6 Weeks in Costa Rica: San Jose + Pacific Beaches + Cloud Forest

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Wow, what an amazing trip I have had. I have fallen in love with Costa Rica and was heartbroken when I had to leave. This opportunity would never have happened if it wasn't for The Leap so I just want to say thank you very much for everything. It really has been a trip of a lifetime that I will never forget!
Carla Ringland Mendez
Carla Ringland Mendez
Leaper Alumni

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Your Itinerary

What you'll do and where you'll go, from the day you arrive until you hop on a plane back home.
  • Day 1 San Jose
    Your adventure begins in Costa Rica’s bustling capital, San Jose. It’s a perfect place to catch your breath and acclimatize to the temperature and time zone before snaking your way through the jungle to the Pacific Coast.
  • Day 2 Santa Teresa, Nicoya Peninsula

    Home for the next 3 weeks is at the beach side ‘jungle surf camp’ in the hip surf town of Santa Tereasa, famous for sunsets, surf breaks and stunning beaches.

    From here you will learn Spanish, surf in one of the top 10 surf destinations in the world and contribute to various environmental projects helping to preserve precious ecosystems. Surf lesson included.

  • Day 21The Montezuma Sea Turtle Project

    The Montezuma Sea Turtle Conservation Project is approximately 40 km up the coast directly north from Santa Teresa.

    You’ll be protecting the eggs and hatchlings of Olive Ridley, Black Turtle, Hawksbill and Leatherback species, who visit this nesting beach at night to nest. You will work between 6-10 hours per day to help maintain the infrastructure and surroundings, beach cleaning, night patrols to look for nesting female turtles (in season), transport food and water, collect data and release baby turtles into the ocean (in season).

  • Day 36 Santa Teresa, Nicoya Peninsula

    Back to Santa Teresa for our ‘wrap up week’. A final opportunity to connect with this beautiful area and perhaps do a bit of surfing.

    This week is a ‘rest and contingency’ week to complete any unfinished volunteer tasks during weeks 1-3.

  • Day 42 San Jose
    At the end you‘ll be escorted back to the bustle of San Jose for a final bit of shopping and sightseeing before heading home or onward travel.

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