From white sand beaches to misty cloud forests, from towering volcanoes to beautiful rivers that cut through tropical canyons, and to hospitable, friendly communities, Costa Rica has it all. Having abolished its military over 50 years ago, this tiny democratic republic has long been known for its pacifism, commitment to environmental protection, and its status as a destination for those seeking safe yet exciting adventure travel set against breathtaking scenery. However, despite an extensive tourism industry, in many parts of Costa Rica there remains a need for help and service. Our programs offer unique access to Costa Rica’s best-kept secrets and friendliest communities. We are confident you will love the land of Pura Vida as much as we do
Learn more about our collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution, allowing us to offer a new collection of unrivaled and dynamic programs designed uniquely for high school students.
The next generation of global leaders are in your classroom. Together, we will unlock their potential.
Although this video is branded as a Walking Tree video, it speaks to the shared mission and impact of all WTT and Smithsonian Student Adventures programs.Get Started Now
Check out some of the possible featured experiences of your coming adventure!
Zip-line though the jungle
Trek to a beautiful waterfall deep in the jungle
Visit one of Costa Rica's most beautiful volcanoes
Stay in quaint jungle bungalows
Take private surf lessons from some of Costa Rica's best surfers
Practice your Spanish language skills with locals
Raft down one of Costa Rica's best rivers
Release baby sea turtles into the wild (seasonal)
Hike through the tropical rainforest and learn about local ecosystems
Fully immerse yourself in a homestay family and community
Explore a cloud forest, guided by a local naturalist
Assist with research efforts at the Playa Tortuga Research Station
Assist with surveys of marine and terrestrial wildlife
Clean up marine debris to ensure an unspoiled nesting habitat for sea turtles
Contribute towards an environmental service project
Discover the gorgeous beaches and world-class national parks of the Pacific coast
Walking Tree continues to be wonderful at creating the perfect program for our particular school community. Each year the program gets better and better as you guys respond to the successes and failures of our adventures. Strong person to person communication over the years has made dealing with the inevitable challenges quite easy. I absolutely love working with Walking Tree.