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Students could experience the “Pura Vida” spirit with an exciting trip to scenic Costa Rica! A small territory with lots to offer, Costa Rica is located in Central America—south of Nicaragua and north of Panama—and shares a border with both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. What makes Costa Rica an ideal student travel destination are the many opportunities for outdoor exploration, conservation, engaging with the destination’s vibrant culture and much more!


Did you know? Costa Rica proudly shelters approximately 5% of the known biodiversity in the entire world and is home to four UNESCO World Heritage Sites. An abundance of unique wildlife, landscapes and climates are just waiting to be unearthed, including the Arenal Volcano, lush rain forests, Manuel Antonio National Park, flowing rivers and more.

Students could brave the currents while whitewater rafting, appreciate the scenery from impressive suspension bridges, enjoy a hike surrounded by greenery, zipline through the trees and explore pristine coral reef formations while snorkeling—just to name a few.


Wildlife abounds in Costa Rica, and on their visit, students are able to respectfully learn and admire them in their natural habitats, whether it’s a visit to Tortuguero National Park (recognized for protecting the largest green sea turtle nesting site in the Western Hemisphere), Tapantí National Park (which conserves more than 45 species of mammals) or otherwise.

Bird watching is especially popular in Costa Rica, as the territory is host to an outstanding array of almost 900 species of birds. Students are sure to encounter stunning birds they never even knew existed! Experienced nature guides are the best way to see as much as you can during your visit.


Costa Rica’s diverse culture is another wonderful aspect of the territory, which is made up of Indigenous and multicultural and multilingual people who are descended from the cultural fusion of immigrants. Students can enjoy Costa Rican cuisine, learn about artistic expressions of music, dance and art, visit private ecological reserves and farms, step inside museums, hear about the area’s Blue Zone and much more.


Of course, Costa Rica isn’t referred to as paradise for no reason! With a tropical climate and approximately 600 beaches, the scene is set for fun, recreation, relaxation and memories to be kept for years to come. Just don’t forget the sunscreen!

To get started in planning your student travel adventure to Costa Rica, contact ETI today!

Courtesy of ETI.


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