2019 Cleveland High Costa Rica Osa Conservation Expedition
|Travel Dates:||June 18, 2019 - June 27, 2019|
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$1,790 USD with discount if paid in full
Airfare not included in program tuition
|Deadline(s):||Interested travelers need to enroll by February 28th.|
There are two options for payment, including an interest-free installment plan. Follow whichever works best for your family.
Program Tuition: $1,890
Pay in Full
Pay in full at the time of enrollment and receive a $100 discount off your program tuition! Payment with the discount would be:
Pay a $500 deposit at the time of enrollment and establish a monthly payment plan. If you enroll today, your estimated* monthly payments would be:
All prices in United States Dollars.
Costa Rica Conservation Expedition: Osa Peninsula
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!
Conservation Expeditions invite students to participate in scientific research projects, learn about diverse ecosystems, and lend a hand in community-based biodiversity conservation efforts.
Check out some of the featured experiences of your program!
Take private surf lessons from some of Costa Rica's best instructors
Raft down one of Costa Rica's best rivers
Hike through the tropical rainforest and learn about local ecosystems
Assist with research and conservation efforts at the Reserva Playa Tortuga
Assist with surveys of marine and terrestrial wildlife
Clean up marine debris to ensure an unspoiled nesting habitat for sea turtles
We do everything possible to run safe, engaging, and immersive programs for our travelers, but given the unpredictable nature of international travel we must remain flexible in our planning. Changes to a schedule are uncommon but if inclement weather pushes us off course or an unexpected opportunity arises which travelers are excited about, we reserve the right to adjust programming in the best interest of the group.
|June 18||North Carolina, USA - San Jose, Costa Rica||Today the group will travel from North Carolina to San Jose, Costa Rica. After arrival, the group will settle into their hotel, grab dinner and find time for an orientation meeting.||Casa Cielo Grande|
|June 19||San Jose - Uvita||After breakfast we will have some latin dance lessons and then depart south to Manuel Antonio National Park on the central Pacific coast. We will spend the afternoon enjoying the trails and beach. After we will head to Uvita. Dinner will be at the hotel and in the evening students can relax in the pool.||El Tecal|
|June 20||Osa||After breakfast we will be having private surf lessons from some of Costa Rica's best surfers. Never surfed before? No problem! The waves at Uvita are perfect for beginners and almost everyone is able to stand up. After lunch we will depart for Reserva Playa Tortuga. Upon arrival we will tour the Reserva for an introduction to the bountiful flora and fauna in the area. Here we will settle in and meet the researchers with whom we'll be spending the next few days. Night crcodile watch today!||Reserva Playa Tortuga Field Station|
|June 21||Osa||After breakfast we'll take a hike through the surrounding tropical rainforest in the morning to get our bearings on the local ecosystems in the Osa. We'll then receive an orientation for the research we'll be conducting -- surveys of mammals and reptiles. We'll take a break for lunch and continue to conduct these surveys in the afternoon, in addition to receiving a lecture on local and national wildlife conservation efforts. The next few days will consist of us working with researches on a variety of research projects.||Reserva Playa Tortuga Field Station|
|June 22||Osa||Today, we'll pay a visit to the local community, where Reserva La Tortuga conducts yearlong environmental education campaigns with local schools. In the afternoon we will visit a waterfall and have some down time to break from the heat.||Reserva Playa Tortuga Field Station|
|June 23||Osa||Continue field research. Evening activities will vary.||Reserva Playa Tortuga Field Station|
|June 24||Manuel Antonio||After breakfast we'll say goodbye to our friends at Reserva Playa Tortuga. We'll head north to Manuel Antonio National on the central Pacific coast. We will spend the afternoon souvenir shopping and enjoying the sunset!||Villas Mimosa|
|June 25||San Jose||Today we'll end the trip with a splash as we whitewater raft down the Savegre River! After lunch we'll make the drive back to San Jose for a farewell dinner ahead of our international departure the following morning.||Casa Cielo Grande|
|June 26||San Jose - Flying||We'll have a relaxing morning before making our way to the airport for our flight home in the early afternoon. Hasta luego!||Airplane|
|June 27||Home||Arrive home just after midnight on June 27th.||Your own bed, eventually!|
In order to provide a safe and memorable experience, we follow strict guidelines when choosing program accommodations. Walking Tree partners with locally-operated, three-star equivalent hotels and guest houses which are centrally located, clean and safe.
Hotel Casa Cielo Grande
Casa Cielo Grande is a beautiful property ideally located just twenty minutes from the airport. Close to the city center yet perched high in the mountains, the views of the Central Valley are breathtaking and the new pool is a delightful respite after a hot day. Spotless rooms and friendly staff will make you feel at home the moment you drop your bags.
Cabinas El Tecal
Cabinas El Tecal is 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. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the building keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.
Hotel Villas Mymosa is a modern 10 room condo hotel located in the peaceful setting of beautiful Manuel Antonio. These spacious rooms are fully equipped to provide you with all the amenities of your own home. Each Villas Mymosa villa has a private terrace or balcony or both. You have the option of peace and quiet at your villa or interacting with other guests around our beautiful large centrally located pool. Free Wi-Fi will keep everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender.
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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. Once confirmed, you will be invoiced for the flight roughly 75 days prior to travel.
Program Tuition Excludes: Premiere Travel insurance, baggage fees, airline minor fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on itinerary.
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