Day 1 :
Fly to Costa Rica
- Arrive in San Jos:
Costa Rica is known as the Switzerland of Central America, a country with no armed forces. Arrive in San Jos, the capital city.
Day 2 :
Poás Volcano & Hot Springs
- Pos Volcano:
Journey to the top of the volcano, and peer into the two-mile crater.
- Continue to Arenal:
- Hot Springs:
Visit volcanic hot springs for a relaxing soak!
Day 3 :
- Continue to the Monteverde Reserve:
- Nature Walk:
Enjoy an evening guided walk along a nature trail to see the nocturnal wildlife.
Day 4 :
Monteverde Cloud Forest
- Walking Tour of Cloud Forest:
Take a morning guided walking tour of the reserve. At an altitude of 4,000 to 5,800 feet, this "cloudy" forest straddles the low continental divide and is known for abundant fauna and flora.
LEAP Activity | Cocina Tica
Cook Costa Rican style! Create authentic local foods and sit down to savor your delicious creations.
Day 5 :
Travel to Manuel Antonio
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 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 Activity | Ox Cart Crafts
A local artisan introduces you to the origins of traditional Costa Rican craftmaking, such as Ox Cart painting. Try your own hand at painting and take home your art as a souvenir.
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
- Parting Ways:
Board your flight home OR choose from one of the following excursions:
- Add on: San Jos Rafting:
Days 8 & 9: Add an extra day to your itinerary to experience a white water rafting expedition through the Costa Rican landscape. Drive through the Braulio Carrillo National Park and raft on the Reventazon River.
- Add on: March of the Turtles Volunteer Extension:
Days 8-15: Extend your stay in Costa Rica by working as a volunteer on a sea turtle research program. Assist sea turtle biologists while you tag and measure turtles, count eggs, mark nests, conduct morning nest surveys, and track surveys and nest inventories. Accommodation and all meals are included on this one week extension.