Day 1
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San José

Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel.

Day 2
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Arenal

Start the day off by exploring the local mercado, where you can feast your eyes on all of the colorful fruits and vegetables while practicing your Spanish skills. On your way to Arenal, stop in Sarchí, a town which is home to the largest oxcart in the world! During a workshop, get inspired as you paint a small wheel of a carreta! Later you will have a blast splashing in the warm, thermal waters of the nearby hot springs.

Day 3
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Arenal

Begin your day visiting a local waterfall where you’ll hike down to the refreshing pool below. Next, visit a local school where you will meet and connect with students just like you! Afterwards, make your way to an organic tropical farm where you will get to meet with local farmers. Learn about tropical crops, milk cows, squeeze sugar cane juice and more. Jobs are based on the current needs of the farm at the time of travel.

Day 4
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Monteverde

Enjoy a morning hike with Arenal Volcano as your backdrop. Cross Laguna de Arenal by boat to Monteverde, famous for its cloud forest.

Day 5
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Monteverde

Tour Monteverde Reserve. For an awesome and unforgettable adventure, zip line through the clouds.

Day 6
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Manuel Antonio

Head toward the Pacific coast and its gorgeous beaches. Keep your eyes peeled for sloths, crocodiles and colorful parrots along the way!

Day 7
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Manuel Antonio

Tour Manuel Antonio National Park, and enjoy free time for fun at the beach. You’ll love its unique mix of beaches, tropical forest and abundant wildlife. Here you will have up-close views of white-faced capuchin and squirrel monkeys, sloths and black iguanas.

Days 8–13
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Family Stay

All aboard as now the real adventure begins! Make your way to the family stay community where you and your classmates will spend the next 6 nights with a Costa Rican family! ¡Pura vida!

Day 14
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Return

Bid adios to your tico host family as you depart for the U.S. with a lifetime of memories!

What Others Are Saying

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.”

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.”