Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Field Trips for Puntarenas, Costa Rica

You are encouraged to participate in the included program field trips. These excursions generally take place on Saturdays. In addition to the including 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

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.

Canopy and Crocodile Trip

The Canopy Trip offers a spectacular view of the Gulf of Nicoya and the Barranca River. During the crocodile tour, we’ll navigate along the Tarcoles River, where there are more live crocodiles than anywhere else in the world. This is also a great opportunity to see caimans, coatimundis, scarlet macaw, howler monkeys, spider monkeys, and rare two-toed sloths.

Curú Wildlife Refuge and Tortuga Island

Curú Wildlife Refuge is Costa Rica’s first private national wildlife refuge and is an excellent example of a sustainable development program. The refuge earns a profit and provides local employment, while also protecting threatened and endangered mangroves, forests, and coral reefs. The sanctuary boasts rich, diverse wildlife in five ecological habitats. Tortuga Island is known for its white sandy beach and turquoise waters, a perfect stop for swimming and snorkeling.

Jaco Beach Surf Trip

Jaco Beach is 1.5 hours outside of Puntarenas and features beautiful black sand beaches. This field trip will feature the opportunity to take introductory surfing lessons at this world renowned surfing location. The Academy Surf School in Jaco will provide the needed equipment and insurance, as well as showers and a locker room.

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; students will also have the opportunity to go zip-lining.

Tortuga Island

Particularly enchanting for its beauty, palm-studded Tortuga Island is a place where you can walk the impeccable white sand beach, swim in the turquoise waters and investigate the marine life. You can explore the island with several activities like sightseeing, snorkeling, sunbathing, banana boat ride, swimming, eating, and relaxing.