Trip Highlights

Trip Highlights

  • Venture into the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve with an ecologist to learn about the impacts of climate change on the world’s tropical forests.
  • Help with community restoration projects in a rural village, and learn about Costa Rican culture from your hosts.
  • Practice wildlife photography using colorful birds, languid sloths, and acrobatic monkeys as your subjects.
  • Take surfing lessons, and soar through the rainforest canopy on a zip-line course.

Itinerary

Itinerary

Costa Rica has protected over a quarter of its land from development, creating a refuge for countless species and ensuring that its rainforests and beaches will thrive for generations to come. From the stunning northwest coast to the verdant Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, discover Costa Rica’s innovative conservation efforts and incredible biodiversity alongside your knowledgeable Expedition Leaders and a National Geographic Expert.

Days 1-2: Northwest Coast, Costa Rica

Arrive in Costa Rica and travel to the country’s Pacific coast, where we’ll settle into our accommodations on Playa Grande. Spend a morning catching waves with the guidance of professional surf instructors. Discover coastal tide pools sheltering colorful anemones and sea stars, and paddle a canoe through estuaries teeming with exotic birds, capturing photos of their colorful beaks and plumage.

Days 3-5: Monteverde

Travel inland to San Luis, situated at the edge of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Learn about local conservation efforts and develop your photography skills as we explore this unique ecosystem. Experience the cloud forest from multiple angles: hike the trails in search of the elusive quetzal, glide through the canopy on a zip line, and ride on horseback to discover pristine, old-growth forests. Embark on a night hike with naturalists, spying sloths, armadillos, and coatis. Swim under the spray of a waterfall, and choose to visit a sustainable coffee cooperative or volunteer to plant trees in a biological corridor. In the evenings, relax in a hammock and scan the treetops for howler and spider monkeys, or practice your nighttime photography skills.

Days 6-12: GUANACASTE VILLAGE

Head to our rural host village in Guanacaste, and work alongside local residents on a variety of community service projects. Collaborate with local students to paint a mural as you help them with their English, or lend a hand restoring a community building. In the afternoons and evenings, learn about Costa Rican culture and cuisine from our hosts, and practice your Spanish. At the end of our stay here, head back to the coast for a final day of reflection with your group before returning home.