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Costa Rica: 8 Day Tour

Costa Rica

Costa Rica: 8 Day Tour

Costa Rica

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Destination: Costa RicaType: Educational

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Lush rain forests, easy-to-spot wildlife, amazing natural attractions and a variety of adventures make Costs Rica a wonderful educational destination. A visit to the Arenal volcano, the Monteverde Cloud Forest, or thrill-seeking zip-lines rides on a canopy tour are some of the experiences students will never forget. With over 850 recorded bird species, 100 species of mammals and one of the most important cloud forests, Costa Rica is a model of sustainable development and conservation.

Highlights

  • Poas Volcano National Park
  • Visit to the Sloth Sanctuary
  • Rio Celeste at Tenorio Volcano National Park
  • SAMPLE ITINERARY

Day 1

Board your flight to Costa Rica

Arrival at the Juan Santamaría International Airport

Day 2

Poas Volcano National Park

At 2.800m (9180ft) above sea level, the Poas Volcano is considered the largest geyser in the world. Enjoy the beautiful landscape as you drive through the rural and urban areas.

Walk to Lake Botos as ancient crater and admire the exuberant volcanic vegetation.

Day 3 to 5

Gondoca Turtle Project

This project is fundamentally for the protection of sea turtles, and at the same time for improving the quality of life within the local community.

When this project started, the community was dependent on the illegal extraction of turtle eggs, and the illegal commerce of turtle meat. This was not due to bad intentions, but this was the only source of income for local families. The idea of conservation meant the removal of the only means of survival for the community. The project needed to quarantee a monetary income to the community in order to convince a town of poachers to become protectors.

With the commitment to create employment for the locals and the development of a sea turtle conservation project, the Association of Development of Gandoca was created. This project is successful in helping to preserve the leatherback turtle, the green turtle, and the olive ridley.

In addition to the protection of sea turtles, tropical forest and mangroves also need protecting. The project is undertaking the necessary efforts to create a conservation strategy with the involvement of the local community.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to undertake the following tasks...

  • Receive a training session on working with sea turtles
  • Participate in nocturnal protection patrols on the beach 
  • Beach Clean ups
  • Identify and count turtle tracks 
  • Search for turtle nests 
  • Count the number of eggs, and relocate them to a safe hatchery
  • Monitor turtle nests 
  • Release baby turtles into the ocean (when in hatching season)
  • Volunteers will also have time to appreciate the surroundings of Gandoca

Day 6

Visit to the Sloth Sanctuary

Aviarios del Caribe is an integrated model working in research, protection and the rehabilitation of sloths. Students arriving at the Sanctuary will learn from these small and enigmatic creatures. You will see sloths in the wild along with birds, butterflies, monkeys and other species. 

 

La Fortuna de San Carlos

Continue by road to La Fortuna de San Carlos, at an elevation of 350 feet above sea level. It is best known as the base from which to explore the magnificent Arenal Volcano and national park nearby.

Day 7

Rio Celeste at Tenorio Volcano National Park

Rio Celeste is located in the Tenorio Volcano National Park and is famous for its bright blue waters, hot springs, and spectacular waterfall. There, you will experience a hike where you will discover the amazing celestial river and its impressive waterfall, blue lagoon and natural hot springs.

Transfer back to La Fortuna de San Carlos

Day 8

Transfer to the Juan Santamaría International Airport for your return flight

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