2022 Evergreen Costa Rica Sea Turtle Expedition
|Travel Dates:||June 4, 2022 - June 13, 2022|
Airfare not included in program tuition
|Deadline(s):||We will host another info meeting in September|
There are two options for payment, including an interest-free installment plan. Follow whichever works best for your family.
Program Tuition: $2,250
Pay in Full
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:
All prices in United States Dollars.
Costa Rica Conservation Expedition: Tortuga Feliz
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!
Have the adventure of a lifetime with your friends!
Contribute to sustainability efforts on a conservation project
Practice your Spanish language skills with locals
Raft down one of Costa Rica's best rivers
Relax and unwind on picturesque white sand beaches
Release baby sea turtles into the wild (seasonal)
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.
|June 4||USA - Costa Rica||Today the group will travel from the USA to Costa Rica, with flights usually arriving in the evening. After arrival, the group will settle into their hotel for the evening and have an orientation meeting where we'll discuss the upcoming trip in detail.||Casa Cielo Grande|
|June 5||Alajuela - La Fortuna||In the morning, the group will head to La Fortuna. We will enjoy a traditional Costa Rican lunch before jumping straight into our first adventure activity: ziplining through the rainforest! This evening we'll explore town and enjoy a great dinner.||Hotel La Fortuna|
|June 6||La Fortuna||After breakfast, we will go on a wildlife and nature hike en route to La Fortuna Watefall. After a long and exciting day, we will be able to relax and soak in the hot springs at the base of Volcán Arenal, one of seven active volcanoes in the country.||Hotel La Fortuna|
|June 7||La Fortuna - La Tortuga Feliz||Today the group will travel to the Caribbean coast. The bus can only take us so far before we need to board boats and make the final part of the journey by boat! After navigating the canals that carve their way through the mangroves, we will arrive at the WIDECAST Field Station. After an introduction and tour of the station, we will begin our nightly beach patrols in search of female leatherback and green turtles.||Field Station|
|June 8||La Tortuga Feliz||Days at the La Tortuga Felize Field Station will be dedicated to helping research assistants with their personal research projects or camp maintenance tasks, such as beach cleanups or equipment inventories. In the nighttime, we will continue the important task of patrolling the beach in search of nesting (or hatching!) turtles.||Field Station|
|June 9||La Tortuga Feliz||The morning will be spent assisting with the research projects and camp maintenance tasks. After a hearty lunch, we will go on an exciting river biodiversity tour with a local expert who will help us identify the diverse plants and animals that call the river home.||Field Station|
|June 10||La Tortuga Feliz||It is our last day to assist on the ongoing research projects and help out around the camp. After lunch, we will have time to play soccer with the local community and in the evening we will celebrate with our new friends with a fiesta de despedida!||Field Station|
|June 11||La Tortuga Feliz - Playa Chiquita||In the morning, we will take a boat ride out from Tortuga Feliz and travel to the southern Caribbean coast. After all of our hard work at the station, we will enjoy some much deserved time at the beach to relax, swim, and do last minute souvenir shopping.||La Costa de Papito|
|June 12||Pacuare River - Alajuela||In the morning we'll be picked up for a full day of white water rafting along one of the most beautiful rivers in the world. The Pacuare River flows from the top of the countries highest mountains, carving its way down the eastern half of the country before emptying in to the Caribbean Sea. Under the steady guidance of our guides we'll navigate class I, II and III rapids through gorgeous canyons covered in primary rainforest. Wildlife is abundant. We'll stop for lunch along the banks of the river and once finished travel back to Alajuela for our final night together.||Casa Cielo Grande|
|June 13||Alajuela - USA||After breakfast, we will head to the airport for a morning departure back to the USA.||Your own bed, eventually!|
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.
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.
La Costa de Papito
La Costa de Papito is nestled in verdant lowland jungle and just steps away from the white sand beach of Playa Cocles. Chosen for its great location, laid-back vide and effusive hospitality, students will have a truly Caribbean experience in this cozy hotel. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the facilities keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.
La Tortuga Feliz
La Tortuga Feliz is situated on a beautiful isolated beach right behind what people refer to as “The Amazon” of Costa Rica, a network of mangrove rainforest, rivers, canals and lagoons. This program is run by volunteers for volunteers, and students will share dorm-style rustic lodging with separate dorms for boys and girls, shared bathrooms, and no electricity or hot water. The basic accommodations at Tortuga Feliz align with their commitment to environmental conservation and serve as the base of operations for turtle conservation work in the area.
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EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
I thought all in all it was a great experience and wonderful program!! My daughter speaks about her experience daily. She had a ball!!
Parent of Jaylah, traveler on 2017 Program to 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. 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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