8 days
San José, Monteverde, Arenal Region, Sarapiquí | COR

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Discover the sensory delights and ecological marvels of Costa Rica, where you'll experience precisely why 'Pura Vida' is their national creed. Venture to a local roastery in the heart of San José, where the smooth, fruity, herbaceous notes of Costa Rica's finest brews will pair perfectly with a chocolate tasting and pineapple plantation visit in Sarapiquí. Tread through the diligently-preserved junglescape of Braulio Carillo National Park, where affable sloths, jumpy iguanas, mischevious monkeys, and more just might return your curiosity with some of their own. The mist-blanketed canopy of Monteverde’s cloud forest will astonish you as you race through it on a thrilling zipline ride. Costa Rica is more than just a beautiful travel spot—it’s a living classroom where nature’s lessons can be found in every jungle vine, coral reef, and warm patch of fertile volcanic soil. Join us on this educational odyssey to one of the happiest, most vibrant countries in the world, where adventure, ecology, and culture converge.
  • Day 1: Fly to Costa Rica

    Meet your Tour Director at your destination
  • Day 2: San José • Sarchí • Monteverde

    Travel via Sarchi to Monteverde

    Take a tour of a coffee plantation

  • Day 3: Monteverde

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Canopy Tour

    Canopy Tour

    Ziplines unveil one of the planet’s most fascinating ecological systems from a unique perspective—from the tops of the trees! With local expert guides at your side to instruct you on safety protocol, you can decide which view you prefer—from below the trees or from above. (Note: This activity reaches heights of 90 feet and is not recommended for anyone with a fear of heights. Travelers must weigh less than 200 lbs to participate.)  

    Enjoy a local food workshop during a visit to a working mill 

  • Day 4: Monteverde • Arenal region

    Participate in a local exchange 

    Visit the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve

    Travel to the Arenal region
  • Day 5: Arenal region • Sarapiquí

    Enjoy a hike in Arenal Volcano National Park

    Travel to Sarapiquí
  • Day 6: Sarapiquí

    Visit a pineapple plantation

    Take a tour at Tirimbina Biological Reserve where you will:

    • Hike across suspension bridge to former cocoa-growing plot
    • Learn about the cocoa tree and the history of chocolate
    • Enjoy a chocolate tasting
  • Day 7: Sarapiquí • San José

    Tavel via Braulio Carrillo National Park to San José 

    Visit Braulio Carillo National Park

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Folklore Evening

    Folklore Evening

    Opt to spend the evening learning about the rich cultural traditions of the region over a traditional Costa Rican dinner. Marimba music, entertainment by a local dance troupe, and spectacular city views from the restaurant will make this a night to remember.

  • Day 8: Depart for home

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  • Day 1: Fly to Costa Rica

    Meet your Tour Director at your destination
  • Day 2: San José • Sarchí • Monteverde

    Travel via Sarchi to Monteverde

    Take a tour of a coffee plantation

  • Day 3: Monteverde

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Canopy Tour

    Canopy Tour

    Ziplines unveil one of the planet’s most fascinating ecological systems from a unique perspective—from the tops of the trees! With local expert guides at your side to instruct you on safety protocol, you can decide which view you prefer—from below the trees or from above. (Note: This activity reaches heights of 90 feet and is not recommended for anyone with a fear of heights. Travelers must weigh less than 200 lbs to participate.)  

    Enjoy a local food workshop during a visit to a working mill 

  • Day 4: Monteverde • Arenal region

    Participate in a local exchange 

    Visit the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve

    Travel to the Arenal region
  • Day 5: Arenal region • Sarapiquí

    Enjoy a hike in Arenal Volcano National Park

    Travel to Sarapiquí
  • Day 6: Sarapiquí

    Visit a pineapple plantation

    Take a tour at Tirimbina Biological Reserve where you will:

    • Hike across suspension bridge to former cocoa-growing plot
    • Learn about the cocoa tree and the history of chocolate
    • Enjoy a chocolate tasting
  • Day 7: Sarapiquí • San José

    Tavel via Braulio Carrillo National Park to San José 

    Visit Braulio Carillo National Park

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Folklore Evening

    Folklore Evening

    Opt to spend the evening learning about the rich cultural traditions of the region over a traditional Costa Rican dinner. Marimba music, entertainment by a local dance troupe, and spectacular city views from the restaurant will make this a night to remember.

  • Day 8: Depart for home

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  • Airfare & transportation

    Your flights—covered. Buses, trains, cruise ships, ferries and subways—covered. We take care of getting you around so you can enjoy the ride.

  • Hotels

    Safe, comfortable hotels with private bathrooms will be waiting for you at your destination.

  • Meals

    3 meals daily (Days 2-7); Dinner on arrival day; Breakfast on departure day

  • Entrances

    Café Britt Coffee Tour; Canopy Tour; Santa Elena Reserve; School visit; Arenal Volcano; NP. 2 Programs at Earth University; Braulio Carillo NP

  • Full-time Tour Director

    Your dedicated Tour Director is with your group 24/7, providing deep local insight while handling all on-tour logistics.

  • Expert Local Guides

    Your expert local guides add cultural insight and global perspective on your sightseeing tours.

  • Personalized Learning Support

    Our personalized learning experience engages students before, during and after tour, with the option to create a final, reflective project.

  • Continuous Support

    Your dedicated EF team helps you every step of the way—from recruiting and enrolling travellers to planning and managing your tour.

  • 24-hour Emergency Service

    Travellers and their families can count on EF’s dedicated emergency service team.

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