Costa Rica Immersion
March 10-16th, 2019
Or Custom Dates
A 7-night trip bursting with unique experiences
With add-on nights available
Join us for a 7-night/8-day immersion in all the best that Costa Rica has to offer. Truly immerse yourself in the jaw-dropping natural beauty, experience unique cultural activities, and gain an insightful window in to the culture and people that make up this incredible country. Travel with purpose to Costa Rica, AND still experience stunning places with loads of fun activities on offer. What more could you ask for?!?
With add-on nights available
starting from $1495 per person
MAJOR Family Discounts Available
4 nights staying with local families
3 nights in a boutique hotel on the beach
All transportation -- to/from included excursions & activities, and your shuttle to Playa Grande
Airport transfer from San Jose Airport on arrival
Airport transfer to Liberia Airport on departure
Excursion to Coffee farm with guided tour
Visit to indigenous reserve with indigenous guide
Catamaran Sunset Sailing tour w/meal and snorkeling included
Optional add-ons for surfing lessons, guided kayak trips, and guided turtle nesting tour
Guided walk around Playa Grande and to Playa Carbon beach
All breakfasts throughout the trip & all meals while volunteering
Additional gourmet dinner on the beach
Community projects with Costa Rican Humanitarian Foundation + donation to their organization
Volunteering orientation seminar and closing ceremony
Traverse representative 24/7 as well as a bilingual local guide
Small group experience, max 16 people
DAY 1: ARRIVAL
Arrive to SJO at any time. Transportation arranged and provided from the airport to your homestay in Santa Ana. Participants who've arrived and settled in by 4p can enjoy an orientation walk around the town with your guides. Enjoy the day and evening to get to know your welcoming family, the peaceful town and your fellow trip participants. Option to arrange pre-nights in order to spend more time volunteering with CRHF.
Meals: L, D
DAY 2: Volunteer & explore
After breakfast with your family, you'll be brought to CRHF's headquarters for an informative orientation seminar with the founder to provide cultural context and background to CRHF's work and overall mission. And then it's time to dive in! Each day we volunteer you'll be brought from your homestay to La Carpio -- an impoverished district outside of San Jose where the bulk of CRHF's efforts are concentrated. Volunteer work may include construction projects like helping to build retaining walls, putting a cement floor in a house, making sidewalks or roads, painting houses, or educational projects working with the local kids, or creative projects like creating a mural or a community garden. Plenty of assistance, supervision, and trained management will be provided for all projects. Any and all specific skills, limitations, and requests of trip participants will be taken into consideration when deciding on volunteer projects.
In the afternoon following lunch, participants will enjoy an excursion to a nearby coffee farm situated in the beautiful hills of the Central Valley. There you'll be taken on a guided tour, learning about coffee farming and production in Costa Rica from planting all the way through roasting.
Meals: B, L, D
DAY 3-4: Volunteer & Explore
Each day while volunteering we'll continue to work on projects throughout the first half of the day, and each afternoon we'll venture out to nearby excursions that will give participants a true taste of local living, cultural and historical knowledge, and the best that Costa Rica has to offer. Visiting with an indigenous healer, exploring a chocolate production plant, jungle hikes, visiting an animal rescue center, and nearby zip-lining are just some of the options. Take these days as your opportunity to truly have it all -- meaningful connection within the community, as well as all kinds of interesting activities! All meals, transportation, and activities are included throughout these days.
Meals: B, L, D
DAY 5: Wrap up & head to the beach
On our final morning in La Carpio, participants will enjoy an original theatre presentation crafted and performed by elders in the community, and a local crafts and artisan market.
Afterwards, we will depart for Playa Grande in a comfortable air-conditioned shuttle. During the 4-hour drive we'll stop for a quick lunch. When we arrive at the beach in the afternoon, you'll have time to settle in to your rooms and explore the small community a bit before enjoying the best show in town: sunset on the beach! Every day, locals and tourists alike gather up (perhaps with a cold beer or a happy hour cocktail in hand) to watch the sky light up at the end of another day in paradise. Options for dinner will be provided. During turtle season, those who'd like to join a guided nighttime beach tour to spot nesting sea turtles may do so this evening -- tours typically depart around 6p. You'll learn about the endangered sea turtles (including the Leatherback) that nest along these shores, and cross your fingers that you'll spot one (or more!) as you walk the beach at night with a local guide.
DAY 6: Unwind & choose your own Adventure
Your first day on the beach is yours to do as you like. Playa Grande is a peaceful and chill little community, perfect for connecting with locals at a slow pace (or in the waves at a fast pace!) After breakfast in the morning, you may opt to join a guided walk around the community with wildlife viewing and stops at local businesses along the way, as well as an additional excursion (when the tide is right) to nearby tide pools and a black sand beach (40 minute walk). Wandering around Playa Grande, don't be surprised to spot howler monkeys, iguanas, parrots, and all sorts of incredible jungle life!
Those who want to check out nearby Tamarindo and the shops and restaurants therein can do so by taxi or a 40-minute walk along the pristine beach and a quick water taxi across the estuary. Additionally or alternatively you may opt to spend part of your day learning to surf or boogie board in Playa Grande's waves, or simply wile away the hours relaxing on the beach or in a hammock by the hotel's pool. In the evening, we'll all gather together for a group dinner at a delicious local restaurant.
Meals: B, D
DAY 7: Sail away!
The morning is again yours to relax or adventure as you prefer. A recommended optional morning activity would be to take a guided kayaking tour up the estuary to spot wildlife and envelop yourself in the serene mangrove jungle. Surf or boogie boarding lessons or rentals are also a great option, as well as any other options from day 6.
After your lunch, we will meet at the hotel where we'll be picked up and whisked 30 minutes up the coast to Playa Flamingo's harbor. From there, we'll board a Catamaran Sailing boat and cruise up the incredibly scenic coast for the afternoon, keeping our eyes peeled for dolphins, rays, and maybe even whales! We'll anchor in a calm harbor where snorkeling equipment, instruction, and a guide will be provided to help participants gain a peak into the incredible underwater world beneath. Afterwards, a light dinner is provided on board. Before heading back to shore, we'll enjoy our last sunset all together while drifting in the open ocean.
In the evening upon our return to Playa Grande, recommendations to enjoy your final evening in paradise include checking out community music performances at local businesses, or heading to Tamarindo to enjoy the bustling nightlife that lasts til morning!
Meals: B, D
DAY 8: DEPARTURE
You may depart at any time this day. A shuttle from Playa Grande to Liberia Airport (about an hour away) is provided. If you've opted to fly out from SJO then we can help you arrange transportation there via shuttle (about 4 hours) or a local flight from Tamarindo (recommended).
We can happily help you arrange further nights in Playa Grande to extend your stay!
Trip Price -- March 10-16th (or Custom Dates*):
$1995 TRIP PRICE w/Shared room
+ $600 My Own Room option (subject to availability)
FAMILY DISCOUNTS! Children age 8-17 Welcome:
Family of 3, $700 OFF: $5,285 total
Family of 4, $1500 OFF: $6,480 total
Family of 5, ONE FREE SPOT!: $7,980 total
UNGUIDED CUSTOM DATES**:
$1495 per person
*Contact us to inquire about your preferred dates, before booking.
**UNGUIDED: Custom dates without a Traverse Representative to guide you. You will still have the full support of CRHF while volunteering, and Traverse will arrange and book everything for you! Just show up and enjoy the experience.
TRIP DOES NOT INCLUDE:
Additional excursions and activities
Additional meals (about 3 meals not included)
Required travel insurance
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Terms & Conditions
Please refer to registration for complete terms.
A $250 non-refundable deposit is required for each traveler to secure the booking.
Payments can be made either by 1) full payment on booking 2) $250 deposit on booking + payment schedule in registration. Payments will be invoiced via e-mail for credit card or Paypal payment online. To pay by check, please indicate on registration and make check payable to Traverse Journeys and send to PO Box 40516, Austin, TX 78704.
Cancellations, less the trip deposit ($250), are refundable through May 4th, 2018. Please refer to the full Payment Plan for details. We do allow for last minute transfers of the same gender for a $150 admin fee. Please notify us immediately in the case of a transfer.
Travel insurance is required for all trips with Traverse, and must cover injury, medical, evacuation, and repatriation as well as trip cancellation and trip interruption. Most insurance companies require purchase to be made within 2-3 weeks of booking for full benefits (in particular, trip cancellation). Once insurance is obtained, a copy must be sent to Traverse. Failure to provide proof of insurance within 30 days of booking will result in trip booking suspension until proof of insurance has been provided. We suggest using Wanderwell, a B-Corp Certified provider, or you can choose from any carrier that meets our requirements.
Documents, Personal Identification, Vaccinations
Traveler is responsible for all required travel documents including passport, visas, entry or exit fees, and vaccinations. Traverse does not cover the cost or assist in obtaining any of the above, and reserves the right to collect information on all.