2022 Foxborough Costa Rica Conservation Expedition

Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the 2022 Foxborough Costa Rica Conservation Expedition!  You are currently on 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 page which offers a greater level of detail.  Please be sure to review the information thoroughly and get excited for all that Costa Rica has to offer!! Pura vida! 
Travel Dates: June 22, 2022 - July 1, 2022
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Program Tuition: $2,490 USD
Airfare not included in program tuition
Confirmed Airfare: $697

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Costa Rica Conservation Expedition: Osa Peninsula

From white sand beaches to misty cloud forests, towering volcanoes to beautiful rivers that carve through tropical canyons, and  hospitable, friendly communities, Costa Rica has it all! Our conservation program along the Pacific coast gives travelers the opportunity to delve deep into the verdant ecosystems that set Costa Rica apart; in addition to white water rafting, relaxing on white sand beaches and swimming at the base of a towering waterfall, students will participate in field work and data collection at a research station staffed with professional scientists who conduct a wide array of research projects. Adventure awaits!

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!

Have the adventure of a lifetime with your friends

Trek to a beautiful waterfall deep in the jungle

Visit one of Costa Rica's most beautiful volcanoes

Practice your Spanish language skills with locals

Raft down one of Costa Rica's best rivers

Complete meaningful community service with local conservation organizations.

The Itinerary

We do everything possible to run safe, engaging, and immersive programs for our travelers and given the unpredictable nature of international travel we must remain flexible in our planning. Changes to a schedule are uncommon but, we reserve the right to adjust programming in the best interest of the group. 

June 22USA - San José, Costa RicaToday 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 comfortable hotel and have a short orientation meeting where we'll discuss the upcoming trip in more detail.La Rosa de América
June 23San José - La Virgen de SarapiquíAfter breakfast the group will head for Sarapiquí, an area characterized by its lush tropical rainforest and swift rivers. The bus ride is about three hours north of the capital city, up to Tirimbina Biological Station. Upon arrival, we will learn about the history of one of mankind’s favorite foods: chocolate!! Originally from Central America, this plant has an extraordinary history and was valued highly by both the Mayan and Aztec civilizations. In the evening we will have time to explore the reserves' trails and hanging bridges. After dinner it's time to turn nocturnal as we search for bats and learn about their classification, diversity, the threats they face, and guano! Tirimbina Cabins
June 24La Virgen de Sarapiquí - Horquetas de SarapiquíAfter breakfast, we will depart Trimbina to the nearby La Selva Biological Station, operated by the world-renowned Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS). The group will get familiar with the facilities and meet the scientists and research tutors. We will then set off on a hike through some of the multiple trails that weave through the jungle along which students will learn about the natural history, ecosystems, and biodiversity of the reserve and the wider region. Evening activities will vary.OTS Cabins
June 25Horquetas de SarapiquíToday begins with an introduction to the several research projects conducted but the OTS in La Selva station. After we've been given the breakdown, the group will split up into smaller units and begin working across the different initiatives. Efforts vary but may include topics of water quality, plant adaptation, mammal monitoring and more. After lunch, will take a short break to... learn to dance salsa, of course! Meregue and bachata. After dinner in the station, the group will set off on a night hike in search of frogs and other nocturnal creatures.OTS Cabins
June 26Horquetas de SarapiquíToday our efforts will be dedicated to the riparian forest restoration project of the OTS. The group will learn about the different strategies scientists use to restore the vegetal area that protects and supports rivers and streams, as well as the biotic components that support these ecosystems. After lunch, we will go out for Ethnobotany tour, where students will engage all five of their senses in getting to know different plants and learn about the scientific importance of the tropical rainforest in the medical and cosmetic fields. After the tour we will return to La Selva for our last night there.OTS Cabins
June 27Horquetas de Sarapiquí - La FortunaAfter breakfast, the group will then go whitewater rafting down the Sarapiquí River, renowned worldwide for its scenic beauty and thrilling class 3 rapids. In the afternoon, we will head to La Fortuna, a town cozied right next to Volcán Arenal, an impressive volcano that stands out in the middle of sprawling flatlands. In the evening we will have time to reflect on our time at Tirimbinaa dnHotel San Bosco Inn
June 28La FortunaToday we will begin our day with a hike down to La Fortuna waterfall, where students can relax, swim, and explore. The hike down is a breeze but going up is another matter:) After lunch, we will spend the rest of the evening relaxing in thermal hot springs which also boast a few fast waterslides.Hotel San Bosco Inn
June 29La FortunaToday we will visit Volcan Arenal National Park were we will get to hike with a local guide and take in the best views of the volcano. Once we are back in town, students will have some free time to explore and do some souvenir shopping. Hotel San Bosco Inn
June 30La Fortuna - San JoseBefore leaving La Fortuna we will take in the forest from a different perspective via zip-line and canopy tour! After lunch, we will make the drive back to San Jose for a farewell dinner and celebration. Casa Cielo Grande
July 1San Jose - USAAfter breakfast, we will head to the airport for a morning departure back to the USA.Your own bed!


In order to provide a safe and memorable experience, we follow strict guidelines when choosing program accommodations. Walking Tree partners with hotels and guest houses which are centrally located, clean and safe.  We vet and inspect the accommodations to ensure they uphold the ethos of our programs, are great values for our travelers and nice places to rest after enriching days of travel.  

Below are the accommodations we anticipate using on your trip, subject to availability. 
Rosa de las Américas

A charming ranch-style hotel on the outskirts of San José, Rosa de  las Americas 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.

OTS La Selva Research Station

La Selva’s juxtaposition of protected ecosystems and well-developed facilities is unique in the world’s wet tropics.  This is one of several field stations run  created by the Organization of Tropical Studies,  a non-profit consortium of over 50 universities and research institutions based in the United States, Latin America, and South Africa. The cabins offer bunk and single beds, shared bathrooms, bug protection on windows and fans. Students will be grouped according to gender. They offer a dining hall, wireless internet, library, all-access trail, and on-station security.

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.

Villas Aracari

Villas Aracari 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


I was comfortable that the trip my daughter was on was safe, educational, interesting and fun. She made life long friends with her host sister. An exceptional life learning experience.

Parent of Alicia, Traveler on 2018 Program to Chile

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: Travel insurance, baggage fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on itinerary.


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