link Tropical Ecology Trip Itinerary

Sample Itinerary

Day 1 SATURDAY   Arrival
Early morning departure from San Francisco airport
Airport pick up in San Jose, Costa Rica and orientation and dinner en-route.
Late check-in at La Casona de Monteverde Lodge

ROOMS AT MONTEVERDE LODGE
Day 2 SUNDAY   Activities
Breakfast 
Orientation talk on Monteverde
Natural history walk through the Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve. Break at the Continental Divide.
Lunch
Review of research projects methods:
-Soil Organic Matter gradient from natural forests to agroecosystems
-Effects of land use on wildlife using camera traps
Field sampling: 
-Collect soil samples
-Data from camera traps
Dinner
Night walk with focus on insects
  
Day 3 MONDAY Activities
Breakfast
Sky Walk Suspension Bridges
Box-Lunch
Butterfly garden
Dinner 
Continue research projects
Pack for early departure for Cabo Blanco

SKYWALK
 
Day 4 TUESDAY   Activities
Early Breakfast
Travel to Cabo Blanco via Gulf of Nicoya with scavenger hunt, geography, geology and biological corridors, and collecting soil samples along the way
Lunch en-route
Check in to San Miguel Biological Station
Free time for journaling/ Install camera traps 
Dinner
Night walk to Playa Balsitas
 
Day 5 WEDNESDAY   Activities
Breakfast 
Snorkeling and tide pool research to create a species/area curve.
Lunch 
Plant systematics and Coastal vs inland forest composition research
Dinner
Data analysis tide pool and forest composition
 
SNORKELING
 
Day 6 THURSDAY Activities
Early morning birdwatching
Breakfast
Snorkeling and soil analysis
Lunch 
Data analysis and preparation for research symposium
 Dinner 
Research symposium
 
 
Day 7 FRIDAY   Activities
Breakfast 
Depart San Miguel Biological Station
Beach time at Mal PaĆ­s/ Observational study
Lunch 
Depart for San Jose
Dinner en-route
 Check in at Hotel Brilla Sol
 
Day 8 SATURDAY  Activities
Breakfast
Departure back to U.S. Airport Drop off
Late arrival to San Francisco airport
 
HOWLER MONKEY
 

Total program fee for travel to Costa Rica over Spring break including airfare, travel insurance, lodging, meals, transportation, entrance fees, and all activities will be approximately $2200 total.  Students must have a current and valid passport.