Costa Rica Discovery!
It’s more than the quintessential slogan for Costa Rica – it’s a way of embracing the day and living life to the fullest.
Here, among the lush rainforest canopies, pebbled beaches and gaze-worthy waterfalls, students and teachers will channel their inner adrenaline junky while connecting with a culture that’s warm and welcoming.
Join Quo for an incredible 8-day adventure, packed with cultural immersion, meaningful service, language exposure, connection to nature and educational experiences that will have an enduring impact.
Program Snap Shot
- Arenal Volcano
- White Water Rafting
- Abandoned & Injured Animal Rescue
- Coffee, Sugarcane, and Chocolate Plantation
- Hands-On Orphanage Service Project
- Authentic Local Craft & Food Markets
- SkyTram Aerial Rainforest Gondola
- Canyoning & Waterfall Rappels
- Volcanic Hot Springs
- Monteverde Cloud Forest
- Hummingbird Colony
- Zipline Canopy Adventure
- Outrigger Canoeing at Jaco Beach
- Pacific Ocean Snorkel Adventure
- Relax for an afternoon at the BEACH!
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Full Program Itinerary
Day One – Journey to Costa Rica
|Today we will fly to San Jose, Costa Rica. Upon arrival we will be met by our guide who will accompany us to our hotel in San Jose where we will enjoy a late dinner before getting a good night’s rest.|
Day Two – White Water Rafting
|After a morning briefing with our guide, our Costa Rica adventure begins with adrenaline!
Later, we’ll journey back to San Jose where we’ll have a little time to rest and clean up before dinner.
Tonight, we will enjoy a fun and festive “Welcome Dinner,” and then it will be an early night for our tired group.
Day Three – Orphaned Children, Coffee & Chocolate
|After a morning briefing with our guide, our Costa Rica adventure begins with local interaction!
Later, we will begin our journey north, into the landscape dominated by the majestic Volcano Arenal. The 3-hour drive is beautiful and our guide will make good use of the journey by helping us discover and learn a lot about Costa Rica along the way.
We will enjoy lunch in the globally-adored village of La Fortuna de San Carlos, or just “La Fortuna.”
There will be time after lunch for us to visit La Fortuna’s incredible local market.
This afternoon, we will head into the countryside to visit a Coffee and Cacao Plantation!
Tonight, we’ll have time for fun at the hotel after dinner. Pool time, anyone?
Day Four – Wildlife Rescue, Horses & Hot Springs
|This program is called “Discovery” precisely because of days like today!
Discover Wildlife: our day begins with a visit to a rescue center for orphaned and injured animals.
This is not only a great opportunity to learn first-hand about the fauna of Costa Rica, but it’s also a chance to perform some memorable service with a worthy organization.
We’ll have lunch back in the quaint village of La Fortuna before our afternoon rainforest adventure begins.
Discover Adventure: we’re nowhere near the wild west, but riding horseback is a common way for locals to get from one place to the next. For this afternoon’s adventure, we’ll gather at the local stables and saddle up!
We’ll ride horseback through the rainforest to discover one of Costa Rica’s most sought-after remote locations: picturesque La Fortuna Waterfall, where we’ll be rewarded with a swim in the refreshing natural pool.
Discover Relaxation: next, we will visit the famed Baldi Hot Springs.
We’ll enjoy dinner (& tons of fun) tonight at the hot springs.
Day Five – Canyoning & Waterfall Rappels
|This morning we don our safety helmets and trek through the forest to some of the most exciting waterfalls in Costa Rica. This is a place few people endeavor to experience.
And soon we will encounter our first waterfall! Time to harness up & rappel into the beautiful, pristine canyon below.
After a hearty lunch, we’ll motor around Lake Arenal en route to Monteverde, where we will spend two nights in a rustic lodge high in the Costa Rican Cloud Forest!
When we arrive this afternoon, we’ll enjoy lunch and get a briefing from our expert guide, who will help us get oriented to this new climate and environment. The cloud forest is distinctively different from the rainforest, in terms of temperature, elevation, humidity, topography, microclimates and the rivers that run through each.
We’ll begin to identify the differences first-hand as we enter the incredible world of hummingbirds at the Hummingbird Gallery!
As you pause to take in the beauty and complexity of this incredible habitat and the reserve that surrounds you, you’ll might feel you’re appreciating nature’s spectacle in a whole new way.
Day Six – Monteverde Cloud Forest & ZIPLINE
|Today is all about discovering the fascinating and exciting Cloud Forest biome.
After a rigorous morning of hiking and discovery with our specialized naturalist guide, we’ll head into town to decompress and refuel with a hearty lunch.
Next, we’ll venture back into the misty cloud forest for a unique canopy tour. Our adventure begins on the Sky Tram, an open air gondola which transports us to one of the highest points in the reserve.
From the top of the gondola we will ZIPLINE through the cloud forest canopy!
After a pulse-pounding adventure, we’ll head back to the hotel for some time at the pool, or just enjoying the grounds before we clean up for dinner.
Day Seven – Jaco Beach, Outrigger Canoes, Snorkeling
|Adventure activities always create an opportunity for personal growth, and Costa Rica is packed with adventure!
This morning, we’ll head down out of the high Cloud Forest and make our way to the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. We’ll see the landscape transform completely as we approach the ocean.
Once we arrive at Jaco Beach, the fun begins! Welcome to your outrigger canoe expedition!
After a nice lunch by the ocean, you’ll have time to snorkel from the beach (as long as conditions permit). Yay, BEACH TIME!
This afternoon, you’ll drive back to San Jose. The group will have time to freshen up and get ready for your farewell dinner!
Day Eight – Adios, amigos!
|Today we’re homeward bound!
Enjoy one final breakfast at the hotel before heading to the airport for our flight back to the USA. Buen viage!