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Boasting lush tropical rainforests, awe-inspiring volcanoes, soothing hot springs and the highest concentration of species in the world, Costa Rica has even more to offer than its world famous beaches and a name that directly translates to “Rich Coast” might suggest. Numerous microclimates, varied topography and 5% of the world’s total biodiversity provide something for everyone to enjoy and it’s easy to see why Costa Rican people (“Ticos”) have been ranked the “happiest people in the world” by the Happy Planet Index.

Colorful toucans, howler monkeys and slow-moving sloths are just a few of Costa Rica’s diverse inhabitants that inspire even the most active of travelers to slow down, look and listen, while raging rivers and canopy-top zip lines dare the timid traveler to experience the country’s magnificence from another vantage point.   You, too, are likely to find yourself mesmerized by the natural beauty, lulled by the leisurely pace and captivated by the culture.

In addition to its natural, environmental appeal, a strong focus on education and a stable political climate has rendered Costa Rica increasingly attractive to foreign investors and travelers alike.  Although a percentage of Costa Ricans live below the poverty line, the country’s dedicated interest in sustainability and conservation of its unique and diverse ecosystem has attracted a great deal of tourism and has earned Costa Rica the title of “greenest” place on earth.

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Costa Rica - Science, Arenal, La Selva - 5 Days

Package Includes
  • Roundtrip flights to San Jose, Costa Rica
  • One night accommodation in Arenal
  • One night accommodation near La Selva
  • Two night accommodations in Central Valley near airport
  • All meals – four breakfasts, four lunches and four dinners
  • Program Leader/Guide with the group throughout the full program
  • Minibus/Van Transportation and Driver throughout the program
  • Don Juan Organic Farm and Lunch
  • Hot Springs
  • Sky Tram & Trek in Arenal
  • Arenal National Park
  • La Selva Bilogical Station tour and nature hike
  • Night hike
  • La Paz Waterfall Gardens
  • Trip delay and medical insurance coverage up to $50,000 per person
  • One free place for chaperone for every Ten full paying passengers (single occupancy in the hotels)


Day 1 – Arrival
We will depart as a group and fly to San José, Costa Rica, where we will be welcomed by our Sustainable Horizon Group Leader and driver.  After we drive to our hotel in the central valley, we will have dinner and prepare for the adventure ahead.  Should we arrive early enough, we may head to Arenal this afternoon and stay the first night near the volcano.

Day 2 – Arenal Volcano
This morning you will have breakfast and make your war to the Arenal Volcano area. When you reach Arenal you will visit a local farm. Here you will learn a lot about the challenges and joys of sustainable farming. This farm is an educational center and a model for sustainable agriculture that motivates farmers and gardeners from around the world to model their practices. You will then enjoy a lunch specially prepared with natural ingredients from the farm. Next, you will go on a hike through the Arenal Volcano National park. This hike takes you through three distinct environments from the old volcanic flows, to the dense jungle canopy and broadleaf underbrush. Along the way, your Program Leader will help explain the geology of the volcano and the ecology of this unusual environment. This evening you will have the chance to soak in the ecological hot springs heated by volcanic action! Submerge in a number of pools with varying temperatures from warm to hot. After your soak,you will enjoy a delicious dinner of local delicacies in a wonderfully authentic environment that offers both privacy and tranquility within the Costa Rican rainforest. Day 3 – Arenal Area and La Selva Biological Station
In the morning we will experience the tropical forest like never before, from the perspective of the monkeys and birds which live in the canopy. This experience combines adrenaline-filled flights through the forest canopy on zip lines and time on platforms admiring the beauty of a tropical forest from above near the Arenal Volcano. After lunch, we’ll make our way to La Selva Biological Station, one of the premier ecology research stations in all of Costa Rica.  It is located at the union of two major rivers in the Caribbean lowlands of northern Costa Rica. With some of the most pristine old growth tropical rainforest in Costa Rica, it offers a unique combination of ecology and expert naturalist guides.  There is no better place in Costa Rica to learn about this endangered ecosystem.   After dinner we will go on an interpretive night hike to see the different animals that come out at night.   In the evening we will stay at a lodge close to the station.

Day 4 – La Selva and Central Valley
We will wake up early for an interpretive nature at the biological station.  Afterward we will drive to La Paz Waterfall Gardens.  Amongst the lush rainforest, flowers, and colorful birds lay three kilometers of paved trails that wrap around these remarkable waterfalls. The platforms along the trail afford you the luxury of viewing the waterfalls from above, below, and center while being misted by its spray. Trails follow along the La Paz River and begin at the welcome center where you proceed to the hummingbird garden.

The hummingbird garden is home to twenty four species of these vibrantly colored little creatures. Feeders are dispersed throughout the garden, making it easy to observe their interactions and feeding habits. Next take a stroll through the exotic Orchid garden and into the Frog Pond. Here you'll find frogs like the poison dart frog and green leaf frogs. The Serpentarium hosts thirty different species of snakes found all over Costa Rica. Tonight we will share laughs and memories as we celebrate our time shared together with a farewell dinner. For dinner you will enjoy a delicious feast of Costa Rican delicacies and be treated to some special entertainment unique to Costa Rica.

Day 5 – Depart
Today our Costa Rica program comes to a close as we depart early for our flight out of San José. 

Costa Rica - Science, Monteverde, Arenal, La Selva - 7 Days

Package Includes
  • Roundtrip flights to San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Two night accommodations in Arenal
  • One night accommodation in Monteverde
  • One night accommodation near La Selva
  • Two night accommodations in Central Valley near airport
  • All meals – six breakfasts, six lunches and six dinners
  • Program Leader/Guide with the group throughout the full program
  • Minibus/Van Transportation and Driver throughout the program
  • Monteverde Reserve hike
  • Horseback ride and boat tour from Monteverde to Arenal
  • Hot Springs
  • Sky Tram & Trek in Arenal
  • Arenal National Park
  • Cano Negro Wildlife Reserve
  • La Selva Bilogical Station tour and nature hike
  • Night hike
  • La Paz Waterfall Gardens
  • Coffee Tour
  • Trip delay and medical insurance coverage up to $50,000 per person
  • One free place for chaperone for every Ten full paying passengers (single occupancy in the hotels)


Day 1 – Arrival
We will depart as a group and fly to San José, Costa Rica, where we will be welcomed by our Sustainable Horizon Group Leader and driver.  After we drive to our hotel in the central valley, we will have dinner and prepare for the adventure ahead.  Should we arrive early enough, we may head to Montverde this afternoon and stay the first night near the Monteverde reserve.

Day 2 – Monteverde
After breakfast we will head to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve.  After lunch, and a chance to explore the town of Santa Elena, we will hike through the Monteverde Reserve, one of the most outstanding wildlife sanctuaries in Costa Rica.  Our bilingual guide will teach us about the wonders of the cloud forest as we will search for the ever-elusive resplendent quetzal.  The nearby humming bird nursery will give us an up close look at this tiny little creature as it hovers in the air with its wings flapping over 60 times per second.  In the evening we will have dinner at a local restaurant before heading back to the hotel and resting up for the next day.

Day 3 – Arenal Volcano
In the morning you will make your way to the Arenal Volcano area first on horseback and then by boat across Lake Arenal. One of seven active volcanoes in Costa Rica, Arenal has four craters. Although currently in a resting phase, Arenal remained the country’s most active volcano for the past 43 years. You'll have the opportunity to see the nearly perfect conical shape mingling within the clouds (weather depending). You'll have lunch at a typical Costa Rican restaurant with options such as a "casado" plate with beans, rice, other side dishes, and your choice of meat. Next, you will go on a hike through the Arenal Volcano National park. This hike takes you through three distinct environments from the old volcanic flows, to the dense jungle canopy and broadleaf underbrush. Along the way, your Program Leader will help explain the geology of the volcano and the ecology of this unusual environment. This evening you will have the chance to soak in ecological hot springs heated by volcanic action! Submerge in a number of pools with varying temperatures from warm to hot. After your soak,you will enjoy a delicious dinner of local delicacies in a wonderfully authentic environment that offers both privacy and tranquility within the Costa Rican rainforest.   Day 4 – Arenal Area
In the morning we will experience the tropical forest like never before, from the perspective of the monkeys and birds which live in the canopy. This experience combines adrenaline-filled flights through the forest canopy on zip lines and time on platforms admiring the beauty of a tropical forest from above near the Arenal Volcano.  After lunch, we’ll make our way to Caño Negro Wildlife Reserve where we will take an exciting boat ride along the canals to look for monkeys, caymans and many water birds.  In the evening we will have dinner at a local restaurant and head back to our hotel.

Day 5 – La Selva Biological Station
Today we will head to La Selva Biological Station, one of the premier ecology research stations in all of Costa Rica.  It is located at the union of two major rivers in the Caribbean lowlands of northern Costa Rica. With some of the most pristine old growth tropical rainforest in Costa Rica, it offers a unique combination of ecology and expert naturalist guides.  There is no better place in Costa Rica to learn about this endangered ecosystem.   We will go on an interpretive nature hike while at the station, and we will even take a night hike after dinner to see the different animals that come out at night.   In the evening we will stay at a lodge close to the station.

Day 6 – Central Valley
We will wake up early for our drive to La Paz Waterfall Gardens.  Amongst the lush rainforest, flowers, and colorful birds lay three kilometers of paved trails that wrap around these remarkable waterfalls. The platforms along the trail afford you the luxury of viewing the waterfalls from above, below, and center while being misted by its spray. Trails follow along the La Paz River and begin at the welcome center where you proceed to the hummingbird garden.

The hummingbird garden is home to twenty four species of these vibrantly colored little creatures. Feeders are dispersed throughout the garden, making it easy to observe their interactions and feeding habits. Next take a stroll through the exotic Orchid garden and into the Frog Pond. Here you'll find frogs like the poison dart frog and green leaf frogs. The Serpentarium hosts thirty different species of snakes found all over Costa Rica.

You will also visit a local coffee farm.  Here we will experience the process from bean to cup while learning about coffee production. Tonight we will share laughs and memories as we celebrate our time shared together with a farewell dinner. 

Day 7 – Depart
Today our Costa Rica program comes to a close as we depart early for our flight out of San José.

Costa Rica - Science, Monteverde, Arenal, Beach - 7 Days

Package Includes
  • Roundtrip flights to San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Two night accommodations in Arenal
  • One night accommodation in Monteverde
  • One night accommodation near Central Pacific Coast
  • Two night accommodations in Central Valley near airport
  • All meals – six breakfasts, six lunches and six dinners
  • Program Leader/Guide with the group throughout the full program
  • Minibus/Van Transportation and Driver throughout the program
  • Horseback ride and boat tour from Monteverde to Arenal
  • Hot Springs
  • Sky Tram & Trek in Arenal
  • Arenal National Park
  • Cano Negro Wildlife Reserve
  • Monteverde Reserve hike
  • Manual Anotnio National Park
  • Trip delay and medical insurance coverage up to $50,000 per person
  • One free place for chaperone for every Ten full paying passengers (single occupancy in the hotels)


Day 1 – Arrival
We will depart as a group and fly to San José, Costa Rica, where we will be welcomed by our Sustainable Horizon Group Leader and driver.  After we drive to our hotel in the central valley, we will have dinner and prepare for the adventure ahead.  Should we arrive early enough, we may head to Arenal this afternoon and stay the first night near the Arenal Volcano. Day 2 – Arenal Volcano
In the morning you will make your way to the Arenal Volcano area first on horseback and then by boat across Lake Arenal. One of seven active volcanoes in Costa Rica, Arenal has four craters. Although currently in a resting phase, Arenal remained the country’s most active volcano for the past 43 years. You'll have the opportunity to see the nearly perfect conical shape mingling within the clouds (weather depending). You'll have lunch at a typical Costa Rican restaurant with options such as a "casado" plate with beans, rice, other side dishes, and your choice of meat. Next, you will go on a hike through the Arenal Volcano National park. This hike takes you through three distinct environments from the old volcanic flows, to the dense jungle canopy and broadleaf underbrush. Along the way, your Program Leader will help explain the geology of the volcano and the ecology of this unusual environment. This evening you will have the chance to soak in ecological hot springs heated by volcanic action! Submerge in a number of pools with varying temperatures from warm to hot. After your soak,you will enjoy a delicious dinner of local delicacies in a wonderfully authentic environment that offers both privacy and tranquility within the Costa Rican rainforest. Day 3 – Arenal Area
In the morning we will experience the tropical forest like never before, from the perspective of the monkeys and birds which live in the canopy. This experience combines adrenaline-filled flights through the forest canopy on zip lines and time on platforms admiring the beauty of a tropical forest from above near the Arenal Volcano.   After lunch, we’ll make our way to Caño Negro Wildlife Reserve where we will take an exciting boat ride along the canals to look for monkeys, caymans and many water birds. In th evening we will have dinner at a local restaurant and head back to our hotel.
  Day 4 – Monteverde
In the morning we will make our way to the Monteverde area first by boat across Lake Arenal, then by horseback.  After lunch and a chance to explore the town of Santa Elena, we will hike through the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, one of the most outstanding wildlife sanctuaries in Costa Rica.  Our bilingual guide will teach us about the wonders of the cloud forest as we will search for the ever-elusive resplendent quetzal.  The nearby humming bird nursery will give us an up close look at this tiny little creature as it hovers in the air with its wings flapping over 60 times per second.  In the evening we will have dinner at a local restaurant before heading back to the hotel and resting up for the next day   Day 5 – Central Pacific Coast and Beach
After breakfast we will head to the Central Pacific Coast.  When we arrive, we will settle into our hotel near the beach.  We will have the opportunity to explore the local beach and town before dinner at a typical restaurant Day 6 – Manual Antonio National Park and Beach
You will visit Manuel Antonio National Park, one of the most popular national parks in Costa Rica! The volcanic-sedimentary cliffs rise steeply from the shoreline, providing scenic vistas and hiking trails which you will get the chance to explore. The forested hillsides are home to many of the animals, plants and flowers that are Costa Rica's unique attractions: monkeys, sloths, iguanas, toucans and scarlet macaws and the islands off the coast are important bird sanctuaries for brown pelicans, frigate birds and anhingas. In 2011, Manuel Antonio was voted one of the world's most beautiful national parks by Forbes.
In the afternoon, we will have some time to enjoy sand and surf at the beach in the national park or relax by the pool at our hotel.  Afterward, we will pack up our minibus and make our way back to San José.  Tonight you will share laughs and memories as you celebrate your time shared together in Costa Rica with a farewell dinner. For dinner you will enjoy a delicious feast of local delicacies and be treated to some special entertainment unique to Costa Rica.

Day 7 – Depart

Today our Costa Rica program comes to a close as we depart early for our flight out of San José.

Costa Rica - Service, Homestay, Beach - 10 Days

Package Includes
  • Roundtrip flights to San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Two night accommodations in San Jose 
  • Five night accommodations in a community home stay
  • Two night accommodations on the Central Pacific Coast
  • All Meals in country - Nine breakfasts, Nine lunches, Nine dinners
  • Program Leader/Guide with the group throughout the full program
  • Bus Transportation and Driver throughout the program
  • Canopy tour or mangrove pontoon boat trip
  • Manuel Antonio National Park tour
  • Beach time
  • Service project at the host community and all materials
  • Trip delay and medical insurance coverage up to $50,000 per person
  • One free place for chaperone for every Ten paying passengers (single occupancy in the hotels)  


  Day 1 – Arrival and Travel to Host Community
You will depart as a group and fly to San José, Costa Rica where your Tour Manager will welcome you.  Then, you will enjoy scenic views as you head to your host community in a mountainous area south of the capital. On the way, your Tour Manager will discuss the wonders of Costa Rica with you and how resource management affects the people of this beautiful nation.

You'll have lunch at a typical Costa Rican restaurant with options such as a "casado" plate with beans, rice, other side dishes, and your choice of meat. In the evening, you will be welcomed into your host community and spend your first night getting to know your host families. Days 2 – 6 – Host Community and Service Project
The homestay experience and service project, the heart of your program, are an excellent way to bond with your host community and peers through service.  The mult-day service project will help the host community address local needs.  On the first day, you will meet in the morning at the work site to be briefed on the service project and to meet the local leaders who will be working with your group. Each morning you will spend time working on your much-needed service project before returning to your host families to help prepare and enjoy lunch.  After lunch, you will meet again to continue your service work. In the afternoons you will have some downtime to participate in activities and excursions such as playing fútbol (soccer) with the local youth, touring the local fruit farms that help to sustain the community, or hiking through the secondary forest. You will also have the opportunity to learn some Costa Rican cooking and Latin dancing from your host siblings and other community members. Finally, you will spend your evenings living and learning with your host family and gathering as a group to reflect upon your experiences. One day you will break from work and visit a local organic coffee farm.  Here you will experience the process from bean to cup while learning about the benefits of organic production. On the final day in the community, you will wrap up your community service project, basking in the satisfaction of a job well done.  For your final evening, you will gather with the host families and community members to celebrate your time shared together and the completed project. Day 7 – Host Community – Pacific Coast
After breakfast you will say goodbye to your new families and friends before heading to the Pacific Coast.  When you arrive, you will settle into your hotel before setting off to explore the gorgeous local beach and have some lunch at a local restaurant.  In the evening you’ll head to town for a delicious dinner at a typical restaurant.  This will be a great time to sample the local seafood! Day 8 – Pacific Coast 
In the morning you will come face to face with lush tropical plants and some of the area's prolific wildlife as you hike through a tropical wet forest at a national park.  You will have lunch in a local restaurant and in the afternoon, you will have some time to enjoy the sand and surf at the beach in the national park or relax by the pool at your hotel. Day 9 – Pacific Coast – Central Valley  
In the morning, you will experience an adrenaline filled flight through the forest canopy on zip lines.  This is a great way to see and learn about the forest and have lots of fun at the same time.  An alternative to the zip line tour is a trip on a covered pontoon boat through the incredible Tárcoles River and its mangroves where you will learn about this important ecosystem and have the opportunity to see dozens of species of animals up close and personal, including up to 15 foot long crocodiles. After the excursion, you will make your way back to the Central Valley of San José with lunch at a restaurant along the way.  During your final evening in Costa Rica, you will celebrate with a farewell dinner and reminiscence about your program.  This will be a delicious feast of Costa Rican delicacies and some special entertainment unique to Costa Rica. Day 10 – Depart
Today your Costa Rica program comes to a close as you depart early for your flight out of San José.  You'll have a breakfast box to take to the airport.

Costa Rica - Service, Indigenous Community, Beach - 10 days

Package Includes
  • Roundtrip flights to San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Two night accommodations in San Jose
  • Five night accommodations in community home stay
  • Two night accommodations in the Central Pacific Coast
  • All Meals in country - Nine breakfasts, Nine lunches, Nine dinners
  • Program Leader/Guide with the group throughout the full program
  • Bus Transportation and Driver throughout the program
  • Canopy tour or mangrove pontoon boat trip
  • Manuel Antonio National Park tour
  • Service project at the host community including materials
  • Two night mask painting workshop
  • Beach time
  • Trip delay and medical insurance coverage up to $50,000 per person
  • One free place for chaperone for every Ten paying passengers (single occupancy in the hotels)


Day 1 – Arrival to Costa Rica
You will depart as a group and fly to San José, Costa Rica where your Tour Manager will welcome you.  You will have lunch on the road as you begin your journey to your indigenous host community, which lies in a small valley of the Talamanca Mountain Range in the South Pacific part of Costa Rica.  After a few hours, you will stop and spend the evening in a hotel.  Along the way, your Tour Manager will give you an introduction to life in Costa Rica, your service project and how to be a good guest in your indigenous host community. Day 2 – Arrival to Host Community
After an early breakfast, you will continue the journey to your host community.  The Borucan people are internationally known for their master mask carvers and textile weavers.  In recent years, they have experienced a resurgence of pride in their culture and language.  Upon arrival to the community you will meet your host families and local youth who will make you feel at home during your time here.  The homestay experience and community project, the heart of your trip, are an excellent way to bond with your host community and peers through service.  You will then go with your host families to settle into your new homes, and get to know the members of your family over lunch.   This afternoon you will meet at the work site to be briefed on the community project and talk with the local leaders who will be helping you.  You will then begin your project. Note: Today’s activities depend on the arrival time to the community. Days 3 – 6 – Host Community and Service Project
Each morning you will spend time working on your community service project.  Around mid-day, you will return to your host families to help prepare and enjoy lunch.  After lunch, you will meet again to continue with the community project. In the afternoons and evenings, you will spend time with your host families and take a few excursions into the surrounding area to learn more about the culture of your hosts.  Weather permitting; you will visit a nearby waterfall, a place of incredible beauty and religious importance for the Borucans.  You will also participate in activities such as playing fútbol (soccer) games with the local youth, a mask painting workshop, learning about the local legends and myths, and preparing delicious tamales.  On the final day in the community you will wrap up your service project, basking in the satisfaction of a job well done.  For your final evening, you will gather with the host families and community members to celebrate your time shared together and the completed project. Day 7 – Host Community – Pacific Coast
After breakfast you will say a heartfelt goodbye to your new families and friends before heading to the Central Pacific Coast.  When you arrive, you will settle into your hotel before setting off to explore the gorgeous local beach.  In the evening, you will head to town for a delicious dinner at a typical restaurant. Day 8 – Pacific Coast
You will rise for an early breakfast and an exciting day ahead.  This morning you will come face to face with lush tropical plants and some of the area's prolific wildlife as you hike through a tropical wet forest at a national park. In the afternoon, you will have some time to enjoy sand and surf at the beach in the national park or relax by the pool at your hotel. Day 9 – Pacific Coast – Central Valley
After breakfast this morning, you will experience an adrenaline filled flight through the forest canopy on zip lines.  This is a great way to see and learn about the forest and have lots of fun at the same time.  An alternative to the zip line tour is a trip on a covered pontoon boat through the incredible Tárcoles River and its mangroves where you will learn about this important ecosystem and have the opportunity to see dozens of species of animals up close, including 15-foot long crocodiles. You will then make your way back to San José.  Tonight you will share laughs and memories as you celebrate your time shared together in Costa Rica with a farewell dinner.  For dinner you will enjoy a delicious feast of local delicacies and be treated to some special entertainment, unique to Costa Rica.
Day 10 – Depart
Today your Costa Rica program comes to a close as you depart early for your flight out of San José.  You'll have a breakfast box to take to the airport.

Costa Rica - Service, Homestay, Arenal - 10 Days

Package Includes
  • Roundtrip flights to San Jose, Costa Rica
  • One night accommodation in the Arenal Volcano Area
  • One night accommodation in San Jose
  • Seven night accommodations in community homestay
  • All Meals in country - Nine breakfasts, Nine lunches, Nine
  • Program Leader/Guide with the group throughout the full program
  • Bus Transportation and Driver throughout the program
  • Horseback riding and zip lines tour
  • Arenal Volcano National Park tour
  • Service project at the host community including materials
  • Visit to hot springs at night
  • Private reserve and waterfall tour
  • Trip delay and medical insurance coverage up to $50,000 per person
  • One free place for chaperone for every Ten paying passengers (single occupancy in the hotels)


Day 1 – Arrival and Travel to Host Community
You will depart as a group and fly to San José, Costa Rica, where your Tour Manager will welcome you.  You will have lunch on the road, and enjoy scenic views as you journey to your host community, which lies in the northern lowlands of this beautiful and fascinating country.    On the way, you will discuss the wonders of Costa Rica and how resource management affects the people of this beautiful nation.  In the evening, you will be welcomed into your host community and spend your first night getting to know your host families.   Days 2 – 7 – Host Community and Service Project The homestay experience and service project are the heart of your trip, an excellent way to bond with your host community and peers through service.  The multi-day service project will help the host community address local needs. On the first day you will gather in the morning at the work site to be briefed on the service project and to meet the local leaders who will be working wit Each morning you will spend time working on your service project and will return to your host families to help prepare and enjoy lunch.  After lunch, you will meet again to continue with the community project. In the afternoons and evenings, you will spend time with your host families and take a few excursions into the surrounding area to learn more about the culture of your hosts.  You may also enjoy dance lessons and cooking lessons, as well as hikes around the community.  There will also be plenty of time for afternoon fútbol (soccer) games with the local youth.  You will spend your evenings living and learning with your host families and gathering as a group to reflect upon your time in the community. On your final day in the community, you will wrap up your community service project, basking in the satisfaction of a job well done.  For your final evening, you will gather with the host families and community members to celebrate the completed project. Day 8 – Arenal Volcano
After breakfast, you’ll say goodbye to your new family and friends before heading to a nearby private reserve to learn more about the ecology of the area.  You will hike to a beautiful waterfall and keep an eye out for wildlife.  After lunch, you will head to your hotel in the Arenal Volcano area. Once you have checked into your hotel in Arenal, you will go on a hike through the national park.  This hike takes you through three distinct environments from the old volcanic flows, to the dense jungle canopy and broadleaf underbrush.  Along the way, your Program Leader will help explain the geology of the volcano and the ecology of this unusual environment.    In the late afternoon, you will enjoy the natural hot springs heated by the volcano and share stories about your host families over a delicious dinner!    Day 9 – Arenal Volcano
You start your day in Arenal with a relaxing horseback ride through the rainforest, and finish with an adrenaline filled flight through the forest canopy on zip lines.  This is a great way to see and learn about the forest and have lots of fun at the same time.      After a delicious lunch at a typical restaurant, you will have some time to go souvenir shopping before you drive back to the Central Valley.    During your final evening in Costa Rica, you will celebrate with a farewell dinner and reminiscence about your program.  This will be a delicious feast of Costa Rican delicacies and some special entertainment, unique to Costa Rica.
  Day 10 – Depart
Today your Costa Rica program comes to a close as you depart for your flight out of San José.  You'll have a breakfast box to take to the airport.

Costa Rica - Service, National Park, Group Lodging - 10 Days

Package Includes
  • Roundtrip flights to San José, Costa Rica
  • Bus Transportation and Driver throughout the program
  • One night accommodation near the airport in San José
  • Eight night accommodations in the Central Pacific Coast
  • All Meals in country included
  • Tour Manager/Guide with the group throughout the full program
  • Bus Transportation and Driver throughout the program
  • Mangrove Boat Tour
  • Sailboat Sunset Tour and snorkeling
  • Mangrove pontoon boat trip
  • Zip lines
  • Service project at the host community including materials
  • Trip delay and medical insurance coverage up to $50,000 per person
  • One free place for chaperone for every Ten paying passengers (single occupancy in the hotels)


Day 1 – Arrival to Costa Rica
You will depart as a group and fly to San José, Costa Rica where your Tour Manager will welcome you.  You will set off for your hotel by the beach, only 90 minutes away from the airport.  When you arrive at your hotel, your Tour Manager will give you an introduction to life in Costa Rica, your service project and the guidelines for the following days. Days 2 – 7 – Host Community and Service Project
Every morning you will start the day with breakfast at your hotel.  Then you will drive 10 minutes to your worksite.  This could be either a public building in a neighboring community or in Carara National Park. You will work from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and then you will return to your hotel to enjoy lunch and relax at the swimming pool during the hottest part of the day.  At 2 p.m. you will drive back to the worksite to continue work on your service project.   You will stop working at 5 p.m. and you will return to your hotel. In the evenings you will have group bonding experiences and free time on your own.  On the final day of your service project you will wrap up your work, basking in the satisfaction of a job well done.  For your final evening, you will gather with all your new friends who have worked with you on the service project to celebrate a job well done. Your service project may include, but is not restricted to: ·         Painting a local public building; such as a primary school, local clinic, etc. ·         Maintenance to trails at Carara National Park ·         Build a new ticket booth at the entrance of the park ·         Help improve the trails in the park and make them more accessible ·         Assist park rangers with some of their daily tasks in the park ·         Beach cleanup at the beach near your hotel One of the days you will have the opportunity to explore the trails of Carara National Park, one of the most biodiverse parks in Costa Rica. Day 8 – Mangrove Pontoon Boat Tour and Sailboat Tour
After breakfast at the hotel you will embark on an adventure in a covered pontoon boat through the incredible Tárcoles River and its mangroves. Here you will learn about this important ecosystem and have the opportunity to see dozens of species of animals up close and personal, including dozens of birds, monkey's, turtles and a crocodiles up to 15 feet long. You will enjoy a delicious lunch after the boat tour. In the afternoon you will take your bus to the harbor in Quepos to set sail on a sunset cruise where you will also have the opportunity to snorkel near Manuel Antonio National Park, and spot dolphins and maybe even whales.  Day 9 – Zip lines and Central Valley
After an early breakfast you will bid farewell to the beach and head for the Central Valley, stopping to experience an adrenaline filled flight through the forest canopy on zip lines.  This is a great way to see and learn about the forest and have lots of fun at the same time.
You will then make your way back to San José.  During your final evening in Costa Rica, you will celebrate with a farewell dinner and reminiscence about your program.  This will be a delicious feast of Costa Rican delicacies and some special entertainment unique to Costa Rica. Day 10 – Depart
Today your Costa Rica program comes to a close as you depart early for your flight out of San José.  You'll have a breakfast box to take to the airport.
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