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

The deeper you go into Costa Rica's rainforests, the more engaged all your senses become.

Arenal Volcano towering over the trees below is a sight you'll never forget, while the unmistakable sound of howler monkeys in Manuel Antonio National Park will echo for years. Feeling the mist in your face as you zip line through the Santa Elena Cloud Forest is as memorable as the ride itself. And the smell of tropical flowers is just as beautiful as the taste of the fruit.
  • Day 1: Fly to Costa Rica

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport

  • Day 2: San José • Arenal region

    Take a tour of a coffee plantation

    Travel via Poás to the Arenal region

    Visit Poás Volcano
  • Day 3: Arenal region

    Enjoy a kayaking trip on Lake Arenal

    Visit La Fortuna Waterfall

    Participate in a local exchange 

    Visit the Arenal hot springs

  • Day 4: Arenal region • Monteverde

    Travel to Monteverde

    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

    Participate in a canopy adventure

    Please note: Travelers must weigh below 200 lbs to participate in this activity. 

    Visit the Santa Elena Cloud Forest

    Plant a tree in the EF reserve

  • Day 6: Monteverde • Central Pacific Coast

    Travel to the Central Pacific Coast

    Visit the Rainforest Adventure Park, where you will:

    • Ride an aerial tram above the canopies
    • Explore a nature trail
    • Visit a butterfly sanctuary

    Enjoy a crocodile jungle safari boat cruise 

  • Day 7: Central Pacific Coast

    Visit Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Day 8: Central Pacific Coast • Sarchi • San José

    Travel via Sarchi to San José
    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 day

  • Day 9: San José

    Enjoy a whitewater rafting excursion on the Sarapiquí River
  • Day 10: Depart for home

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  • Day 1: Fly to Costa Rica

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport

  • Day 2: San José • Arenal region

    Take a tour of a coffee plantation

    Travel via Poás to the Arenal region

    Visit Poás Volcano
  • Day 3: Arenal region

    Enjoy a kayaking trip on Lake Arenal

    Visit La Fortuna Waterfall

    Participate in a local exchange 

    Visit the Arenal hot springs

  • Day 4: Arenal region • Monteverde

    Travel to Monteverde

    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

    Participate in a canopy adventure

    Please note: Travelers must weigh below 200 lbs to participate in this activity. 

    Visit the Santa Elena Cloud Forest

    Plant a tree in the EF reserve

  • Day 6: Monteverde • Central Pacific Coast

    Travel to the Central Pacific Coast

    Visit the Rainforest Adventure Park, where you will:

    • Ride an aerial tram above the canopies
    • Explore a nature trail
    • Visit a butterfly sanctuary

    Enjoy a crocodile jungle safari boat cruise 

  • Day 7: Central Pacific Coast

    Visit Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Day 8: Central Pacific Coast • Sarchi • San José

    Travel via Sarchi to San José
    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 day

  • Day 9: San José

    Enjoy a whitewater rafting excursion on the Sarapiquí River
  • Day 10: Depart for home

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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; Local Exchange; 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—Online Engagement

    Our digital learning space engages students before, during and after tour, with the option to create a final, reflective 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

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