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7-day study trip to Costa Rica


  • Arenal volcano and hot springs
  • Rainforest skywalk
  • Pacuare Reserve turtle conservation project
  • La Paz waterfall garden

Your travel itinerary could look like...

Day 1

Upward view of the Costa Rica flag blowing in the wind on a flag pole


Arrive at San Jose late afternoon from your flight. Transfer to hotel. Enjoy a guided tour of downtown San Jose and have dinner at a local restaurant

Day 2

Hanging Bridges skywalk in the rainforests of Costa Rica

Putarenas Shore experience, Rainforest skywalk & Tarcoles River eco cruise

Transfer to Putarenas, west of San Jose.

Discover Costa Rica’s enchanting Pacific rainforest from the air and water today. Walk through the treetops on a series of hanging bridges at a private biological reserve, and then cruise down the Tarcoles River, home to a famous community of crocodiles. In between these activities, enjoy time to shop and snack at a quaint replica of a Spanish colonial settlement.

Dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 3

Arenal at dusk in Costa Rica

Arenal Volcano & hot springs

Experience the thrill of hiking near one of the most active volcanoes in the Western Hemisphere! On this full-day trip from Guanacaste, get an up-close view of Costa Rica’s famous Arenal Volcano and the surrounding tropical landscape. Rejuvenate with a dip in volcanic hot springs and enjoy stellar evening views of the volcano and emerging stars. Round-trip hotel transport from Guanacaste included. Full-day trip to Arenal Volcano and Baldi Hot Springs from Guanacaste Hike in the rain forest at Arenal Volcano National Park in Costa Rica Take in stunning views of the active volcano Soak in rejuvenating hot springs during a relaxing afternoon Learn about the tropical landscape from your knowledgeable local guide Hotel pickup and drop-off plus breakfast and lunch included.

Dinner at a local restaurant

Day 4

A colourful hummingbird mid-flight in La Paz wildlife refuge, Costa Rica

Wildlife refuge & La Paz waterfall gardens

Travel towards the coast with a stop at Wildlife refuge & La Paz waterfall gardens en route. Home to over 100 species of animals, five waterfalls and a cloud forest the Wildlife Refuge La Paz Waterfall gardens is bursting with biodiversity. Visit, explore, learn and even hike among the sloths, monkeys, tropical birds, pumas, ocelots and more who call Costa Rica’s most visited private ecological reserve home. Take in the incredible plant life like wild orchids on this full-day, small group tour with lunch included. Immerse yourself in Costa Rica’s rich biodiversity at a nature reserve See waterfalls, rainforest, cloud forest and an aviary.

Day 5

Sea turtle in Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica

Turtle Conservation Project

Transfer to Pacuare Reserve, located between Tortuguero and Limón, on the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica.

The group will support the centre with their turtle conservation efforts and learn along the way. Accommodation and meals are provided by the centre.

Day 6

View of dense rainforest in he Pacuare Reserve, Costa Rica

Turtle Conservation Project

Experience the Pacuare Reserve. Imagine a place hidden in a dense jungle forest along the Caribbean Sea, a quasi-island surrounded by the ocean and canals. You can only get there by boat. A place with no electricity and where howler monkeys, egrets, herons and kingfishers herald your arrival. No crowds, no traffic, no luxury… all left behind for the unique chance to experience raw nature, to be a part of something great, to observe, to learn and maybe teach some. On the beach, you may notice a small group quietly gathering data from a nesting leatherback turtle. Or you may see an instructor leading students into the forest to observe a certain species of bird. The only other people here are the reserve staff, instructors, biologists, students, volunteers or another like-minded visitor or two. This is your Pacuare Reserve experience. Your chance to be a part of our efforts. Your chance to live and feel the power of shared passion for conservation in action.

Day 7

Parrots mid flight in Costa Rica's rainforest at sunset

Leave the reserve late morning to make the 3hr transfer back to San Jose for your late afternoon or evening flight overnight back to the UK. Depending on flight times, there may be time for you to do some shopping or sight seeing in downtown San Jose.

Whats included

  • Return flights from London to San Jose
  • Accommodation for trip duration
  • Putarenas Shore experience
  • Rainforest skywalk & Tarcoles river eco cruise
  • Arenal volcano & hot springs
  • Visit to La Paz Waterfall Gardens
  • Pacuare Reserve trip

Why not add

  • Arenal activity day

Why choose us

  • Fully accredited and financially protected
  • Knowledgeable and experienced staff
  • Regional Educational Development Execs to support all stages of the trip process
  • Customer portal and app for when you’re on the move
  • 24hr support

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