Hike, paddle, and zipline through Costa Rica’s diverse ecosystems. Witness firsthand the country’s environmental conservation programs with sea turtles and other wildlife.
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A remote biological station nestled in the rainforest will be your classroom as you learn about Costa Rica’s efforts to protect the more than 500,000 species of rare tropical birds, indigenous animals, and plants. Travel by land and boat to the Campanario Biological Station in the tropical rainforest of the Osa Peninsula, which stretches nearly 170 acres inland from the sea. As you experience this tropical haven, an experienced Costa Rican naturalist will guide you, teaching you about the country’s famously diverse flora and fauna.
Feel a rush of adrenaline as you zip-line and hike your way through the rainforest’s dense canopy, then relax on legendarily beautiful beaches, where the rainforest grows along the white sand. Visit Manuel Antonio National Park to learn about its distinct tropical habitats, and kayak along the mangroves protected by the park. Take in the natural splendor of this coastal paradise with a catamaran cruise in the Central Pacific with your groupmates and new friends.
During orientation, stay in San Antonio de Belen, a quaint town outside San Jose. You will have the opportunity to explore the capital as you taste authentic Costa Rican foods and learn about the country’s history through visits to museums and the city’s Central Market.
Learn more about the daily life of a Costa Rican local during a six-day homestay with a tico host family. There, you will take a basic Spanish language class, enjoy nature hikes, eat meals of gallo pinto. Complete up to 15 hours of community service as you work on a project that focuses on rural development or ecological sustainability.
July 1, 2019 - July 16, 2019
San José, 2–3 days
Hotels, lodges, cabins
Accommodations: With a local family
Accommodations: Campanario Biological Station