Costa Rica provides everything you could ever desire for an action-packed and eye-opening gap year or eco break. You may wish to explore some of the activities and unforgettable sights that are on offer here whether it is in your spare time, or even in a few extra days spent in this spectacular country at the beginning or end of the project. There are so many possibilities to explore – here are just a few suggestions! Close by, why not try kayaking, horseback riding, biking or hiking through the jungle. There are stunning beaches to explore whether it is just to relax and soak up the sun or to surf some of the best breaks in Costa Rica. Alternatively you may want to visit the Frontier Costa Rica Osa Peninsula camp ($10 food and accommodation per day, transport not included).]
Further afield you can hike through the famous Corcovado National Park, visit a wildlife sanctuary nestled in the beautiful surroundings of Piedras Blancas National Park or explore the wondrous mountains and volcanoes this country has to offer. Costa Rica really does have something for everyone – you will never be short of ways to enjoy your spare time!
* Please note that you will need to cover your own costs for extra activities.
Learn more about one of the most biologically intense places on earth as you explore solitary beaches, beautiful rivers, mountains, waterfalls, farms and amazing diversity of wildlife on a guided kayak tour. You will have the unique opportunity to explore the mangroves from the water, and then paddle towards the sea where you may encounter dolphins, sea turtles, fish and ocean birds. You can kayak individually, in a group or with a guide who will teach you more about the incredible mangrove and coastal environment of Costa Rica.
A guided day trip costs US$81GBP / $60USD and includes kit hire inc. buoyancy aid, dry bags, kayak and paddle. Kayaks are collected from the beach near Puerto Jiminez and the cost of the bus to the beach is approximately US$18GBP / US$27USD return. You can sign up for this experience prior to your deployment, or in country.
Visit this remote wildlife sanctuary which is providing wildlife rescue and rehabilitation for orphaned, injured and displaced animals indigenous to south Costa Rica. The sanctuary promote conservation through education and community involvement and work promote the maintenance of natural biodiversity. The sanctuary run a public education programme and you have the opportunity to visit the organisation for a day to exsee the animals, meet and chat with staff and walk around 700 acres of local forest land.
Entry to the wildlife sanctuary costs $25USD / US$27GBP, and transport to the sanctuary is via boat only. The boat journey must be organised directly with the wildlife sanctuary and can cost up to $90USD / US$126GBP for daily boat hire. You can sign up for this experience prior to your deployment, or in country.
Banks / ATMs; Banco Nacional and Banco de Costa Rica
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Hotels and hostels
Traditional markets and cafes
Western style restaurants