( Study Abroad in San José: Travel - Fall 2020 and Spring 2021

Study Abroad in San José, Costa Rica

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Study Abroad in San José: Cultural Excursions

Included Excursions

Included in your program are a range of activities which will take you outside San José and deepen your social, historical and cultural understanding of Costa Rica.

Arenal Volcano, Hot Springs Spa and Monteverde Cloud Forest (3 days)

Experience the natural wonder that is Costa Rica during an excursion to the Arenal Volcano, hot springs, and Monteverde Cloud Forest. Trip includes:

  • Hotel accommodations
  • Round-trip transportation
  • Breakfasts and dinner on the first night
  • Activities such as a visit to the hot springs, sightseeing around Arenal Volcano, hiking to La Fortuna Waterfall, boat ride across Arenal Lake to Monteverde, zip-lining in Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and more
  • Option for horseback riding or to take a night tour through the forest (additional fee)

Manuel Antonio National Park (3 days)

Explore Manuel Antonio National Park, acclaimed worldwide for its breathtakingly beautiful beaches. Trip includes:

  • Hotel accommodations
  • Round-trip transportation
  • Breakfasts
  • Entrance fees and outdoor activities like hiking, swimming at the beach or hotel pool, and exploring the park’s exotic flora and fauna

Poás Volcano, Doka Coffee Tour and Grecia & Sarchi Artisans (day trip)

This tour takes us to the unforgettable Poás Volcano; across coffee plantations and scenic vistas, and then into the heart of the artisans´workshops in Sarchi. Trip includes:

  • Guided tours of Poás Volcano National Park, Doka Coffee Estate and a plantation
  • Visit to Grecia and the town of Sarchi for its arts and crafts
  • Round-trip transportation
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch

Optional Excursions

Sarapiquí – Hiking and Rafting (2 days - $265)

Spend two days hiking and rafting in Sarapiquí. This adventure includes:

  • Accommodations
  • Round-trip transportation
  • Dinner (night one), and breakfast and lunch (day two)
  • Guided hikes through the Sarapiquí rainforest, including a night hike with a local naturalist
  • Chocolate making demonstration and tasting at local cacao growing area
  • Rafting on Sarapiquí River
  • If a minimum enrollment of 10 students is not met the excursion may be canceled

Bocas del Toro, Panama (4 days - $575) (extended semester students only)

Escape to beautiful Bocas del Toro, Panama over the course of four days. Trip includes:

  • Hotel accommodations
  • Round-trip transportation
  • Group dinner and breakfasts
  • An array of guided tours and visits to Bahía Delfines, Isla Pájaros, Playa las Estrellas, and Playa Red Frog
  • Snorkeling in the clear Caribbean waters of Cayo Coral and Cayo Zapatilla
  • If a minimum enrollment of 10 students is not met the excursion may be canceled

Students must enroll and pay for the optional excursions in the U.S. by the final payment deadline. Once paid for excursions are non-refundable except in the event of cancellation by AIFS.