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ACIS - Sarapiquí Conservation Learning - Educational tour to Costa Rica

Discover the diverse flora and fauna of Costa Rica's National Parks and help local community conservation efforts during a reforestation and community development service project.

DAY 1: San Jose

Arrive in San José, capital of Costa Rica. Meet your tour manager and begin to explore your new surroundings.

DAY 2: Tortuguero

Rise early this morning and drive through the spectacular cloud forest in 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: Sarapiqui

Depart the coast and travel inland to the lush surroundings of Sarapiquí where you will begin your community development service project. Projects will be determined by where the need is greatest, but may include activities such as painting or grounds upkeep at local schools, sidewalk improvements or building a bus stop. You'll have the opportunity to form friendships and share customs as you volunteer alongside residents and interact with the local school children.

DAY 5: Sarapiqui

Continue your volunteer work at the this morning with a reforestation service project. Learn about local agriculture as you visit an area farm and assist with planting native trees needed for the sustainability of the ecosystem. In the afternoon sharpen your culinary skills with a cooking lesson on how to prepare typical Costa Rican dishes. Learn about the local ingredients, assist with preparation and enjoy the delicious results.

DAY 6: San Carlos

This morning depart for the northern plains of the San Carlos region. Arrive in the small town of La Fortuna. From here, you'll have a spectacular view of the Arenal Volcano, a perfect cone over 5,000 feet high and one of the most active in the world. Explore the nearby rainforest with a bird's-eye perspective on the flora and fauna of this unique ecosystem during an adventurous canopy tour.

DAY 7: San Carlos

Begin your morning with a visit to the beautiful La Fortuna Waterfall and hike to the swimming hole below. Continue to Jauri Tropical Farm, an ecological farm owned by a retired school principal who teaches you about the cultivation of different types of native produce and some of the culinary and medicinal uses they afford.

DAY 8: San Jose

Journey to Sarchí, the hub of Costa Rica’s arts and crafts trade, known for its ox-carts and leather rocking chairs. You’ll participate in a craft workshop, learning about the history and the methods of creating this brightly colored furniture before painting your own small souvenir to take home. Continue to San José and enjoy your final evening of Tico hospitality.

DAY 9: 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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  • Support local conservation efforts by planting trees at a local farm
  • Participate in a community development service project
  • Food becomes part of the experience with a cooking lesson



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Tortuguero Fauna

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Sarapiqui river


  • In experiencing the rich biodiversity of Costa Rica, students will come to understand the value and importance of preserving endangered species.
  • Students will gain an understanding of the challenge of developing sustainable and responsible tourism without damaging a fragile environment.
  • Students will become familiar with many aspects of the Costa Rican culture and how it has been influenced by the geography and history of the region.



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