OP trips are designed for participants of all ability levels! We are here to offer participants with quality backcountry experiences that provide fun, educational, and immersion into the wild spaces that surround our campus. So, whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a true beginner, join us for what is sure to be a semester of great adventures!
To register, stop by the OP office on the 1st floor of the Wellbeing Center or register online at
Need Spring Break Plans?
Join Outdoor Pursuits for a Costa Rican Adventure! For the price of $1000 + Flights!
OP will take a group of students on an expedition through the Costa Rican Rain Forest to the Pacific shore. We’ll stay in the homes of locals, engage in cross-cultural discussions, and build a strong community through engagement with one another – all while backpacking, rafting, rappelling, and surfing!
Here is a break down of day by day:
March 7th: We will arrive at the San Juan Santamaria Airport. Travel through San Jose to our first family homestay on the outskirts of the city. Here we will meet our guides and go through Orientation and get ready for our adventure.
March 8th: We will hike in rainforest and spend this night camping. We will be hiking for about 5 hours this day. During our hike we will be in both the rain and cloud forest zones where monkeys, cascading waterfalls. Lush vegetation, and countless colorful tropical birds live. Our campsite will be at a mountaintop Campsite!
March 9th: We will hike 4.5 hours this day and will be greeted with open arms from the community of Piedras Blancas. Most likely on this day we will rappel down a 120 foot waterfall! In the afternoon we will explore the village, play soccer and enjoy our new homestay.
March 10th: We will make sugar out of sugarcane using traditional system of the ‘Trapiche’. Explore a 900 feet deep cave in the rainforest where you’ll see stalactites and stalagmites.
March 11th: This day we will hike alongside the Savegre River. We will also tree climb, medical plant tour, and make homemade hot chocolate.
March 12th: We will hike 2hours to the Rio Savegre and begin our 16 mile rafting trip. We will enjoy the sunset on the beach this evening.
March 13th: We will have surf instructions in Bahia Ballena National park. We will be staying near the beach and have a wonderful last night’s dinner.
March 14th: we will fly home 🙁
During the trip all food, transportation, and gear is provided.
You are in charge of finding your own flight… We will be working on getting a group flight organized.