Costa Rica

Boasting lush tropical rainforests, awe-inspiring volcanoes, soothing hot springs and the highest concentration of species in the world, Costa Rica has even more to offer than its world famous beaches and a name that directly translates to “Rich Coast” might suggest. Numerous microclimates, varied topography and 5% of the world’s total biodiversity provide something for everyone to enjoy and it’s easy to see why Costa Rican people (“Ticos”) have been ranked the “happiest people in the world” by the Happy Planet Index.

Colorful toucans, howler monkeys and slow-moving sloths are just a few of Costa Rica’s diverse inhabitants that inspire even the most active of travelers to slow down, look and listen, while raging rivers and canopy-top zip lines dare the timid traveler to experience the country’s magnificence from another vantage point. You, too, are likely to find yourself mesmerized by the natural beauty, lulled by the leisurely pace and captivated by the culture.

In addition to its natural, environmental appeal, a strong focus on education and a stable political climate has rendered Costa Rica increasingly attractive to foreign investors and travelers alike. Although a percentage of Costa Ricans live below the poverty line, the country’s dedicated interest in sustainability and conservation of its unique and diverse ecosystem has attracted a great deal of tourism and has earned Costa Rica the title of “greenest” place on earth.

Facts about Costa Rica
  • Nationality: Costa Ricans; Ticos (m) Ticas (f)
  • Population: ~ 4 million people
  • Capital: San José
  • Language: Predominantly Spanish; English
  • Geography: Costa Rica’s neighbors Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the south. The Caribbean Sea borders the Costa Rica to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west.
  • Terrain: Plains stretch along the coast with rugged mountains and over 100 volcanic cones between. Costa Rica also boasts some of the most lush rainforest and pristine tropical beaches in the world.
  • Currency: Costa Rican Colon
  • Climate: Costa Rica has a tropical climate and is warm to hot year-round. The temperature ranges from approximately 70 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the year with cooler temperatures in the central mountains.
  • Did you know? Costa Rica has one of the richest ecosystems in the world. It contains 5 percent of the world´s biodiversity.

Costa Rica Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Arrive in San Jose Costa Rica
  • Day 2 - Arenal Volcano
  • Day 3 - Host community and service project
  • Day 4 - Host community and service project
  • Day 5 - Host community and service project
  • Day 6 - Host community and service project
  • Day 7 - Host community and service project
  • Day 8 - Caño Negro Wildlife Reserve
  • Day 9 - Beach and Central Valley
  • Day 10 - Depart