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Tropical Ecology


Why Costa Rica?

Costa Rica has become a mecca for ecological studies for two main reasons. First, Costa Rica contains nearly 6 percent of the world's biodiversity despite covering only 0.03 percent of the earth's surface. Second, the ecosystems are also diverse, including tropical rainforests, montane cloud forests, mangroves, caves, hot springs, river canyons, waterfalls, and active volcanoes.

What are the itinerary highlights?

Centro Cientifico Tropical (3 days, 3 nights) - learn about sustainability, environmental education, management of natural resources, and biodiversity; take a Sky Trek Canopy Tour crossing from platform to platform through the canopy of the rainforest via aerial tram and zipline.

Bosque Eterno de los Ninos (3 days, 3 nights) - learn about biodiversity and ecotourism, bird watch, take a nighttime hike into the rainforest, hike to volcanic pits, and see beautiful waterfalls.

La Selva Biological Station (4 days, 4 nights) - interact with local scientists and assist with data collection, help maintain forest trails, and experience white-water rafting down the Sarapiqui River.

Quality Hotel Real (2 days, 3 nights) - visit the Cafe Britt Coffee Farm and explore the sights and sounds of San Jose, closing the program with a farewell Tiquicia Dinner and Show.


What dates will we be gone?

05/15/2018 - 05/27-2018

What all is included?

Round-trip airfare, ground transportation, 12 nights in biological field stations and select hotels, meals (12 breakfasts, 10 lunches, and 10 dinners), personal guides and assistants, admission fees, country guidebook and pre-travel documents, embedded medical insurance, and 24/7 emergency suppprt

Where to go for more information?

TSU CR 2018
The Tarleton Tropical Ecology course has its own page on the WorldStrides website (TarletonCR2018), which provides additional information including a section for parents and a fundraising section as well.