Heredia, Costa Rica
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Field Trips for Heredia, Costa Rica

You are encouraged to participate in the included program field trips. These excursions generally take place on Saturdays. In addition to the included program field trips, you'll also have field trips as part of many of your courses and have numerous informal activities that expose you to the local culture as well.

Dates and exact locations are at the discretion of the Resident Director and they vary from session and session and semester to semester. Common destinations include the following.

Arenal Volcano and Hanging Bridges

Arenal rises 1,657 meters above sea level and overlooks Lake Arenal—both are part of Arenal Volcano National Park. Arenal is the country's most active volcano. Its eruptions are frequent but moderate and can be viewed without danger as long as you stay behind the safety perimeter. At night the lava and incandescent rocks make for a spectacular sight. The top of the volcano is usually surrounded by clouds. It is touted as good luck to see the whole volcano without clouds. The Arenal Hanging Bridges overlook a dense canopy, providing safe and easy access to birds, flowers, and vegetation of the primary rain forest.

Poás Volcano and La Paz Waterfalls

Poás Volcano is hte most easily accesible active volcano, and ht epark is home to more than 80 species of birds. La Paz Waterfalls Gardens is a beautiful park located in the rain-cloud forest in Heredia. It has over 3.5 kilometers of walking trails with five spectacular waterfalls, butterfly observatory, humming bird garden, serpentarium, frog exhibit, Tica house, Trout Lake and many bird watching areas.

Monteverde Cloud Forest

The Monteverde Cloud Forest is created by winds and particular temperature and moisture conditions which combine during the dry season to hold steady cloud cover along the continental divide. We will visit the incredible sky trek/walk overlooking the forest canopy. You will also have the opportunity to go zip-lining.

La Fortuna Waterfall and Hot Springs

The waterfall itself is 70 meters high and perfect for swimming. You will also visit the largest hot springs in Costa Rica.

Irazú Volcano and Cartago

Irazú volcano is located in the Cordillera Central Mountain Range, close to Cartago province. It is known as "El Coloso" (the collossus) and is hte highest active volcano in Costa Rica. On a clear day, you can see the Atlantic and Pacific oceans from its top.

Punta Leona

We will visit Punta Leona Hotel, where a program began in 1996 to try to increase the number of Scarlet Macaws in the area. Artificial nests were built and placed high in trees in an attempt to attract Macaws to lay their eggs on the Punta Leona property, a protected area from poachers. The program was a success and continues to this day. Visitors can walk along the trails and see the transition forest, where rain forest and dry forest species meet. You will also enjoy the pristine white and gold sand beaches, where you can look out into the deep blue waters of the Pacific.