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
Keep the Pace
Walking up to 1.5 hours a day over uneven trails in hot and humid conditions. Elevations up to 6,000 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 ...

  • 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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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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