Conservación Costa Rica

  • 9 Days
  • Service Learning Tour
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Depart

San Jose

1 1 Night

Gandoca

3 3 Nights

San Carlos

2 2 Nights

Samara Beach

2 2 Nights
Return
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What's Included

Our itineraries reflect 40 years of experience in crafting exceptional educational tours. That means we know exactly how to make the best of your time abroad—incredible destinations, immersive activities, centrally located hotels, and smart, well-traveled tour managers who ensure your educational goals are met. Here are some of the exceptional features of this tour.

ACIS Guarantees

We have high standards, which is why we take care to include these features in every tour.

Round-Trip Flights

Leave the airlines to us.

3- or 4-Star Hotels

After a busy day, comfort is key.

Centrally Located Hotels

Save the commuting time, beat the morning crowds and keep right on exploring after dark when your hotel is in the heart of the city.

Daily Breakfast and Dinner (unless otherwise noted)

Delicious, authentic, multi-course dinners at local restaurants with meal times tailored to maximize your experience.

24-Hour Tour Manager

Part guide, part educator, part engineer, part mind-reader, part magician—ACIS Tour Managers are your travel partner.

Start Exploring

Never wait hours at the airport to share a transfer with other later groups.

Service Guarantee

We're so sure you're going to love your tour, we guarantee it!

Global Network

24/7 on the ground support whenever and wherever you need it.

All Local Transportation

Urban transportation is on us, allowing you to explore each destination with ease.

Exceptional Experiences

Our tours are designed to help you and your students be in the moment and experience everything the world has to offer.

Sea Turtle Conservation Project

Sea Turtle Conservation Project

Participate in an important coastal-marine conservation effort as you work collaboratively with your group to promote the nesting and hatching of leatherback sea turtles. Whether building hatcheries, removing debris from the nesting sites or collecting valuable data, you'll be treated to a unique and insider look at the turtles' ecosystem and life-cycle.

Please note that as work will done during the daytime, we are regrettably unable to guarantee sea turtle sightings during the tour.

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Participate in an important coastal-marine conservation effort as you work collaboratively with your group to promote the nesting and hatching of leatherback sea turtles. Whether building hatcheries, removing debris from the nesting sites or collecting valuable data, you'll be treated to a unique and insider look at the turtles' ecosystem and life-cycle.

Please note that as work will done during the daytime, we are regrettably unable to guarantee sea turtle sightings during the tour.

Jauri Tropical Farm

Jauri Tropical Farm

With characteristic Tico hospitality you will be welcomed at this self-sustaining organic farm in the Costa Rican rainforest started by retired school principal Don Juan. Keep an eye out for tropical plants, birds and other animals as you learn about the planting and harvesting of native produce using environmentally-friendly methods, its various medicinal and cooking uses, and how to process sugar cane (including a sample of the fresh pressed juice, agua dulce).

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With characteristic Tico hospitality you will be welcomed at this self-sustaining organic farm in the Costa Rican rainforest started by retired school principal Don Juan. Keep an eye out for tropical plants, birds and other animals as you learn about the planting and harvesting of native produce using environmentally-friendly methods, its various medicinal and cooking uses, and how to process sugar cane (including a sample of the fresh pressed juice, agua dulce).

Canopy Tour

Canopy Tour

Gain a bird's-eye perspective on the pristine vegetation of the rainforest as you explore its canopy via zip-lines, swings, and treetop platforms. Keep a sharp lookout for some of the many species of birds, mammals and plants that make up this unique ecosystem. Your guide will teach you about the importance of biodiversity and the immeasurable contributions this type of ecosystem makes to society as a whole.

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Gain a bird's-eye perspective on the pristine vegetation of the rainforest as you explore its canopy via zip-lines, swings, and treetop platforms. Keep a sharp lookout for some of the many species of birds, mammals and plants that make up this unique ecosystem. Your guide will teach you about the importance of biodiversity and the immeasurable contributions this type of ecosystem makes to society as a whole.

Visit to Arenal Volcano

Visit to Arenal Volcano

La Fortuna Waterfall

La Fortuna Waterfall

Hot Springs

Hot Springs

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Itinerary

This itinerary is the starting point for your tour, but it’s not set in stone. If there are days you would like to change, or specific places you’d like to go, we can work with you to create a personalized program that fits the needs of you and your students.

Day 1: San Jose

Depart from the USA. Arrive in San José, Costa Rica's capital and most cosmopolitan city.

Day 2: Gandoca

Wake up early this morning and drive to Gandoca where you will begin participating in a sea turtle conservation project. This project, like other coastal-marine resource conservation projects, has its origin in the urgent necessity to protect the few natural nesting sites that do not hold any official category of protection from the Government. Tonight you’ll relax after a productive day in your simple, rustic cabin accommodations.

Day 3: Gandoca

Today continue work on the sea turtle conservation project. The main jobs for volunteers include night patrols to search for nesting females and hatchery shifts. Additional assistance to the project may involve beach cleanup and small projects such as initial construction of the hatcheries.

Day 4: Gandoca

Enjoy your final day of volunteer work with the sea turtle conservation project located in Gandoca.

Day 5: San Carlos

Depart this morning for the northern plains region of San Carlos, the agriculture capital of the north. Arrive in the small town of La Fortuna. From here you'll have a spectacular view of the Arenal Volcano, a perfect cone more than 5,000 feet high and one of the most active in the world.

Day 6: San Carlos

Begin your morning with a visit to the beautiful La Fortuna Waterfall and hike to the swimming hole below. Continue to Jauri Tropical Farm, an ecological farm owned by a retired school principal who teaches you about the cultivation of different types of native produce and some of the culinary and medicinal uses they afford. In the evening, visit local hot springs where you can take a dip in the thermal pools. As you relax in the therapeutic waters, look up at their source, the Arenal volcano, above!

Day 7: Samara Beach

Depart this morning and drive past Arenal Lake to Costa Rica's northern Pacific coast, an area containing one of the last tropical dry forests on the planet. Enjoy time to relax at the beach and explore the shoreline before dinner tonight.

Day 8: Samara Beach

Embark on an excursion to the rainforest, where zip-lines and treetop platforms will provide a bird's-eye perspective on the flora and fauna of this unique ecosystem during an adventurous canopy tour. Spend your final evening soaking in the beautiful Costa Rican coastline.

Day 9: Departure

Depart for the USA.

Price This Tour

Price This Tour

Optional Extras

Ultimate-Plus Protection Plan

Most Enhanced health coverage, program interruption, baggage delay/loss and travel delay protection while on tour. Plus, enhanced medical/job loss cancellation refund policy

Rate $405

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Ultimate Protection Plan

Enhanced health coverage, program interruption, baggage delay/loss and travel delay protection while on tour. Plus, enhanced medical/job loss cancellation refund policy

Rate $270

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