Gap Year in Costa Rica

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Are you a beach lover looking for a perfect gap year destination? Then you must choose Costa Rica, a Central American country that proudly boasts both Caribbean and Pacific coastlines. And it's not just about beaches, the country is also home to a large part of the Amazon rainforests that gives room for conservation volunteering and wildlife exploration as well. With several kinds of backpacking trips in Costa Rica, travellers are spoilt for choice and can take up different activities such as Turtle Conservation, Surfing Adventures, Volcano Hiking, Wildlife spotting and more.

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Costa Rica on a Shoestring1
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This week-long shoestring trip certainly goes right by its name as it covers all the highlights of Costa Rica, from the neoclassical city of San Jose to the looming Arenal Volcano in La Fortuna.

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Turtle Conservation Volunteer Project in Costa Rica1
Turtle Conservation Volunteer Project in Costa Rica

Volunteer for the sea turtles along Costa Rica’s coastline and gain international work experience. Explore the vast stretches of golden sandy beaches and the picturesque sunsets.

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Wildlife Conservation & Rescue Center Volunteering Costa Rica1
Wildlife Conservation & Rescue Center Volunteering Costa Rica

This wildlife conservation and rescue center volunteering will let you stay close to nature and spend your days with animals and birds in a unique manner as well as learn the Spanish language and savor the delicious local cuisine.

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Volcanoes & Surfing Adventures in Costa Rica with GDA
Exploring Volcanoes & Surfing Adventures in Costa Rica

This action-packed 9-days tour of Costa Rica offers whitewater rafting, waterfall rappelling, and ziplining through the lush jungle canopy. It’ll let you experience the best that the country has in store.

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Volcano Trail - Antigua to San José with GDA
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Follow the Volcano trail of Central America from Antigua up till San José and experience Caribbean living with a hint of fast paced adventures! Trot the grounds of Mayan mystery and experience bombastic adventures in Central America.

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Active Adventures In Costa Rica with GDA
Active Adventures In Costa Rica

Hike up the Arenal Volcano, explore the rainforests, go for rafting on the Pacuare River, and chill on the Caribbean beaches, unless you decide to snorkel or dive!

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Family Adventure Tour in Costa Rica with GDA
Family Adventure Tour in Costa Rica

In a span of 9 days, travel across Costa Rica, spend some time on the beaches and explore the lush green jungles, introducing your kids to different species of birds and butterflies!

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Costa Rica Adventure with GDA
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This 16-day trip is your ultimate Costa Rican Adventure and it is all set to dazzle you with Central America’s old-world charms, exotic wildlife, and party-hardy beach life!

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Adventure Exotica - Costa Rica To Antigua

Get your rainforest high in Costa Rica and hang on to your life by a rope as you scream your way across the jungle zip-lining or hike up a trail leading to a volcano in Nicaragua, or capture the timeless colonial relics in Antigua.

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Costa Rica And Panama Quest with GDA
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During this action-packed itinerary for 16 days, explore the wilderness of the rainforests while experiences a night walk and indulge in adventure sports like kayaking or snorkeling. It'll surely be a trip worth remembering!

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General Questions

All travelers and volunteers will need a valid Visa for entering the country. Travelers from most of the countries can get a 90-days permit stamped on their passport on arrival.We advise you to check with your nearest Costa Rican Embassy as well, for more details. For further information, you can directly get in touch with your point of contact, who can assist you better.

It's your choice! You can explore the country as a solo traveler or hop around with your favorite people if they are willing to join you as well. If you are coming in a group of more than 5, we can also provide you with customized packages as well as amazing discounts.
 

You might come here alone, but you'll end up meeting some amazing people. In case you want to get in touch with others who are traveling to Costa Rica, you can join our Facebook Group and chitchat with your fellow travelers!
 

You need to buy your Medical and Travel Insurance before setting out for your trip. GDA also provides the insurance facilities, at an additional cost.
 

It's good if you can consult your physician and take the vaccinations as instructed. We would suggest you to take the Hepatitis A and B, Tetanus vaccines. You must also check with your doctor for any other medicines that you might require.
 

You'll need money for your personal expenses, additional tour costs, weekend meals (at times, if you are heading out for lunch or dinner) etc. It'll be sufficient if you keep $ 70 - 80 per week. In case you have plans for adventure activities like cave explorations, surfing lessons etc., you’ll be needing extra cash for that.
 

Costa Rica is a safe country and extremely tourist friendly, hence you need not worry about traveling solo. You'll meet warm and welcoming people. However, we would suggest you not to hang out with strangers until late night, and be with your fellow travelers in case you are heading out somewhere. We believe that your safety depends on you to a large extent, hence you need to be a little cautious. We'll have our coordinators who'll be there at your service, 24/7. So you need not worry about safety.

Due to its close proximity to the Equator, Costa Rica has no prominent summer or winter. The best time to visit Costa Rica is from mid-December to April (the dry season). You must carry light & comfortable cotton clothes as well as your beachwear since you'll get to spend a lot of time on the beaches.  It's wiser to travel light and pack only the essentials. Don't make your luggage too heavy, as you'll get almost everything in Costa Rica! 
 

Throughout the year, Costa Rica has some carnival or the other. However, some of the most popular ones are Semana Santa (Easter), Limon Carnival, Fiestas Palmares, Fiestas Zapote etc. Check your dates and our coordinator will guide you about the festivals you can be a part of.
 

While Spanish is the official language of the country, quite a huge population can speak English. You'll also find people speaking in Portuguese or German.  Your coordinator will be well versed in English. Apart from that, you'll be given a basic Spanish lesson during your orientation. So you need not worry about language barrier!