2019 Camp Experts Costa Rica Program
|Travel Dates:||January 8, 2019 - January 22, 2019|
|Program Tuition:|| $3,150 - or - $2,993 with discount if paid in full|
Airfare not included in program tuition
Our admissions team makes the payment process simple, offering multiple payment options and easy monthly payment plans.
Program Tuition: $3,150
Pay in Full
Pay in full at the time of enrollment and receive a 5% discount off your program tuition! Your program tuition with this discount would be:
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.
Cultural Journeys provide deep insight into the history, culture, and natural heritage of our host countries through authentic immersive experiences. Students will explore ancient ruins, sample new foods, and develop valuable leadership skills.
Check out some of the possible featured experiences of your coming adventure! Each customized itinerary is unique, but these are just a few of the activities which may be available during your program.
Immerse yourself in the local language and culture by staying with a host family
Work side by side with the Organization for Tropical Studies' scientists in one of most studied ecosystems in the world.
Learn about the history of the chocolate industry while assisting in its preparation process.
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
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
We work hard to create engaging, educational, and truly immersive itineraries for our travelers. However, we also know that travel can be unpredictable, so we always design our experiences to be flexible enough to allow for adjustments based on group interests, unexpected opportunities, and any weather or safety concerns that may arise during your program. Should changes to the itinerary occur, we will notify travelers and families as quickly as possible.
|1||Lima, Peru & San Jose, Costa Rica||Today the group will fly from Lima, Peru to San Jose, Costa Rica. Upon arrival we'll transfer to our hotel in Alajuela on the outskirts of the capital for dinner and an orientation meeting to get us all prepared for our upcoming adventure.||Casa Cielo Grande|
|2||Pura Suerte||This morning we'll travel overland to Pura Suerte, a beautiful ecological retreat in the heart of the rainforest. After settling into the jungalows, we'll have a program orientation meeting then tour the farm and surrounding jungle. We'll have time to relax and hang out after a long day of travel.||Jungalows|
|3||Pura Suerte||After breakfast on the farm we'll hike along breathtaking passes to Nauyaca, one of the most impressive waterfalls in all of Costa Rica. We'll spend much of the day here relaxing on the banks of the river and swimming under the falls. After lunch we'll return to the farm. Throughout the program, we'll have the opportunity to interact with community members in Spanish, participate in cultural exchanges, and explore Costa Rican culture.||Jungalows|
|4||Pura Suerte & Host Community||This morning we will travel from Pura Suerte to our host village. Students will be placed with carefully selected host families and we'll begin work on the community service project.||Community Lodging|
|5||Host Community||The days spent in our homestay community represent the heart and soul of the program as students will be volunteering on meaningful service project(s) during the day while also enjoying sufficient free time to hang out with their host families and fellow travelers, practice their language skills, play soccer, make friends with local youth, attend community gatherings and explore the surrounding area. At the end of our time in the host community we'll help organize a fiesta de despedida, or going away party, to celebrate the time with our new friends and say goodbye to the community that has become our home.||Community Lodging|
|6||Host Community||Service work, community activities.||Community Lodging|
|7||Host Community||Service work, community activities.||Community Lodging|
|8||Host Community & Uvita||As a brief interlude from the service project, we will travel to the gorgeous beach of Uvita on the central Pacific coast. We'll settle into the hotel and then head in to town for an afternoon of surfing lessons along one of the best breaks in the entire country.||El Tecal|
|9||Uvita||We'll have the morning to hang out on the beach and explore a big national park before heading back to the host community.||El Tecal|
|10||Uvita & Host Community||Service work, community activities.||Community Lodging|
|11||Host Community||Service work, community activities.||Community Lodging|
|12||Host Community||Service work, community activities.||Community Lodging|
|13||Host Community||Finish service work and prepare for la fiesta de despedida!||Community Lodging|
|14||Host Community & San Jose||This morning we will spend a leisurely morning in the host community then head back to San Jose to begin preparing for our big rafting trip the following day.||Casa Cielo Grande|
|15||San Jose||The final day of the trip will be spent on the Pacuare River for a full day of whitewater river rafting under the canopy of the rainforest. We'll return to San Jose in the later afternoon for a final dinner together.||Casa Cielo Grande|
|16||San Jose, Costa Rica & Lima, Peru||Fly home||Your own bed, eventually!|
In order to provide a safe and memorable experience for our travelers, teachers, staff, Program Leaders and Country Directors, we follow strict guidelines when deciding on lodging, making reservations, and assigning program participants to rooms.
Staying with a host family allows our travelers to truly immerse themselves in the culture of their destination, and to build lasting friendships with local people in the host community.
Hotel Casa Cielo Grande
Casa Cielo Grande is a beautiful property ideally located twenty minutes away from the airport. Close yet high in the mountains, the views of the Central Valley are great and the pool is stunning. Perfect for groups, the house offers clean and fresh rooms that will make you feel at home as soon as you land in Costa Rica.
Finca Pura Suerte
Situated high on the hills overlooking the Pacific coast, the open-air cabins of Pura Suerte are the ideal accommodation for exploring the surrounding farm, primary forest, and countless waterways. This comfortable setting is a center where ideas can be exchanged and practiced to promote sustainable living.
Camping y Cabinas El Tecal
A locally owned and operated three star hotel close to playa Uvita in the Marino Ballena National Park. Off the beaten path, the hotel comes with modern amenities, a private pool, and great service. It’s the perfect place to relax away from the crowds.
Safety and Support
EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
With a previous outfitter [I worked with], the experience was more “touring” and no hands-on contributions and work. Walking Tree surrounds the travelers with amazing professionals who are dedicated to their sciences, travels, and countries. Travelers’ experiences are first-hand, authentic and memorable!
Alumni Group Organizer on programs to Costa Rica and Panama
Your Adventure Includes
In order to give our travelers the best possible price, we break out airfare from the Program Tuition. We will still handle all booking and ticketing via our flight partner who has access to special fares not available to the general public. We will provide full transparency in cost so that families pay what the flight costs and nothing more. You will be invoiced for the flight once we are able to secure the group’s airline contract.
Program Tuition Excludes: Travel insurance, baggage fees, airline minor fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on itinerary.
Need to Raise Money? We have you covered.
Our travelers are provided with fundraising opportunities that are easy to implement and fun to take part in. Our flagship fundraiser involves selling bird-friendly, fair trade coffee from our host countries. There is no limit to the amount you can raise, so get started now by selling coffee or referring your friends to earn credit toward your program!
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