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About Costa Rica

 
Los Santos Region
Los Santos represents one of the best regions for rural tourism in Costa Rica as well as one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet. Los Santos is comprised of the three main towns of San Pedro, Santa Maria, and San Marcos and is located 64 km from the capital, San Jose. With valleys and hillsides peaking around 7,000ft., Los Santos has amazing views and unique microclimates. Home to the famous Quetzal National Park and the Los Santos National Reserve, Los Santos also boasts production of coffee, blackberries, avocados, and cattle, just to name a few. It is in Los Santos where we do our community service work and spend our weekdays. Because of the rural feel of these communities, participants can feel comfortable walking in town, speaking with locals, and practicing their Spanish in locals shops.
   

Bio Coffee Adventure Tour

Our biocoffee tour begins with a visit to the plaza in Santa Maria de Dota to learn a little bit about the history of Costa Rica, beginning with the Monument of the Fallen. Here is where we begin our tour of the largest area of coffee production in Costa Rica, which is world famous for its quality. We will visit various areas dedicated to the production of this product, one of them being COOPEDOTA, a local processing plant. Here we will learn about the process of coffee production. The tour ends with a lesson on coffee tasting and a visit to Cafeteria Privilegios, voted one of the top ten places to drink a cup of coffee as rated by Lonely Planet.

   

Turrialba/Guayabo Monument

The same weekend we go rafting, we make a stop to visit Costa Rica's largest archeological site. Nestled in the middle of a cloud and rain forest, the ruins date back to the Pre-Columbian era and provide clues to this highly evolved civilization. Guayabo is complete with roads, aqueducts, petroglyphs and stone foundations from the housing in which they lived. Take a stroll back through time as your learn about the people who inhabited this region 2,500 years ago.

   

Rafting on the Pacuare River

Rated one of the "Top 5" rivers by National Geographic, the Pacuare humbly waits for paddlers to enjoy the incredibly forest scenery, flora and fauna,and class III and IV rapids. A full day trip includes lunch on the river, about 20 miles of paddling through calm waters where participants can swim and relax to exciting rapids to paddle. The stunning scenery seems to never end as your float this river, which flows right through the home of the Cabecar Indians.

 

Looking down from inside the tree you climb.

Extreme Forest Park

This park is a fun way to educate participants about the forest. After a short hike into the park, the activities begin by climbing inside of a hollow tree to an unforgettable view from the top and then descending via a rappel about 50 meters. Following the self-guided trails there is a zip line of 70 meters with an incredible Tarzan Swing. There is also a Jungle Fly which consists of a hammock harness that goes around the torso. The participant is pulled about 15 meters off the ground and released to swing back and forth a few times. Forget what you know about zip lines, this is the real deal!

 

Manuel Antonio + 4x4 Tour

Today you begin with a challenging yet exciting 4x4 tour where you will have views of the Pacific ocean from the Los Santos Forest Reserve. You’ll have the opportunity to see seven different ecological zones as you descend to Manuel Antonio, a beach town in the South Pacific region. We will have a guided tour of the most visited park in Costa Rica, Manuel Antonio National Park, with opportunities to see sloths, various types of monkeys, insects, and other flora and fauna. Finally, we'll have time to visit one of the most pristine beaches, which is inside of the national park itself.

   

Dominical Beach

Less than an hour from Manuel Antonio, this quiet little beach town is the perfect spot to spend another day. The waves are perfect for surfing or taking a lesson. The beautiful and lush hotel grounds are perfect for relaxing or take a dip in the pool and watch the sunset. In front of the hotel there are local artisans selling all sorts of things and you will have plenty of time to shop as well.

   

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the food like?
poastCosta Rican food is simple and healthy. Rice and beans, chicken, beef, fruits, and salads are common meals. Of course, each region puts their unique spin on sauces and seasoning and regional cuisine can be quite different. For the most part, travelers can easily find common food items on each menu with or without meat. Of course, there are always new things to try so bring your sense of adventure.

Is it safe to drink the water?
poastI just about every place in Costa Rica the water is safe to drink but the rule is to always ask and ask someone who understands what you mean. Your Program Directors (local and international) can assist.

I hear a lot about the biodiversity in Costa Rica but I'm not sure what that means.
Biodiversity in CR

Where is Costa Rica?
Costa Rica is in Central America north of Panama and south of Nicaragua.

How long does it take to get there?
From Phoenix it usually takes a total of 6 hours on a plane with a stop in either Houston, Atlanta, or Miami. From the airport, it's about three hours to home base in the Los Santos region.