Make a Difference: Costa Rica

Make a Difference: Costa Rica
On this 8-day unforgettable adventure, you’ll discover breathtaking volcanoes, serene lakes and what it means to change people’s lives forever. From San José to Coastal Puntarenas, your experience will leave a mark on both the locals you’ll encounter, as well as on yourself.
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Day 1 Hola San José
Meet your tour director and check into hotel
Day 2 San José--Arenal
Travel to Arenal via Poás Volcano
Details: Poás Volcano
Sulfurously glowing, the Poás Volcano has been gurgling and burbling since its last major eruption in the 1950s. From the viewing terrace, visitors can look down over 1,000 feet into the world's largest active crater.
Day 3 Arenal landmarks
Volunteer activities
Details: Lake Arenal kayaking tour
Glide along the still waters reflecting the perfect cone of Arenal Volcano and the surrounding rolling hills. Lake Arenal, the country's largest, is also among its most scenic, and the area has become popular area to kayak, windsurf, sail, fish, and hike.
Details: Hot springs visit
Let the volcanoes take you away. At Arenal’s hot springs, bubbling lava fields heat the waters to make nature’s own jacuzzi.
Day 4 Arenal--Monteverde
Teach English language class
Details: Local school visit
Take the opportunity to enrich a Costa Rican school with gifts of notebooks, pens, erasers -- all basic supplies that few students here can afford. Learn how rural communities are working to give their children educational opportunities in extremely difficult conditions, often with dozens of students in all different grades taught in a single classroom. We will stop to pick up supplies before visiting, but feel free to bring donations of school supplies like chalk or paper from home, too. (If schools are not in session, you'll be able to give gifts of t-shirts, socks, and other clothing to local children.)
Details: Travel to Monteverde
Because of its humidity and latitude, the entire city of Monteverde can disappear in a second under a massive cloud cover. Founded by Quakers in 1951, the city boasts the best in Costa Rican creatures. Observe a proud display of howler monkeys, revered quetzals and native frogs in the dense cover of the cloud forest.
Details: Canopy tour
Soar through the treetops for the unmatched close-up of the New World’s best wildlife refuge. Harness yourself to cables that run between platforms high in the trees, then step into thin air and zip from tree to tree. Experience a true bird-eye view from your new aerial perspective.
Day 5 Monteverde--Coastal Puntarenas
Travel to Coastal Puntarenas
Volunteer activities
Day 6 Coastal Puntarenas--San José
Optional  folklore evening  $35
Details: Travel to San José via Sarchí
On the way to San José, travel to Sarchí, a highly artistic city known for its painted designs and brilliantly colored wheels of local ox carts.
Details: Sarchí craft village visit
Costa Rica's premiere crafts village provides the perfect opportunity for souvenir shopping. Sarchí became famous in the mid-1800s for its elaborate hand-painted oxcarts, and now its artisans create clothing, shoes, chess sets, and other items all decorated in the traditional manner.
Day 7 San José volunteer project
Volunteer activities
Day 8 End tour
Map of Costa Rica - 8 Day Culture & Compassion Tour
Tour Includes:
  • Round-trip airfare
  • 7 overnight stays in hotel with private bathrooms
  • Buffet-style breakfast daily
  • Lunch daily
  • Dinner daily
  • Full-time services of a professional Tour Director
  • Guided sightseeing tours and city walks as per itinerary
  • Visits to select attractions as per itinerary
  • Canopy Tour
  • Tour Diary™
  • Note: Tour cost does not include airline-imposed baggage fees, or fees for any required passport or visa. Please visit our Fees FAQ page for a full list of items that may not be included in the cost of your tour.
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