Excursions

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Each Veritas program includes several excursions designed to help students gain a more in-depth cultural and historical understanding of the host country and region. Excursions are included in the program cost and cover ground transportation, entrance fees, and guided tours. Accommodations and breakfast are included on all overnight excursions. Some excursions may not be available for all terms. Optional excursions may be provided at an extra cost.

 

**Excursions may not be available for all programs and sessions.**

ARENAL VOLCANO AND SUSTAINABLE FARM

Arenal Volcano is located near the agricultural community of La Fortuna, where it dominates the village landscape. During this excursion participants will explore the area around Arenal, the town of La Fortuna, and experience the many natural wonders of the region. They will also get a tour of a local sustainable farm, and enjoy a lunch made from products grown right there on the spot! At night, students can observe glowing hot boulders descending from the volcano and relax in the area's hot springs whose waters are heated by the volcano itself. Other optional activities in the area include horseback riding and hiking in the rain forest.
 

BOCAS DEL TORO, PANAMA

Bocas del Toro is a group of mangrove islands located in the Northeastern part of the country. These beautiful islands are part of Isla Bastimentos National Park, home to a wide variety of wild and exotic species. It is a wonderful place to snorkel, surf and explore the many beautiful beaches.  The excursion includes a one day tour of Dolphin Island, Red Frog Beach, Cayo Coral and Punta Hospital; all amazing places to see dolphins, red frogs, large starfish, and monkeys.
 

IRAZÚ VOLCANO, BASILICA OF LOS ANGELES, RUINS OF CARTAGO

Irazú Volcano National Park is located in the Cartago province just outside of San José. It is home to Volcán Irazú, an active volcano with several craters, including one filled with a crater lake. After visiting the volcano, participants will have lunch with a spectacular view of the central valley and visit one of Costa Rica's most iconic buildings, La Basilica de Los Ángeles, located in Cartago, the former capital of Costa Rica. Every year, around 2 million of people make the pilgrimage on August 2nd to ask for favors to the virgin "La Negrita." Afterwards, students will have a chance to see the ruins of Cartago.
 

POÁS VOLCANO, COFFEE PLANTATION, AND LA PAZ WATERFALL

Poás Volcano is one of the major attractions in the Central Valley of Costa Rica and one of the most visited national parks in the country. Poás is home to many species of birds including hummingbirds, tanagers, flycatchers, toucans and the quetzal that can be seen while hiking on the trails around the park. During this excursion participants will explore the surrounding areas of the Volcano including a coffee plantation where they will try coffee and a traditional breakfast before getting a tour around the 'finca'. Also, students will have the opportunity to see different types of butterflies, frogs and rescued animals at La Paz Waterfall park, where they can hike and see 4 different waterfalls hidden in the dense forest. Lunch is also included during the waterfall tour and participants will have the option to buy coffee and local products.
 

RESEARCH WITH THE SMITHSONIAN IN COSTA RICA

Optional for some or all sessions
Latin America semester and summer students have the amazing opportunity to observe and interact with researchers at the Smithsonian La Selva Biological Station in the Sarapiquí region of Costa Rica. La Selva Biological Station is the largest field station and one of the most well-known tropical research sites in the world!

Students will begin their weekend-long excursion at the Organization for Tropical Studies at the University of Costa Rica. Over the next few days, students will hike through the tropical rainforest, climb the research towers to get a closer look of wildlife in the canopies, white water raft through the lower Sarapiquí River, and most importantly, contribute and assist on a project by collecting data, analyzing the results, and recording their findings.

Please note that this excursion is open to all ISA students studying in Latin America; therefore participants are responsible for coordinating their travel to San Jose, Costa Rica as well as their return to their study abroad location.

 
 

MONTEVERDE

Located in the Northern Zone of Costa Rica, Monteverde (translated as "Green Mountain") is the most well-known Biological Cloud Forest Preserve in Costa Rica. It is incredibly rich in biodiversity, representing more than 2000 species of plants, 400 species of birds, and 100 different species of mammals within its 26,000 acres. Hiking, bird watching, and horseback riding are just a few of the popular activities here. Don't miss out on the highest canopy tour in all of Costa Rica - swing through the forest on cables 130 ft. above the ground!
 

MANUEL ANTONIO

On this excursion ISA students will get the opportunity to visit and explore Manuel Antonio National Park, one of the most renowned and famous parks in Costa Rica. Hiking, surfing, swimming, snorkeling, and horseback riding are just a few of the activities available along the white sand beaches.