9 Day Youth Immersion Experience

What it includes:

  • Airport shuttle on arrival and departure dates
  • Daily transports for all activities associated with itinerary
  • All shared lodging for duration of tour
  • Most meals (No meals included at Samara beach, breakfast only in La Fortuna)
  • Entrance fee to Hot Springs with dinner in La Fortuna.

What it doesn’t include:

  • Airfare to and from Costa Rica
  • Medical Travel insurance (required)
  • Airport exit fee (~$30)
  • Passports
  • Vaccinations (check http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/costa-rica.htm)
  • Free day activities Samara beach
  • OPTIONAL Spanish/English children’s books (for used book sale in San Ramon to generate funds for community projects.

Itinerary (all activities subject to change due to availability)

Day 1 (Saturday)

  • Travel to warm, sunny Costa Rica.  Arrive in Alajuela where a shuttle will be waiting to transport you to beautiful San Ramón.  Settle in for the evening at the hostel as you get your first taste of Costa Rican (Tico) culture.  Note: San José is the capital but the airport is actually in the neighboring town of Alajuela.
san ramon church
San Ramon Catholic Church

Day 2 (Sunday)


  • Time to dive into the immersion experience!  Start your morning off with an authentic Tico (Costa Rican) breakfast.   After that we’ll have orientation, learn/refresh some Spanish and then go out and explore San Ramón.


  • Eat lunch with local family in La Tigra.  Have an authentic “campo” meal and see what Costa Rican rural life is like.
  • Venture to the Eternal Children’s Rainforest and settle in with a nice cup of Costa Rican coffee while taking in the wildlife.
  • Lodging: Biological station (shared bunks)
  • Location: Pocosol

Day 3 (Monday)

  • As the sun rises and the mist clears you’ll have your first opportunity to enter the rainforest and take in the sights and smells.  You’ll hike with the park rangers as they lead you on the trails and show you the sights such as a waterfall and fumaroles.

    Volcanic mud facial
    Volcanic mud facial
  • In the afternoon you´ll begin your volunteer work.  Projects are diverse and are dependent on the current needs of the reserve.  Trails are alway in need of repair as the rains and undergrowth are a constant menace.  Raking, replacing/repairing signage and trail landscaping are the most common activities.
  • Lodging: Biological station (shared bunks)
  • Location: Pocosol

Day 4-5 (Tuesday-Wednesday)

  • Volunteer work at Pocosol.  Take time in the afternoons to reflect and observe the natural beauty of the forest.
  • Lodging: Biological station (shared bunks)
  • Location: Pocosol

Day 6 (Thursday)


  • Finish up your stay with one last hike or dip in the lagoon and make preparations to descend back down to civilization.


  • This afternoon we’ll have the unique opportunity to tour a wild animal rescue center.

    From parrots to monkeys to raccoons to caimans, this center takes in a lot of injured wildlife with the hopes of one day releasing them again.

  • After the rescue center you will be taken to the tourist town of La Fortuna.  Explore the town, do some souvenir shopping and then get over to the hot springs to wind down the evening.
  • Lodging: Eco Lodge hotel or equivalent
  • Location: La Fortuna

Day 7 (Friday)

  • Beach day! Depart La Fortuna in the morning and head directly to Samara beach (or
    Adventure anyone?
    Adventure anyone?

    stop on the way to do an optional adventure tour)

  • Location: Samara

Day 8 (Saturday)


  • Take one last swim in the ocean and then pack your bags as we get ready to head back to San Ramón.


  • Final going away dinner in San Ramón.  What better way to close out Costa Rica than with a nice meal at a local friend’s house.

Day 9 (Sunday)

  • Shuttle to airport.  Just like that your adventure has come to an end.  We wish you a very Pura Vida return home and we hope to see you again soon!

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