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Hearty breakfasts and delicious, authentic, cuisine at local restaurants for lunches and dinners—with meals times tailored to maximize your experience.
Never wait hours at the airport to share a transfer with other later groups.
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The beauty of the Spanish language combines with the splendor of a Costa Rican beach. Students will enjoy this intensive Spanish language program at a stunning Pacific beach campus. Classes will be held in small groups of six students for four hours daily. There is no better way to take Spanish language skills to a new level while exploring firsthand a real local educational experience.
The lively Ticos are lovers of an extensive variety of types of music and dancing styles, many of which have African, pre-Columbian or Spanish roots. Learn about the rich traditions of various Costa Rican folk dances from an expert. Then take on the dance floor as you're instructed in the basic steps of a classic dance before you try it out to the lively beat yourself.
Explore the secrets of flavorful Costa Rican cuisine during your cooking lesson. After an introduction to traditional Costa Rican food and techniques, join the chef in the kitchen where you will help prepare the ingredients for your meal, assist the chef with cooking and learn to properly garnish each dish. Then enjoy the fruits of your labor! You'll leave with recipes that you can put to use impressing friends and family back home.
Gain a bird's-eye perspective on the pristine vegetation of the rainforest as you explore its canopy via zip-lines, swings, and treetop platforms. Keep a sharp lookout for some of the many species of birds, mammals and plants that make up this unique ecosystem. Your guide will teach you about the importance of biodiversity and the immeasurable contributions this type of ecosystem makes to society as a whole.
Horseback Ride, Río Frío Boat Trip, Manuel Antonio National Park, Community Service Project in Sarapiquí, Monteverde Canopy Tour and Hanging Bridges, Jauri Tropical Farm, Cultural Exchange with Local Students, Sarapiquí Homestay, Costa Rican Cooking Lesson, Arenal Volcano
This itinerary is the starting point for your tour, but it’s not set in stone. If there are days you would like to change, or specific places you’d like to go, we can work with you to create a personalized program that fits the needs of you and your students.
Depart from the USA on Sunday. Arrive in Liberia where you will be met at the airport and transferred to your host families in Sámara Beach. The afternoon is free to unpack and explore.
Classes will be held in small groups of six students for four hours daily at your mid-sized Spanish language school established to offer all the advantages of an intensive Spanish language program at a beautiful Pacific Costa Rican beach campus.
Students will have shared rooms. Breakfast and dinner will be taken with the host families and lunch will be arranged at a local restaurant by the school.
Your family stay at the beach is definitely a rural experience. Houses are simple, rustic, and they do not have hot water (this is not considered a necessity in the tropical climate). Many of the houses are within walking distance, and students who live a little farther out often rent bicycles to reach school. Some families rent their own bicycles and other rentals are available in town. There is no ACIS Tour Manager included for this program. (D)
This morning, visit the language school for orientation and assessment of your level of Spanish. In the afternoon, you will attend your first group
Spanish language class. Unwind this evening with a chance to explore your surroundings and connect with the locals. Overnight with host families. (B,L,D)
Attend morning group
class at the language school. Then an afternoon surf lesson gives you the opportunity to learn to ride the waves like the locals. Take to the sand again this evening for a beach bonfire under the stars. Overnight with host families. (B,L,D)
Explore the local waters in the morning with a kayaking excursion. After lunch attend group
class at the language school. Then form teams to participate in a favorite Tico pastime—fútbol, or soccer as it's called in the U.S. Overnight with host families. (B,L,D)
Attend morning group
class at the language school. In the afternoon, you'll have time to enjoy the beach or join other students to play sports at the school. Then learn the one of the most popular dances in Costa Rica during a salsa lesson. This evening a Costa Rican cooking class gives you the opportunity to learn how to make typical traditional dishes, a nice skill to take home and share with friends and family. Unwind with a Spanish movie before your overnight with host families. (B,L,D)
Attend your final morning group
class at the language school. This afternoon head to secluded Playa Izquierda for a nature walk. Learn about Costa Rica's rich diversity of plant and animal life and the importance of conservation. In the evening, put your new footwork skills into action as you enjoy salsa dancing at a local restaurant. Overnight with host families. (B,L,D)
This morning's excursion takes you to the rainforest, where you can ride the zip-lines and experience a unique ecosystem up-close on a canopy tour. Return to town and enjoy a final afternoon to further practice your surfing, swim or join activities at the school and converse in Spanish with local shop owners as you pick up souvenirs for friends and family. Overnight with host families. (B,L,D)
Transfer to the airport in Liberia for return flight to the USA. (B)
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Enhanced health coverage, program interruption, baggage delay/loss and travel delay protection while on tour. Plus, enhanced medical/job loss cancellation refund policy
Rate $200Add to Tour