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.
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Program No. 20797RJ
10 days
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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
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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Cristian Gamboa
Cristian Gamboa was born in Chitaria de Turrialba, a small town in the country’s Northeastern side. From his early years he showed a natural interest for nature, a passion that led him to follow a career in sharing the ecological wonders of his country with others. He studied in the Professional Technical High School in La Suiza town, where he obtained a technical degree in agronomy, followed by a bachelor’s degree at the University of Costa Rica, and several other courses in the same area by Costa Rica’s National Learning Institute (INA). Cristian has worked as a resident naturalist guide with the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) in La Selva Station in Sarapiqui, as well as with Hacienda Rancho Humo in Guanacaste. He also worked with the Tropical Agronomical Center for Research and Education (CATIE) as one of their educators and garden logistic coordinators. Cristian now works as a freelance excursion leader.
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