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  • Locations: Alajuela, Costa Rica; Altamira, Costa Rica; Dominical, Costa Rica; Monteverde, Costa Rica; Puntarenas, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Restrictions: Ithaca applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Language of Instruction: English
Areas of Study: Physical or Life Sciences, Environmental Studies Program Type: Ithaca College Short-Term
Program Description:
Costa Rica - Winter 2017
TRIP: January 2 - 10, 2017

Stay in ecotourism lodges in Alajuela, Altamira, Puntarenas, and Monteverde.


  • Learn about sustainable ecotourism practices that protect natural resources and biodiversity, support local communities, and use alternative energy and organic methods
  • Hike through La Amistad International Park and observe tropical vegetation and wildlife, and the regeneration of primary and secondary rainforests
  • Learn about indigenous peoples at Spheres Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Experience a Pacific coastal beach and mangrove forests
  • Take a chocolate tour and learn about sustainable agriculture in the tropics
  • Observe tropical plants and wildlife at Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Hike in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and tour the Sky Walk Hanging Bridges
  • All activities co-led by certified Costa Rican guides trained in tropical biology


This course requires students to enroll in RLS 27700 Sustainable Tourism during Fall 2016, Block II, prior to the trip to Costa Rica.  (The trip is part of this 3-credit course.)  The course meets Mondays, 3 – 4:15.

Estimated cost: $2,350 + airfare (Based on 10 students enrolled and includes: lodging, meals, guides, vans, park admissions, travel insurance.)
Application deadline: Friday, September 23, 2016 ($35 application fee)
Deposit deadline: Friday, October 7, 2016 ($500 deposit)
Final payment: Friday, November 18, 2016 
For more information, contact:
Dr. Linda Heyne, or 607-274-3050.



This program is currently not accepting applications.