Experience Costa Rica – Pura Vida Tour
- Participate in a community service project
- Hike to see Mountain views, primary and secondary forests, river, waterfalls, swimming holes, wildlife, and two stream crossings
- Paddle down a Rainforest River in White Water Rafts
- Participate in a surf lesson with professional instructors
- Participate in a Zip Line Activity
- Tree planting in the Rainforest
- Play soccer with local kids
- Learn how to cook Costa Rican meals in a responsible way by using a methane biogester, rocket stove, cob oven and solar cookers
- Work with goats, hens, ducks and fish, learn about animal husbandry
- Work on a Soccer Field and Trail Maintenance Project
- Visit a traditional market in Costa Rica
- Learn How to Salsa dance
- Learn basic Spanish
Immaculate rainforests, warm rivers, white-sand beaches, and a Pura Vida (‘pure life”) lifestyle that is unmatched throughout the world.
Join Evolve CR if you are looking for a Costa Rican experience that is more than just bus tours and tourist traps. Let Evolve show you what Costa Rica is truly all about.
Student trip itineraries are completely customizable for your group, desires, and needs.
Day 1 - Travel to Costa Rica
Meet as a group and travel to Costa Rica. Arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport in San Jose, Costa Rica. In the evening we will eat a delicious dinner after a long day of travel and get some rest in our hotel in San Jose.
Day 2 - Eco Lodge
Depart early this morning on our private bus transfer to a small village near Zapaton, which is located 2.5 hours from San Jose. The town of has a population of 150 people, who live from the land and promote real Eco Tourism. Upon arrival, we will participate in a Ranch Tour and Orientation. Afterwards, the group will participate in the Sustainable Food Preparation Activity at the Ranch: learning how to cook Costa Rican meals in a responsible way by using a methane Biogester, rocket stove, cob oven and solar cookers. Then, participate in a Natural Building Workshop, designing and building structures to minimize the impact on our environment and maximize their sustainability. In the late afternoon we have a chance to swim in the on-site Waterfall. In the evening we will gather for dinner followed by evening activities at the Ranch (journaling, games, discussion).
Day 3 - Eco Lodge
In a group rotation we will participate in a service project at the Ranch. We will start bright and early working a revitalization of the soccer field with maintenance and cleanup. The soccer field in the town is a community center piece (like it is throughout the country) our enhancement of it will bring joy not only the community as whole, but specifically the children in the community.
Day 4 - Eco Lodge
On this morning we will participate in a hike through the primary and secondary forests, for mountain views and to see the wildlife. We will have a chance to hop into one of the many rainforest rivers for a quick swim in one of the pristine waterfalls or swimming holes. In the afternoon we will work with goats, hens, ducks and fish on animal husbandry, which focuses on the care and breeding of domestic animals. In the afternoon students will participate in a tree planting or agroforestry project. This afternoon, students will also take an active role in preparing our last night’s dinner and breakfast.
Day 5 - Rafting the Savegre River
Today we will wake up early and head out on a full day white water rafting adventure on the Savegre River! The Savegre is one of the best rivers for rafting in the world. Before we begin, paddling, safety and other on-river skills and instructions will be taught. We will need to work as a team to maneuver rapids. We’ll take a side hike to layered waterfalls and discover which one makes the best shower!
Tonight we will stay in a the town on the Pacific Ocean, which is famous for its surf breaks. This town is quaint and still under the radar from large hotels and the bulk of tourists.
Day 6 - Surf Lesson + Salsa Lesson
Surfs up! Today is the day you learn how to surf or for those who already know how, get better at surfing. Our professional surf instructors will give us a full inland lesson on safety and proper technique so that we can have the best possible session! In the afternoon we will have a chance to do some zip lining. Pass overtop the forest canopy on a zip line course that involves several lines.
We will have time to purchase Costa Rican crafts and gifts for friends and family back home.
Afterwards, we will return to our hotel to eat dinner. On a clear day we will see one of the most unbelievable sunsets. In the late evening we will participate in some salsa lessons.
Day 7 - Community Service and Surf Lesson
On this day we will participate in our second surf lesson.
In the afternoon students will be split into 2 groups to participate in a Community Service project at a school. Students will also take a personal role in improving the learning conditions in a facility that has become low standard (dilapidated). We will also help construct or repair a hydroponic garden that is used to feed many of the local students.
Afterwards, we will return to our hotel to eat dinner and enjoy the sunset on our final night in Costa Rica.
Day 8 - Homebound
Begin our journey home after an amazing trip to Costa Rica.
AirfareRoundtrip group airfare to Costa Rica
BusPrivate coach bus as needed for duration of tour
HotelsCentrally located, student friendly, 3 * minimum, acclaimed hotels
Eco LodgeEvolve works with eco-lodges which promote sustainable living practices
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included daily on trip. Meals at locally owned and run restaurants and accommodations serving authentic cuisine sufficient for all appetites.
Costa Rica is ranked #1 in the Happy Planet Index.
Places You’ll Visit
Visit the national museum and central market.
Multiple days at a self sufficient, rural Costa Rican eco lodge
White Water Rafting
Full day white water rafting adventure on the Savegre River
Surf lessons and ziplining