Costa Rica Trip

Departing From: San Francisco

May 21, 2018


May 30, 2018


Day 1 Head to the San Francisco airport and take a red eye flight

Day 2 Hello Costa Rica - San Jose

Land in Costa Rica. Due to uncertain geologic conditions, this day is not set in stone until May when we will know more about the volcanic activity of Poas Volcano. We will board our private charter bus and take a city tour of Costa Rica's capital San Jose. On this tour you will see the national theatre, gold museum, stroll through side streets learning about the markets and explore the historic districts. Afterwards you will have a traditional Tico lunch. In the afternoon you will travel by charter bus to Poas Volcano. From the viewing terrace, you get to look down over 1,000 feet into the world's largest active crater. After enjoy this great geological site we will head to Sarapiqui region to check into our hotel and have dinner. After dinner we will do a night bat walk.

Day 3 Adventure on the water - Sarapiqui

White water rafting

River rafting is 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 ready to get wet as we navigate down the class 3-4 rapids only stopping for a quick pineapple snack and dip in the river. End your tour of Costa Rica’s most popular river with a traditional lunch prepared by your guides.

Pineapple tour

Visit one of the world's largest family ran organic pineapple farms. On our tour, visitors learn about the cultivation of pineapple in harmony with nature. Join us to learn the history and morphology of pineapple, be in direct contact with an operating pineapple farm, visit the packing plant, and take a fun and informative trip through the plantation in the comfort of a unique trailer. We will enjoy the freshest cut pineapple and pineapple juice you will ever taste, making this tour one you will remember for years to come.

Drive to the Arenal region to check into our hotel and have dinner.

Day 4 Relaxation in the water - Arenal

Kayak Lake Arenal

Glide along the still waters reflecting the perfect cone of Arenal Volcano and the surrounding rolling hills. Lake Arenal, the country's largest, is also among its most scenic, and the area has become popular area to kayak, windsurf, sail, fish, and hike.

Hike to La Fortuna Waterfall

Take a quick 20 minute hike through the lush tropical forest down to La Fortuna waterfall. Once there take in the beauty of the 75 meter high waterfall that plummets into a natural pool of water that is perfect for swimming.

Baldi Hot Springs

Time to relax in 25 different thermal water pools, surrounded by rich and varied local vegetation, the singing of birds, a jacuzzi for 60 people, the largest sauna of the country, extreme water slides, and more.

Day 5 A day in the Jungle - Arenal to Monteverde

Tenorio Volcano National Park

Hiking to the sky blue Celeste waterfall is a highlight! However, the blue lagoon, hanging bridges, natural hot springs, being engulfed in the lush jungle and surrounded by wildlife also makes this trip worthwhile.

Coffee and Jungle Night Hike

On this night tour visitors will learn a lot about the whole coffee process in a very interesting way because this dynamic experience boasts plenty of fun and includes tasting of one of the best coffees in the world. But Coffee'N Jungle is not just about coffee, it is also about nature. That is why part of the tour is dedicated to exploring the forest as it is an experience very different than that of a daytime. Indeed, at night we can be spectators of the wonderful concert that is performed jointly by several species of frogs and hundreds of insects while witnessing the ephemeral artworks painted by fireflies with light brushes. And with a little luck, we could observe other forest dwellers such as the patient two-toed sloth or the elusive kinkajou.

Day 6 Fly through the Sky! - Monteverde

Zipline Combo pack

Enjoy 3 hours of thrills with all of the park's most popular activities. Soar and walk through the treetops on a 10-cable zipline course and hanging bridges. Fly like Superman on the longest and highest zipline in all of Latin America. Channel your inner jungle hero on the Mega Tarzan Swing.

Butterfly Garden

The tour is approximately an hour in length. The guides will provide lots of interesting information on Costa Rica's bug life, an up-close experience with a variety of insects and arachnids, a look at the rearing chamber, where caterpillars become butterflies, and you are always welcome to ask as many questions as you'd like. Once the tour is over, you are welcome to continue exploring on your own for as long as you'd like.

Chocolate Tour

We begin the tour by exhibiting the fruit of the cacao tree, which we lovingly call a "Coco-Pod". Inside the pod there are 35-50 seeds, each one surrounding by a sweet white fruit pulp. They then demonstrate the process of chocolate making, beginning with the bean and ending with the production of hand-dipped truffles with tasty samples given throughout the entire process.

Day 7 Gallop and sustainability - Monteverde - Jaco

Horseback riding

Taking a ride through the scenic countryside near Monteverde is a perfect getaway and offers seldom seen glimpses of rural Tico life. Guests are frequently able to spot wildlife and the pace is leisurely, which is perfect for beginners or more experienced riders. Your guide will take you along quiet back roads, past banana, sugar and coffee plantations while sharing information about the local area and its customs.

Permaculture Tour

The permaculture (the development of agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient) tour includes a walk through the grounds of Valle Escondido looking at different working systems from a design approach. An introduction is given explaining the ethics and principles of permaculture and then examples are provided of those principles in action.

Day 8 ATV's and Crocs - Jaco

ATV Tour

This half-day tour is a four hour adventure that covers amazing waterfalls, rivers, rainforest, countryside, small villages, and restaurants. This ATV tour is a great ride through the mountain ranges with spectacular views.

Crocodile and bird watching tour

The tour takes place on the Tarcoles River in Central Pacific Costa Rica. Get up-close with American crocodiles of all sizes, and observe an abundance of beautiful exotic birds! Enjoy spectacular rainforest scenery and cruise through dense mangrove forest canals. Spot jungle wildlife such as iguanas, lizards, monkeys and more!

Day 9 Beach with Monkeys - Manuel Antonio National Park

Manuel Antonio National Park

Enjoy your free day at Manuel Antonio National Park. This park is known for its white sands and array of wild life. 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, steal cell phones or eat your food. The park boasts an estuary, mangroves, a lagoon and hiking paths. One path leads to an observation tower for a 360° view of the park!

Day 10 Fly Home

Price: $1700 dollars


  • Round-trip airfare
  • All hotel stays with private bathrooms
  • All transportation costs
  • At least two meals provided daily
  • Entrance to all attractions as per itinerary
  • Canopy Tour, ATV Tour, City tour, Chocolate tour, Butterfly garden, Horseback riding, Kayak trip, Pineapple tour, Crocodile tour, Permaculture tour, and White water rafting.
  • Note: Tour cost does not include airline-imposed baggage fees, fees for any required passport, free time activities and cost for third meal on some days.

Course Syllabus

University Syllabus 17-18 Phelan Bio.docx

Teacher Contact Information

Kat Dowis