2021 New West Charter Costa Rica Osa Conservation Expedition

Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the 2021 New West Charter Costa Rica Osa 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 13, 2021 - June 24, 2021
Group Organizer(s):
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Program Tuition: $2,790 USD
Airfare not included in program tuition
Estimated Airfare: $749

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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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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

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

Raft down one of Costa Rica's best rivers

Hike through the tropical rainforest and learn about local ecosystems

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. 

Table 1   
DayLocationDescriptionLodging
1USA - AlajuelaToday 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 get some well deserved rest after a long day traveling. San Jose Hotel
2Alajuela - Pura SuerteToday is our big travel day. We will drive south for about 4 hours to Pura Suerte, an ecological farm in the heart of the rainforest, where we will settle in our jungalows for the night. During our drive we will make several stops as we drive along the coast. After a delicious dinner prepared with local ingredients we will have out big orientation meeting where we will discuss details for the rest of the trip. Pura Suerte Jungalows
3Pura Suerte - Diamante WaterfallAfter breakfast half of the group will hike to the Diamante waterfall We will spend the morning swimming, hiking for several hours, and enjoying lunch at the waterfall. We will be provided with food and water during the adventure and will experience the jungle in a very unique way. Tonight we’ll camp at the cave! The other half will remain in Pura Suerte where will be introduced 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 / Casa de Piedra Cave
4Diamante Waterfall - OsaAfter breakfast half of the group will hike to the Diamante waterfall We will spend the morning swimming, hiking for several hours, and enjoying lunch at the waterfall. We will be provided with food and water during the adventure and will experience the jungle in a very unique way. Tonight we’ll camp at the cave! The other half will remain in Pura Suerte, an ecological farm in the heart of the rainforest, where will be introduced 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 / Casa de Piedra Cave
5OsaAfter breakfast we will pack up and drive south down the coast to the Hacienda Barú Research Station. Here we will settle in and meet the researchers and rangers with whom we'll be spending the next few days. We'll receive an introductory talk and learn about local and national wildlife conservation efforts. After dinner, we will go on a night hike through the surrounding tropical rainforest to get our bearings on the local ecosystems in the Osa region.Field Station
6OsaAfter breakfast we'll begin our day with a lecture on sea turtles to learn about the year long sea turtle conservation efforts of this reserve. We will participate in the sea turtle conservation project by helping prepare the hatchery for the upcoming nesting season. Even though this is a very laborious, it is a crucial first step to ensure the turtles eggs have the appropriate conditions to hatch. In the evening, we may continue to explore the reserve's trails in search for more animals.Field Station
7OsaWe'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 will continue to survey for animals in the reserve's trails as well as having a structured reflection at the reserve's viewing spot overlooking the ocean to discuss our experiences. In the evening we will have some free time to reflect on what we've learned throughout the projects we are participating on.Field Station
8Osa - UvitaToday, we will continue our environmental conservation work and conduct a joint activity with the reserve's staff such as maintenance of trail and signs, creation of educational material or checking trap cameras. In the afternoon, we'll continue our important work at the hatchery or go on another wildlife hike through the jungle. We will spend the afternoon having private surf lessons from some of Costa Rica's best surfers. Never surfed before? No problem! The waves in this are perfect for beginners and almost everyone is able to stand up. Field Station
9Uvita - Manuel AntonioWe 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. In the evening, we will have some down time at the hotel pool to relax and reflect on our experiences at Hacienda Barú.Manuel Antonio Hotel
10Uvita - Manuel AntonioToday we’ll drive nearby Manuel Antonio to do whitewater rafting down the Savegre River surrounded by lush primary rainforest, waterfalls, and canyons. Throughout the descent we will have the chance to swim in the pools between the rapids and see a variety of plants, birds and other animals. In the evening we will relax back at our hotel in Manuel Antonio and will have the chance to have our final debrief of the trip.Manuel Antonio Hotel
11Manuel Antonio - AlajuelaWe will start making our way back to Alajuela but first we’ll make one last stop where we’ll get to soar through the jungle canopy while ziplining. We will then continue our drive back to Alajuela for a cozy farewell dinner before we prepare for our international departure the following morning.San Jose Hotel
12Alajuela - USAFly home!Your own bed!

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. 
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.

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

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.

Kerry
Parent of Emilie, traveler on 2018 Service Program to 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. 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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