Tour Number: 1339069TS
Group Leader's Name: Joseph Coelho
Departure Date: 5/12/2014
Return Dates: 5/20/2014
Departure Gateway: St. Louis
9 days
San José, Tortuguero, Sarapiquí, Arenal, Guanacaste

“¡Pura Vida!” cannot be passively observed from a distance—it must be experienced.

Expect to get your hands (and feet, and clothes) dirty as you board canal boats, kayaks, rafts and zip-lines to get an up-close and personal look at the ever-changing landscapes and unparalleled animal and plant life. Before long, you’ll learn the Pura Vida way: by enjoying each day to the fullest.
Costa Rica Pura Vida tour map
  • Day 1: Fly to Costa Rica

    Arrive in San José

  • Day 2: San José + Tortuguero

    Travel via Braulio Carrillo National Park

    Visit a banana plantation

    Travel by boat to Tortuguero

    Enjoy free time in Tortuguero Village

  • Day 3: Tortuguero

    Take a boat ride through the Tortuguero canals

    Visit Tortuguero National Park

  • Day 4: Sarapiquí

    Travel to Sarapiquí

    Add this in-depth excursion
    Sarapiquí canopy tour

    Sarapiquí canopy tour

    Zip lines 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 90 feet above. (Note: To ensure safety, there is a 220lb weight restriction imposed on canopy tours)

  • Day 5: Arenal Region

    Add this in-depth excursion
    Whitewater rafting

    Whitewater rafting

    Experience the thrill and excitement of whitewater rafting on this optional excursion! Use teamwork to navigate a path through the free-flowing waters of the Sarapiquí River rapids level 2-3, all while admiring the lush Costa Rican scenery as you pass by stretches of tropical forest.

    Travel to the Arenal region

    Visit hot springs

  • Day 6: Arenal Region

    Take a kayaking trip on Lake Arenal

    Visit La Fortuna Waterfall

  • Day 7: Guanacaste

    Visit Rincón de la Vieja National Park

    Travel to Guanacaste

  • Day 8: Guanacaste

    Enjoy a free day on the beach

  • Day 9: Depart for home

  • Day 1: Fly to Costa Rica

    Arrive in San José

  • Day 2: San José + Tortuguero

    Travel via Braulio Carrillo National Park

    Visit a banana plantation

    Travel by boat to Tortuguero

    Enjoy free time in Tortuguero Village

  • Day 3: Tortuguero

    Take a boat ride through the Tortuguero canals

    Visit Tortuguero National Park

  • Day 4: Sarapiquí

    Travel to Sarapiquí

    Add this in-depth excursion
    Sarapiquí canopy tour

    Sarapiquí canopy tour

    Zip lines 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 90 feet above. (Note: To ensure safety, there is a 220lb weight restriction imposed on canopy tours)

  • Day 5: Arenal Region

    Add this in-depth excursion
    Whitewater rafting

    Whitewater rafting

    Experience the thrill and excitement of whitewater rafting on this optional excursion! Use teamwork to navigate a path through the free-flowing waters of the Sarapiquí River rapids level 2-3, all while admiring the lush Costa Rican scenery as you pass by stretches of tropical forest.

    Travel to the Arenal region

    Visit hot springs

  • Day 6: Arenal Region

    Take a kayaking trip on Lake Arenal

    Visit La Fortuna Waterfall

  • Day 7: Guanacaste

    Visit Rincón de la Vieja National Park

    Travel to Guanacaste

  • Day 8: Guanacaste

    Enjoy a free day on the beach

  • Day 9: Depart for home

Everything you get

  • Round-trip airfare

    Your price includes round-trip airfare for your whole group.

  • Accommodations

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

  • On-tour transportation

    We arrange all travel details so professors, chaperones and students can enjoy the tour to the fullest. That means we take care of flights, buses, trains, cruise ships, ferries, and subways.

  • Regional-style meals

    Daily breakfasts and select local dinners are included in your tour. Generally, we leave lunch up to you so your group has an opportunity to explore its own tastes.

  • Full-time Tour Director

    We have the best Tour Directors in the business. Your group will have a trusted, friendly guide at your side full-time on tour to manage all logistics, offer insight and guidance, and respond to any unexpected challenges.

  • Guided sightseeing

    Gain insider knowledge and cultural perspective from licensed local guides who join your group for select experiences on tour.

  • Worldwide support, safety and security

    We have over 400 schools and offices in more than 50 countries, which means if something happens, we can react quickly and in person. We also include our $15 million liability policy and $1 million consumer protection plan at no additional cost to travelers.

  • Curriculum Integration

    We provide support and expertise to help you integrate academic goals into your tour itinerary as needed.

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