Day 1
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San José

Arrive in San José in the late afternoon. Take part in a brief orientation with the certified naturalist guide that will accompany your group for the week. Then enjoy time to relax by the pool.

Day 2
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Sarapiquí

Start the day with a quick visit to La Casita del Café plantation. Continue by bus to Sarapiquí, one of Costa Rica’s finest natural areas. En route visit Poás Volcano National Park and have lunch at the La Paz Waterfall.

Day 3
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Sarapiquí

After a morning hike in Tirimbina, enjoy the unique opportunity to visit and share lunch with a local Costa Rican family. Students interact with native speakers and learn about every day Costa Rican life, while seeing what a typical tico home is like. After your family visit, see bats up close and personal on a bat tour! Bats are essential to Costa Rica’s biodiversity; you will learn about diversity, adaptations, reproduction and threats to these fascinating creatures.

Day 4
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Arenal

Make your way to Arenal volcano. Hike to the majestic La Fortuna waterfall and take a break in the relaxing and natural hot springs.

Day 5
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Arenal

A trip to Costa Rica wouldn’t be complete without a canopy tour! The zip line offers an amazing adventure while providing opportunities for bird watching and hiking. The educational adventure continues as you’ll learn about Costa Rica’s efforts to promote organic farming; you may even get to lend a hand! 

Day 6
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Manuel Antonio

Travel by bus to the Pacific coast and its pristine beaches. On the way, stop for a one-of-a-kind visit to a local school where you’ll interact with the students. Upon arrival, you are free to explore the town or play at the beach!

Day 7
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Manuel Antonio

A visit to Manuel Antonio National Park reveals wildlife like no other! On your hike you’ll have up-close views of white-faced capuchin and squirrel monkeys, sluggish sloths and black iguanas.

Day 8
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Return

Depart for the U.S. with a lifetime of memories!

What Others Are Saying

Helen, student

Costa Rica

“My host dad made jokes in Spanish all the time, and by the end of the week I could make jokes back in Spanish, which made me proud.”

Alyssa, student

Costa Rica

“The tour guides gave us excellent historical and cultural information about Costa Rica. It was great to be able to visit both the urban and rural areas to experience Costa Rican culture in those atmospheres.”