Costa Rica - Wildlife Safari – Volunteer Vacations | Discover Corps

Costa Rica – Wildlife Safari

An action-packed wildlife adventure across Costa Rica’s tropical Caribbean coast.

Scout for sloths & howler monkeys, go behind-the-scenes at an organization protecting injured Costa Rican wildlife and patrol for sea turtles along palm-lined Caribbean beaches.

Our Purpose

Stretching for nearly 125 miles between Nicaragua and Panama, Costa Rica’s majestic Caribbean coastline is a tropical wilderness. More rugged and less touristy than the adjacent Pacific Coast, the jungle-lined beaches and interior host an exotic array of wildlife, from howler monkeys dangling in the trees to massive iguanas crossing the road.

Unfortunately, the wonderful wildlife of Costa Rica faces threats from every angle as developers, global warming, and poachers attempt to diminish the nation’s rich biodiversity. To achieve our purpose, meet the people working to protect some of the nation’s most vulnerable species and join in their conservation efforts through education and wildlife sanctuary visits and a beach cleanup. Watch an interview with your guide, Karla, in the video to your right to learn more about what you will experience!

(Volunteer Time = 2 hours)

What You'll Do

Hosting more biodiversity than the U.S. and Europe combined, Costa Rica is home to a dizzying array of wildlife and postcard landscapes. Over the course of 8 days, venture to the Caribbean coast with the purpose of discovering Costa Rica’s unique creatures that call these beaches and rainforests home. Venture to a world-renowned sloth sanctuary and jaguar rescue center to learn how injured sloths are being rescued in the wild. Hike through the rainforest with a naturalist guide and scout for wild howler monkeys and toucans. Spend an afternoon going behind-the-scenes at a sanctuary that cares for injured wildlife.

What You'll See

While our days will center around Costa Rican wildlife and the fascinating people caring for these tropical animals, we’ll also take time to uncover the country’s iconic natural surroundings. A haven for nature-lovers, Costa Rica’s rich Caribbean coast is a rugged and adventurous terrain ripe for exploration. Snorkel in the turquoise Caribbean waters and relax on palm-lined white sand beaches. Explore the enchanting inland water ways by boat scouting for sloths and monkeys in the canopy overhead. Learn to make local Caribbean cuisine during an evening cooking class and journey to a village pineapple plantation. The more adventurous can opt for the adventure supplement which includes white water rafting through the jungles of the interior.

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Itinerary Overview

The journey begins in Costa Rica’s capital, San Jose. Take a two-hour drive to the jungle town of Sarapiqui where we’ll spend the next two days exploring the rainforest and nearby La Selva Biological Station. Spot monkeys, sloths, iguanas and toucans with our naturalist guide, visit a pineapple plantation or take an optional white water rafting excursion. The next two days will be spent in Cahuita on the Caribbean coast. Come face-to-face with some of Costa Rica’s most iconic wildlife at local rescue centers and, in your free time, explore the offshore reefs and beaches.

On Days 5 & 6, we’ll continue onwards to the Northern Caribbean coast to learn about Costa Rica’s sea turtles and go on an afternoon beach cleanup. Return to San Jose on Day 7 with a final stop at the Toucan Rescue Ranch where we’ll prepare food and toys for rescued wildlife. Enjoy a farewell BBQ overlooking Costa Rica’s Central Valley before departing back home.

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Where You'll Stay

Our portfolio of distinctive, family-run accommodations will ensure that you are comfortable and relaxed during your time in Costa Rica. Begin the journey with two nights at Ara Ambigua Lodge in Sarapiqui. Set amongst exuberant rainforest and tropical gardens, step out of your room and be immediately transported into the jungle. Continue onto the Caribbean coast with two nights at Suizo Loco, a quaint boutique hotel walking distance to the beach. The next two nights you will either stay at Lirio Lodge, an eco-lodge set amongst the tropical canals of Southern Tortuguero National Park, or Miss Junie’s, a simple beachfront lodge that puts you at the heart of turtle conservation in the area. End the trip with a final evening at Casa Cielo Grande overlooking the vast Central Valley of Costa Rica (Note that accommodations are subject to change based on seasonality and availability).

Michelle R.

Orlando, FL

Traveler's Journal

“It was our family’s first time in Costa Rica and cannot even put into words how thankful I am that we found Discover Corps. The Caribbean coast is a hidden gem – tons of animals, beautiful beaches and a fascinating culture. Our guide, Karla, was like family to us. She did everything in her capacity to show my kids the wildlife of Costa Rica while making the experience smooth and comfortable.”

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: $2,695 Adult* / $2295 Child*

These are our 2018 prices. Book now to lock them in before our annual price increase.

2018 Dates

Nov 24-Dec 1, 2018

Dec 26-Jan 2, 2019

2019 Dates

Mar 9-16, 2019

Mar 23-30, 2019

Apr 6-13, 2019

Apr 20-27, 2019

May 11-18, 2019

June 1-8, 2019

June 15-22, 2019

July 6-13, 2019

July 27-August 3, 2019

August 10-17, 2019

August 31-September 7, 2019

September 28-October 5, 2019

October 12-19, 2019

November 23-30, 2019

December 26-January 2, 2020

2020 Dates

March 14-21, 2020

March 28-April 4, 2020

April 11-18, 2020


  • * Double Occupancy Price. Children’s pricing applies to travelers 16 years old and younger at the time of travel sharing a room with an adult
  • Single Room Supplement = $350
  • Adventure Supplement = $100 per person. Includes half-day white water rafting excursion. 
  • All dates are Family Friendly. Due to the adventurous nature of the trip, we recommend a minimum age of 8 for children traveling with parents.
  • W= Women-Only

What's Included

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

  • 2 nights lodging at rainforest guesthouse in Sarapiqui
  • 2 nights lodging walking distance to the beach in Cahuita
  • 2 nights lodging in Tortuguero area
  • 1 night lodging at boutique hotel overlooking the San Jose Valley
  • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Expert local guides that are there to support, inform and guide you throughout the trip
  • Reliable in-country transportation with experienced drivers
  • Admissions and entrance fees to national parks, historic sites and other scheduled events throughout the trip
  • Visits to fascinating wildlife conservation organizations protecting sloths, monkeys, toucans and other animals
  • An active daily itinerary including a cooking class, snorkeling and tour of a pineapple plantation
  • All gratuities for hotels, meals, & baggage
  • All land transportation during the trip
  • $50,000 emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • Trip literature
  • Turnkey customer support from preparing for your trip to arrival back home
  • **Adventure Supplement includes whitewater rafting excursion. $100 per person**

What’s not included:

  • Tips for Discover Corps Guide
  • Optional Adventure Supplement
  • International Airfare

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