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Highlights
  • Patrol for sea turtles laying their eggs
  • Chill out on the beach and watch the waves lap at the coast
  • Search for the elusive quetzal bird
  • Take the opportunity to go whitewater rafting

From pristine cloud forests to the Pacific coast’s famous surf, experience some of the world's most incredible scenery and exotic wildlife—and make a lasting impact while you're there. Spend five days volunteering with a sea turtle project to help ensure these endearing creatures are around for future generations to admire. Then, hike through misty cloud forests and get your heart racing on optional activities in the lush wilderness. Give some of your time to this beautiful country and a worthy cause, and you'll be rewarded with an experience you can really treasure. Gain a real sense of accomplishment and take home more than photographs.

Trip Description
Volunteer Costa Rica
 

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4.8 Guide
4.8 Activities
4.8 Lodging
4.8 Transportation
4.8 Meals
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Volunteer Costa Rica

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Discovering a new paradise every day January 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This trip with G Adventures was amazing. Every day we were visiting a new place, a new paradise. Walking through the tropical forest, we were always amazed by the wildlife we encountered. There are no words to describe the feeling you get when you wake up roasting in the sun listening to the bird and the river that is just next to your sleeping arrangement. This trip was amazing because we got to stay with locals. Each place we went was more amazing the the previous one. There is no better place to get away from work, relax and enjoy the simple things of life. Even though we walked a lot on this trip, I felt at peace with myself and relaxed when I got back.

Amazing place, amazing people, breathtaking scenery what else do you need?
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A great adventure awaits with G adventures! January 2017

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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I just returned from this Costa Rica Quest trip. It was probably the best vacation of my life. It was an ACTIVE vacation and there was little down time. If you want a holiday where you are sitting by a pool and being waited on, then you shouldn't book this trip. However, if you like to try new things, want some adventure, enjoy nature and meeting great people then go with G! Also, I found all of the staff to be exceptionally helpful and responsive.
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I have already recommended G Adventure tours to my sister and she is now looking into booking a tour later this year. This was my first time travelling on my own and in this style of travelling, I absolutely loved it and definitely want to do another tour with G Adventures in the future. It was great travelling in a group and with a Costa Rican guide who made the trip really easy, fun and gave the group opportunities to explore real Costa Rica that I wouldn't have had travelling on my own e.g. the guide taking us to his family home for breakfast, public hot springs in Arenal and teaching us how to dance salsa and taking us to fun local discotecs. Would definitely recommend this trip and G Adventures in general to other friends and family. August 2016

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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The Costa Rica Adventure was absolutely incredible! Every day was amazing and I loved every part of the tour. It was great fun travelling in this style and meeting new people from across the globe. I feel like I got
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The philosophy of travel for G Adventures is to support local business and to explore the culture in a specific country in an authentic manner. December 2015

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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
As a first time G Adventure client. I thought the tour itself is very well planned. It gave an interesting overview of many areas- flora and fauna and physical features of the various areas of Costa Rica. Our tour guide provided a balance of directed activity and great suggestions for our "free" individual choice times for excursions. I felt as though I had a brush with the real culture of this country. A very positive experience.
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I had a great experience and want to share it with others December 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I had a great time. The size of the group was perfect - 16 ppl. I've been with larger groups (32 ppl). I prefer the smaller group. The itinerary was great. The CEO was great. Our group was great. Loved all of the adventurous activities - included and optional.
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Itinerary

Day 1 San José

There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 San José/Montezuma (1D)

Depart early from San José travel to Montezuma, a small village located on the Pacific coast. Spend the next five days working alongside local and international volunteers to help protect endangered sea turtles. Transport: Take a taxi to the bus station before boarding the bus to Puntarenas. Local bus Ferry Transfer to the sea turtle conservation project. Local bus

Days 3-7 Montezuma

If you're working on the turtle projects, most of the activities happen between 21:00 and 07:00, depending on the tides. With free days, check out some optional activities in the area or see what the CEO has organized for the group. Included Activities: The Montezuma Sea Turtle Project Volunteering

Day 8 Montezuma/Monteverde (1B)

Travel to the misty mountain air of the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Spend two days exploring Monteverde and the Forest Reserve, truly a nature lover's paradise. If you're there at the right time of year, you may be lucky enough to see the Resplendent Quetzal, one of the most beautiful and elusive birds in the world. Enjoy an included 'El Trapiche Tour' to learn more about Costa Rican culture, including sugar cane processing, coffee production and other aspects of local agriculture. This hands-on experience will provide a better understanding of Costa Rica. Included Activities: El Trapiche Tour Transport: Transfer from the sea turtle conservation project back to the ferry. Local bus Ferry Private Vehicle

Day 9 Monteverde

Check out the birds and forest on a guided tour of Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve with free time to explore the area. Additional Notes: If you booked the Adrenaline Theme Pack, you will have a bird’s-eye view of the rainforest canopy as you soar through the trees on a Tarzan swing, a giant rappel and a 450-foot-high zipline. Tour is approx. 2.5 hours long. Included Activities: Santa Elena Cloud Forest Guided Tour

Day 10 Monteverde

Enjoy more free time in Monteverde. Try a canopy or zipline tour. Looking for a slower-paced activity? Visit a butterfly garden.

Day 11 Monteverde/La Fortuna

Travel by bus and boat to La Fortuna, located at base of the Arenal Volcano. Opt for a night hike around the base of the volcano accompanied by a soundtrack of monkeys. Hike the area’s nature trails, swim in chilly La Fortuna waterfall or join a canopy tour and catch a bird’s eye view of the forest greenery. Transport: Private Vehicle Boat Private Vehicle

Days 12-13 La Fortuna

Optional activities here include full-day whitewater rafting on the Peñas Blancas or Balsa Rivers, mountain biking, caving, horseback riding, or a tour of the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge. Like much of Costa Rica, the area is a birders’ paradise, with over 600 species as permanent residents. Finally, after a long day of exploring, take a relaxing soak in lush cascading hot springs. Soak in one of the natural thermal baths and rivers under the shade of the surrounding canopy. Additional Notes: If you booked the Adrenaline Theme Pack, you will have an action-packed day with both canyoneering and an option of your choice. Canyoneering is approximately 2.5 hrs long, with four waterfall repels through the lush rainforests around Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano. For the second option, you can choose ONE of the following: Stand-up paddle (2 hours), half-day hike (3 hours), venado cave excursion (2 hours) or kayaking (2 hours).

Day 14 La Fortuna/San José

Return to San José for some last minute shopping and a final night on the town. Transport: Private Van with Wi-fi

Day 15 San José

Depart at any time.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 1,299

Price Per Day:

$ 87 per person
 
Costa Rica airport exit tax: $29USD
Details
Trip Includes
  • Hands-On: El Trapiche Tour
  • Monteverde
  • Volunteering at a sea turtle conservation project (Montezuma
  • 5-day)
  • Sugar cane and coffee plantation guided tour (Monteverde)
  • Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve guided tour
  • La Fortuna stay
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Meals Included: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
Flights & Transport
Only ground transportPublic bus, boat, private van, walking.
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 16
Max 16, avg 12

Solo Notes

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Accomodations
Simple hotels (8 nts), basic lodges (6 nts, multi-share).
Please note if you are a single traveller, you can expect to share accommodation with one or two other travelers of the same sex for the duration of your trip. Using multi-share accommodation when available helps us to keep our operating cost down, and these savings are passed onto you. If you are traveling with a friend or companion, we will attempt to keep your accommodation on a twin or double basis, however, ask you to be open to the idea of occasional multi-share rooms. While volunteering, your accommodation will be in a basic, large, multi-share room.
Start City
San José
End City
San José
Guides Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Age Notes

Min. Age: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Additional Information:

Important Notes

1) Costa Rica will not be allowing anyone to enter the country without proof of a departure ticket (bus, airplane, boat, etc.). If you are travelling through a few countries in Central America, you will need to show proof of your itinerary and a departure ticket from your last destination. Please print the itinerary and voucher and bring it with you. 2) Be prepared for rain and lower temperatures during the winter season (June-November), especially in Costa Rica's central valley. 3) There is no guarantee that you will see turtles coming onshore to lay eggs. This is a natural occurrence and as such it is not possible to schedule sightings. 4) Food and accommodation is quite basic at the Montezuma Turtle Project. 5) For the nighttime beach patrols at the Montezuma Turtle Project, dark clothes are a requirement. These patrols are approx 12km in length and can be quite physically demanding. 6) The Montezuma Turtle Project has a strict no alcohol policy. While staying at the project on Days 2-7, G Adventures volunteers must abide by this. 7) Looking to add to your experience? Check out our Theme Packs! Specially designed for travellers with unique interests, theme packs are optional add-ons to your G adventures trip that make your adventure more you-centric. Theme Packs must be booked prior to departure, please see details in our optional activities field and ask you sales CEO.

Meals

Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. The above information applies to G Adventures group trips. Please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Physical Requirements Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility' is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information. The medical questionnaire can be found online at: www.gadventures.com/medical-form.
Rules & Other Requirements Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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