Adventure and animal-lovers rejoice! This adrenaline-inducing adventure will take you from heart of Monteverde cloud forest and across the Arenal Volcano, to testing the Caribbean to test out your sea-legs on a surfboard. Get ready to assist in a variety of inspiring volunteer projects, and to plunge deep into the jungle!
- Zipline through the Monteverde cloud forest
- Get active in the Arenal National Park Volunteer on sustainable conservation projects Understand the origins of your chocolate, touring a cocoa plantation
- Develop your outdoor bush craft skillset
- Soak up some sun on golden Caribbean beaches and learn to surf
WHAT TO EXPECT
>Week 1: Monteverde & Arenal
On arrival into San Jose you will be met by your Gapforce leader and transferred to your accommodation then onward to the incredible Monteverde Cloud Forest with its vast array of wildlife and chance to experience an adrenaline-filled canopy tour and zipline! Next you’ll head to La Fortuna, a picturesque rural town at the foot of Costa Rica’s largest volcano, Arenal. Outdoor activities are plentiful, from volcano hikes to swimming in hidden pools fed by natural hot springs, the options are endless.
Week 2: Turtle Conservation Project
The next stage of your adventure is spent volunteering at one of the many turtle conservation projects along the coast. Costa Rica is home to 5 species of turtle of which 4 are endangered so supporting local partners on their work to reverse this trend is a powerful and rewarding experience. The remote project sites are beautiful and your work typically includes beach patrols (during nesting season), hatchery work and site maintenance.
Week 3: From the Rainforest to the Beach
Next, it’s time to pack up your bags and head over to the town of Puerta Viejo on the Caribbean coast, the jumping off point for your rainforest adventure. With the support of Gapforce Expedition Leader and knowledgeable local guides you will trek deep into the national park to experience the wonders of the rainforest. Sleep under the rainforest canopy and marvel at the incredible wildlife with which you share this magical environment. You will be instructed in a variety of bush craft and survival skills such as fire lighting, and basha shelter set-up. After your taste of the wild life, enjoy some well-earned relaxation time beside the Caribbean in nearby Puerto Viejo. Learn to surf, walk white sand beaches from Manzanillo and sample the colourful local cuisine and chilled backpacker scene.