Costa Rica

 

Destination – Costa Rica

With No Barriers Youth

No Barriers Youth offers a unique and affordable experience in Costa Rica, one that other organizations can’t duplicate. Learn about conservation and sustainability, study organic farming practices, participate in a variety of service projects, and fly high above the rainforest on a canopy tour featuring walkways and exhilarating zip-lines or:

  • Witness lava while hiking at the base of an active volcano
  • Photograph howler monkeys and toucans at a biological research station
  • Tour an organic farm with little to no carbon footprint
  • Explore the jungle on an adventurous whitewater rafting adventure
  • Watch the rainforest come alive after dark with a night-time search for colorful frogs and three-toed sloths

Summary

Costa Rica is an inviting first step into Central America for travelers of any age. An environmental science teacher’s paradise, the country’s rich biological diversity – with flora ranging from bromeliads to fungi and fauna ranging from spider monkeys to toucans – thrives within its vast forest preserves.

But Costa Rica has a great deal more than simply biological diversity. From cosmopolitan San José to the rural tranquility of Monte Verde, Costa Rica encompasses an array of geographic and cultural diversity, all in a relatively small area. Groups can hike, snorkel, and photograph wildlife; you can visit the cloud forest one day, an active volcano the next, and finish a trip by relaxing on a hot sandy beach.

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Service, Conservation, and Adventure in Costa Rica

9 Days | All Inclusive | Sample Itinerary | Inquire for quote

Day 1: Depart for Liberia, Costa Rica

Morning

  • Depart your home gateway on an overnight flight to Liberia, Costa Rica!  
  • Arrive into Liberia and transfer to Corozalito orientation activities

Evening

  • Turtle walk – depending on tides and weather
  • Welcome dinner followed by welcome ceremony

Day 2: Cooking Class / Turtle Nursery

Morning

  • Enjoy some beach time
  • Cooking class con esposa de Don Elias

Afternoon

  • Workshop at a turtle nursery 

Evening

  • Turtle walk – depending on tides and weather

Day 3: Monteverde / Coffee Farm

Morning

  • Travel to Monteverde (approx. 4.5 hours)

Afternoon

  • Arrive at lodging and enjoy lunch
  • After lunch, enjoy an interactive tour at a local coffee farm

Evening

  • Dinner and interaction with a local family followed by a discussion on the cloud forest and the unique environment of Monteverde

Day 4: CASEM / Cheese Factory

Morning/ Afternoon

  • Enjoy a morning hike
  • Visit CASEM to learn about their efforts focused on women’s empowerment
  • Then, stop by the Monteverde Cheese Factory before starting your service project in San Luis  

Evening

  • Dinner and Night Walk 

Day 5: Zip Line / Lake Arenal

Morning

  • Breakfast at the hotel, then get ready for some adventure
  • Enjoy Ziplining in the cloud forest, followed by a boxed lunch

Afternoon/ Evening

  • Transfer to La Fortuna via boat ride on the beautiful Lake Arenal
  • Dinner and overnight at Don Juan’s Farm

Day 6: Organic Farm / Service / Chocolate

Morning

  • After breakfast, tour organic farm
  • Then, visit a local orphanage to interact with the children and help with any current projects

Afternoon

  • After lunch, travel to Sarapiqui rainforest region

Evening

  • Learn about chocolate production on your chocolate farm before an evening of discussion and reflection about conservation

Day 7: La Selva Biological Station / Raft Puerto Viejo River

Morning

  • After breakfast, enjoy an Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) rainforest walk at La Selva Biological Station where you will spot monkeys, toucans, and more!

Afternoon

  • Return  to the lodge for lunch, then raft the Puerto Viejo River

Evening

  • After dinner, enjoy a night hike

Day 8: Service Project / San Jose

Morning/Afternoon

  • After breakfast, meet your guide to start another service project
  • Transfer to San Jose with lunch en route

Evening

  • Farewell dinner and Closing Ceremony

Day 9: Return Home

Say goodbye to Costa Rica and return home exhausted and inspired by all that you’ve learned!

Getting immersed in the culture of India and getting to know and love the children was the greatest. When the students would cling to me at the end of class, and tell me how much they enjoyed having me there was heartbreaking.

Rachel W., Student

There is so much life, happening all the time. It's crazy to think that, after only three weeks, I feel like I've become accustomed to so much of how the world move.

Saul S., Student

I just wanted to take a moment to formally thank you for another unbelievable and life changing trip. No Barriers Youth made it all possible and took the guesswork out of a potentially nerve wracking and complicated task.

Amanda W., Trip Leader

“Every journey starts with a single step.”

– Confucius

Facts & Figures

Capital: San José
Population: 4,755,234
Currency: Colón
Avg Annual High Temp(F): Jan – 88° July – 89°
Special Note: Unofficial Motto: “Pura Vida”- conveys the state of happiness, peace, and tranquility.
Languages:

Spanish - official

99.5%

English

1%
Religions:

Roman Catholic

76.3%

Evangelical

13.7%

Literacy Rate

Unemployment Rate

Below Poverty Line

Life Expectancy

HIV/Aids

Carbon Emissions (%)