Upcoming Courses

Parent/Child Adventure – June 2020

Group photo with the Lopez family

Share an unforgettable adventure as a parent/child team as you delve into the disappearing culture of rural Costa Rican eco- farms. Hike into a remote village and spend a week living with families who settled the land and live on eco-farms in the jungle. Rappel a waterfall and explore a cavern in the nearby jungle, and then hike back to civilization to spend two days learning to surf on a pristine beach.

Ages: 13+

Length: 14 Days

Participants: 8-12

Cost: $5,950 per Parent/Child Duo

Trip Highlights:

  • Get an up-close and personal look at rural Costa Rican life by staying with homestay families
  • Learn about eco-farming: milk a cow, harvest bananas and possibly plant a seasonal crop such as yucca
  • Rappel a 70 foot waterfall
  • Your tuition will help support the families of the community you visit
  • Be taught by your host mom to make tortillas on an old-fashioned wood-burning stove
  • Explore a cave with stalactite and stalagmite formations
  • Swim in a calm pool of the cleanest river in Latin America
  • Drink some of the best coffee in the world
  • Help the community through a service project
  • Learn to Surf at a beautiful beach with professional surf instructors


Day 1 – Fly into San Jose Costa Rica. Be picked up by trip leaders and gather with your group in a hostel dormitory reserved only for the group and trip leaders. (Learn more about sleeping arrangments on our FAQ page)

Group making fresh cheese with Granados family

Day 2 – Travel by bus, and then 4×4 truck to the starting point for your hike. Hike 2 hours downhill to your first homestay, where you will meet the Granados family, the founders of the little village you’ll be spending the next week in.

Day 3 – Wake up to a typical Costa Rican breakfast prepared by your host mom, and then start the day’s activities. Learn about planting yucca, harvesting bananas, making fresh cheese, milking a cow, baking bread – whatever the family is up to that day!

Day 4 – Hike to your second homestay (2 hours). Meet Magda, your homestay mom, and settle in to the most remote house in the little village. Take a cooking lesson from Magda, and then meet with trip leaders to learn skills necessary to prepare for tomorrow’s adventure.

Day 5 – Solos. Test your skills and have time for reflection as you head out for a solo. Set up your own tarp shelter in the jungle (within earshot of trip leaders) and spend the night reflecting and journaling about your adventure thus far.

Trip leader Donna White teaching a group to rappel

Day 6 – Trip leaders will pick you up from your campsite and you will gather for breakfast at the homestay. Share your solo experience with your fellow group members, and then hike to the next homestay (40 minutes). Meet the Lopez family, and learn how to make tortillas from your host mom.

Day 7 – After breakfast, head out to rappel a 70 foot waterfall. Break for lunch, and then learn how to harvest sugarcane, mill it by hand, and boil down the juice to make real cane sugar. Cool off by swimming in the clear blue water of the Savegre, the cleanest river in Latin America.

Day 8 – Hike to a cavern in the jungle (no ropes or tight squeezes necessary!), and spend a few hours walking around the rooms exploring stalactites and watching the insect bats. Afterward, hike over to the Granados homestay, where you’ll spend the night again.

Day 9 – Wake up early and test your hiking skills by tackling a tough uphill hike (3 hours). Be rewarded by spending the night at an eco-lodge at the top of the ridge, where you can bask in the epic views for the rest of the day. Meet your hosts, the Parra family, and then swim in a waterfall pool and check out the family’s efforts to re-introduce the Red-Eyed Tree Frog into the local rainforest.

The Parra family in the kitchen of their eco-lodge

Day 10 – After breakfast, perform a service project in the nearby village of San Isidro de Dota, before returning to the eco lodge for one more dip in the waterfall, dinner and bedtime.

Day 11 – Be picked up by 4×4 trucks and transported to the nearest town, where you’ll switch to a van and transfer to Beach Camp. Meet Mayela, who built shelters on her beachfront property in order to rent them out to campers. Get an afternoon surf lesson from Johnny and Holly, two of Costa Rica’s top lifeguards who also have a passion for surfing. They will keep you safe and have you surfing in no time.

Day 12 – Spend the day surfing and exploring the beach. Master your surfing skills, and possibly hike out to see the tide pools if the weather and tides permit.

Group finishing up a sunset surf session

Day 13 – Transfer back to San Jose, where you’ll check into a hostel dormitory and spend the rest of the day exploring the Capital City. Stop in the open-air Central Market to see where food and other goods are sold, and then the Artisan Market, where you can pick up some gifts and souvenirs.

Day 14 – Fly out. Say farewell to your group, and then trip leaders will take you to the airport and get you checked in on your flight.

Learn more about our trips including safety, communication with participants while on course, etc. by visiting our FAQ page.

NOTE: Experiential Travel reserves the right to modify the itinerary if necessary due to weather conditions, homestay availability, and other factors beyond our control.

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