USAC encourages every student to participate in these tours or field studies; however, they are optional and have an additional fee. Destinations may change at the discretion of the Resident Director.
The following are possible destinations, view term calendars for specifics.
Tropical Biodiversity Tour
Explore the beauty of the rain, cloud, and dry forest. Fly thorugh the clouds and get a unique look at the forest canopy, relax at the hotsprings, and swim in the beautiful clear water of the ocean.
Tortuguero and Bocas del Toro Tour
We will visit Tortuguero and explore its natural network of scenic and navigable waterways. This is one of the most exotic and beautiful regions of Costa Rica, as well as the most important green sea turtle breeding grounds in all of the Caribbean. We will head to Sixaola on the Costa Rica/Panama border and take a boat ride to Isla Colón—Bocas del Toro, Panamá. Bocas del Toro is rich and diverse in natural resources. We will visit the first National Marine Park and tour Zapatilla Key and Hospital Point where you can enjoy sunny islands, beautiful beaches, coral reefs in crystal clear water, and mangrove islets in lake-like scenery. This fee includes bus transportation, boat ride, guide, breakfast, lunch, dinner, room, and entrance fees to parks.