Costa Rica – Eco Rainforest Adventure

Visit rainforests, participate in local wildlife and reforestation projects, connect with the community, and live comfortably in tents nestled in the rainforest. A vacation to Costa Rica that will inspire and make a difference.
$3,995 Adult* / $3,595 Child*

Our Purpose

The Corcovado National Park, where you will find the Osa Peninsula, is home to 2.5% of the world’s biodiversity and 50% of Costa Rica’s wildlife, making this one of the most biologically intense places on earth. The rainforest is thriving with life, from healthy trees to colorful birds to the endangered tapir, making the conservation efforts of this region extremely important.

Be a part of the sustainability movement by volunteering with two local organizations. A portion of your time will be spent planting trees to prevent flooding on the river, a natural barrier that can help regenerate the rainforest, setting up camera traps to record wildlife data, visiting local schools, learning from local farmers, and discussing life in Costa Rica over a home-cooked dinner with a local mother. Your efforts are a part of larger initiatives that work to help create market incentives to protect the land from development.

(Volunteer Time = 5 hours)

What You'll Do

Get to know the culture and wildlife of the region through local organizations, wildlife hikes, nature projects, and intimate interactions with local schools and homes. Over the course of 8 days, you will learn to set camera traps to monitor the movement of wildlife along the biological corridor than runs through the Savegre region of Costa Rica. Gather and record data at the end of your stay, which contributes to a larger project, the Savegre Tapir Project, that aims to protect the area from development. You will also get involved with an important environmental project planting trees to help reduce flooding and protect the local flora and fauna – a project that will surely outlast your visit.

When you’re not volunteering, get to know the locals with a home-cooked dinner at a nearby family’s home, meet a local coffee farmer, and experience nature hikes with conservationists. There is plenty of time for relaxing by the pool, swimming at the beach, zip-lining, whitewater rafting, and more!

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  • Cost Rica family volunteer vacation

What You'll See

After exploring the waterfalls of the San Jose Valley, make your way to the Poas Volcano National Park and hike along the rim of the volcano (and take a look into its smoldering crater!). The bulk of your time will be spent in the Savegre region of Costa Rica – with 50% of Costa Rica’s wildlife found in this area, expect to see many monkeys, colorful birds, sloths, and marine animals on the “whale tail” at low tide. With the breathtaking jungle just outside your luxury tent, this area offers tons of opportunity to relax and unplugged.

End your stay in the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica, a true hidden gem that has remained untouched by most tourists and development. After incredible nature hikes and boat rides through the mangroves, get adventurous with an optional zip-line, surfing lesson, or whitewater rafting excursion.


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Optional Post-Trip Extension

Pura Vida Experience (4 Days/3 Nights)

Pura vida means “simple life” in Costa Rica, but to those local to the country, it’s more than just a saying – it’s a way of life. Used to say hello, goodbye, express emotion, and more, learn the true meaning of the phrase from those who live it everyday on this optional post-trip extension to the small, rural town of Ciudad Quesada. This extension is spent in the homes of local families who are close personal friends of Discover Corps. You will stay in their home and practice your Spanish, cooking skills, and more

with your host family. Enjoy nearby hot springs heated by the nearby Arenal Volcano, waterfalls, a dance class, trips to the local farmer’s market, and finish your trip with a day of service at a local special-needs school. Depending on the needs of the school, either participate in a beautification project by planting a vegetable garden or play games with the students. Click on the green Request an Itinerary button for more information!

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Where You'll Stay

Start your trip at Xandari Resort & Spa, an incredible property nestled on a 40-acre plantation surrounded by lush gardens and five natural waterfalls to explore just outside your doorstep. Enjoy your own spacious villa, three pools (including a “sunset” pool), a yoga studio, spa, and more, promising you a responsible way of seeing the world with sustainability underlining the resort’s every effort.

As you head down to the Savegre Region, stay at Rafiki Safari Lodge, an 843 private acre reserve along the Savegre River. Each luxury tent sits on a raised hardwood platform, has a deluxe bathroom with heated showers, and a private porch with rocking chairs overlooking the valley. Beyond just your tent, enjoy home cooked meals each night, making for an unforgettable experience.

Finally, end your Costa Rican adventure at Hotel Cristal Ballena, a beautiful 4-star boutique hotel embedded on a hill between the Pacific Ocean and rainforest-covered mountains. With breathtaking views, luxurious amenities, and a sustainable model, this is the perfect place to end your stay.

Adrienne T.

Denver, CO

Traveler's Journal

I visited this area of Costa Rica as a child many years ago and even stayed at one of lodges that Discover Corps includes in the itinerary, so I was excited to go back. This area was just as I remembered it – very untouched and pristine with the jungle on one side and the beach on the other. To be able to feel connected through conservation projects was something fun for the children in the group as well as educational and eye-opening for us all. I could not have done this on my own and could not have asked for a better experience. A truly perfect mix of relaxation, adventure, and local connection! 

Dates and Fees

We offer several Family Friendly dates, to help families book travel around common school vacation times

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8 days / 7 nights

Program Cost: $3,995 Adult* / $3,595 Child*

2021 Dates

March 19-26, 2021

Jun 11-18, 2021

Jul 2-9, 2021

Aug 6-13, 2021

Oct 15-22, 2021

2022 Dates

January 21-28, 2022

  • * Double Occupancy Price. Children’s pricing applies to travelers 16 years old and younger sharing a room with an adult
  • Single Room Supplement = $945. You are required to pay this SRS fee if we are unable to find you a suitable roommate.
See What's Included
  • Double-occupancy lodging for 7 nights
  • All meals except for one dinner and one lunch
  • Transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles
  • All scheduled activities
  • Expert naturalist guides
  • $50,000 emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • English-speaking guide there to support and inform you throughout the trip

What's Included?

Our trips are inclusive of all activities, lodging, transport and most meals to make your experience hassle-free.  Here’s a sample of what’s included:

  • Double-occupancy lodging for 7 nights
  • All meals except for one dinner and one lunch
  • Transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced drivers
  • All scheduled activities
  • Expert naturalist guides
  • $50,000 emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • English-speaking guide there to support and inform you throughout the trip
  • Trip literature and pre-departure support from Discover Corps

What’s Not Included:

  • Tips for the Discover Corps guide and driver
  • International airfare
  • One lunch and one dinner

Alumni & Family Discounts, Monthly Payment Plans, and More

Repeat travelers and groups are eligible for discounts. Looking for a payment plan to help manage your trip? Learn more here.

Customized Private Trips

Let us create a custom trip for your group. Learn more about custom group travel.

This is only available as an 8-day trip. Trips to Costa Rica for different lengths can be arranged for custom groups of 6 people or more.

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