Excursions

API students in the Sustainability and Environmental Studies program participate in extensive academic field trips and excursions designed to expose them to as much of Costa Rica's biodiversity as possible. All excursions are subject to change.

Spring

INTENSIVE TWO-WEEK TRAVEL PERIOD

Students will explore a variety of sites in the Central Valley as well as the Pacific Coastal region prior to starting courses.  Cartago, one of the sites to be visited, as Costa Rica’s first capital until 1823 and is home to Costa Rica’s patron saint, Our Lady of the Angels “Nuestra Señora de Los Angeles” or “La Negrita.” Students visit the most important sites in the city, as well as the Orosi Valley, founded by the Franciscan monks in 1561. It is home to the country’s oldest church still in continuous use, built in 1735.

BIODIVERSITY DAY TRIPS

Students will participate in 6 day trips to visit volcanoes, grasslands, high forests, mangroves, and an indigenous reserve. Possible sites to be visited include: Paso de Las Lapas, Finca de Rodeo, Volcan Poás, Sarapiquí, and Cerro de la Muerte.

BIODIVERSITY WEEKEND TRIPS

Students will participate in 3 overnight trips to 3 distinct types of rainforest. Possible national parks to be visited include: Parque Marino Puntarenas, Parque Nacional Tortugero, and Parque Nacional Los Quetzales-Monteverde.

 

INTERNATIONAL EXCURSIONS
BOCAS DEL TORO, PANAMA OR GRANADA, NICARAGUA

 

PANAMA

The archipelago of Bocas del Toro offers white-sand beaches, lagoons, and incredible opportunities for swimming, snorkeling, diving and sunbathing. It is also an area rich in wildlife. Students may visit the Bastimentos Island National Marine Park, featuring incredible coral reefs and marine life, and a nearby bird sanctuary with a variety of local and migratory species. Four species of endangered sea turtles still visit the waters of Bocas and the turtles come ashore in great numbers during certain seasons.

 

NICARAGUA

During this international trip, students will be absorb the Nicaraguan culture by trying the typical foods and interacting with the locals. Students will also learn about the local history by visiting Granada city and islands - Masaya and San Juan del Sur.

 

LANKESTER GARDENS

Internationally recognized for its outstanding collections of epiphytes (air plants), the Jardín Botánico Lankester was established in 1973 as a center for the display, education, conservation and research of tropical plants. Almost 3,000 species of plants live in its 27 acres of gardens.

 

RINCON DE LA VIEJA

On this excursion students will stay at Buena Vista Lodge, and old Hacienda that has been changed into a mountain lodge. All meals and attractions are withing the land of the hacienda, such as horseback riding, canopy tours, water slides, and natural hot springs. The lodge is a great example of sustainability, as all of the vegetables and goods for every meal come directly from its fields. Students typically enjoy this excursion because it is all-inclusive!

 

SAN JOSÉ

Students will spend one night in the historic capital of San José, and will visit local attractions such as the Museo Nacional, the Museo de Oro Precolombino, and the Museo de Jade.

 

Fall

INTENSIVE TWO-WEEK TRAVEL PERIOD

Students will explore a variety of sites in the Central Valley as well as the Pacific Coastal region prior to starting courses.  Cartago, one of the sites to be visited, as Costa Rica’s first capital until 1823 and is home to Costa Rica’s patron saint, Our Lady of the Angels “Nuestra Señora de Los Angeles” or “La Negrita.” Students visit the most important sites in the city, as well as the Orosi Valley, founded by the Franciscan monks in 1561. It is home to the country’s oldest church still in continuous use, built in 1735.

ARENAL AND FORTUNA

Arenal Volcano National Park is located in the central mountainous region of Costa Rica, with elevations ranging from 3281 to 5436 feet. Surrounded by rainforests and cloud forests, the Arenal Volcano is a sight to see! This active volcano was considered dormant until a major eruption in 1968. If students are lucky to observe the volcano on a clear night, they can see hot lava trails streaming down the mountain. Nearby waterfalls and hot springs (heated by the volcano) make for a relaxing experience.

BIODIVERSITY DAY TRIPS

Students will participate in 6 day trips to visit volcanoes, grasslands, high forests, mangroves, and an indigenous reserve. Possible sites to be visited include: Paso de Las Lapas, Finca de Rodeo, Volcan Poás, Sarapiquí, and Cerro de la Muerte.

 

BIODIVERSITY WEEKEND TRIPS

Students will participate in 3 overnight trips to 3 distinct types of rainforest. Possible national parks to be visited include: Parque Marino Puntarenas, Parque Nacional Tortugero, and Parque Nacional Los Quetzales-Monteverde.

 

BOCAS DEL TORO, PANAMA OR GRANADA, NICARAGUA

 

PANAMA

The archipelago of Bocas del Toro offers white-sand beaches, lagoons, and incredible opportunities for swimming, snorkeling, diving and sunbathing. It is also an area rich in wildlife. Students may visit the Bastimentos Island National Marine Park, featuring incredible coral reefs and marine life, and a nearby bird sanctuary with a variety of local and migratory species. Four species of endangered sea turtles still visit the waters of Bocas and the turtles come ashore in great numbers during certain seasons.

 

NICARAGUA

During this international trip, students will be absorb the Nicaraguan culture by trying the typical foods and interacting with the locals. Students will also learn about the local history by visiting Granada city and islands - Masaya and San Juan del Sur.

 

LANKESTER GARDENS

Internationally recognized for its outstanding collections of epiphytes (air plants), the Jardín Botánico Lankester was established in 1973 as a center for the display, education, conservation and research of tropical plants. Almost 3,000 species of plants live in its 27 acres of gardens.

 

SAN JOSÉ

Students will spend one night in the historic capital of San José, and will visit local attractions such as the Museo Nacional, the Museo de Oro Precolombino, and the Museo de Jade.

Costa Rica Beach
Costa Rica Students Walking Through Rainforest
Costa Rica Arenal Volcano
Costa Rica Students Biking Through Forest
Costa Rica Students Hiking In Jungle
Costa Rica Butterfly
Costa Rica Waterfall In Rain Forest
Costa Rica Students Near Waterfall At Volcan Arenal
Costa Rica San Jose Cool Topiary
Costa Rica Student Crossing Rainforest Bridge
Costa Rica Sea Turtle