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Costa Rica Rainforest Outward Bound School

Year-Round Adventure Camps


All over Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua


13 and older




Courses run year-round



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Have an adventure this summer in Costa Rica! Whitewater raft down Class III-IV rapids; surf thrilling warm water breaks in the Pacific Ocean; Hike down from a cloudforest into a rainforest; rappel down a rushing waterfall; snorkel through Caribbean coral reefs and much more with Costa Rica Rainforest Outward Bound School.

Trek from the cloudforest into the rainforest, rappel down waterfalls, climb 60 feet high trees, whitewater raft and kayak down world-class rivers, live with local Costa Rican families in the middle of the jungle, and surf famous Pacific beach breaks. Your summer will be action-packed and filled with experiences that you'll never forget. Your parents will love it too, because of the personal growth and education that is combined with each adventure. But not to worry, most students are having so much fun that they don't realize what they've learned until they've gone back home. Come and have an adventure in Costa Rica!

Costa Rica Rainforest Outward Bound School inspires and develops leadership, compassion, responsibility, respect for the environment and commitment to serve through adventure-based wilderness experiences led by the most skilled, safety-conscious staff.

We run courses year-round throughout Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Panamá. We guide students down seven of the biggest and most exciting rivers in Central America—including the world-famous Rio Pacuare and Rio San Juan. We will take you to surf the best breaks on Costa Rica and Nicaragua’s Pacific coast, and you will hike through rainforests and cloudforests and see more biodiversity in one area than you ever dreamt possible. You will also have opportunities to zipline through the upper rainforest canopy, climb towering strangler fig trees, live with rural Costa Rican families to learn Spanish and about their way of life, learn to whitewater and sea kayak, and to do several other once-in-a-lifetime adventures.


Operations are run out of the base camp in San Ramon de Tres Rios, Costa Rica, a small suburb forty minutes southeast of San Jose. Courses on average have 6-12 participants and are generally co-ed with individuals from various backgrounds. We try to place students of similar ages, teenagers through adults, together, although this is not always possible. Throughout the course, the group acts as a unit with common objectives for traveling, cooking, camping, and adventuring. Friendships and bonds form quickly as many traditional barriers are overcome in a wilderness setting. Outward Bound is a great opportunity to build new friendships that often last a lifetime.

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This course integrates all aspects of physical, emotional and intellectual activities and experiences. Hiking was hard but worth it. You�re thinking you can�t do this stuff, but you push yourself and you can. The snorkeling was amazing. There were really pretty colors and cool fish. Staying with indigenous people really opened my eyes. Learned how other people lived compared to how I live. They live in the middle of nowhere with very little, and that�s how they want it. I�ve come to really respect that.

From this trip you learn to push yourself and be comfortable in situations you�re usually not. I�m more comfortable traveling by myself, and I learned a lot about myself and my abilities. Even though it was challenging, it was an amazing experience and completely worth it. I would want other people to have the same great experience.

Alison Berlent
15, Massachusetts, USA
Reef and Rainforest Adventure Summer 2006

I will remember it forever. I loved meeting the families at the homestays�getting to learn about the different cultures, and the waterfall was exciting and scary at the same time. I also loved the tree climb and everybody in my group. Who gets to go to Costa Rica and make brown sugar and live in the rainforest?! You don�t get to do stuff like that back home. It was an experience of a lifetime! The instructors were awesome. I�ll miss them a lot, especially their sense of humor. They really pushed us. I pushed myself to my limit. I have never worked so hard before. I�ve never pushed myself so hard. Everyone should do this at least once.

Heather Ivess
16, Maryland, USA
15 day Multi-Element, Summer 2006