Make a Difference: Costa Rica Sun and Service

Give back by volunteering in the rural community of Santos, where you will engage in service learning activities like painting a local school, planting a community garden, or simply picking up litter to beautify the natural landscape. Explore the great outdoors further by kayaking around Lake Arenal, then test the waters of nature's Jacuzzi at the nearby hot springs. Learn how coffee gets from farm to table on our Bio Coffee Adventure, then top off your outdoor educational adventure by witnessing a volcano's bubbling surface up close(but not too close).
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Day 1 Hola San José
Meet your tour director and check into hotel
Day 2 San José to Santos
Travel to Santos
Optional  canopy tour  $45
Details: Introduction to Los Santos project
The group can pick from a range of activities within the rural community of Santos. Activities include painting at the local school, preparing a garden, restoration by the river banks, garbage collection or construction restoration in the school or church. These activities not only help the community but give students the opportunity to experience life in a Costa Rican rural community.
Day 3 Santos day of service
Details: Bio coffee adventure
As part of the biocoffee tour, you'll experience the full organic coffee process, from the fields to the processing plant. The tour includes walks through both shade & sun-grown coffee with true Costa Rican coffee experts & farmers.
Details: Volunteer activities
The group can pick from a range of activities within the rural community of Santos. Activities include painting at the local school, preparing a garden, restoration by the river banks, garbage collection or construction restoration in the school or church. These activities not only help the community but give students the opportunity to experience life in a Costa Rican rural community.
Day 4 Santos--Coastal Puntarenas
Details: Travel to Coastal Puntarenas by 4x4
Through the rural back roads of Costa Rica you will appreciate impressive views of Los Santos forest reserves. You will have several opportunities to see 7 different altitude planes from Los Santos to Manuel Antonio & discover the diverse vegetation that is abundant in our country. You will cross rivers and mountains in a fully equipped 4x4. This is a ride you'll never forget!
Day 5 Manuel Antonio excursion
Details: Manuel Antonio National Park guided visit
Take a tour of this national park with your Tour Director who is certified as a professional, local guide. Manuel Antonio includes 12 islands and is known for its white sands and array of wild life. You will share the park and its four beaches with sea turtles, parrots, three-toed sloths, tapirs, howler monkeys and iguanas. A word to the wise—be careful of the sneaky white face monkeys. They know how to unzip backpacks. The park boasts an estuary, mangroves, a lagoon and paths, one which leads to an observation tower for a 360° view.
Day 6 Coastal Puntarenas--Arenal
Travel to Arenal
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 7 Arenal to San José
Travel to San José
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 8 End tour

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  • Day 8 Start river rafting extension
    Details: Whitewater rafting guided excursion
    The perfect way to experience Costa Rica at its best. After getting full safety and paddling instructions from your guide, head off into lush rainforest teeming with toucans, herons, and iguanas. Be on the lookout for basilisk lizards—these reptiles can scurry across the water on their hind legs, a feat that earned them the nickname “Jesus Christ lizards.” End your tour of Costa Rica’s most popular river with a traditional lunch prepared by your guide.
    Day 9 End tour
    Map of Costa Rica: Sun and Service Educational Tour
    Tour Includes:
    • Round-trip airfare
    • 7 overnight stays (8 with extension) in hotels with private bathrooms
    • 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
    • Two half-day volunteer projects
    • River rafting on extension
    • Tour Diary™
    • Note: On arrival day only dinner is provided; on departure day, only breakfast is provided
    • 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.
    We are better able to assist you with a quote for your selected departure date and city over the phone. Please call 1.888.310.7120 to price this tour with your requested options.
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    2269.00 total fee
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