Costa Rica has some of the most diverse species and ecosystems in the world.  


Fewer places on Earth can offer as many life-changing, inspirational, and educational experiences as Costa Rica.  


Described as Central America’s “garden of Eden,” budding geographers and scientists can explore a variety of flora and fauna, soak in hot springs, and witness active volcanoes.  

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Costa Rica school trips that can be tailored to your subject, curriculum and learning goals…  

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Enhance your teaching with Costa Rica school trips

Lodged between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, Costa Rica is home to diverse landscapes and biodiversity.  

What better place for a geography school trip that includes hands-on conservation work against a backdrop of mangroves, rainforests, national parks, pristine white sandy beaches and some of the world’s most active volcanoes? 

Although the links to geography and biology might be clear, there are also ways to weave strands of physics and chemistry into students’ experiences as they travel through Costa Rica.  

Your students will take part in scientific study which will help them to develop vital experimental and investigational skills. 

A trip to Costa Rica sparks a life-long love for geographical and scientific study!

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What Costa Rica Offers:  

As one of the world’s foremost nations of eco-tourism, Costa Rica is a fantastic school trip destination. 

Here’s a handful of highlights from our Costa Rica school trips:  

Arenal Volcano & La Fortuna  

Arenal Volcano is Costa Rica’s most active volcano and has had consistent lava flows since its eruption in 1968. You’ll learn about the local’s traditional way of living, hike past old lava flows, bathe in geothermally heated hot springs and explore its surrounding protected reserves.

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Miravalles Mud Baths 

Although dormant, Miravalles Volcano offers some amazing geological activity including hot springs, steam spewing fissures and bubbling mud pools.


Monteverde cloud forest 

Described by National Geographic as ‘the jewel in the crown of cloud forests,’ Monteverde cloud forest supports a complex ecosystem and is home to half of the flora and fauna in Costa Rica.


Spot local wildlife  

The abundant wildlife in Costa Rica means you’ll catch a glimpse of exotic creatures wherever you’re travelling. From howlers, spiders, white-faced monkeys, marine life, sloths, caimans, sea turtles, and Lizards.

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You can tailor your itinerary with a range of optional activities including a coffee, chocolate and sugar cane tour, Manuel Antonio National Park, La Tirimbina, and a boat tour around Tortuguero National Park. 

How Costa Rica School Trips Link to the Curriculum

Costa Rica is famous for its ecotourism and emphasis on sustainable living.  

That’s why it’s the perfect place for young geographers to put their studies into action and see topics from ecosystems to tectonics come to life.  

Enhance your students’ learning with a geography trip to Costa Rica with these curriculum links:  

Tectonic Processes, Landforms & Hazards 

Costa Rica sits above the collision point of two tectonic plates; the Cocos and Caribbean plates. The movement of these plates has created over 200 volcanoes, including 6 active volcanoes. The country also experiences earthquakes making Costa Rica a great case study for natural hazards. 

Weather Processes & Hazards 

You can compare the weather in San Jose (the central Valley) to the tropical rainforests and learn about what caused the varied climate, how these weather systems interact, and how the climate of one region influences another. 

Climate Change 

Costa Rica is sensitive to climate change and has experienced increased rainfall and temperatures in recent decades. The government has set a goal of becoming the world’s first carbon-neutral country and has increased rainforest coverage by 31% of its overall territory and plans targeting transport, agriculture and waste aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions significantly. 


Costa Rica’s amazing biodiversity can be attributed to its incredible geographic diversity; from high-altitude cloud forests and lowland tropical rainforest to mangroves and coral reefs. 

Coastal Processes, Landforms & Management 

Costa Rica is a long, narrow country bordered by two lengthy coastlines on the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, offering plenty of opportunities to study different features. Marine reserves manage and conserve coastal environments while the impact of waves on coastlines via deposition and destruction can also be seen. 

Water & River Processes, Landforms & Management 

With high-altitude areas and a lot of rain, it’s no surprise that Costa Rica has many fast-flowing rivers. The rivers form an important habitat for local wildlife and some are used for hydroelectric power generation. 

Geological Processes & Landforms 

Compare the limestone of the Venedo caves with the igneous and metamorphic rocks around the Poas Volcano, Miravalles, and Arenal volcano. 

Urban Change & Growth 

Learn about how urban migration from rural areas changed San Jose in recent years and the impact of economic migrants from Nicaragua and Panama.  

Development & Inequality 

Find out why Costa Rica’s strong economic growth and industrialisation of the last 20 years affected equality in the country plus the differences in wealth between urban and rural areas. 

Food Resources 

Visit a coffee plantation to learn more about one of Costa Rica’s famous food exports. You’ll also see plenty of banana and pineapple plantations.  

Cash crops are the largest export sector in Costa Rica, closely followed by electronic components and medical products. 

Water Resources 

Compare the infrastructure required for water supply in Costa Rica with that in the UK. Plus how Costa Rica’s climate, size and water demand impact their water supply. 

Energy Resources 

Costa Rica generates most of its electricity from renewable sources. You can visit HEP and geothermal power stations to learn more about sustainable energy and how Costa Rica has successfully implemented a powerful drive towards renewable energy production.