Costa Rica & Nicaragua Expedition

See the best of Costa Rica and Nicaragua in this unique Central America gap year adventure. From the deep and dense Cost Rican rainforest to quaint Caribbean beach towns, you will experience paradise in all its glory. Whether you're taking part in our turtle conservation project or trekking and ziplining in the cloud forests of Monteverde, you'll get a wonderful insight into Central America during this incredible adventure.

The second part of this adventure crosses into the less-travelled gem of Nicaragua, where you you will visit remote islands by boat and take action as a volunteer at a local school unique eco-tourism initiative.

In the southern party town of San Juan, your final week will offer you the change to learn to surf and chill out on the greatest beach paradise.  


  • Learn how to survive in the Costa Rican jungle with machete training and fire lighting
  • Join international research in our vital turtle conservation project
  • Learn about Costa Rica's diverse ecosystem at the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
  • Visit La Fortuna and hike to hidden craters and natural waterfalls
  • Take a boat to Isla de Ometepe island in Nicaragua
  • Hone your Spanish skills with native speaking teachers
  • Learn to be a pro surfer in the epic town of San Juan Del Sur

San Jose & Puerto Viejo - Your adventure starts with a chance to explore the colonial buildings and vibrant nightlife of San Jose. You'll have a chance to meet your leaders and get to know the rest of your group before heading into the Puerto Viejo for a jungle adventure. Spend 4 epic days learning exciing bushcraft techniques including fire lighting and jungle survival.

Turtle Conservation Project - Next you will volunteer with the endangered turtle. You will take part in beach patrols, looking for nesting turtles and abandoned eggs, as well helping injured sea turtles. You'll be truly disconnected, with no cars and shops - just you and nature!

Monteverde Cloud Forest - Nothing quite illustrates Costa Rica like the famous and fabulous Monteverde Cloud forest. With more than 130 mammal species, over 500 birds species, 120 species of amphibians and reptiles - your time here on the biological reserve will give you a real insight into the country's diverse ecosystem. Whilst here, you'll have the opportunity to try a canopy tour and swing through the forest on a zipline like one of the monkeys!

Arenal Volcano & Beach Chill Out - After three weeks of adventure, your visit to this picturesque rural town will give you an opportunity to recharge. Activities include hiking through dormant volcanos, natural swimming pools and hidden thermal springs. Returning to Playa Hermosa, you can take part in snorkelling, scuba diving, fishing and sailing, just to name a few!

Lake Nicaragua Island Adventure - After heading across the border into Nicaragua, you'll the authentic and lively town of Rivas, before taking a boat out to the stunning island of Isla de Ometepe. Hop between the semi-submerged volcanos of Conception and Maderas - and try and spot the hidden lagoon in the crater. 

Spanish Lessons & Community Volunteering - After mornings spent brushing up your Spanish with native speakers, your afternoons will be spent volunteering with the local community through a variety of much-needed tasks including constructing vital public buildings, working with disabled children, and aiding reforestation efforts. After your time at the Spanish school and community volunteering comes to an end, you'll be heading for Leon - Nicaragua's second largest city. 

Humanitarian Eco-Tourism Project - In this truly unique project, you will be playing a vital role in empowering the local people of Nicaragua by building a non-profit ecolodge to boost Nicaragua's tourism. The nearby beach offers the perfect place to switch off and practice Yoga with fellow volunteers.

San Juan del Sur - The final leg of your adventure heads to the famous surf town of San Juan del Sur where you can take part in surf lessons at Nicaragua’s coolest surf school, or try your hand at a variety of epic activities including scuba diving, windsurfing, waterskiing and paragliding just to name a few! 

What's Included

The Basics
  • Pre-departure briefing & support
  • Airport pick-up
  • Expedition leader
  • All volunteering projects
  • Local project staff
  • All accommodation for the duration of the trip
  • Three meals a day 
  • Project equipment and training
  • Program transfers
  • 24/7 emergency back-up  
  • Return airport transfer
Included Trips and Activities
  • Two surfing lessons
  • Coffee plantation visit  
  • Cloud Forest hike
  • Canopy tour 
  • Volcano hike 
  • Natural spring and hot spa visit 
  • Boat tour of Lake Nicaragua
  • Snorkelling trip

What a Challenge!

This trip was very different to what i had ever done before. I was nervous and excited at the same time. i made it through in one piece, even if it was very tough a lot of the time! walking/climbing and dragging myself up very steep, slippery slopes and then back down again, was very difficult and made me push myself to my limits, but looking back i still had more to give. It is great for people who have done something similar before or really want to push themselves to the limit, for them it will be the adventure of a life time!!

Sophie Myhr

Most rewarding trip I've ever done!

So yea, what a trip! Second day definitely the toughest day of walking I've ever done by a huge distance! Rest of the trip was amazing, especially knowing we were some of the 1st westerners in parts of it. Still loved the last few days, even if they were the hardest and longest days! Just made the end feel even more amazing! it's been the most rewarding trip I've ever done and probably will do for a while to come!

Angus McCool Duncan

Brilliant experience!

I think despite the very demanding nature it is still a very enjoyable experience if you can appreciate where you are and the fact that not many other people will get to experience the places you see along the way, like the hidden waterfall towards the start of the trip.

Darren Lewis

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  • Duration: 4 to 8 weeks
  • Departures: January, April, October

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