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ACIS - Costa Rican Animal Sanctuary - Educational tour to Costa Rica

Discover all the diverse wildlife Costa Rica has to offer as you assist on a service project at La Marina Wildlife Rescue Center.

DAY 1: San Jose

Arrive in the Costa Rican capital of San José, meet your tour manager, and enjoy your first taste of la pura vida.

DAY 2: Tortuguero

Rise early this morning and drive through the dormant volcanoes and spectacular cloud forest of the Braulio Carrillo National Park. Continue on a riverboat journey, which will take you to your lodge in Tortuguero. Enjoy spotting the wildlife as you travel, looking out for the West Indian manatee, caimans, or spider monkeys hanging down over the river! All meals are included while in Tortuguero.

DAY 3: Tortuguero

Featuring the most important green sea turtle nesting ground in the Western Caribbean, today's sightseeing adventure within Tortuguero National Park includes boat tours and hiking. A series of canals, mangroves, swamps and lagoons create perfect opportunities to study the vegetation and the multitude of wildlife.

DAY 4: Aguas Zarcas

Depart Tortuguero and journey inland to the northern plains region in the province of Alajuela. Arrive at the La Marina Wildlife Rescue Center to begin your service project. Learn about the center's rescue and rehabilitation efforts and become familiar with many of the country's diverse animal populations as you assist with projects such as improving habitat space, feeding the animals or collecting data.

DAY 5: Aguas Zarcas

Today continue work on the wildlife rescue center service project. Depending on where the need is greatest, you may be assisting with projects such as improving habitat space, feeding the animals or collecting data. Later this afternoon you soar above the treetops, spotting colorful birds and exotic plants on a canopy tour.

DAY 6: Aguas Zarcas

Enjoy your final day of volunteer work on the wildlife rescue center service project.

DAY 7: San Jose

Spend a final morning in the Alajuela province. Then journey back to Costa Rica's capital. Arrive in San José in time for a Costa Rican dinner and folklore show.

DAY 8: Departure

Depart for the USA.

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  • Full hot breakfast and authentic Costa Rican dinners are plentiful and delicious
  • Stay cool and hydrated with unlimited drinking water on your bus daily
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  • Help animals in need during a multi-day animal service project
  • All meals (even lunches!) are included while in Tortuguero National Park
  • Experience more of the Costa Rican culture during a folklore show



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  • Students will gain an understanding of the challenge of developing sustainable and responsible tourism without damaging a fragile environment.
  • In experiencing the rich biodiversity of Costa Rica, students will come to understand the value and importance of preserving endangered species.
  • Students will learn the importance of various local dances in the native culture, and distinguish between different styles, such as Merengue and Cumbia.



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