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Field Trips for Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Field trips are subject to change. Please contact us for more information.

You are encouraged to participate in the organized field trips, which are included in your program fee. 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. Destinations may change at the discretion of the Resident Director.

The following are possible destinations, view term calendars for specifics.

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.

Arenal Volcano

Arenal rises 1,657 meters above sea level and overlooks Lake Arenal—both are part of Arenal Volcano National Park. Arenal is now in a relatively calm state, so you can circle the volcano and relax in the sixteen hot springs set in tropical gardens at Baldi Hot Springs.

Tortuga Island

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

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.

Poás Volcano and La Paz Waterfalls

Poás Volcano is a national park that covers an area of approximately 65 square kilometers. The summit is 2,700 meters, considered by many to be the most breathtaking site in the entire country. La Paz Waterfall Garden is a lush tropical rain forest with flowing white rivers, spectacular waterfalls, birds, butterflies, monkeys, humming birds, snakes, felines, and frogs.

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.

Quick Details

2020-21 App. Cycle

January session (3 weeks): Open

Spring: Open

2021-22 App. Cycle

Summer Session I (5 weeks): Open

Summer Session II (3 weeks): Open

Summer Session I&II (8 weeks): Open

Fall/Yearlong: Open

January session: Open

Spring: Open


Minimum GPA: 2.5

Program Type



US Credit

Program Capacity

65 students


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