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Tropical Ecology Itinerary

Travel to Costa Rica for Spring Break! March 25 - April 1, 2023

If cost is a worry for you, we are offering full scholarships. Access the application.

Students in the SFO airport preparing for a flight to Costa Rica.

Day 1: Saturday Arrival in San Jose, Costa Rica

  • Early morning departure from San Francisco Airport.
  • Check-in at Wyndham Herradura

Day 2: Sunday Activities

  • Travel to Monteverde
  • Check-in at La Casona de Monteverde Lodge
  • Orientation talk to Monteverde and Natural history walk through the Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve. Break at the Continental Divide.
  • Review of research projects methods:
  • Night walk with focus on insects

Skywalk in Costa Rica.
Day 3: Monday Activities
  • SkyWalk Suspension Bridges and collect data
  • Butterfly garden
  • Data analysis and reporting
  • Pack for early departure for Cabo Blanco

Day 4: Tuesday Activities
  • Travel to Cabo Blanco via Gulf of Nicoya with discussions of  geography, geology, biological corridors and a scavenger hunt along the way.
  • Check in to San Miguel Biological Station
  • Free time for journaling
  • Install camera traps
  • Night walk to Playa Balsitas

Snorkeling student gives a peace sign underwater to camera.
Day 5: Wednesday Activities
  • Plant systematics and Coastal vs inland forest composition research
  • Snorkeling and tide pool survey
  • Data entry and analysis

Day 6: Thursday Activities
  • Early morning birdwatching
  • Data analysis and preparation for research symposium
  • Snorkeling
  • Research symposium

Beach at sunrise in Costa Rica.
Day 7: Friday Activities
  • Depart San Miguel Biological Station
  • Beach time at Mal PaĆ­s and observational study
  • Depart for San Jose
  • Check-in at Wyndham Herradura

Day 8: Saturday Activities
  • Early airport drop off
  • Early morning departure back to U.S.
  • Late Arrival at San Francisco airport

Total program fee for travel to Costa Rica over Spring break including airfare, lodging, meals, transportation, entrance fees, and all activities is $2616. Students must have a current and valid passport.