Costa Rica Adventure

Costa Rica has some of the greatest biodiversity on earth and it’s also an active traveller’s dream location with surfing, hiking, ziplining, snorkelling and loads more! On our epic 4 week adventure you will experience the majesty of the Monteverde cloud forest and Arenal Volcano, help our local partners in their efforts to save the endangered sea turtles, explore the rainforest and relax on the stunning Caribbean coastline. Costa Rica really has something for everyone and this 4 week adventure introduces you to it all!


  • Zipline though the Monteverde cloud forest
  • Get active in the Arenal National Park
  • Volunteer on a vital turtle conservation project
  • Experience the wonders the rainforest
  • Soak up some sun on golden Caribbean beaches

Week 1: Monteverde & Arenal

On arrival into San Jose you will be met by your Gapforce leader and transferred to your accommodation then onward to the incredible Monteverde Cloud Forest with its vast array of wildlife and chance to experience an adrenaline-filled canopy tour and zipline! Next you’ll head to La Fortuna, a picturesque rural town at the foot of Costa Rica’s largest volcano, Arenal. Outdoor activities are plentiful, from volcano hikes to swimming in hidden pools fed by natural hot springs, the options are endless.

Week 2:  Turtle conservation project

The next stage of your adventure is spent volunteering at one of the many turtle conservation projects along the coast. Costa Rica is home to 5 species of turtle of which 4 are endangered so supporting local partners on their work to reverse this trend is a powerful and rewarding experience. The remote project sites are beautiful and your work typically includes beach patrols (during nesting season), hatchery work and site maintenance.

Week 3:  Rainforest Adventure

Next it’s time to pack up your bags and head over to the town of Puerta Viejo on the Caribbean coast, the jumping off point for your rainforest adventure. With the support of Gapforce Expedition Leader and knowledgeable local guides you will trek deep into the national park to experience the wonders of the rainforest. Sleep under the rainforest canopy and marvel at the incredible wildlife with which you share this magical environment.

Week 4: Environmental Conservation & Beach time

After emerging from the rainforest as a seasoned trekker, you will spend part of your final week assisting at one of Gapforce’s partner projects in the Limón Province. Recent groups have worked to protect the great green macaws at the Ara Project, a conservation movement at the centre of the effort to reverse the decline of this magnificent endangered bird species. After your taste of the wild life, enjoy some well-earned relaxation time beside the Caribbean in nearby Puerto Viejo. Catch the surf, walk white sand beaches from Manzanillo and sample the colourful local cuisine and chilled backpacker scene.

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
  • Surfing lessons
  • Coffee plantation visit  
  • Cloud Forest hike
  • Canopy tour 
  • Volcano hike 
  • Natural spring and hot spa visit 

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  • Duration: 4 weeks
  • Departures: February, April

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