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OUR MISSION

Go Tico! coordinates and hosts small-group travel to incredible, off-the-beaten-path locations in Costa Rica.  We strive to make every trip an authentic reflection of what makes Costa Rica incredible.  As a small business, we support and accommodate the interests of each traveler to ensure a life-changing experience.

NOW MORE THAN EVER

With more than two years of COVID pandemic mandates, restrictions, virtual learning, remote work, and social distancing under our belts, authentic connection with others, with nature, and in destinations other than our own small circles is more important than ever.   With anxiety and depression on the rise and the ever-present demands of balancing our work and school commitments,  attempts to find time for ourselves, our families, and our children or our own mental and emotional well-being regularly falls by the wayside.  Now more than ever, the opportunity to truly disconnect and explore the incredible natural beauty and time that visiting Costa Rica offers is priceless.   Go Tico! Costa Rica believes that nature and human connection truly contribute to our overall well-being.  In each of our trips, you will find opportunities to disconnect from the rat race that can sometimes be our lives and really center your energy around yourself, your family, exploring, learning, and connecting with what really matters.  

THE BEST, MOST UNIQUE INTERNATIONAL TRIPS TO COSTA RICA .... HANDS-DOWN

We coordinate a variety of travel experiences to Costa Rica, including middle & high school student service trips, Spanish and cultural immersion, family vacations, international service trips, professional retreats, English as a second language travel retreats (yes, you read that right - with our English-speaking family and certified English Instructor co-director!), and customized travel opportunities to this amazing country.

A SMALL BUSINESS....WITH A WHOLE LOT OF EXPERIENCE

Go Tico! Costa Rica is a small, Madison, Wisconsin-based organization directed by two Costa Rica-loving Midwesterners (one by chance, one by choice).  Combined, we have over 25 years of experience growing up in, living in, traveling in, hosting trips in, (even raising kids in!) this country.  We've explored the country, North, South, East, and West, we've had most travel and living adventures you can think of (Sick? Lost? Not sure what to do or where to go? Can you drink the water?  What is a family-friendly beach?  Honestly, how long is the drive from San Jose to La Fortuna? What do you do when you spot a hog-nosed pit viper on a walk with your kids? What is a hognosed pit viper anyway? Don't worry, we know!) 

 

We want all travelers with Go Tico! to become part of our family: we keep our travel groups small and we design our trip with specific objectives from Spanish immersion to biodiversity exploration. As not only the directors but also the hosts on hosted trips, we get to know each and every one of our travelers, as we coordinate your trip details ourselves, not outsourcing to someone we've never met: from airport pickup to reserving your beach hotel to pinpointing the best waterfall hike for your group. For school and small-group travel, we coordinate with you every step of the way to make sure your questions are answered and your trip is amazing.  We truly love Costa Rica and are thrilled to be able to share our love of this country with you!

LET'S JUST MAKE YOUR COSTA RICA TRIP AMAZING, OK?

We believe that the best way to explore Costa Rica is to truly live it. There are many businesses out there to help you connect to major tourist sites and the busiest parks and destinations in Costa Rica.   We can connect you with those, too.  But what we can do that other's can't is expose you to more than that:  we have deep connections in this country, as we live in a rural community without the tourist vibe, volunteer in local schools and with community initiatives, we are raising our own children in Tico culture, and we take the personal initiative to really know where we live and what bounties the awesome Costa Rican nature around us has to offer through exploring (by means of a whole lot of weekend family outings!). We are excited to engage you in those wonderful and welcoming areas off the beaten tourist path. Let us be your local connection, both in the states and abroad, that takes you on the Costa Rican adventure you have been waiting for.

WONDERING WHAT OUR TRIPS ARE LIKE? CHECK IT OUT.

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Real Experiences & Testimonies

     I tell all my friends what an amazing trip it was and that I highly recommend it!

- Cooper

2019 Participant