Students will experience Pura Vida! – a way of life in Costa Rica – in their exploration of the country’s magnificent parks.  After arriving in the capital of this Central American country, the adventure continues through the cloud forests and down the canals and lagoons to Tortuguero.  Students will experience the natural wonder that is Costa Rica from the heights of an aerial tram, the depths of its waters, and the expanse of its beaches, including up-close encounters with its iconic wildlife. A visit to Arenal, with its volcanic hot springs and beautiful waterfall, completes the journey through the wonder of Costa Rica’s national parks.

 

DAY 1 

  • Depart from the USA.- Meet tour director
  • Arrive in San José, the capital of Costa Rica
  • Hotel check-in

 

DAY 2 

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Drive through the cloud forest in the Braulio Carrillo National Park
  • Lunch
  • Travel by riverboat, which will take you to your lodge in Tortuguero National Park
  • Free time in Tortuguero Village
  • Dinner
  • Hotel check-in

 

DAY 3 

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Boat ride through the Tortuguero canals
  • Lunch
  • Hiking through the Tortuguero National Park
  • Free time in Tortuguero
  • Dinner
  • Hotel check-in

 

DAY 4

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Depart Tortuguero via riverboat and head south toward the Panama border
  • Visit the tropical beaches of the Caribbean coast at Gandoca (free time)
  • Lunch & dinner in GANDOCA
  • Hotel check-in

 

DAY 5

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Visit the Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge
  • Lunch
  • Free time in Gandoca
  • Dinner
  • Arrive hotel

DAY 6

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Visit Braulio Carrillo National Park
  • Lunch
  • Journey through primary rainforest on the Aerial Tram
  • Dinner
  • Hotel check-in

DAY 7

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Visit the La Fortuna Waterfall
  • View the Arenal Volcano
  • Lunch
  • Relax in the Hot Springs
  • Dinner
  • Hotel check-in

DAY 8

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Travel home