San Jose, Guapiles, Monteverde and Playa Grande
Application deadline EXTENDED: Apr. 15, 2017
Costa Rica is a biologically diverse country with a rich agricultural history. A a former banana republic, Costa Rica counts agriculture as one of its top export commodities, along with technology and medical tourism. Major agricultural exports include bananas, pineapple, and coffee. Costa Rica has developed into a leader in environmental thinking, including net-zero carbon planning and 100% renewable energy sources. And probably to most people outside the country, Costa Rica is seen as a gem for ecotourism.
We will explore all these aspects of Costa Rica. We will visit Earth University, where the campus provides almost 100% of the food consumed at the university, from meat to sugar, and energy capture occurs in forms such as methane capture from composting manure. Our travels will cover export agriculture, of which the US and Europe are the primary recipients, both conventional and certified organic. Along the way we will see how agriculture fits, or doesn’t, into the biodiversity of this tropical nation. In the high montane cloud forests we will explore the Monteverde community, which is a mix of agrarians, conservationists, tourists and tour operators. And on the Guanacaste Coast we will cover issues over mangroves, sea turtles, and the impact of droughts and climate change on the “dry side” of Costa Rica.
We will have casada tipica (typical meal), coffee, and fresh tropical fruits. Our accommodations range from quaint, locally owned hotels to more rustic field station accommodations on the edge of the cloud forest. Windows are always open, the weather warm and damp, the people friendly and curious of the gringos. Adventure awaits, join us.
(includes: lodging, most meals, ground transportation, program excursions, etc.)
Total Program Cost Estimate: $4,489