Costa Rican Culture EduTour

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Highlights

This tour gives you the opportunity to explore a beautiful country, get to know a beautiful culture, and learn history firsthand in one of the most exotic and desired vacation spots on earth!
Meet our Professional Tour Guides and explore the Central Market! Stay in the luxurious La Rosa Del Paseo, a beautiful hotel in downtown San Jose.
Along with glorious monuments and cultural excursions, experience hands on, immersive activities such as the Coffee Experience, the Sugar Mill Experience, and Cooking & Handcraft Lessons!
Experience the staples of Costa Rican Culture, full of historical learning opportunities, fun, hands-on activities, and delicious tastes and smells!
Witness the Archaeological Wonder of the Stone Spheres of Finca 6! One of this planet’s most rare World Heritage Sights!
Visit the land of awe-inspiring scenery, exotic animals and friendly faces on this magical mini-tour of beautiful Costa Rica.. PURA VIDA! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 17+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+
Wheel Chairs

Welcome to Stunning Costa Rica!

On this 12 Day Costa Rican Culture EduTour, experience one of the most diverse places on Earth, expand your viewpoints, and change your life!

After arriving in this gorgeous country, you’ll get to meet your Professional Tour Guides and explore the Central Market! Stay in the luxurious La Rosa Del Paseo, a beautiful hotel in downtown San Jose.

Your first full day in San Jose begins the historic learning portion of the 12 Day Costa Rican Culture EduTour. A visit to the National Theatre (built in the 19th century), the whimsical Chieten Moren Craft Shop, and other architectural jewels are the highlights.

Next up! The exotic and historic Turrialba Area, home to amazing ancient archeological structures like bridges, catchment tanks, aqueducts, and the wondrous Guayabo National Monument (a World Heritage Site of Civil Engineering).

Along with glorious monuments and cultural excursions, experience hands on, immersive activities such as the Coffee Experience, the Sugar Mill Experience, and Cooking & Handcraft Lessons! These staples of Costa Rican Culture are full of historical learning opportunities, fun, hands-on activities, and delicious tastes and smells! You’ll also enjoy this time to get to know your group members better and dive into Costa Rican Fun!

Another once in a lifetime opportunity on the itinerary includes Providencia-the chance to immerse yourself in a rural community. This 12 Day Costa Rican Culture EduTour allows you to walk, talk, and work amongst the locals in this small mountain oasis filled with beautiful nature scenes and giant, high altitude oaks!

Day Nine continues the journey to Southern Costa Rica into the indigenous Territory of Terraba. The local guide will take you on the tour of the cacao and corn fields as you get to know the locals who still work the land like their indigenous ancestors. Enjoy an exquisite glass of hot chocolate from the home of the delicious drink itself!

On the last two days of the Costa Rican Culture EduTour, take yourself deep into the heart of the country with ancient weaving and mask carving lessons, and then, one of the most unique and highly touted archeological sites on earth, the Stone Spheres of Finca 6! Whether an archeology buff or just a regular appreciator of the ancient wonders, this World Heritage Site will make your jaw hit the ground!

This 12 Day Costa Rican Culture EduTour gives you the opportunity to explore a beautiful country, get to know a beautiful culture, and learn history firsthand in one of the most exotic and desired vacation spots on earth! Sign up today for the Experience of a Lifetime!


Typical day

DAY 1: Arrival to Juan Santamaria International Airport & Visit the central market

Upon your arrival your driver & guide will be waiting for you at the entrance of the airport to drive you to your hotel.

First things first: Time for a welcome meeting to get to know your guide/s and other travellers in the group.

Depending on your arrival time you may have the chance to visit the Central Market and start getting to know the Costa Rican culture. Try your Spanish, buy some fruit you have never tasted and experience the smells and the colors of the market.

DAY 2: - San Jose - Start learning the history of Costa Rica

You will start with a visit to the iconic National Theater. It was built towards the end of the 19th century, as part of the cultural project of the Nation-State. It has been established as the most important cultural center in the country and has gone through three centuries.

After lunch visit Chieton Moren Shop, it means "A Fair Deal" in Brunka language. This is a shop in which you will receive an interesting explanation of the different crafts you will find from the 8 different indigenous territories. It is a fair-trade shop so you will be helping the ancestral artisans as well.

DAY 3: Guayabo National Monument - Ancient City

After breakfast you will continue towards the Turrialba area, specifically to Guayabo National Monument, it is one of the most important and largest archaeological areas that has been discovered in the country. It protects archaeological structures such as roads, mounds, bridges, catchment tanks and aqueducts, among others.

DAY 4: Coffee Experience

Learn about the micro-benefit project of Naturalba Coffee, where the different stages of transformation of the most consumed grain in the world are observed, as well as the secrets of the most well-known certifications such as USDA ORGANIC or FAIR TRADE.

DAY 5: Providencia - Meet a rural community

Providencia is a magical paradise with abundant nature, waterfalls, coffee plantations and giant oaks, part of an impressive forest of high altitude.

DAY 6: Sugar Mill Experience

Trapiche, which translated means "Sugar Cane Mill", is a super fun cultural day trip that will take you to a still active sugar mill farm.

DAY 7: Open Day to enjoy in the Community

DAY 8: Cooking & Handcraft Lessons

During the morning you will meet the Agüero Cordero Family, exemplary in the use and handling of plastic, paper, wood, cardboard, among others, to turn them into great works of art, giving a respite to a planet saturated with bad practices.

DAY 9: Providencia - Terraba - Chocolate Experience

After breakfast we will continue our way to the southern part of the country, to the Indigenous territory of Terraba.

DAY 10: Ancient Weaving and Mask Carving Lessons

After breakfast we visit the Petroglyph.

You will get to know Margarita, the visionary of the community, she will share part of their history.

DAY 11: Stone Spheres Archaeological Site & GRADUATION!

On the way you will stop by Finca 6 an archaeological site.

We finish off the day with a Graduation Dinner Celebration!

DAY 12: Departure Day

Free-time activities

Guayabo National Monument - Ancient City 
Providencia - Terraba - Chocolate Experience
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Hiking
Museum/
Opera

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 17 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
No skills neccessary
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Included Services

Services by Global EduTours

  • Pre-Departure Support
  • Meals (as detailed)
  • Site Entry Fees
  • Quality Accommodation
  • Professional Tour Guide
  • Airport Transfers

Airport Pickup at Juan Santamaria International Airport
Juan Santamaría Int. Airport (CODE: SJO)
Accommodation
Twin Share (Single Room Supplement Available)
Guesthouse Hotel
Food & Beverages
Breakfast Included
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San Jose. We assist you to find cheap flights to Costa Rica.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Costa Rica provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Costa Rica you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Costa Rica.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Tours start on the 1st Sunday of each month.
Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
2 - 2 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
12 days (min. stay)
$ 3,288
12 days (max. stay)
$ 3,288
Average fees
$ 1,918 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Global EduTours will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Global EduTours during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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