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.
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Program Snap Shot
- Arenal Volcano
- White Water Rafting
- Orphaned & Injured Animal Rescue
- Visit a Local School
- Hands-On Service Learning Project
- Swim at Picturesque “La Fortuna” Waterfall
- Authentic Local Markets
- SkyTram Aerial Gondola in Rainforest
- Canyoneering and Waterfall Rappels
- Volcanic Hot Springs
- Monteverde Cloud Forest
- Hummingbird Colony
- Zipline Canopy Adventure
- Outrigger Canoeing at Jaco Beach
- Snorkel Adventure in the Ocean
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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 welcome 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 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 a peaceful dinner in the globally-adored village of La Fortuna de San Carlos, or just “La Fortuna.”
This has been a big day, and we’ll be pretty wrung out by the time we get to the hotel. We’ll get oriented to the grounds and have a safety briefing, then settle into our rooms so we can recharge for tomorrow’s big adventures!
It may be an early night for our tired group, but we’ll sleep in the shadow of Arenal Volcano.
Day Three – Animal Rescue, Arenal National Park, Hot Springs
|This morning we will visit a rescue center for orphaned and injured animals.
This afternoon, our guide will introduce us to Arenal Volcano National Park.
We will also have an exciting, custom learning adventure that makes the most of the phenomenal resources in this beautiful park.
Later this afternoon, we’ll visit the famed Baldi Hot Springs. Are you ready to RELAX?
Day Four – Zipline, Waterfall Swim, Craft Market, School Visit
|This is a big day of adventure and discovery!
We’ll venture into the rainforest for a unique canopy tour. Our adventure begins on the Sky Tram, an open air gondola which transports us to the highest point of the Arenal Reserve.
From the top of the gondola we will ZIPLINE through the Rain Forest.
Next, we’re in trekking mode, as we are in pursuit of 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.
Then we’re headed back into the village of La Fortuna for lunch. We will have time to explore their incredible local market.
What awaits you next? Let’s just say that memories of this afternoon will stick with you for a lifetime. A visit to La Fortuna’s local school will give you a chance to meet Costa Rican children:
Day Five – Waterfall Rappel & Canyoning
|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. Here, 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
|Today is all about discovering the fascinating and exciting Cloud Forest biome.
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 to the Pacific coast of Costa Rica.
Once we arrive at Jaco Beach, the fun begins! Welcome to your outrigger canoe expedition.
Also, if you want, you’ll have time to snorkel from the beach (as long as conditions permit). Yay, BEACH TIME!
You’ll have lots of options if anyone in the group is into monkey- and bird-watching, or just into beachcombing.
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!
Breakfast at the hotel before heading to the airport for our flight back to the USA.