Day 1
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Departure

Arrive in San José, transfer to your hotel.

Included Meals: None

Day 2
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Family Stay

Begin your day with a refreshing hike through Poás Volcano National Park. After lunch continue on to the region of Sarapiquí, where you will spend the next three days and nights with your tico host family.

Note: 2-3 students will be placed per family on this program.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3
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Family Stay

Take in your tropical surroundings as you get to know your your tico host family. Experience the thrill of whitewater rafting on the Sarapiquí river.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4
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Family Stay

Explore the trails and hanging bridges of Tirimbina Reserve. Later, enjoy una mejenga, a pickup soccer game, with your host community!

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5
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Arenal

Greet the day with a cacao tour to learn how chocolate is made. Then, bid farewell to your tico hosts and travel to Arenal volcano. Stop at a secluded waterfall, where you’ll hike down and take a dip in the refreshing pool below. Unwind from your fun-filled day with a relaxing dip in the area’s natural hot springs.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6
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Arenal

Visit a local school where you will meet and connect with students just like you! Head to an organic tropical farm, where you will get to work with local farmers. Learn about tropical crops, squeeze sugar cane juice and more. Later, zipline through the vast jungle canopy!

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7
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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!

Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 8
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Manuel Antonio

Visit the lovely Manuel Antonio National Park, one of the country's most popular national parks due to its unique mix of beaches, tropical forest and abundant wildlife. Here you will have up-close views of white-faced capuchin and squirrel monkeys, sluggish sloths and iguanas.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9
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San José

Explore the local town of Manuel Antonio and enjoy time at the ocean before returning to San José for a walking tour in Costa Rica's capital city.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 10
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Return

Depart for the United States with a lifetime of memories!

Included Meals: Breakfast

Note
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The order of this itinerary may be subject to change.

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.”