San Gerardo Field Station and Monteverde – March 17-25
Price: $1,850 (not including airfare)
Early Bird Discount of $100 if you sign up by December 15, 2011
Join us for a special San Gerardo itinerary designed to fit into one week of your vacation time and scheduled for spring break instead of summer! Enjoy nine adventure-filled days with rainforest hikes, waterfalls, mist-netting for bats and birds.
Experience wonderful wildlife encounters. Watch hummingbirds and butterflies dance through the air. Smell the fragrance of tropical flowers. Observe and photograph birds, amphibians and mammals on nature hikes. Hear the calls of the howler monkeys as they eat and cavort in trees overhead. Experience all this and more during your adventure in the misty cloud forest and montane rainforest of the Tilaran Mountains around the Costa Rican continental divide. Learn and see why the 55,000 acres that make up the Children’s Eternal Rainforest, the largest private reserve in Central America, hosts unimaginably high biodiversity and is so important to conservation. Do your part by participating in a service activity, which might be tree-planting or trail maintenance, whatever is needed when we get there. Enjoy a visit to a women’s craft cooperative for unique souvenir shopping. Savor the flavors at the Cheese Factory and get a taste of the best ice cream in the world – mora, guanabana, or other tropical fruits, or the most heavenly vanilla on earth. Stay longer with an arranged extension to suit your preference. Check out MCLUS website at: mclus.org/eco-tourism to see more information and complete itineraries or contact MCLUS’ Science/Travel Coordinator, Maggie Eisenberger at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pocosol Field Station and Sarapiqui River – June 29-July 8
Price: $2,095 (not including airfare)
Early Bird Discount of $100 if you sign up by February 1, 2012
Embark on a tropical adventure filled with conservation, biodiversity, and Costa Rican culture. Stay at the brand new field station at Pocosol and hike the fascinating trails to the bubbling mudpots or the waterfall. Watch for the tracks of margay, ocelot, jaguar or tapir. Join your fellow travelers mist-netting for birds and bats – a harmless way to see fascinating species up close.
Bird-watchers will love the view of the forest from a hammock on the deck or enjoy being on the trails. Climb the base of the Arenal Volcano to the lava fields. Float down the Sarapiqui River with its terrific views of wildlife – howler monkeys, iguanas and basilisks, herons, kingfishers, sloths and more! View the forest canopy from an aerial tram. See how chocolate is made and get a delicious taste at the Tirimbina Rainforest Center. Explore Luna Nueva, a model organic farm. Investigate an archaeological site for a glimpse into the Costa Rican past. Enjoy a whole new culture and ecosystem. Be amazed at how much the Caribbean slope of the forest differs from the Pacific side, one of the many reasons for the exceedingly high biodiversity of the Children’s Eternal Rainforest. Stay longer on an arranged extension to suit your preference. Check out the MCLUS website at: mclus.org/eco-tourism to see more information and complete itineraries or contact MCLUS’ Science/Travel Coordinator, Maggie Eisenberger at: email@example.com.
By Maggie Eisenberger, Travel Coordinator