8 or 11 days
San José, Arenal Region, Sarapiquí, Guanacaste, extension to Nicaragua

Watch our planet’s endless geological drama in action, from the Arenal Volcano to the thunderous La Fortuna Waterfall.

Enjoy a chocolate tasting as you learn how cocoa is harvested at Tirimbina Biological Reserve, and experience the thrill of whitewater rafting on the Sarapiquí River. In Guanacaste, explore Palo Verde National Park on a boat tour. 

  • Day 1: Fly to Costa Rica

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport

    Arrive in San José

  • Day 2: San José • Poás • Sarapiquí

    Travel via Poás to the Sarapiquí region

    Take a tour of a coffee plantation

    Visit Poás Volcano

  • Day 3: Sarapiquí

    Enjoy a whitewater rafting excursion on the Sarapiquí River

    Take a tour at Tirimbina Biological Reserve where you will:

    • Hike across suspension bridge to former cocoa-growing plot
    • Learn about the cocoa tree and the history of chocolate
    • Enjoy a chocolate tasting
  • Day 4: Sarapiquí • Arenal region

    Explore on your own or
    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 above. Note: This optional reaches heights of 90 feet and is not recommended for anyone with a fear of heights. Travelers must weigh below 200lbs to participate. 

    Travel to the Arenal region

    Visit the Arenal hot springs

  • Day 5: Arenal region

    Enjoy a kayaking trip on Lake Arenal

    Visit La Fortuna Waterfall
  • Day 6: Arenal region • Guanacaste

    Travel to Guanacaste

    Visit Rincon de la Vieja National Park

  • Day 7: Guanacaste

    Take a boat tour in Palo Verde National Park

    Enjoy a snorkeling activity

  • Day 8: Depart for home

Add 3 more days

  • Day 8: Guanacaste • Granada

    Travel across the border to Granada

    Continue to Granada

  • Day 9: Granada

    Take a guided walking tour of Granada

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • Cathedral and Parque Colón
    • La Plazuela de los Leones
    • Calle la Calzada
    • Merced Church

    Visit the Convento de San Francisco

    Enjoy a boat tour of Las Isletas

  • Day 10: Granada

    Travel to Masaya Volcano National Park

    See Catarina Mirador

    Take a guided tour of the Masaya Crater and Volcano Museum

    See the Masaya craft market

  • Day 11: Depart for home

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  • Day 1: Fly to Costa Rica

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport

    Arrive in San José

  • Day 2: San José • Poás • Sarapiquí

    Travel via Poás to the Sarapiquí region

    Take a tour of a coffee plantation

    Visit Poás Volcano

  • Day 3: Sarapiquí

    Enjoy a whitewater rafting excursion on the Sarapiquí River

    Take a tour at Tirimbina Biological Reserve where you will:

    • Hike across suspension bridge to former cocoa-growing plot
    • Learn about the cocoa tree and the history of chocolate
    • Enjoy a chocolate tasting
  • Day 4: Sarapiquí • Arenal region

    Explore on your own or
    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 above. Note: This optional reaches heights of 90 feet and is not recommended for anyone with a fear of heights. Travelers must weigh below 200lbs to participate. 

    Travel to the Arenal region

    Visit the Arenal hot springs

  • Day 5: Arenal region

    Enjoy a kayaking trip on Lake Arenal

    Visit La Fortuna Waterfall
  • Day 6: Arenal region • Guanacaste

    Travel to Guanacaste

    Visit Rincon de la Vieja National Park

  • Day 7: Guanacaste

    Take a boat tour in Palo Verde National Park

    Enjoy a snorkeling activity

  • Day 8: Depart for home

Add 3 more days

  • Day 8: Guanacaste • Granada

    Travel across the border to Granada

    Continue to Granada

  • Day 9: Granada

    Take a guided walking tour of Granada

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • Cathedral and Parque Colón
    • La Plazuela de los Leones
    • Calle la Calzada
    • Merced Church

    Visit the Convento de San Francisco

    Enjoy a boat tour of Las Isletas

  • Day 10: Granada

    Travel to Masaya Volcano National Park

    See Catarina Mirador

    Take a guided tour of the Masaya Crater and Volcano Museum

    See the Masaya craft market

  • Day 11: Depart for home

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Your experience includes

  • Airfare & transportation

    Round-trip flights on major carriers; Comfortable motorcoach

  • Hotels

    7 overnight stays in hotels with private bathrooms (10 with extension)

  • Regional-style meals

    3 meals daily (Days 2-8 and Days 9-11 on extension); Dinner on arrival day; Breakfast on departure day

  • Guided sightseeing

    Comprehensive sightseeing to natural attractions

  • Entrances

    Coffee tour; Poás Volcano; Chocolate tour; Sarapiquí River whitewater; Hot springs; Lake Arenal kayaking; La Fortuna Waterfall; Arenal Volcano National Park; Rincón de la Vieja National Park; Palo Verde boat tour; Snorkeling; With extension: Convento San Francisco; Masaya Crater viewpoint and museum

  • Full-time Tour Director

    Your culturally connected Tour Director is with your group 24/7, providing deep local insight while handling all on-tour logistics.

  • Expert Local Guides

    Your expert local guides are natural historians, adding cultural insight and global perspective on your sightseeing tours.

  • weShare—Personalized Learning

    Our personalized learning experience engages students before, during and after tour, with the option to create a final, reflective project for academic credit.

  • Continuous Support

    Your dedicated EF team helps you every step of the way—from recruiting and enrolling travelers to planning and managing your tour.

  • Worldwide Presence

    EF has over 500 schools and offices in more than 50 countries worldwide so wherever you go, we're there too.

  • 24-hour Emergency Service

    Travelers and their families can count on EF's dedicated emergency service team.

  • Peace of Mind Program

    Feel secure knowing your group can change their destination or travel dates due to unforeseen circumstances. Learn more about your flexible options at eftours.com/peaceofmind.

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