This location takes you to the stunning Costa Rican Pacific Coast, and to the doorstep of the stunning and diverse Manuel Antonio National Park, only a 3-4 hour bus journey from San Jose. Surrounded by palm plantations and rainforest, the town contains a stunning array of wildlife with monkeys and toucans in plain sight most days. In and around the national park, the whole area is famed for its beautiful beaches and hiking trails, making this location an exceptional place to volunteer, intern, teach, learn a new language, relax and enjoy the casual way of life.
Cimarrones is within travelling distance to many gardens, monuments and national parks such as the Irazú Volcano National Park, known for the volcano whose summit stands at an altitude of 3,432 metres above sea level. The landscape is made up of sprawling farmlands and swathes of forest, which often contain a stunning array of wildlife with monkeys and toucans in plain sight most days. This makes it an exceptional place to volunteer, intern, teach, learn a new language, relax and enjoy the casual way of life.
Our GVI participants and staff have made partnerships in Cimarrones town with the Liceo Rural Nairi Awari High School, Escuela Las Brisas de Pacuarito Primary School and a local women’s entrepreneur group. The programs here are run in partnership with these local authorities with the aim of improving the level of education in this region by providing English classes as a means to improve the skills of local community members and assist in community development initiatives.
Learn to cook Costa Rican food
Visit a Cabécar village
Discover local medicinal plants
Kayak in a hidden lagoon
Hike through a riverbed
Visit a working fruit plantation
Hike through virgin rainforest to a waterfall
White water raft down the Pacuare River