Program Details

Butterflies, Birds and Big Cats


Following a day at the Arenal Volcano and La Fortuna Waterfalls, students will visit the Monteverde Frog Pond and Butterfly Garden to study the unique biology of cloud forest creatures. A visit to the Instituto Asis Wildlife Center and later the Las Pumas Rescue Facility will expose students to the different stages of rehabilitation animals go through to be reintroduced into the wild. Throughout the trip, students will compare water and soil samples taken at various locations and evaluate the health of local habitats. Bird watch at the Palo Verde National Park ranger station where groundbreaking research projects are taking place. For the grand finale, learn to surf in the warm waters of the exquisite Tamarindo beaches.

Program Date
Jul 6th - Jul 14th 2021 9 Days
Jun 22nd - Jun 30th 2021 9 Days
Costa Rica Program (Student) $3650
Costa Rica Program (Adult Chaperone) $3850

Itinerary (Sample Itinerary)

  • Arrive at San Jose International Airport in the late morning
  • Lunch
  • Transfer to La Fortuna / Arenal
  • Dinner Hotel & Check-In
  • Choose 2 of the Following 4 Activities
  • Visit Instituto Asis Wildlife Rescue Center
  • Visit the Venado caves
  • Fortuna Waterfall Hike
  • Community Service
  • White Water Rafting - Traverse several different ecosystems while viewing Costa Rican wildlife along the banks of the river
  • Visit and Work on an eco-farm to learn about sustainable farming practices
  • Arenal Volcano National Park
  • Visit a Frog Pond and learn about conservation, climate change, and the threats to amphibian species and their habitat
  • Monteverde Canopy Tour- An exhilarating zipline trip through the cloud forest canopy
  • Butterfly Garden - Spend the afternoon learning about different species of butterflies and their amazing biology
  • Rio Bebedero birding experience
  • Visit Las Palmas, a nonprofit animal rehabilitation center. Learn the different stages of rehabilitation the animals go through before being released back into the wild
  • Visit Palo Verde National Park and become part of ongoing studies run by university students and biologists at the Palo Verde Ranger Station
  • Bus ride to Tamarindo
  • Evening- Hotel Pool time upon arrival
  • Learn how to surf in the beautiful warm waters of Tamarindo
  • Return to San Jose
  • San Jose Market Tour (dependent on flight schedule)
  • Transfer to Airport + Flight Home

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