ENROLL:  2 Borders – Nicaragua & Costa Rica!

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Zipline Adventure - Quo Student Travel
Double the Borders, Double the Adventure!

Get your pulse racing in the heart of Central America on a journey of learning across two breathtaking borders.

This experience is loaded with non-stop language immersion and hands-on science exposure.

Stretch (safely!) outside your comfort zone and conquer a range of physical and mental challenges, all disguised as fun & adventure.

Roll up your sleeves, get your hands dirty and get your heart in the game as you help a disadvantaged community improve their local school.

Strengthen your Spanish skills with challenging language-driven activities and engagements in local communities.

Adventure Travel - Quo Student Travel
Surf Camp - Costa Rica - Quo Student Travel

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Colonial History & Central American Culture
  • Explore Active Volcanos & Study Volcanology
  • Get Up-Close with Fauna & Flora of Unique Biomes
  • Encounter Sea Life as You Snorkel Off the Coast
  • Traditional Horse-Drawn Carriage through Old Town Granada
  • Zip Lines, Water Slides, Sea Kayaks & Thermal Pools Await
  • White Water Rafting on Tropical Rivers
  • Surfing on the Pacific
  • Snorkeling and Beach Soccer
  • Canyoneering & Waterfall Rappelling
  • Horseback Riding
  • Tropical Forest Wildlife Diversity
  • Expert Adventure, Naturalist, Wildlife and Biologist Guides
  • Spanish Language Activities
  • Hands-On Engagement with Locals & Peers

 

Full Program Itinerary

Day One: Depart for Nicaragua

Fly from our home airport to Managua where we will be met by our local guide and transferred to our hotel for the evening.

Day Two: Welcome to Nicaragua!

The Nicaraguan leg of our journey focuses on Central America’s colonial heritage, meaningful cultural immersion and, of course, Volcanoes!

After an early breakfast, we’ll be picked up by the local drivers of some incredibly cool ”Volantas” (traditional horse-drawn carriages), and set out to explore the colonial city of Granada. Granada is one of the oldest settlements in Central America.

This afternoon we will visit Lake Nicaragua for an educational expedition on the largest lake in Central America. We’ll board a boat and sail to an island for exploration, and later lunch is served next to the lake.

Later, we’ll sail back to shore and enjoy some free time to shop local markets and explore the old city on foot.

Day Three: Masaya Volcano & Central Market

Today’s full-day excursion begins with a visit to the Masaya Volcano National Park with expert vulcanology guides, where we will see the old and new lava flows and learn about the vulcanology of the region. But that’s just the beginning! Next, we’ll explore the rim of the main crater and get a closer look at this active volcano. Even if you know a lot about volcanoes (maybe especially because?), today will be rich in discovery and bucket-list experiences!

Later, we’ll visit the amazing Masayas Central Market, the perfect place to mingle with locals, practice your Spanish, learn about Nicaraguan traditions and admire the local handcrafts. Feel like a little shopping? By all means, enjoy.

Day Four: Costa Rica, Here We Come!

This morning, we’ll drive to the Nicaragua – Costa Rica border. The Costa Rica leg of our journey is packed with outdoor adventure! Each activity is designed to activate our minds and bodies so we’re primed for maximum learning, and so we remember every moment.

Once in Costa Rica, we’ll head to Buena Vista Lodge, located at the foothills of the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano, one of 5 active volcanoes in the country.

Our expertly-guided afternoon activities will be coordinated according to our arrival time. Possibilities include: horseback riding, a 1,400 ft. water slide nestled in the middle of the forest, zip-lining, soaking in thermal springs and even organic, restorative mud baths. No disappointing options here!

Day Five: White Water Rafting

Wildlife diversity and nature’s abundance are the foundation of this adventure-packed day!

We’ll get the best possible perspective as we observe Costa Rica’s incredible wildlife from the Corobicí River. The Corobicí is a wide and fast-flowing Class I & II river with moderate waves – great for all ages, experience & confidence levels. Plenty of fun, challenge and exhilaration, but with our expert rafting guides we’re safe enough to enjoy and embrace all the river has to offer.

You simply can’t imagine the lush vegetation and rich array of wildlife found in this tropical dry forest. Along the river, we’ll have a great opportunity to see and experience animals like: howler monkeys, white-faced monkeys, coatis, iguanas, some of the 300 species of birds that inhabit the nearby Palo Verde National Park, such as the wood stork, king shers, roseate spoonbill, boat-billed heron, bare-throated tiger heron and white ibis, among MANY others. All of these can be spotted in the trees along the riverbanks of the Corobicí and Tenorio rivers.

Following our river adventure, we’ll continue to the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica.

Day Six: Sea Kayaks & Surfing? Yes, please!

From the forest to the sea! Today, we’ll explore the spectacular coastline and pristine beaches of this region. Sea kayaks & outrigger canoes are the best way to explore these coastal waters. Easy paddling along the coast will get us to Playa Limoncito with its white sand beach and clear waters. This is the perfect place to snorkel or play beach soccer.

This afternoon, we will have a group surfing lesson – in case you’re feeling like doing something completely awesome.

There is something for every skill level in this two-hour lesson, but if you’re a novice, not to worry. We’ll have expert surf coaches ready to teach the fundamentals: etiquette, safety and wave dynamics, plus paddling skills, surfboard positioning, maneuvering, and of course proper stand-up and riding techniques. Prepare to #humblebrag & blast your social media channels with evidence of your surfboard prowess.

Day Seven: Canyoning & Waterfall Rappelling

After a short 15-minute drive from Jaco, we’ll arrive at a beautiful 800 acre property to start another day of spectacular and memorable adventures.

We’ll start with a safety briefing and equipment orientation before we begin our hike into the heavily-forested canyon where our naturalist guide will point out an amazing array of flora and fauna. Monkeys, toucan and scarlet macaws abound in this area. By now, you’ll have developed a significantly greater understanding of the impact climate change is having on these vulnerable biomes and the crises and threats these important species face.

How about a different perspective on this jungle world? After our gradual climb to the top, we’ll zip-line over of a gorgeous 200’ waterfall.

Then, we’ll begin our descent through the waterfalls – where we’ll rappel down 4 waterfalls from 60 – 90 feet!

A short hike further and we’ll “ZIP-OUT” on 2 massive canopy zip-lines. The longest is over 2,000 feet!

Before returning to the hotel, we’ll compare notes, take lots of selfies and enjoy a locally-harvested tropical fruit snack and fresh beverages.

Tonight we’ll unwind, reminisce and feast on a farewell dinner.

Day Eight: Homeward Bound
 This morning, we’ll transfer to the airport for our flight back to the USA.