YOUR 4 WEEK ITINERARY
DAY 1-2 Arrive in San José
Touch down and feel the warmth of the tropics as you explore your new surroundings in the country’s capital, San Jose. A bustling urban jungle, this city features rus?c Spanish architecture in the shadow of a
wild volcanic landscape. Say hi to our team on the ground and plan your next steps. If you have any advance bookings to make, now is the ?me.
White-Water Ra+ing and La Fortuna Trek Travelling 3hrs Self-guided Tents and hostel
Meet your community SUPPORT Conserva?on ini?a?ves Tents Homestay
Trek in the Monteverde cloud forest Self-guided Average trek 2km/1hr Tents and hostels
First up is white-water raJing with our friends Exploradores Outdoors. You don’t need to be a pro; we’ve got specially trained guides to help you every paddle of the way. Get out onto the water and experience the adrenaline ﬁzzing through you as you thunder over rapids weaving your way downstream. Put your teamwork skills to the test as you paddle in unison and baSle against the elements. Once ﬁnished, Exploradores will transport you to La Fortuna, the gateway to La Fortuna waterfall and Arenal 1968 Na?onal Park, home to the colossal Arenal volcano. The area is full of natural hot springs so make sure to stop oﬀ and take a relaxing dip in the thermal pools.
The World Wildlife Founda?on (WWF) has reported that we are now the ﬁrst genera?on in history which knows it is destroying the planet. It is now more important than ever to support global conserva?on eﬀorts, protec?ng wildlife, forests and marine environments for a sustainable tomorrow.
As guests in the community don’t be afraid to ask for help, but also to ask how you can help. Your project is part of a long term goal, reaching beyond your ?me in Costa Rica. Stay pa?ent, keep an open mind and don’t forget to smile.
Costa Rica contains 5% of worldwide biodiversity and aims to become the ﬁrst carbon neutral country in the world by 2025. The country is a shining example of how carefully managed conserva?on and sustainability ini?a?ves can bring harmony between nature and human development for the beneﬁt of both. However, despite all of this Costa Rica faces many threats including deforesta?on, costal marine pollu?on and poaching. Your project will make a meaningful contribu?on to community-driven ini?a?ves aimed at combaang these threats.
Hike into the clouds as you weave your way along trails and across sky bridges. Burs?ng with life, Monteverde is home to 500 species of bird, orchid and 130 species of mammal. The reserve contains 2.5% of worldwide biodiversity and 50% of Costa Rica’s ﬂora and fauna is found in this parcel of paradise. If you’re looking to get oﬀ the beaten track, travel to the smaller but s?ll wildly beau?ful Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve. Keep your eyes peeled for colourful buSerﬂies, lightning fast hummingbirds and swinging spider monkeys. Don’t forget to visit the buSerﬂy farm, serpentarium, hummingbird café, and test your nerves on the zip wiring tour.
6 out of 7 species of sea turtles are cri?cally endangered. Only 1 in up to 10,000 turtles will survive to maturity
The Wonders of Rincón Travelling 2/3hrs Self-guided Tents
Main trek in the Osa Peninsula Travelling 8hrs Trekking 8hrs a day Trekking total 20hrs/37m Guided Carry your kit
Rincon is an ecological paradise, stuﬀed full of waterfalls, volcanoes, mud pools, rich fer?le soil and hot springs. The park itself hosts a wide variety of tropical forests, including dwarf cloud and montane ecosystems. Exo?c and rare fauna call the park their home, including pumas, several species of monkey, sloths, tapirs and jaguars. During your stay you have the choice of exploring the park along its many trails, bathing in the hot springs, applying a volcanic mud face mask, or visi?ng the gurgling sulfuric steam vents.
Head back to San José, prepare yourself for a scenic bus journey down to Puerto Jimenez. Your trek will take place on the Osa Peninsula, one of the world’s most biodiverse regions, and a stronghold of the elusive jaguar and dazzling endangered scarlet macaw. Expert guides will transport you through the steaming rainforest telling tales of the wonders around you. At night share stories around the camp ﬁre, gaze at the stars above and hear the nocturnal wildlife come to life as you seSle down in your tents for a welldeserved sleep. Remember to schedule regular breaks and take in the awe-inspiring landscape around you.
Rest and relaxaEon Travelling 3hrs Osa to Quepos Travelling 12hrs total to Caribbean coast
29-30 Heading home
Take some ?me to kick back and relax. Spend your down?me on the Paciﬁc Coast, basing yourself in Quepos, Uvita or Dominical. Watch the sunset from a hammock and put your feet up on long sandy Na?onal Park beaches. Or re-experience the thrill of whitewater raJing in Quepos. If you’re looking for something en?rely diﬀerent, head over to Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast. The Caribbean coast is unlike anywhere else in the country, rich in unique cultures and an intensely laid back vibe. Be sure to visit the Exploradores oﬃce in Puerto Viejo for great discounts and advice on the local area.
There's just enough ?me to pack in your last adventure, hunt down some presents and enjoy your ﬁnal team meal. It doesn’t have to stop here, share your story with challengers from around the globe. Find us @weworldchallenge and con?nue the story.
Costa Rica 4 week sample itinerary