2019 Sandy Spring Costa Rica Adventure
|Travel Dates:||June 17, 2019 - June 23, 2019|
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$1,685 USD with discount if paid in full
Airfare not included in program tuition
|Deadline(s):||Pre departure meeting on April 22 at 6PM|
There are two options for payment, including an interest-free installment plan. Follow whichever works best for your family.
Program Tuition: $1,785
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 an interest-free monthly payment plan. If you enroll today, your estimated* monthly payments would be:
All prices in United States Dollars.
Costa Rica Cultural Journey
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!
Cultural Journeys allow travelers to gain insights into the heritage, history and modern realities of their destination by offering a broad diversity of experience. We rely on the expertise of our local staff to plan itineraries which not only explore the prominent sites but also make time for the lesser-known local gems and are intentional about regular interaction with local people.
Check out some of the featured experiences of your program!
Zip-line though the rainforest
Trek to a beautiful waterfall deep in the jungle
Visit one of Costa Rica's most beautiful volcanoes
Stay on a farm deep in the rainforest
Raft down one of Costa Rica's best rivers
Hike through the tropical rainforest and learn about local ecosystems
Discover the gorgeous beaches and world-class national parks on the Pacific coast
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 17||Maryland, USA - San Jose, Costa Rica||Today the group will travel from Maryland to San Jose, Costa Rica. After arrival, the group will have lunch in a typical restaurant close to the airport and willsettle into their hotel, enjoy their first Costa Rican dinner and and have an orientation meeting where they'll discuss the upcoming trip in detail.||Rosa de America|
|June 18||San Jose - Pura Suerte||Today we will travel early in the morning to San Salvador, we will be visiting the local school and have lunch here. We'll have the opportunity to interact with the students in Spanish, participate in cultural exchanges, and explore Costa Rican culture today.||Jungalows|
|June 19||Pura Suerte||In the morning we will hike down to the Nauyaca waterfall, a spectacular three-story waterfall not far from the farm. We will spend the day here, getting to know one another, swimming and taking in the natural beauty of the jungle. In the afternoon we will tour the organic farm in Pura Suerte, where students will try different products and feed farm animals in the middle of the mountains. After the tour we will return to the farm for a relaxing evening.||Jungalows|
|June 20||Pura Suerte - Manuel Antonio||After a hearty breakfast, we will head to the central Pacific coast and raft down the Savegre river. After the tour and lunch, we will leave our belongings in the hotel and get ready to explore Manuel Antonio National Park, one of the most stunning national parks in the country. Within Manuel Antonio, we will enjoy one of Costa Rica's most beautiful beaches, and spend time surrounded by wildlife. In the evening we will have dinner, some down time at the hotel pool to relax.||Villas Mymosa|
|June 21||Manuel Antonio - La Fortuna||We will spend the morning soaring over the coastal canopy in a series of spectacular zip lines! Following this, we will continue on to La Fortuna, home of Costa Rica's most famous volcano, Volcan Arenal. Arriving in the evening, we will relax at some most luxurious hot springs on the area and enjoy a buffet dinner.||Arenal Hostel Resort|
|June 22||La Fortuna - San Jose||Today we will hike to La Fortuna's most famous waterfall and have time to swim and enjoy lunch at the falls. This afternoon we will head back to San Jose for our final farewell dinner and reflect on our trip.||Rosa de America|
|June 23||San Jose - Maryland, USA||After breakfast, we will head to the airport for a morning departure back home. Hasta luego!||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.
Finca Pura Suerte
A grouping of bamboo cabins and impressive communal spaces, this farm is nestled deep in low-land rain forest with views of the Pacific coastline. The accommodations are comfortable, the food fantastic, and the surreal setting provides an ideal introduction to the country’s impressive flora and fauna.
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.
Rosa de America
A charming ranch-style hotel on the outskirts of San Jose, Rosa de America is a great spot to unwind after a long day’s travels. This hotel is complete with a lush gardens, a big pool, updated rooms, and friendly staff.
Arenal Hostel Resort
Arenal is one of the great beauties in Costa Rica! With its beautiful gardens, swimming pools, and centralized location, Arenal Hostel Resort is a wonderful place to relax and unwind. Wifi and air conditioning are included, and students will be split between double and triple rooms based on gender and availability.
Safety and Support
EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
This was our daughter’s 2nd trip with Walking Tree. In 2016, she took her school’s first trip with Walking Tree to Ecuador, and absolutely loved it. Once again, the Walking Tree representative was excellent. My daughter said Ben really made the trip, and worked hard to keep the group happy. Other positives: communication before the trip, website outline, daily blogs and trip photos. Very professional organization. We feel very secure sending our student out into the world with Walking Tree.
Parent of Olivia, traveler on California Cultural Journey
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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