Day 1 :
Fly to Costa Rica
- Arrive in San José:
Arrive in San Jose, the capital city. Costa Rica is known as the Switzerland of Central America, a country with no armed forces.
Day 2 :
- Drive through a Banana Plantation:
En route to Tortuguero, drive through a banana plantation, a subsidiary of the Dole Company. Discover the four main processes involved in banana production.
- Journey by Boat to Tortuguero:
Later, journey by boat to Tortuguero, the most important breeding ground for the green sea turtle in all of the Caribbean.
Day 3 :
Continue in Tortuguero
- National Park of Tortuguero:
Enjoy a boat ride exploring the canals of an 18,946 hectare coastal park, the National Park of Tortuguero. The park offers an excellent sampling of Atlantic lowland rainforest.
- LEAP Costa Rican School Visit:
LEAP Activity | Costa Rican School Visit
Visit a Costa Rican school to meet local students, practice Spanish and see the differences between schools there and schools at home.
Day 4 :
- Continue to Arenal:
- Volcanic Hot Springs:
Travel to Arenal and visit the volcanic hot springs for a relaxing soak.
Day 5 :
Travel to Manuel Antonio
- Add on: Canopy Zip Line Tour:
Harness in and soar above the jungle canopy on a thrilling zip line tour that takes you through the Costa Rican rainforest.
- Continue to Manuel Antonio:
Day 6 :
- Visit Manuel Antonio National Park::
Combining white sandy beaches with lush tropical forest, Manuel Antonio is the perfect place to see a variety of Costa Rican wildlife, from white-faced monkeys and sleepy-faced sloths, to green turtles and orange-and-black-shelled land crabs. Explore the cays and inlets of this national park during a full-day excursion.
Day 7 :
- LEAP Cocina Tica:
- LEAP Dance the El Torito:
LEAP Activity | Cocina Tica
Cook Costa Rican style! Create authentic local foods and sit down to savor your delicious creations.
LEAP Activity | Dance the El Torito
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.
Day 8 :
Return Home OR Extend your Stay
- Add on: San José Rafting Extension:
Days 8-9: Add an extra day to your itinerary to experience a white water rafting expedition through the Costa Rican landscape.