The Costa Rica Experience
The Costa Rica experience will allow me to explore some of the most exciting sights and sounds that the country has to offer. This includes travelling and hiking up volcanoes and enjoying the beautiful beaches. The Costa Rica experience also has some of the most challenging and rewarding volunteer projects to take part in, from sea turtle conservation to helping build new homes for disadvantaged local people.
The trip highlights include allowing me to volunteer on the sea turtle conservation project and help to preserve their natural paradise. Explore the range of exotic sights and sounds that Costa Rica has to offer. White water rafting down class 3-4 rapids. Taking a trip to kayak to Isla Chora and snorkel over the reefs and it will allow me to help to improve the living conditions of the local people which is very rewarding.
To start with, I will be transferred straight to the coast of Costa Rica at the Sea Turtle conservation camp. Here, I will spend five nights at the project in the volunteer house. Here, I will have the opportunity to get involved in all aspects of the project during my stay. This could range from doing beach patrol or even releasing baby turtles back into the ocean.
On day eight, I will have surf lessons where I will start off by learning the basics which include learning how to stand on the board from the safety of the beach and then I will be able to practice my new skills out on the waves. On day nine, there will be time for all the people on the experience to chill out and enjoy the beach at Tamarindo. On day ten, we will be travelling up the mountains to a little village called Bijagua in the northern part of Costa Rica. Here, I will be staying in an Eco Lodge nestled in its own private Rainforest.
On day eleven, we will be able to venture into the forest to see the tree canopy from above. Here we will be able to walk across giant hanging bridges and will be able to by far spot the best wildlife in Costa Rica. The hike we will be doing on day eleven will take us approximately two hours to do and in then in the afternoon, we will be able to relax to the sounds of the cicadas and take in the breathtaking views from Las Heliconias where I will be able to see two volcanoes and if it is clear, I will also be able to see all the way to the Nicaragua lake.
On day twelve, I will be spending two hours on horseback riding through the lush hungle and through rivers until we reach Volcan Tenorio National Park. Here we will dismount, and continue on foot up through the trials of the park until we reach the majestic Rio Celeste or 'blue lagoon' with a waterfall and the viewpoint. This hike will take approximately three hours.
On day thirteen, we will continue our travels to the magnificent Volcano Arenal. This volcano is one of the most active volcanoes in America. Here, we will have time to explore the charming town of La Fortuna. On day fourteen, we will enter the Volcano Arenal National Park where after a short hike through the dry tropical forest we will rach the lava flows from the huge eruption in 1968. Later, we will move to a safe observation spot and watch the volcano where we may feel the ground tremble and see the night sky lit up with explosions of ash and lava in a natural display of fireworks. Then we are able to relax as we finish off the day at the Baldi Hot Springs which are natural thermal pools at the bottom of the volcano. Here there are 23 different pools of varying temperatures along with water slides, saunas, wet bars and botanical gardens which I am allowed to explore whist still being able to see the lava flowing from the continuously erupting crater in the distance.
On day fifteen, this is when we go white water rafting for an adrenaline pumping rafting trip. Here we will white water raft for three hours down class 3-4 rapids. On days sixteen to twenty, we will head off for our second volunteering project in San Ramon where we will help to build new homes for local people. On day twenty, we will be spending the day zip lining through the forests. In total there are nine platform cables, a tarzan swing and three extra long cables.
On day twenty-one, we will take in sights of San Jose' National Theatre, the Plaza de Cultura and the central market and artisan fair. On day twenty-two, we will be taken down to the Caribbean coast to Puerto Viejo where we will stay in beach houses. On day twenty three, we travel to a different area and go down to the docks where we take a water taxi over to the beautiful islands of Bocas del Toro.
On day twenty-four, our first stop is dolphin bay where we hopefully see these friendly mammals as they swim up close and play in the wake of the boat. Then, we head off to Coral Cay to snorkel around the beautiful reef. If lucky, we may see moray eels, lobsters, rays and possibly a turtle or two. After snorkelling, we head over to Bastimentos island and stay on the private Red Frog Beach. Then we will have another snorkelling experience on a high drop where we will possible see sea horses, barracudas, crabs and even a nurse shark.
On day twenty five, we will jump into our kayaks where we will head out on an adventure through the mangroves. This trip will last four hours. On day twenty-six, we will be taking a boat trip to starfish beach locally known as Playa Estrella which gets its name from the thousands of starfish that inhabit the area. Here we will have time to explore and relax on the island. On day twenty-seven, we head off to the remote Zapatillas Islands where we will spend the day on these twin uninhabited islands. On day twenty-eight, we will take the water taxi back across to the mainland and head to where this fantastic adventure started. Here, a farewell dinner will be arranged and there will be an evening where we can share stories with our fellow travelling companions.