9 or 10 days
Delve into an ecological paradise, walk amid lush rainforests and beneath towering volcanoes in enchanting Costa Rica. Transport your troop deep into a misty cloud forest, get up close to the world’s most magnificent plant and animal habitats, and see sensational waterfalls and hot springs. From beginning to end, experience natural beauty and thrilling adventures beyond what you ever imagined.
  • Day 1: Fly to Costa Rica

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport

  • Day 2: San José • Poás • Arenal region

    Take a tour of a coffee plantation

    Travel via Poás to the Arenal region

    Visit Poás Volcano

  • Day 3: Arenal region

    Enjoy a kayaking trip on Lake Arenal

    Participate in a local exchange 

    Visit La Fortuna Waterfall

    Visit the Arenal hot springs

  • Day 4: Arenal • Monteverde

    Travel to Monteverde

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Local Farm Visit

    Local Farm Visit

    Visit a local farm and learn all about the plants, fruits, and vegetables that grow there. As you learn about why they thrive in this particular climate, you’ll also be able to try some of the produce—including foods you may never have heard of! Before you leave, try your hand at a staple farm activity like milking a cow or grinding sugarcane. 

  • Day 5: Monteverde

    Participate in a canopy adventure

    Please note: Travelers must weigh below 200 lbs to participate in this activity. 

    Visit the Santa Elena Cloud Forest

    Plant a tree in the EF reserve

  • Day 6: Monteverde • Central Pacific Coast

    Travel to the Central Pacific Coast

    Visit the Rainforest Adventure Park, where you will:

    • Ride an aerial tram above the canopies
    • Explore a nature trail
    • Visit a butterfly sanctuary

    Enjoy a crocodile jungle safari boat cruise 

  • Day 7: Central Pacific Coast

    Visit Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Day 8: Central Pacific Coast • Sarchí • San José

    Travel via Sarchí to San José

    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. After dinner, marimba music and entertainment by a local dance troupe will make this a night to remember.

  • Day 9: Depart for home

Add 1 more day

  • Day 9: San José

    Whitewater rafting excursion

  • Day 10: Depart for home

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  • Day 1: Fly to Costa Rica

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport

  • Day 2: San José • Poás • Arenal region

    Take a tour of a coffee plantation

    Travel via Poás to the Arenal region

    Visit Poás Volcano

  • Day 3: Arenal region

    Enjoy a kayaking trip on Lake Arenal

    Participate in a local exchange 

    Visit La Fortuna Waterfall

    Visit the Arenal hot springs

  • Day 4: Arenal • Monteverde

    Travel to Monteverde

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Local Farm Visit

    Local Farm Visit

    Visit a local farm and learn all about the plants, fruits, and vegetables that grow there. As you learn about why they thrive in this particular climate, you’ll also be able to try some of the produce—including foods you may never have heard of! Before you leave, try your hand at a staple farm activity like milking a cow or grinding sugarcane. 

  • Day 5: Monteverde

    Participate in a canopy adventure

    Please note: Travelers must weigh below 200 lbs to participate in this activity. 

    Visit the Santa Elena Cloud Forest

    Plant a tree in the EF reserve

  • Day 6: Monteverde • Central Pacific Coast

    Travel to the Central Pacific Coast

    Visit the Rainforest Adventure Park, where you will:

    • Ride an aerial tram above the canopies
    • Explore a nature trail
    • Visit a butterfly sanctuary

    Enjoy a crocodile jungle safari boat cruise 

  • Day 7: Central Pacific Coast

    Visit Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Day 8: Central Pacific Coast • Sarchí • San José

    Travel via Sarchí to San José

    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. After dinner, marimba music and entertainment by a local dance troupe will make this a night to remember.

  • Day 9: Depart for home

Add 1 more day

  • Day 9: San José

    Whitewater rafting excursion

  • Day 10: Depart for home

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Your experience includes

  • Airfare & transportation

    Round-trip airfare on major carriers; Comfortable motorcoach

  • Hotels

    8 overnight stays in hotels with private bathrooms (9 with extension)

  • Regional-style meals

    3 meals daily: Except - dinner only on Day 1 and breakfast only on last day

  • Full-time Tour Director

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

  • Entrances

    Coffee plantation tour; Poas Volcano; Hot springs; Kayaking on Lake Arenal; La Fortuna waterfall; Santa Elena Reserve; Canopy tour; Manuel Antonio National Park; Aerial tram; Crocodile River tour; Ox cart painting

  • Expert Local Guides

    Your expert local guides are natural historians, adding cultural insight and global perspective on your sightseeing tours.

  • weShare—Personalized Learning

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

  • Continuous Support

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

  • Worldwide Presence

    EF has over 500 schools and offices in more than 50 countries worldwide so wherever you go, we're there too.

  • 24-hour Emergency Service

    Travelers and their families can count on EF's dedicated emergency service team.

  • Peace of Mind Program

    Feel secure knowing your group can change their destination or travel dates due to unforeseen circumstances. Learn more about your flexible options at eftours.com/peaceofmind.

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