2025 Ida B Wells Costa Rica Wilderness Explorer Program

Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the 2025 Ida B Wells Costa Rica Wilderness Explorer Program! 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: June 20, 2025 - June 29, 2025
Group Organizer(s):
WTT Contact:
Program Tuition: $3,490 USD
Airfare not included in program tuition
Estimated Airfare: $799

Tuition Calculator

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: $3,490

Pay in Full

$3,490.00

due today

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:

$230.00

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 hos 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

Practice your Spanish language skills with locals

Raft down one of Costa Rica's best rivers

Hike through the tropical rainforest and learn about local ecosystems

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

The Itinerary


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. 

DayLocationDescriptionLodging
1USA - AlajuelaToday, our group will be traveling from the USA to Costa Rica, and flights usually arrive in the evening. After our arrival, we will settle into our hotel for the evening and have an orientation meeting where we will discuss the upcoming trip in detail.Hotel in Alajuela
2Alajuela- San GerardoAfter breakfast, we will head to San Gerardo de Rivas. This town is a small rural community located at the base of Chirripo, the tallest mountain. We need to arrive before 3 pm to complete the check-in at the national park. Once we are ready with this process, we will prepare ourselves for this new adventure to hike the tallest mountain in Costa RicaSan Gerardo
3San Gerardo- ChirripóToday, we will start our hike to Refugio Base Crestones, and with every step, we will be getting closer to reaching the highest point in Costa Rica.Base Crestones
4Chirripó- San GerardoToday, we will wake up early to be able to see the sunrise. If the weather is nice, we will be able to see the Pacific and Caribbean Oceans. We will hike up the summit of Mt. Chirripo! Afterward, we will make our way down to San GerardoSan Gerardo
5San Gerardo- UvitaIn the morning, we will hike down to Nauyaca Waterfall, a spectacular three-story waterfall not far from the farm. We will spend the day here, swimming, and taking in the natural beauty of the jungle. After lunch by the river, we will continue our drive to the beach and witness our first sunsetHotel El Tecal
6UvitaToday, we will spend our morning having private surf lessons from some of Costa Rica's best surfers in Marino Ballena, a nearby beach town known for its whale-tail-like rock formation off the coast. Never surfed before? No problem! The waves at Marino Ballena are perfect for beginners, and almost everyone can stand up.Hotel El Tecal
7Uvita- FortunaWe'll enjoy a free morning at the beach, then head to La Fortuna, home to Costa Rica's most famous volcano, Volcán Arenal. We will have time to relax at our hotel pool after a long day. In the afternoon, we will visit the Baldí Hot Springs, luxurious natural hot springs heated by the erupting lava of the Arenal Volcano.Hotel in La Fortuna
8Fortuna-SarapiquiToday, the group will hike to La Catarata de la Fortuna for a refreshing swim at the base of the magnificent waterfall that cascades from a height of over 70 meters. In the afternoon, we will have the opportunity to see the forest from a different perspective as we go zip-lining. Later in the afternoon, we will have time to relax at the pool and do some last-minute souvenir shopping before we head back to AlajuelaHotel Sarapiqui
9Sarapiqui- San JoseWe'll begin the day by jumping into boats and spend the rest of the day whitewater rafting through thrilling class 3 rapids down the Sarapiquí River, renowned worldwide for its scenic beauty. We will then head back to Alajuela for our final farewell dinner and reflect on how this trip has impacted us.Hotel in Alajuela
10HomeAfter 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 program accommodations. Walking Tree partners with locally-operated, three-star equivalent hotels and guest houses which are centrally located, clean and safe. 

Below are the accommodations we anticipate using on your trip, subject to 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.

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.

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.

Safety and Support


 EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
EXPERT LEADERSHIP
EXPERT LEADERSHIP
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
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.

 

Need to Raise Money? We Have You Covered.

Walking Tree Travel is proud to team up with Equal Exchange, a worker-owned cooperative that distributes organic coffee, tea, sugar, bananas, avocados, cocoa, chocolate bars, and more.  There is no limit to the amount you can earn, so the sooner you can start, the better!

Learn more here.

WTT coffee
Resource center

Resource Center

Why should high school students travel abroad? What happens if a participant gets sick? How quickly do we need to enroll? We’re sure you have plenty of questions and we’ve got you covered! Visit our Resource Center to discover the answers to your most pressing questions and contact us anytime with additional questions.

Learn More

Top