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Costa Rica or "rich coast" in English is one of the world’s top eco-tourism destinations. With almost a quarter of the country either a national park or a protected area, opportunities to explore natural wonders are abundant. Day one is a travel day. Day two travel to Tortuguero National Park. Head down the rivers and canals to the world’s first sea turtle research station. Later, arrive at your eco-lodge for a two night stay surrounded by a tropical forest and wildlife. Join your fellow travelers tonight for a welcome dinner. Day three set out on a bird watching excursion (weather permitting) that explores the variety of local species and migratory birds that flock to this area. This afternoon embark on a boat cruise through the park to look for wildlife as well as exotic flora. Tortuguero National Park protects over 350 species of birds and mammals. Day four enjoy a leisurely boat ride to the mainland as you travel towards the Sarapiqui and Tirimbina Rainforest Center.  On land, visit a cacao plantation. Observe the process of producing chocolate from the cacao bean and sample the delicious finished product. Continue to your secluded nature resort, nestled on the edge of the San Carlos River. Day five explore your surroundings on a Penas Blancas River Safari. Paddle and float down the river as your naturalist guide explains the rich wildlife. Visit the farm of a local family and try specialty snacks such as banana bread, Costa Rican gourmet coffee and more. Then, it's your choice! Enjoy a horseback ride or participate on a guided walk through a private, primary forest reserve. Day six explore Finca Don Juan, a family-owned farm. Enjoy an educational tour of its vegetable and fruit gardens. Taste some of their exotic fruit harvest and experience the traditional way to process sugar cane. Enjoy a sip of cane liquor and conclude your visit with a cooking demonstration followed by a farm-to-table lunch. Later, relish a birds-eye view of the jungle on a guided tour of Arenal’s famous hanging bridges. High above the jungle canopies, marvel at a cloud forest taking shape around you. Settle into your resort where you’ll be surrounded by striking views of Arenal’s famous volcano for the next three nights. Day seven it’s your choice! Since Costa Rica is the birthplace of zip lining, glide over the canopies on a mind-blowing rip through the jungle or make your way across lava fields for an up close and personal look at the volcano on a moderate hike along the trails formed by lava during the 1968 eruption. The afternoon is at leisure. Day eight is at leisure. You may opt for the Cano Negro Wildlife Rescue cruise or an exhilarating white water rafting experience. If you want to stay at the resort, treat yourself to a spa treatment or explore the grounds and soak in one of Arenal’s famous hot springs. Day nine an exhilarating jungle crocodile safari cruise awaits you at Tarcoles’ Rio Grande. As you float along, look just below the water’s surface for a glimpse of these creatures. This afternoon, check in to your resort, located just outside Manuel Antonio National Park. Before dinner, watch the sun set over the Pacific alongside birds in every color of the rainbow. Day ten welcome to the jungle. The rugged rainforests and white sand beaches is the definition of untouched beauty. Enjoy leisure time to traverse the trails or swim in the turquoise waters. Day eleven wake up and smell the coffee at a local coffee farm that produces some of Costa Rica’s well-known beans. Then say goodbye to the coast and hello to San Jose. Later tonight, toast the end of an incredible trip at a farewell dinner. Day twelve the tour ends and you head home.
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Class Details

12 Sessions
Weekly - Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon

Yosemite Hall Parking Lot, West Campus

Community Education Host 



Please read:  Cancellation waiver insurance, airfare, hotel accommodations, round trip airport transfers from Modesto, hotel transfers, and 24 meals included. $815.00 deposit per person due upon registration. Save $100 and book by July 25, 2019



Registration Closes On
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 @ 12:00 AM

Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
2/25/2020 - 3/7/2020 Weekly -Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat 6:00 AM - 11:59 PM Modesto, Yosemite Hall Parking Lot, West Campus  Map, Room: Parking Lot 211 Community Education Host 

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