2019 Irvington High School Mexico Cultural Journey
|Travel Dates:||June 1, 2019 - June 14, 2019|
|Program Tuition:|| $2,299 - or - $2,184 with discount if paid in full|
Airfare not included in program tuition
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Program Tuition: $2,299
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:
México’s perfect white sand beaches, rugged canyons, tropical jungles, and arid plains are inhabited by some of the world’s nicest people, all of whom enjoy some of the world’s best food. The same is true for México’s megacities, colonial hamlets, and dusty outposts. Our neighbor to the south truly has it all, yet few visitors experience the real México. Our programs will show travelers the true fabric of México, from small food stalls of México City to pre-Columbian Zapotec ruins, as we travel between México City and the cultural breadbasket of Oaxaca. With traveler safety foremost in mind, we will challenge students to view México in a different light by introducing them to natural and historical wonders, and reward ingthem with the adventure of a lifetime.
Service Adventures combine local homestays, adventure travel, and meaningful service projects. Students will be truly immersed in our host communities allowing them the time to reflect on their complex and important role as global citizens.
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
Stop in the colonial town of Cholula
Hike the impressive pyramids of the Sun and Moon at Teotihuacán
Immerse yourself in Mexican culture, food, language, art, history, and nature
Contribute towards a meaningful service project at a children's shelter
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||USA - Alajuela||Today the group will travel from the USA to Costa Rica. Flights usually arrive in the evening. After arrival, the group will settle into their hotel for the evening and have an orientation meeting where the group will discuss the upcoming trip in detail.||Casa Cielo Grande|
|2||Alajuela - Manuel Antonio||After breakfast, we will depart for the central Pacific coast. We will spend the afternoon having private surf lessons from some of Costa Rica's best surfers. Never surfed before? No problem! The waves at Manuel Antonio are perfect for beginners and almost everyone is able to stand up. In the evening, the group will have time for souvenir shopping and pool time at the hotel.||Hotel California|
|3||Manuel Antonio||After a hearty breakfast, we will visit one of the most stunning national parks in the country. We will have time to hike through the national park, enjoy a beautiful beach, and spend time surrounded by monkeys. In the evening, we will have some down time at the hotel pool to relax.||Hotel California|
|4||Manuel Antonio - Pura Suerte||Today we will head to Finca Pura Suerte, a beautiful ecological farm deep in the southern rain forest of the country. Upon arrival at Pura Suerte we will tour the farm as well as a nearby coffee plantation that produces some of the highest quality beans in the area. 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|
|5||Pura Suerte||In the morning we will hike down to Nauyaca waterfall, a spectacular three-story giant not far from the farm. We will spend the day here relaxing, swimming and taking in the natural beauty of the jungle. After lunch by the river we will return to the farm for a relaxing evening.||Jungalows|
|6||Pura Suerte||During our stay at Pura Suerte, the group will have the unique opportunity to interact with the local community of La Florida de Baru. Students will begin working together with community members to complete a service project that the community will chose.||Jungalows|
|7||Pura Suerte||Today the group and community members will finish the service project and in the afternoon take part in a Costa Rican cooking class.||Jungalows|
|8||Pura Suerte||Today we will trek to the upper parts of Catarata Diamante, the tallest waterfall in Costa Rica. The group will hike to the rivers that feed the waterfall and then enjoy a day full of swimming and beautiful views. We will spend the night in a cave behind the falls||La Cueva|
|9||Pura Suerte - La Fortuna||After breakfast, we will leave Pura Suerte and head to La Fortuna, home of Volcano Arenal. Along the way, we will stop at Esterillos to enjoy a fresh seafood lunch and have time to swim. Once we arrive to La Fortuna, the group will have time to relax at the hotel pool.||San Bosco Inn|
|10||La Fortuna||Today the group will hike to La Catarata de la Fortuna for a refreshing swim at the base of the magnificent waterfall that cascades from a height of over 70 meters. The strenuous hike is a perfect segue to an afternoon of relaxing at the Baldí Hot Springs, a luxurious natural hot springs heated by the erupting lava of the Arenal Volcano.||San Bosco Inn|
|11||La Fortuna - Monteverde||Today the group will say goodbye to Volcán Arenal and hello to the cloudforest of Monteverde. On arriving in Monteverde, the group will do an exciting zip line canopy tour on with more than 15 cables and a tarzan swing!||Hotel Viandante|
|12||Monteverde - Alajuela||Today the group will be led by a naturalist guide through the cloud forest of Santa Elena. The group will learn about the extensive flora and fauna found in sevaral microclimates in Costa Rica, and if we are lucky we may be able to see rare wildlife such as the resplendant quetzal. We will return to San Jose in the afternoon.||Casa Cielo Grande|
|13||Alajuela - Pacuare River||The final few days of the trip are action-packed and adventurous! We will head to the Pacuare River for a half-day of whitewater river rafting and an afternoon of relaxation at the Pacuare River Lodge on the banks of the river.||Pacuare River Lodge|
|14||Pacuare River - Alajuela||We will have a day full of river rafting under the canopy of the rainforest then return to San Jose in afternoon for a final dinner together.||Casa Cielo Grande|
|15||Alajuela - USA||After breakfast, we will head to the airport for a morning departure back to the USA.||Your Own Bed!|
Safety and Support
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24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
I was very concerned about my daughter who has a peanut allergy travelling to a foreign country for the first time without us. Walking Tree was very sensitive to my concerns and reassured me that this is something they could handle and they did! I would send her again in a heartbeat. Thank you Walking Tree.
Parent of Emilie, traveler on 2018 Service Program to Costa Rica
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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