If Earth had a heart, it might be Costa Rica. Few countries on the planet offer the variations of terrain, climates, flora and fauna, so this is a rich learning ground to teach children about preserving and enjoying the environment. From animal life and outdoors, to plenty of
thrill-seeking and cultural experiences there is much to explore. Your family will learn what the saying Pura Vida means and will hopefully bring that simple-life spirit home.
Each of our itineraries has unique offerings allowing for cultural engagement and community give-back. Here are some of the things that will make your trip to Costa Rica special:
HIGHLIGHTS FOR FAMILIES
WHITE WATER RAFTING
ON TORO OR
White Water Rafting Class III – IV. Both rivers run for class III- IV (Toro River or Sarapiqui) offers some of Costa Rica’s best white water with big waves, technical rapids and continuous whitewater. Your journey begins with a 1-hour scenic drive through the Eastern portion of central Costa Rica through the beautiful pineapple, papaya and yucca fields with Volcano Arenal set in the backdrop. Once you reach our destination, our trained/skilled guides will review the rules and safety guidelines for the river to familiarize yourself with your job as paddlers. Then you will take the plunge and head down river. You will enjoy the spectacular scenery and a thrilling ride. Halfway through your journey you will
“re-fuel” on the riverbank and enjoy some delicious tropical fruit while soaking in the tropical surroundings.
ADULT ONLY TRAVELERS
DISCOVER THE SECRETS BEHIND
ONE OF THE WORLD'S
With the amazing Arenal Volcano in the background, you will enjoy an incredible experience in the midst of a tropical rainforest. Here, you will discover the secrets behind the production of one of the world’s finest delicacies: chocolate, starting from its origins and the uses it has had since its early beginnings to the way we are currently familiar with this product. A two hour,
hands-on program will allow you to learn many interesting facts about cocoa and chocolate, as well as participate in all the production process of chocolate, going through the harvesting, drying, grinding and production of the traditional drink of our ancestors and enjoying some high quality organic chocolate.
HIGHLIGHTS FOR FAMILIES
WITH CHILDREN UNDER 12
Enjoy a guided journey through “Arenal Vida Campesina” property where you can appreciate traditional and non-traditional cultivations and take part of activities like milking a cow, making “tortillas” and gathering of vegetables from their own garden, cultural activities as the milling of sugar cane, typical dances and collecting water from our handmade well. Also, you will have the opportunity to collaborate with the environment by sponsoring and planting a tree in danger of extinction and enjoying a typical, organic lunch made with products harvested from the property and cooked on a woodstove.
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GLOBAL COMMUNITY GIVE-BACK
Obras Del Espiritu Santo is a non-profit organization founded by the priest Sergio Valverde who started feeding homeless people fifteen years ago and since then it has grown into the well-known organization it is today. The organization has 38 different ministries focused on diverse social aspects such as health, education, and teenagers and children at risk. This institution provides counseling and motivational programs to homeless people and to individuals who are currently in prison. Every year, at Christmas they organize a party for 30,000 children. This party takes place in the National Stadium located in San Jose. Obras Del Espiritu Santo does not receive any financial help from the government, all they have accomplished is due to private contributions. During your visit, you will share a special time with the children and also you will visit the small zoo that priest Sergio has created in the community. You will have an opportunity to share with the children your culture and language while being accompanied by a bilingual guide.
Proyecto Asis “Wild Animal Rescue Center, Volunteer Programs and Spanish School” for a tour that allows you to experience a unique opportunity to not only be near the wild animals, but also help in their rehabilitation. During the tour, you will walk around the property accompanied by a tour guide, to visit each of the enclosures. In that way, you will learn important information of every specie: habitat where they live, source of food, social behavior, as well as information about if the animal is listed as endangered (national and international) and why. When this activity ends, there is a coffee break for the participants, including coffee, natural juice and tropical fruits. After that, you start with the volunteering that consists of preparing food for the animals and feeding them.
Ages to Travel
Travel to Costa Rica is suitable for all ages.
Time of Year to Travel
The best time to visit Costa Rica is from mid-December to April (the dry season). This peak tourist season boasts plenty of sunshine making it an ideal time for exploring rainforests and lounging on beaches. That said, the dry season is the most popular (and expensive) time to visit. Luckily the U.S. dollar goes a long way in Costa Rica no matter the season. You'll have to book your room and tour reservations three months in advance to secure a spot. If you don't mind getting a little wet, visit between May and November when prices are at their lowest. During June and July, rain showers pause briefly, and Costa Rica's forests burst with green foliage.
While planning your trip, keep in mind that the weather varies by region. In the thick forests of the Caribbean Sea coast and Northern Plains, expect high humidity and temperatures ranging between the 70s and high 80s year-round. Conversely, in the North Pacific, prepare for lower humidity levels, but temperatures that often soar into the 90s during Costa Rica's dry months. (Source US News and World Report)
Costa Rica being a tropical country, it presents weather conditions which vary from one area to another, so it is important to consider that various attractions (flora and fauna) as mentioned in the program are subject to climatic conditions of each site.
Travel Documents Required
A valid passport is required with six months before expiration for entry into Costa Rica. To apply for a visa or passport click this link: www.cibtvisas.com/departurelounge
Please note that passport holders are responsible for obtaining the required documentation applicable for entry. Please note also that passports must be valid for six (6) months before departure and should also have sufficient blank pages for visas and immigrations stamps. Global CommUnity cannot be held responsible should you be denied entry to a country due to non-compliance with these requirements.