Costa Rican Cultural Experience

Boys’ Latin School of Maryland

July 6 – July 13, 2024

Get ready for an adventure-packed education trip in Costa Rica, where you’ll experience the beauty of this stunning country, learn about the history and culture of Costa Ricans, and be immersed in the rural community of Sitio de Mata.

July 6 – July 13, 2024
Price: $3219 / person

Hurry! Reserve your space with a deposit of just $600

Flights are an estimated cost and included in the trip fare. If fares have significantly changed a follow-up invoice may be sent.

What’s included:

  • Professional Naturalists and Guides: Our guides have degrees as a Costa Rican Naturalist and will make your experience educational and fun
  • Flights: The estimated flight cost is included in the trip fare.
  • Lodging: All lodging is included in the trip cost
  • Meals: Fresh, healthy meals will be prepared by Costa Rican chefs throughout the week.
  • Activities: All activities and entrance fees listed in the itinerary are included in the trip fare.
  • Private Transportation: Chartered, private transportation is booked for your group
  • International Travel Medical Insurance: Please see your group organizer for specifics.

What’s not included: Breakfast on the first day and lunch and dinner on the last day.

Dear Students and Parents,

Imagine immersing yourselves in the vibrant tapestry of Costa Rica, a classroom teeming with lush rainforests, majestic volcanoes, and diverse cultures. At Costa Rican Resource, we’ve been crafting unforgettable student adventures for over 20 years, specializing in trips tailored to your interests and curriculum needs.

Our tours go beyond textbooks, offering hands-on learning opportunities in geology, botany, zoology, history, and more. We even incorporate Spanish language immersion and cultural interactions with local families, teaching you to make tortillas, dance like Ticos, and speak like the locals. This isn’t just a trip; it’s a life-changing experience.

But we understand your concerns about safety. Our certified guides are experts in first aid, wilderness rescue, and water safety, ensuring your well-being every step of the way. We also offer a comprehensive insurance policy for added peace of mind.

And what about the fun? We mix community service projects with thrilling adventures like ziplining through rainforests and exploring hidden waterfalls. Our energetic staff, including passionate naturalists, volcanologists, and Spanish-speaking guides, are ready to share their knowledge and make your trip unforgettable.

We’re excited to share the magic of Costa Rica with you. If you have any questions at all, feel free to email us at

Pura Vida,

The Costa Rican Resource Team

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 — Fly to San José Airport & Drive to Sitio de Mata. Today you will be met outside the San Jose Airport (SJO) by your private guide and driver. We are going to stop for lunch and start the drive outside the city. We’ll arrive at the village of Sitio de Mata which sits across the valley of an active volcano, Turrialba Volcano. Here you will meet your host family and spend the afternoon getting acquainted with the village and your new friends.

Meals: Lunch & Dinner
Lodging: Sitio Mata homestays

Day 2 — Community Service & Cooking Lessons. Today after having breakfast with our families, we will start our service project in the morning. Then we will have lunch and spend some time with your host families to practice your Spanish. During the afternoon we are going to have some cooking lessons so get ready to learn how to make some traditional dishes, which we will enjoy after.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Lodging: Sitio Mata homestays

Day 3 — Community Service & Visit the Turrialba Indigenous Shelter. During the morning we are going to do service work in Sitio de Mata, and after lunch, we are going to start the drive to Turrialba downtown to visit the Indigenous Shelter. Here we will learn about all their work, the indigenous Cosmo vision, and their lifestyle.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Lodging: Sitio Mata homestays

Day 4 — Community Service & Cacao Experience. We will continue our service work in the morning and after lunch, we will visit Nortico Farm for a chocolate farm tour from harvesting the cacao to creating our very own chocolate. That evening we are going to have a farewell fiesta with the community.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Lodging: Sitio Mata homestays

A group of paddlers Pacuare river rafting near a waterfall

Day 5 — Rafting the Pacaure River. After we say our long goodbyes to our families, we will make our way to the Pacuare River where we will raft to our Pacuare Outdoor Center. We will stop for lunch along the way and explore the creeks. In the afternoon at the lodge, we are going to receive an orientation with Panthera Organization about their efforts and how to investigate Big Mammals in Central America.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Lodging: POC Lodge

Day 6 — Zipline, Tarzan Swing & Waterfall Nature Hike. Today is a full-on adventure as we complete our canopy course and the Tarzan Swing! Fly through the treetops on our 8-course zipline, enjoying breathtaking views. Then launch yourself over the river on the Tarzan Swing which is jaw and stomach-dropping. After lunch, we’ll explore Linda Creek with a guided hike to a stunning waterfall and swimming hole, where we’ll spend the afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Lodging: POC Lodge

Day 7 — Pacaure Gorge. Brace yourself for the exhilarating rapids of the Pacuare Gorge. Depart from the lodge and embark on a thrilling rafting adventure, navigating the most iconic whitewater in Costa Rica. This section is what made the Pacuare River a top ten river rafting destination in the world due to the spectacular scenery and rapids. After we take out, we will make the drive back to the city to get closer to the airport for our flight back home tomorrow.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Lodging: San Jose hotel

Volcano in costa rica

Day 8 — Fly home. Today we’ll drive you to the airport with luggage full of memories and a lot of Pura Vida!

Meals: Breakfast

Pack like a Pura Vida pro! Go light & casual, with quick-dry clothes for sun, rain, and cool nights. Layers are your friend, and a carry-on saves you money and hassle. We handle bags on arrival, so leave the fancy outfits at home and embrace the adventure!

  • Up-to-date passport (make sure the passport is valid for 6 months after arrival)
  • Extremely casual – can be hot, cold, sunny, and wet all in one
  • Shorts for hiking and hanging out
  • T-Shirts, polo shirts, or hiking shirts
  • Pair of long pants or jeans for hikes
  • Bathing suits (good to have two pairs because sometimes you need the second one before the first one is dry)
  • Water shoes with straps for rafting, zip-lining & rappelling
  • Flip-flops for showering or getting up at night
  • Light jacket (gets cool in the evening)
  • Light rain gear
  • Hats and sunglasses
  • Sunscreen – the sun is intense and then it rains!
  • Insect repellant
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Toiletry items
  • Prescription medicine (pack in your carry-on)
  • Dramamine–your new best friend & mine, I like to keep the bus clean!
  • Large ziploc or plastic trash bags for traveling from hotel to hotel with wet bathing suits or wet dirty shoes
  • Day pack or backpack

What is your cancellation policy?

Our cancellation policy is firm. We highly recommend travel insurance. Below is our cancellation policy. Please note, that notice must be made in writing to

  • Notice sent 90 days or more before the trip: 90% refund
  • Notice sent 60 to 89 days before the trip: 50% refund
  • Notice sent 45 to 59 days before the trip: 25% refund
  • Notice sent 0 to 44 days before the trip: No refunds

Is there a deposit or payment schedule?

  • The initial deposit is $600 which is due at the time of booking.
  • Six months before the trip, 50% of the remaining balance is due.
  • Three months before the trip the remaining balance is due.

Can parents put this trip on a credit card?

Yes, our new reservation system allows the parents to register and pay directly.

What is the company’s plan for a natural disaster or a terrorist incident?

Our policy for all major events is one of mutual “good faith”. Costa Rican Resource will make all good-faith efforts to keep your group safe and avoid all affected areas to continue your experience as appropriate for the particular event in question. Although these events can never be predicted it is very likely that such events will be limited in scope by geography and Costa Rican Resource will work within the limits of individual hotel cancellation policies to adjust your itinerary with limited additional expense.

Is travel insurance required?

The group organizer for this trip has included travel insurance in the cost. Please see your group organizer for plan details.

Are any immunizations required?

We do not require any immunizations for our tours. You are free to check the CDC website for their recommendations.

Are US dollars accepted in Costa Rica?

Yes, US dollars are widely accepted in tourist areas, but expect your change in colones (roughly 550 colones per dollar). ATMs dispense both currencies, and credit cards are generally accepted in most places.