Spanish & Cultural Immersion
There is no better way to work on your Spanish than to force yourself to speak it, hear it, live it.  Families, individuals, travel groups, or couples: this trip works for anyone.  Live 1-2 people per home with local families: spending time, playing sports, cooking, you name it, all in Spanish, for seven (7) full days.   Learn to cook traditional Costa Rican meals in three cooking classes, visit and tour biological reserves and thermal waters, learning about cocoa production, bird watching, butterflies, macaws, local produce, and more.  Hike to and swim in refreshing waterfall pools in the rainforest.  This trip is a perfect combination of true cultural and language immersion with a healthy sense of activity and exploration.  

Itinerary Preview

  • Day 1 (Saturday)

    • Go Tico! staff picks you up from one of two Alajuela hotels or the international airport to start your adventure (or arrive directly to your home away from home in La Flor, Costa Rica)

      • La Paz Waterfall en route to the town

      • Tour La Flor

      • Settle into home stays

  • Day 2

    • Breakfast with home stays

    • Explore the community

    • Soccer Tournament day in La Flor: root for your favorite team!

    • Cooking with local families for elementary school fundraiser

    • Dinner with home stays

  • Day 3

    • Wildlife rescue visit (Macaws, monkeys, and jaguars!)​

    • Local Produce Tour

    • Swimming stop at local river-fed pool

  • Day 4

    • Elementary school visit​ & Activities

    • Lunchtime cooking class

    • Soccer (or relaxing) in the plaza

  • Day 5

    • ​Biological Reserve visit (overnight)

      • Cocoa tour
      • Rainforest hiking
      • ​Guided night tour
  • Day 6
    • ​Birdwatching tour
    • Hiking at the region's longest suspension bridge
    • Dinnertime cooking class
  • Day 7
    • Visit to Butterfly Garden​
    • Thermal Waters Retreat & cook out Tico style
  • Day 8
    • Hiking to rainforest waterfalls with host families​
    • Waterfall picnic
    • Closing dinner
  • Day 9
    • Head home feeling refreshed, culturally enriched and with increased Spanish confidence!​

Pricing & Registration

Experience Fee (tiered pricing): $1,250pp (6+ travelers), $1,450pp (5 travelers), $1,650pp (4 travelers)

Experience dates: Flexible (Saturday to Sunday)

Appropriate for all travelers: families, individuals, couples, groups

Spanish level: beginner (with a great desire and motivation to learn!)

Fee includes:

  • Lodging for 8 nights (1 at a biological reserve; 7 in home stay)

  • Three meals per day for 7 days

  • Airport pick up and drop off (if required)

  • English classes (morning & afternoon), 4 days 

  • Bilingual hosts & coordinators, entire trip

  • All tourism entrance and activity fees

  • All in-country transportation

*Alcohol & additional traveler-selected activities not included

Minimum 4 travelers for this experience

**Email Sara at goticocostarica@gmail.com for more information

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