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Costa Rica

Costa Rica

From the forested slopes of its volcanoes to the coral reefs found on both coasts, students will soon learn that Costa Rica is one of the most biologically wealthiest nations in the world. On this trip, there is opportunity to discover more about Turtles and their natural habitat, trek into the Arenal National Park, and see the colourful city of San Jose. Students will constantly be discovering new ways of life and their comfort zones will be challenged in the most idealistic way.

Geography & Science

Geography and Science

Students will have had an opportunity to study the actions taken by groups to preserve turtles’ natural habitat, understand the role of nocturnal beach patrols and additional projects in the conservation of turtles, study the management of tectonic hazards, and study the flourishing brain coral and brightly coloured tropical fish that live within an ecosystem. They will learn to explain the rise of ecotourism and be able to develop relevant fieldwork and geographical enquiry skills.

Sample Activities

Boat tour at the Sarapiqui River- Come and enjoy the observation of the exuberant flora and fauna that offers the majestic and historic Sarapiquí River has to offer. You will have the opportunity to observe monkeys, iguanas, and crocodiles, lazy otters, Caymans in its natural habitat as well as a great diversity in species of birds. This tour has duration of 2 hours in modern and comfortable boats, equipped with special motors, designed to cause the least impact to the environment.

Rainforest Chocolate tour- With the view of the majestic Arenal Volcano in La Fortuna of San Carlos, enjoy the sweetest rainforest experience, discovering the ancient secrets of chocolate: from its discovery and use, in tropical America, to the processing of the product we know and enjoy today. In this 2-hour “hands on” program, you will have the opportunity to learn interesting aspects of cocoa and chocolate, from its origin and history, participating in all the production process, from the harvesting of the fruit, drying and grinding of the seed, also the developing of the traditional drink of our ancestors, and of course enjoying a high quality organic chocolate. Enjoy this journey through the history, culture, traditions and the flavour.

Arenal Volcano National Park hike- This amazing light hike will take you to the very base of the volcano (still at a safe distance), to witness the magnificence of the almost perfectly conical 5479 ft tall Arenal Volcano. This giant is active since 1968, and even though it has been calmer lately it’s an outstanding adventure.

Pacuare Reserve- This Reserve is a working Reserve and the projects need your support and enthusiasm! We need volunteers to help protect the beach, run with our recycling and grow our reforestation program. We are open and welcoming to volunteers from any walk of life, with any range of enthusiasm and experience. The volunteer program may be particularly useful for those who are thinking of a profession in conservation or ecology.