Costa Rica: Tropical Ecology

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Length

10 days

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Price

$1,475

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Cities

San Jose, Cahuita, & Monteverde

This 10 day program is an extensive introduction to the diverse Costa Rican ecosystem, during which students can study biology in the field and participate in research station projects in this rich, tropical environment.

Students will have the special opportunity to take part in research station activities at Monteverde Cloud Forest. The station lies at the highest point of the Tilarán Mountain Range, which creates a distinctive microclimate in a lush, dense, and windy cloud forest. It’s here that students will study and inspect the flora and fauna of Monteverde.

There will be many other opportunities to study the local ecosystem during this program. We will host naturalist tours at Cahuita National Park and Gandoca Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge. Students can interact with the local wildlife with morning bird watching, and a visit to the Jaguar Rescue Center in Cahuita.

Biology field projects include a stream investigation on aquatic macroinvertebrates, animal and plant identification, and taking water and soil samples from various sources to study the Kingdom Protista.

Recreational activities include surfing lessons, white water rafting, ziplining, river tubing, and souvenir hunting in an artisanal market.

Special activities include a volcano hike, walking tour of San Jose (or university visit), and a visit with the Bribri indigenous tribe to learn their unique customs and how to make chocolate.

Program includes

  • 9 Nights of Accommodation in Twin or Triple Rooms with Individual Beds
  • Daily Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
  • Entrance to All Venues
  • All Ground Transportation
  • Full-Time Professional Bilingual Guide & Assistance
  • Travelers Insurance, including Trip Cancellation
  • Wildlife Tours
  • Nocturnal Wildlife Hike
  • Service Learning Projects
  • Surfing Lessons
  • Jaguar Rescue Center
  • Biology Labs
  • White Water Rafting
  • Research Station Activities

Itinerary

DAY 01– San Jose

  • Arrive in San Jose, Airport Transfer
  • Check In, Relax, & Refresh
  • Welcome Dinner & Program Orientation

DAY 02– Cahuita

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Transfer to Cahuita
  • Check In & Group Lunch
  • Town Orientation, Discussions of Projects & Communities
  • Surfing Lessons (Safe for Beginners)
  • Group Dinner
  • Nocturnal Wildlife Hike

DAY 03– Cahuita

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Cahuita National Park Wildlife Tour (Local Flora & Fauna)
  • Microscopy Scientific Investigation: Stream Investigation on Aquatic Macroinvertebrates
  • Bribri Tribe Educational Day (Medicinal Plants, Chocolate Making, Sustaining Culture & Traditions, & Bribri Waterfalls)
  • Group Dinner

DAY 04– Cahuita

  • Morning Bird Watching
  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Jaguar Rescue Center
  • Group Lunch
  • Gandoca Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge Naturalist Tour (Local Flora & Fauna)
  • Animal & Plant Identification (Taxonomy)
  • Stream, Beach Water, & Soil Samples (in Kingdom Protista)
  • Group Dinner

DAY 05– San Jose

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Rio Pacuare White Water Rafting
  • Group Lunch
  • Transfer to San Jose
  • San Jose Walking Tour or University Visit
  • Group Dinner

DAY 06– Monteverde Research Station

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Transfer to Monteverde Cloud Forest Research Station
  • Check In, Relax, & Refresh
  • Group Lunch
  • Research Station Activities
  • Group Dinner

DAY 07– Monteverde Research Station

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Research Station Activities
  • Group Lunch
  • Research Station Activities
  • Group Dinner

DAY 08– Rincon de la Vieja

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Transfer to Rincon de la Vieja National Park
  • Group Lunch
  • Volcano Hike, Canopy Ziplining, Hot Springs, & River Tubing
  • Group Dinner

DAY 09– San Jose

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Transfer to San Jose
  • Group Lunch
  • Souvenir Shopping at the National Artisanal Market
  • Farewell Dinner & Program Closing

DAY 10– Departure

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Airport Transfer
  • Depart San Jose for Home

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