Jul 26 - Aug 8, 2022 Available
Head for the cloud forests and tropical beaches of Costa Rica to explore a country rich in natural beauty and bio-diversity.
This experience combines outdoor exploration and cross-cultural adventure in the heart of Central America. Experience Shabbat with the local community, search for jungle wildlife on a nighttime safari, and explore your Jewish identity through the lens of life in Costa Rica.
ELEMENTS OF THE EXPERIENCE
Once-in-a-Lifetime Outdoor Adventures | Hike on an active volcano, zip-line over a rainforest, snorkel on a tropical beach, raft down a raging river, swim under a waterfall, relax in thermal hot springs, and go on a night safari. Costa Rica is a stunningly beautiful country that is lush with colorful plants, rare animals, and endless opportunities for outdoors exploration.
Traveling in Harmony with Nature | Although Costa Rica is a very small country, it contains more biodiversity than America or Europe! On Costa Rica Trek, you will spend the weekend on a “Costa Rican-style kibbutz,” explore an organic chocolate plantation, and eat deliciously fresh food at every stop along the way.
Living Jewish Values | Costa Rica Trek is also an opportunity to explore your Jewish identity through the lens of life in Costa Rica. Delve into the meaning of being “eco-kosher,” fulfill the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam (repair of the world), and celebrate two very memorable Shabbatot—including one with the Jewish community of San Jose.
IS IT RIGHT FOR ME?
While Costa Rica Trek is designed for active teens, the program is appropriate for most. Do not worry about needing to be super outdoorsy to enjoy yourself. The outdoor activities are only meant to complement the overall touring (most of which is still bus-based). The ultimate aim of Costa Trek is to provide teens with a more active way to experience the country through the beauty of its terrain. See you on the trails!
Explore Monteverde’s cloud forests and swim under waterfalls
Hike to an active volcano and take a dip in a hot springs thermal pool
Search for jungle wildlife on a nighttime safari
Get up close with crocodiles, iguanas, lizards, and more on a boat tour on the Tarcoles River
Go ocean kayaking on the Pacific Ocean and relax on the beach
Stay at a ranch and learn ecologically friendly farming practices
Meet with local Costa Rican teens and take part in meaningful service projects
Celebrate Shabbat together with San Jose‘s Jewish community