Community Building in Costa Rica 2018-04-09T18:53:37+00:00


August 15, 2018

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Enjoy the unique combination of exploring a magnificent country known for its commitment to sustainability and protection of natural resources while also learning about GoPhil’s similar philanthropic model in other parts of the world. This trip offers the perfect backdrop to join our growing community of “earth and humanity” lovers for a meaningful few days of connection, adventure and reflection.

The first words you are likely to hear when you arrive in Costa Rica will be “Pura Vida,” a greeting that expresses the peaceful spirit of a democratic nation that abolished its military in 1948 and repositioned military spending toward a better commitment for education and healthcare. Costa Rica’s warm and hospitable people, known affectionately as Ticos, inhabit an extraordinary region of the world, one replete with active volcanoes, dense rainforest, spectacular waterfalls and pristine beaches. This country’s progressive approach to conservation has protected a substantial range of its natural habitat.

In your interaction with the communities you’ll enjoy direct experience with the warm and inviting locals where we will ‘Listen and Learn’ about the successes and failures of one of the world’s most prosperous countries.

Optional extensions available to Costa Rica’s most majestic beach destination, Manuel Antonio.

Journey Details

  • Visit the mountainous coffee village of Naranjo, origin of Costa Rica’s most prized coffees and some of the most expensive coffees in the world.
  • Enjoy two nights at Chayote Lodge, a boutique hotel with stunning vistas in every direction, grand fireplace for fireside chats and wonderful gourmet on-site restaurant.
  • Full day walking tour of Naranjo town with visits to meet local coffee farmers and explore their production facilities.
  • Incredible three nights at Nayara Arenal, #1 Boutique Hotel in the World, as ranked for several years running by Condé Nast Traveler, Travel+Leisure, TripAdvisor and more. Every room at Nayara offers stunning views of the majestic Arenal Volcano, thermal hot springs and more.
  • Walking tour of the Arenal Volcano National Park abundant with diverse flora and fauna.
  • Afternoon tour to Vida Campesina, a family-owned project focused on sustainable and organic agriculture.
  • Enjoy comfortable, beautiful, and authentic accommodations and private transport throughout the journey.
  • OPTIONAL: Arrange beach extensions to Manuel Antonio.

DAY 1 – November 01, 2018 – Arrival to Costa Rica

Arrive to Costa Rica by flying into Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) where your private driver will be waiting to transfer you to Chayote Lodge for your first night of fireside conversation and a gourmet welcome dinner with GoPhil travelers.

Chayote Lodge sits in the outskirts of the mountainous central valley, located only 50-minutes away from the airport in Llano Bonito de Naranjo, 1500 meters above sea level in the cloud forest. This boutique hotel boasts spacious bungalows resembling traditional Coffee Receiving Stations known locally as ‘recibidores,’ all featuring a private terrace with breathtaking views of Poas, Barva, and Irazu Volcanos, as well as the Central Valley and the Nicoya Gulf in the Pacific Ocean. Inspired by the rich coffee culture of the Naranjo region, each nook of the property resembles a piece of the coffee picker’s story and their lifestyle.

DAY 2 – November 02, 2018 – Walking Tour of Naranjo & Coffee Plantations

Rise this morning with premium Naranjo coffee delivered directly to your bungalow terrace as you watch the clouds dissipate over the neighboring coffee plantations just after sunrise. After breakfast, we will depart at 10am for our coffee plantation and Naranjo town tour.

Naranjo is a small town sheltering some of Costa Rica’s most world famous coffee plantations. Over two hundred years of coffee cultivation have marked Naranjo as a mecca in the production of some of the finest coffees of the world, achieving several world awards for its quality. Our first stop will be Espiritu Santo Coffee Tour where we will learn all the secrets of why this famous beverage has taken the world by storm. We will be able to learn about all phases of coffee, from seed to cup. The visit takes place at a coffee farm owned by the local cooperative of coffee growers, where a coffee landscape of rolling hills make a unique scenery.

After our coffee tour, we will continue to the Municipal Market, where vegetables, fruits, meats and other produce is for sale for the local inhabitants to buy always fresh produce. Our guide will tell us about the different fruits and explain how they are used in local homes. We will have lunch in one the eateries of the market.

After lunch we will visit the local church, the Basilica of the Lady of Piedades, rebuilt after several earthquakes in the 1940s.

Afternoon/evening at leisure with available hiking trails, or just enjoy a beautiful sunset over the Pacific Ocean or city of San Jose that can be seen on clear days.

  • Day 2 Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Full Day Tour with Guide & Transport
  • Day 2 Does Not Include: Dinner
  • Day 2 Hotel: Chayote Lodge, http://www.chayotelodge.com/

DAY 3 – November 03, 2018 – Transfer to La Fortuna / Arenal

After breakfast, we will meet our private driver who will transport us from Chayote Lodge to one of Costa Rica’s most famous and incredible destinations, La Fortuna de San Carlos, also known more commonly as Arenal.

Known as a gateway to Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna is our final destination for the day where we will arrive at the #1 Luxury Boutique Hotel in the World, Nayara. A lush paradise in the heart of the Arenal Volcano National Park, Nayara has been recognized as one of the world’s best resorts by Travel & Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler and TripAdvisor several years running. Heartfelt hospitality, impeccable service, luxurious accommodations, fine cuisine, outstanding spa, and amazing eco-adventures make Nayara the premier destination in Costa Rica. The views of the Arenal Volcano from almost every corner of Nayara are like none other.

  • Day 3 Includes: Breakfast, Cloud Forest Hike at Villa Blanca, Transport, Guide and Entrances Fees
  • Day 3 Does Not Include: Dinner
  • Day 3 Hotel: Nayara Resort, Spa & Gardens, www.arenalnayara.com

DAY 4 – November 04, 2018 – Explore Arenal Volcano National Park

After breakfast, we will meet our guide who will explore the Arenal Volcano National Park with us. Once there we will embark on a hike to the Toucans Trail which traverses the rainforest and crosses over a large lava flow from 1992. It is possible to observe a great variety of plants, wildlife and magnificent lava rock formations. Once on the top of the lava flow you will have a beautiful view of the Arenal Lake. During the tour, our experienced guides will provide interesting and educational information regarding the history of the majestic mountain and the Arenal Volcano National Park.

In the afternoon, book yourself an exciting adventure tour or take time to enjoy all the beautiful amenities offered at Nayara, ranging from beautiful thermal pools, complimentary daily yoga classes, bird watching or just relax on your terrance watching the majestic Arenal Volcano in the distance.

  • Day 4 Includes: Breakfast, Volcano Hike with Lunch, Transport, Guide and Entrances Fees
  • Day 4 Does Not Include: Dinner
  • Day 4 Hotel: Nayara Resort, Spa & Gardens, www.arenalnayara.com

DAY 5 – November 05, 2018 – Vist Arenal Vida Campesina

After breakfast enjoy a peaceful morning at leisure.

After lunch, we will enjoy a guided journey of Arenal Vida Campesina where you can appreciate traditional and non-traditional cultivations and take part in activities like cow milking, making tortillas, gathering vegetables from the organic vegetable garden, milling of sugar cane, typical dances and collecting water from our handmade well. You’ll also enjoy a typical, organic lunch made with products harvested from the property and cooked on a typical wood stove.

  • Day 5 Includes: Breakfast, Vida Campesina Community Tour with Lunch, Transport
  • Day 5 Does Not Include: Dinner
  • Day 5 Hotel: Nayara Resort, Spa & Gardens, www.arenalnayara.com/

DAY 6 – November 06, 2018

After breakfast, transfer back to SJO Airport for outbound flights, or meet your driver for Manuel Antonio if choosing the Beach Extension.

$2,499.00 per person (double occupancy)

$799.00 single supplement


  • 5-nights accommodation with breakfast
  • All private transfers and transportation
  • Entrance fees where noted
  • English speaking guides
  • Meals as indicated (meals only)


  • Flights to and from Costa Rica
  • Other meals and drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Other services not mentioned in the itinerary


Reigning as perhaps the most beautiful beach in Costa Rica, Manuel Antonio National Park, on Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast, encompasses rugged rainforest, white-sand beaches and coral reefs. It’s renowned for its vast diversity of tropical plants and wildlife, from three-toed sloths and endangered white-faced capuchin monkeys to hundreds of bird species. The park’s roughly 680 hectares are crossed with hiking trails, which meander from the coast up into the mountains.

We are happy to arrange transport to Manuel Antonio at the end of your GoPhil Journey in La Fortuna either via domestic flight (approx. 45-minutes) or private van (approx. 5 hours). We encourage you to book your hotel accommodations directly, but the following are our recommendations:

  • Arenas del Mar
  • Makanda
  • Gaia Reserve


We will share some of GoPhilanthropic’s lessons learned over the years, such as the value of entering into visits with an openness to “listen and learn” instead of “serve and solve,” and ways to ensure we are respectful to culture and tradition while visiting. Learn how GoPhilanthropic Foundation selects the programs that they support. We will discuss both the opportunities and ethics of the use of photography in our journeys and explore ways to best capture and celebrate their dignity.


Our local guides will provide insight into the historical and political influences that impact day to day life. During our stay in each country we will enjoy discussion topics with them ranging from religion, war history, and societal challenges. Our guides will also provide valuable information regarding cultural norms and etiquette.


When visiting with grassroots programs in each of the countries, we meet with the founders or integral staff members who are inspired to make a difference in the lives of those they are supporting. These discussions will give us the chance to better understand the needs in the communities and how these founders have chosen to drive positive change for the future. This is a valuable opportunity to ask questions and share thoughts with respect to effective community development.


At the end of the journey, you may wish to share your thoughts and reflections on what you experienced — the most difficult or inspirational moments, and the visits that made the most significant impressions during the journey. You may also wish to explore possible ways to engage further with the people and organizations you have visited.


You must be 18 years old (except for minors accompanied by a parent or designated responsible adult) and in acceptable health to join one of our tours. Acceptance of your booking is subject to our review of your application. We retain the right to request medical clearance or any other information or to refuse any applicant for any tour at any time for any reason whatsoever, at our sole discretion.


We require a 20% non-refundable deposit to reserve your trip with 80% due 45 days prior to the itinerary start date. We must receive your deposit within 7 days of reservation and we will invoice deposit via PayPal.

All prices are listed in US dollars ($) unless otherwise indicated and are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.


Any cancellation must be submitted in writing. 80% of the cost of your tour is refundable on the following basis:

  • 45+ days before arrival – 100% of the refundable portion
  • 29 to 44 days before arrival date – 85% of the refundable portion
  • 21 to 28 days before arrival date – 60% of the refundable portion
  • 15 to 20 days before arrival date – 40% of the refundable portion
  • 14 days or less before arrival date – No refund


Refunds are not made for any missed services, except for verifiable extenuating circumstances. Please see our Limits on Liability below. For verifiable claims to be considered, they must be received in writing within 30 days of the termination of the program and be accompanied by supporting documentation and/or a statement from the Operating Company verifying the claim. Any adjustment considered will be based on the actual price of the services involved and not on a per diem basis. Adjustments will not be made for unused sightseeing trips or meals. GoPhilanthropic Travel will not accept any liability for any claims that are not received within 30 days of the termination of your travel program. All claims for days missed while traveling should be made in writing within 30 days of the termination of the program.

For verifiable claims to be considered, they must be submitted to GoPhilanthropic Travel in writing along with supporting documentation within 30 days of the traveler’s date of return from our planned itinerary. GoPhilanthropic Travel will make every effort to rectify situations of services rendered below standard. In this case any refund would be made based on the actual price of the service(s) in question and not on a per diem basis.

In the case where GoPhilanthropic or its partners cannot provide part or all of the travel itinerary, see Changes below.


Due to unforeseen circumstances, GoPhilanthropic Travel may need to make adjustments to the travel itinerary which could alter the final price or design of your program. While we make all of your arrangements in good faith, unforeseen circumstances may make it necessary to change hotels, transportation or tour arrangements before or during your trip. We reserve the right to make itinerary and price changes as deemed necessary. As none of the accommodation, transportation and tour guide providers is owned by GoPhilanthropic Travel, we cannot be held responsible for such circumstances and will pass any additional cost (or savings) on to the traveler.


Hotel check out time is usually 12:00 PM. Extended check-in/check-out time may be granted subject to availability and agreement by the participating hotels.


Be sure your passport is not close to expiring as some countries refuse valid passports soon to expire – generally within 6 months of expiration will not be accepted. It is the travelers’ responsibility to ensure that they have valid passports and visas, where necessary. Please note that GoPhilanthropic Travel cannot be held responsible for information on visa regulations, or in the case where passports or visas are not obtained or accepted by local authorities.


GoPhilanthropic Travel does not book airfare to and from the travel destination. Once the traveler confirms the travel itinerary, he/she is responsible to ensure correct arrival and departure dates/times. GoPhilanthropic Travel will not be responsible for mistakes or errors in airfare bookings made by independent third parties. Change fees and/or airfare penalties may apply for travelers who miss flights in the itinerary.

Air transportation can be affected by weather, schedule delays or cancellation which can affect the design of your itinerary (see Changes above).


GoPhilanthropic Travel LLC., its employees, officers, directors, successors, agents and assigns, does not own or operate any entity which is to or does provide goods or services for your trip. It purchases transportation (by aircraft, coach, train, vessel or otherwise), hotel and other lodging accommodations, restaurant, ground handling and other services from various independent suppliers. All such persons and entities are independent contractors. As a result GoPhilanthropic Travel is not liable for any negligent or willful act of any such person or entity or of any third person. In addition and without limitation, GoPhilanthropic Travel is not responsible for any injury, loss, death, inconvenience, delay or damage to personal property in connection with the provision of any goods or services whether resulting from but not limited to acts of God, illness, disease, acts of war, civil unrest, insurrection or revolt, animals, strikes or other labor activities, criminal or terrorist activities of any kind, overbooking or downgrading of services, food poisoning, mechanical or other failure of aircraft or other means of transportation or for failure of any transportation mechanism to arrive or depart on time.


There are certain inherent risks in adventure travel of the type involved here. These include, but are not limited to, hiking, walking safaris, climbing injuries and altitude sickness, and in all trips dangers of animals, inaccessibility to medical attention and difficulty in evacuation from remote locations in the case of a medical emergency. Passenger assumes all such risks with regard to these possibilities and is hereby given notice that hospital and/or health facilities/personnel for treatment of serious medical problems are often unavailable, and further that evacuation, if available, can be prolonged, difficult, and expensive. We assume no liability regarding provision of medical care or evacuation services and hereby provide notice that any of our staff or subcontractors who may provide emergency medical care in the field may not have had formal medical or first-aid training and would be acting only as a “good Samaritan.”


It is the responsibility of The Traveler to become informed about the most current travel advisories and warnings by referring to the U. S. State Department’s travel website at www.travel.state.gov/ or by phone at 1-888-407- 4747. In the event of an active State Department Travel Warning against travel to the specific destination location(s) of the trip, should The Traveler still choose to travel, notwithstanding any travel advisory or warning, The Traveler assumes all risk of personal injury, death or property damage that may arise out of the events like those advised or warned against.


Any controversy or claim arising out of or relating in any way to these Terms and Conditions, to the Limits of Liability Clause, or any information relating in any way to the trip, or to the trip itself, shall be settled solely and exclusively by binding arbitration Orange County, FL, USA, in accordance with the rules of the Arbitration Association then existent.


The Traveler represents that neither he nor she nor anyone traveling with him or her has any physical or other condition or disability that could create a hazard to him self or herself or other members of the tour. GoPhilanthropic reserves the right to decline to accept anyone on a trip. GoPhilanthropic reserves the right to remove from the trip, at his or her sole expense, anyone whose condition is such that he or she could create a hazard to himself or others, or otherwise impact the enjoyment of other passengers on the trip.


We strongly recommend taking the following precautions when booking your travel arrangements:

Take a comprehensive travel insurance policy to cover your trip. Such insurance cover should provide sufficient coverage against unexpected cancellation charges, journey delays, medical costs that might be incurred while traveling overseas, loss of money, or belongings, or personal liability claims. In the event of a claim for loss or damages, in the first instance Client and/or Agent should make such claim through the Insurance provider.

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