COSTA RICA B FIELD COURSE


LENGTH: 11 Days/10 Nights

FIXED DEPARTURE DATES: Jul 31-Aug 10

*Other dates for individuals, families and groups, including WINTER INTERIM BREAK and SPRING BREAK, available upon request.

*Our standard COSTA RICA B FIELD COURSE itinerary can be modified in content and length for SPECIAL INTERESTS and NEEDS.

*An affordable extension to CORCOVADO NATIONAL PARK available upon request before or after our COSTA RICA B FIELD COURSE. Description is included below.

*WHITE-WATER RAFTING in Costa Rica also available upon request.
*Please also see our COSTA RICA FIELD COURSE for INDEPENDENT HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS and our COSTA RICA FIELD COURSE for EDUCATORS at http://www.rainforestandreef.org or contact us for details and pricing by e-mail: info@rainforestandreef.org or call toll-free: 1.877.255.3721.

*FIELD COURSES for those with SPECIAL INTERESTS, such as BIRDING and GARDEN GROUPS are available upon request. Sample itineraries can be seen at http://www.birdingtours.org (being updated), http://www.gardentours.org (being updated) and also http://www.rainforestandreef.org (being updated). Please contact Rainforest and Reef for details and pricing by e-mail: info@rainforestandreef.org or call toll-free: 1.877.255.3721.

*SPANISH IMMERSION PROGRAMS for individuals/groups are also available in Costa Rica. A sample itinerary can be seen at http://www.iwanttolearnspanish.org (being updated) and also http://www.rainforestandreef.org (being updated). SPANISH IMMERSION is also available in the rainforest. Please contact Rainforest and Reef for details and pricing by e-mail: info@rainforestandreef.org or call toll-free: 1.877.255.3721.

FIELD COURSE COST: Contact Rainforest and Reef. Low Season (Apr 1-Nov 30). High Season (Dec 1-Mar 31). Based on a minimum of 15 full-paying participants. One Group Leader FREE for the ground portion of our COSTA RICA B FIELD COURSE with 15 full-paying participants. Cost is based on triple and quadruple occupancy. Double and single occupancy available upon request, usually at an extra cost.

Notes: Group Leaders, please contact Rainforest and Reef for details about STIPENDS for bringing 15 or more full-paying participants.

For individuals, families or groups of less than 15 full-paying participants, please contact Rainforest and Reef for pricing by e-mail: info@rainforestandreef.org or call toll-free: 1.877.255.3721.

Includes: All INSTRUCTION and BI-LINGUAL GUIDE SERVICES; all MEALS and LODGING as stated in the itinerary; all GROUND and WATER TRANSPORTATION within Costa Rica; all ENTRANCE FEES to NATIONAL PARKS and OTHER SITES.

Does Not Include: ROUND-TRIP INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE to Costa Rica; INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT DEPARTURE TAX (26.00USD per person); GRATUITIES and PERSONAL ITEMS.
INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE: Rainforest and Reef uses consolidators/wholesalers for all of our GROUP and INDIVIDUAL airfares. We are therefore able to offer the LOWEST RATES available. Please contact Rainforest and Reef for details and pricing by e-mail: info@rainforestandreef.org or call toll-free: 1.877.255.3721.

ITINERARY:

MEAL CODES: B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner

Note: On the MEDICAL INFORMATION FORM that you will be receiving shortly after registration, please make us aware of any special meal requests and/or dietary restrictions….vegan, vegetarian, etc., that you or members of your group may have. We will be pleased to fulfill your requests/needs.

DAY 1 ARRIVAL SAN JOSÉ-FIELD COURSE ORIENTATION. Following your arrival at Juan Santamaría International Airport, outside of San José, you will be met by our Costa Rica B Field Course Staff and transferred to your hotel. After dinner, there will be an orientation session to our Costa Rica B Field Course. Overnight San José. D

Note: You will be met outside of Immigration and Customs by Rainforest and Reef Staff.

DAY 2 BRAULIO CARRILLO NATIONAL PARK-CAHUITA. After an early breakfast, we will depart for Costa Rica’s Caribbean slope. En route, we will stop and hike in Braulio Carillo National Park, one of the most biodiverse regions in Costa Rica. Six different life zones are present in the Park. Our group will then drive to the Caribbean and pass through the port city of Limón. It was here that Christopher Columbus first landed in 1502. Following lunch, we will drive on to the village of Cahuita, access point to Costa Rica’s only Marine Reserve, famous for its’ coral reef and adjacent rainforest. Following our arrival, we will settle into our hotel and have dinner. Overnight Cahuita. B L D

Note: Be careful when swimming off the Caribbean or Pacific Coasts of Costa Rica. The rip-tides, which run parallel to the coast-line, are EXTREMELY dangerous. Our Costa Rica Guides will advise you. We want you to be aware of this prior to your arrival.

DAY 3 SNORKELING CAHUITA NATIONAL MARINE RESERVE-RAINFOREST HIKE. Following breakfast this morning, our group will have an introduction to snorkeling. The remainder of the morning will be spent snorkeling in the Cahuita National Marine Reserve. We will return to the mainland for lunch and have a follow-up session about our marine experience. In the afternoon, our group will hike into the rainforest of Cahuita National Park. Dinner and overnight Cahuita. B L D

DAY 4 BANANA PLANTATION TOUR-TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK. Early today, we will depart Cahuita for a nearby banana plantation. Here, our group will learn how bananas are raised and processed in Costa Rica. The history, economic importance and ecological impact of the banana industry will also be considered. Following lunch, participants will journey to world-famous Tortuguero National Park. Once arriving on the shores of the Caribbean, we will travel by boat through an inland waterway to the Park and the John H. Phipps Biological Station. Upon arrival, participants will be welcomed by Research Staff and given an orientation session about the Station, its’ history and work that is being done here by the Caribbean Conservation Corporation (CCC). After dinner, we will assist CCC Staff and Volunteers in their sea turtle conservation efforts. Five of the world’s eight species of sea turtles species breed offshore and nest on the beaches of Tortuguero. Participants may have the opportunity to observe tagging and measuring of turtles, as females come ashore to lay eggs. Some nests are created below the high tide line and eggs laid here have little or no chance to develop and hatch. In an effort to increase survivorship, some of these nests are relocated to higher ground. Our presence on the beach, especially at night, is also a great deterrent to poachers, who collect and eat or sell the eggs. Dinner and overnight Tortuguero. B L D

Note: Turtle breeding and nesting are seasonal and often unpredictable. Observation of sea turtles or research on live sea turtles is NEVER guaranteed.

DAY 5 TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK. After breakfast, participants will travel through the canals of Tortuguero National Park to observe some of the lush surrounding rainforest. Some call this "Costa Rica’s Amazon", as eleven different life zones have been identified. Wildlife found here include three species of monkeys, river otters, three-toed sloths, caimans, iguanas, freshwater turtles and more than 320 species of birds, including all 6 species of New World kingfishers, 3 species of toucans and 8 species of parrots. Aside from its’ diverse flora and fauna, Tortuguero is a beautiful and tranquil spot, with palm-lined beaches stretching off as far as the eye can see in both directions. Group members will also be involved in daily activities of CCC Research Staff and Volunteers. These include beach clean-up, which helps to remove debris that may hamper female turtles from coming ashore to lay eggs or hatchlings from making their way to the ocean. Debris includes plastic goods, aluminum cans or logs brought ashore by sea currents. While walking the beach, we will also be on the look out for hatchlings attempting to make an early departure for the ocean. These will be brought back into a hatchery and released just before sunset to increase their chances of survival. Dinner and overnight Tortuguero. B L D

DAY 6 ARENAL VOLCANO-BALDI HOT SPRINGS. Early this morning, we will depart for Arenal Volcano. One of the most active volcanoes in the Western Hemisphere, Arenal has been in a constant state of activity since it last erupted in 2005. Located on the southern shores of the Lake Arenal, it is a spectacular site, with its perfect conical shape rising from the surrounding hills. Following lunch, we will visit Baldi Hot Springs, located at the base of Arenal. Steaming waters from the Río Tabacón form waterfalls and natural therapeutic pools that we can soak and relax in. The hot springs found here are surrounded by brilliant vegetation, while Arenal serves as a stunning backdrop. After the sun sets, we will with some luck, observe the activity of Arenal. On a clear night, one can see bursts of fire and red-hot molten lava shooting hundreds of feet into the sky, whereas during the day only smoke and the volcano's roar are apparent. Explosions typically occur every couple of hours. Overnight near Lake Arenal. B L D

DAY 7 ARENAL VOLCANO LAVA FLOWS-LA FORTUNA WATERFALLS-LAKE ARENAL-MONTEVERDE CLOUDFOREST RESERVE. Following breakfast today, we will spend the morning hiking on the hardened lava flows that make up Arenal’s lower slopes. Here our group will observe the remains of the volcano’s more active past. We will also hike to the beautiful La Fortuna waterfalls. After lunch, we will take a brief look at Lake Arenal, the largest in Costa Rica. A hydroelectric dam at one end produces 75% of the electricity used in Costa Rica. It is also well known for its’ windsurfing and freshwater fishing. Our group will then travel to the village of Monteverde, where we will visit the famed Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve, one of the most popular destinations in Costa Rica. At present, Monteverde is comprised of 27,000 acres and run by the Monteverde Conservation League. The Reserve is cool, due to its’ elevation and lush vegetation. Incredible biodiversity here includes 400 species of birds, 100 kinds of mammals, 500 butterfly species and 2500 different types of plants. Three species of monkeys, tree sloths, coatimundis, kinkajous, the spectacular resplendent quetzal, three-wattled bell birds, red-eyed tree frogs and blue morpho butterflies are just a few of the animal highlights. Dinner and overnight Monteverde. B L D

DAY 8 HUMMINGBIRD GALLERY-BUTTERFLY FARM-CHEESE FACTORY-CASEM ARTISAN’S COOPERATIVE. After breakfast this morning, we will visit the Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, where feeders are set up to attract some of the many species of hummingbirds found here. Fifty species have been recorded in Costa Rica. Following lunch, we will have a guided tour through a local butterfly farm. Here we will observe hundreds of spectacular butterflies found in Costa Rica, learn about their complex life cycle and importance in the wild. Following lunch, we will have a guided tour through the well-known Monteverde Cheese Factory, which is run by local Quakers, one of the largest dairy producers in Costa Rica. About 2200 pounds of cheese are produced daily and well known for its’ quality in Costa Rica and throughout Central America. We will finish the day by visiting a local women’s arts and crafts cooperative called CASEM. A wide range of hand-made work is featured here, whose themes focus on the natural beauty of the area. Dinner and overnight Monteverde. B L D

DAY 9 INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S RAINFOREST RESERVE. Early this morning, our group will travel to the International Children’s Rainforest Reserve. Here, a presentation will be given about this project and the fundraising efforts of students from around the world to assist in the conservation of tropical rainforest. Participants will then have an opportunity to hike in the Reserve, which surrounds the Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve on three sides and at present is composed of approximately 17,300 acres. Following our rainforest experience, we will return to San José for dinner and overnight. B L D

DAY 10 POÁS VOLCANO-SARCHÍ MARKET-SAN JOSÉ-FAREWELL DINNER. Following breakfast, we will depart for Poás Volcano. Poás is known for having one of the largest craters of any active volcano on earth. While here, we will also have a chance to hike in a very unique high altitude cloudforest near the volcano. After lunch, our group will visit Sarchí Market, one of the best places in Costa Rica to see and purchase traditional handicrafts. Local artisans will talk about the building and painting of famed Costa Rican ox-carts. Participants will also get a chance to observe as carts are painted. They are also known for their leather rocking chairs. In the afternoon, we will return to San José for our Farewell Dinner and overnight. B L D

DAY 11 DEPARTURE. After an early breakfast and farewells to our Costa Rica Field Course Staff, you will be transferred to Juan Santamaría International Airport, outside of San José for your return flight home. B

Note: Due to weather conditions and circumstances beyond the control of Field Course Staff, certain activities may be changed or done on different days in the best interest of the group.

EXTENSION: CORCOVADO NATIONAL PARK

Note: Overnight stays in San José may be required prior to and/or following our CORCOVADO NATIONAL PARK EXTENSION. If necessary, hotel reservations and transfers will be arranged through Rainforest and Reef.

LENGTH: 3 Days/2 Nights (longer extensions available upon request)

AVAILABLE DATES: Before or after any of our Field Courses in Costa Rica.

COST: Please contact Rainforest and Reef by e-mail: info@rainforestandreef.org or call toll-free: 1.877.255.3721.

DESCRIPTION: Corcovado National Park is located in the southwestern corner of the spectacular Osa Peninsula. It protects 103,200 acres of shallow lagoons, marshes, mangrove swamps, rivers, lowland tropical rainforest, low altitude cloudforest and 29 miles of sandy coastline. This region has the greatest biodiversity of any protected area in Costa Rica, including more than 500 species of trees, 140 different kinds of mammals, 367 bird species, 40 types of freshwater fish, 117 species of amphibians/reptiles and an estimated 6,000 insect species. It is also home to large mammals, such as jaguar, tapir, ocelot, peccaries and Costa Rica’s largest population of scarlet macaws. Its’ great biodiversity and pristine condition have long attracted tropical ecologists and their research. Corcovado is certainly one of the highlights on any visit to Costa Rica.

 

 
 


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