Though Global Family Travels' Learn, Serve & Immerse travel pillars, our journey to Costa Rica's Rain Forest provides you with an educational playground to learn hands while participating in conservations projects with our non-profit partners in this leading destination for ecotourism, and enjoy some fun adventures along the way! You will cultivate deep bonds through immersive experiences and have opportunities to work together on conservation community projects while visiting its rainforests, volcanoes, and wildlife reserves. You will also enjoy a range of cultural activities, including chocolate-making and cooking, as well as enjoying some meals with the locals.
Our trip begins in the capital city, San Jose, where we will get a taste for the multicultural heritage and vibrant culture of Costa Rica. Then leave the city behind for the first of many ecological destinations where guests will participate in conservation community projects at the Sarapiqui Learning Center, the Tirimbina Reserve, and the Tapir Valley Reserve.
TRIP HIGHLIGHTS are below, click on ITINERARY to see all the details.
At Global Family Travels we believe that the most powerful way to learn is through firsthand experience. We let the country and its people be your teachers and supplement your experiences with reading lists, informal discussions, and a pre-trip orientation which includes information on the culture and history of your host country, helpful words and phrases, and cultural “do’s and don’ts”.
Learning themes unique to this tour include:
- Costa Rican culture and history
- Ecotourism and conversation in Costa Rica’s National Parks
- Flora and fauna of the rainforest
- Sustainable tourism and its impact on the local economy
This tour emphasizes authentic cultural experiences to give you a true taste of Costa Rica. Your family will have the opportunity to interact with Costa Rican conservationists and local families. A highlight of your adventures are unique experiences in Tapir Valley and Rainforest Adventures.
About Sarapiqui Learning Center
About Tirimbina Reserve
Located in Sarapiqui, Tirimbina Reserve is a non-profit, biological reserve operated as an education, research, and eco-tourism center working to protect the area’s exceptional biodiversity. Currently the reserve protects 345 hectares of tropical forest, only a third of which is used for ecotourism and environmental education, keeping most of the reserve intact. However, the 9 km trails enable visitors to journey through diverse surroundings and experience the forest up close.
About Tapir Valley Nature Reserve
Tapir Valley is a private reserve which was established more than 15 years ago to protect the valuable rainforest habitat for many animals, such as the threatened Baird’s tapir. The reserve covers over 220 acres and primary and secondary tropical forest and is adjacent to the Tenorio Volcano National Park.
This is a journey into the fragile habitat of Baird’s Tapir and is not a visit that can guarantee tapir sightings. Tapirs are endangered animals and observations are rare. Our tours are intended for nature lovers and people wishing to discover the rainforest environment with a local guide and interested in the tapir’s ecosystem.
Global Family Travels
Much more than a traditional tour operator, Global Family Travels’ mission is to “Learn, Serve and Immerse” through community-based travel programs. In partnership with non-profit organizations and schools, we offer family-friendly and sustainable travel experiences in support of education, gender equality, access to clean water, preservation of local cultures, conservation and economic growth, all of which foster cross-cultural understanding and global citizens.
Our trips include a unique mix of cultural and educational activities, homestays and participation in local service projects aimed at improving the lives of people in the communities we visit.
Expect to expand your family circle when you embark on a Global Family Travels trip! Visit our website for more information: Global Family Travels
COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOLS
With the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), the health and safety of Global Family Travels' travelers and guides are of paramount importance.
Costa Rica is open to fully vaccinated travelers with proof of vaccination.Costa Rica allows entry without travel insurance to minors under 18 years of age and adult tourists fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. In the case of visitors from the United States, the “COVID-19 vaccination record card” will be accepted. All travelers must pre-register using Costa Rica's HEALTH PASS (see more info in TASKS). Learn more about Costa Rica's COVID-19 safety requirements.
Unvaccinated adult visitors traveling to Costa Rica will continue to need to provide proof of a medical insurance policy to cover any COVID-19 related medical treatment or quarantine lodging while in Costa Rica.
Please see our COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOLS documents, found under the Tasks section, which outlines our commitment to mitigate and manage the risks associated with COVID-19 when you travel with us.
Thank you for helping to keep yourselves, our host community and guides safe!
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