JUNE 15 - ARRIVAL COSTA RICA
Arrival San Jose Airport. Greeting by Interact’s Tour Representative in the airport lobby. Transfer to La Guácima, Alajuela, a typical, friendly community. Meet the Program Directors as you’re introduced to your host families.
YOUR MIDDLE CLASS HOST FAMILIES are relatives, neighbors, or lifelong friends of our homestay directors. In fact, many host families are related to one another. Regardless, all families are constantly monitored and continually evaluated. Host families provide all meals - except those included as part of the touring. Everyone speaks Spanish in the home. Students normally share with one other group member of the same general language ability.
JUNE 16-20 - DAILY LANGUAGE CLASSES Daily half-day language sessions -in outdoor classrooms- feature a blend of structure, conversation, and practicalities. Class size averages 3-5 students per native teacher, assuring individual attention and ample opportunity for participation. Rancho de Español serves as the meeting point and social center for all activities. The park-like campus has volleyball, soccer, and a swimming pool for student use in the afternoon and evening (requires teacher supervision).
The following activities are included:
• Cooking lessons
• Salsa lessons
• Café Britt
• Roundtrip public bus San Jose, with one of Rancho’s teachers
JUNE 21 – Butterfly Farm/Arenal Hot Springs
Ask your host family for packed lunch. Farewell to your host family. Visit La Guacima’s famous butterfly farm. Your next stop is Zarcero, famous for its amazing animals sculpted from living Cypress trees. Contnue your drive through the highlands to Arenal, Costa Rica's most active volcano. Dinner is included tonight. Visit a hot springs recreational area. Swim in one of nature's therapeutic pools, stroll the botanical gardens, and witness the spectacular fiery display from an observation point at sunset. Hotel Arenal Paraiso or similar.
JUNE 22 – Manuel Antonio Region
Transfer along the Pacific Coast to Quepos. Hotel Rancho Casa Grande or similar.
JUNE 23 – Manuel Antonio Region- Kayaking
The journey begins near the Sailfish Marina and extends to the coast of Manuel Antonio. Paddling will take us through the rolling waves and currents of the Pacific Ocean to the Biezans Bay where we can take a refreshing swim, practice snorkelling and spot some of the marine species of the area.
Biezans Bay has a small but growing coral reef and some of its islands are nesting spots to exotic birds like the Bobos and Frigate birds.
We will continue paddling to the National Park and return to the coast for a delicious and well-deserved lunch.
JUNE 24 - Manuel Antonio National Park
Visit Manuel Antonio, generally considered the most beautiful of the country's national parks. Guided tour through some of the forest trails. Picnic lunch. Continue to San Jose.
Hotel Quality Real or similar.
JUNE 25 - Costa Rica Departure