2021 Folsom Costa Rica Conservation Expedition

Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the 2021 Folsom Costa Rica Conservation Expedition! We have created two webpages dedicated to this exciting program 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 meant to prepare travelers for participation on the adventure ahead. Please be sure to review the information on the appropriate page thoroughly and we can't wait to start our enriching adventure!
Travel Dates: June 1, 2021 - June 15, 2021
Group Organizer(s):
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Program Tuition: $2,990 USD
Airfare not included in program tuition
Estimated Airfare: $725

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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:

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* This is an approximate price. Your exact total will be confirmed by the Admissions Team upon enrollment.

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

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 featured experiences of your program!

Zip-line though the rainforest

Trek to a beautiful waterfall deep in the jungle

Stay in quaint jungle bungalows

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

Raft down one of Costa Rica's best rivers

Assist with research and conservation efforts at the Reserva Playa Tortuga

The Itinerary


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. 

DayLocationActivityLodging
1USA - Costa RicaToday 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
2San Jose & Pura SuerteAfter breakfast we'll head for Pura Suerte, an ecological farm in the heart of the rain forest, Jungalows about four hours south of the capital city. Upon arrival we'll tour the 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.
Jungalows
3Pura SuerteAfter breakfast hike down to Nyaca waterfall, one of the most beautiful in the entire Jungalows country. Spend the morning swimming and relaxing by the riverside. Lunch at the waterfall
and then return to farm for a relaxing afternoon before dinner. We'll also discuss our service
project in detail so students are prepared for the following day.
Jungalows
4Pura Suerte & La CuevaToday we'll 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 holes and absolutely beautiful views. We'll spend this night in a cave behind the falls.
La Cueva
5La Cueva & RTPThis morning, we will hike down from the waterfall and travel to the Osa Penninsula, the most biointense part of Costa Rica. Here we will settle in and meet the researchers with whom we'll be spending the next few days. 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
6RTPContinue with service projects, community activities.Reserva Playa Tortuga
7RTPContinue with service projects, community activities.Reserva Playa Tortuga
8RTPFinish with service projects, community activities.Reserva Playa Tortuga
9RTP & Manuel Antonio After breakfast we'll head down the mountain, board the bus and head west to Uvita, a beautiful beach on the central Pacific coast. After checking into our hotel we
head down to the beach where students can either take surf lessons on a stretch of coastline that has a reputation for being great for beginners.
Hotel Manuel Antonio
10Manuel Antonio & San JoseToday we'll explore Manuel Antonio national park which bursts with wildlife. Inside we'll find idyllic beaches and winding trails that lead through dense jungle. Students can relax, swim and do some souvenir shopping. After lunch we'll make the drive back up to San Jose where we'll spend the rest of the day visiting the local fruit market.Casa Cielo Grande
11San Jose & FortunaAfter a hearty breakfast of Gallo Pinto, we'll head to La Fortuna for a day full of nature, and fun. La Fortuna is home to the famous Volcan Arenal, and as soon as we arrive, we'll be
doing zip line tour in the area. At night we'll be relaxing into thermal hot springs at the base of the volcano (Los Lagos Hot Springs)
Hotel Fortuna
12La FortunaToday we'll enjoy the refreshing waters of La Fortuna waterfall and enjoy bathing in the numerous swimming holes fed by the river. Afternoon hike through Arenal National Park,
and at night we'll visit the famous hot springs one more time! (Baldi Hot Springs)
Hotel Fortuna
13La Fortuna & PacuareIn the morning we'll be picked up for our two-day white water rafting trip along Pacuare river. We'll spend the next handful of hours navigating the rapids of one of the most
beautiful rivers in the world. We'll stop for lunch at a lodge along the banks of the river where we'll eat lunch and then relax in the afternoon, exploring an impressive network of
trails or just relaxing in a hammock with a good book.
River Lodge
14Rio Pacuare & San JoséAfter breakfast we'll enjoy a full day on the river, traveling back to San Jose around the Hotel middle of the afternoon for our final dinner together ahead of our international departure following morning.Casa Cielo Grande
15USA - Costa RicaFly homeHome

Accommodations


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. 

For rooming, travelers are grouped by gender, and will never share rooms with people who are not associated with their group.  Non-binary travelers are accommodated. Group Organizers and Program Leaders, along with any other traveling adult, are roomed separately from students.
Below are the hotels we anticipate using on your trip, subject to availability. 
Hotel Casa Cielo Grande

Casa Cielo Grande is a beautiful property ideally located twenty minutes away from the airport. Close to the city center yet high in the mountains, the views of the Central Valley are breathtaking 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. Students will have free Wi-Fi access and will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.

Finca Pura Suerte

Situated high on the hills overlooking the Pacific coast, the open-air cabins of Pura Suerte are the ideal accommodation for exploring the surrounding farm, primary forest, and countless waterways. This comfortable setting is a center where ideas can be exchanged and practiced to promote sustainable living. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability. There will be no internet access during this portion of the trip.

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.

Hotel California

Casual, relaxed and airy, nestled in the jungle with sweeping ocean views on three wooded acres. It is not uncommon to see monkeys, sloths, dart frogs, birds, iguanas and all type of local wildlife trek through on a daily basis. It is a little off the beaten path on a short dirt road off the main road to Manuel Antonio, but 5 minutes away from the beach and the city of Quepos. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the building keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.

Hotel La Fortuna

Located right in the heart of La Fortuna in San Carlos, Costa Rica. La Fortuna Hotel offers visitors a very convenient location with all the services within walking distance from our facilities. This hotel boasts amazing views of the Arenal Volcano and La Fortuna Downtown you won’t forget! Guests have access to free Wi-Fi throughout the building in order to stay connected. Students will be grouped according to gender in their rooms.

Safety and Support


 EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
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

Thank you for giving my son a memorable lifetime experience. [There was] constant contact with the parents with updates and photos to ensure us about the students’ safety and that they were doing well. [The Program Leader] and the teachers were outstanding. Couldn’t have had anyone else better to do the job than they have done.

Michele
Parent of Benjamin, traveler on Costa Rica Service Adventure

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. 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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