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 70 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.

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Population: 4,953,199
Language(s) Spoken: Spanish

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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.

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Country Highlights


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

My daughter’s experience in Morocco was extraordinary!! I really enjoyed seeing the pictures and hearing the stories about her adventures, but what brought me the most joy was the relationships she formed with the chaperones from her school and with Stafford and Said (Walking Tree’s Moroccan Country Directors and Program Leaders). She spoke of their characters and spirits which let me know these wonderful people went over and beyond the basics of the program. I am forever grateful for the love and care all four of you gave to her.

Beddar
Parent of Jadah, traveler on Morocco Cultural Journey

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