Immersion Trips to Costa Rica
Upcoming Trips to Playa Grande in Costa Rica:
FEBRUARY 9-15, 2020 and JULY 18-25, 2020
(Plus Customized Dates).
Why Travel to Costa Rica?
Its capital San Jose, is home to cultural institutions like the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum. At the same time, it is particularly known for its paradise-like beaches on the Caribbean and Pacific Ocean, active volcanoes, and very diverse wildlife. Moreover, you will have plenty of activities to choose from, such as surfing lessons, scuba diving, eco tours, hiking through cloud-covered rainforests, biking through awesome trails, ziplining in national forests, yoga classes at the beach and more.
Additionally, this peaceful and family-oriented country features an array of environmental attractions such as mighty volcanoes, misty cloud forests, stunning river valleys, and hundreds of beaches from famous to secluded ones. Furthermore, it rains year-round in Costa Rica, although from December to April is generally considered the dry season, and the official rainy season starts in May. This amazing Central American country, is one of the world's most bio-diverse ones, hosting over half a million species! Also, local residents, known as Ticos, are friendly and eager to share their ecologically-rich home to visitors.
Also, this trip is a Spanish immersion opportunity, as you can learn, practice and surround yourself with Spanish language through authentic, local experiences!
A great destination for people who want to immerse themselves in Spanish language practice due to:
a) the homestay experience wherein the families will typically only speak limited/basic English, and
b) our local guides and other activity partners who speak Spanish are more than happy to help you practice your skills.
A 7-DAY IMMERSION TRIP - A TRULY UNIQUE EXPERIENCE
Welcome to our trips to Costa Rica!
Our engaging 7-day trips to Costa Rica are comprised of all the best this gorgeous country has to offer. Truly dive into the amazing natural beauty of this Central American country & engage in cultural activities, while gaining an in-depth understanding of the Tico culture and people, who take care of this paradise on earth. Travel with purpose to Costa Rica, AND still experience stunning places with loads of fun activities on offer. Are you ready?!
INCLUDED IN YOUR IMMERSION TRIP TO COSTA RICA
Excursion to coffee farm or indigenous reserve.
Guided tour of sustainable ranch.
Access to private trails leading to volcano viewpoints & among rainforest/cloudforest vegatation.
Entry to Tenorio Volcano National Park.
Guided hike to Rio Celeste Waterfall.
Access to private trail in primary rainforest.
Catamaran Sunset Sailing tour w/meal and snorkeling included.
Guided walk around Playa Grande and to Playa Carbon beach (black sand beach).
Optional activity add-ons: surfing lessons, visit to hot springs, guided kayak trips, turtle nesting tour (in season), horseback riding, stand-up paddle boarding, and more!
Upon arrival, airport transfer from San Jose Airport to accommodations.
On Departure, airport transfer from Playa Grande to Liberia Airport.
All transportation, to/from included excursions & activities, and your shuttle to Playa Grande.
2 nights staying with local families.
2 nights in beautiful eco-lodges set in the rainforest.
2 nights in a boutique hotel at the beach.
All breakfasts are included.
3 lunches + 4 dinners.
Cultural engagement activity with Costa Rican Humanitarian Foundation + donation to their organization.
Assistance before and during your trip.
Host throughout the immersion trip.
Small group experience of maximum 12 people.
*Flights, insurance, extra meals or days are not included.
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ITINERARY OF THE IMMERSION TRIPS TO COSTA RICA:
DAY 1: ARRIVAL
You can arrive to SJO (San Jose International Airport) at any time! Transportation will be arranged and provided from the airport to your homestay in Santa Ana, a city nearby the airport. Participants who would have arrived and settled in by 4 pm can enjoy an orientation walk around the town with their guides. Plus, you can enjoy the day and evening to get to know your welcoming family, the peaceful town and your fellow trip participants. If you prefer, you also have the option to arrange pre-nights in order to spend more time in Costa Rica.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
DAY 2: ENGAGE & EXPLORE
After having breakfast with your homestay family, you will be brought to our headquarters for an informative orientation seminar to provide cultural context to our overall mission of the immersion trips and the communities which we engage with. And then it's time to dive in!
Each of these first few days you'll be brought from your homestay to La Carpio, a district outside of San Jose, where a part of our efforts are concentrated. In fact, community engagement during these days may vary from assisting with projects, like helping to build retaining walls or painting houses, to participating in educational or sports initiatives with community teens, as well as creative projects such as designing a mural or a community garden. Of course, 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 community engagement 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. Once there, you will be taken on a guided tour, learning about coffee farming and history in Costa Rica from planting all the way through roasting.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 3: VOLCANIC VISTAS
Following breakfast you will say your goodbyes to your smiling home stay families as we depart for Arenals’s beckoning peak. We’ll stop for lunch to break up the 3 hour drive, arriving to our beautiful eco lodge in the early afternoon. Set in the lush forests surrounding Arenal Volcano, with natural pools, private trails, yoga classes, stables, gardens, a spa, and even a sustainable working ranch at the property, you will have plenty of options to relax & unwind or explore and adventure right at your doorstep.
After settling in, perhaps you’d like to take in the views of iconic Arenal via a ‘Mirador’ hike or a guided kayak tour on the lake. You might also opt for a horseback tour, or dive into an experiential exploration the sustainable and self-sufficient practices at the ranch, from organic agriculture and food processing to energy production and carbon neutrality. At night, you can go on a guided nighttime walk to spot the multitude of wildlife that emerge in the dark.
DAY 4: JUNGLE & WATERFALLS
After a satiating breakfast prepared with fresh ingredients sourced at the ranch, we’ll depart and skirt the shores of Lake Arenal, basking in more glorious views of this beautiful region. We’ll stop for lunch at an all-organic, family-owned restaurant with spectacular food and sweeping views of Lake Arenal. Once filled with delicious tico food we’ll say goodbye Lake Arenal and continue on to Tenorio Volcano National Park where we’ll head directly to the trailhead for the stunning Rio Celeste Waterfall hike. This easy 3-hour hike will take you through lush vegetation, and along the shores of surreal sky blue waters. The views of fairy-tale turquoise waters culminate at the breathtaking waterfall enveloped in jungle on all sides.
Following the hike, we will head to our nearby accommodations offering another private trail for those wishing to explore more of this primary rainforest. In the evening we’ll gather together for a unique gourmet meal inspired from traditional recipes of the country and a delicate blend of local ingredients and flavors.
Meals: Breakfast , Dinner
DAY 5: THE BEACH CALLS
This morning after breakfast we'll depart for Playa Grande and after arriving at the beach you'll have time to settle in to your rooms and explore the small town. Playa Grande is a peaceful little community, perfect for connecting with locals at a slow pace (or in the waves at a fast pace!) Wandering around Playa Grande, don't be surprised to spot howler monkeys, iguanas, parrots, and all sorts of incredible jungle life. Take this day to relax, explore or adventure as you please. Perhaps you'd like to spend your day learning to surf or boogie board in Playa Grande's waves, or simply wile away the hours relaxing on the sand or in a hammock by the hotel's pool. There are also nearby tide pools and a black sand beach for those who'd like to explore (40 minute walk) and local yoga classes available.
Whatever you do, be sure not to miss the best show in town: sunset on the beach! Every day, locals and tourists alike gather up to watch the sky light up at the end of another day in paradise. In the evening, options for dinner will be provided. During turtle season, you may choose to join a guided nighttime beach tour to spot nesting sea turtles this evening. 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 with a local guide.
DAY 6: SAIL AWAY!
The morning is 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.
In the early afternoon, we'll be picked up at our hotel 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. You may also opt to kayak or SUP in the picturesque harbor while we're anchored. Afterwards, a late lunch 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, we'll gather together for a Farewell dinner at a delicious gourmet restaurant specializing in local ingredients including seafood, of course!
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 7: DEPARTURE
You may depart at any time this day. A shuttle from Playa Grande to Liberia Airport (about an hour away) is provided. For those departing later in the day, we’d be happy to arrange any additional activities as you soak up your time in paradise. We can also happily help you arrange further nights in Playa Grande to extend your stay!
Guided Immersion Trip Options in Costa Rica:
$1,695 USD TRIP PRICE with Shared room, or
+ $500 USD to have your own room (subject to availability).
FAMILY DISCOUNTS! Children age 8-17 are welcome:
3 family members, $600 OFF: $4485 total.
4 family members, $900 OFF: $5880 total.
5 family members, $1200 OFF: $7275 total.
UNGUIDED CUSTOM DATES:
Please contact us for a quote and further details.
Moreover, we need a minimum of 4 people and at least 90 days prior to begin a new custom date request. Exact guest numbers should be confirmed no later than 30 days before the customized trip (60 days preferred).
Contact us to inquire about your preferred dates, before booking.
UNGUIDED: Refers to custom dates without an experienced representative to guide you.
You will still have the full support of our staff while volunteering, and we will arrange and book everything for you! Just show up and enjoy the experience.
Booking fee to reserve your seat is 10%. Further details below.
TRIPS TO COSTA RICA DO NOT INCLUDE:
- Additional meals, drinks or activities.
- Extra days before or after.
- Required travel insurance.
TERMS & CONDITIONS:
Please read the following before enrolling to any of our immersion trips.
A 10% non-refundable deposit is required for each traveler to secure the booking, referred to as "Booking Fee".
This Booking Fee is not an additional fee; therefore, it is only a portion of your total fee.
Payments can be made either by:
Option A) Submiting your 10% booking fee plus full payment of your remaining balance.
Option B) Submiting your 10% booking fee plus your remaining balance split in two different installments as follows:
10% initial Booking Fee: Required to reserve your seat in our immersion trip and begin your pre-course arrangements, as well as to send you further details.
50% of the remaining balance is due 30 days from initial booking and
the last balance is due 30 days prior to the start of trip.
We will provide an invoice close to the due dates, as well as receipts once we confirm your payments.
Cancellations, minus the booking fee (10%), are refundable ONLY 90 days before the trip.
Please refer to the Payment Plan for details.
We can allow for last minute transfers of the same gender for a $150 admin fee.
Please notify us immediately in the case of a transfer to another person.
Travel Insurance (Required):
Trip protection-style travel insurance that includes travel medical coverage is required for all trips with our partner company. The coverage must have a minimum $200,000 of medical coverage and include injury, medical, evacuation, and repatriation. Most domestic USA health insurance plans do not cover international travel claims or provide a global network of contracted doctors and facilities. We want to make sure you are covered in case of an emergency or non-emergency illness or injury while abroad. Trip protection coverage protects the investment of your trip, including benefits for items such as trip interruption, trip cancellation, delays, baggage and personal effects, and more. We do not have a required coverage amount, but typically coverage is based on your trip costs.
Wanderwell, a B-Corp Certified provider, can offer both Travel Medical and Trip Protection.
If you choose to purchase through Wanderwell, you can buy the trip protection directly from our partner page provided in your Welcome Pack, and a portion of your purchase will be donated to WeForest through 1% For the Planet to aid with carbon offset for your trip. With Wanderwell, the TripProtector Classic and TripProtector Preferred plans meet our minimum requirements for coverage. Once insurance is obtained, a copy must be sent to us.
Important: Failure to provide proof of insurance within 30 days of booking will result in trip booking suspension until proof of insurance has been provided.
Documents, Personal Identification, Vaccinations:
Every traveler is responsible for all required travel documents including passport, tourist visas, entry or exit fees, and vaccinations.
Please note that we do not cover the cost or assist in obtaining any of the above, and we reserve the right to collect information on all.
We can provide general information, but it is responsibility of every traveller to seek into his or her tourist visa, requirements and travel insurance and best flight schedule weeks in advance.
Every country presents different requirements, depending on citizenship. Be sure to research in advance which requirements are necessary for your country of citizenship.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Book your trip to Costa Rica today!
Your fellow attendants will be an eclectic mix of people of all ages and professions from all over the world learning about Costa Rica just like you, creating unforgettable friendships and enjoying the endless enchantment of Costa Rica.
Feel free to enroll by filling out the application any time and submitting your booking fee, so that we begin assisting you with your pre-course arrangements, such as accommodation and transportation for your arrival.