by Shannon Farley
Planning an educational trip for your students? Put Costa Rica at the top of your list. This amazing country has so much to offer students in learning experiences – more than 5% of the world’s biodiversity, multiple climactic zones, awe-inspiring natural beauty, and a fun, friendly local culture in a very safe country for travel.
Student educational trips to Costa Rica have become incredibly popular, especially for high school and university students from the United States.
For an unforgettable student learning experience with hands-on research at a facility certified in sustainable tourism in Costa Rica, go to Veragua Rainforest Eco-Adventure. One of the most important research centers in Costa Rica, Veragua Rainforest welcomes student groups all year-round. The most popular travel time is during U.S. schools’ summer vacation and spring break. Veragua also receives educational groups from local universities in Costa Rica.
The nature and adventure park in Costa Rica’s Caribbean mountains is a hotspot of biodiversity in Latin America. More than 11 new animal species have been discovered there by the Veragua scientific research team, and 15 endangered species have been recorded living in the area.
The Veragua Foundation for Rainforest Research engages in ongoing scientific investigation to study and protect the biodiversity of Costa Rica’s rainforests. They work within the 3,212-acre (1,300-hectare) private reserve of the Veragua Rainforest Eco-Adventure park, located in the Talamanca Mountains by the La Amistad International Park – both UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Veragua Rainforest features a full research station, wildlife habitats, walking trails in the rainforest, a river and waterfall, aerial tramway, canopy zip line tour, group accommodations, and a restaurant and souvenir shop.
Since 2013, Harvard University professor Jonathan Losos – Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, and the Curator in Herpetology at the Museum of Comparative Zoology – has led student educational trips to Costa Rica to Veragua Rainforest. U.S. educational student travel company Eco-Teach leads a nine-day trip to Costa Rica that includes research work at Veragua Rainforest Eco-Adventure.
See examples of educational programs at Veragua Rainforest Eco-Adventure. Accommodations are dorm-style with bunk beds and shared bathrooms; there is a private double room and bath for group leaders.
The nature and adventure park and scientific research facility is located an hour from the Port of Limon in Costa Rica’s central Caribbean region. Veragua offers half-day and full-day cruise ship shore excursions and regular tours Tuesday to Sunday in addition to educational programs.