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Pre-FAM

Visit Tortuguero

Sunday, January 14 – Wednesday, January 17
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Registration Fee: $571 single occupancy or $510 double occupancy
Limited space available!

Travel to Tortuguero and visit a local village, enjoy a boat ride tour and explore the Tortuguero National Park.

This tour requires a minimum capacity in order to take place. If the minimum is not reached, the tour will be cancelled. All registrants will be notified by November 17 if the tour is cancelled. Any payments received will be refunded without penalty or applied to another tour of your choice.

Pre-Summit Tour

Corso Lecheria (Farming Culture) Tour

Wednesday, January 17
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Registration Fee: $50

Limited space available!

Visit and experience a local small Costa Rican Farm! During the two-hour guided tour, you will explore the farm, interact with animals, and walk through strawberry fields, a cloud forest and cheese factory. At the end of this tour, you will have the opportunity to make tortillas while enjoying the best cheese, coffee and strawberries in the area. Student friendly tour.  Learn more! 

All Attendee Group Excursion

Coffee & Waterfall Gardens Tour

Saturday, January 20
9:00 am – 8:00 pm (timing is subject to change)

Registration Fee: Complimentary, included in your registration fee.

Make connections and build relationships while experiencing Costa Rica! During this tour, you will visit the Doka Estate Coffee Plantation, La Paz Waterfall Gardens & Rescue Center, and visit a local small Costa Rican Farm, Corso Lecheria, for authentic Costa Rican cuisine! Lunch and dinner are included.

Post-Summit Service Project

Helping Hands

Sunday, January 21
7:30 am – 7:00 pm

Registration Fee: $100
Limited space available!

7:30 am                     Hotel departure
8:30 am – 5:00 pm    Home building service project
5:30 pm                     Evening reception at Casa Cielo Grande
7:00 pm                     Return to hotel

Join your SYTA family and spend a day helping build a home for a local family in need. The sound of hammers, the mixing of cement by hand, dipping brushes into buckets of paint, carrying sheets of plywood, and digging with shovels – all so meaningful when you are helping make a difference in someone’s life.

During this project you will:

• Help a less fortunate family in a profound and immediate way.
• Experience the satisfaction of building something with your own hands.
• Immerse yourself in another culture.
• Build teamwork and unity.
• Become more aware of the needs around the world.

A special thank you to our member and partner, Global Travel Alliance, for orchestrating this unique give back opportunity.

Note: Lunch, water, and light snacks at evening reception are included.  Your Sunday night hotel room is not included.  Airport transfers are included on Monday, January 22, for those who participate in the project from our host hotel to SJO.

Post-FAM

Visit Arenal

Sunday, January 21 – Monday, January 22
Depart the host hotel on Sunday, Januaray 21 at 7:30 am
Arrive at the host hotel on Monday, Januaray 22 at 1:30 pm
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Registration Fee: $465 single occupancy or $340 double occupancy
Limited space available!

Travel to Arenal and visit a local school tour, enjoy a ride on the Sky Tram and hiking at Arenal Volcano National Park.

This tour requires a minimum capacity in order to take place. If the minimum is not reached, the tour will be cancelled. All registrants will be notified by November 17 if the tour is cancelled. Any payments received will be refunded without penalty or applied to another tour of your choice.

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