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  • Locations: Alajuela, Costa Rica; Altamira, Costa Rica; Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica; Monteverde, Costa Rica; Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Spring Break, Winter
  • Restrictions: Ithaca applicants only
Fact Sheet:
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
Domestic or Abroad: Study Abroad Program
Program Description:
Costa Rica - Winter 2017
TRIP: January 2 - 11, 2018


  • Stay in ecolodges in Alajuela, Altamira, Monteverde, Tárcoles, and the Osa Peninsula
  • Learn about sustainable ecotourism practices that protect biodiversity and natural resources, use alternative energy and organic methods, and support local communities
  • Hike through La Amistad International Park and experience tropical vegetation, wildlife, and primary and secondary rainforests
  • Take a chocolate tour and learn about sustainable agriculture in the tropics
  • Kayak through mangrove forests in the Osa Peninsula
  • Observe tropical plants and wildlife by the Pacific Ocean at Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Hike in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and tour the Sky Walk Hanging BridgesAll activities led by certified Costa Rican guides trained in tropical biology


This course requires students to enroll in RLS 27700 Sustainable Tourism during Fall 2017, 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: $2,550 + airfare (Based on 10 students enrolled and includes: lodging, meals, guides, vans, park admissions, and travel insurance.)
Application deadline: Friday, October 6, 2017 ($35 application fee)
Deposit deadline: Friday, October 6, 2017 ($500 deposit)
Final payment: Friday, November 17, 2017 
For more information, contact:
Dr. Linda Heyne,, Smiddy Hall 313, or 607-274-3050.