Costa Rica
A Taste of Costa Rica
Hike cloud forests and volcanic trails, learn about biodiversity and delicate ecosystems and savor the art of coffee making and good conversation as you discover authentic Costa Rica.
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Program No. 8577RJ
9 days
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At a Glance

Low-level clouds drift through the sweet cedar and hanging moss. Even in dim sunlight, the orchid’s flowers brighten your path as you hike. In this interdisciplinary introduction to Costa Rica, learn about the nation’s rain and cloud forests and the inseparable bond between the people and the land. Explore volcanic terrain and tropical gardens, as well as culture and history. Meet residents in local communities for an intimate experience of this peaceful nation.
Activity Level
Walking up to 1.5 hours a day over uneven trails in hot and humid conditions. Elevations up to 6,000 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 ...

  • Hike through the mystical cloud forest at Monteverde and experience the thrill of white water rafting at Sarapiqui.
  • Enjoy scenic views of Arenal Volcano from up in the rainforest canopy during a walk on a combination of nature trails and hanging bridges.
  • An interactive presentation introduces an important gourmet coffee roaster in Costa Rica.
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Jorge Mario Carballo
Jorgé Mario Carballo was born in Golfito, a quaint Costa Rican port town where he studied English from a young age. Empowered by his quick mastery of the English language and inspired by his love of nature and his country, Jorgé decided to work in the educational travel business. He attended a training program where he received both practical and theoretical training on the flora and fauna of Costa Rica, and 25 years since then Jorgé has been leading visitors across Costa Rica, sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm with them.
Jorge Mario Carballo
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