From pristine cloud forests to the Pacific coast’s famous surf, experience some of the world's most incredible scenery and exotic wildlife—and make a lasting impact while you're there. Spend five days volunteering with a sea turtle project to help ensure these endearing creatures are around for future generations to admire. Then, hike through misty cloud forests and get your heart racing on optional activities in the lush wilderness. Give some of your time to this beautiful country and a worthy cause, and you'll be rewarded with an experience you can really treasure. Gain a real sense of accomplishment and take home more than photographs.
Patrol for sea turtles laying their eggs, chill out on the beach and watch the waves lap at the coast, search for the elusive quetzal bird, take the opportunity to go whitewater rafting
Days : 15
Price : From AED 4,806*
*Per person twin sharing and excluding flights
Trip Style : Basic
Trip Type : Individuals
Physical Grading : 3 - Average
There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Depart early from San José travel to Montezuma, a small village located on the Pacific coast. Spend the next five days working alongside local and international volunteers to help protect endangered sea turtles. Transport: Take a taxi to the bus station before boarding the bus to Puntarenas. Local bus (1.50-2.00 hours) Ferry (1.50 hour(s)) Transfer to the sea turtle conservation project. Local bus (1.50 hour(s))
If you're working on the turtle projects, most of the activities happen between 21:00 and 07:00, depending on the tides. With free days, check out some optional activities in the area or see what the CEO has organized for the group. Included Activities: The Montezuma Sea Turtle Project Volunteering
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. 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. 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 experience will provide a better understanding of Costa Rica. Included Activities: El Trapiche Tour Transport: Transfer from the sea turtle conservation project back to the ferry. Local bus (1.50 hour(s)) Ferry (1.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)
Check out the birds and forest on a guided tour of Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve with free time to explore the area. Additional Notes: If you booked the Adrenaline Theme Pack, you will have a bird’s-eye view of the rainforest canopy as you soar through the trees on a Tarzan swing, a giant rappel and a 450-foot-high zipline. Tour is approx. 2.5 hours long. Included Activities: Santa Elena Cloud Forest Guided Tour
Enjoy more free time in Monteverde. Try a canopy or zipline tour. Looking for a slower-paced activity? Visit a butterfly garden.
Travel by bus and boat to La Fortuna, located at base of the Arenal Volcano. Opt for a night hike around the base of the volcano accompanied by a soundtrack of monkeys. Hike the area’s nature trails, swim in chilly La Fortuna waterfall or join a canopy tour and catch a bird’s eye view of the forest greenery. Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours) Boat (0.75 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (30.00 hour(s))
Optional activities here include full-day whitewater rafting on the Peñas Blancas or Balsa Rivers, mountain biking, caving, horseback riding, or a tour of the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge. Like much of Costa Rica, the area is a birders’ paradise, with over 600 species as permanent residents. Finally, after a long day of exploring, take a relaxing soak in lush cascading hot springs. Soak in one of the natural thermal baths and rivers under the shade of the surrounding canopy. Additional Notes: If you booked the Adrenaline Theme Pack, you will have an action-packed day with both canyoneering and an option of your choice. Canyoneering is approximately 2.5 hrs long, with four waterfall repels through the lush rainforests around Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano. For the second option, you can choose ONE of the following: Stand-up paddle (2 hours), half-day hike (3 hours), venado cave excursion (2 hours) or kayaking (2 hours).
Return to San José for some last minute shopping and a final night on the town. Transport: Private Van with Wi-fi (3.50-5.00 hours, 195km)
Depart at any time.
Like any city where tourism is on the increase, crime also tends to increase and while San José is not a noticeably dangerous city, there are certain precautions you should take. Make sure that you are aware of your things at all times and don't go out carrying expensive gear or jewellery.
We recommend using a backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer. A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage.
Please note if you are a single traveller, you can expect to share accommodation with one or two other travelers of the same sex for the duration of your trip. Using multi-share accommodation when available helps us to keep our operating cost down, and these savings are passed onto you. If you are traveling with a friend or companion, we will attempt to keep your accommodation on a twin or double basis, however, ask you to be open to the idea of occasional multi-share rooms. While volunteering, your accommodation will be in a basic, large, multi-share room.
Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. The above information applies to G Adventures group trips. Please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.
All G Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders, a G Adventures representative, or an expedition team. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting- we think it's the best of both worlds.
- USD cash - Credit and/or debit card (see spending money) - G Adventures vouchers, pre-departure information and trip details - Passport (with photocopies) - Travel insurance (with photocopies) - Airline tickets (with photocopies) - Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required - Camera and film - Reading/writing material - Binoculars - Plastic bags or cover for backpacks - Fleece top /long sleeve top (for hikes, jungle treks etc..) - Windproof/waterproof jacket - Small towel and swim wear - 5 shirts/t-shirts - Sun hat - 2 pair of shorts - 2 pairs of long trousers - 1 pair hiking pants/track pants - Hiking boots/ sturdy walking shoes - Sport sandals (suitable for water if you are planning on rafting and/or waterfall rappelling/abseiling) - Rain poncho/umbrella - Sunblock - Sunglasses - Toiletries (biodegradable) - Towel - Watch or alarm clock - Water bottle - Pocketknife - Insect repellent for mosquitos and sand flies - Mosquito Net (optional) - Flashlight or headlamp - Sleep Sheet - Travel Pillow - First-aid kit(should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking). For volunteer portion of this tour: Dark colored clothing for the turtle walks is necessary, no white or bright colours. Purchasing a red filter for your flashlight or buying a headlamp with a red light setting is recommended for the night beach patrols. Mosquito repellent, towel and sturdy walking shoes are also recommended.
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*Per person twin sharing and excluding flights