Manuel Antonio – Rio Chirripo
This 7-night, 8-day educational trip will immerse you in our beautiful country and the great culture of our people. Costa Rica is teaming with wildlife and natural resources and boasts 5% of the world's biodiversity. The slogan of Costa Rica is “Pura Vida” meaning pure life. The people of Costa Rica like a simple, laid-back lifestyle with wildlife and preservation being two of the most important focus points of their lives. We have carefully curated this tour for students and educators to give you a fun, safe educational trip that will be memorable and life-changing.
Visit the pre-Columbian Gold Museum in the capital city of San Jose, where you will get to view beautiful gold artifacts and learn about the people that lived here for centuries before the Spanish arrival.
The National Museum of Costa Rica is your next stop to view the exhibit with over 2000 works about the national and international history of Costa Rica.
Your hotel is next door to the Manuel Antonio National Park entrance, where you will enjoy a guided group tour of the park. Your guide will take you on a nice walk to view a variety of animal species and explain not only their names but their natural habitat as well.
The park has a gorgeous private beach for guests to enjoy. After your tour in Manuel Antonio National Park, you can take a surf lesson with a local instructor, use a boogie board to enjoy the gentle waves in the warm water, or enjoy the rest of the day by the pool or on the beach!
While staying in Manuel Antonio, you’ll also explore the deeper jungle on a horseback ride to private waterfalls where you can enjoy swimming in the refreshing water.
After enjoying the water for a while, you’ll have a delicious Typical Costa Rican lunch at a farm cooked by a local. Enjoy the rest of the day by the pool or join the yoga class.
Zipline through the canopy to see more wildlife from high above.
You’ll visit the Boruca People and see how this indigenous tribe has preserved their native culture, way of life, religion, medicine, food, and language.
The Boruca people are artisans well known for their traditional mask-making, and weaving. You’ll have the opportunity to learn how each item is created. Head to your next destination Rio Chirripo Lodge.
While staying at Rio Chirripo Lodge, you’ll visit a local cheesemaker. On this tour, you’ll get the opportunity to milk a cow and learn the process of cheese making. The family will teach you about the farm’s sustainability and history in the area. At this small family-owned farm, you’ll get to taste a variety of cheeses during your visit.
Down the street from the cheesemaker is a butterfly dome exhibit where you’ll see many butterflies and learn about the diverse butterflies of Costa Rica.
After breakfast, you will go to Cloudbridge Reserve for a hike along a river trail past two huge waterfalls. On this hike, you may spot birds and other wildlife, while learning about this special cloud forest and the restoration work that has evolved over several decades.
On your way back to San Jose, you’ll get the opportunity to visit a small cacao farm and learn how this tasty fruit transforms into chocolate. During this tour you’ll learn the entire process, get to taste cacao, and make it into chocolate. Once you’ve had your fill of chocolate we'll head back to the capital city, San Jose.
Fly back to the United States. You’ve had an amazing trip, take a few moments to reflect on your experience and think about all that you have learned about Costa Rica.
Irth Tours has enjoyed hosting you and we hope that we not only met your expectations but surpassed them. Safe travels home.
The Educational Tour includes:
All domestic travel (domestic flights and shuttles/taxis) between the international airport and your accommodations
Museums Visit entrance fees
Breakfast and Dinner daily
Visit Boruca People (Indigenous Tribe)
National Park Entrance
Horseback tour to Waterfall & Lunch on the farm
Cheese Making Tour
Irth Tours support for a smooth enjoyable trip
All taxes and fees
5% contribution to the Irth Foundation
The Educational Tour does not include:
International flight to and from Costa Rica
Additional Tours not included in this trip
Your safety is our first priority. We have very carefully picked only the best and safest transportation, locations, lodges, and Tour Operators for your travel with us. All of Irth Tours' partners are well-vetted with impeccable standards and provide safe environments in every situation. You can rest assured that any adventure you embark upon with one of our trusted Tour Operators, all protocols and standards will not only be met but will be surpassed. Irth Tours is always available should any emergency arise during your entire adventure.
Partnerships: We work closely with Medical Professionals and Medical Centers throughout Costa Rica. If you need any medical assistance on one of our tours, you can rest assured that Medical Professionals are on standby to assist if need be. These are trusted medical professionals that are in each town that you’ll be visiting during your tour. These professionals are well established with great relationships within their communities. Your Tour Host and Tour Director will have these contacts in the event of needing medical assistance.
Insurance: Irth Tours works exclusively with INS National Insurance Company. INS was established In 1920, and is the longest and most reputable insurance company in Costa Rica. Irth Tours carries extra Insurance to cover tour hosts and the schools that we partner with.
All forms of outdoor recreation have a higher level of risk than most ordinary activities, and therefore can be potentially hazardous and/or dangerous. This includes hiking/walking trails and especially off-trail adventure hiking. Risk is always a factor in hiking and off-trail adventure hiking, especially when weather is adverse or unpredictable, or when unforeseen events or conditions create a hazardous condition. There are many risks, both natural and/or man-made, that could lead to injury or death while hiking, especially while off-trail adventure hiking.
For these reasons, it is the responsibility of our guests to learn the necessary skills for safe hiking and off-trail adventure hiking. All participants must assume responsibility for their own actions and safety, exercise sound judgment, be prepared for all conditions, and seek advice on current weather and current trail conditions. These conditions change from day to day, and from season to season.