ABOUT AUSUN

Adventures Under the Sun (AUSun) is a small, Costa Rican travel agency licensed by the National Tourism Bureau (ICT) that customizes student group journeys, operates summer camps and teen summer programs and organizes exclusive adventures for family groups and friends.

OUR MISSION

Adventures Under the Sun creates awareness and stimulates change through unique environmental, social and adventure-based learning experiences and travel in Costa Rica’s fun and safe outdoors.

OUR STORY

Mélida Barbee founded AUSun in 2001 after working in the local, environmental conservation sector. Shelater led students and adults on adventures throughout Costa Rica and the United States for 15 yeats. As a dedicated and competitive athlete, a concerned environmentalist and passionate outdoorsman, she chose a path to share experiences that sharpen and engage our senses and make life beat at a richer tempo..

A WORD FROM THE FOUNDER

2020 has been a global challenge and I can’t help but compare it to the many different races in the outdoors that I have done. Much like facing massive dehydration in the Sahara, taking a 120 km wrong turn in the Tazmanian Wilderness at km 650, or suffering from major dysentery on a 230 km mtb leg through the Transkei on a South African Expedition Race, you have to work with what you’ve got and know best, and keep “paddling forward hard”.
So many of us are being pushed way out of our comfort zones this year, and forced to adapt to this new reality. Don’t fight it. As my 101 year old grandmother says, it will all work out. Here at AUSun we are rolling with it, riding the swell, following the currents and hope that the wind will fill our sails as we team up with new contributors and partners to generate and operate even greater experiences for locals and foreigners in our majestic outdoors. As more people are turning to the outdoors to salve their souls, we embrace this opportunity to bring its wonders to you though customized, hands on, real or virtual, outstanding experiences and to provide the next generation with vital skills to take and make bigger and bolder steps and decisions in a future of constant change.
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