Costa Rica: San José & the Costal Puntarenas
Who: 7th and 8th Graders
When: March 16, 2024 - March 21, 2024
Estimated Cost: $3,600
Trip Leaders: Adriana Arroyave & Andrea Silvestri
A Costa Rica trip provides access to outstanding educational opportunities. The diversity and breathtaking scenery of Costa Rica, as well as its outdoor experiences and opportunities for exploration, will allow our students to have hands-on experiential learning in science.
Students will also have firsthand experience with the Spanish language and will be immersed in a vibrant culture that will connect them with nature and the immense biodiversity that the country has to offer.
Through our travels from the capital to small communities, students will experience different and in-depth cultural perspectives in a country that is known for being friendly and welcoming to visitors. Students will also be able to taste traditional foods while listening to the typical rhythms of Costa Rican music.
- Day 1 - Hola, San José
- Day 2 - San José–Coastal Puntarenas
- Day 3 - Coastal Puntarenas
- Day 4 - Coastal Puntarenas–San José
- Day 5 - San José
- Day 6 - Departure
Day 1 - Hola, San José
- Meet your tour director and check into hotel
- Folklore Evening:
Costa Rica’s culture draws on African, Caribbean, and Spanish roots to create a unique and lively blend. Sit back and surround yourself with this colorful culture during an evening of fine food and fiesta. Brightly costumed locals serve up a typical Costa Rican meal of beans, rice, white cheese, fruit, and a main dish of fish, chicken, or beef, and a performance of traditional music follows.
Day 2 - San José–Coastal Puntarenas
Day 3 - Coastal Puntarenas
- Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Visit:
Take a tour of this national park with your Tour Director who is certified as a professional, local guide. Manuel Antonio includes 12 islands and is known for its white sands and array of wildlife. You will share the park and its four beaches with sea turtles, parrots, three-toed sloths, tapirs, howler monkeys and iguanas. A word to the wise—be careful of the sneaky white face monkeys. They know how to unzip backpacks. The park boasts an estuary, mangroves, a lagoon and paths, one which leads to an observation tower for a 360° view.
- Canopy Zip Line Tour:
Soar through the treetops for the unmatched close-up of the New World’s best wildlife refuge. Harness yourself to cables that run between platforms high in the trees, then step into thin air and zip from tree to tree. Experience a true bird-eye view from your new aerial perspective.
Butterfly Farm and Terrarium Visit
Day 4 - Coastal Puntarenas–San José
Day 5 - San José
The perfect way to experience Costa Rica at its best. After getting full safety and paddling instructions from your guide, head off into lush rainforest teeming with toucans, herons, and iguanas. Be on the lookout for basilisk lizards—these reptiles can scurry across the water on their hind legs, a feat that earned them the nickname “Jesus Christ lizards.” End your tour of Costa Rica’s most popular river with a traditional lunch prepared by your guide.
Day 6 - Departure
To be placed on the initial "I am interested" list, see Adriana Arroyave in person by Tuesday, April 25.