COSTA RICA DETAILED ITINERARY
(4 week program Days 1-5. 2 week program Days 1-4)
Spend your first few days in Costa Rica exploring the cloud forests in the mountainous region outside of San Isidro del General. Soak in natural springs as your hike past waterfalls, howler monkeys, and other spectacles of the Costa Rican rainforest. Delve even deeper into the forest and Costa Rican culture by hiking into a rainforest lodge, a magical place well off the beaten path run by a generous and dedicated family. Climb giant trees, forage for medicinal plants, zip line, or learn how to make chocolate from cacao you gather with your own hands. Cool off by taking a dip in the nearby river, rappelling down a cascading waterfall, or exploring a local cave.
COMMUNITY SERVICE AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE
(4 week program Days 6-24. 2 week program Days 5-12)
For the next week or two you reside near a small rural village outside of San Isidro de El General. Here, in the hilly farmland of southern Costa Rica, you rise in the mornings to the sight of clouds enveloping the valley below. During the day, join your group and community members as you pass cinderblocks from hand to hand towards the completion of a construction project. Practice your Spanish while playing soccer with local children, while helping your host community friends prepare gallo pinto (Costa Rican rice and beans) or while harvesting sugar cane on a family farm. These daily moments in rural Costa Rica welcome you into the pura vida way of life.
(4 week program Days 25-28. 2 week program Days 13-15)
You depart your host community after a big farewell celebration, or despedida, and continue on to the quiet beach town of Uvita. Here, relax on tranquil tropical beaches, explore a local waterfall, and spend an afternoon learning to surf. At high tide the mighty Pacific Ocean draws near, extending an irresistible invitation for you to dive into its warmth. When it recedes at low tide you can follow its trail along a wide sandbar that extends far into the horizon. As a final adventure, your group sets out on a whitewater rafting trip. This exciting stretch of rapids flows through a beautiful forested canyon, where waterfalls tumble from all directions into the Pacuare River.