Costa Rica

Costa Rica programs available for:

High Schools
Did you know?

The average life expectancy of a Costa Rican is 77 years - one of the highest in the world.

Things to do
  • Walk along the wooden boardwalks of the cloud forests of Monte Verde!
  • Swim and snorkel along the many beautiful beaches of the Caribbean or Pacific coasts
  • Brush up on your Spanish skills and indulge in the local cuisine
Located in

Central America

Average Temperature

18 - 27° C

Official language/s

Spanish

Currency

Costa Rican colón

The Ticos (Costa Ricans) are a warm and vivacious people and their energy is infectious. The country itself is incredibly diverse - with vast stretches of jungle, soaring volcanoes, beautiful beaches and a huge array of wildlife.

On your Expedition, you could be doing anything from visiting a turtle sanctuary, to trekking up to some incredible viewpoints and spotting sloths in the wild. One thing's for certain - this taste of Central America will leave you wanting more!

“This was a fantastic experience for our son, thanks to the Leader’s relationship with the boys. The planning done by Antipodeans, which made the trip a huge success, was incredible!”

Sue, Parent (Costa Rica Expedition)

The World You'll Explore

The perfect way to begin your journey is by exploring the bustling city of San Jose, embracing the urban scene in the morning and participating in Spanish lessons in the afternoon. Outside of the cities, take part in snorkeling or kayaking on one of Costa Rica's world famous beaches, or get your heart pumping with one of many adventure activities you can take part in! Costa Rica is an outdoor lovers’ paradise and it definitely has tonnes of activities to choose from.

For those who love lacing up their hiking boots, there are endless trekking options through National Parks in Costa Rica, and many of them involve volcanoes, jungles and the Andean Mountains. One of the more popular options is the Parque Nacional Chirripo’s - home to Costa Rica’s highest peak, Cerro Chirripo, at 3,820 metres! The trek offers a chance to see mountains with glacial lakes, rocky outcrops and abundant highland wildlife. If you’re really keen to explore as much as you can, you can also opt to add-on some short jungle treks, in addition to your main mountain trek.

Back on the ground, refuel like a true local and sample the local flavours at a ‘soda’ - a small, informal restaurant serving traditional meals like chicken, rice, beans and salad for just $2-$3 a plate. There’s one in every single town throughout the country, each with its own distinct personality and special dishes.

The Impact You'll Make

Costa Rica is a nature-lovers’ dream come true, with more than 25% of the entire country dedicated to national parks, reserves and wildlife refuges. With new species of flora and fauna being discovered all the time, it may come as no surprise then, that tremendous efforts are being made to preserve the biodiversity found in the country.

During your Expedition, you’ll have the chance to work on a range of wildlife conservation projects. These projects have been rigorously researched and selected by us to be reputable, sustainable, and most of all, genuinely beneficial to the local ecosystem.

You’ll may also have the opportunity to take part in renovation projects while in Costa Rica, working with small communities to help to renovate and build village schools. Really get to know the locals, brush up on your Spanish, and immerse yourself in the local way of life!

The people who will have your back

For every journey to Costa Rica, you and your team will be assigned one of our expert Aussie leaders who are seasoned pros when it comes to adventure travel. They'll be there with you every step of the way to make sure your trip runs smoothly, and that you have a pretty awesome, unforgettable time while you're at it.

This is Leigh-Ann, our NZ Manager. She works individually with schools to put together amazing international education programs for students. She's photographed lions on safari, dived with manta rays in Mozambique, and now helps others have amazing, transformational experiences through travel.

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