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Experience the best of Costa Rica on this remarkable tour. Your journey kicks off in San Jose, the vibrant capital, where you'll explore the historic district and engage in optional team training and friendly games. Immerse yourself in the local culture, uncovering the country's rich traditions.

Next, venture deep into the rainforest for exhilarating adventures. Zip-line through the lush canopy and encounter exotic wildlife at La Paz Waterfall Gardens & Animal Sanctuary. Additionally, you have the option to contribute to the community through voluntary service activities.

Relaxation takes center stage as you transition to the pristine beaches of Costa Rica. Choose between beach training or an afternoon of leisure while staying at a beachfront hotel. Thrill-seekers can opt for an unforgettable catamaran cruise, exploring the azure waters.

Throughout this journey, expect personal growth as you step out of your comfort zone. Forge lasting bonds with fellow travelers and be captivated by the country's diverse biodiversity. This tour seamlessly blends culture, adventure, and relaxation, ensuring an unforgettable experience amid Costa Rica's breathtaking landscapes.

Sports Available
Field Hockey
Best Dates of Travel
Depends on the sport - Weather is great most of the year
Level of Competition Available
Benefits of this Destination
  1. Cultural Exposure: Participants will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture of Costa Rica, especially in San Jose, by exploring its historic districts, interacting with locals, and experiencing the country's unique customs and traditions.
  2. Team Building: The team training and friendly games provide an excellent opportunity for group bonding and team building. These activities can foster camaraderie, improve communication, and enhance teamwork among participants.
  3. Adventure and Exploration: The tour includes exciting activities like canopy zip lining and visits to the La Paz Waterfall Gardens & Animal Sanctuary. These adventures allow participants to explore the natural beauty of Costa Rica and engage in thrilling experiences.
  4. Community Service: For those who opt for community service, this tour offers a chance to give back to the local community. Participants can make a positive impact through volunteer work while gaining a sense of fulfillment.
  5. Nature and Wildlife: Costa Rica is known for its rich biodiversity. The visit to the La Paz Waterfall Gardens & Animal Sanctuary allows participants to encounter a variety of wildlife and experience the beauty of the rainforest.
  6. Beach Relaxation: The tour also includes a beach segment, providing relaxation and leisure time by the ocean. This offers participants a chance to unwind, enjoy the sun and surf, and take a break from the more active portions of the trip.
  7. Adventure Sports: The optional catamaran cruise and canopy zip line tour cater to those seeking adventure and adrenaline rushes, adding an extra layer of excitement to the trip.
  8. Personal Growth: Traveling to a foreign country, experiencing new cultures, and engaging in different activities can lead to personal growth and a broader perspective. Participants may develop problem-solving skills, adaptability, and increased cultural awareness.
  9. Memorable Experiences: The tour is designed to create lasting memories. From exploring historic districts to taking part in adventurous activities and relaxing on the beach, participants can expect to have a memorable and enriching experience.
  10. Friendships and Networking: Traveling together often leads to the formation of new friendships and the expansion of one's social network. Participants may establish connections with fellow travelers that last long after the trip ends.

It's important to note that the benefits can vary depending on individual preferences and the level of participation in optional activities. However, overall, this tour provides a well-rounded experience that combines adventure, cultural immersion, and personal growth.

Possible Cities to Visit
  1. San Jose: The capital city of Costa Rica, where you'll have a tour of the historic district and the opportunity to explore the local culture and attractions.
  2. La Paz Waterfall Gardens & Animal Sanctuary: Located near San Jose, this is a nature reserve with waterfalls, hiking trails, and a sanctuary for various animals.
  3. Rainforest: While not a specific city, you'll have the chance to experience the rainforest environment through activities such as canopy zip-lining and visits to natural attractions like waterfalls and animal sanctuaries.
  4. Beach: You'll transfer to a beach location, which may vary depending on the tour, and stay at a beachfront hotel. The specific beach destination may vary depending on the tour operator.
  5. Beach Towns: During your beach stay, you'll have the option to visit nearby beach towns for additional exploration and relaxation.

Please note that the specific locations and cities you visit may vary depending on the tour package and operator. Costa Rica offers a diverse range of natural and cultural attractions, so the itinerary can be customized to include different cities and regions based on your preferences and the goals of your tour.

Destination Highlights
  • Immersive cultural experience in San Jose, Costa Rica's capital city.
  • Team training and friendly games to foster group bonding.
  • Exploration of the historic district of San Jose.
  • Visits to the La Paz Waterfall Gardens & Animal Sanctuary to see wildlife and natural beauty.
  • Thrilling canopy zip line tour through the rainforest.
  • Relaxation and beach time at a coastal destination.
  • Optional catamaran cruise for ocean adventures.
  • Opportunities for community service to give back to the local community.
  • Encounter with Costa Rica's rich biodiversity and exotic animals.
  • Personal growth through travel, new experiences, and cultural immersion.
  • Formation of new friendships and social networking opportunities.
  • Memorable experiences that will last a lifetime.

These highlights encompass a mix of cultural, adventurous, and natural experiences, making the tour well-rounded and appealing to a variety of interests.

Sample Itinerary

DAY 1 - Arrival in San Jose, Costa Rica

  • Arrive at SJO Costa Rica airport
  • Private bus pick up from the airport
  • Check in at the hotel for 4 nights
  • Team training (optional)

DAY 2 - Exploring San Jose

  • Team training (optional)
  • Tour of San José Historic District
  • Friendly game #1

DAY 3 - City & Rainforest

  • Community Service (optional)
  • Visit La Paz Waterfall Gardens & Animal Sanctuary
  • Friendly game #2

DAY 4 - City & Rainforest

  • Canopy zip line tour
  • Friendly game #3

DAY 5 - Beach Transfer

  • Transfer to the beach
  • Check in at the beach hotel for 2 nights
  • Afternoon free to enjoy the beach

DAY 6 - Relax at the Beach

  • Morning free to enjoy the beach OR Beach training
  • Afternoon off OR Visit beach town
  • Optional catamaran cruise (additional cost)

DAY 7 - Departure

  • Depart from Liberia (LIR) Costa Rica

Please note that some activities are listed as "optional," so participants can choose whether or not to participate. Additionally, specific details about times, locations, and reservations for optional activities should be arranged as needed based on the preferences and availability of the group.

Next Step

Step 1

Fill out the trip Request form and contact AIST to discuss your preferred tour options

Step 2

AIST will provide a custom program that includes a cost quote and sample itinerary - You'll have time to review and discuss with your team

Step 3

Once your destination and travel dates are confirmed:  Registrations and deposits are due to secure your tour!

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Just wanted to reach out and thank you for all of your help setting up our tour in Brazil. Your staff did a wonderful job hosting us and making our group feel safe and comfortable the entire trip. We would highly recommend Brazil to anyone asking for a destination to go to. Thanks again, looking forward to working with you again in the future!

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University of Chicago

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