Welcome to the jungle! Step into a Caribbean Costa Rica that defines biodiversity with its rich environment, stunning aquatic life, and incredibly friendly people. Pura Vida!
- Arrive in San Jose: Meet your tour director and check into your hotel.
- Irazú Volcano guided excursion: Gape at the 11,260-foot Irazú Volcano, the highest in Costa Rica. Still active, it last erupted in 1963 on the day that Kennedy visited; the eruption sent enough ash into the air that it dammed a nearby river and flooded the towns below. From its peak you can look inside the crater to see the bright green, sulfurous water inside or look out on the more tranquil view of both the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans.
Cook Costa Rican style! Create authentic local foods and sit down to savor your delicious creations.
- Tropical Agricultural Research Center: At TARC, you will meet local scientists and participate in hands-on activities that teach about local plant cultivation. Then travel to Punta Uva.
- Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve: Begin today with a visit to the Green Iguana farm and medicinal plant garden at the Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve.
- Optional Cahuita National Park visit: Opt to escape to the Caribbean coast to explore Cahuita National Park. The park is considered one of the nicest in Costa Rica and is home to an extraordinary array of wildlife on both land and sea, and is also a nesting ground for sea turtles. Grab a snorkel and explore the reefs for a glimpse of over 30 species of coral and more than 100 species of fish.
- Travel to Tortuguero:
Visit a Costa Rican school to meet local students, practice Spanish and see the differences between schools there and schools at home.
- Tortuguero National Park visit and canal tour: Get up close with some of Tortuguero’s coolest inhabitants. Make your way through the park’s narrow waterways, where the overhanging vegetation can bring 300 species of birds, 168 species of reptiles and amphibians, and 60 species of mammals right up under your nose.
- Travel to San Jose: Enjoy an aerial tram ride in the rainforest.
Costumed Costa Rican folklore dancers teach you the El Torito, as well as other traditional dances. After your lesson, relax and watch the pros perform.
- Depart Costa Rica for home: