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Our itineraries reflect 40 years of experience in crafting exceptional educational tours. That means we know exactly how to make the best of your time abroad—incredible destinations, immersive activities, centrally located hotels, and smart, well-traveled tour managers who ensure your educational goals are met. Here are some of the exceptional features of this tour.
We have high standards, which is why we take care to include these features in every tour.
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After a busy day, comfort is key.
Save the commuting time, beat the morning crowds and keep right on exploring after dark when your hotel is in the heart of the city.
Delicious, authentic, multi-course dinners at local restaurants with meal times tailored to maximize your experience.
Part guide, part educator, part engineer, part mind-reader, part magician—ACIS Tour Managers are your travel partner.
Never wait hours at the airport to share a transfer with other later groups.
We're so sure you're going to love your tour, we guarantee it!
24/7 on the ground support whenever and wherever you need it.
Urban transportation is on us, allowing you to explore each destination with ease.
Our tours are designed to help you and your students be in the moment and experience everything the world has to offer.
Participate in an important coastal-marine conservation effort as you work collaboratively with your group to promote the nesting and hatching of leatherback sea turtles. Whether building hatcheries, removing debris from the nesting sites or collecting valuable data, you'll be treated to a unique and insider look at the turtles' ecosystem and life-cycle.
Please note that as work will done during the daytime, we are regrettably unable to guarantee sea turtle sightings during the tour.
With characteristic Tico hospitality you will be welcomed at this self-sustaining organic farm in the Costa Rican rainforest started by retired school principal Don Juan. Keep an eye out for tropical plants, birds and other animals as you learn about the planting and harvesting of native produce using environmentally-friendly methods, its various medicinal and cooking uses, and how to process sugar cane (including a sample of the fresh pressed juice, agua dulce).
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. Arrive in the Costa Rican capital of San José, meet your ACIS Tour Manager, and begin to discover the country's famous Tico hospitality.
Wake up early this morning and drive to Gandoca where you will begin participating in a
sea turtle conservation project. This project, like other coastal-marine resource conservation projects, has its origin in the urgent necessity to protect the few natural nesting sites that do not hold any official category of protection from the Government. Tonight you’ll relax after a productive day in your simple, rustic cabin accommodations.
Today continue work on the
sea turtle conservation project. The main jobs for volunteers include night patrols to search for nesting females and hatchery shifts. Additional assistance to the project may involve beach cleanup and small projects such as initial construction of the hatcheries.
Enjoy your final day of volunteer work with the
sea turtle conservation project located in Gandoca.
Depart this morning for the northern plains region of San Carlos, the agriculture capital of the north. Arrive in the small town of La Fortuna. From here you'll have a spectacular view of the Arenal Volcano, a perfect cone more than 5,000 feet high and one of the most active in the world.
Begin your morning with a visit to the beautiful La Fortuna Waterfall and hike to the swimming hole below. Continue to
Jauri Tropical Farm, an ecological farm owned by a retired school principal who teaches you about the cultivation of different types of native produce and some of the culinary and medicinal uses they afford. In the evening, visit local hot springs where you can take a dip in the thermal pools. As you relax in the therapeutic waters, look up at their source, the Arenal volcano, above!
Depart this morning and drive past Arenal Lake to Costa Rica's northern Pacific coast, an area containing one of the last tropical dry forests on the planet. Enjoy time to relax at the beach and explore the shoreline before dinner tonight.
Embark on an excursion to the rainforest, where zip-lines and treetop platforms will provide a bird's-eye perspective on the flora and fauna of this unique ecosystem during an adventurous
canopy tour. Spend your final evening soaking in the beautiful Costa Rican coastline.
Depart for the USA.
Most Enhanced health coverage, program interruption, baggage delay/loss and travel delay protection while on tour. Plus, enhanced medical/job loss cancellation refund policy
Rate $450Add to Tour
Enhanced health coverage, program interruption, baggage delay/loss and travel delay protection while on tour. Plus, enhanced medical/job loss cancellation refund policy
Rate $315Add to Tour