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

    Take a tour of a coffee plantation

    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

    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 200 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 200lbs to participate in this activity. 

  • Day 6: Central Pacific Coast

    Travel to the Central Pacific Coast

    Visit Rainforest Adventures Park where you’ll ride the aerial tram above the canopies, hike a nature trail and visit a butterfly sanctuary

  • Day 7: Central Pacific Coast

    Visit Manuel Antonio National Park

    Enjoy a crocodile jungle safari boat cruise

    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 more days

  • 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

    Take a tour of a coffee plantation

    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

    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 200 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 200lbs to participate in this activity. 

  • Day 6: Central Pacific Coast

    Travel to the Central Pacific Coast

    Visit Rainforest Adventures Park where you’ll ride the aerial tram above the canopies, hike a nature trail and visit a butterfly sanctuary

  • Day 7: Central Pacific Coast

    Visit Manuel Antonio National Park

    Enjoy a crocodile jungle safari boat cruise

    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 more days

  • Day 9: San José

    Enjoy a whitewater rafting excursion on the Sarapiquí River

  • Day 10: Depart for home

Your experience includes

  • 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

  • Guided sightseeing

    Comprehensive sightseeing of natural attractions

  • Entrances

    Coffee tour; Poás Volcano; Hot springs; Kayaking on Lake Arenal; La Fortuna Waterfall; Santa Elena Reserve; Canopy Tour; Aerial Tram; Crocodile River Tour; Manuel Antonio National Park; With extension: Whitewater Rafting

  • Full-time Tour Director

    Your culturally connected Tour Director is with your group 24/7, providing deep local insight while handling all on-tour logistics.

  • Expert Local Guides

    Your expert local guides are natural historians, adding cultural insight and global perspective on your sightseeing tours.

  • weShare—accredited learning

    Our online learning platform engages students in activities before, during and after tour, with the option to create a final project for academic credit.

  • Continuous Support

    Your dedicated EF team helps you every step of the way—from recruiting and enrolling travelers to planning and managing your tour.

  • Worldwide Presence

    EF has over 500 schools and offices in more than 50 countries worldwide so wherever you go, we're there too.

  • 24-hour Emergency Service

    Travelers and their families can count on EF's dedicated emergency service team.

  • Peace of Mind Program

    Feel secure knowing your group can change their destination or travel dates due to unforeseen circumstances. Learn more about your flexible options at eftours.com/peaceofmind.

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