Costa Rica Volunteer & Adventure
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- Combine volunteering with adventure touring on this epic combo!
- Make a difference as a conservation volunteer at a fantastic turtle project
- Discover the mighty Arenal Volcano
- Soak your muscles in the therapeutic Baldi Hot Springs
- Learn how sugar, coffee and cocoa are produced in Monteverde
- Enjoy a thrilling tree-top zip-lining experience!
Discover Costa Rica on this fantastic trip that combines super-rewarding volunteer experiences with adrenaline-pumping adventures and unforgettable excursions. Kick off the adventure with 5 days of conservation work at a turtle project. Help care for cute turtles and make a real difference in the local environment. Then buckle up for a week of adventures, including volcano hikes, a sugar mill tour and zip-lining! Fall in love with beautiful Costa Rica on this epic Volontour!
This is self-guided trip, meaning that while you are volunteering you may be with other volunteers, your travel for the rest of the trip will be independent but we’ve got your accommodation and transfers sorted (as well as a range of unmissable excursions!).
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Day 1: Arrive in San Jose
After you land in San Jose International Airport you will be transferred to your city accommodation. Spend the rest of the day exploring and relaxing after your flight.
Day 2: San Jose to Montezuma
Transfer to Montezuma beach today. This is the location of your incredible Sea Turtle Conservation Project, where you’ll help protect Olive Ridleys and Leatherbacks among other wonderful turtle species. Settle into your accommodation and prepare for the days ahead. Breakfast and dinner included.
Day 3-7: Sea Turtle Conservation Project
For the next 5 days, you’ll make a real difference helping to protect cute sea turtles. You’ll get involved with beach patrols, barrier maintenance and hatchery monitoring. You will work between 6 and 10 hours a day, with the majority of work taking place at night. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included every day.
Day 8: Montezuma to La Fortuna
Leave your turtle friends behind and continue on to La Fortuna, a town at the base of the mighty Arenal volcano. Settle into your accommodation and get some first snaps of this impressive active volcano. Breakfast included.
Day 9: Arenal Volcano & Baldi Hot Springs
Today, we’ll enjoy a short hike in Arenal Volcano National Park. We’ll hike to a stunning view point that offers fantastic views of the volcano. We’ll then swing through Sarchi town en route to the Baldi Hot Springs. Soak your muscles in these therapeutic waters before heading back to La Fortuna. Dinner included.
Day 10: La Fortuna
Enjoy a free day to relax and explore in La Fortuna.
Day 11: La Fortuna to Monteverde
Today we’ll journey on to Monteverde’s Cloud Forest. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife. This magnificent reserve is home to over 100 species of mammals and 1,200 species of amphibians and reptiles!
Day 12: Monteverde
Venture deeper into the forest and learn about the conservation of Monteverde. Then enjoy an included sugar mill tour. You will learn about the processing of sugarcane and coffee beans. You’ll then see how cocoa is produced, culminating in an opportunity to make your own sweets and taste a ‘gallo de arracache’ with a cup of fresh coffee! Return to Monteverde this evening.
Day 13: Zip-lining
Get your adrenaline pumping with a tree-top zip-line experience. You’ll enjoy a range of awesome zip-lines, including one that runs through an underground tunnel! Whizzing through the trees on a 150m high cable means that you see some incredible views across the forest. You may even whizz past some wonderful wildlife, such as jaguars and ocelots.
Day 14: Monteverde to San Jose
Head back to San Jose and enjoy your final night in the city.
Day 15: Trip Ends
Your trip ends today with an included return airport transfer. Fly home or on for more travel adventures! Breakfast included.
Please note that all activities, inclusions and itineraries are subject to change.
- 14 nights’ accommodation
- Airport pick-up and drop-off
- 5-day turtle volunteering project
- Arenal Volcano & Hot Springs experience
- Trapiche Sugar Mill tour
- Zipline experience
- 24-hour emergency support
- Travel Insurance
- Departure Tax
- Some meals and drinks
- Optional activities
14 nights of shared hostel accommodation are included on this tour. 2 nights will be spent in San Jose, 6 nights will be spent at the turtle project, 3 nights will be spent in La Fortuna and 3 nights will be spend in Monteverde.
Please note, if you are travelling during the coronavirus pandemic you may be required to book a single room for the duration of the tour. Please speak to a travel advisor for more details.
8 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 7 dinners are included. Please see itinerary for details of which days these meals are included on.
Your tour starts and ends in San Jose. You will be picked-up and dropped-off at the airport, so please arrange your flights to arrive on your programme start date between 8am and 6pm and depart on your programme end date from Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO).
To arrange your flights, contact our fantastic flights team on 01892 277037 or email them at [email protected] They will be able to search for the best flight offers to your chosen destinations, so you can plan and organise your trip in one place. Just make sure you give them your full name, as stated in your passport, along with your chosen departure dates, return dates, and any other details you want to include.
The minimum age for this trip is 18 years.
British nationals aren’t required to have a visa to enter Costa Rica and can remain in the country as a visitor for up to three months. You will however need at least six months validity remaining on your passport following your planned departure from Costa Rica as well as proof of onward travel or return home. Please note, there is a 29USD fee payable on exiting the country.
What Should I Bring?
Alongside the usual things you’d pack for travelling, you must also bring some bedding and a pillow for your time at the turtle project - a sleeping bag and liner will be perfect.
What Sort Of Food Will Be Served At The Volunteer Project?
You will be provided with 3 meals a day. Meals will usually consist of rice, beans, salads, pastas, vegetables and fruit.
Is This A Group Tour?
During your sections of volunteering it is possible that you may be grouped with other volunteers. The rest of the trip is a self-guided trip meaning that your travel accommodation and activities as per the itinerary will be booked for you and you will travel independently giving you plenty of freedom and flexibility as you explore.
Due to Covid-19, many of our partners and suppliers across the globe are putting in place new procedures and policies regarding health and safety in response to the outbreak. These new measures will adapt and change as the state of travel evolves, and the policies and procedures will vary depending on each trip. Some changes that you may experience on our trips are:
Updated safety & hygiene procedures
Health and safety measures will be adapted by our partners and suppliers, dependent on local laws and restrictions.
Different transport & accommodation
You may find yourself on transport or in accommodation that would not typically be used, such as hostels that are more secluded, or on more private transport. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Most trips include a meeting on arrival with the guide or local team to discuss the trip, and this is an opportunity for you to ask any questions. You should arrive in time to attend these briefings.
Emergency support 24/7
We have a UK based 24/7 emergency phone line if you have a genuine urgent matter that you need attending.
Knowledgeable & Trained Staff
We can help answer any questions or concerns you may have before you depart. Whilst travelling the guide or local team on our trips are there to help, and to ensure the smooth running of our trips.
Should you require medical assistance whilst travelling, the local team or guide will be able to help you get to a point of care. Medical facilities and standards can vary across the glove, so you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place.
Varying group sizes
To begin with, many trips will run with amended group sizes, so you may find smaller groups than would be typical. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Whilst there may be changes on our trips, it is vital that you make travelling safer for yourself, your travel companions, the local staff and guides, and the people of the country you are visiting. You should follow all local laws and restrictions, and follow the guidance of the local team. In addition, you can help make travel safer by bringing and using your own face coverings/masks and hand sanitiser, social distance where appropriate, wash your hands frequently, and cover your face when coughing or sneezing.