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Costa Rica Student Tour

Costa Rica

Costa Rica Student Tour

Costa Rica

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Destination: Costa RicaType: EducationalSubject: Spanish, Science

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Experience the Pura Vida in a colorful country filled with natural splendors. Costa Rica educational travel immerses students in ecological learning as they explore waterfalls, volcanoes, lush mountains and beaches—all occupied by diverse animals including frogs and monkeys. Soak in the Spanish influenced culture of the country’s capital, San Jose, with delicious, plantain-garnished meals. Costa Rica student tours offer adventure thanks to horseback rides, canopy tours and white water rafting excursions.

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Day 1

Fly to San José, Costa Rica

Enjoy Dinner

Arrive at Hotel

students traveling to costa rica

Day 2

Enjoy Breakfast

Travel to Sarapiquí

This county, named after the Saripiquí River, preserves its biodiversity with national parks. Known for its large array of birds, it is one of the few locations still inhabited by the endangered Green Macaw.

Enjoy Lunch

White Water Raft on the Saripiquí River

This exhilarating opportunity brings students to the most secluded spots of Costa Rica. While passing the tropical wet forests, keep your eyes out for diverse species of monkeys, crocodiles, iguanas, hummingbirds and more.

Travel to La Fortuna in Arenal

The Arenal volcano looms large over this small city with sabenero—or “cowboy”—charm.

Enjoy Dinner

Arrive at Your Hotel

student traveler exploring in costa rica

Day 3

Enjoy Breakfast

Hike in Arenal Volcano National Park

Hike among the forested foothills of the majestic Arenal Volcano. Step over cooled lava, hike to the scenic Lake Arenal, and see the water-filled crater of an extinct Volcano.

Visit Finca Educativa

This center for sustainable agriculture uses diverse food production techniques and promotes conservation. Hands-on educational opportunities provide students with lessons in applied science and sustainability.

Enjoy a Fresh Farm Lunch

Typical Costa Rican cuisine cooked on a wooden stove is created with Finca Educativa’s freshest produce.

Visit La Fortuna Waterfall

This 200-foot waterfall emerges from the jungle, falling into a beryl-colored pool. Cool off beneath the waterfall, and look out for tropical creatures.

Visit Ecotermales Hot Springs

Naturally heated from the Arenal Volcano and surrounded by stunning wilderness, these tastefully-adorned hot springs invite visitors to find peace and relaxation.

Enjoy Dinner

Return to Hotel

students hiking arenal in costa rica

Day 4

Enjoy Breakfast

Cross Arenal Lake to Monteverde

Hop on a pontoon boat to cross Costa Rica’s largest and most important lake. Dammed in 1973, it now provides hydroelectric power to the entire county. While cruising, enjoy views of Arenal Volcano and rolling hills.

Enjoy a Canopy Tour inside the Monteverde Cloud Forest

With unique atmospheric conditions that create a consistent cover of clouds, this woodland is home to rare flora and fauna. Explore it with a series of trails, ziplines, suspensions bridges and sky trams that take you to every level of the forest.

Hike the Hanging Bridges Trail

Walk through the mist of this cloud forest on suspension bridges, and admire the rare species of mosses, epiphytes and lianas that grow in this unique ecosystem.

Travel to Abangaritos, a small town next to La Ensenada Wildlife Refuge

This secluded area near the beautifully reserved wildlife refuge sits on the Pacific Ocean and affords stunning views of stars, amongst other things.

Enjoy Dinner

Canopy Tour inside the Monteverde Cloud Forest

Day 5

Enjoy Breakfast

Participate in a Spanish lesson at a Local School

Join local Spanish-speaking students for an advanced class in Spanish language.

Enjoy a Horseback Riding Tour of La Ensenada Wildlife Refuge

In this diligently restored refuge at the end of the Abangares River, students will ride through mangroves, salinas and nature trails. Enjoy views of the Nicoya Gulf, Costa Rican farms and freshwater lagoons, and keep your eyes out for rare animal species.

Boat Amongst the Mangroves of the Abangares River

The canals of the Abangares River provide a unique habitat in which the ocean’s saltwater mixes with freshwater. With their striking root systems, a variety of trees and shrubs known as mangroves thrive in this ecosystem. Admire the fauna that inhabit this area.

Enjoy Dinner

students riding horses in costa rica

Day 6

Enjoy Breakfast

Take a boat tour of Guacalillo River

Look out for giant crocodiles, mangrove trees, Scarlet Macaws and other beautiful creatures as you cruise past jungles.

Visit Manuel Antonio Beach

Located in the Central Pacific Conservation Area, this white sand beach invites students to soak up the natural beauty and explore tidal pools. Share the beach with wildlife such as sloths, monkeys and iguana.

Enjoy Dinner

students at Manuel Antonio Beach

Day 7

Enjoy Breakfast

Visit Manuel Antonio National Park

This small national park contains some of the world’s most beautiful natural landscapes, including coves with white-sand beaches and mountains with lush rainforests. Hike through a wide variety of flora and fauna and stop by gorgeous lookouts.

Tour the Streets of Quepos

Enjoy Dinner

students in quepos

Day 8

Enjoy Breakfast

Travel to the artisan’s town of Sarchí

This small city is known for its artisans, who have produced beautiful and innovative wooden goods, specifically oxcarts and furniture. Sites of interests include a wedding-cake style church, the world’s largest oxcart and a botanic garden.

Visit the Eloy Alfaro Oxcart Factory

Established in 1920, this artisanal factory uses 19th century machines and an efficient hydraulic energy system to produce traditional and colorful oxcarts. Discover the history of thet carts that were originally used to carry coffee from the highlands to the coast.

Paint Oxcart Wheels With Locals at the Chaverri Family Factory

Enjoy Dinner

Students  visit Eloy Alfaro Oxcart Factory,

Day 9

Fly back to the United States

students departing for home


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