2019 Cleveland High Costa Rica Osa Conservation Expedition

Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the 2019 Cleveland High Costa Rica Osa Conservation Expedition ! We have created two webpages dedicated to this once in a lifetime experience so that travelers are as informed as possible throughout the process. The first page, Pre-Enrollment, is meant to share exciting details, highlights, and pertinent info, that participants will want to know before enrolling. Once enrolled, the Post-Enrollment page is intended to prepare travelers for participation on the adventure ahead. Please be sure to review the information on the appropriate page thoroughly and get excited for Costa Rica! Pura vida!
Travel Dates: June 18, 2019 - June 27, 2019
Group Organizer(s):
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Program Tuition: $1,890 USD
Airfare not included in program tuition
Confirmed Airfare: $709
Deadline(s): Interested travelers need to enroll by February 28th.

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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

Conservation Expeditions

Conservation Expeditions invite students to participate in scientific research projects, learn about diverse ecosystems, and lend a hand in community-based biodiversity conservation efforts.

Program Highlights


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.

Take private surf lessons from some of Costa Rica's best surfers

Raft down one of Costa Rica's best rivers

Hike through the tropical rainforest and learn about local ecosystems

Assist with research 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

The Itinerary


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. 

DayLocationDescriptionLodging
June 18North Carolina, USA - San Jose, Costa RicaToday 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 19San Jose - UvitaAfter 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 20OsaAfter 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 21OsaAfter 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 22OsaToday, 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 23OsaContinue field research. Evening activities will vary.Reserva Playa Tortuga Field Station
June 24Manuel AntonioAfter 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 25San JoseToday 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 26San Jose - FlyingWe'll have a relaxing morning before making our way to the airport for our flight home in the early afternoon. Hasta luego!Airplane
June 27HomeArrive home just after midnight on June 27th.Your own bed, eventually!

Accommodations


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.

Travelers will always be grouped in rooms and/or sleeping areas by gender, and will never share rooms with people who are not associated with their Walking Tree group. Group Organizers and Program Leaders will be roomed separately from each other and from other students. Walking Tree partners with locally-operated, three star or equivalent hotels that are centrally located, clean, safe and wifi-enabled. 

 

Below are a few examples of our partner hotels. Although these are our preferred providers, they are subject to change based on availability. Your final itinerary will provide complete information on your accommodations in the cities you will be visiting.
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.

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.

Reserva Playa Tortuga

Rustic dorm style lodging with separate dorms for boys and girls, shared bathrooms, and no electricity or hot water. The basic accommodations at Reserva Playa Tortuga aline with their commitment to environmental conservation and serve as the base of operations for turtle conservation work in the area.

Villas Mymosa

Hotel Villas Mymosa is a modern 10 room condo hotel located in the tranquil setting of beautiful Manuel Antonio.  Our 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.

Safety and Support


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24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
EXPERT LEADERSHIP
EXPERT LEADERSHIP
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICING
ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICING

During our trip in Costa Rica I loved that our trip leader took the students’ ideas and incorporated side adventures just for them. This small piece made the trip more than we could have ever asked for.

Carri
Alumni Group Organizer to Belize and Costa Rica

Your Adventure Includes

Estimated Airfare

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: Premiere Travel insurance, baggage fees, airline minor fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on itinerary.

 

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