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 :
- Hot Springs:
Visit the volcanic hot springs for a relaxing soak!
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.
Day 3 :
- Travel from Arenal to Monteverde:
The low-flying clouds and high humidity create an air of adventure as you travel to the "green mountain" of Monteverde - a world of flora and fauna like no other.
- Add on: Horseback Riding:
Along the way, saddle up for a scenic horseback ride through the mountains and farming communities surrounding Lake Arenal.
- Nature Walk:
This evening, enjoy the butterfly garden, which houses 40 of the 490 local species of butterflies, and enjoy an evening guided walk along a nature trail to see the nocturnal wildlife.
Day 4 :
Monteverde Cloud Forest
- Cloud Forest:
Enjoy a fascinating visit to the Monteverde "cloud forest." 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.
Day 5 :
Travel to Guancaste Coast
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.
LEAP Activity | Cocina Tica
Cook Costa Rican style! Create authentic local foods and sit down to savor your delicious creations.
Day 6 :
- Sandy Beaches:
Enjoy tropical breezes and swaying palm trees as you relax on sandy beaches.
Day 7 :
Santa Rosa National Park
- Explore the National Park:
Visit Santa Rosa National Park, the oldest and most developed park in the country. It is the largest remaining stretch of tropical dry forest in Central America and the nesting site for an endangered species of sea turtle. Learn about the biological educational program of the park.
Day 8 :
Coffee Plantation & Folklore Dinner
- Coffee Plantation:
Visit a coffee plantation on the outskirts of San Jos.
Afternoon sightseeing brings you into the heart of San Jos to visit the cultural center, the National Theater, and the Gold Museum, known for its pre-Columbian treasures.
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 9 :
Return Home OR Extend your Stay
- Add on: San Jos Rafting:
Days 9 & 10: Add an extra day to your itinerary to experience a white water rafting expedition through the Costa Rican landscape.