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2017 Costa Rica: Natural Parks & Tropical Forests

Costa Rica: San José, San Carlos, Arenal, Monteverde, Manuel Antonio, San Gerardo de Dota

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13 Days from only $3195 including international airfare

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Costa Rican Rodeo

Get an up-close-and-personal feel for the people at a Costa Rican rodeo; both those there to watch and those participating.

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The Squirrel Monkey of Costa Rica

Learn why locals are striving to protect Costa Rica’s population of squirrel monkeys.

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Pura Vida

Let this impressionistic film give you a sense of everyday life for Costa Rica’s people, rain forests, and beaches.

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Drone de Costa Rica

Get a bird’s-eye view of Costa Rica’s misty rain forests and verdant hills in this film.

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Profiles in Process : Soyla Figuerero - Crafting a Cigar, or “Puro”

Watch a Cuban expatriate living in Costa Rica handcraft cigars from different varieties of tobacco leaves.

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Our Activity Level rating system ranks adventures on a scale of 1 to 5 to help you determine if a trip is right for you. See the descriptions below for more information about the physical requirements associated with each rating.

Activity Level 1:

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Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 25 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 1-2 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last at least 1-2 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 2:

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Moderately Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 40 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 2-3 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for at least 2-3 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 3:

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Moderate

Travelers should be able to climb 60 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 3 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 3 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 5,000 to 7,000 feet.

Activity Level 4:

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Moderately Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 80 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 4 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 7,000 to 9,000 feet.

Activity Level 5:

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Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 100 or more stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 8 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 10,000 feet or more.

A Day in the Life of Altamira Village

Your school visit at Altamira is just one aspect of your A Day in the Life experience, which is featured on most O.A.T. itineraries. Each A Day in the Life is specially tailored to showcase daily life in your destination—in this case, the Altamira village on the fringes of Costa Rica's lush rain forest. You'll get to know the local people through conversation and hands-on activities, getting an authentic glimpse of what life is really like here—and not just the typical tourist's version.

"The family we had lunch with was fantastic. They showed us their farm, provided us with an excellent lunch, and shared pictures of their family. We thoroughly enjoyed every minute."

Hazel Catoe
13-time traveler from Lando, SC

Altamira village

The Altamira School is supported by Grand Circle Foundation's World Classroom initiative, so we've developed close ties with members of the village community, including the schoolchildren and their families, who are eager to welcome you into their daily lives.

Your A Day in the Life experience will begin with a meeting with one of the community’s leaders, who will teach you more about what daily life is like in Altamira. Then, we’ll continue to Altamira School (when in session). There, the students offer a warm and enthusiastic welcome, after which you'll have time to interact with them one-on-one and meet with their parents and teachers. During your visit, you'll learn about Costa Rica’s universal educational system, which has resulted in a literacy rate of more than 95%, and get a firsthand look at the improvements made possible by Foundation support—and the support of travelers like you.

Following your spirited visit to the school, you'll join a local family for a Home-Hosted Lunch. In addition to sampling the local cuisine—and perhaps lending a hand in its preparation if you like—you'll have a chance to get to know your hosts and learn about their rural way of life.

Grand Circle Foundation

Alan and Harriet Lewis founded Grand Circle Foundation in 1992 as a means of giving back to the world we travel. Because they donate an annually determined amount of revenue from our trips, we consider each one of our travelers as a partner in the Foundation’s work around the world. To date, the Foundation has pledged or donated more than $164 million in support of 300 different organizations—including 60 villages and nearly 100 schools that lie in the paths of our journeys.

Learn more at the grandcirclefoundation.org

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