2022 Foxborough Costa Rica Conservation Expedition
February 18, 2022 -
February 27, 2022
Dates are tentative until flights are secured
Airfare not included in program tuition
|Deadline(s):||Enroll by June 15th with the promo code "letsgo2022" and save $100!|
There are two options for payment, including an interest-free installment plan. Follow whichever works best for your family.
Program Tuition: $2,490
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: 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!
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.
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.
|February 18||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 comfortable hotel and have a short orientation meeting where we'll discuss the upcoming trip in more detail.||Casa Cielo Grande|
|February 19||Alajuela - Horquetas de Sarapiquí||After breakfast the group will head for Sarapiquí, an area characterized by its lush tropical rainforest and swift rivers. The bus ride is three hours north of the capital city. The group will settle in 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. After lunch, we will 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|
|February 20||Horquetas de Sarapiquí||Today 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|
|February 21||Horquetas de Sarapiquí - La Virgen de Sarapiquí||Today 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 depart La Selva to the nearby Tirimbina Biological Station. We will first make a stop for our 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.||Tirimbina Cabins|
|February 22||La Virgen de Sarapiquí||We will begin our day learning 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|
|February 23||La Virgen de Sarapiquí - La Fortuna||After 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 La Selva and Tirimbina.||Hotel La Fortuna|
|February 24||La Fortuna||Today 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 La Fortuna|
|February 25||La Fortuna||Today 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 La Fortuna|
|February 26||La Fortuna - Alajuela||Before 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|
|February 27||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 Selva Research Station
La Selva’s juxtaposition of protected ecosystems and well-developed facilities is unique in the world’s wet tropics. 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.
Hotel La Fortuna
Located right in the heart of La Fortuna in San Carlos, Costa Rica. La Fortuna Hotel offers visitors a very convenient location with all the services within walking distance from our facilities. This hotel boasts amazing views of the Arenal Volcano and La Fortuna Downtown you won’t forget! Guests have access to free Wi-Fi throughout the building in order to stay connected. Students will be grouped according to gender in their rooms.
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Our daughter is planning a high school junior year as an exchange student abroad, and your program was partly a ‘test the waters” of her being abroad. It was a tremendous success, thank you!
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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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