2024 LFSF Costa Rica Cultural Journey

Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the 2024 LFSF Costa Rica Cultural Journey! We have created two webpages dedicated to this exciting opportunity: this first page, the Pre-Enrollment Page, is meant to share exciting details, highlights and pertinent info that potential travelers will want to know before enrolling. Once enrolled, the Post-Enrollment Page, is meant to prepare travelers for participation on the adventure ahead. Please be sure to review the information on the appropriate page thoroughly and we hope you are excited for all Ecuador has to offer!!
Travel Dates: March 26, 2023 - April 2, 2024
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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 hospitable destinations on earth. Adventure awaits!

Program Highlights

Check out some of the featured experiences of your program!

Have the adventure of a lifetime with your friends

Learn about the history of chocolate while you make your own!

Improve your Spanish and immerse yourself in a homestay community

Zip-line though the rainforest

Hike through the tropical rainforest and learn about local ecosystems

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. 

26 MarchUSA - AlajuelaToday, the group will travel from the USA to Costa Rica. Flights usually arrive in the evening. After our arrival, we will settle into our hotel for the evening and have an orientation meeting to discuss the upcoming trip in detail.Rosa de las Americas
27 MarchHost-communityAfter breakfast we we'll head to our host community. After arrival we'll tour the town, we will get settled into our accommodation, tour the town. In the afternoons and evenings, activities are flexible and will vary, but may include time with community members, excursions to explore the surrounding area or group reflection sessions.Homestays: San Gerardo _-Herradura.
28 MarchHost-communityWe will start our day with a cheese tour where we will learn about the different types and even have the opportunity to milk a cow. After lunch, we will have our first Spanish class to improve our language skills, which we will be able to put into practice in the upcoming days. In the afternoon, we will meet the local Volleyball team to play with them and practice our Spanish, or engage in other field day activities.Homestays: San Gerardo -Herradura.
29 MarchHost-communityToday we will continue with our Spanish classes, and after that, we will have our cooking class where we will learn how to make tortillas, which we will eat for lunch. In the afternoon, we will have time to relax at the local hot springs before heading back to the community to prepare with our families to celebrate our fiesta de despedida.Homestays: San Gerardo -Herradura.
30 MarchHost-communityWe will have our last Spanish class and then make the short drive to the Central Pacific Coast. Also, today will be our first opportunity to see our first sunset.El Tecal
31 MarchUvitaThis morning we'll enjoy surfing lessons with some of Costa Rica's best instructors! Then we travel up the coast to the quiet seaside town of Dominical where students will be able to do some souvenir shopping and devour a tasty lunch.El Tecal
1 AprilUvita- AlajuelaThis morning, we will explore Manuel Antonio National Park, where students will wander jungle trails and lounge on pristine, white sand beaches. After showers and lunch, we will jump on the bus and begin the trip back to San Jose, where we'll enjoy a celebratory dinner to commemorate our time together. After dinner, we will have the opportunity to attend our workshop about chocolate and create our own chocolates.Rosa de las Americas
2 AprilHomeAfter breakfast, we will have a chocolate workshop where students will get the chance to prepare their own chocolate before getting ready to catch our flight home. Hasta luego!!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.


This will be the best part of your trip! Staying with a host family immerses you in the language and culture of the destination, and can lead to deep and lasting relationships with your hosts. Initially intimidating but ultimately unforgettable, there’s no better way to begin to truly understand the place you’re visiting.

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


Great experience for our son. He would jump at the chance to do it again.

Parent of Raymond, traveler on Peru Service Adventure

Your Adventure Includes

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

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