2021 Costa Rica Conservation Expedition – Session 1
|Travel Dates:||June 25, 2021 - July 9, 2021|
Airfare not included in program tuition
|Deadline(s):||Enroll with the code "letsgo2021" before April 15, 2021 and save $100 off the program tuition!|
There are two options for payment, including an easy installment plan. Follow the option which works best for your family.
Program Tuition: $2,790
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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!
Trek to a beautiful waterfall deep in the jungle
Take private surf lessons from some of Costa Rica's best instructors
Practice your Spanish language skills with locals
Raft down one of Costa Rica's best rivers
Assist with research and conservation efforts at the Reserva Playa Tortuga
Discover the gorgeous beaches and world-class national parks on the Pacific coast
We work hard to create safe, engaging, and immersive itineraries 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 25||USA - Alajuela||Today the group will travel from the USA to Costa Rica, and flights usually arrive in the evening. After arrival, the group will settle into their hotel for the evening and have an orientation meeting to discuss the upcoming trip in detail.||Casa Cielo Grande|
|June 26||Alajuela - Pura Suerte||After breakfast we will depart for Pura Suerte, an ecological farm in the heart of the rain forest, about four hours drive south of the capital city. Upon arrival we will tour Pura Suerte's organic farm for an introduction to the bountiful flora and fauna in the area, visit a nearby coffee plantation and enjoy a delicious dinner made from ingredients sourced directly from the forest and nearby farms. Throughout the program, we'll have the opportunity to interact with community members in Spanish, participate in cultural exchanges, and explore Costa Rican culture.||Pura Suerte Jungalows|
|June 27||Pura Suerte||After breakfast we’ll hike down to Nauyaca waterfall, one of the largest and most beautiful in the entire country. Spend the morning swimming and relaxing by the riverside. In the afternoon we will have time to relax and reflect on what coming next back at our cabins.||Pura Suerte Jungalows|
|June 28||Pura Suerte - Osa||Today we will start making our way to the coast to the Turtle Reserve Field Station. Here we will settle in, meet the researchers with whom we'll be spending the next few days and learn about their projects. Upon arrival we will receive a tour of the fields station and our orientation.||Reserva Playa Tortuga Field Station|
|June 29||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 learn about the research we'll be conducting surveying mammals, insects, reptiles, amphibians and birds. 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. See below sections for more information on the kinds of research projects we'll be working on over the next few days.||Reserva Playa Tortuga Field Station|
|June 30||Osa||Today we will continue field research in small groups. Different groups may work collecting data for different research project being conducted by the scientists and volunteers stationed at the Reserve. Evening activities will vary.||Reserva Playa Tortuga Field Station|
|July 1||Osa||Today we will continue field research in small groups. Different groups may work collecting data for different research project being conducted by the scientists and volunteers stationed at the Reserve. Evening activities will vary.||Reserva Playa Tortuga Field Station|
|July 2||Osa||Today we will continue field research in small groups. Different groups may work collecting data for different research project being conducted by the scientists and volunteers stationed at the Reserve. Evening activities will vary.||Reserva Playa Tortuga Field Station|
|July 3||Osa||We'll walk along the beach in the morning and conduct a clean-up of marine debris to ensure a clean nesting habitat for sea turtles. In the afternoon, we'll have some free time, as well as a structured reflection by a waterfall in the jungle to discuss our experiences. By evening, we'll work with the Reserva's crocodile monitoring project to contribute to this long-running research initiative.||Reserva Playa Tortuga Field Station|
|July 4||Osa||Today, we'll pay a visit to the local community, where Reserva La Tortuga conducts yearlong environmental education campaigns with local schools. We may organize a nature walk with local students, build structures from reclaimed plastic, or have an afternoon on the beach with local students. In the evening we'll have some free time in the local town of Ojochal, and learn some useful Spanish phrases, visit the butterfly garden or play board games.||Reserva Playa Tortuga Field Station|
|July 5||Osa||We'll continue our environmental education work with local schools today, and conduct a joint activity such as a beach cleanup. More exact details on the nature of the project will be posted in the months leading up to departure. In the afternoon, we'll have free time in the town or go on another wildlife hike through the jungle.||Reserva Playa Tortuga Field Station|
|July 6||Osa - Uvita||After breakfast we'll say goodbye to our friends at Reserva Playa Tortuga, then head northwest to Uvita on 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 Uvita are perfect for beginners and almost everyone is able to stand up. In the evening, we will have some down time at the hotel pool to relax and reflect on our experiences at Reserva Playa Tortuga.||Hotel el Tecal|
|July 7||Uvita - Manuel Antonio||We will pack up and drive to 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. After leaving the national park the group will have time for souvenir shopping and pool time at the hotel in Manuel Antonio.||Villas Mymosa|
|July 8||Manuel Antonio - Alajuela||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 Alajuela for a cozy farewell dinner with ahead of our international departure the following morning.||Casa Cielo Grande|
|July 9||Alajuela - USA||Fly home!||Your own bed!|
In order to provide a safe and memorable experience for travelers, we follow strict guidelines when choosing our accommodations. Walking Tree partners with locally-operated, three-star equivalent hotels which are centrally located, clean, safe and wifi-enabled.
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.
Finca Pura Suerte
A grouping of bamboo cabins and impressive communal spaces, this farm is nestled deep in low-land rain forest with a fantastic view of the Pacific coast. The accommodations are comfortable, the food fantastic, and the spectacular setting provides an ideal introduction to the country’s mind-blowing flora and fauna. An equally amazing place for a hike at sunrise, a dip in a the local waterfall, or time with a good book in a hammock.
Reserva Playa Tortuga
Reserva Playa Tortuga is a non-profit biological research and education center committed to developing and implementing community-based real world projects and conservation management solutions. The Reserva can accommodate groups in rooms that are spacious with quality mattresses and fans. Each room has Wi-Fi access, storage, drawers and screens in the windows to keep the bugs away. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.
Camping y 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.
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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. 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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