Stunning landscapes and abundant wildlife make Costa Rica a paradise for geographers and scientists alike. As one of the most bio-diverse areas in the world, it is home to a tremendous variety of habitats including volcanoes, mangroves and rainforests.
Described as Central America’s Garden of Eden, this jewel-like nation shines, emerald green, in the imaginations of many. Home to an amazing array of flora and fauna, there is much to be explored in Costa Rica for budding geographers and biologists.
Alongside the incredible learning opportunities, a school trip to Costa Rica also opens up a range of exciting activities. Soak in hot springs, try your hand at surfing, and get your adrenalin racing with Costa Rica’s most famous activity – canopy zip lining.
There are fewer places on Earth that can offer as many life-changing, inspirational and educational experiences as Costa Rica.
About Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a treasure trove of scientific wonders. As one of the world’s foremost nations for the development of eco tourism, it offers students an unrivalled opportunity to participate in a once-in-a-lifetime educational experience.
Costa Rica’s central highlands are situated within the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’, and active volcanoes dot the landscape. The fertile volcanic hillsides provide a key agricultural area for the country; much Costa Rica’s famous coffee is grown here. You will also be able to appreciate the character of Costa Rican country cooking in these hillsides, where many of the nation’s favourite dishes find their home, from warm corn cakes to simply prepared fresh water fish.
The town of La Fortuna, and Arenal, the active volcano which it lies at the foot of, forms the epicentre of Costa Rica’s tourism industry. Here you can hike past old lava flows, bathe in geothermally heated hot springs and engage in a vast growing number of activities in the surrounding protected reserves. Arenal is Costa Rica’s most famous volcano, thanks in part to its recent activity.
Since pre-historic times, the Playa Grande, a beautiful beach on the Caribbean coast, has been a nesting site for the majestic leatherback turtles. School groups can come face to face with this remarkable creature and take part in the conservation efforts which hope to help preserve the species for years to come.
Why take a school trip to Costa Rica?
A study trip to this safe and welcoming Central American country provides an educationally-rich learning experience, with pupils and teachers brought closer to the environment than ever imaginable. Whether rafting down a river; being high amongst the rainforest tree canopy; hiking up a volcano; riding horseback, assisting with wildlife conservation or simply relaxing on a stunning beach, engaging with the environment in so many special ways will remain in the minds of all participants.
Although the links to geography and biology might be clear, there are also ways to weave in strands of physics and chemistry into students’ experiences as they travel through Costa Rica. Students are encouraged to take part in scientific study which will help them to develop vital experimental and investigational skills.
Lodged between the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean, Costa Rica is home to diverse landscapes and some of the world’s most charismatic species. Its friendly people live amongst rainforest, alongside some truly beautiful beaches, and at the foot of volcanoes. And to top it all off, your students can enjoy hands-on conservation work, helping save such endangered species as the leatherback turtle!
These activities are just a few of the available opportunities for experiential learning – we have detailed information packs with suggested tour itineraries that blend high adventure, science and geography.
Students will return from a school trip to Costa Rica with a new-found appreciation for their subject matter – learning, living and playing in a tropical paradise gives students a unique perspective on course materials as well as a well-earned holiday, all in one! Many students find these kinds of trips spark a life-long love for geographical and scientific study.