Pura Vida Costa Rica Expedition

The beautiful and biodiverse remote rainforest of Costa Rica will become your home on this exciting expedition. Work alongside conservationists to protect the natural environment.

  • Location Costa Rica, Central America
  • Duration 4 weeks
  • Expedition Type Service Expeditions

Get back to nature and experience living in the heart of the rainforest, where monkeys and toucans will be your closest neighbours. Learn about innovative and sustainable solutions to environmental issues and get involved in inspiring projects to support the environment, wildlife and community.

Pura Vida Costa Rica
Planting Costa Rica

A fully supported expedition, from start to finish

Your expedition cost is comprehensive and covers the incredible activities you’ll be taking part in, as well as the extensive support you’ll receive in the lead up to, and during, your expedition.

Don’t forget you’ll also need your vaccinations, visas, kit and some spending money. You can find guidance on all of these on your personal Traveller Gateway once you sign up.

  • Ongoing pre-expedition support
  • Flights and in-country transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Food and accommodation
  • Adventure challenge
  • Project costs
  • Leader and staff costs
  • Camps t-shirt
  • Orientation and language lessons
  • 24 hour emergency support
  • Reserve location

This sample itinerary will give you an insight into what you’ll be getting up to. Please note, the exact projects, activities and camps may change closer to the time of your expedition.

Day Activities More details
Day 1 Leave for Costa Rica This morning you will make your way to your designated meeting point ready to embark on your journey to Costa Rica.
Day 2 Arrive in Costa Rica After arriving in Costa Rica, you will be greeted by a member of our Camps crew. They will transfer you to your accommodation where you will then have some free time to explore the city before you get a good night’s sleep.
Day 3 Head to your first camp After breakfast, you’ll make the journey to your first camp where you’ll be given an arrival briefing from our Camp Manager and an orientation of the local area and the project work you will be getting stuck into.
Day 4-8 Help support community development Over the next few days you’ll be involved in vital community development projects to help improve infrastructure within the village. This could include building communal structures for community events or other important facilities to be used by locals.
Day 9 – 10 Visit Uvita Uvita is a small town on the Pacific coast and a gateway to the Marino Ballena National Park. Costa Rica is rightly famous for the conservation of its natural environment and its national parks. Marino Ballena is a protected area that includes both land and sea, and encompasses the unique whale-tail beach. Sunsets are often fantastic as well.
Day 11 – 17 Environmental protection projects After being transferred to one of our environmental camps, you will have a unique opportunity to experience living in the heart of one of the world’s most biodiverse regions whilst helping to contribute to important conservation work. You will be working on a range of environmental projects, including protecting turtles and their ecosystem.
Day 18-19 Visit Monteverde The mountain town of Monteverde sits in the cloud forest at more than 1000 meters altitude. It is a great place to get away from the heat of the lower, coastal areas and learn about the growing of coffee and chocolate – important products in Cost Rica’s economy. At night, you will have the chance to take a guided walk through the forest and see a range of nocturnal animals.
Day 20-26 Get stuck into project work Over the next few days, you will be getting involved with a variety of projects in the local area, from community development to wildlife conservation.
Day 27 Transfer to San Jose In San Jose you will have the chance to see the busy life of a modern city, perhaps visit a great cake shop or spend sometime in a museum dedicated to a national hero.
Day 28 Ciao Costa Rica Today you say your final goodbyes to the local community and the Camp Costa Rica crew, before heading back to the airport in time for your flight home.

How you’ll make a difference

You’ll work on a range of projects throughout your expedition, each aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and designed to make a significant and lasting impact on the region’s most critical issues.

Wildlife conservation

Costa Rica – Wildlife protection and conservation

Though Costa Rica accounts for only 0.03% of the earth’s surface, it holds 6% of the world’s biodiversity – however, it’s under threat from human activity. Your work here will help support conservation efforts such as reforestation, beehive construction and lime-washing trees, as well as projects to encourage eco-tourism in the area. You can also take part in jaguar monitoring and work in the endemic palm nursery for ecosystem regeneration.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

Climate action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts


Life on land

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

community development

Costa Rica – Community development

The indigenous communities of Central America have missed out on much of the economic development of the region. You’ll help to support one of our ongoing projects such as constructing a special educational needs centre and a community playground.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

Good health and well-being

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages


Quality education

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all


Reduce inequalities

Reduce inequality within and among countries


Climate action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Experience the local way of life in our authentic camps

Our camps are the heart of our expeditions. Built and staffed by locals in the traditional style, and located within the heart of communities, they are the perfect place to relax after a day of project work. You’ll get to stay in a number of camps during your expedition, which could include those featured below.

Camp Cano Negro

Camp Caño Negro

The boundaries of Camp Caño Negro are formed by the waters of the Caño Negro refugio (wildlife refuge) which stretches into Nicaragua. Situated in the far north of the county it is next to one of the world’s most important migratory bird habitats. Relax in the mornings spotting caiman basking on the banks of the waters edge.

  • Location: The community of Caño Negro is located in the Alajuela Province. 4 hours from San José.
  • Accommodation style: Cabins
  • Bed type: Bunk beds
  • Toilets: Flushing
  • Showers: Cold, running water
  • Power: Will need a universal adapter/converter
  • Signature dish: Hash palm with chicken with sauce
  • Social areas: Large lawns ideal for chilling out on
Camp Terraba

Camp Terraba

Immerse yourself in the local community – formed by the indigenous Teribe people – who are proud of their distinct culture and have autonomous control over more than 900 hectares of forested land.

Camp Terraba is based in a converted school and has spectacular views across the surrounding forests. You will be sharing the camp with your fellow travellers and some local toucans!

  • Location: The community Terraba is located in Buenos Aires, Puntarenas Province. 5 hours from San José.
  • Accommodation style: Converted school with rooms
  • Bed type: Bunk beds
  • Toilets: Flushing
  • Showers: Cold bucket shower
  • Power: Will need a universal adapter/converter
  • Signature dish: Rice and chicken.
  • Social areas: An outside chill out area close to the local football pitch

Camps is amazing! I travelled to Costa Rica and I enjoyed every second of it, I loved all the project work and the staff in each camp were phenomenal. All staff, in country and back in the UK were brilliant. I overcame a lot over the month I was away, but I couldn’t have done it without the support of my leader and staff at the camps. Thank you for such an awe-inspiring trip of a lifetime!

Chloe, Camp Costa Rica 2019

Our local camp legends

Our camps are staffed by members of the community who will make you feel like a local in no time. These legends will make your expedition spectacular and will show you the very best of their home country.

Manuel Flores

Costa Rica is a very happy, peaceful country with some of the world’s most important wildlife and rainforests. It is so important to protect the environment and the work that we do here at Camps International enables these natural areas to be protected for the future.

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