Costa Rica is all about natural diversity, and this program has been designed accordingly as we travel through six distinct ecological zones, learning about the smallest plants and animals amidst the massive trees and giant vegetation.

At the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, we’ll learn all about cloud forest ecology and how it spawns thousands of species of plants and animals. We’ll also go on a guided night hike to explore and search for the nocturnal animals we didn’t see during the day.

From there, we’ll travel to Arenal Volcano National Park and study Costa Rica’s active volcano. A staggering 1633 metres (5,357 feet) high, Arenal is studied by seismologists the world over for data about our climate and the environment.

We stay in the volcano’s shadow in the town of La Fortuna, a great base for class and shopping, before enjoying a night at a hot springs resort.

The last leg of our discovery takes us to Guanacaste Province, home to some of the most expansive beaches — and friendly people — in Latin America. Here, we’ll explore the vast coast and enjoy snorkelling and zip lining. Finally, we’ll celebrate “Pura Vida” with a wonderful farewell banquet.

Included in your Program:

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Hike a Volcano

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Community work at a coffee plantation

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Safari

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Swim in hot springs

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And more!

Other Inclusions of this Program:

  • Round-trip group airfare from Toronto, arranged by Blyth Academy
  • Group airport transfers at location
  • Transportation for moves between cities with the group
  • Accommodation
  • Tuition
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • Farewell Banquet and Awards Night
  • Supervision
  • Pre-departure briefing and materials
  • Designated outings and activities
  • City orientation tours
  • Use of free Internet, where available*
  • Access to Blyth Travel Journal
  • Access to Vidigami photo sharing
  • And much more!

* Most hotels have Wi-Fi in common areas. Please note Internet access may not be available in bedrooms.

Flight Details

Groups are required to meet at the airport 3 hours prior to departure

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

American Airlines flight 2449

Depart Toronto 6:00 am

Arrive Miami 9:16 am

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

American Airlines flight 1926

Depart Miami 10:56 am

Arrive Liberia 11:57 am

Friday, July 21, 2017

American Airlines flight 1937

Depart Liberia 12:47 pm

Arrive Miami 5:50 pm

Friday, July 21, 2017

American Airlines flight 1359

Depart Miami 9:10 pm

Arrive Toronto 12:27 am, July 22

Please note: Flights are subject to change by the airline.

Are you flying into Toronto Pearson International Airport to join the group?

Blyth airport staff will meet students flying into Toronto Pearson International Airport from any city with same-day connections to Blyth group flights at no additional charge. Once your student is registered, please email studentservices@blytheducation.com no later than Thursday, June 1st and request an “Airport Meet-and-Greet in Toronto”.

Are you making your own flight arrangements?

Students who make their own flight arrangements for this program can be met individually by Blyth staff at the destination airport and transferred to our accommodation at no additional charge. Once your student is registered, please email studentservices@blytheducation.com no later than Thursday, June 1st and request an “Airport Meet-and-Greet in destination”.

Optional Excursions

Canyoneering

Explore the mountainous terrain and the breathtaking Costa Rican waterfalls near the Arenal Volcano in a way you have only imagined. Led by skilled guides, you will jump in and out of pools and follow the rivers upstream until you arrive at a breathtaking waterfall. Once you are briefed, you will gear up and descend down the waterfall. Following your wild adventure, you will be treated to a well-deserved scrumptious lunch. Prepare to get wet and experience a waterfall like never before.

Price: $185

Canyoneering - Optional Excursions Grade 9_10 Costa Rica 2018

Surfing Lesson at Playa Grande

Costa Rica has long been a popular destination for surfers worldwide. Famous Playa Grande on the Pacific Coast is one of the favoured beaches for wave riders of all levels. Located in Las Baulas National Park, Playa Grande is a long white-sand beach offering stunning views of the surrounding natural marine park, which has been carefully preserved as it is a nesting site for huge leatherback turtles. The quiet beach is also an ideal destination to learn surfing as it is rarely crowded and provides consistent, ride-able waves with perfect left and right peaks.

We will leave Playas del Coco early in the morning for a short ride through coastal towns before arriving at Playa Grande. There we will be greeted by our surf instructors, who will provide equipment and go over the basics and safety of surfing this famous beach. Each student will receive individual attention and instructions before having the opportunity to conquer the waves on his/her own. Hang ten, and look out for those swells!

After a fun day of surfing, we will have lunch (included) in a nearby beach café, stroll through the marine park, and return to Playas del Coco in the afternoon.

Price: $175

Surfing - Optional Excursions Grade 9_10 Costa Rica 2018

July 5 – July 21, 2017

Travel Services
(incl. taxes & fees)
$2,980
Tuition & Supervision$2,090
Total:$5,070*
or use your Aeroplan Points

Courses

GRADE 9:
  • English (ENG1D)
  • Science  (SNC1D)
  • Visual Arts: Photography  (AWQ1O)
GRADE 10:
  • English (ENG2D)
  • Science  (SNC2D)
  • Visual Arts: Photography  (AWQ2O)

Itinerary

  • Monteverde: 4 days
  • La Fortuna: 3 Days
  • Arenal: 1 day
  • Guanacaste: 8 days

Accommodations

*Plus $195 registration fee. Includes group airfare arranged by Blyth Academy and an estimated $575 in airline and departure taxes, local taxes and fees. Please visit www.blythsummers.com/fees for an explanation of our departure taxes, fees, and surcharges, and when these fees will be invoiced. All itineraries, excursions, and dates are subject to change.

**Please visit www.blythpoints.com for more details on funding your program through Aeroplan points.