Weekend excursions and day trips

TOUR SCHEDULE!

On weekends we host excursions to many different parts of the country.  Possibilities range from relaxing on a white sand beach, to studying the complex ecosystems of the Monteverde Cloud Forest, to watching the eruptions of a live volcano!

OUR TOUR PLANNING SERVICE

At our Heredia Campus you will meet our in-house tour guide Jeri who helps students in planning the perfect trip and offers them excursions all over the country. Jeri also offers trips in the central valley to waterfalls, volcanos, national parks and more. 

At our Sámara Campus Darihana meets with students every Tuesday to explain the tours and assist with your individual tour planning. Every Tuesday you can join our tour meeting where we give students advice about current tours, day and half-day trips (horse-riding, bike or car rental, domestic flights, ultralight gliding, deep-sea fishing, dolphin tours, waterfall visits, etc). 

We encourage students from both campuses to also try a trip or two on their own: it is easy and very economical to travel by public bus in Costa Rica, and it is a great opportunity to put your Spanish skills into practice! Whether travelling by yourself or with an organized tour, remember to budget for weekend excursions when planning your trip to Costa Rica. NOTE: Most tours require cash payments or charge a small surcharge for credit card payments; we suggest bringing a debit card to cover these expenses. 

HEREDIA TOURS

Half-day tours

  • POÁS VOLCANO & SARCHÍ woodcrafts 
  • LOS CHORROS waterfalls 
  • CAFÉ BRITT coffee plantation
  • DOKA coffee plantation
  • SAN JOSE CITY historic tour
  • CANOPY TOUR adventure
  • LA PAZ WATERFALLS, butterfly & tropical bird gardens and serpentarium 
  • RAM LUNA Mountain look-out restaurant with folkloric dance presentation
  • INBIO Eco-Park Tour
  • CACAO PLANTATION chocolate tour

One-day tours

  • TORTUGA ISLAND boat snorkel and beach BBQ tour 
  • WATER-RAFTING ON CHIRRIPO RIVER

Weekend tours 

  • MANUEL ANTONIO Beaches & National Park
  • RINCÓN DE LA VIEJA Volcano & National Park
  • MONTEZUMA BEACH & TORTUGA ISLAND
  • ARENAL-MONTEVERDE Volcano & Rainforest
  • RIO CELESTE National Park & HotspringS
  • TAMARINDO
  • PUERTO VIEJO/ MANZANILLA 
  • NICARAGUA
  • BOCAS DEL TORO (PANAMA) 

 

SAMARATOURS

Half-day tours

  • OCEAN DOLPHIN SEARCH & SNORKELING
  • HORSEBACK RIDING beach & mountain
  • MOUNTAIN BIKE Buena Vista, Barco Quebrado and Barrigona beaches
  • RIVER KAYAK & WILDLIFE OBSERVATION Río Ora
  • OCEAN KAYAK & SNORKELING Isla Chora
  • NATURE HIKE SÁMARA TRAILS, Wildlife Refuge Warner Sauter
  • STAND UP PADDLE BOARD tour & lessons
  • SURFING CLASSES
  • CAFÉ DIRIÁ Coffee Plantation

One-day tours

  • RINCÓN DE LA VIEJA, Canopy, horseback ride, rafting, rappel & hot springs
  • PALO VERDE NATIONAL PARK boat tour & bird watching

Weekend tours

  • RINCÓN DE LA VIEJA Volcano & National Park
  • MONTEZUMA BEACH & TORTUGA ISLAND
  • ARENAL-MONTEVERDE Volcano & Rainforest
  • RIO CELESTE National Park 

PLEASE NOTE: These tours are offered at both campuses and involve additional costs, ranging from $165 to $225 for weekend tours or $30 to $90 for day trips. Please plan your budget accordingly! 

DURING THE WEEK

At our beach campus, during the week we take students to soccer games, hidden beaches and local hikes. In Heredia we take students to theaters, museums, nearby parks, the capital city of San José, discotheques, soccer games, concerts and more!