Costa Rica expeditions

Costa Rica at a glance

Population: 4.7 million

Terrain: Jungle, volcanoes, cloud forest, beaches

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Ideas for your students' expedition to Costa Rica

Here is just a flavour of the amazing things your students can do on an expedition to Costa Rica.

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Expedition phases

Your students choose activities from any of the following phases:

Rest & Relaxation

Visit La Fortuna

There are miles of Pacific and Caribbean beaches to relax on, and some fantastic thermal hot springs and waterfalls to discover in the area around Arenal Volcano and La Fortuna.


Climb Cerro Ena

3 days

Climb the impressive volcano of Cerro Ena (3,126m). Located in the Talamanca Range, this trek is mostly used only by Costa Ricans.

3 days

It's a real challenge, but from the summit, you are rewarded with views of the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. As you ascend, your expert guides will help you identify the abundant flora and fauna on the slopes and in the tree tops. You will be lucky if you spot any fellow trekkers – this is not a well-trodden path!

Costa Rica projects 

In 2013, a World Challenge team worked at the Ostional Turtle Reserve on the Nicoya Peninsula. This is one of Costa Rica’s most important turtle nesting sites, protecting millions that nest here every year, as well as safeguarding the marine wildlife and birds in the area. Activities included cleaning debris from the beaches and assisting with patrols to protect the sea turtles from poachers.


Renovate classrooms in a Maleku indigenous village

Helping rural communities in Costa Rica and working with local people to maintain buildings and schools is a great way to thank your hosts, and get to know their way of life. Other projects include the opportunity to help with reforestation and the protection of Costa Rica's vast biodiversity.

In-Country Agent

Javier Cano
Your In-Country Agent, Javier Cano, will be on-hand throughout your expedition. He runs his own outdoor-education company and has worked with us since 2003.


Languages spoken: Spanish
Time zone: GMT -6
Interesting fact: Costa Rica has 800 miles of coastline, between the Pacific and Caribbean coasts

Costa Rica wildlife 

Costa Rica has 615 species of birds and mammals per square kilometre - more than any other country in the world!

Costa Rica projects

The pioneer of eco tourism, Costa Rica offers a mixture of conservation and community projects, with National Parks and Environmental Protection Areas making up a quarter of the total land in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica & Nicaragua

It is possible to combine your expedition to Costa Rica with Nicaragua, to experience the wealth of two countries!

Costa Rica wildlife and plants

Explore the beautiful and pristine Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve, home to thousands of species of plants and animals, including red-eyed tree frogs, sapphire quetzals, orchids and hummingbirds.
Rest & Relaxation

White water rafting

This is an expedition for those who love thrills. Don't miss the opportunity to go white water rafting or whizz through the Monteverde cloud forest on a zip wire.

The Costa Rican phrase, 'pura vida' or 'pure life' sums up the country – one of the world's most biologically diverse. From spectacular wildlife and lush cloud forest, to rugged mountains and huge stretches of coastline, this has to be one of our most fascinating destinations.
Claire, our Costa Rica Expedition Planning Manager

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Jungle, volcanoes, cloud forest, beaches