9 or 10 days
San José, Arenal region, Los Chiles, Monteverde, Central Pacific Coast, Sarchí

There’s nothing quite like the rainforests of the “Rich Coast” to get the adrenaline pumping.

At its heart, the Central American country boasts an epic landscape that is home to nearly 5 percent of the world’s biodiversity. Discover how fragile these endangered ecosystems are as you travel through different rainforest preserves and unearth dazzling displays of color and sound.
  • Day 1: Fly to Costa Rica

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport

    Enjoy dinner in San José 

  • Day 2: San José • Arenal region

    Take a walking tour of San José

    Enjoy lunch in Poás Volcano National Park 

    Visit Poás Volcano

    Travel to the Arenal region

    Visit the Arenal hot springs

    Enjoy dinner at your hotel in the Arenal region 

  • Day 3: Arenal region • Los Chiles

    Take a day trip to Los Chiles

    Take a boat tour of Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge

    Enjoy lunch at Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge 

    Enjoy dinner at your hotel in the Arenal region 

  • Day 4: Arenal region • Monteverde

    Visit La Fortuna Waterfall

    Travel to Monteverde

    Enjoy lunch in Monteverde 

    Enjoy dinner in Monteverde 

  • Day 5: Monteverde

    Visit the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve, where you will: 

    • Learn during a lecture 
    • Enjoy lunch
    • Plant a tree in the EF Reserve
    • Experience a canopy adventure (Note: To ensure safety, there is a 220lb weight restriction imposed on canopy tours)
    • Enjoy dinner
  • Day 6: Monteverde • Central Pacific Coast

    Travel to the Central Pacific Coast

    Visit Rainforest Adventures and experience:

    • Aerial tram ride
    • Nature hike
    • Butterfly garden
    • Local plant & animal life

    Enjoy lunch at Rainforest Adventures

    Enjoy dinner on the Central Pacific Coast 

  • Day 7: Central Pacific Coast

    Visit Manuel Antonio National Park

    Enjoy lunch on the Central Pacific Coast 

    Enjoy a crocodile river tour 

    Enjoy dinner on the Central Pacific Coast 

  • Day 8: Central Pacific Coast • Sarchí • San José

    Travel via Sarchi to San José

    Visit a coffee plantation

    Enjoy lunch in Sarchí 

    Enjoy a traditional Costa Rican dinner 

  • Day 9: Depart for home

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  • Day 9: San José

    Enjoy a whitewater rafting excursion

    Enjoy lunch in San José  

    Enjoy dinner in San José 

  • Day 10: 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 • Arenal region

    Take a walking tour of San José

    Enjoy lunch in Poás Volcano National Park 

    Visit Poás Volcano

    Travel to the Arenal region

    Visit the Arenal hot springs

    Enjoy dinner at your hotel in the Arenal region 

  • Day 3: Arenal region • Los Chiles

    Take a day trip to Los Chiles

    Take a boat tour of Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge

    Enjoy lunch at Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge 

    Enjoy dinner at your hotel in the Arenal region 

  • Day 4: Arenal region • Monteverde

    Visit La Fortuna Waterfall

    Travel to Monteverde

    Enjoy lunch in Monteverde 

    Enjoy dinner in Monteverde 

  • Day 5: Monteverde

    Visit the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve, where you will: 

    • Learn during a lecture 
    • Enjoy lunch
    • Plant a tree in the EF Reserve
    • Experience a canopy adventure (Note: To ensure safety, there is a 220lb weight restriction imposed on canopy tours)
    • Enjoy dinner
  • Day 6: Monteverde • Central Pacific Coast

    Travel to the Central Pacific Coast

    Visit Rainforest Adventures and experience:

    • Aerial tram ride
    • Nature hike
    • Butterfly garden
    • Local plant & animal life

    Enjoy lunch at Rainforest Adventures

    Enjoy dinner on the Central Pacific Coast 

  • Day 7: Central Pacific Coast

    Visit Manuel Antonio National Park

    Enjoy lunch on the Central Pacific Coast 

    Enjoy a crocodile river tour 

    Enjoy dinner on the Central Pacific Coast 

  • Day 8: Central Pacific Coast • Sarchí • San José

    Travel via Sarchi to San José

    Visit a coffee plantation

    Enjoy lunch in Sarchí 

    Enjoy a traditional Costa Rican dinner 

  • Day 9: Depart for home

Add more days

  • Day 9: San José

    Enjoy a whitewater rafting excursion

    Enjoy lunch in San José  

    Enjoy dinner in San José 

  • Day 10: 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; 9 with extension

  • On-tour transportation

    Land and water 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

    INBioparque, Poás Volcano, Hot springs, Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge, Santa Elena Cloud Forest, Canopy adventure, Aerial tram, Manuel Antonio National Park, Crocodile River tour, Coffee plantation; with extension: Whitewater rafting in the Sarapiqui River

  • 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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