Tours and Field Studies for Heredia, Costa Rica
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.
Southern Costa Rica Tour
Tour the Sierpe River by bus on the way to Drake Bay Wilderness Resort. Explore the pristine environment surrounding Bahia Drake, which includes the river, beaches, mangrove swamps, and amazing wildlife. The tour includes hikes, snorkeling, and a jungle river trip, along with a trek through Corcovado National Park.
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.
Cuba Field Study
You must be registered in the 1-credit Cuba Field Study course to participate. After an on-site orientation and lectures at Universidad Nacional in Costa Rica, you'll travel to Cuba with USAC staff and stay in Old Habana, one of the best-preserved colonial Spanish complexes in the Americas. Walking tours, museum visits, and guest lectures coupled with cultural activities and meals will provide you the opportunity to interact with Cubans and learn firsthand their perspective of our common histories. This Field Study will focus on various aspects of Cuban culture and society; including possible visits to the Fine Arts Museum, Malecón, Casa de Africa, José Marti Institute, and Guanabacoa Museum, activities and interactions with local students, and, of course, experiencing the cuisine, music, and dancing for which Cuba is famous. The course will explore the impact of its African roots on Cuban culture and religions as well as the present-day political and economic factors Cuba faces in its future. You'll also visit a tobacco plantation, cigar factory, and a beach resort to experience the full range of Cuba's agricultural history and present tourism economies, as well as discovering Cuba's natural beauty. This fee includes the 1-credit Field Study course, a pre-departure orientation in Costa Rica, round-trip airfare between Costa Rica and Cuba, mandatory health insurance, ground transportation, lodging, entrance fees to scheduled visits, and most meals.