Rachel Crandell is leading a tropical adventure filled with conservation, biodiversity, and a spectacular opportunity to stay in the biological field station in the largest private reserve in the country, El Bosque Eterno de los Niños. You can view the active Arenal Volcano from the verandah. The 54,000 acre reserve includes Monteverde cloud forest and tropical rain forest.
We will raft the Corobici River through tropical dry forest and visit Carara National Park, a lowland Pacific forest. The differences in each ecosystem will be apparent as local biologists and naturalists share their expertise. We will get to help catch birds in a mist net as the ornithologist collects data. We will visit a local school, learn about women's issues in Costa Rica, learn a little Spanish, do lots of hiking and see fabulous birds, monkeys, coati, agouti, and maybe the tracks of margay, ocelot, jaguar or tapir.
We will visit a Wild Cat Refuge, the Butterfly Garden, the Serpentarium and the Ranario (frog garden) are an easy way to see and learn a lot in a short time. Optional activities include canopy zipline, horseback riding and suspension bridges through the canopy of the forest. Photo ops are everywhere!
This is not a lie-on-the-beach trip. Come ready to have a jungle adventure, sleep in a bunk, be willing to hike, learn a lot, and try new foods, meet new people and appreciate a whole new culture and ecosystem. The cost includes all lodging, overland transportation, guides, admissions, instruction, taxes and meals.
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