Xperitas - Outline Itinerary
¡Qué Chiva Costa Rica! 4/18/2026-4/26/2026

¡Qué Chiva Costa Rica!

9-Day Program | Student group Spanish language immersion begins with a taste for the local way of life in Costa Rica! Our unforgettable Family Stay Experience® allows students to become temporary locals and appreciate the everyday Costa Rican lifestyle. Students will stay three days and nights with a volunteer familia tica (2-3 students per family) where language skills learned in the classroom come to life in this unique language immersion experience in Latin America. Activities on this student language immersion trip to Costa Rica include hiking around the region, learning how coffee is made and participating in a reforestation project. Visit an active volcano and the local natural hot springs. Have fun kayaking and snorkeling at the beach!
All travel dates are tentative, pending teacher approval and airline confirmation.

Program Overview

9 Days
Family Stay: Xperitas Family Stay
From $3,939.00 pp from


Round-Trip Airfare
Overnight Accommodations
In-Country Transportation
24/7 Emergency Support While Abroad

Program Itinerary

Day 1 San José
Upon arrival in San José, transfer to your hotel.
Included meals: None
Day 2 Family Stay
Begin your Costa Rican adventures by meeting your host families! Then take in your surroundings as you hike around Trinidad de Dota, a beautiful mountainous region.

Note: 2-3 students will be placed per family on this program. Enjoy meals and time outside of scheduled activities with your host family.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 Family Stay
Depending on the season, help collect different kinds of fruit that are grown in this region. Next, join the local community for una mejenga, a pickup soccer game. Enjoy getting to know your tico host family.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 Family Stay
Visit a coffee plantation to learn about how coffee is made and produced locally in the town of Dota. Later, participate in a community project of planting trees at a reforestation property.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 Arenal
Visit a local school where you will meet and connect with students just like you! Then, bid farewell to your tico families and travel to Arenal Volcano. Upon arrival, relax in the hot springs and take a dip in the warm, thermal waters.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 Arenal
There’s nothing like starting your day ziplining through the forest canopy! Afterwards, learn about the fascinating history of the active volcano in Arenal National Park. From there, head to a beautiful organic farm where you’ll learn about the tropical plants and traditional techniques of the area. Then, feel the rhythm in a salsa class.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 Sámara
Transfer to the region of Guanacaste. Upon arrival, visit the beach town of Sámara and enjoy a walk along Carrillo beach.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 Sámara
Keep your eyes peeled for reefs and tropical fish as you kayak and snorkel at Chora Island. Later, enjoy some free time at the beach!
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9 Return
Depart for the United States with a lifetime of memories!
Included meals: Breakfast

The Family Stay Experience®

We believe that spending time with a family, speaking their language and participating in their customs is the best and most authentic way to experience another culture. It’s also what makes our programs different from any other travel experience. After 50 years of arranging family stays, we’re no longer surprised when our participants say that spending time with a family was the best part of their experience!

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Xperitas is a community of lifelong intercultural learners who believe in a world built on deeper understanding between cultures. Our values are reflected by our commitment to increasing accessibility to language immersion programs. We provide aid and merit-based scholarships to qualified participants. Xperitas also achieves this goal by providing grants to schools, better helping to promote global communication through language learning.