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Palo Verde National ParkRio NegroRincon de la Vieja National ParkTamarindo
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Your Adventure, Day by Day

Day 1 Welcome to Costa Rica!
  • Arrive in Costa Rica Arrive in Costa Rica and meet your WorldStrides representative to begin your once-in-a-lifetime experience!
  • Orientation Meet your course leader, who will provide an overview of the program’s key concepts, as well as the sites you’ll visit throughout the program.
  • Hotel check-in
  • Welcome Dinner
Day 2 Encounter Whitewater and Wildlife
  • Breakfast and Hotel check-out
  • Whitewater Adventure Challenge your courage and put your skills to the test as you shoot down the Tenorio River on a whitewater paddle adventure!
  • Lunch
  • Wildlife Center Meet with a conservationist to discuss the importance of wildlife rehabilitation in a country known for its progressive environmental policies—Costa Rica is the first country in the Americas to ban recreational hunting.
  • Depart for the Rincon de la Vieja National Park Area.
  • Experience Costa Rican Culture Be hands-on and prepare a traditional Costa Rican dish through interactive cooking lessons.
  • Dinner
Day 3 Horseback Riding, Mud Baths, and more!
  • Breakfast
  • Rincón de la Vieja National Park Participate in a morning volunteering project in this world-famous national park.
  • Lunch
  • Tubing on the Rio Negro Starting at the base of the Victoria Waterfall, ride down the crystal clear and rushing rapids of Rio Negro.
  • Costa Rican Homemade Coffee Break with Typical Corn Food Tasting Enjoy a cup of coffee while sampling traditional Costa Rican cuisine.
  • Horseback Riding Enjoy a horseback ride as you discuss the impact of waterfalls on humans. Embark on a short hike to visit a waterfall before continuing on horseback to the natural spa.
  • Mud Bath After a day of fun, nothing beats relaxing in volcanic clay from the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano. After the clay dries, clean up with a cool river water shower.
  • Dinner
  • Return to Hotel
Day 4 Canopy Tour and Cultural Experience
  • Breakfast and Hotel check-out
  • Canopy Tour Soar though the magnificent canyon. Ziplines, climbing walls, hanging bridges, and Tarzan swings are all part of this exhilarating adventure.
  • Lunch
  • El Viejo Cultural Visit Discover a real sugar cane mill and sample a food tasting while workers from the hacienda share their music.
  • Riverboat Tour Take in the sights of Costa Rica’s exotic wildlife as you float in a riverboat through Palo Verde National Park. This wildlife refuge is a migratory stop for more than 60 species of birds and protects one of the most endangered ecosystems.
  • Hotel check-in
  • Dinner
Day 5 Take Part in Coastal Studies!
  • Breakfast
  • Surf Lessons The surf is up! Are you down? Learn to surf after discovering the science of the perfect break.
  • Cultural Excursion Take a short walk through the town of Tamarindo to grab a snack or souvenir and get a taste of typical Costa Rican life!
  • Mock Research Understand the best ways to study beaches through data-gathering. Complete mock research on various natural processes that affect our ocean fronts.
  • Lunch
  • Community Fútbol Game Participate in activities with the community and show your courage on the field against a local soccer team.
  • Return to Hotel
  • Farewell Dinner at a Local Costa Rican Restaurant
Day 6 Depart for Home
  • Breakfast and Hotel check-out
  • Depart Costa Rica for the U.S. Please note: Prices vary depending on departure city and duration of program. Travel time from different parts of the country may modify this itinerary.

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My Coastal Conservation Program Experience in Costa Rica

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Melissa Harris is an account manager with our Discoveries programs. She recently spent time in Costa Rica on a WorldStrides Coastal Conservation program. Read about Melissa’s trip, and the lessons she learned in Costa Rica.  I recently joined one of my groups in Costa Rica…

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