of the earth's most biologically eclectic countries, Costa Rica is a treasure-house
of flora, fauna, and geologic wonders happily shoehorned into a refreshingly
pacific and prosperous country. This trip allows us to study Costa Rica's
fascinating geology while taking hiking, rafting, and birding excursions
that weave us among volcanoes and virgin cloud forests adorned with miniforests
of bromeliads, lichens, and mosses.
will have the opportunity to view the lava flows of Arenal Volcano (active
since 1968), and visit Poas Volcano, one of the deepest active volcanoes
in the world. We'll also journey through Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve,
which extends down both slopes of the Tilaran Mountains (elevation 2,300
- 5,600 ft.).
Reserve encompasses eight different ecological life zones and protects
over 100 species of mammals, 400 species of birds, and 1,500 species of
plants. And, if we're lucky, we'll spend some time with Tortuguero's Atlantic
Green Turtles as they arrive on the beach by the thousands to nest.