Volunteer Costa Rica

Classic, San José to San José
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Tour description

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.

What's included

  • 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


  • 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


Day 1: Day 1 San José There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2: 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 (1.50-2.00 hours) Ferry (1.50 hour(s)) Transfer to the sea turtle conservation project. Local bus (1.50 hour(s))

Day 3: 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 4: 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 (1.50 hour(s)) Ferry (1.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)

Day 5: 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 6: 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 7: 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 (1.50-2.00 hours) Boat (0.75 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (30.00 hour(s))

Day 8: 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 9: 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 (3.50-5.00 hours, 195km)

Day 10: Day 15 San José Depart at any time.