RLS 277 Sustainable Tourism in Costa Rica

G LA (3 cr.)

Fall 2016, Block II, Monday 3-4:15 pm

Travel to Costa Rica: January 2-10, 2017 

(The trip is part of the 3-credit course.)


While in Costa Rica students will:

  • Stay in ecotourism lodges in Alajuela, La Amistad, Monteverde, and the Osa Peninsula
  • Learn about sustainable ecotourism practices that protect natural resources and biodiversity, support local communities and economies, and use alternative energy and organic methods 
  • Hike through La Amistad International Park to observe tropical wildlife and the regeneration of primary and secondary tropical rainforests
  • Learn about indigenous peoples at Spheres Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Experience a Pacific coastal beach and mangrove forests
  • Take a chocolate tour and learn about sustainable agriculture in the tropics 
  • Observe tropical plants and wildlife at Manuel Antonio National Park 
  • Hike in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and tour the Sky Walk Hanging Bridges
  • All activities co-led by certified Costa Rican guides trained in tropical biology 

Estimated cost: $2,350 + airfare (based on 10 students enrolled--includes lodging, meals, guides, vans, park admissions, travel insurance)

Please apply for study abroad with the Office of International Programs.

Application due: Friday, September 23 ($35 application fee)

Deposit due: Friday, October 7 ($500 deposit)

Final payment due: Friday, November 18

Pending approval from the College

For more information, contact:

Dr. Linda Heyne
Smiddy Hall 313

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