San Ramón, Costa Rica
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Field Trips for San Ramón, 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 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. On this trip, you can circle the volcano and relax in hot springs. The Arenal Hanging Bridges overlook a dense canopy, providing safe and easy access to birds, flowers, and vegetation of the primary rain forest.

Jaco Beach Surf Trip

Jaco Beach features beautiful black sand beaches and this field trip will feature the opportunity to take introductory surfing lessons at this world renowned surfing location. Once you have your first lessons under your belt, we’ll take a boat tour of the Rio Grande in Tarcoles to observe crocodiles. Due to its proximity to Carara National Park, it is also possible to observe a great variety of birds, lizards, iguanas, and some mammals. The boat tour includes a visit to the Mangroves, one of the country’s most fragile ecosystems.

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 a steady cloud cover along the continental divide, characterized by nearly 100% humidity throughout the year. Clouds are constantly drifting through the valleys and treetops, and trunks are almost always covered with mosses, bromeliads, ferns, lichens, and other plants. Visit the incredible sky trek or sky walk overlooking the forest canopy; you’ll also have the chance 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.