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Volunteer Costa Rica

  • 15 Day(s)
  • Trip Code : GACRPJ

From pristine cloud forests to the Pacific coast- From pristine cloud forests to the Pacific coast-

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Day 1 San José

Arrive at any time.

Arrive in San José at any time. There are no planned activities so check into our hotel and enjoy the city. Located in the central highlands, San José enjoys a moderate climate. The heat and humidity of the coast and lowland areas may affect you, with a general sense of lethargy and/or loss of appetite. This is no cause for alarm, it is simply your body-

Day 2-7 Sea Turtle Conservation Project (5B, 5L, 6D)

Dive deep into wildlife conservation on five days volunteering with a sea turtle project.

Following an early morning departure from San José we travel approximately 5 hours by bus to Playa Matapalo, a small village located on the central pacific coast. We spend the next 5 days working alongside local and international volunteers to help protect endangered sea turtles. The best time to visit this project is from June - November with the best chance of working with the turtles during these months. Volunteer activities include long night beach patrols to protect the nests, data collection, area clean-ups, general cleaning and maintenance, the construction of breeding grounds and other infrastructure, as well as the possibility of monitoring of the baby turtle hatchery, counting baby turtles and releasing them. Estimated Travel Time: 6 hours Approximate Distance: 220 km

Day 8-10 Monteverde (1B)

Tickle your taste buds on a guided sugar cane and coffee tour, and check out the birds and forest on a guided tour of Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve. Have some more energy? Try a canopy or zipline tour. Looking for a slower-paced activity? Visit a butte

Today we travel to the misty mountain air of the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Spend two days exploring Monteverde and the Forest Reserve, truly a nature lover's paradise. Local guides are extremely knowledgeable about the area and passionate about conservation of this precious ecosystem. The unique community has several local co-operatives worth visiting including artist collectives and a cheese factory. If you're there at the right time of year, you may be lucky enough to see the Resplendent Quetzal, one of the most beautiful and elusive birds in the world. Optional activities include traversing a series of suspension bridges through the jungle canopy, a butterfly garden and a thrilling canopy zip line. Enjoy an included "El Trapiche Tour" to learn more about Costa Rican culture, including sugar cane processing, coffee production and other aspects of local agriculture. This hands on included tour is not to be missed and will leave you with a better understanding of Costa Rica. Please note that if you booked the Adrenaline Theme Pack, on day 9 you will have a bird-

Day 11-13 La Fortuna

Options abound-

Travel by bus, boat and bus to La Fortuna, a town located at base of the Arenal Volcano, an excellent base for area explorations. Take an unforgettable night hike around the base of the volcano to see the top glowing an eerie red, accompanied by a soundtrack of monkeys and the rumblings of the volcano in the distance. Hike the area-

Day 14 San José

Head back to the capital for one final evening with the group.

Return to San José for some last minute shopping and a final night on the town. Estimated Travel Time: 5 hours Approximate Distance: 150 km

Day 15 San José

Depart at any time.

Depart San José at any time.

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  • Costa Rica

Is this for me?

  • Trip Style: Volunteer, Small Group Adventures
  • Comfort Level: Basic
  • Physical Demands: Trips may include activities like hiking, biking, rafting or kayaking. No sweat, right?

What's included?

  • Volunteering at a sea turtle conservation project (Playa Matapalo, 5-day). Sugar cane and coffee plantation guided tour (Monteverde). Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve guided tour. La Fortuna stay. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • Max 16, avg 12
  • 6 breakfast, 5 lunches, 6 dinners.
  • Allow USD290-380 for meals not included.
  • Public bus, boat, private van, walking.
  • Simple hotels (8 nts), basic lodges (6 nts, multi-share).

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