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2022 Costa Rica Conservation Expedition

Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the 2022 Costa Rica Conservation Expedition! To learn the basics about this once in a lifetime opportunity, you'll begin by using the Pre-Enrollment page, the purpose of which is to share exciting highlights and important info that participants will want to know before signing up. If you enroll, you'll begin using the Post-Enrollment webpage, which offers a much greater level of detail.  Please be sure to review the information thoroughly and get excited for Costa Rica! Pura vida! 
Travel Dates: May 31, 2022 - June 7, 2022
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Program Tuition: $2,250 USD
Airfare not included in program tuition
Confirmed Airfare: $732

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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 bring travelers to the heart of the modern-day conservation movement. Whether building nurseries for sea turtle hatchlings in Costa Rica, snorkeling alongside sea lions in the Galapagos or teaching local school children in Thailand about the importance of wild elephants to their ecosystem, these trips make the wonders of our world, and our responsibility to protect them, abundantly apparent.

Program Highlights


Check out some of the featured experiences of your program!

Trek to a beautiful waterfall deep in the jungle

Learn to surf with 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

The Itinerary


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. 

DayLocationDescriptionLodging
May 31USA - San Jose, Costa RicaEarly this morning the group will travel from the USA to Costa Rica! We arrive around mid-day, after which we'll have lunch and check into our hotel for a relaxing afternoon after a long day of travel. We'll also hold an orientation meeting where the we will discuss the trip in detail.Hotel La Rosa de America
June 1Alajuela - Pura SuerteOur journey begins in earnest when we leave this morning for Pura Suerte, a beautiful ecological farm deep in the southern rain forest of the country. Upon arrival at Pura Suerte we will tour the farm for a hands-on experience that involves tropical fruits and farm animals, as well as a nearby coffee plantation that produces some of the best beans in the area. We will learn about the importance of organic farming and how rural farmers are taking advantage of sustainable farming practices. Throughout the program, we'll have the opportunity to interact with community members in Spanish, participate in cultural exchanges, and explore Costa Rican culture.Jungalows
June 2Pura SuerteIn the morning we will hike down to 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. After lunch by the river we will return to the farm for a cooking class, we will make tortillas, empanadas and picadillo. After dinner we will enjoy a relaxing evening.Jungalows
June 3Pura Suerte - Hacienda Barú After breakfast we’ll drive west to the coast to the a biological reserve. Here we will settle in, meet the researchers with whom we'll be spending the next couple days and learn about their ongoing projects. We’ll receive an orientation for the research we'll be conducting surveying mammals, insects, reptiles, amphibians and birds. After lunch, we'll take a hike through the surrounding tropical rainforest to get our bearings on the local ecosystems.Hacienda Barú
June 4Hacienda Barú Today we'll continue to conduct surveys, learn and participate in the different research projects conducted by the resident researchers at the reserve. In the afternoon we will have time to reflect on what we've learned regarding conservation efforts in Costa Rica, explore town or enjoy group activities in the reserve. Hacienda Barú
June 5Hacienda Barú - La FortunaAfter a hearty breakfast, we will head north for 4 hours to La Fortuna, home to one of Costa Rica's most famous volcanos, Volcán Arenal. In the afternoon we will have time to explore the town center, visit souvenir shops and get familiar with the lay of the land. This evening, we will relax at luxurious hot springs and enjoy an impressive buffet dinner.San Bosco Inn
June 6La Fortuna - San JoseToday we will hike to La Fortuna's most famous waterfall and have time to relax and swim. After lunch, we will drive one hour to the Sarapiquí river for some whitewater rafting before we head back to Alajuela for our final farewell dinner and reflect on all we've seen and done.Casa Cielo Grande
June 7San Jose - USAAfter breakfast, we will head to the airport for a mid-day departure back to the USA.Your own bed, eventually!

Accommodations


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. 

Below are the accommodations we anticipate using on your trip, subject to availability. 
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.

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.

Refugio Hacienda Barú

The station is dedicated to the research and restoration of the Path of the Tapir Biological Corridor, on the south Pacific coast of Costa Rica. It has a large laboratory, a wet lab, and a classroom. The dormitory consists of four bedrooms, each of which sleeps up to four people in bunk beds, and unisex bathrooms. Its insulated high ceilings create a naturally cool environment, and its covered passageways provide protection from the elements.

San Bosco Inn

Located right in downtown La Fortuna, San Bosco Inn offers a great location, a pool, restaurant and cozy bedrooms. This is the ideal location from which students can the nearby waterfalls, caves, thermal hot springs, and of course the amazing Arenal Volcano. All rooms are equipped with A/C with free Wi-Fi to keep everyone feeling comfortable and connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.

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.

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

This was a great opportunity for [my daughter]. Thank you for being so professional and for teaching her things we never could. It was awesome to work beside Smithsonian scientists and learn. Travel is such an education that cannot be taught in a classroom.

Kim
Parent of Emily, traveler on 2017 program to Panama

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. 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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