9 or 10 days
San José, Arenal Region, Monteverde, Central Pacific Coast

With well-protected national reserves and an unparalleled diversity of wildlife, Costa Rica is the jewel of Central America.

The Arenal Region showcases an active volcano, hot springs, and a broad range of flora and fauna. In Monteverde, visit a local school, and in Manuel Antonio National Park, keep your eyes open for sloth, toucans and howler monkeys.
  • Day 1: Fly to Costa Rica

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport in San Jose

  • Day 2: San José • Arenal region

    Visit INBioparque

    • Ecosystem exhibits and trails

    Travel to the Arenal region

    Visit Poás Volcano

    Visit hot springs

  • Day 3: Arenal region

    Enjoy a kayaking trip on Lake Arenal

    Visit La Fortuna Waterfall

  • Day 4: Monteverde

    Travel to Monteverde Reserve

    Visit a local school

    Time to explore on your own or

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Horseback riding in Monteverde

    Horseback riding in Monteverde

    Discover the natural beauty of Monteverde by horseback. Your guide will instruct you on safety protocol before leading you into the uniquely lush cloud forest, where monkeys and tropical birds abound. Note: Pants and comfortable shoes are recommended. Travelers must be at least 12 years old and weigh less than 220 pounds to participate.

     

  • Day 5: Monteverde

    Visit the Santa Elena Cloud Forest

    Plant a tree in the EF reserve in Monteverde with your group

    Participate in a canopy adventure

    • Please note: Travelers must weigh below 220lbs to participate in this activity. 

  • Day 6: Carara • Central Pacific Coast

    Visit Carara Biological Reserve

    Travel to the Central Pacific Coast

  • Day 7: Central Pacific Coast

    Visit Manuel Antonio National Park

    Return to Central Pacific Coast

  • Day 8: Sarchi • San Jose

    Travel via Sarchi to San José

    Time to explore on your own or

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Folklore Evening

    Folklore Evening

    Opt to spend the evening learning about the rich cultural traditions of the region over a traditional Costa Rican dinner. Marimba music, entertainment by a local dance troupe, and spectacular city views from the restaurant will make this a night to remember.

  • Day 9: Depart for home

Add 1 day extension

  • Day 9: San José

    Enjoy a whitewater rafting excursion on the Sarapiquí River

  • Day 10: Depart for home

  • Day 1: Fly to Costa Rica

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport in San Jose

  • Day 2: San José • Arenal region

    Visit INBioparque

    • Ecosystem exhibits and trails

    Travel to the Arenal region

    Visit Poás Volcano

    Visit hot springs

  • Day 3: Arenal region

    Enjoy a kayaking trip on Lake Arenal

    Visit La Fortuna Waterfall

  • Day 4: Monteverde

    Travel to Monteverde Reserve

    Visit a local school

    Time to explore on your own or

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Horseback riding in Monteverde

    Horseback riding in Monteverde

    Discover the natural beauty of Monteverde by horseback. Your guide will instruct you on safety protocol before leading you into the uniquely lush cloud forest, where monkeys and tropical birds abound. Note: Pants and comfortable shoes are recommended. Travelers must be at least 12 years old and weigh less than 220 pounds to participate.

     

  • Day 5: Monteverde

    Visit the Santa Elena Cloud Forest

    Plant a tree in the EF reserve in Monteverde with your group

    Participate in a canopy adventure

    • Please note: Travelers must weigh below 220lbs to participate in this activity. 

  • Day 6: Carara • Central Pacific Coast

    Visit Carara Biological Reserve

    Travel to the Central Pacific Coast

  • Day 7: Central Pacific Coast

    Visit Manuel Antonio National Park

    Return to Central Pacific Coast

  • Day 8: Sarchi • San Jose

    Travel via Sarchi to San José

    Time to explore on your own or

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Folklore Evening

    Folklore Evening

    Opt to spend the evening learning about the rich cultural traditions of the region over a traditional Costa Rican dinner. Marimba music, entertainment by a local dance troupe, and spectacular city views from the restaurant will make this a night to remember.

  • Day 9: Depart for home

Add 1 day extension

  • Day 9: San José

    Enjoy a whitewater rafting excursion on the Sarapiquí River

  • Day 10: Depart for home

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Everything you get

This all-inclusive global experience gives students the chance to explore the world — at the guaranteed lowest price.
  • Airfare & transportation

    Round-trip flights on major carriers; Comfortable motorcoach

  • Hotels

    8 overnight stays in hotels with private bathrooms (9 with extension)

  • Regional-style meals

    3 meals daily (Days 2-8 and Day 9 on extension); Dinner on arrival day; Breakfast on departure day

  • Full-time Tour Director

    Your bilingual, culturally connected Tour Director stays with you 24/7 to handle all on-tour logistics and provide knowledgeable insights everywhere you go.

  • Guided sightseeing

    Comprehensive sightseeing of natural attractions

  • Entrances

    INBioparque; Poás Volcano; Hot springs; Kayaking on Lake Arenal; La Fortuna Waterfall; Santa Elena Reserve; Canopy Tour; Carara Biological Reserve; Manuel Antonio National Park; With extension: Whitewater Rafting

  • weShare—accredited learning

    Delve deeper into your global experience through weShare, our online project-based learning program. With activities before, during and after tour, you can create and share a final project to earn credits.

  • Experiential learning

    Immerse yourself in the culture through in-depth guided tours, shared insights from expert guides, daily interactions with locals, regional cuisine, live demonstrations and more.

Guaranteed lowest price

Includes airfare, hotels, meals, full-time Tour Director and more.
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