Arenal Volcano

Me Encanta Costa Rica

14-Day Guided Spanish Language and Cultural Immersion in Costa Rica
Starting from $ 3799.00
14-Day Program | A unique Spanish language immersion experience begins for your student group upon your arrival in San José! A Spanish-speaking, certified naturalist guide leads you and your group through an unforgettable adventure surrounded by the abundant beauty of Costa Rica. From ziplining in the rainforest to lying on the beach, you’ll be amazed and delighted. Keep your eye out for monkeys, sloths and iguanas! Then students meet their host family for six days and nights with a volunteer familia tica where their Spanish language skills learned in the classroom come to life in this in-depth language immersion experience in Latin America. Our unforgettable Family Stay Experience® allows students to become temporary locals and appreciate the pura vida Costa Rican lifestyle.

Includes Family Stay Experience®

14 Day Immersion Program

Most Costs Included in Trip Pricing

Dedicated Planning Assistance

Why You’ll Love This Trip

  • Market visit
  • Sarchí painting workshop
  • Hot springs
  • La Fortuna Waterfall
  • School visit
  • Organic farm visit
  • Arenal Volcano hike
  • Zipline
  • Monteverde Reserve hike
  • Manuel Antonio National Park

Day 1 | Departure

Upon arrival in San José, transfer to your hotel. Included Meals: None

Day 2 | Arenal

Start the day off by exploring the local mercado, where you can feast your eyes on all of the colorful fruits and vegetables while practicing your Spanish skills. On your way to Arenal, stop in Sarchí, a town which is home to the largest oxcart in the world! During a workshop, get inspired as you paint a small wheel of a carreta! Later you will have a blast splashing in the warm, thermal waters of the nearby hot springs.

Day 3 | Arenal

Begin your day visiting a local waterfall where you’ll hike down to the refreshing pool below. Next, visit a local school where you will meet and connect with students just like you! Afterwards, make your way to an organic tropical farm where you will get to meet with local farmers. Learn about tropical crops, squeeze sugar cane juice and more.

Day 4 | Monteverde

Enjoy a morning hike with Arenal Volcano as your backdrop. Cross Laguna de Arenal by boat to Monteverde, famous for its cloud forest.

Day 5 | Monteverde

Tour Monteverde Reserve. For an awesome and unforgettable adventure, zipline through the clouds.

Day 6 | Manuel Antonio

Head toward the Pacific coast and its gorgeous beaches. Keep your eyes peeled for sloths, crocodiles and colorful parrots along the way!

Day 7 | Manuel Antonio

Tour Manuel Antonio National Park, and enjoy free time for fun at the beach. You’ll love its unique mix of beaches, tropical forest and abundant wildlife. Here you will have up-close views of white-faced capuchin and squirrel monkeys, sloths and iguanas.

Days 8 - 13 | Family Stay

Now the real adventure begins! Make your way to the family stay community where students will spend the next six days and nights with a Costa Rican family! ¡Pura vida!

Day 14 | Return

Bid adiós to your tico host family as you depart for the United States with a lifetime of memories!

Price Includes

Round-trip airfare from city listed (and any airline fuel surcharges)
In-country transportation (air, motorcoach, van, as applicable)
All overnight accommodations
Insurance for accidents or illness and trip cancellation coverage due to medical reasons only
International phone allowance $10 per day for one leader while in country
Local Spanish speaking guide during tour portion of itinerary
Xperitas Family Stay with all meals included
Local Family Stay Coordinator on call during family stay
24/7 Xperitas emergency support while abroad
Meals as indicated on the itinerary
Activities Included: Market visit , Sarchí painting workshop , Hot springs , La Fortuna Waterfall , School visit , Organic farm visit , Arenal Volcano hike , Zipline , Monteverde Reserve hike , Manuel Antonio National Park ,

Price Excludes

  • Airline baggage fees
  • Increase in air cost due to requests for specific travel dates or airline
  • Costs incurred due to late or missed flights
  • Passport, visa or other document costs
  • Transportation to/from departure city
  • Any meals not indicated on itineraries
  • Spending money and gifts
  • Any fees associated with advanced seating assignments
  • Small-group supplement when group has fewer than 24 participants
  • Tips for guide(s) and/or bus driver(s)

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Spring Payment Schedule

Payment and cancellation schedule:

Billing and Payments: Xperitas will email a bill for the final payment approximately three weeks before it is due. For all other payments please refer to this schedule. A payment reminder will be sent to you via email a week before a scheduled payment is due. Payments can be made by credit/debit card via the Xperitas portal or by check or money order payable to Xperitas.

Cancellations: Any cancellation made through October 1, 2023 will receive a full refund. Cancellations made after this date will be calculated on an individual basis at the time of cancellation and follow the schedule and terms below. 

Payment Schedule

Spring Programs: March and April, 2024

June 15 (Early Bird); October 1, 2023 (Final)

$500 due with application*

November 1, 2023

$800

December 1, 2023

$800

January 15, 2024

Balance

*Once the online application and $500 deposit are submitted and processed, participants will receive enrollment confirmation.

Cancellation Schedule

Spring Programs: March and April, 2024

Date of Cancellation

Refund Amount

Cancellations received through October 1, 2023

Full refund – No administrative fee charged

October 2 - November 14, 2023

Refund of all money paid

MINUS a $250 administrative fee*

November 15, 2023 or later

Refund of all money paid MINUS a $500 administrative fee* AND any air/land expenses incurred by Xperitas

(Varies by program and cancellation date)

30 days prior to departure

No refund possible

*This fee is to help cover the cost of organizational resources incurred in the planning of the language/cultural immersion experience.

Summer Payment Schedule

Payment and cancellation schedule:

Billing and Payments: Xperitas will email a bill for the final payment approximately three weeks before it is due. For all other payments please refer to this schedule. A payment reminder will be sent to you via email a week before a scheduled payment is due. Payments can be made by credit/debit card via the Xperitas portal or by check or money order payable to Xperitas.

Cancellations: Any cancellation made through October 15, 2023 will receive a full refund. Cancellations made after this date will be calculated on an individual basis at the time of cancellation and follow the schedule and terms below.

Payment Schedule

Summer Programs: May, June, July, August, 2024

June 15 (Early Bird); October 15, 2023 (Final)

$500 due with application*

November 15, 2023

$1000

January 15, 2024

$1000

March 15, 2024

Balance

*Once the online application and $500 deposit are submitted and processed, participants will receive enrollment confirmation.

Cancellation Schedule

Summer Programs: May, June, July, August, 2024

Date of Cancellation

Refund Amount

Cancellations received through October 15, 2023

Full refund – No administrative fee charged

October 16 – November 30, 2023

Refund of all money paid

MINUS a $250 administrative fee*

December 1, 2023 or later

Refund of all money paid MINUS a $500 administrative fee* AND any air/land

expenses incurred by Xperitas

(Varies by program and cancellation date)

30 days prior to departure

No refund possible

*This fee is to help cover the cost of organizational resources incurred in the planning of the language/cultural immersion experience.

Enrollment Information

Prices are based on a minimum group size of 24 students. When the minimum group size is not reached, a small-group supplement will apply. The order of this itinerary, and all itinerary items, are subject to change based on unforeseen circumstances that may arise prior to or during international travel.
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14-Day Program
  • Market visit
  • Sarchí painting workshop
  • Hot springs
  • La Fortuna Waterfall
  • School visit
  • Organic farm visit
  • Arenal Volcano hike
  • Zipline
  • Monteverde Reserve hike
  • Manuel Antonio National Park
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  • Whitewater rafting
  • Tirimbina Reserve
  • Pickup soccer game
  • Chocolate tour
  • La Fortuna Waterfall
  • Hot springs
  • Organic farm visit
  • Zipline
  • School visit
  • Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Walking tour of San José
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9-Day Program
  • Market visit
  • Sarchí painting workshop
  • Hot springs
  • La Fortuna Waterfall
  • School visit
  • Organic farm visit
  • Arenal Volcano hike
  • Ziplining
  • Monteverde Reserve hike
  • Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Walking tour of San José
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  • Pickup soccer game
  • Fruit picking
  • Coffee plantation visit
  • Tree planting
  • Local school visit
  • Hot springs
  • Zipline
  • Arenal National Park
  • Organic farm visit
  • Salsa class
  • Snorkeling and kayaking at Chora Island
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9-Day Program
  • Market visit
  • Sarchí painting workshop
  • La Fortuna Waterfall
  • School visit
  • Organic farm visit
  • Hot springs
  • Zipline