COSTA RICA EXPEDITION
Costa Rica is the world’s most biologically diverse country. It offers spectacular wildlife, volcanoes, cloudforest, a rugged mountainous interior, lush coastal rainforest and huge stretches of both Caribbean and Pacific coasts. This expedition has it all!
Costa Rica is a suitable destination for a team who want a varied itinerary – it is particularly well suited to those with a particular interest in biology, geography or conservation. The population of Costa Rica is largely of Spanish descent and there are several indigenous populations still in existence. Costa Ricans are extremely friendly people and will welcome any team enthusiastically to their beautiful country.
COSTA RICA EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS
Here are just some of the incredible experiences you can choose from for your Costa Rica expedition:
Explore the beautiful and pristine Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve, home to red frogs, sapphire quetzals, orchids, hummingbirds and thousands of other species of plants and animals. There are a large number of excellent routes into the cloudforest to choose from.
Community & Conservation Projects
Making a Difference
Costa Rica provides a mixture of valuable conservation and community based projects. Teams can carry out project work in rural communities working with local people to maintain buildings or painting murals in schools with plenty of chances to interact with local villagers and children. This provides a great opportunity to get to know their way of life.
Teams may also have the chance to help out with turtle conservation work at the Ostional Turtle Reserve on the Pacific coast. Tasks can include helping carry out night patrols to help to protect sea turtles from poachers.
There are a range of fantastic treks available to teams, including hiking through the isolated, pristine rainforests of Costa Rica. Other options include climbing one of Costa Rica’s many volcanoes, Cerro Ena (3,126m). Located in the Talamanca Range, this trek passes through amazing cloud forest. It’s a real challenge, but from the summit, you are rewarded with views of the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. As you ascend, your expert guides will help you identify the abundant flora and fauna on the slopes and in the tree tops. You will be lucky if you spot any fellow trekkers – this is not a well-trodden path!
Rest & Relaxation
Throughout the expedition there are numerous opportunities for R&R activities. There are miles of Pacific and Caribbean beaches to relax on, and some fantastic thermal hot springs and waterfalls to discover. But to keep up the adrenalin, try white water rafting or whizz through the Monteverde cloud forest on a zip-wire!
- Costa Rica, Central America.
- Population: 4.7 million.
- Languages spoken: Spanish.
- Time zone: GMT -6.
- Terrain: Jungle, volcanoes, cloud forest, beaches.
- When can I travel there?: Expeditions possible all year round.
- Climate: Costa Rica experiences average year-round temperatures of between 21°-27°C. The coolest months are from Nov-Jan, and the warmest from Mar-May. The nation’s climate is classically divided into rainy and dry. The dry season runs from Jan-May and the rainy season from May-Nov and December.
- Expedition Physical Rating: Medium.
- Expedition Duration: 21 to 28 days.
- Culture Shock: Medium.
- Typical accommodation: Local hostels and tents.
- Ideal for: Those with an interest in biology, geography or conservation and great trekking.
- Away from main tourist areas few people speak English so you should learn as much Spanish as you can before you go. The locals really appreciate it and you’ll get so much more out of your expedition.
- Spanish is the main language spoken in Costa Rica.
- Costa Rica has 615 species of birds and mammals per square kilometre – more than any other country in the world.
- National Parks and Environmental Protection Areas make up 25% (one quarter) of the total land in Costa Rica.
- Costa Rica has 800 miles of coastline, between the Pacific and Caribbean coasts
Your In-Country Agent, Javier Cano, will be on-hand throughout your expedition. He runs his own outdoor-education company and has worked with us since 2003.
Costa Rica & Nicaragua
Costa Rica and Nicaragua is the world’s most biologically diverse region. It offers spectacular wildlife, volcanoes, cloudforest, a rugged mountainous interior, lush coastal rainforest and huge stretches of both Caribbean and Pacific coasts. With the chance to trek on the volcanoes of Nicaragua or in the pristine jungle of Costa Rica, this expedition has it all! Click here for more information.
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