On our Bio-Adventure students will have the opportunity to explore and study the wonders of Costa Rica’s tropical and cloud forests. Learning and exploring side by side with scientists and naturalists from across the world makes for an exceptional hands-on educational experience. Below is a sample itinerary. All itineraries are custom developed and geared to your specific groups’ educational mission, age, length of stay and budget.
Day 1-3: Arrival to San Jose international airport and transferred to the Sarapiqui region
Studies will take place as part of the Organization for Tropical Studies at the La Selva Biological Station: 1,613 hectares of tropical wet forest connected to Braulio Carrillo National Park. La Selva is recognized as one of the world’s leading centers for research, education and natural resource management in the tropics. The Organization for Tropical Studies is known for its ground-breaking scientific and educational programs for all ages and science levels. La Selva is located in the Caribbean foothills of Costa Rica and comprises of old growth and disturbed tropical wet forest. Species diversity is spectacular, including more than 1,850 species of plants, 350 species of trees, 448 species of birds, and approximated 500 species of ants. The Organization for Tropical Studies mission is training in tropical studies as part of the experience of tourist, students and professionals, in biology and in related disciplines such as conservation biology, global health, environmental policy, and natural history. Program includes hikes, field study, workshops, and lectures from prominent scientists and naturalists plus much more.
Overnights at: La Selva Biological Station
Optional area adventures to combine with your program include:
White Water Rafting: The Sarapiquí River is known as the scenic river of Costa Rica's tropical rain forest, has its origin on the Deception Depression between the Poás and Barba volcanoes and runs for 85 Kms (53 Miles) to the San Juan River, border between Costa Rica and Nicaragua. It is used for rafting through 35 Kilometers, with all the range of difficulty ranging from class II to V.
Canopy Tours: With a total of 12 cables and 17 platforms, 7 of which are built on trees between 60 and 90 feet high you will sour through the rainforest canopy searching out its diverse wildlife, flora and fauna.
Canyon Rappelling: Descend with safety ropes and equipment down a 90 feet wall on the Sarapiquí River Canyon with a spectacular view of the confluence of the Sarapiquí and Pozo Azul Rivers.
Rainforest Horseback Adventures: Explore the rainforest via horseback, the perfect mode of transportation to navigate the wonders of the rainforest.
Rainforest Mountain Biking Adventures: With hundreds of kilometers of back roads to choose from this is the perfect place to experience the rainforest via mountain bike. With different routes to match different levels of difficulty tours range from 2 hours to a two day experiences with overnight stays in unique jungle lodges.
Safari Boat: The main attraction of Sarapiqui Costa Rica is the pristine Sarapiqui River, a tributary of the San Juan River. The Sarapiqui River Costa Rica runs through primary rainforest, farmland and green pastures; it is home to monkeys, crocodiles, iguanas, river turtles and birds. Enjoy a tranquil Sarapiqui River Boat ride through beautiful rainforests teeming with wildlife.
Day 4-7: Transfer to Monteverde via Arenal, Canopy Tour and Hot Springs
Early morning departure for a day of adventure at the Arenal Volcano area. Located in Costa Rica’s fertile northern lowlands, 90km northwest of the capital San Jose, stands the world famous Arenal Volcano. Arenal was Costa Rica's most active volcano until 2010, and one of the ten most active volcanoes in the world. It has been studied by seismologists for many years. Although the activity nowadays is less damaging, you can still see ash columns and hear underground rumbling. Arenal today has entered into an indeterminate resting phase though it is still a sight to be seen, measuring at 1,633 meters (5,358 ft) with a conically shaped crater spanning 140 meters (460 ft). Beyond the volcano, the Arenal area is now considered the adventure capitol of Costa Rica. There are mountains to be hiked, lakes to be fished, rivers to run and world famous volcano hot spring spas to relax at. As one of the country’s most scenic and accessible areas, it is a requisite stop on any tour of Costa Rica. Our stop in Arenal will include an exciting rainforest canopy zip line adventure then relax, swim and play at one of the volcano hot spring spas in the area all with amazing views of the Arenal Volcano. Day ends with your final transfer to the Monteverde Reserve Cloud Forest for four days of bio-study, community service and adventure.
Overnight ats: Monteverde Reserve Cloud Forest
University of Georgia Costa Rica Campus: Our unique lodge and study program within the UGA Costa Rica Campus provides a unique lodging atmosphere in tandem with a rich offering of activities not typically found elsewhere. Being a part of the UGA campus allows for a singular experience of educational and nature based activities, as well as interaction with the local community. You are sure to delight in the environment created by enthusiastic campus staff, fellow travelers, scientists and students of all ages participating in the UGA Costa Rica Programs during your stay.
Introduction to the Monteverde cloud forest: An excellent introduction to cloud forest ecology and biodiversity, as well as Monteverde history and current conservation issues.
Insect-O-Rama! Learn about the wonders of insect biodiversity, behavior and general classification. Try your hand at collecting insects, and take a look at our specimen collection!
Plant-O-Rama! Dive into the world of tropical plants! Participants will learn about the diversity, common characteristics, and classification of common tropical plant families
Introduction to the Birds of San Luis: Learn how to identify the birds of San Luis. A great introduction for beginning birders and those who want a refresher on Costa Rican avifauna.
Carbon Offset Program & The Bellbird Biological Corridor Lecture: Learn how UGA Costa Rica is working to reforest the Bellbird Biological Corridor and contribute to reducing its carbon footprint at the same time.
Ecotourism as a Tool for Conservation: Learn how ecotourism has provided an opportunity to use tropical forests sustainably.
Plant Communities of Costa Rica: Learn about the major plant communities of Costa Rica. Natural history, bio-geography and taxonomy.
Cow milking & bio digester Tour: Try your hand at milking the campus cows … then enjoy the milk in your cereal at breakfast! Learn about how the campus pigs are raised, and how animal waste is converted to cooking fuel in the campus bio digester.
Scientist for a Day: Assist scientists in their current projects taking place on campus and the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Topics will vary depending on researcher
Additional programs available include: Guided Natural history hikes, night hikes, bird watching, plus much more!
Day 8: Departure to San Jose International airport for your homebound flight.
Custom tour dates available year-round
Activities include, bio study, eco conservation programming and community service, sustainability study and adventures ranging from white water rafting, rappelling, surfing, horseback riding, hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, plus so much more!
Custom departure dates are available year round. All itineraries are custom developed with you and geared to your specific groups’ educational mission, age, length of stay and budget. Please call to speak with a representative to develop your perfect program.
Accommodations can range from eco-lodges and university campuses, to cloud forest and beach resorts.