Day 1 :
Fly to Costa Rica
- Arrive in San José:
Arrive in San José, the capital city. Costa Rica is known as the Switzerland of Central America, a country with no armed forces.
Day 2 :
- Boat to Tortuguero:
Journey by boat through Costa Rica's lush northeast to Tortuguero, the most important breeding ground for the green sea turtle in all of the Caribbean.
Day 3 :
- 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.
Day 4 :
- Saripiqui Banana Plantation:
En route to Arenal, stop in Saripiqui to visit a banana plantation. Discover the four main processes involved in banana production.
- Continue to Arenal:
- Hot Springs:
Visit the volcanic hot springs for a relaxing soak.
Day 5 :
- La Fortuna Waterfall:
Visit La Fortuna waterfall. Explore La Fortuna in the afternoon.
- 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 6 :
- Continue to the Monteverde Reserve:
- Nature Walk:
Enjoy an evening guided walk along a nature trail to see the nocturnal wildlife.
Day 7 :
Monteverde Cloud Forest
- Tour the Cloud Forest:
This morning, take a 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.
- 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 Cocina Tica:
LEAP Activity | Cocina Tica
Cook Costa Rican style! Create authentic local foods and sit down to savor your delicious creations.
Day 8 :
- Return to San José:
- LEAP Dance the El Torito:
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
- San José Rafting Extension:
Days 9 & 10: Add an extra day to your itinerary to experience a white water rafting expedition through the Costa Rican landscape.