2024 Lunenburg Costa Rica Cultural Journey

Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the 2024 Lunenburg 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 Costa Rica has to offer!!      
Travel Dates: April 11, 2024 - April 18, 2024
Group Organizer(s):
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Program Tuition: $2,690 USD
Airfare not included in program tuition
Confirmed Airfare: $770
Deadline(s): Enrollment deadline June 15, 2023

Tuition Calculator

There are two options for payment, including an interest-free monthly installment plan.  Follow whichever option works best for your family. If we are within 90 days of travel, only the pay in full option is possible.

Program Tuition: $2,690

Pay in Full

$2,690.00

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Payment Plan

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:

$2,190.00

per month

* This is an approximate price. Your exact total will be confirmed when your enrollment is processed.

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 hospitable destinations on earth. Adventure awaits!

Cultural Journeys

Cultural Journeys

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.

Program Highlights


Check out some of the featured experiences of your program!

Have the adventure of a lifetime with your friends

Zip-line though the rainforest

Trek to a beautiful waterfall deep in the jungle

Visit one of Costa Rica's most beautiful volcanoes

Learn to surf with some of Costa Rica's best instructors

Raft down one of Costa Rica's best rivers

Discover the gorgeous beaches and world-class national parks on the Pacific coast

The Itinerary


We do everything possible to abide by  itineraries as originally planned, but decades of experience teachers that we must flexible in our planning. Changes to a trip’s schedule are uncommon, but Walking Tree reserves the right to make adjustments to programming in the best interest of the group. 

DayLocationDescriptionLodging
11 AprilUSA - AlajuelaToday 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 hotel for the evening and have an orientation meeting to discuss the upcoming trip in detail.Hotel Aeropuerto
12 AprilAlajuela - SarapiquíAfter breakfast, the group will head for Sarapiquí, an area characterized by its lush tropical rainforest and swift rivers. The bus ride is two hours north of the capital city. Then, the group will go whitewater rafting down the Sarapiquí River, renowned worldwide for its scenic beauty and thrilling class 3 rapids. After lunch, the group will settle in at La Quinta hotel and get familiar with the facilities. In the evening, we will have time to play soccer with local kids. After dinner, we will end our day by learning about the bat research conducted at this reserve. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the natural history of bats, their classification, diversity, adaptations, reproduction, threats, and they will also be able to take a close look at the snare net and bats captured for this research.La Quinta Hotel
13 AprilSarapiqui- FortunaAfter breakfast, we will 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. Today we will visit Arenal National Park. In the evening, we will have time to explore the town. At night, you can relax in the hotel’s natural hot springs.Los Lagos
14 AprilFortuna Today, we will begin our day by hiking down to La Fortuna waterfall, where students can relax, swim, and explore in the morning. After lunch, we will participate in a chocolate tour, during which we will learn about these important crops and their delicate production processes. Later on, students will have some free time to explore the town center and engage in some souvenir shopping.Los Lagos
15 AprilFortuna - Manuel AntonioAfter a hearty breakfast and a relaxing morning in Fortuna, we will head to Manuel Antonio to see our first sunset, not without stopping to see the impressive crocodiles and have lunch along the way.Hotel San Bada
16 AprilManuel Antonio Today, we will see the forest from a different perspective as we go zip-lining in the morning. After lunch, we will have time to explore the town, enjoy Manuel Antonio beach, and drink coconut water.Hotel San Bada
17 AprilManuel Antonio - AlajuelaAfter breakfast, we will visit one of the most stunning national parks in the country. We will have time to enjoy what many call Costa Rica's most beautiful beach, hike through the national park, and spend time surrounded by wildlife, including monkeys. After lunch, we will drive back to San Jose for a farewell dinner and our final reflection before our international departure the following morning.Hotel Aeropuerto
18 AprilAlajuela - USAAfter breakfast, we will head to the airport for a morning departure back to the USA.Your own bed

Accommodations


In order to provide a safe and memorable experience, we follow strict guidelines when choosing group accommodations. Walking Tree partners with hotels and guest houses which are centrally located, locally operated, clean and safe.  We inspect each partner hotel to ensure they meet these standards.

Below are the accommodations we anticipate using on your program, subject to availability. 
Hotel Aeropuerto

Hotel Aeropuerto is located five minutes away from the Juan Santa María airport. Clean rooms and friendly staff will make you feel at home the moment you drop your bags. The swimming pool  is surrounded by fruit trees and flowers, which attract a number of butterflies and birds, and even some iguanas and squirrels. Students will be grouped by gender. Wifi is available throughout the property.

Los Lagos

Hotel Los Lagos is roomy, beautifully decorated, and offers views of Arenal volcano in a relaxing setting. Free Wi-Fi throughout the facilities keep everyone feeling connected. Students will stay in double or triple occupancy rooms according to gender.

Hotel San Bada

Hotel San Bada is nestled right next to Manuel Antonio National Park and just few steps away from Manuel Antonio Beach, Costa Rica. Rooms offer flat TV screens, air conditioning and free wi-fi. Amenities include a big pool with a wet bar and restaurant service, a rooftop pool and free breakfast that are available on-site.

La Quinta Sarapiquí

At La Quinta, you will be immersed in the tropical rainforest while enjoying traditional food, excellent hospitality and authentic experiences. We will always treat our environment with the utmost care and responsibility, and would greatly appreciate your help in upholding these practices while you are visiting. We hope you enjoy the natural beauty of this lodge.

Safety and Support


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HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
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EXPERT LEADERSHIP
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PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
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COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICING
ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICING

Communication was excellent! We had absolutely all the info we needed from the moment we signed up. LOVED the blog with photos. The prep and follow up activities on culture shock, re-entry, etc. were fantastic!!! Thank you!!!

Erika
Parent of John, traveler on Peru Service Adventure

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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