Studen’s Program 100% Ecotourism Tour

NOTE: Rates based on Triple & Quad occupancy for the students and double rooms for the teachers. No single rooms available unless a single supplement is paid.
NOTE: Rooms with 2 double beds. Students must share bed. In case the group leader requests an independent bed for each student, the package will be re-quoted.

DURATION: 10 Days / 9 Nights
CHAPERONES: One free ticket for every 20 students. Minimum 20 students.
INCLUDE: 9 nights lodging in high quality Hotels, all land transportation within Costa Rica, all airport/ hotel transfers on scheduled arrival/ departures dates only, specified meals, specified tours, private transportation and naturalist tour guide.
NOT INCLUDE: International air fare, airport departure taxes, meals not specified in the itinerary, alcoholic beverages, personal equipment, extras in hotels (laundry, phone calls, room service), gratuities, or costs associated with changes in your itinerary for reasons beyond our control.
WHAT´S TO BRING: Hiking Shoes, Bathing Suit, Binoculars, Camera, Beach Sandals, Suntan Lotion, Hat, Mosquito Repellent.
GROUP RATE: $ 1.375 Minimum 20 students.

LETTER CODES: (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner.

Day 1.     WELCOME TO COSTA RICA (D). Arrival to the International Airport Juan Santamaria. Upon arrival at the San Jose airport, you will be met by one of our representatives how will explain your itinerary, answer any questions and provide you with a package with vouchers and information about your trip. Transfer to Hotel Park Inn and free time at leisure.

Optional and depending on arrival time: City Tour: Visiting: San Jose, University of Costa Rica, San Pedro, Principal buildings as National Museum, National Teather, Congress, Yellow House, Plaza de la Cultura, Gold Museum, etc. Residential areas and principal Malls. Welcome Dinner.

Day 2. TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK: (B, L,D). Breakfast at the hotel. Check Out and departure to our first destination. Tortuguero National Park in the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica. On the way to Tortuguero, you will enjoy the beautiful views and abundant vegetation of Braulio Carrillo National Park, the second largest in Costa Rica. On the way, stop for breakfast in a nice and typical restaurant in Guapiles Town. Continuing our journey to Caño Blanco boat dock, you will pass between multiple banana plantations and other interesting crops.

At Caño Blanco, you will board the covered boat to the lodge, passing the Tortuguero Canals arriving between 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. At Pachira Lodge the staff will be waiting for you with a refreshing cocktail. Your rooms will be assigned and the guide will explain the afternoon activities. After lunch visit to the Turtle Museum of the C.C.C. (Caribbean Conservation Corporation) and to the colourful Tortuguero town. In here, you will visit the local school and the group will be able to interact with the students, learn about their culture, customs and traditions. After this school visit, return to the lodge around 5:30 p.m. Free time to enjoy the pool and prepare for dinner. Dinner service from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and then rest of the night free to enjoy the surroundings.

Day 3. TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK: (B, L, D).  Breakfast at the lodge and departure for a boat tour to admire the canals of National Park. This is a wonderful and interesting experience where you can see abundant flora and fauna and learn many interesting secrets of the tropical rainforest. After about 2 and a half hours exploring the jungle, return to the lodge for lunch and free time for a siesta, enjoy the pool or go for a walk to the beach. Evening dinner at the lodge. If weather conditions permit, night walk tour to Tortuguero beach for a turtle nesting experience. Tortuguero National Park is one of the most important nesting beaches in the world for the Green Turtle and occasionally the Leatherback Turtle. The main season is between the months of April to October. However, solitaire turtles can be seen nesting all year around.

Day 4. TORTUGUERO- SARAPIQUI. (B, L, D).  After breakfast, departure by boat to your next destination: Sarapiqui. Lunch on the way in Guapiles town. Continuing your journey, you will arrive to Selva Verde Lodge, an unique Ecotourism lodge located right in front of the Sarapiqui River. This hotel is one of the pioneer’s rain forest lodges in CR. The rooms are rustic but with all the comfort and the lodge has swimming pool.

Early dinner at the lodge and them, transfer to La Tirimbina, a scientist center where the group will learn about Neo-Tropical Bats. This will be an interesting lecture & lab where a scientist of the center will capture and show different bat species that are common in the Caribbean low-lands.

Day 5.  SARAPIQUI SCHOOL VISIT AND CULTURAL EXPERIENCE (B, L, D). Breakfast at the lodge and after it, transfer to the rural local school at Calle La Lucha. This is a very poor primary school with a student population of about 80 students in 6 level. First to 6th grade.

The students come from the community called La Lucha (The Fight), a peasant´s village where many are immigrants from Nicaragua and work in the pineapple plantations or farms nearby.

During our visit, the group will learn about their living conditions, customs and traditions of this region. Sport activities will be arranged such as soccer games and several other traditional games commons in Costa Rica. Combined with this visit, the group will be able to visit a typical and small farm, where the owner will explain to the group the common crops in the region, how to plant it, harvest and prepare. Here the group will learn about Black Pepper, Pineapple, Cassava, Jack Fruit, Cashews, Malanga, sweet potatoes and many other products.

After this activity, return to the lodge and lunch. In the afternoon, Latino Dancing Classes. Dinner at the lodge.

Day 6.  SARAPIQUI BOAT AND ZIP LINE TOUR (B, L, D). After a full Costa Rican breakfast, our driver will take the group to Sarapiqui River for an educational Boat tour along the river. During this 90 minutes journey, the students will be able to see many wildlife species such as Iguanas, Howler Monkeys, Acuatic Birds, Caymans and other common species of the area. After the tour, return to the lodge for lunch. During the afternoon, a new experience waits for the group. The famous zip line canopy Tour. After a short transfer to Hacienda Pozo Azul, the professional tours guides will prepare the group for the adventure. This experience includes 9 zip lines and 11 platforms with extra features like the double cable and double pulley on each zip line, and railing platforms. The tour ends with a 900ft cable crossing the beautiful Sarapiqui River Canyon.

After this tour, return to the lodge for dinner and free time.

Day 7. CHOCOLATE TOUR & ARENAL VOLCANO. (B, L, D). During the morning, Chocolate Tour: In this three-hour activity, you will discover the marvels of one of the favorite foods of humankind – chocolate. A plant originating in Mesoamerica with an extraordinarily rich history.  Cacao or chocolate, was one of the most important products of the Maya and Aztec, as well as other Central American cultures. The tour includes a guided hike across the Tirimbina suspension bridge to a cacao plantation, as well as to a forested section where you will observe forest species of cacao and how the product originally developed there. During the hike, the natural and cultural history of the cacao tree is explained. Onsite, you will learn about the process by which cacao is processed into chocolate (harvesting, fermentation, drying, milling).

Return to lodge and lunch. By 2:00 PM, bus transfer to Arenal. Located 2 hours from Sarapiqui, Arenal is a beautiful cone-shaped volcano rising out of flat, surrounding plains. Leaving Selva Verde in the afternoon, you’ll be arriving to the Arenal area before dark. There, the group will have the opportunity to learn more about the culture of the surroundings and its relationship with the volcano. Check In at Arenal Country Inn and free time for relax and enjoy the swimming pool.

Evening dinner in a typical restaurant in Fortuna Town.

Day 8. ARENAL HANGING BRIDGES TOUR & HOT SPRINGS. (B, L, D) After breakfast, tour to the Arenal Hanging Bridges, where you will enjoy the beautiful rainforest while you are guided by our naturalist tour guide. Visitors who love nature can enjoy 15 bridges from 5 to 100 meters long, friendly design along 3 km rain forest circuit of interpretive trails built with paving blocks to prevent slipping. The bridges are built of aluminum, galvanized steel and concrete, to ensure maximum security for their visitors. They were designed by structural engineers with the most demanding safety margins in the world.  Guided by a naturalist, who through the natural history will open for you the doors of a fascinating and colorful Tropical Rain Forest world. The imposing vistas of the Volcano from the hanging bridges over the forest make a perfect combination for an unforgettable experience.

After the nature walk, we will continue our journey to one of the most important attractions in the area. Baldi Hot Springs. This water park is great experience, where the students will enjoy several waterslides, multiple thermal pools, giant steam room and exuberant gardens all around the complex. Buffet lunch and dinner will be serve at this complex in order to maximize the experience at this unique place.

Day 9. LA FORTUNA WATERFALL – SAN JOSE. (B, L, D) After a healthy breakfast, the group will visit La Fortuna Waterfall, an Iconic place of Fortuna Town, where the impressive waterfall shows it beauty. For get to the base of the waterfall, a nature walk must be taken by a downhill path. Once at the base, swimming is allowed in the cold water. The area is surrounded by a pristine rain forest.

After enjoying this place, return to the hotel, check out and transfer to Fortuna Town for lunch before to make the way back to San Jose. Arriving early evening to Hotel Park Inn in San Jose, the group must prepare for the Farewell dinner.

Day 9. TRANSFER OUT & GOOD BYE. (B) Transfer to the International Airport according with your scheduled flight and good bye.

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