2023 Galloway School Costa Rica Program
|Travel Dates:||February 19, 2023 - February 28, 2023|
Airfare not included in program tuition
There are two options for payment, including an interest-free installment plan. Follow whichever works best for your family. If we are within 90 days of travel, only the pay in full option is possible.
Program Tuition: $2,490
Pay in Full
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:
All prices in United States Dollars.
Costa Rica Cultural Journey
From white sand beaches to misty cloud forests, towering volcanoes to beautiful rivers that carve through tropical canyons, and friendly communities, Costa Rica has it all! Our cultural journey aims to expose travelers to best the country has to offer and provide opportunities to speak Spanish and gain insight into one of the most hos Adventure awaits!
Cultural Journeys allow travelers to gain insights into the heritage, history and modern realities of their destination by offering a broad diversity of experience. We rely on the expertise of our local staff to plan itineraries which not only explore the prominent sites but also make time for the lesser-known local gems and are intentional about regular interaction with local people.
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
Immersive Spanish classes
Explore a cloud forest, guided by a local naturalist
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 19||USA - Alajuela||Today the group will travel from the USA to Costa Rica. After arrival, the group will have lunch, settle into their hotel, do a bit of exploring and hold an orientation meeting where we'll discuss the upcoming trip in detail.||Hotel La Rosa de America|
|February 20||Alajuela - La Fortuna||After breakfast, we will leave the central valley and head to La Fortuna, a small city right next to the Volcán Arenal, an impressive volcano that stands out in the middle of the flatlands. We will visit a nearby coffee plantation and coffee shop where we will participate in a coffee tour and learn about its important crop and its delicate production process and even taste some delicious coffee. Upon arrival, we will have our first Spanish class!||Poshpacker|
|February 21||La Fortuna||After breakfast, we will head to La Fortuna Waterfall. After hiking down to the waterfall, students will enjoy a refreshing swim in the waterfall's swimming hole. In the afternoon, we will continue our Spanish lessons in La Fortuna.||Poshpacker|
|February 22||La Fortuna||After breakfast, we will continue our Spanish lessons in La Fortuna. In the afternoon, we will relax at some luxurious hot springs and enjoy a buffet dinner.||Poshpacker|
|February 23||La Fortuna||This morning we will explore Volcán Arenal National Park which bursts with wildlife. Afterwards, we will have our final Spanish lesson of the program.||Poshpacker|
|February 24||La Fortuna - Puerto Viejo||After breakfast, we will head to the Sarapiqui River for a day of whitewater river rafting and then we will continue with our journey to Puerto Viejo in the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, a vibrant seaside town with gorgeous beaches, crystal clear blue waters and exotic flora and fauna.||La Costa de Papito|
|February 25||Puerto Viejo||Today we will leave Puerto Viejo and head to Cahuita National Park, one of Costa Rica's oldest National Park created to protect the coral reef and the incredibly diverse flora and fauna. After a long day hiking in Cahuita we will have time to relax and explore the town's center and have the chance to buy some souvenirs from the local artisans.||La Costa de Papito|
|February 26||Puerto Viejo||After breakfast,we will have time to explore Punta Uva and relax at any of the incredible beaches of the Caribbean coast which include Playa Chiquita, Playa Grande and Cocles. In the evening, we will get moving with a dance lesson where we will learn learn and enjoy the basic steps and moves to dance to Afro-Caribbean Latin beats. After dinner, we will relax back at our hotel and have time to reflect about our experiences in Costa Rica.||La Costa de Papito|
|February 27||Puerto Viejo - Alajuela||After breakfast and a few more hours on the beach, we will make the drive back to San Jose for a farewell dinner before our international departure the following morning.||Hotel La Rosa de America|
|February 28||Alajuela - USA||After 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 locally-operated, three-star equivalent hotels and guest houses which are centrally located, clean and safe.
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.
Located right in downtown La Fortuna, Arenal Poshpacker 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.
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.
Safety and Support
EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
With a previous outfitter [I worked with], the experience was more “touring” and no hands-on contributions and work. Walking Tree surrounds the travelers with amazing professionals who are dedicated to their sciences, travels, and countries. Travelers’ experiences are first-hand, authentic and memorable!
Alumni Group Organizer on programs to Costa Rica and Panama
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: Travel insurance, baggage fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on itinerary.
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