Embark on a transformative journey of cultural discovery in the most culturally diverse province of Costa Rica! Our immersive cultural exchange program offers a unique opportunity to connect deeply with our community, forging meaningful connections and gaining invaluable insights into our rich traditions and vibrant way of life.
Live like a local as you are warmly welcomed into oursmall, rural costal community of Gandoca, which is heavily influenced by our Afro-Caribbean heritage. Immerse yourself in the rhythm of our daily routines, savor authentic cuisine, and participate in customs that have shaped our identities and guided our way of life. From participating in lively local soccer matches, to traditional craft-making, every moment is a chance to embrace the tapestry of Costa Rican culture.
Engage in language exchange, honing your Spanish skills while sharing your own stories, cultureand experiences. Through genuine interactions, you’ll foster friendships that transcend borders and promote understanding. This is your opportunity to go beyond the tourist trail, to truly understand and appreciate the essence of our community. Uncover the stories, traditions, and dreams that shape our remarkable region.
Experience the unparalleled beauty of the rainforest and rushing rivers with a stay in the heart of the Bribri Indigenous Territory in Talamanca, Costa Rica. Your journey begins with a ride in a dugout canoe up the Telire River with the stunning backdrop of the Talamanca mountains.
By staying with a local family, you will engage in daily life and participate in activities that provide a profound glimpse into an important and unique ancestral heritage. Learn the art of weaving intricate baskets and crafting gourds using techniques passed down through from generation to general. Listen to traditional stories told by elders around the fire and participate in traditional games.
Delight your taste buds with local dishes prepared with love, and discover the profound connection between food and community. Venture into the heart of the rainforest on hikes led by local guides, who share their knowledge of the land’s medicinal plants and the significance of this incredible place.
Come with humility, respect and a desire to listen and learn and you will leave with a heart full of cherished memories and a newfound appreciation for the beauty of our cultural diversity.
Snorkeling in Punta Mona Reef is an extraordinary experience that promises a day filled with adventure. Nestled along Costa Rica’s stunning Caribbean coast, this picturesque reef teems with an abundance of marine life and dazzling coral formations. Visitors are greeted with crystal-clear turquoise waters that invite them to immerse themselves in nature’s aquatic playground. Accompanied by experienced guides, snorkelers of all levels can delve into the depths, discovering a mesmerizing array of tropical fish, colorful corals, and other captivating marine species. We will provide all of the equipment, experienced guides during the duration of the tour as well as light refreshments. This is a six-hour tour that includes a hike to Punta Mona and a boat tour from Punta Mona back to Gandoca.
For those seeking an unforgettable adventure, a snorkeling day tour in Punta Mona Reef is a must. It offers an extraordinary opportunity to connect with nature, appreciate its wonders, and leave with a profound sense of admiration and responsibility for the preservation of our oceans. So, if you’re planning your next escapade, don’t miss the chance to explore the enchanting Punta Mona Reef – a true paradise beneath the waves.
Glide over the tranquil waters of the Gandoca Lagoon by boat as you are surrounded by the sights, sounds and smells of the tropical mangrove forest!
During this tour, we will explore one of the most important wetlands in the Southern Caribbean zone of Costa Rica, which has the largest and least contaminated mangrove forest in the country. An expert local guide will lead you on a journey through the ecosystem, the animal and plant life that it supports, the different types of mangroves, and human impacts on mangrove health. After exploring the mangroves, we will go to the mouth of the lagoon where it meets the sea, enjoy light refreshments and take a swim in the refreshing waters of the lagoon.
Embrace the wilderness with a beach and mountain hike, traversing through dense rainforests, encountering exotic flora and fauna, and connecting with the raw beauty of the landscape. The panoramic views from these remote, untouched beaches are an awe-inspiring example of nature’s grandeur. This hike is a full-day adventure which takes around 6-7 hours, depending on the physical condition of the group. The hike is on soft-surface trails and is medium intensity due to the distance. If the group prefers a shorter hike, we can plan half of the route to reduce the distance.
There are a variety of pristine beaches along the hike as well as primary forest ecosystems, which we will explore during the tour as the educational component. We will stop for a snack and go swimming at one of the beaches. The landscape is hilly, forested and, depending on whether it rains or not before the hike, the trail can be muddy. The hike is approximately 15 kilometers total (9.3 miles). After the hike, we will dine at one of the best local restaurants in the area and then head back to Gandoca village by boat, looking for dolphins and other animals along the way. If the weather is not favorable, we will return to Gandoca by shuttle.