2021 West Side Costa Rica Conservation Expedition
|Travel Dates:||July 23, 2021 - August 3, 2021|
Airfare not included in program tuition
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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!
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
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.
|July 23||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 get some well deserved rest after a long day traveling.||San Jose Hotel|
|July 24||Alajuela - Pura Suerte||Today 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|
|July 25||Pura Suerte - Diamante Waterfall||After 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|
|July 26||Diamante Waterfall - Osa||After 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|
|July 27||Osa||After 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|
|July 28||Osa||After 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|
|July 29||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 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|
|July 30||Osa - Uvita||Today, 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|
|July 31||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. 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|
|August 1||Uvita - Manuel Antonio||Today 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|
|August 2||Manuel Antonio - Alajuela||We 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|
|August 3||Alajuela - USA||Fly home!||Your own bed!|
In order to provide a safe and memorable experience for travelers, 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, safe and wifi-enabled.
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.
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During our trip in Costa Rica I loved that our trip leader took the students’ ideas and incorporated side adventures just for them. This small piece made the trip more than we could have ever asked for.
Alumni Group Organizer to Belize and 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. 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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