RLS 277 Sustainable Tourism in Costa Rica

G LA (3 cr.)

FALL 2017 BLK II – M 3-4:15  

Travel to Costa Rica: January 2-11, 2018  

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


While in Costa Rica students will:

  • Stay in ecolodges in Alajuela, Altamira, Monteverde, Tárcoles, and the Osa Peninsula
  • Learn about sustainable ecotourism practices that protect biodiversity and natural resources, use alternative energy and organic methods, and support local communities
  • Hike through La Amistad International Park and experience tropical vegetation, wildlife, and primary and secondary rainforests
  • Take a chocolate tour and learn about sustainable agriculture in the tropics
  • Kayak through mangrove forests in the Osa Peninsula
  • Observe tropical plants and wildlife by the Pacific Ocean at Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Hike in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and tour the Sky Walk Hanging Bridges
  • All activities led by certified Costa Rican guides trained in tropical biology

Estimated Travel Costs: $2,550 + airfare (based on ten students enrolled — includes lodging, meals, guides, vans, park admissions, and travel insurance) 

Please register for the course (CRN #22333) and apply for study abroad with the Office of International Programs through this link.


       Application due: Friday, Sept. 22 ($35)

       Deposit due: Friday, Oct. 6 ($500)

       Final payment due: Friday, Nov. 17


Pending approval from the College

For more information, contact:

Dr. Linda Heyne
Smiddy Hall 313

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