Costa Rica 2018 | Proposed Itinerary

The following itinerary is from the 2017 trip to Nicoya, Costa Rica. While the events may vary, it is a good guideline for plans to come!

  • Thursday | March 9
    • 12:45 p.m. | Depart Chicago O'Hare
    • 9:45 p.m. | Depart Liberia
    • 10:45 p.m. | Arrive Hotel Jenny in Nicoya, Costa Rica
  • Friday, March 10
    • 7:15 a.m. | Meet in hotel lobby
    • 7:30 a.m. | Transfer to school for light breakfast, pastry, coffee, and fresh fruit; depart Nicoya
    • 9:00 a.m. | Box lunch enroute
    • 10-10:30 a.m. | Rest stop at "Mi Finca"
    • 2:00 p.m. | Arrive Monteverde
    • 3-5:00 p.m. | El Trapiche Coffee Tour (optional)
    • 6-7:00 p.m. | Dinner at hotel
    • 7:40-9:30 p.m. | Nocturnal fauna walking tour
  • Saturday, March 11 | Monteverde

    Select one of the following:

    • 8-11 a.m. | Zip Line Forest Canopy Tour and Hummingbird Garden
    • 8-11 a.m. | Hanging Bridges and Butterfly Garden Tour and Hummingbird Garden
    • 2:00 p.m. | Depart Monteverde (the trip will be by boat across Arenal Lake. Spectacular views of the volcano from the lake)
    • 5:30 p.m. | Arrive Arenal
    • 7-9:30 p.m. | Evening visit to Hot Springs Resort at the base of the volcano. Dinner served at the resort.
  • Sunday, March 12 | Arenal
    • 8-11:00 a.m. | Excursion to Fortuna waterfalls, swimming in the lagoon
    • 1:00 p.m. | Depart Arenal
    • 5:00 a.m. | Arrive at the homestay in Nicoya
    • 7-8:00 p.m. | Walk to the town park with the homestay family
  • Monday, March 13
    • 8:00 a.m.-12 noon | Classes
    • 12 noon-1:00 p.m. | Buffet lunch at the school
    • 1-2:00 p.m. | National Parks presentation
    • 2-3:00 p.m. | Walking tour of Nicoya
    • 7-9:00 p.m. | Latin dance class with treats
  • Tuesday, March 14
    • 8-11:45 a.m. | Classes
    • 12 noon-6:30 p.m. | Excursion to Samara Beach for the afternoon and sunset; sack lunch enroute
    • 1-3:00 p.m. | Kayak tour to Isla Chora
  • Wednesday, March 15
    • 8-11:45 a.m. | Classes
    • 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Buffet lunch at the school
    • 12:30-5:30 p.m. | Excursion to Samara Beach and kayak trip
    • 1:30-3:00 p.m. | Surf lessons (optional)
    • 8-10:00 p.m. | Latin dance class with treats
  • Thursday, March 16 | Nosarita
    • 8:00 a.m. | Depart Nicoya
    • 8:30 a.m. | Arrive Nosarita
    • 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. | Volunteer program in Nosarita and Belen
      • Community involvement project
      • Lunch in Nosarita in the village community center
    • 4-7:00 p.m. | Soccer match and outdoor dinner
    • Overnight in Nosarita
  • Friday, March 17
    • 8:00 a.m.-12 noon | Volunteer program in Nosarita and Belen
      • Community involvement project
      • Lunch in Nosarita
    • 1:30 p.m. | Depart Nosarita
    • 2:00 p.m. | Arrive Nicoya
    • 3-5:00 p.m. | Cooking class, Farmer's Market, Cerro de la Cruz, or free time (times will vary)
    • Free evening
  • Saturday, March 18
    • 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | Palo Verde National Park; a river boat trip through the jungle. Wildlife includes howler and white faced monkeys, coatimundi, giant iguanas, bats, and the largest crocodiles in the Americas. Lunch served at a nearby town to the national park
    • 1:30-3:30 p.m. | Drive to the pottery village of Guaitil where you will have the chance to make pottery
    • 4:30 p.m. | Arrive in Nicoya
    • 7-9:00 p.m. | Buffet dinner, music, dancing, and presentation of diplomas
  • Sunday, March 19 | Depart to return
    • 9:00 a.m. | Board microbus at the school
    • 9:30 a.m. | Depart Nicoya
    • 10:45 a.m. | Arrive Liberia
    • 1:10 p.m. | Depart Liberia
    • 7:35 p.m. | Arrive Chicago