Students will stay in hotels, biological preserves, and while in Costa Rica in different regions of the country, including Dominical, Guanacaste, and Sarapiqui. Costa Rica is a fairly small country, but supports a remarkable diversity of different types of ecosystems. It’s also one of the most safe and affordable locations available to students.
Students will obtain an immediate and impressionistic understanding of ecology that just isn’t possible in the classroom or lab. For example, students may see more than 50 different species of birds during a single outing.
Students will explore rainforests, tropical deciduous forests, active volcanoes, mangrove swamps, and rivers. In the past, students watched a mother sloth nurse its baby, held tree frogs that were smaller than houseflies, and touched fruit-eating bats. They also snorkeled, hiked for amphibians at night, and went white-water rafting.
All these experiences lead to a better appreciation of how interesting and beautiful natural, intact tropical forests can be.
A detailed list of what to bring will be provided by the instructor.
The approximate cost for this trip is $2,900, which includes airfare, all meals, lodging, park entrance fees, transportation (busses, boats, rafts, horses), and an experienced naturalist guide.