Costa Rica has more than 5 percent of the world’s biodiversity, 801 miles of coastline, and the world’s highest percentage of protected areas. At the same time, it consistently ranks high in prestigious international quality of life studies. How does Costa Rica maintain its fragile balance, and what can we learn from it? Find out as you explore natural areas and hear from the naturalists and conservationists who are stewards of this remarkable realm. With rainforest hikes, boat rides, canopy walks, and a snorkeling excursion, your 10-day expedition with Tufts Travel-Learn will be as exhilarating as it is enlightening. Observe abundant wildlife, enjoy beautiful scenery, and see firsthand the efforts under way to preserve this tropical paradise.
Day 1. Arrive San Jose, Costa Rica
Day 2. Sarapiqui
Day 3. Sarapiqui
Day 4. Arenal
Day 5. Arenal
Day 6. Monteverde
Day 7. Monteverde
Day 8. Guanacaste
Day 9. Guanacaste
Day 10. Depart for home
- Identify tropical flora and fauna and examine topics of sustainability and land use during guided interpretive hikes in some of Costa Rica’s renowned protected areas.
- Witness the intersection of indigenous traditions and modern livelihoods during a hands-on experience at a chocolate farm.
- Discuss forest conservation and the history of settlement in the Monteverde region with a member of a local family.
- Take a guided hike in the cloud forests of the Curi-Cancha Reserve.
- Visit Arenal Volcano National Park, a great example of Costa Rica's geological activity.
- Enjoy a nature boat ride on the Sarapiquí River in search of birds and animals that frequent the riverine vegetation, including caimans and a variety of water birds.
- Set sail on a scenic catamaran ride in the ocean, with the chance to swim and snorkel from the boat.