Costa Rica Excursions

There are two excursions included in your program fee. These depend on your course and length of program. On our excursions, we want you to get out of the city and experience some of the breathtaking scenery and diverse culture that Costa Rica has to offer. Most excursions happen during the first few weeks of the program, so if you are looking to book travel on your own, we recommend to either wait until you are onsite or book for the second half of your time in Costa Rica.

While we don’t confirm our excursions 100% until around the time the program starts, below is a list of past excursions that we have gone on and are very likely to be ones you do as well. If you want to go on additional excursions, there is a travel agency at Veritas University which runs excursions to a variety of locations around Costa Rica and even into Panama and Nicaragua. You can sign up for these outside of the program once you are onsite.

Cafe Britt – What’s more Costa Rican than visiting a local coffee plantation? Not much. This excursion, often done at the beginning of the program, is a great way to see how some of the best coffee in the world is grown and made.


Monteverde Cloud Forest – A beautiful cloud forest located at 1,000 feet above sea level. This is one of the most biodiverse areas in one of the most biodiverse countries in the world, and you’ll have the ability to see some of Costa Rica’s unique flora and fauna.


Playa Samara – Located on the Pacific Ocean, this tranquilo beach destination is a place people often end up staying way longer than they anticipated. The beach is pristine and the water calm. Many foreigners and local Ticos alike call it one of their favorite places in Costa Rica.


Arenal Volcano and La Fortuna Waterfall – This excursion offers the opportunity to see the famous volcano in the morning and spend the afternoon  swimming at  La Catarata and exploring the historic town of La Fortuna.

Costa Rica Arenal Volcano and Waterfall

Puerto Viejo – One of the most popular excursions, this trip takes participants to the southeast edge of Costa Rica to spend the day snorkeling, surfing,  or just relaxing on the Caribbean Ocean.

Costa Rica Puerto VIejo


In addition to these excursions, CISabroad will help you participate in many cultural events, called our La Vida Local series. Sometimes these are events that we cover the cost of, some are free, and others are social gatherings in which students pay a small fee if they want to participate. Examples of La Vida Local events are: trips to museums or local markets, bowling, concerts, hiking, getting coffee, roller-skating, meals, and much more. La Vida Local events are a great way to see more of local Tico life and bond with your fellow CISabroad students, so don’t miss out! Most of these events are found and organized by our onsite director so look out for emails and Facebook posts once you are onsite.