Costa Rican
Cultural Journey

| Costa Rica

Cultural Discovery

Journey into the heart of Costa Rican culture!

Costa Rican culture and its natural environment are deeply interwoven. Its culture is a vivid expression of this intimate connection. Traverse the country from the Central Valley to the Pacific coast and everywhere in between. Dive into a cultural exploration experience like no other! Experience first-hand Costa Rica's "Pura Vida" lifestyle and you'll soon see why Costa Rica is the happiest country in the world!

Dates & Price

Jul 09 - Jul 23 (15 days) $2,295

Program at a Glance

Ages: 14 - 18

Minimum Group Size: 4 participants
Maximum Group Size: 10 participants
Focus: Cultural exploration
Level of Spanish: A basic level is recommended
Accommodation: Homestay / Hotels
Airport Code: SJO (San Jose International Airport)
Program Locations: Heredia, La Fortuna, Liberia, Nicoya

What's Included

Accommodations | Onsite Directors | Excursions | Cultural Activities | Airport Transfers | International Medical Insurance

Highlights

  • Step off the beaten path.

  • Experience the diversity of the country's unique geography!

  • Hands-on cultural workshops.

  • Homestay in Heredia and hotel stays in La Fortuna and Liberia.

  • Visit to an indigenous reserve.

  • Excursion to the breathtaking Pacific coast.

Young woman on a hanging bridge in the Costa Rican rainforest

Details

  • Start with a walking tour of San Jose, focusing on "City and Society" and visit its top places of interest: the National Theater, Gold Museum, Central Park, and Central Market.

  • Stay with a homestay in Heredia for an intimate experience into the Costa Rican or "tico" lifestyle.

  • Learn about the beautifully painted oxcarts in Sarchi, the heart of the country's artisan culture. Participate in a painting workshop, enjoy a typical lunch, and visit botanical gardens.

  • Experience a coffee tour in the highland community of Naranjo. Coffee was the driving force behind Costa Rica's economy for centuries and lead to the rise of "Coffee Barons".

  • Travel to the Guatuso indigenous territory to learn about the native peoples and their traditional ways.

  • Visit Abangares and its gold mines.

  • In Guanacaste tour Liberia and participate in a pottery workshop.

  • Get to know Orosi, home to Costa Rica's oldest colonial church.

  • Pay homage to the Basilica de los Angeles in Cartago, Costa Rica's most important shrine, said to grant miracles.

  • Enjoy a traditional dance class and attend a performance.

  • End on a cultural finale in Heredia with a farewell dinner and cooking class.

typical day

Tropical beach in Costa Rica

Morning: Breakfast with your homestay or at the hotel.

Midday: Morning tour and meeting with a local community.

Afternoon: Traditional lunch and artisan workshop.

Evening: Dinner at homestay or group dinner, relax and get a good night's sleep.

Costa Rican farmer in a traditional sugar press or "trapiche"
Students in front of the San Jose sign in Costa Rica
Woman dressed in traditional clothes in a Costa Rican cooking class

Attend two or more Programs For a 5% discount