9 days
San José, Tortuguero, Sarapiquí region, Arenal region, 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.
  • Day 1: Fly to Costa Rica

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport

    Enjoy dinner in San José 

  • Day 2: San José • Tortuguero

    Snap a photo at Braulio Carrillo National Park

    Travel by boat to Tortuguero

    Enjoy lunch at your hotel in Tortuguero 

    Spend a half day exploring Tortuguero Village on your own 

    Enjoy dinner in Tortuguero 

  • Day 3: Tortuguero

    Enjoy a boat ride through the Tortuguero canals

    Enjoy lunch at your hotel in Tortuguero 

    Visit Tortuguero National Park

    Enjoy dinner in Tortuguero 

  • Day 4: Tortuguero • Sarapiquí region

    Travel to Sarapiquí 

    Enjoy lunch in Sarapiquí 

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Sarapiquí canopy tour

    Sarapiquí canopy tour

    Soar like the birds and the monkeys that call the cloud forest home on this exciting half-day 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)

    Enjoy dinner in Sarapiquí 

  • Day 5: Sarapiquí region • Arenal region

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Whitewater rafting

    Whitewater rafting

    Experience the thrill and excitement of a whitewater rafting expedition! Use teamwork to navigate a path through the free-flowing waters of the Sarapiquí River (rapids level 2-3). Admire the lush Costa Rican scenery as you pass by stretches of tropical forest.

    Travel to the Arenal region

    Enjoy lunch on your way to the Arenal region 

    Visit the Arenal hot springs

    Enjoy dinner at your hotel in the Arenal region 

  • Day 6: Arenal region

    Enjoy a kayaking trip on Lake Arenal

    Visit La Fortuna Waterfall

    Enjoy lunch at your hotel in the Arenal region 

    Enjoy dinner at your hotel in the Arenal region 

  • Day 7: Arenal region • Guanacaste

    Travel to Guanacaste

    Enjoy lunch on your way to Guanacaste 

    Take an excursion to Rincón de la Vieja National Park

    Enjoy dinner in Guanacaste

  • Day 8: Guanacaste

    Enjoy snorkeling off the coast of Guanacaste 

    Travel to Palo Verde National Park

    Enjoy lunch in Palo Verde National Park

    Take a boat tour of Palo Verde National Park

    Enjoy dinner in Guanacaste

  • Day 9: Depart for home

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  • Day 1: Fly to Costa Rica

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport

    Enjoy dinner in San José 

  • Day 2: San José • Tortuguero

    Snap a photo at Braulio Carrillo National Park

    Travel by boat to Tortuguero

    Enjoy lunch at your hotel in Tortuguero 

    Spend a half day exploring Tortuguero Village on your own 

    Enjoy dinner in Tortuguero 

  • Day 3: Tortuguero

    Enjoy a boat ride through the Tortuguero canals

    Enjoy lunch at your hotel in Tortuguero 

    Visit Tortuguero National Park

    Enjoy dinner in Tortuguero 

  • Day 4: Tortuguero • Sarapiquí region

    Travel to Sarapiquí 

    Enjoy lunch in Sarapiquí 

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Sarapiquí canopy tour

    Sarapiquí canopy tour

    Soar like the birds and the monkeys that call the cloud forest home on this exciting half-day 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)

    Enjoy dinner in Sarapiquí 

  • Day 5: Sarapiquí region • Arenal region

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Whitewater rafting

    Whitewater rafting

    Experience the thrill and excitement of a whitewater rafting expedition! Use teamwork to navigate a path through the free-flowing waters of the Sarapiquí River (rapids level 2-3). Admire the lush Costa Rican scenery as you pass by stretches of tropical forest.

    Travel to the Arenal region

    Enjoy lunch on your way to the Arenal region 

    Visit the Arenal hot springs

    Enjoy dinner at your hotel in the Arenal region 

  • Day 6: Arenal region

    Enjoy a kayaking trip on Lake Arenal

    Visit La Fortuna Waterfall

    Enjoy lunch at your hotel in the Arenal region 

    Enjoy dinner at your hotel in the Arenal region 

  • Day 7: Arenal region • Guanacaste

    Travel to Guanacaste

    Enjoy lunch on your way to Guanacaste 

    Take an excursion to Rincón de la Vieja National Park

    Enjoy dinner in Guanacaste

  • Day 8: Guanacaste

    Enjoy snorkeling off the coast of Guanacaste 

    Travel to Palo Verde National Park

    Enjoy lunch in Palo Verde National Park

    Take a boat tour of Palo Verde National Park

    Enjoy dinner in Guanacaste

  • Day 9: Depart for home

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Your experience includes

  • Round-trip airfare

    Your price includes round-trip airfare for your whole group

  • Accommodations

    8 overnight stays in hotels with private bathrooms

  • On-tour transportation

    Land transportation

  • Regional-style meals

    Daily breakfasts, lunches and dinners are included in your program.

  • End-to-end support

    Your team helps to secure administrative approval and academic credit, provides recruiting tools and helps establish your program's ongoing presence on campus.

  • Curriculum integration

    Your academic vision remains present wherever you travel. Tell us your ideal study abroad experience, and we'll help connect your curriculum to EF's extensive connections abroad.

  • Full-time Tour Director

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

  • Expert Local Guides

    Your expert Local Guides are natural historians, adding cultural insight and enhancing teaching moments wherever your curriculum takes you.

  • Guided sightseeing

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

  • Entrances

    Tortuguero canals, Hot springs, Kayaking, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna Waterfall, Rincón de la Vieja National Park, Palo Verde boat tour

  • Worldwide support, safety and security

    EF has over 500 schools and offices in more than 50 countries worldwide. We provide 24-hour emergency support service along with a comprehensive $50 million liability policy that covers you and your institution while abroad.

  • Flexible payment options

    Give more students the opportunity to study abroad by offering them two different payment plan options, along with our TripFunder website to help fundraise for the program.

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