20797
Costa Rica
Costa Rica’s Pura Vida: An Environmental Family Adventure
Discover the natural wonders of Costa Rica with your family as you learn about an active volcano, search for wildlife walk with turtle expert and kayak along the Pacific Coast.
Rating (4.78)
Program No. 20797RJ
Length
10 days
Starts at
1,899
Flights start at
455
Getting There
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At a Glance

Active. Unhurried. Environmentally aware. Live the Pura Vida — the “pure life” — of Costa Rica with three generations of your family. Explore a tropical paradise home to some of the world’s most pristine ecosystems from beautiful beaches to verdant rainforests to a living volcano. Encounter and learn about wildlife including crocodiles, turtles, macaws and more.
Activity Level
Active
Walking up to two miles daily over varied terrain. Swimming, zip lining and getting in/out of boats. Elevations up to 8,000 feet.
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore the base of Arenal Volcano to learn about geothermal activity and swim in nearby hot springs.
  • Join a turtle expert on an evening beach walk in search of nesting turtles.
  • Zipline and walk through the jungle during an energizing waterfalls canopy tour and jungle challenge.

General Notes

This is a Family program for participants, their adult children and grandchildren ages 9 and up. This program allows participants to explore a number of Costa Rica’s eco-systems in a relatively short amount of time. Bus travel is a necessity for an up-close experience, but program activities help to break up travel time. Local road conditions, weather, traffic and elevation are factors in determining time of travel. Because of the special nature of this program, we request that you call us to enroll. Please call toll free at (800) 454-5768, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. ET.
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Edwin Ramirez
Edwin Ramirez is a superior naturalist group leader with more than 20 years of experience in the field. As the son of a farmer, he spent his formative years working with the soil, cultivating coffee, tomatoes, cabbages and other crops while pursuing his education. After graduating from high school in 1982, he enrolled in the Universidad de Costa Rica in Heredia where he began working towards a degree in tropical biology. Edwin eventually transferred to the San Ramon branch of the Universidad de Costa Rica and decided to change his major to become an English teacher. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in 1990 and began teaching high school English. During his time teaching, he realized how much he missed the outdoors and decided to look for professional opportunities that would allow him to combine both his love for nature and teaching. In 1991, Edwin began working as a naturalist guide and has since become a much sought-after group leader, specializing in natural history and birding programs.
Edwin Ramirez
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