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2022 Costa Rica Osa Conservation Expedition

Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the 2022 Costa Rica Osa Conservation Expedition! We gave created two webpage dedicated to this experience. The first, the Pre-Enrollment page, is meant to share exciting highlights and important info that participants will want to know before signing up. Once enrolled, you'll begin using the Post-Enrollment page which offers a greater level of detail.  Please be sure to review the information thoroughly and get excited for a once in a lifetime experience in Costa Rica!! Pura vida! 
Travel Dates: June 21, 2022 - July 2, 2022
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Program Tuition: $2,490 USD
Airfare not included in program tuition
Estimated Airfare: $600
Deadline(s): Enrollment is open!

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There are two options for payment, including an interest-free installment plan.  Follow whichever works best for your family.

Program Tuition: $2,490

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Payment Plan

Pay a $500 deposit at the time of enrollment and establish an interest-free monthly payment plan. If you enroll today, your estimated* monthly payments would be:

$497.50

per month

* This is an approximate price. Your exact total will be confirmed when your enrollment is processed.

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 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!

Brew coffee and make empanadas with a local farmer's family.

Have the adventure of a lifetime with your friends!

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

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
June 21USA - San Jose, Costa RicaToday the group will travel from the USA to San Jose, Costa Rica! Upon arrival, we’ll settle into our hotel for the evening for dinner and an orientation meeting where we'll discuss the upcoming trip in detail.Casa Cielo Grande
June 22San Jose - Pura SuerteOur journey begins in earnest when we leave the city for Pura Suerte, a beautiful farm tucked deep in the southern rain forest of the country. Upon arrival we will settle into our bamboo bungalows and then tour the farm for a hands-on experience involving tropical fruits, local coffee beans and a whole host of animals! We will learn about the stunning biodiversity of the area as well as how rural farmers are taking advantage of sustainable practices. This evening we'll enjoy a delicious dinner at Pura Suerte's large restaurant and then retire to our cabins for some group activities.Pura Suerte Jungalows
June 23Pura SuerteAfter breakfast we will hike down to Nauyaca waterfall, one of the most beautiful in a country full of beautiful waterfalls! We will spend a few leisurely hours swimming, relaxing, and enjoying lunch at the waterfall. In the afternoon we'll return to the farm where students will have some free time before dinner. Pura Suerte Jungalows
June 24Pura Suerte - Field StationAfter breakfast we'll make our way to the Wildlife Reserve Field Station which is located on the central Pacific coast. Upon arrival we will settle in, meet the staff and researchers with whom we'll be spending the coming days, and learn about their different projects on which we'll be assisting. Dinner will be at the station.Field Station
June 25Field StationAfter breakfast we'll take a hike through the surrounding tropical rain forest to get our bearings on the local ecosystems in this amazingly biodiverse corner of the planet. We’ll learn about the on going research surveying mammals, insects, reptiles, amphibians and birds. We'll take a break for lunch and then continue to conduct surveys in the afternoon, in addition to receiving a lecture on local and national wildlife conservation efforts. Our time here will consist of work with researches on a variety of projects; the diversity of experience is broad! Specific project details will become available closer to travel. Field Station
June 26Field StationThis morning we'll focus our efforts on a clearing the beach 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 experience thus far. In the early evening, we board boats and engage in a crocodile monitoring project to contribute to this long-running research initiative.Field Station
June 27Field StationToday is super fun! We'll spend time in a community not far from the station where we'll participate in a years-long environmental education campaigns focused on local schools. We may organize a nature walk with local students, build structures from reclaimed plastic, or have an afternoon cleaning the local beach. 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 relax at the station.Field Station
June 28Field StationOur final full day at the station will be spent wrapping up our volunteer efforts and looking forward to a celebratory dinner with our new friends and colleagues to celebrate our time together! Field Station
June 29Field Station - UvitaAfter breakfast we bid farewell to the station and head to the small surfing town of Uvita. Here students will take surf lessons from professional instructors along a wide, expansive and empty stretch of coastline that has a reputation for breaks that are great for beginners. After surfing and enjoy the beach for the afternoon before enjoying a delicious dinner overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Hotel el Tecal
June 30Uvita - Manuel AntonioThis morning we head to Manuel Antonio to visit what many consider to be the jewel of the country's national park system! We'll spend the day exploring the trails, coves and pristine beaches that make the park a must-see for any first time visitor to Costa Rica. We'll have some free time to hang out at the hotel and enjoy the pool before dinner. Villas Mymosa
July 1Manuel Antonio - San JoseToday we'll end the trip with a splash during a whitewater rafting trip along the Savegre River! Navigate class I, II and III rapids as you descend from the mountains towards the ocean. After lunch we'll make the drive back to the big city for a cozy farewell dinner ahead of our international departure the following morning.Casa Cielo Grande
July 2San Jose - USAFly home, hasta luego!Your own bed

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. 
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.

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.

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.

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

My son had a wonderful experience in Costa Rica, helped to build a preschool classroom, and has created memories that will last a lifetime!

Jodi
Parent of 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. 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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