Day 1 :
Fly to Costa Rica
- Arrive in San José:
Costa Rica is known as the Switzerland of Central America, a country with no armed forces. Arrive in San José, the capital city.
Day 2 :
San Jose to Arenal
- Continue to Arenal:
- Hot Springs:
Visit volcanic hot springs for a relaxing soak!
Day 3 :
- Continue to the Monteverde Reserve:
Because of its humidity and latitude, the entire city of Monteverde can disappear in a second under a massive cloud cover. Founded by Quakers in 1951, the city boasts the best in Costa Rican creatures. Observe a proud display of howler monkeys, revered quetzals and native frogs in the dense cover of the cloud forest.
- Visit Arenal Volcano National Park:
Arenal Volcano National Park is located in the northern region of the country and is home to one of the world’s most active and impressive volcanoes. Besides the volcano, this national park has various hiking trails that wind through the tropical highland forest as well as the lowland wet forest. Also within the park is a magnificent man-made lake, Lake Arenal (the largest lake in Costa Rica), which provides over 40% of the country’s energy production.
- Nature Walk:
Step into the Monteverde Cloud Forest and be transported to the lush world of the Costa Rican rainforest. The towering trees, abundant shrubs, and vibrant flowers create a luscious oasis for a huge array of animals, including jaguars, toucans, and monkeys.
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 Cocina Tica:
- 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.
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 Costa Rican School Visit:
- Continue 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 :
- Coffee Plantation Tour:
World-renowned Costa Rican coffee has grown to be an emblem of local culture. Join a local tour to learn how the country's elevation, eco-system and volcanic history have all contributed to its unique taste.
- LEAP Ox Cart Crafts:
- Return to San José:
- LEAP Dance the El Torito:
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 extend your stay with the following excursion:
- Add on: San José 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.