Most days will begin with a group breakfast and end with evening activities and free time. With a few exceptions, your meals will be included throughout the program. We’ll have a few fun surprises along the way but this is our general itinerary for the week!

Day 1 - Welcome to Costa Rica!
  • Arrive in San José, meet the group and trip leaders
  • Orientation including information about daily activities
  • Welcome dinner and spend the night in Alauela
Day 2 - Caribbean coast and conservation site visit
  • Start the day with a five hour drive over the mountains to the Caribbean coast
  • Visit a local initiative helping to reintroduce Great Green Macaws into their natural habitat
  • Learn about the community initiatives that have helped sustain the project and enjoy the natural scenery
Day 3 - Coastal bike ride and Jaguar Project
  • Hop on a bike to explore the coastline with the chance to spot local wildlife along the way
  • Visit the Jaguar Rescue Center, a temporary or permanent home for ill, injured, or orphaned animals
  • Group dinner
Day 4 - Boat ride and Bri Bri community introduction
  • Head inland to the rural community of Bri Bri, an indigenous community of Costa Rica
  • Take a magical boat ride up the river to the town of Yorkin
  • Learn about the community's effort to rebuild the local cacao industry, which had been plagued by a fungus
Day 5 - Community activities and school visit
  • Learn more about the Bri Bri community and their sustainable chocolate making process
  • Engage with community members for some casual activities such as football
  • Enjoy a local dinner with the community and some dancing
Waterfall Waterfall
Day 6 - Zipline
  • Return to Puerto Viejo in the morning
  • Zipline across the canopy in the afternoon!
Day 7 - Iguana farm and jungle hike
  • Visit a local iguana farm and learn about their efforts
  • Hike through the jungle to a waterfall and enjoy a swim
Day 8 - Sea turtles and farewell dinner
  • Visit one of the bases of Latin American sea turtles and learn about the endless efforts to protect them from poachers
  • Return to Alajuela for a farewell dinner
  • Closing activities
Day 9 - Breakfast and departures
  • Depart from San José airport
  • Optional and extra cost: transfer to Manuel Antonio for an extra week of beach time and Spanish classes! Pura Vida!

Itineraries are subject to change.

U.S. Department of State-Designated J-1 Visa Sponsor
Alliance for International Exchange
The International Coalition for Global Education and Exchange
European-American Chamber of Commerce New York
Global Ties U.S.
International Au Pair Association
WYSE Travel Confederation