Start on the Pacific coast, hike through the rainforest to a hidden cave, and rappel a 100-foot cliff as waterfalls surge on either side of you. Travel up the coast to spot monkeys and sloths, and enjoy the picturesque Costa Rican landscapes. Sail, snorkel, and surf in the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean on the tropical coast of the Nicoya Peninsula. Zip line through the flourishing rainforest canopy and soak in natural hot springs in La Fortuna. Conclude your journey with a three-day whitewater rafting voyage down the Pacuare River.
Students love rappelling Nauyaca and Diamante waterfalls, hiking to Diamante Cave, and surfing
Packing the right gear (and the right amounts) is the first step to an incredible travel experience. Follow these tips to pack like a pro:
Travel light. Pack only the essentials. You’ll need less than you think!
Bring the right clothes. Pack clothes that are culturally appropriate for your destination.
Leave your valuables behind. While traveling, it’s easier for things to get lost, stolen, or damaged. Keep any prized possessions safe at home.
Check with TSA. Make sure your luggage complies with TSA regulations, especially your carry-on. Useful tip: Pack an empty water bottle and fill it up after security.
A school backpack is ideal as it will be used for day trips.
- Photocopy of passport
- Book and/or journal
- Ear buds
- Change of clothes
- Water bottle
- Visa documentation (if applicable)
- Consent to Travel form (optional)
- Rustic Pathways emergency contacts
A 50-70 Liter duffel bag or backpack is ideal.
- Socks (8)
- Underwear (8)
- Shorts (3-4)
- Long looser capris or quick-dry pants (2)
- T-shirt (6)
- Tank tops (4)
- Long sleeve shirt (1)
- Long sleeve rashguard (2)
- Rain jacket
- Strappy sandals (like Tevas or Chacos)
- Quick dry towel
- Beach towel/sarong
(travel sized in ziplock bags)
- Body wash
- Face wash
- Oxybenzone-free sunscreen (reef-safe), preferably cream not spray
- Bug spray
- Feminine hygiene products
- Contact solution
- Foam earplugs
- Personal med kit
- Wet Wipes
- Razor/shaving cream