Rainforest, animals and canal
Costa Rica for school groups
You can extend Costa Rica tour by adding a few days in Panama, Nicaragua or Guatemala.
Costa Rica is great for learning about
Costa Rica and Panama Itinerary
This is an example of the Costa Rica with Panama extension itinerary.
Remember: We are very happy to customize this itinerary to accommodate your group specific interests. We can make it longer or shorter and adjust the cost to fit different budgets.
Day 1 San Jose
“Costa Rica and Panama are more than a vacation destination; it is an interactive sensory experience .”
Arrivals in San Jose
Historic tour of San Jose: National Theatre, Main Square and ruins of XIV century church (part of the UNESCO list)
Welcome group dinner
Day 2 Tirimbina Reserve
Tour of the coffee plantation – we learn about cultivating and processing Costa Rican gold and discover what makes their coffee so good during the coffee tasting through Tirimbina Reserve
We walk through the longest suspension bridge to a cacao plantation. The sahe of the cacao fruit resembles an American football ball. And what does its beans tastes like? You can find out for yourself, as well as learning about the process of fermentation, drying, roasting, grinding beans, and brewing a wonderful chocolate drink
Day 3 La Fortuna
Hike the low-impact 3-mile trail at Arenal National Park to Costa Rica’s most active volcano
by La Fortuna Waterfall. The waterfall is located just outside the main town, with a deep pool that is perfect for swimming. We reach it by easy hiking and then refresh in its waters
Time to relax in Baldi Hot Springs: The thermal pools are all-natural and filled with minerals, and there are plenty of them to enjoy
Day 4 Drive to Monteverde
Drive to Monteverde
One of the most amazing things in Monteverde is walking along some of the hanging bridges in the forest. There are various hanging bridges throughout Monteverde but we choose the most famous one: Sky Bridge
Night walk through the jungle
Day 5 Monteverde
Monteverde Cloud Forest is the most popular, so we start very early to avoid the crowds. This amazing forest with rich flora is situated in high elevation reaching the clouds. It makes the forest moist and prone to rain and is a unique ecosystem for certain animals
Free time – our staff can help you choose different activities in the area such as: zip lining through the Rain Forest with one of the longest zip lines (over 1 km); visit the butterfly and humming day gardens
Departure to San Antonio Park
Day 6 Manuel Antonio Park
Manuel Antonio Park is a real animal paradise. We arrive as soon as the park opens to see as many animals as possible. There is nothing more enjoyable than seeing sloths, bats, monkeys, and colorful birds in their natural habitat
Relaxing afternoon at Playa Manuel Antonio
We enjoy dinner in a lively but less touristy town of Quepos
Day 7 San Jose – Departure to Panama City
Departure to Panama City
Historic tour of Casco Viejo – the old town
Free evening and dinner on your own
Day 8 Panama City
Panama canal tour. We board the boat to learn the history of the world’s most famous canal
Goodbye group dinner
Day 9 Departure
Example of organizations, school, artists in Costa Rica
Kids saving the Rainforest
Indigenous communties: Bribri and Sarapiqui
Sustainable cocoa and coffee plantations
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Emergency Telephone Numbers
Costa Rica – Country Code +506 | Police 117 | American Embassy: (+506) 2519 2000 Address: Via 104, C. 98, San José, Costa Rica
Towels and soap
Example from past accommodations
What’s not included
Why teachers and students love our educational trips
Essential Travel Information
for Costa Rica school trips
visa requirements, health, currency and more
▹ Visa requirements for Costa Rica school trips
There are no special visa requirements for U.S. citizens entering Panama and Costa Rica for less than 90 days. Please make sure your passport is valid for at least another 6 months and has empty pages.
▹ Health, Vaccinations
✔︎ All travelers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to manage and enjoy our style of travel. Please note that if in the opinion of our group leader or local guide any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, we reserve the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund. You should be able to walk at least 2-3 miles a day and be able to climb at least two sets of stairs.
✔︎ You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations before departure.
✔︎ There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Costa Rica and Panama.
✔︎ At least 30 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
✔︎ If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour and any possible delays ( we recommend additional 1-2 weeks of supply).
✔︎ If you tend to get motion sickness please travel with appropriate medication. If you have a sensitive stomach consider bringing imodium as well.
Health Insurance: international health insurance, evacuation or cancelation insurance are not included. We recommend purchasing those before the trip. See the insurance box on the sidebar of this page.
Costa Rica and Panama operate on 110 volts and use the same plug as in the U.S. (Type A, with two flat pins)
▹ Connectivity, Internet
✔︎ The internet is available in all hotels although speed may vary.
✔︎ Please consult your phone plan provider for phone call and text messages, international charges and plans.
▹ Time zones
✔︎ Costa Rica is 1 hour behind Eastern Time (ET). 12pm in New York is 11am the same day in Costa Rica from November through March and 10am the same day from April through October.
✔︎ Panama is the same as Eastern Time (ET). 12pm in New York is 12pm the same day in Panama from November through March and 11am the same day from April through October.
▹ Currency, cash, credit cards
✔︎ The currency in Costa Rica is Costa Rican colón and in Panama is U.S. dollar.
✔︎ Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas.
✔︎ ATMs are available in all major towns and cities and credit cards are generally available in tourist shops and restaurants. Visa and MasterCard are better than American Express, Diners. Smaller venues accept cash only.
▹ Baggage allowance
✔︎ Our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights. Additional baggage can be a subject of extra fees. Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights.
✔︎ We recommend that you make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents and a set of clothes, pijamas and cosmetics (travel size) in your carry-on bag in case of baggage delays. ber of your first hotel printed out.
✔︎ It’s customary to offer your guide and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
✔︎ We recommend tipping the equivalent of $10 per day per person and giving the tips to tour leaders to distribute between drivers, guides etc.
✔︎ Tips can only be paid in cash.
Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important that you review this information prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays, or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in-country. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary seasonally to ensure our travelers have the best experience. Your tour leader will keep you up to date with any such changes once on tour.
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