Costa Rica March 16 - March 24, 2019

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Costa Rica March 16 - March 24, 2019

from 949.00

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**Deposit is $949 Per Person (Balance is due 30 days before date of travel)**

*Full Trip Cost is $1,899 Per Person*

Includes:

- 8 nights of double occupancy accommodation
- All meals as mentioned in the itinerary
- Transportation within Costa Rica
- Volunteering at Osa Conservation
- Scheduled activities as mentioned in the itinerary
- All lodging (double occupancy)

Does not include:
- International airfare
- Alcoholic drinks
- Miscellaneous spending

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Day 1: March 16, 2019

Plan to arrive into San Jose Airport (SJO) by 12 noon local time in order to get through customs and your luggage. Your guide will meet you in arrivals and help you get you and your luggage to your van. After settling in your room at the Selina Hostel you will have the opportunity to take an optional walking tour of San Jose. On this tour you will learn about the European architectural influence in the city, its history and iconic places. After your walking tour we recommend freshening up and preparing for a very unique dining experience!

Dinner will be held at a 1940 Victorian home run by chef Luis Protti. Chef Protti is dedicated to gastronomy and enology for 12 years. He graduated from hotel management and did a culinary program with Le Cordon Bleu. Somehow, he ended up partnering with yoga centers many years ago and to this day considers it his specialty (but you won’t feel like doing a downward dog after enjoying this meal). “Buchón” is the new stage of his career, an approach to the public in San José and you will have the pleasure to visit his house to enjoy a private meal with your fellow TVP’ers. Varios dietary restrictions can be accommodated. Afterwards you are free tohead back to the Selina Hostel or join the group for a night of drinks and dancing at Barrio La California, a well known area for bars, clubs and nightlife.

(Please note the walking tour is complimentary and tips to the guide are welcomed)

Accommodation: Selina San Jose

Meals: D

Day 2: March 17, 2019

You will have the opportunity to enjoy breakfast and coffee at the hotel before we get on the road and head to beach!

You will travel through the cloud forest, a place where some of the highest coffee is grown, passing “Cerro de la muerte” a unique scenery landmark full of mysticism and finally arrive to the lush jungle of Dominical for a sunset on the Pacific Ocean! You will be checking into Costa Paraiso, which is a quick jaunt from the beautiful and iconic “whale tail” of Bahía Ballena. After the sun sets you will enjoy a delicious meal and drinks if you choose before retiring to your accommodations. You can also join those fellow TVP’ers who want to keep the party going. The sounds of the rainforest will lull you to sleep this evening. 

(Please note that yoga must be arranged directly with the property upon check in and morning coffee is not included)

Accommodations: Costa Paraiso (or similar)

Meals: B, L, D


Day 3: March 18, 2019

Spend the morning by sleeping in or getting up early for a yoga class. We recommend heading to the beach and taking in a surf lesson and hiking to a nearby waterfall. Today is yours to spend in the jungle or the on the beach getting a tan. Enjoy!

Accommodations: Costa Paraiso (or similar)

Meals: B, L, D

Day 4-7: March 19 - March 22, 2019

This morning feel free to get up with the sun and take a surf lesson or head down to the beach and relax. After breakfast we will embark on the road to the  “Peninsula de Osa” One of the most bio-diverse places on planet earth. Osa holds almost a 2.5% of the worldwide biodiversity on a less than a thousandth of a percent of the planet’s surface area. The peninsula is home to at least half of all species living in Costa Rica.

After arriving to the peninsula we will check in with amazing people who run Osa Conservation. You will all be staying in the Piro Station sharing private bathrooms and showers. A little bit of a glamping experience! Over the following 3.5 days you will get to help watch for sea turtle nests, check for puma tracks and clear nature trails. All to help conserve and research this important bastion of Ecology!

Your time at Osa will be a mixture of volunteering as well as free time and activities such as horseback riding to waterfalls, snorkeling and surfing. Activities will depend on the season (green or dry).

(Surfing is not included and we ask that you please let us know you are interested in this option at the time of booking)

Accommodations: Piro Station, Osa Conservation

Meals: B, L, D

Day 7: March 22, 2019

You will wake up for your final breakfast of champions and then say “Farewell” to your new friends at Osa. Your fearless driver will pick you back up and you will have the opportunity to enjoy the morning around the funky ole gold mine town of Puerto Jimenez. While you are in this town you can choose to go snorkeling or just hang out and bask in the local scenery. After everyone is ready to head out you will experience a scenic drive through the coastal road to arrive to Manuel Antonio beach on the central Pacific.

After checking into your hotel you can shower off and grab some drinks with your fellow TVP’ers at the hotel bar. Once everyone is ready to go it’s time to head to dinner at a local haunt and drinks on the town!

(Snorkeling is not included and we ask that you confirm this with us at the time of booking)

Accommodations: Selina Manuel Antonio (or similar)

Meals: B, L, D

Day 8: March 23, 2019

Manuel Antonio is a nature lover’s paradise, boasting rugged rainforest, white-sand beaches and coral reefs. An area renowned for its flora and fauna, from tropical plants to three-toed sloths and endangered white-faced capuchin monkeys, not to mention the hundreds of bird species who call this region home. Not only will you get the opportunity to see this by land but also by sea!

You will spend the morning on a catamaran boat and hopefully the whales and dolphins don’t have a big night out the previous evening (like you did) because they should be on full display today! You can either jump of the boat to go for a swim or grab some snorkel gear to check out the fish and then lounge while being served a typical Costa Rican meal on the boat, which will be the cherry on top.

In the the afternoon you will make your way back to San Jose, but will make a stop to see one of the oldest living creatures on earth, the American crocodile! You will observe them taking a sunbath, swimming and even eating on “Rio Tarcoles”. You will also have the opportunity to try one of the oldest and most iconic ice creams of Costa Rica.

After checking into Fauna Hostel you will have a “Fiesta de Gallos” the Costa Rican version of tacos and then some samples of crafted beer at a popular local microbrewery. After this, your guide can facilitate one last night of revelry. Don’t miss the opportunity to party with your fellow TVP’ers one last time in this beautiful country.

(Your inclusive activity in Manuel Antonio may vary depending on weather and seasonality. Other options may include white water rafting or zip-lining)

Accommodations: Fauna Hostel

Meals: B

Day 9: March 24, 2018

Today is the day that you hoped would never come! The finale of your Costa Rica TVP experience is here. You’ve completed your projects with Osa Conservation, you’ve connected wit your fellow travelers and hopefully you’re read to share what you’ve learned with everyone back home.

Before that you will be treated to one last TVP family meal and hopefully you will share stories from the previous evening. You will then pack up and get on the provided transportation to San Jose Airport (SJO).