Costa Rica STEAM

  • 7 days
  • 17 meals
  • STEAM
  • CULTURAL
  • Central and South America
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Program Overview

Explore the rainforests of Costa Rica on this amazing weeklong adventure. Travel through volcanic mountain ranges and go on river expeditions to see amazing wildlife. Meet bats in their natural environment, during the nocturnal hours. Touch, smell and taste chocolate harvested from the tropical rainforest, experiencing the “food of the gods” at its source. Ride the rapids on a water rafting trip through the vibrant rainforest. Try organic farming of local crops and enjoy a lunch made from the harvest, wrapped in handmade tortillas. Soak in hot springs that are heated by a volcano and bask beneath a waterfall. Zipline through the treetops of a cloud forest, where the activity itself was invented. With new destinations every day, this journey invites limitless discovery.

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Daily Itinerary

Day 1

San José

Welcome

Travel by plane from home to Costa Rica. On arrival, transfer to the hotel for orientation and a welcome dinner.

Activities
  • Arrive in San José
  • Orientation and dinner at the hotel
  • Dinner

Day 2

San José to Sarapiquí

Tropical Life

On a two-hour drive to the Sarapiqui Region, cross the Braulio Carrillo National Park. In Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, visit Pierella Butterfly and Ecological Garden. Take a chocolate tour in the afternoon, visiting a cacao plantation and the Cacao Rancho in the middle of a protected forest.

Activities
  • Cross the Braulio Carrillo National Park
  • Visit Pierella Butterfly and Ecological Garden
  • Chocolate tour: Cacao Plantation and Cacao Rancho
  • Check in to accommodations in Sarapiquí
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Sarapiquí

Rainforests and Rapids

Go white water rafting on the Sarapiquí River through lush rainforests and farmlands. In the afternoon, learn about water cycles and their importance for the ecosystems in field exercises. Participate in live bat labs on rainforest trails with an expert. During the nocturnal hours, catch and release these wonderful mammals.

Activities
  • Sarapiquí Class II–III Whitewater Rafting Tour
  • Sarapiquí River Water Cycle Activity
  • Guided activity: Live Bat Lab
  • Nocturnal adventure into the world of bats
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Sarapiquí to Arenal

Hot Springs

After breakfast, travel to the next destination, Arenal Volcano National Park. Once there, visit La Fortuna Waterfall and then learn about organic agriculture at Arenal Vida Campesina. For the second half of the day relax at the EcoTermales Fortuna Hot Springs, thermal pools heated by the Arenal Volcano.

Activities
  • Travel to Arenal Volcano National Park
  • View La Fortuna Waterfall
  • Educational Farm Experience: Arenal Vida Campesina
  • EcoTermales Fortuna Hot Springs
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Arenal to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

Natural Beauty

Cross over to Monteverde Cloud Forest, one of the world’s premier destinations for naturalists. Tour Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, learning about the local wildlife. Afterwards, go on a tour of the Monteverde Frog Pond at Santa Elena.

Activities
  • Transfer to Monteverde Cloud Forest
  • Tour of Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
  • Tour of Monteverde Frog Pond at Santa Elena
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Monteverde to San José

Sky Adventures

Experience the best views of Costa Rica on Monteverde Sky Trek zipline courses, crossing from mountain to mountain. After lunch, return to San José and check in to the hotel. Share a farewell dinner.

Activities
  • Zipline adventure in Monteverde
  • Return to San José
  • Check in to hotel
  • Farewell dinner at hotel
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

San José

Journey Home

After a week of adventures, it is time for the journey home.

Activities
  • Depart Costa Rica and return home
  • Breakfast

Learning Outcomes

On this Costa Rica adventure, students learn about biodiverse ecosystems of rainforests and rivers. Traveling through tropical rainforests, students are introduced to an abundance of new species of plants and animals. There are hands-on activities, where students interact with bats, butterflies, amphibians and reptiles. With trained experts and researchers, students test aquatic ecosystems, compare plants and soils, learn sustainable farming and consider the difference between a cloud forest and a rainforest. With a curated curriculum for educators to apply with the program, students are empowered to put their learning into practice before, during and after the trip.

Services Included

Accommodations

Quality, safe hotels with twin or triple occupancy corresponding to the destination.

Transportation

All transportation is provided throughout the program.

Round-Trip Flights

Airfare covers round-trip flights from major airports.

Meals

All three meals are provided daily, featuring local cuisine.

Education

Interactive learning experiences designed to expand educational and career goals.

Curated Experiences

Customized experiences developed by travel experts to promote learning and engagement.

Full-Time Tour Directors

Full-time Tour Directors are on site for the duration of the trip, for an all-inclusive experience.

24/7 Support

Dedicated 24/7 staff availability, supporting students every step of the way.

Insurance

International travel insurance is provided for protection in case of accidents, illness, flight interruptions or baggage loss.

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