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Young Explorers: Pura Vida

Young Explorers: Pura Vida

Rustic Pathways’ Young Explorers programs are for students ages 12 to 13 with a passion for travel. These programs allow the young adventurer to step outside of their comfort zone, make new friends, and learn about the world around them.

Work on service initiatives, zip line through the rainforest canopy, play beach volleyball and soccer with locals, and learn how to surf. Stroll through the lush La Paz Waterfall Gardens looking for Costa Rica’s amazing wildlife. Head to La Fortuna, near the Arenal Volcano, where you’ll participate in service projects at schools or community organizations. Explore La Fortuna through rainforest hikes, zip lining, and trips to hot springs. Journey to the Sarapiquí region for an unforgettable whitewater rafting trip. Relax on the beaches of the Nicoya Peninsula and enjoy the laid-back Pacific vibe.

Students love staying at the beach

Students love our programs in Costa Rica!
Departure Dates
  1. June 08 - June 23, 2021

  2. June 22 - July 07, 2021

  3. July 06 - July 21, 2021

  4. July 20 - August 04, 2021

Program Profile
Program Profile

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 and acceptable for service projects. This means bringing long shorts (think Bermuda and basketball shorts), t-shirts with sleeves to cover shoulders, and appropriate footwear.
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.
Extra paperwork? If you need additional forms filled out to get credit for your service hours, no problem! Bring these forms with you so they can be completed in-country.

Rustic Gear. Want to get all your shopping done for your program in one place? We’ve got you covered. Check out Rustic Gear and get all the essentials sent right to your door.

A school backpack or similar sized bag is ideal.

  • Passport
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Wallet/money
  • Book and/or journal
  • Pen
  • Phone
  • Camera
  • Chargers
  • Change of clothes
  • Water bottle
  • Medication
  • Additional community service forms
  • Visa documentation (if applicable)
  • Consent to Travel form
  • Rustic Pathways emergency contacts
Check Luggage

A 50-70 Liter duffel bag or backpack is ideal.


  • Socks (5-8)
  • Underwear (6-8)
  • Pants/capris (3-4)
  • Long service shorts
  • Long skirt
  • Tank Tops (5-8)
  • T-shirts (5-8)
  • Long sleeved shirt (2-4)
  • Fleece/hoodie
  • Pijamas
  • Swimsuit
  • Quick dry towel
  • Beach towel/sarong
  • Rain jacket
  • Sandals water/strappy sandals (like Tevas or Chacos)
  • Sneakers/ Hiking boots for Community Service and Adventure Activities
  • Sneakers (Closed-toed comfortable shoes)
  • Work gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat (for sun)


(Travel size bottles in Ziploc bags)

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Face wash
  • Toothbrush
  • Tooth paste
  • Oxybenzone-free sunscreen (reef-safe)
  • Bug spray
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Contacts
  • Contact solution
  • Foam ear plugs
  • Personal med kit
  • Deodorant
  • Wet Wipes
  • Razor/shaving cream


  • Portable games (Bananagrams, cards, etc.)
  • Power bank (in your Carry-on)
Important Reminders
  • *Community Service Appropriate Attire includes T-shirts and tank tops with no visible undergarments and shorts with a 3” or more inseam.
  • Don’t forget the Big Five: Water bottle, Sunscreen, Bug spray, Rain jacket, Closed-toe shoes.
  • Students will have a chance to do laundry on this trip.