Costa rica Coastal & Jungle survival Course (12 days)

Cost: $2000 per person. 6 person max. 3 person minimum to run course.
Dates: March 2-13 2019
Location: Osa peninsula, Costa Rica (San Jose international airport is the closest airport)


This is an adventure! Jungles are renowned for the abundance of resources however don't be fooled...Jungle environments are extremely challenging for survival unless you have been trained. Join local instructors and guides in the Costa Rican rainforest to learn the skills to survive and thrive. This pristine jungle is home to some of the most amazing creatures on the planet of which you will be sharing this spectacular environment with such as crocodiles, jaguars, tapirs, poison dart frogs, monkeys, wild pigs and many more. This adventure focuses on teaching you the skills necessary to survive in the jungle placing emphasis on food gathering and bushcraft. We will take staple foods as rations and harvest the rest from the land. 


Curriculum is based on opportunity and weather but here is what you can expect to learn:

  • Fire making-The bamboo fire saw
  • Bamboo utensils and container making
  • Make primitive hunting tools and traps for small game
  • Forage for wild edibles
  • Water procurement-jungle vines and royal palm fruit
  • Shelter making -The swamp bed
  • Machete handling
  • Cordage-making rope with jungle vines
  • Sanitation-The importance of keeping clean in the jungle. Building a latrine
  • Survival fishing
  • Foraging for wild foods
  • Trapping for small game


Day 1: Arrival at San Jose, Costa Rica. Transfer to Hotel. Night in San Jose.

Day 2: Transfer by van to Drakes bay private reserve. Spend the night at the lodge and meet your instructors

Days 3-6: Jungle bushcraft trainingDays will be filled with crafting and hiking in the jungle focusing on survival priorities for this terrain

Day 7: Travel to lodge for 1 night. Spend the night at the lodge to get a shower and good night sleep

Day 8-10: Coastal survival training. Transfer by boat to Karate beach base camp. The following curriculum can be expected:

Day 11: Early transfer by van back to San Jose. Spend the night in a hotel in San Jose

Day 12: End of trip. Transport to San Jose airport for departure


What’s included?

  • All meals and lodging
  • All ground and boat transfers
  • Transfers to/from the Airport
  • Local guides.

What is not included?

  • Flights to/from San Jose
  • Meals and drinks in San Jose.
  • Visiting visa for Costa Rica if required
  • Airport departure Tax from Costa Rica ($29).
  • Tips to Staff.

Recommended gear list

  • No firearms or camouflage clothing! Solid colors like olive green, dark gray, khaki or coyote tan are ok.
  • Passport and medications (14 day supply).
  • Wide brimmed hat.
  • Polarized sunglasses.
  • Boots should be above the ankle and well broken in.
  • Fixed blade hunting or survival knife.
  • Canteen 1 or 2 quart.
  • 3 pair of socks for the bush (not cotton).
  • 2 light weight long sleeve quick drying shirts for the bush.
  • 2 light weight long, quick drying slacks (convertibles are great).
  • 3 MREs with heaters.
  • Machete.
  • Sleeping system (jungle hammock with tarp).
  • Water purification system. (Filter or tablets).
  • Full finger gloves.
  • Heavy duty poncho.
  • Minimal toiletries for the bush (no scented products like deodorant, aftershave, lotion, scented soaps etc) We suggest only toothbrush toothpaste or better yet tooth powder, small bar of soap, disposable razor, small bottle of rubbing alcohol or alcohol pads, aspirin packets, Imodium tablets, lip balm, talcum powder washcloth, salt packets and a small mirror, all in a waterproof bag.
  • Medium alice backpack or even a lumbar pack is enough.
  • Flashlight with fresh batteries - bring extra.
  • Assorted sizes of zip lock bags to keep things dry
  • Mosquito head net.
  • Para cord 50ft.
  • Mosquito repellant of 30% deet or higher.
  • Note book and pen for notes, small to fit in breast pocket.
  • 2 small hand towels.
  • Camera (keep it in a waterproof bag).
  • Salt tablets.
  • Potassium tablets.
  • Fire starting kit.
  • Signal mirror.
  • Survival Fishing Kit.

Any other gear or clothing can be stored at the lodge.


Costa Rica does have dengue, zika, and other mosquito born illnesses and therefore it is recommended to speak to your doctor or view the CDC's website (Centre of Disease Control) about preventative options and vaccinations. It is recommended to bring a mosquito net and spray with you. Prevention is better than cure! We are happy to speak to you personally about this topic if you feel the need, you can contact us here

It is important to alert us to any health issues you might have prior to doing this trip such as allergies to bee's, heart issues, diabetes etc...


A $500 deposit is required to secure your spot on the course. The remainder must be paid in full no less than 60 days prior to course start date.

It is highly recommended to book your flight within 60 days prior to course start date, or book a refundable/changeable flight.

If we have not had a minimum of 3 bookings by 60 days prior to course start date, and therefore cannot run the course,  we will notify all persons with reservations and you will have the choice of being provided a full refund or a credit toward the same course at a future date. As soon as we receive the minimum bookings we will contact you with confirmation of the course proceeding

If a student needs to cancel their booking, a full refund (excluding a 3% processing fee) can be requested as long as it is not within 60 days of the course start date. 


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