Explore Costa Rica

There’s nothing quite like the rainforests of the “Rich Coast” to get the adrenaline pumping. At its heart, the Central American country boasts an epic landscape that is home to nearly 5 percent of the world’s biodiversity. Discover how fragile these endangered ecosystems are as you travel through different rainforest preserves and unearth dazzling displays of color and sound.

Program Details

Participants will be touring San José, the Arenal region, Los Chiles, Monteverde, the Central Pacific Coast, and Sarchi.

This program is cosponsored by St. Louis Community College, Study Missouri Consortium, and EF Tours.

Program Requirements

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must have a valid passport
  • Must purchase limited health insurance through a designated STLCC vendor
  • Must sign up for a designated STLCC course
  • The program requires the ability to walk long distances both on uneven pavement and gravel paths.


Enroll directly at EF Tours or contact Chris Sulincevski at 314-644-9671 / csulincevski@stlcc.edu

What’s Included?
  • Round-trip airfare – Your price includes round-trip airfare for your whole group
  • Accommodations – Safe, comfortable hotels with private bathrooms will be waiting for you at your destination.
  • On-tour transportation – Land and water transportation
  • Regional-style meals – Daily breakfasts, lunches and dinners are included in your program
  • End-to-end support – Your team helps to secure administrative approval and academic credit, provides recruiting tools and helps establish your program’s ongoing presence on campus.
  • Curriculum integration – Your academic vision remains present wherever you travel. Tell us your ideal study abroad experience, and we’ll help connect your curriculum to EF’s extensive connections abroad.
  • Full-time Tour Director – Your Tour Director is with your group 24/7, providing deep local insight while handling all program logistics.
  • Expert Local Guides – Your expert Local Guides are natural historians, adding cultural insight and enhancing teaching moments wherever your curriculum takes you.
  • Guided sightseeing – Gain insider knowledge and cultural perspective from licensed local guides who join your group for select experiences on tour.
  • Entrances – INBioparque, Poás Volcano, Hot springs, Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge, Santa Elena Cloud Forest, Canopy adventure, Aerial tram, Manuel Antonio National Park, Crocodile River tour, Coffee plantation; with extension: Whitewater rafting in the Sarapiqui River
  • Worldwide support, safety and security – EF has over 500 schools and offices in more than 50 countries worldwide. We provide 24-hour emergency support service along with a comprehensive $50 million liability policy that covers you and your institution while abroad.
  • Flexible payment options – Give more students the opportunity to study abroad by offering them two different payment plan options, along with our TripFunder website to help fundraise for the program.


Monday, May 18
Flight from St. Louis to Costa Rica
Meet Tour Director
Dinner in San José
Meals – Dinner

Tuesday, May 19
Take a walking tour of San José
Visit Poás Volcano
Travel to the Arenal region
Visit the Arenal Hot Springs
Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Wednesday, May 20
Take a day trip to Los Chiles
Take a boat tour of Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge
Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Thursday, May 21
Visit La Fortuna Waterfall
Travel to Monteverde
Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Friday, May 22
Visit the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve
Plant a tree in the EF Reserve
Experience a canopy adventure
Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Saturday, May 23
Travel to the Central Pacific Coast
Visit Rainforest Adventures
Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Sunday, May 24
Visit Manuel Antonio National Park
Enjoy a crocodile river tour
Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Monday, May 25
Travel via Sarchi to San José
Visit a coffee plantation
Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Tuesday, May 26
Return Flight to St. Louis