May 25 – 31, 2024
Discover one of the only countries in the world where forested areas are expanding. From the pristine beaches of Tamarindo to the enchanting town of La Fortuna at the foothills of Arenal Volcano, this program offers opportunities to learn in nature. Explore lush national parks, see colorful birds and wildlife, and witness stunning sunsets over the Pacific Ocean, all while uncovering what allows Costa Rica to succeed in its conservation efforts.
Travel from Los Angeles to Tamarindo, Costa Rica.
Start your first day in Tamarindo with a Spanish workshop to learn local phrases that you can practice with the new friends you meet throughout your program. Then, you will have an exclusive session with a local biologist to learn about the foundational history of Costa Rica that your upcoming activities will build upon.
In the afternoon, get up close and personal with one of Costa Rica’s ocean residents, the sea turtle! You will visit a sea turtle hatchery, participate in a beach patrol to protect the turtles from human and animal predators, and learn about the local conservation efforts protecting these marine reptiles.
Embrace your adventurous spirit by zip lining through the canopy of Costa Rica’s forests. You will get the best views of the surrounding flora and maybe spot some fauna along the way!
Later, take a walk through the town of La Fortuna, surrounded by rolling mountains and colorful buildings. Taste the flavors of the local cuisine with a farm-to-table cooking class.
Today you will get to put your Spanish skills to the test by visiting a local school to chat with the students and practice one of our world’s universal languages – soccer!
Continue to get to know the locals, though these residents may have paws and gills, at the Proyecto Asis animal rehabilitation center. You will get to support their work by helping to prepare meals for the animals and crafting enrichment toys.
The Children’s Eternal Rainforest, Costa Rica’s largest private reserve and a hotspot for biodiversity and ecotourism, was founded by donations from children in 44 countries. Here you will participate in planting seedlings as part of the preserve’s reforestation projects and take a 30-minute guided walk to learn about the preserve’s biodiversity.
Travel to the Guanacaste mountain range, enjoying stunning views along your route.
Visit Rincón de la Vieja National Park and meet with a local park ranger. Learn about an active volcano, local sustainability efforts, and the impacts of ecotourism on the national park system.
Cool off in the afternoon with a swim in the turquoise blue waters of the Las Chorreras Waterfall pool.
Begin your journey home.
Insight has delivered international trips for a wide variety of audiences, including both adults and youths, since 2013. Our top priority from start to finish is the health and well-being of our participants. In the event conditions change while on trip, Insight may need to adjust the itinerary to ensure participant health and safety.
As with all trips, risks do exist and participants will need to complete Acknowledgement of Risk documentation prior to departure. Insight will take every precaution to ensure this experience is truly unforgettable, all for the right reasons. To learn more about our health and safety practices, please contact us.