With a country as beautiful as Costa Rica and great leaders in the world we live in, why not combine the 2 in our Costa Rica Adventure Week!
With our new Leadership and Service Expedition, you can experience the beautiful country of Costa Rica while serving the local communities and learning to become better leaders!
Travel & Arrival Day
- Arrive in San Jose, Costa Rica
- 2 Hour Group Shuttle Van Ride to Turrialba – Get settled at Hotel
- Turrialtico Hotel
- Get to Know you and Dinner
- Relax and enjoy the sunset
This amazing hotel sits at the top of a hill overlooking the jungle and agricultural areas near Turrialba. You will be a short 10 minute drive from town. The hotel will provide meals for all times we will be staying at the hotel. The buildings are created from beautiful hardwood and the views from the seating areas are incredible. The hotel provides free WIFI that will allow for voice and video calls to home.
Pejibaye River Duckies (Inflatable Kayaks) or Raft
This is a super fun section of river for people to experience in a small one or two man inflatable raft (called duckies). Duckies are perfect if you don’t want to learn to roll in a kayak but still want to be able to maneuver similar to a kayak.
A section of this river was recently used for the whitewater kayak slalom international competition and often paddlers can paddle through the gates on the course. Depending on water levels and the abilities of your group, you may have a chance to paddle the slalom course at least twice.
We will use the first section of river to work, to learn and practice, so you become more comfortable with turns, and experience “pushy” water. There are multiple spots along this run that allow for surfing as well.
You’ll get to experience just the right amount of rapids, rocks and swift water while paddling below the jungle canopy. There will also be some who choose to try a SUP stand up paddle board or larger raft.
This is one of our favorite sections of rivers in all of Costa Rica because there are spots where the trees completely cover the river with vines and branches, making you feel like you are in a movie set.
Service & Humanitarian
We will be working directly with a Finca ViaLig that has been doing youth excursions for the past 7 years. They specialize in providing 1-2 week experiences for teenagers but we will only be spending one day with the group. Our goal is to give our group a chance to experience the very best of what they have to offer.
Today we will head to a remote area that is an archeological site that has yet to be designated as a national park. Here we will interact with the local community and experience the culture and friendly people in this awesome area. We will be working together as a group in multiple service oriented projects that will teach leadership and communication skills.
This will likely be one of the favorite memories that the youth will have from their trip. More details about this planned activity will be available as we get closer to the travel date.
Canyoning at Sitio Mata
The Canyoning Tour begins as you meet expert local guides who take you on a 15 minute hike into a tropical rainforest. Be on the lookout for animals, tropical plants and flowers, birds, parrots, and butterflies. Once you reach the waterfalls, you will learn to use the latest safety equipment before the adventure begins. After you become comfortable with all the safety procedures, you will start your adventure waterfall rappelling (canyoning) down the first waterfall into the beautiful canyon below. There are a total of five waterfalls. When we are finished, you will hike back out with your guides and enjoy a Costa Rican lunch.
Organic Farm and Cooking with family
We will split into 2 or 4 groups. The canyoning/rappelling goes quicker in smaller groups. The other group will take a tour of the farm, pick vegetables and then come back and work together to prepare a Costa Rican meal.
Everyone will eat lunch together around 11:30 or noon when they get back and then we would switch activities. The 2nd group will then assist with cooking a dinner or dessert.
River Rafting & Leadership
Pacuare River Part 1 (Class III+)
Get ready for whitewater on one of the most famous section of river in Costa Rica! Today you will enjoy the first section of the Pacuare River. It is rated one of the top rivers in the world not only for its 52 Class III and Class IV rapids, but also for its remote jungle experience.
Today you will run 8 miles (13 km) of continuous Class III whitewater, around 14 rapids, and have the chance to explore the intimate nature of the rainforest and wildlife from the river perspective.
You will be able to ride the river safely with one of our expert guides in a raft. Sure to be an enjoyable ride for all.
Pacuare Outdoor Center (aka Jungle Camp)
The Pacuare Outdoor Center (POC) is nestled in the heart of the rainforest with views down the canyon and mountain ridge of the famous Pacuare River. Most of the time, people will arrive here via raft. However, it is possible to drive into this location. Our team often refers to this as the “Jungle Camp”, but although this is incredibly remote with no electricity (we do recommend bringing a headlamp or flashlight) or cell service, each screen enclosed cabin does have its own flush toilet and shower with warm water and is completely surrounded by jungle and trees. There is something special about being able to completely unplug from the world in this location by kicking back in a hammock or rocking chair and relaxing with a drink in hand.
POC offers one of the most unique experiences in Costa Rica by offering a deep sense of the wilderness and gardens that are very well taken care of that perfectly blend with their surroundings. The main building provides the perfect “hang out” space and an incredible view of the river. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included and typically provided by your guides in the gourmet chef’s kitchen.
Adventure & Leadership
Zipline and Tarzan Swing (Pecaure Outdoor Center)
This course containing 6 ziplines and multiple tree platforms, makes it a thrilling, must do experience. This activity starts with a 10 minute walk from the POC Jungle Lodge through the forest. Once there, the views are second to none. The cables travel above the Pacuare river, along the side of a steep canyon and the platforms are located high up in the trees so you can experience life in the canopy. The ride will be unforgettable.
After the ziplines, you’ll head over to the Tarzan swing! The swing is reported by many of our guests as the highlight of their entire trip. From a platform located over 200+ feet (61 m) above the river bank, you’ll launch yourself into a free fall out towards the river. You will then swing 100+ feet (30m) out before returning back towards the steep hill in the jungle. It is an adrenaline rush for those craving extreme fun and something that you’ll remember for the rest of your life.
After the activities, we will return to the lodge, where our guests will typically relax with a drink and book in hand and rest in a hammock or rocking chair while looking out over the river.
Hike to Indigenous Area
We’ll take a hike to go and see some super cool areas of the jungle and we’ll end up meeting with some of indigenous families in the area.
Pacuare River – Part 2 – Class III & IV Whitewater
Get ready for one rapid after another, including our favorite stretch of Class III and Class IV rapids in the country. This is the day that will truly test the skills you learned on the previous day. The second day is significantly longer on the river, with 14 miles (23 km) to travel and about 30 rapids. You will enter the famous Pacuare River Gorge, which is 5 miles (8 km) of some of the best whitewater Costa Rica has to offer. The rapids here are “Terciopelo Snake”, “Double Drop”, “Upper and Lower Huacas”, and “Pinball” to name a few. You will also see the Huacas watefall, a 150 foot (46 m) dramatic drop into the river. When you’re almost at the end, get your camera ready to shoot one of the most beautiful places on this river: Dos Montanas Canyon. We finish in Siquirres, where you can take a shower and get changed for your next destination.
- Most flights will plan to leave on Sunday morning. If you’d like to extend your vacation with your teen, please chat with us and we’re happy to help you make arrangements for transportation and amazing hotels. There are some great hotel options near the beach on both the Caribbean and Pacific coasts that we recommend often.