Tropical Costa Rica
January 2015 (completed)

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* Please see below for information on the companion course we are offering. This course can help prepare you for the trip.
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Course #: GRA 009
CRN #: 33734
Dates: Saturdays, August 20th and 27, 2014, 10:00-12:00 a.m., Hunt Valley
Instructor: Dr. Irv Donick
Cost: $55.00 (Tuition $30 and fees $25)
Call to register with a credit card: 443.840.4700

Overview of trip

Costa Rica has been called the "greenest" country on Earth because of its progressive environmental policies. This course will examine the rich ecological diversity of Costa Rica and its many micro-climates, the mammals, birds, plants and flora that live there. Explore the volcanoes, rain forests, cloud forests and coffee plantations that make Costa Rica one of the most eco-tourism destinations in the world. 

Enjoy nine (9) wonderful days in Costa Rica, visiting nature's museum. We will leave from BWI airport and fly into San Jose.

Highlights include: 
  • San Jose, a visit to a coffee plantation in Tamarindo Beach
  • Guanacaste, a region known for its breathtaking beauty and fine sandy beaches
  • Monteverde Cloud Forest where you will learn and view the cloud forest's unique eco system, its mammals, birds, plants and fauna
  • Arenal Volcano, which is still very much alive!
  • Lake Arenal cruise, the largest and most important lake in Costa Rica
  • A cooking demonstration to see how native, exotic vegetables and plants contribute to the flavors of Costa Rican cuisine
  • Cano Negro Refuge, where you will take a guided river cruise with stops to watch the wild life including crocodiles, otters, sloths, river turtles, exotic birds and butterflies
  • Zarcero, a charming town, Grecia, a small picturesque town with an interesting church constructed of rich red metal panes
  • San Jose's Plaza de Cultura and the National Theatre, a beautiful post-Baroque building
  • And much more, with time to explore and shop!


Book now and save $100.00!
Double $2,499; Single $2,999;Triple $2,469
Deposit: $250 per person due with names upon registration
Final Payment due: Nov. 11, 2014 

After August 4, 2014
Double $2,599; Single $3,099;Triple $2,569
Extend your vacation with Optional 4 days 3-night Jungle Adventure Post Tour Extension
Cost: $449 p.p, double,land only- for more information see link to itinerary above.


  • Transportation to/from CCBC Essex campus to airport
  • Round trip airfare from BWI Intl. Airport
  • Air taxes and fuel charges (subject to change)
  • 8 overnight stays in hotels
  • 8 breakfasts, 6 dinners
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Air conditioned deluxe motor coach
  • All guides, entrances, touring and transportation as appears on itinerary

Not included

  • Tips to driver, guides
  • Optional travel insurance, $230 p.p.
  • Lunches, except for 3 lunches included for those doing the extension