Costa Rica
Tropical Paradise: An Outdoor Adventure for Grandkids
Join experts to discover authentic Costa Rica and learn about volcanic hot springs, Latin culture and the traditional town of Tortuguero, where thousands of sea turtles nest each year.
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Program No. 3636RJ
10 days
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At a Glance

This Intergenerational adventure introduces Costa Rica's tropical paradise and Latin culture through hands-on experiences and immersion. Gain an understanding of volcanoes, rainforest, and biodiversity in one of the world’s most pristine ecosystems.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to 1.5 hours a day over uneven trails in hot and humid conditions, zip lining, swimming activities, and getting in and out of boats. Elevations up to 5,000 feet.
Small Group
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 ...

  • Join a local expert on an evening beach walk in search of nesting turtles.
  • At a local farm, learn about macaw conservation and delight in the silly antics of semi-wild Great Green Macaws and Scarlet Macaws.
  • Zipline and walk through transitional jungle during an energizing waterfalls canopy tour and jungle challenge.

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 9-11 or 12-14 or 15-17, depending on the date. Turtle nesting at Tortuguero is seasonal and visits to nesting sites are strictly controlled by the national park. During the off-season the beach walk will be replaced by an alternate evening activity. 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.
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Erick Castro
Erick Castro grew up in the lowland Caribbean region of Costa Rica, known for its tropical rainforests and diversity of wildlife. After learning to speak English during a study abroad in Nebraska at the age of 17, he became employed at a lodge in Sarapiquí, and soon realized he enjoyed working among nature. For years, he worked closely with international experts in fields such as tropical biology, ecology, and conservation. Erick has worked as a naturalist and birding expert for the past 16 years.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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