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E-Mail:

forester@racsa.co.cr

US and Canada Call:
1-727-230-0563
 
 
 
EXCURSIONS PROGRAM
 
The Excursions program includes several visits to many of the sites and natural treasures that make Costa Rica unique. Tour guides are professional, trained to work with Spanish students. Besides giving information, they encourage the learning and practice of the language. These half-day excursions may be combined with any of the four lessons per day programs or with private lessons. They are also available to individuals not taking classes but who are accompanying other students. Minimum number of participants required to operate the Excursions Program: 10.
 
 
COST: Effective January 1, 2014. Fee is in U.S. dollars.
 
$120 per week
 
Included in cost: Guided tours in our private bus and entrance fees.
 
Starting dates:
 
Starting dates coincide with those of the Standard Language programs. The Excursions program is set up on a four week cycle. Therefore, students may take a maximum of four weeks without repeating excursions. Those starting in the middle of a cycle may complete the program with the next cycle. Participation in the program is on a weekly (not daily) basis.
 
 
Schedules:
 
Depending on the total number of participants, excursions are scheduled in the mornings or afternoons. Morning excursions leave from the Institute at 8:30 a.m. Afternoon excursions leave at 1:30 p.m.
 
 
Holidays:
 
The Institute observes a number of holidays during the year and will be closed on those days. No refunds are made for days missed due to this reason. Excursions are not affected and always take place. Holidays are: January 1, Holy Thursday and Good Friday, April 11, May 1, July 25, August 15, September 15, October 12 and December 25.
 
 
 
SCHEDULE OF DAILY ACTIVITIES
LANGUAGE AND EXCURSIONS PROGRAM (with afternoon classes)
 
 
FIRST WEEK
 

MONDAY
8:30 a.m. Level test for group placement.
1:15 p.m. Classes at the Institute.

TUESDAY
8:30 a.m. Visit to the city of San José including the National Museum, the University of Costa Rica and main neighborhoods.
1:15 p.m. Classes at the Institute.

WEDNESDAY
8:30 a.m. Tour to the city of Cartago and the Lankester Gardens. Over 500 varieties of orchids and many other exotic tropical plants are cultivated in this botanical garden. Students will also visit the Basilica de los Angeles where hundreds of thousands of Costa Ricans make a pilgrimage every August.
1:15 p.m. Classes at the Institute.

orquidea

THURSDAY
8:30 a.m. Visit to the picturesque town of Escazú and surrounding areas.
1:15 p.m. Classes at the Institute.

carreta con bueyes

FRIDAY
Morning free.
1:15 p.m. Classes at the Institute.

 
SECOND WEEK
 

MONDAY
Morning free.
1:15 p.m. Classes at the Institute.

TUESDAY
8:30 a.m. Visit to the colorful Central Market, where everything like tasty, traditional food, medicinal plants, leather accessories and souvenirs can be found. The tour also includes a walk through downtown's main boulevard and a visit to the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, where an extraordinary collection of 1600 pieces of Pre-Columbian gold work that date from 500 AD to 1500 AD can be seen.
1:15 p.m. Classes at the Institute.

 
 
 
 
 

WEDNESDAY
8:30 a.m. Trip to breathtaking Irazú volcano, via the coffee plantations of Curridabat and Tres Ríos.
1:15 p.m. Classes at the Institute.

THURSDAY
8:30 a.m. Visit to Braulio Carrillo rain forest, one of the most extensive national parks in the country and home to more than 500 species of birds, 6000 species of trees and plants and over 135 species of animals.
1:15 p.m. Classes at the Institute.

Braulio

 

FRIDAY
Morning free.
1:15 p.m. Classes at the Institute.

 
 
     
 
 
THIRD WEEK
 

MONDAY
Morning free.
1:15 p.m. Classes at the Institute.

TUESDAY
8:30 a.m. Trip to the scenic Orosi valley featuring some spectacular sights of the Reventazón river.
1:15 p.m. Classes at the Institute.

valle de orosi

WEDNESDAY
8:00 a.m. Visit to a "beneficio" (a coffee processing plant), where you will learn the secrets of coffee's lifecycle, from plantation to cup, in a journey through the working plantation and roastery.
1:15 p.m. Classes at the Institute.

cafe britt

THURSDAY
8:30 a.m. Trip to the towns of Grecia and Sarchí, where typical souvenirs made of Costa Rican hardwoods are produced, including the hand painted oxcarts.
1:15 p.m. Classes at the Institute.

sarchi

FRIDAY
Morning free.
1:15 p.m. Classes at the Institute.

 
FOURTH WEEK
 

MONDAY
Morning free.
1:15 p.m. Classes at the Institute.

TUESDAY
8:30 a.m. Visit to a butterfly farm in La Guácima that has over a thousand butterflies living their lives, feeding, mating and laying eggs in an enclosed tropical garden.
1:15 p.m. Classes at the Institute.

WEDNESDAY
8:00 a.m. Trip to Poás volcano, with a crater that is 1,050 feet (320 meters) deep and almost a mile (1.6 km) across. It's the largest active crater in the world.
1:15 p.m. Classes at the Institute.

volcan poas


THURSDAY
Morning free.
1:15 p.m. Classes at the Institute.

FRIDAY
Morning free.
1:15 p.m. Classes at the Institute.

 
End of program.
 
Weekend travel plans and tourist information:
 
The Institute can recommend travel agencies that can give students information about different places to go and help them with hotel reservations, car rentals, tours, etc.
 
 
     
 
     
 
 
 
 
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