tropical climate receives rain, however it also receives lots of sunshine-y days. It is actually one of the driest places in Costa Rica with September and October being the driest months. The good thing about this magical place where jungle meets beach is that rain typically falls at night or in the early morning.

DO I NEED TO BRING MY OWN SURFBOARD AND/OR YOGA MAT?

It is not necessary to bring your yoga mat as these are provided with your class, although you are welcome to if you so desire. If you have your own surfboard back home and want to bring it, feel free. Surfboards are your babies! We do, however, provide an array of surfboards to choose from as well. If you do decide to bring your own, make sure to check the cost and baggage requirements specified by your airline prior to your flight.

SHOULD I PURCHASE TRAVEL INSURANCE?

Travel insurance is not required, though it is strongly recommended. We've traveled a lot and know that things happen, plans change, and it's always best to be covered in case of an accident. 

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Traveling To/From FAQ's

 

WHAT AIRPORT SHOULD I FLY INTO AND HOW FAR IS TOWN FROM THE AIRPORT?

Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico: To get to Sayulita, you will fly into Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport in Puerto Vallarta, a short 45 minute drive from Sayulita. If you are booking with TuCamino, don't worry though-- we have you covered on transportation to and from the airport! 

Puerto Viejo, Limon, Costa Rica:  The nearest airport to Puerto Viejo is Juan Santamaria International Airport located in the nation's capital, San Jose. From the airport it is a 4-6 hour drive depending on traffic and your mode of transportation. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by one of our comfortable, air-conditioned shuttles courtesy of Caribe Shuttle.

IS AIRFARE INCLUDED IN MY RESERVATION COST?

No, the cost of the trip does not include airfare, which should be booked separately. We recommend checking out Kayak.com or Orbitz.com for flight deals.

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While You're Here FAQ's

 

CAN I USE $USD'S HERE?

Yes! Both countries use dollars; however, depending on the exchange rate and where you decide to spend your dollars, you may not get the best rate.

WHERE CAN I EXCHANGE CURRENCY?

We recommend exchanging a good amount of money in your home country in order to get the best exchange rate, but you can also exchange money at the airport and in the towns of Sayulita and Puerto Viejo. (Note that Mexico uses pesos/dollars and Costa Rica uses colones/dollars).

IS IT SAFE IN SAYULITA/PUERTO VIEJO?

Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico: This little pueblo is super safe and crime rates remain low. We love our Sayulita group made up of locals and expats!

Puerto Viejo, Limon, Costa Rica: The community we have here is amazing and although we don’t recommend bringing tons of cash, credit cards, or valuables around with you at night, PV is also safe.

DO I NEED TO BE FLUENT IN SPANISH?

Not at all. While knowing a few Spanish phrases will be helpful to you, in both locations you can get by with English, and all of our guides speak, write, and read in both Spanish and English. For your benefit, we will send you a list of helpful Spanish phrases/words from both Mexico and Costa Rica prior to your departure.

HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL BE IN MY GROUP?

The number of people in your group may fluctuate due to the season and demand. You can expect anywhere from 3 to 11 other women.

DO I NEED TO KNOW HOW TO SURF?

Nope! We would love the opportunity to teach you in one of our two favorite locations. Both areas have beginner waves and, for those of you who can shred, many of the beaches surrounding Sayulita and Puerto Viejo have intermediate and advanced waves as well.

CAN I DRINK THE WATER?

In both countries, drinking the tap water is strongly discouraged; however, there is plenty of bottled drinking water for purchase and filtered drinking water is available with your accommodations.

IS THERE WIFI AT MY HOSTEL/HOTEL?

We totally get the need to be connected while abroad, so wi-fi will always be provided with your accommodations. In addition, it can typically be found at most local establishments.

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Day 1

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Day 1

Welcome to Costa Rica! On the first day of your tour, you will be picked up at the airport by Caribe Shuttle and driven to the small, beachside town of Puerto Viejo. After arriving in the early evening, you will get an opportunity to meet the rest of your tour group, enjoy some of Puerto Viejo's amazing, international cuisine and bond with your fellow  travelers over dinner and drinks. Then it's early to bed for a good night's sleep after a long travel day!

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Day 2

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Day 2

Wake up to a beautiful Caribbean sunrise and enjoy a healthy, tropical breakfast and some inspiration/ intention-setting time. On your first morning in Puerto Viejo, you will get a chance to enjoy the sunshine beginning with a brief beach yoga session followed by surf a surf lesson taught by one of Puerto's many world-class surf instructors. You are guaranteed to have a great time! For those of you chicas who have experience surfing, take this time to go rip and enjoy the waves. Lunch to follow, where you will get an overview of the history of Puerto Viejo and of the tour's community projects, including the one that you and your group will be taking part in. In the afternoon, zen out with a yoga session (you just might spot a sloth at OM's outdoor studio), followed by dinner on your own.

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Day 3

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Day 3

Another healthy breakfast and meditation session to start the day followed by a volunteer session where we will assemble donation bags for an under-funded children's center in the community. Now, it's back to the beach to catch some waves or go for a swim. In the afternoon, enjoy some individual time browsing the town's local markets, basking in the sun, or observing howler monkeys on a walk through the jungle.  Sunset yoga on the beach offers a relaxing way to end the day before heading out to happy hour and dinner. 

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Day 4

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Day 4

Day four starts with another morning of karmic goodness. We will begin the day by taking our assembled donation bags to CEN-CINAI, the children's center, and get to know the special kids that the bags will benefit. After, we will spend some time meeting the owners of other local businesses as we let them know of our planned beach-clean up in the upcoming days. From there, enjoy a picnic on the beach with music and hula hooping, followed by an afternoon of (depending on the ocean) paddle boarding or a fun surf session.

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Day 5

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Day 5

After breakfast and a delightful yoga session, we will embark on our 3-in-1 tour, starting with the Jaguar Rescue Center. See baby monkeys, exotic birds, and more at this well-respected animal refuge. After, we will embark on a chocolate tour complete with a mountaintop chocolate tasting then a trip to the Bribri waterfalls. Upon our return, we will do some light prepping for the next day's beach cleanup followed by dinner on your own. 

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Day 6

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Day 6

Leaving behind a positive footprint in the local community isn't just something we preach, it's something we truly practice. On the sixth day of the tour, we will dedicate our morning (after a surf session) to a group beach cleanup with members of the local community to show our gratitude to the community and Mother Earth.  After, we will celebrate with fresh fruit and pipas with everyone who pitched in followed by lunch and free time. End the afternoon right with a relaxing massage or body treatment of your choice at Pure Jungle Spa. 

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Day 7

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Day 7

Depending on your flight time, shuttles to San Jose will depart from the hotel at 7 am or 1 pm. Depart with tokens of our gratitude (you can't beat goodie bags!) and an opportunity to pen a guest blog post about your experience. Close your eyes, relax on your ride to the airport, and take an opportunity to reflect on all the magic of the Costa Rican pura vida!

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Day 1

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Day 1

Welcome to SayuVida! After pickup via shuttle at the Puerto Vallarta airport and a late afternoon arrival to Sayulita, get to know your fellow tour group members during a meet and greet over a refreshing cocktail. Top the evening off with a delicious, traditional Mexican dinner, then get to bed early so you can start your first full day in Mexico off with a bang!

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Day 2

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Day 2

Begin your first morning in Sayulita with a healthy breakfast and some meditation, then hit the beach with the group for some stand up paddle fun. After lunch, we'll hold a roundtable session complete with yummy smoothies to discuss community project ideas, followed by some free time to explore the town, shop, or just soak up some rays on one of Sayulita's gorgeous beaches. In the afternoon, find your center with a sunset yoga class, then reflect on your first full day over dinner.

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Day 3

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Day 3

After another healthy breakfast, we will spend the morning getting to know more about Mexican culture through a volunteer activity, designed to give back and show gratitude to the local community. Before lunch, squeeze in a surf lesson with one of the region's talented pro surf instructors or opt to relax and get your tan on on the beach. Cap off the day with another zen-filled sunset yoga session on the beach, followed by dinner on your own.

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Day 4

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Day 4

On the fourth day of the tour, get up close and personal with some of the region's most amazing underwater wildlife. The group will travel to the beautiful Marieta's Islands, a small group of volcanic islands just south of Sayulita, for a morning snorkeling expedition. After returning, enjoy a late lunch and indulge in some rest and relaxation on the beach and recoup from the morning's adventures. 

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Day 5

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Day 5

Start the morning off with a fun, yet challenging SUP yoga class! Stand up paddling yoga is proven to improve balance, core muscles, and refine your yoga technique, all while providing a chance to appreciate the beauty of the ocean. After lunch, head out on another volunteer expedition, followed by a beautiful sunset dinner and drinks. In the evening, don your favorite party dress for a sexy night of Cumbia dancing on the beach, under the stars at Bar Camaron!

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Day 6

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Day 6

On your last day in Mexico, consider starting the day with a morning meditation and intention setting. What have you learned about yourself on this trip? What lessons do you want to take back with you from your journey? After a quiet morning, the group will travel south to the town of Punta Mita, where you will get an opportunity to hit up the surf break here, shop, and have lunch. Treat yourself to a soothing massage in the late afternoon at Buddha Gallery and Spa, then indulge in a traditional Mexican feast to end your trip right.

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Day 7

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Day 7

Shuttles will be available throughout the morning to transport you to the airport. Saying goodbye is never easy, but we hope that you will be leaving with some amazing memories and new friends. Don't forget your goodie bag and consider penning a guest blog post to share your experience with other travelers!

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