19+ Summer Course: Costa Rica Rainforest Trek in Costa Rica


Program Description

Adults ages 19 and up can discover Costa Rica in one action-packed week!

Begin with a rainforest trek that will bring you to the heart of Costa Rica’s landscape and its traditions. Learn backcountry skills as you navigate through dense tropical jungle to a series of rural homestays where you’ll discover the slower rhythm of living that inspires the “pura vida” lifestyle. Rappel an 80-foot waterfall, and harvest sugar cane from scratch before leaving the jungle and beginning your beach phase. While along the Pacific Coast, conclude your experience in Costa Rica at Manuel Antonio National Park by learning to surf or boogie board with our experienced instructors.

**This course can be combined with 19+ Panama Scuba & Service course for an unforgettable two-week experience.

Program Highlights

  • Rappel an 80-foot waterfall halfway through your rainforest trek experience.
  • Spot sloths, monkeys, toucans, and other incredible wildlife.
  • Gain firsthand experience way of life of remote rainforest communities in the mountains of Costa Rica.
  • Immerse in Costa Rican traditions and culture.
  • Build a bond with coursemates from around the globe.


PLEASE NOTE: This is a sample itinerary. Details are subject to change.


Fly to Costa Rica’s Juan Santamaría Airport (SJO) where you will be greeted by our staff and driven to our rainforest base in San Ramón de Tres Ríos, Cartago Province. Meet your coursemates, instructors, and participate in a “duffle shuffle” to prepare all you need for the course. Overnight in furnished dorms.


Take off from our rainforest base for a fun-filled day trip of whitewater rafting on class II-III rapids. On your way back stop at a local cafe for a private Coffee Tour to warm up and get a taste of the local flavors and return to base. Overnight in furnished dorms.


Depart early to your “far from the tourist route” trailhead. Hike through the spectacular mountainous rainforest and arrive at a homestay family’s home who will welcome you with coffee and a delicious home-cooked meal. Enjoy a beautiful open-air, sustainable rainforest home where you will learn to cook traditional food and share stories with family members. Overnight at a homestay.


Continue rainforest trekking to your next homestay as your drop in elevation and notice the changes in the flora and fauna of the forest. Wake early one morning for a thrilling waterfall rappel challenge. Later, local host family members will teach you how to make sugar with a trapiche —a method used to traditionally process sugar cane. Overnight at a homestay.


Hike to Rancho Tinamu Rainforest Eco Lodge where a breathtaking mountain view and local families welcome you. Meet your driver at the exit point for a short ride away to our Manuel Antonio beach base. Overnight in lofted rooms.


Spend the day honing your boogie boarding skills, relaxing or playing games at the spectacular Pacific Ocean beach that has been named one of the top 10 tropical beaches in the world. Overnight in lofted rooms at Manuel Antonio Beach base.


Wake up to explore Manuel Antonio National Park, where you may spot white-faced monkeys, howlers, sloths, parrots and more. In the early afternoon, begin the transport back to our Costa Rica rainforest base. Arrive back at the rainforest base in San Ramón de Tres Ríos. Overnight in furnished dorms. Spend your last evening on base with a course reflection and final dinner. Overnight in furnished dorms.


Transfer to the Juan Santamaría Airport (SJO) for departure. Say hasta luego to your friends and coursemates. Nos vemos pronto en Costa Rica.

Community Service

Due to the short length of this course, any service projects will be determined during the hike.

Last updated May 2019

About the School

Be. Out. There. Inspiring a lifetime of leadership, growth, and a commitment to serve through adventure-based learning. Outward Bound Costa Rica is an outdoor adventure school that promises challengi ... Read More

Be. Out. There. Inspiring a lifetime of leadership, growth, and a commitment to serve through adventure-based learning. Outward Bound Costa Rica is an outdoor adventure school that promises challenging physical activities across Costa Rica and Panama, with a focus on personal development, leadership, and cultural immersion. Read less