SPANISH IMMERSION COSTA RICA 2 WEEKS
SPANISH IMMERSION COSTA RICA 2 WEEKS
All instruction and Guide services; food and lodging as stated on the itinerary; ground and water transportation within Costa Rica. All entrance fees to National Parks and additional tours.
Itinerary meal codes: B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner
Does not include:
Round-trip International airfare to Costa Rica; international airport departure tax (US$29.00 per person. Please check with the airline of your choice if these taxes are already included on your airfare); liquor brewages, gratuities and personal items.
DAY 1 SAN JOSE TRIP ORIENTATION
Following your arrival at Juan Santamaría International Airport, outside of San José, you will be meeting by our staff and transferred to the city for welcome dinner. Following, there will be a general orientation session to our Costa Rica Spanish Immersion.
Then you will meet you host family who will transfer you to your new temporally home in our country.
DAY 2 SPANISH LESSONS BEGINS – NATIONAL MUSEUM
After breakfast with your host family you will start your Spanish lessons for 4 hours, after lunch our guide will meet you to visit The National Museum, this museum has amazing rooms like Pre-Columbian Room, you will discover the lifestyle of ancient cultures starting 12,000 years B.C. up to the arrival of the Spaniards. Pre-Columbian room this exhibition enhances our indigenous people’s view on gold. Butterfly garden with 20 different species and.
Motherland, this room features a synthesis of the development Costa Rica has undergone throughout history since the arrival of the Spaniards until today dinner and over night with your host family.
DAY 3 SPANISH LESSONS – HOMESTAY
After breakfast you will start your Spanish lessons from 8:00 am to 12:00 p.m. After you lessons you will return to new home with your “tico” family. Free night
DAY 4 SPANISH LESSONS
Following breakfast you will start your lesson from 8:00 am to 12:00 p.m. In the afternoon you will have the opportunity to go with our guide, to do some shopping visiting a local Mall, where you would have the opportunity to practice and learn Spanish while you are having fun.
DAY 5 SPANISH LESSONS – PUEBLO ANTIGUO – HOMESTAY
After a family breakfast you will start your Spanish lessons from 8:00 am to 12:00 p.m. Later this afternoon you will visit and enjoy Pueblo Antiguo, a theme park located inside the amusement park where you can find the beauties of the Costa Rica of yesteryear.
You can find many attractions such as flyers, ox carts, horses, cows, masquerades, clowns, street parades and dances. Pueblo Antiguo is an excellent choice to remember old times, a hot aguadulce, a corn muffin and a coconut caramel sauce, are complemented by a good day of fun, while reliving those things that were experienced in Costa Rica early century.
DAY 6 SPANISH LESSONS- MONTEVERDE – BUTTERFLY FARM
Following breakfast you will start your lesson from 8:00 am to 12:00 p.m. In the afternoon you will transferred to Monteverde which is 4 hours away from San Jose.
This is a peaceful community, considered an example of conservation; around this little village we can find several reserves (the Children´s Eternal Rain Forest and the Santa Elena Reserve among others). Once we are finally after our night hike, we will have dinner and overnight at Monteverde.
DAY 7 MONTEVERDE CLOUDFOREST RESERVE
After breakfast this morning, we will have a chance to hike in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. At present, Monteverde is comprised of 27,000 acres and run by the Monteverde Conservation League. The Reserve is cool, due to its’ elevation and lush vegetation. Incredible biodiversity here includes 400 species of birds, 100 species of mammals, 500 butterfly species and 2500 different types of plants.
Three species of monkeys, tree sloths, coatimundis, kinkajous, the spectacular resplendent quetzal, three-wattle bell birds, red-eyed tree frogs and blue morph butterflies are just a few of the animal highlights. At the end of our journey in the reserve our group will visit the Hummingbird Gallery, where feeders are set up to attract some of the many species of hummingbirds found here.
Fifty species have been recorded in Costa Rica. Following lunch, our group will take a Canopy tour. In a tropical forest the most of the activity occurs near to the top, so that’s exactly where we are going to be during this tour. Be prepared for an exciting ride on the highest portion of the Monteverde cloud forest, the canopy. Overnight at Monteverde
DAY 8 MONTEVERDE- TRANSFERT TO SAN JOSE
After breakfast this morning, our group will travel a short distance to a local butterfly farm. Here, we will have a guided tour through and we will have the chance to see hundreds of spectacular butterflies found in Costa Rica, learn about their complex life cycle and the importance of butterflies in the wild.
After lunch we will leave Monteverde and return to San José, Free night.
DAY 9 SPANISH LESSONS-HOMESTAY
After breakfast you will start your Spanish lessons from 8:00 am to 12:00 p.m. After you lessons you can return home with your host family. Free evening
DAY 10 SPANISH CLASSES- COFFE TOUR
After breakfast you will start your Spanish lessons from 8:00 am to 12:00 p.m. After you lessons our guide will take you to The verdant highlands of Costa Rica’s fertile Central Valley seem to jostle for attention as our experts lead the way with unmatched knowledge, plenty of good humor and more than a few surprises!.
Stroll through our thriving farm as song bird’s chirp from shade trees overhead. Observe the wild orchids and exuberant foliage of our beautifully landscaped grounds. Learn about sustainable growing practices and coffee’s vital role in Costa Rica’s social and economic evolution.
isit our roastery, where experts work amid the tantalizing aroma of roasting coffee. Learn the art of professional coffee tasting – and why it’s OK to slurp!. Conclude your tour with a visit to our well-stocked coffee-and-gift store. Then enjoy lunch of creative cuisine prepared with Costa Rica’s.
DAY 11 SPANISH LESSONS – HOMESTAY
After breakfast you will start your Spanish lessons from 8:00 am to 12:00 p.m. After you lessons you will return home with your host family. Free night
DAY 12 -SPANISH LESSONS- INBIOPARQUE
After breakfast the group will visit the INBIO parque which is an amazing theme park that offers an interactive experience with Nature. Here you will see groupings of plants and trees from the tropical rainforest, Central Valley forest and species from the dry tropical forest and wetlands.
On our campus, which covers and area of more than 5 hectares, visitors can observe many bird species and marvel at the colors of the orchids, heliconias and bromeliads. Around the lagoon you can enjoy the butterfly garden and the aquarium and learn about the Farm and its crops.
As you hike along our trails you will get a close look at poisonous frogs, bullet ants, boas, caimans, turtles, iguanas and tarantulas, as well as sloth’s and other native species. Afternoon classes
DAY 13 SPANISH LESSONS – ARENAL HOT SPRINGS
After a breakfast with your host family you will start your Spanish lesson from 8:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m. After lunch you will transferred to Arenal area where your visit Baldi Hot Springs, located at the base of Arenal, which is around 3 hour away from San Jose, Steaming waters form waterfalls and natural therapeutic pools that we can soak and relax in.
The hot springs found here are surrounded by brilliant vegetation, while Arenal serves as a stunning backdrop. After the sun sets, we will with some luck, observe the activity of Arenal. On a clear night, one can see bursts of fire and red-hot molten lava shooting hundreds of feet into the sky, whereas during the day only smoke and the volcano’s roar are apparent. Explosions typically can be seen from the hot spring. Overnight Lake Arenal
DAY 14 ARENAL HANGING BRIDGES
Following breakfast you will observe lava flows that make up Arenal’s lower slopes. We will take a look the remains of the volcano’s more active past. And we will have the chance to learn about the nature that surrounds then we will take a brief look at Lake Arenal, while we enroute to the Arenal Hanging Bridges, where the trails and bridges of this project will bring you as close as you could ever hope to get to the birds, the flowers and the lush vegetation of the primary rain forest.
There you will be able to walk right into the forest, on hanging bridges and trails that are safe and easy to walk on. We will be transferred to San Jose for farewell dinner.
DAY 15 SAN JOSE
DEPARTURE After an early breakfast and farewells to our families you will be transferred to Juan Santamaría International Airport, outside San José for your return flight home.
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OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
– Due to weather conditions and circumstances beyond the control of Field Course Staff, certain activities may be changed or done on different days in the best interest of the group.
– Can I add two additional days to the package you advertise on the homepage?
Of course! ALL of our packages are designed as guides, to illustrate potential itineraries and our personal recommendations. We know that one size does not fit all, so the best option is to give us a call and discuss what you are looking for and our in-country Travel Designers will take it from there. Disagree with their advice? We won’t be offended! We will work with you until the vacation is exactly what you are looking for!
– Does the package price include airfare?
Our packages do not include flights to Costa Rica from your home country because of the variation in price. We do include domestic flights to most of the destinations that you will be visiting. As part of the Nature Air family, we have the privilege of offering our guests the best transportation option in the country at the best possible price. You can enjoy even the most remote destinations in the country without spending half of your vacation in traffic or navigating potholes.