Wilderness Adventures

Pura Vida: Why Your Teen Will Want to Visit Costa Rica

By Wilderness Adventures September 10, 2021
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The beautiful country of Costa Rica is vastly diverse in its terrain. From rainforests to beaches to river valleys and biodiverse wildlife, travelers can partake in endless enriching activities. Wilderness Adventures offers two extraordinary trips for our teens to Costa Rica, boasting an exciting itinerary of activities, including community service, diverse adventure travel, and stimulating cultural immersion.

Costa Rica Pura Vida 14-Day Trip

“Pura Vida,” meaning “pure life,” is more than just a saying in Costa Rica, it’s a way of life for those who call this happy country home. In addition to earning 30 hours of community service, our students will—raft a jungle river, soar through the forest on an aerial zipline, learn to surf, brush up on their Spanish language skills, and relax on pristine, white sand beaches—making for a true pura vida summer. 


This two-week adventure offers three date options: Jun 19 – Jul 2,  Jul 5 – Jul 18, and Jul 21 – Aug 3 for 7th-9th graders. Learn more about the trip itinerary, expenses and to read some testimonials from previous students on our website.


To learn more about COVID-19 protocols, and the latest updates for international tourists traveling to Costa Rica, visit Costa Rica’s official tourism website

Costa Rica 21-Day Trip

Similar to our briefer 14-day Costa Rica trip, this nearly month-long trip will have your teen living pura vida as they explore this unspoiled tropical paradise of pristine beaches, exotic wildlife, and colorful flora. They will receive 50 hours of community service hours as they partake in projects such as maintenance work at a rural school in a cloud forest, teaching local school children English, and restoring nesting habitats for endangered sea turtles. 


In their free time, our students will discover the beauty of this peaceful country as they surf along white sand beaches, raft the jungle rivers, explore Corcovado National Park, and soar through the forest on a high treetop jungle zipline.


This once-in-a-lifetime trip is available from Jun 19 – Jul 9 or Jul 12 – Aug 1 for 9th-12th graders. Learn more about activity details, packing lists, pricing, and more on our website

About Wilderness Adventures

Wilderness Adventures is an adventure travel company established in 1973. We offer different types of camps: a day camp (Base Camp) in Jackson Hole and overnight trips, including gap semester programs, leadership programs, and custom adventures. Our programs combine adventure with outdoor education, where kids of all ages get to explore national parks, national forests, and wilderness areas in the US & abroad.


Ready to explore our once-in-a-lifetime adventures with your teen? Visit our website today to request info on your desired trip!