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Costa Rica Active

Destination

Costa Rica

Current Grades

9th-11th

length

14 Days

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Airports

Arrive: San Jose (SJO)
Depart: San Jose (SJO)

Pura vida! Costa Rica is packed with adventure, like whitewater rafting down tropical rivers, surfing on world-class beaches, and hiking in lush rainforests. Wildlife abounds in this diverse landscape; don’t be startled the first time you hear a howler monkey—they’ll keep their distance! We’ll see bubbling mudpits and mini-geysers around volcanoes, visit cascading waterfalls, and walk in the country’s famous cloud forests. We’ll make sure to give back to local communities by participating in meaningful service projects.

 

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Itinerary

Day 1-3: Hike around Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

After landing in San Jose and exploring the nearby, culturally-rich Heredia, we’ll set off on our Costa Rica adventure with three days in the extraordinarily biodiverse Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Monteverde (meaning “green mountain”) is home to more than 100 species of mammals (including all six species of the cat family and endangered species), 400 species of birds, and 120 species of reptiles and amphibians. We’ll explore the reserve’s splendor from walkways built into the forest canopy, and we’ll do a night hike to see nocturnal animals in action! Want to see things from a different perspective? You’ll get to fly through the canopy on the world’s first two-mile-long zipline!

Accommodation: Hostel

Day 6-8: Community service and homestay in Monteverde

During our three days of Monteverde adventure, students will stay with Tico families where they’ll help cook, clean, and learn the Costa Rican lifestyle. They’ll also get to practice their Spanish! Two days will be spent giving back to these beautiful mountainous communities by volunteering with Siempre Amigos, an organization dedicated to providing aid to underserved families. An integral part of the Tico culture is inclusivity; by the time our students leave their homestays, they’ll feel like a home away from home. We coordinate with locals in the community to provide the most-needed help possible, which includes cooking, farming, and helping repair homes.

Accommodation: Homestay

Day 4-5: Rincon de la Vieja

We’ll then travel to Rincón de la Vieja National Park, where we’ll hike around to see mini-geysers (from a safe distance) and unwind in bubbling volcanic mud pits. We may see armadillos, iguanas, and howler and spider monkeys. Our visit wouldn’t be complete without swimming in the turquoise waters at the base of the 80-foot-tall Oropéndola Waterfall and floating in a tube down the river. Another afternoon will be spent touring sugar cane, coffee, banana, and plantain plantations!

Accommodation: Guesthouse

Day 9-11: Learn to surf in Tamarindo

While in Costa Rica, you have to learn how to surf! Three days with professional surf instructors will teach us correct technique, water safety and awareness, and surf etiquette. Playa Tamarindo is acclaimed for its reliable, beginner-friendly waves; in fact, this entire area attracts surfers of all abilities from across the globe. When we’ve had our fill of the breaks, we’ll relax on the beach and explore the artsy town of Tamarindo. One afternoon will be spent on a private cruise around Flamingo Bay, where we’ll splash around in numerous snorkeling spots.

Accommodation: Hostel

Day 12-13: Whitewater raft the Río Pacuare

We’ll continue our Costa Rica adventure with a two-day jaunt down the warm, jade-green waters of the Río Pacuare! Surrounded by dense, lush rainforest and cascading waterfalls, we’ll switch between calm waters and exciting class II–IV rapids; keep your ears pricked and eyes peeled for toucans, parrots, sloths, monkeys, and more. National Geographic has named this river as one of the top 10 rivers to raft in the world.

Accommodation: Eco-lodge

 

*Listed above is Bold Earth’s intended itinerary for this trip. All itineraries are subject to change in order to provide the best possible program quality.

Dates and Prices

Departure 1
  • Departure Day
    06/30/20
  • Return Day
    07/13/20
  • Grade
    9–11
  • Price
    $4,288
  • Availability
    Open
Departure 2
  • Departure Day
    07/15/20
  • Return Day
    07/28/20
  • Grade
    9–11
  • Price
    $4,288
  • Availability
    Open
Departure 3
  • Departure Day
    07/30/20
  • Return Day
    08/12/20
  • Grade
    9–11
  • Price
    $4,288
  • Availability
    Open
Departure Day Return Day Grade Price Availability
06/30/20
07/13/20
9–11
$4,288
open
07/15/20
07/28/20
9–11
$4,288
open
07/30/20
08/12/20
9–11
$4,288
open

Accommodations & Service

Community Service: Approximately 15 Hours
  • Siempre Amigos: Humanitarian projects vary from year to year based on community needs. Projects are usually a combination of housing projects and school visits.
Accommodations:
  • 9 nights of bed and breakfast style accommodations. We stay in small, comfortable, and authentic eco-lodges and hotels.
  • 4 nights of homestays. There are 2-3 students per family, students only share a room with other students. Homestay families have been vetted and are middle-class families, they have clean water and refrigerators at every home.

Community service: 15 hours

Hiking

Homestay and cultural immersion

Surfing

Whitewater rafting

Reviews

Sharon Goldberg, parent from Westborough, MA
2019

Alex had an amazing experience and would love to share it with other students. The trip leaders were enthusiastic, energetic, caring, and responsible. Thank you for giving my child this amazing opportunity!

Bo Lane, parent from Boca Raton, FL
2019

Meeting new friends. Sharing talk time. Learning about different cultures and doing community service to understand the socio and economic standards of that culture… Exploring Costa Rica gave my daughter a in-depth perspective of different parts of the country and gave her worldly experience of a lifetime. And the trip leaders made each activity structured, memorable, and fun.

Caroline, student from Skaneateles, NY
2019

Bold Earth has shown me different parts of the world, how to make friends and keep those connections, and how to help the community and how rewarding that can be. I also fell in love with surfing through Bold Earth.

Jodi Gershoni, parent from Rockville, MD
2018

Best spent money ever. Jordyn went into the trip with high anxiety and low confidence. She came out of the trip with the knowledge that it is OK to go outside of your comfort zone and believe in yourself. She grew tremendously and has not stopped talking about her experience, the other kids, and her fabulous leaders. Thank you Bold Earth!

Courtney Hellmann, parent from Beorne, TX
2018

I can not say enough about the trip leader Tess. From the first time I spoke with her prior to the trip, I was comfortable and confident in her abilities. Tess handled all situations with professionalism, grace, and, strength. I know there were two other leaders who worked very hard as well. Harrison speaks very highly of them and says they went out of their way to keep the group safe. We are grateful!

Josh, student from Montreal, Canada
2018

My favorite part of the trip was bonding with the other people in my group. We did everything together. It was the best two weeks of my life. The lessons I learned on this trip were life-changing. It has the ability to change anyone’s life for the better.

Kate, student from Charlottesville, VA
2018

I loved all of the service projects and activities, but my favorite part was my group and group time—we all became really good friends and
had tons of fun and laughs together.
It was a phenomenal experience from the people I was with to the activities and service we did.