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Costa Rica | 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!

  • 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

  • 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

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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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