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Itinerary for Trip

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Day 1, Thursday April 3- Arrival
You arrive at the Juan Santamaría International Airport just outside the city of Alajuela. You will be picked up at the airport and after a 45 minute ride you arrive at your hotel, the Quaker Peace House, in the center of San José. Welcome to Costa Rica! Get settled in and, depending on the time of arrival, we may take a walk to explore the neighborhood.
Tonight we have our introductory meeting about Costa Rica and what to expect during the Service Expedition here in San José.
Lodging and Meals: Peace House
Day 2, Friday April 4- Meeting with Epsy Campbell and Local High School Students
This morning we meet with Epsy Campbell, President of the Citizen Action Party and later with a leader of the National Liberation Party. After lunch we will go to Liceo del Sur to meet with the students you have been emailing and visit the school.
Lodging and Meals: Peace House
Day 3, Saturday April 5- Poás Volcano and Manuel Obregón
This morning we head out with Dr. Gabriel Quesada to visit the Poás Volcano. After lunch we will meet with renowned Costa Rican musician Manuel Obregón. Tonight we’ll have a social/salsa party at the Peace Center with our friends from Liceo del Sur. 
Lodging and Meals: Peace House
Day 4, Sunday April 6- Bed Building in La Carpio
Our day begins with an early breakfast and we set out for the western side of San Jose to work on our service project. We will spend the day working in the La Carpio settlement on the outskirts of the city. Our job is to build beds with Softly International and deliver them to families in need in La Carpio. We’ll take a break for lunch in the community.
Lodging and Meals: Peace House

 Day 5, Monday April 7- Travel to Quebrada Arroyo
We head out early today and travel west toward the resort town of Manuel Antonio. On our way we travel through the Central Valley mountain ranges and the sleepy towns of Atenas and San Mateo de Orotina. We will be treated to beautiful vistas of the forest and Pacific Ocean as we travel to the coast. 
We pass through the surfer towns of Jacó and Playa Hermosa as well as extensive African Palm plantations on our way to the port town of Quepos, home to the world renowned Manuel Antonio National Park. Once out of Quepos the paved road stops and we head up the mountains to the Cerro Nara protected rain forest and Los Campesinos Lodge in the town of Quebrada Arroyo. This will be our home for the next few days.
Once we arrive at Los Campesinos we unpack and then we are led on a hike through the rainforest where we learn about the medicinal value of much of the flora. If we have time we may take a dip in one of the many pristine waterfalls in the reserve. Truly unbelievable! Los Campesinos is a private reserve run by the local farmers and this evening we will have an introductory meeting with members of the community. During the next few days we will learn first hand about the challenges of rural development and about life in the mountains of Costa Rica.
Lodging and Meals: Los Campesinos Eco-Lodge
Day 6, Tuesday April 8- Service Project in Quebrada Arroyo
Today we head into the forest reserve of Quebrada Arroyo to help fix up trails. Among other jobs we will lay wood and gravel to keep the trails from being engulfed by the rain forest. You are guaranteed to get dirty and tired today. Later this evening we will hold Game II of the City High/Quebrada Arroyo Soccer Tournament. Let’s see if you guys can do better than your predecessors from 2006!!
Lodging and Meals: Los Campesinos Eco-Lodge
Day 7, Wednesday April 9- Service Project in Quebrada Arroyo
Today we continue our work on the trails in the rainforest of Quebrada Arroyo. This afternoon we dedicate ourselves to swimming in the reserve’s various watering holes. Tonight we deliver our donation to community leaders to support their efforts to help conserve the area’s rainforest, and we spend the evening talking about what we’ve seen and learned during our stay.
Lodging and Meals: Los Campesinos Eco-Lodge

Day 8, Thursday April 10- Manuel Antonio National Park

This morning we say goodbye to our new friends and travel down the mountain to Manuel Antonio. We unpack our stuff and spend the day swimming and exploring the beautiful Manuel Antonio National park. Keep your eyes open for monkeys or iguanas on the beach!
Lodging and Meals: Vela Bar Hotel
Day 9, Friday April 11- Travel to the Coast and Crocodiles!
We rise early today to head back to San José. On our way we will have the chance to stop and see the crocodiles which live along the Tárcoles River in the Carara National Park. After lunch in San José we shop for souvenirs!
Lodging and Meals: Peace House
Day 10, Saturday April 12- Back to the States!
We have an early breakfast and then it is off to the Juan Santamaría International Airport to return to the United States. Have a great trip home!


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