Costa Rica (Listeni/ˌkoʊstə ˈriːkə/; Spanish: [ˈkosta ˈrika]; literally meaning, "Rich Coast"), officially the Republic of Costa Rica (Spanish: República de Costa Rica), is a country in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the southeast, the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Caribbean Sea to the east, and Ecuador to the south of Cocos Island. It has a population of around 4.5 million, of whom nearly a quarter live in the metropolitan area of the capital and largest city, San José.
Costa Rica was sparsely inhabited by indigenous people before coming under Spanish rule in the 16th century. It remained a peripheral colony of the empire until independence as part of the short-lived First Mexican Empire, followed by membership in the United Provinces of Central America, from which it formally declared sovereignty in 1847. Since then, Costa Rica has remained among the most stable, prosperous, and progressive nations in Latin America. Following a brief but bloody civil war, it permanently abolished its army in 1949, becoming the first of only a few sovereign nations without a standing army. Read more
Flight Information | Things to bring
1Round trip airfare from St. Thomas, via Orlando or Atlanta (excluding any baggage fees)
2Safe, clean lodging at quad occupancy
3Private ground transportation to all included sites and activities
4Activities per itinerary
5Breakfast, lunch, dinner daily
6Optional Trip Protection Plan (TPP)
7Tour director for the duration of the trip
8Convenient monthly payment schedule
Uniforms for 2016
1 Long/short khakis
2 Red eCamps T-shirts
3 White eCamps T-shirts
4 White eCamps polos
5 Back Pack
6 Travel Bag
Day 1: Travel Day - Depart for Costa Rica! Arrive in the afternoon/evening and settle in to our hotel.
Day 2: San Jose - Wake up in the morning, and enjoy a cup of fresh Costa Rican coffee. We start our adventures with a drive to the top of Poas Volcano. Visit a local school to deliver school supplies and an intimate inter-cultural experience. Visit historical San Jose and a local market.
Day 3: Service in the Sarapiqui Region - Drive to the small town of Río Frío in the lowland Caribbean rainforest where we spend the day immersed in a variety of intercultural exchanges. We visit Aura’s farm - a small family subsistence farm. Tour the farm to learn about the numerous edible and medicinal plants grown here. Later we divide into three groups: group one helps clean the gardens, group two will help clean trails, and group three helps prepare lunch.
Day 4: Service work - Today we continue our work with the local family farm. We will build a new chicken house, plant trees for the Scarlet MaCaw restoration program, and clean the frog ponds. Later in the afternoon, take a chocolate tour, learning about one of Costa Rica’s primary exports and then enjoy some fun playing Bingo with the local community.
Day 5 -7: Leaf Cutter Project - Over the next two days, we will engage with local high school students involved with the Leaf Cutter Project (LCP). We will spend the next two days working with students to help restore the rainforest landscape that surrounds their school, develop bi-lingual interpretive guides, language lessons, and other projects around the school. The students involved in the LCP come from challenging backgrounds and our work with them will further support their hard work to becoming professionals and leaders in the community.
Day 8: Tour Day - Today we will tour a local tropical research center, and watch wildlife on the Sarapiqui river.
Day 9: Mt. Arenal and La Fortuna - Transfer to the highland forests and the small town of La Fortuna. Spend the afternoon at our beautiful eco-resort enjoying the natural hot springs and beautiful swimming pools. Time to relax and enjoy the surroundings. In the afternoon, we enjoy the thrill of a 12 platform zip line through the highland forest canopy. Not only is this a thrill, it is a fantastic way to observe the variety of plants and animals that inhabit the forest canopy.
Day 10: Transfer to the Nicoya Peninsula - Travel by bus, ferry then bus to the Nicoya Peninsula and the small town of Montezuma. This is one of the most beautiful and unique places in Costa Rica. Untouched by the mega coastal tourist development that dot the Paci fic Coast, Montezuma is a charming small town with great beaches, waterfalls and national parks. Settle in to our beautiful eco- lodge.
Day 11: Beach and Hiking Day - We will spend today on the beach and hike a 60ft waterfall.
Day 12: Cabo Blanco National Park or Curu wildlife refuge - Explore one of the great natural areas of the southern Nicoya peninsula. See lots of monkeys, tropical birds and hike through pristine forests.
Day 13: Return to San Jose - After a morning of additional free time, return to San Jose. In the evening, enjoy our nal dinner together as a group.
Day 14: Depart for home