Gap year favourite Costa Rica is seeing a surge in popularity, with one tour operator reporting bookings up 100% so far in 2011. That's according to Gap Adventures, who offer small group, guided tours for gappers in Costa Rica and beyond.
Visitors fall in love with Central American country, which boasts spectacular volcanoes, lush rainforests, unique wildlife and beautiful beaches.
There are seven new tours on offer for the coming year.
"There's a myriad of activities for travellers to indulge in, from surfing, white water rafting and canopy swinging, to relaxing in hot springs and strolling in butterfly gardens - there really is something for everyone to enjoy in this spectacular country," said Michael Edwards, General Manager EMEA for Gap Adventures.
A tour departing August 22 is up for grabs for £789 per person.
The guided tour includes 16 days of wildlife spotting while cruising through canals, searching for the elusive quetzal bird, hiking through jungles, chilling on the gorgeous Pacific coast, searching for dolphins on a sunset sail and whitewater rafting.
The price includes 13 nights' hotel accommodation, two nights in a basic lodge, local transport, a boat tour to Tortuguero, Rara Avis Rainforest Lodge excursion with naturalist guide, a guided sugar cane and coffee tour, a guided visit to Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve and a Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.