7 Days
Destinations Visited
Monteverde Cloud ForestArenal Volaco National ParkTirmbina RainforestSarapaqui RiverSan Jose
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Your Adventure, Day by Day

Day 1 Welcome to Costa Rica!
  • Arrive in San José Meet your WorldStrides representative before embarking on your once-in-a-lifetime experience!
  • Orientation Course leaders provide an overview of the program’s key concepts you’ll learn, as well as the sites you’ll visit throughout the program.
  • Dinner and Hotel check-in
  • Overnight in San José
Day 2 Discover the Sarapiquí Region
  • Breakfast and Hotel check-out
  • Depart for Sarapiquí Region
  • Tirimbina Color Challenge Participate in a team challenge where you’ll search for beautiful and exotic species of plants and animals of a specific color. You’ll be amazed by the vibrant hues of the birds, flowers, and frogs that call Costa Rica home.
  • Lunch
  • Tirimbina Rainforest Center Get a glimpse of what it’s like to be a field ecologist by going out into the field and constructing ecological hypotheses, collecting data, and analyzing the results. Learn how bats are farmers of the tropics by viewing their interaction with the rainforest habitat.
  • Hotel check-in and Dinner
  • Tirimbina Rainforest: Night Bat Tour Learn what it takes to be a field researcher in the tropical rain forest, by working with researchers to set up mist nets and catch individual bats for identification and documentation. When possible, observe the process for bats being released from the nets.
  • Overnight in Sarapiquí
Day 3 Examine Costa Rican Ecology
  • Bird Hike Start your morning off by meeting outside the research center to learn about native bird species.
  • Costa Rican Bird Activity Learn how to identify basic bird physical characteristics and behaviors and improve your bird watching skills in the garden areas of the Lodge.
  • Seed Traps Check seed traps and evaluate the material collected from the previous night’s bat tour activities.
  • Breakfast
  • Tirimbina Rainforest Center: Macroinvertebrate Activity Enjoy extensive field time in the rainforest studying macroinvertebrates. Learn to measure, count, and analyze biodiversity, and report your findings.
  • Lunch
  • Sarapiquí River: White Water Rafting Adventure Paddle the rapids through the lower Sarapiquí and its tributaries from the Braulio Carrillo National Park. View the stunning scenery and wildlife at the river's edge!
  • Dinner
  • Overnight in Sarapiquí
Day 4 Adventures in Arenal
  • Breakfast and Hotel check-out
  • Depart for Arenal
  • Experience Costa Rican Culture Gather with community members for a hands-on cooking lesson. Students will learn to make a traditional Costa Rican dish for lunch.
  • Arenal Volcano National Park: Hike the Lava Flows Hike the lava fields of this 4,000-year-old volcano and learn how plants and animals have become reestablished after volcanic activity.
  • Natural Hot Springs Relax at the base of the volcano and enjoy the Baldi Hot Springs.
  • Dinner and Hotel check-in
  • Overnight in Arenal
Day 5 Examine Monteverde
  • Breakfast and Hotel check-out
  • Scenic Tour around Arenal Lake to Tilaran Transfer to Monteverde
  • Introduction to Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
  • Community Service Project Lend a hand to the local Costa Rican community by volunteering in service learning activities.
  • Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve Explore the most well-known cloud forest in the world and learn how the variable climate and large altitude changes helped produce an extremely high degree of biodiversity.
  • Lunch
  • Cultural Excursion Take a short walk through town to grab a snack or souvenir, and get a taste of typical Costa Rican life.
  • Dinner and Hotel check-in
  • Overnight in Monteverde
Day 6 Zip into Biodiversity
  • Breakfast and Hotel check-out
  • Monteverde Canopy Tour Hooked to a zip line, soar through the forest treetops and see jungle life in the Costa Rican rainforest from a bird’s eye perspective!
  • Snake Garden View over 40 species of both venomous and nonvenomous snakes, reptiles, frogs, lizards, iguanas, other amphibians, and turtles in this modern exhibition space.
  • Lunch and Return to San José
  • Souvenir Stop Stop along the way and pick up a souvenir in one of Costa Rica’s local shops before heading home.
  • Farewell Costa Rican Dinner
  • Experience Costa Rican Culture Gather with community members to participate in a dancing lesson and experience vibrant, tropical Latin dance.
  • Hotel check-in
  • Overnight in San José
Day 7 Departure to the U.S.
  • Breakfast and Hotel check-out
  • Depart San José for the U.S. *This itinerary may be modified and inclusions and airports substituted depending on your travel dates, arrival and departure times, national holidays, hours of operation in Costa Rica, and events beyond WorldStrides’ control.
    Please note: Prices vary depending on departure city and duration of program.

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