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This Trip Supports Reforestation in Costa Rica by Amy Cassell

This Trip Supports Reforestation in Costa Rica by Amy Cassell, Bergen County Moms
A walk in the rain forest: Traversing a hanging bridge through Arenal.

Glamping at Nayara Tented Camp contributes to the resort's ecotourism efforts.

This story is part of our collection of sustainable trips where travelers make a difference.

About a quarter of Costa Rica’s land is protected, and last year, the small Central American country with a big sustainable reputation won the inaugural, UN-backed Earthshot Prize for its efforts to reverse deforestation and increase biodiversity. Travelers support the efforts of this ecotourism powerhouse on a ten-day private trip with Big Five Tours & Expeditions that focuses on natural immersion and glamping-style overnights in the western half of the country. Here, are a few of the trip’s most exciting moments.

This Trip Supports Reforestation in Costa Rica by Amy Cassell, Bergen County Moms
A private pool at Nayara Tented Camp. | Photo Credit: Nayara Tented Cam

Day Two

Hit up the espresso bar at the 21-room Nayara Tented Camp before a busy day exploring Arenal, known for its eponymous 5,358-foot volcano. Hike to La Fortuna waterfall before boating across Lake Arenal to the slopes of the volcano, where another hike precedes a visit to the volcano’s observatory.

Day Five

During a two-day stopover in Bagaces, a quiet town known for its biological reserves and volcanic hot springs, travelers hike, white-water raft down the Río Perdido, and soak in geothermal waters. But the real highlight comes after dark during a guided twilight canyon hike and zip-line outing beneath a glowing blanket of constellations.

Day Eight

It’s a tough call while staying on the Papagayo Peninsula: snorkel, surf, or scuba? After a morning in the Pacific, sign up to help locals replant mangroves or deliver supplies to a local classroom – two of the many opportunities Big Five arranges for travelers to support conservation and education in the places they visit.

Departures: Any day through 2022.

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