At day 17 of our Costa Rican adventure there is so much to see and explore in this beautiful tropical country the excitement is still non-stop.
We concluded our stay in the mountains of Monteverde with a day of work on the farm. Some students turned compost, filled tree planting bags, pulled weeds and planted trees while others designed and painted the walls of the barns to add some colour and leave a Blyth Academy mark.
After a day of satisfying hard work, we said goodbye to our friends at the farm and headed back to our relaxing mountain resort for some class and studying.
On our final day in Monteverde we travelled to the diverse cloud forest, which is located in one of Costa Rica’s most prestigious national parks. Once we met our guides we were split into groups and headed out into the forest to learn about the immense biodiversity of the plants and animals. Our knowledgeable guides taught us about the various plant species that make the forest so unique while pointing out animals such as sloths and colourful endemic birds. We were lead to a swaying suspension bridge that offered a panoramic view of the cloud forest. The highlight of the tour was the hike to the top where we stood on the continental divide. We were able to look out and see for kilometers across the green, lush mountains of the interior of the country with the Pacific on one side and the Atlantic on the other.
Our day ended with a delicious pizza dinner back at our mountain resort and packing up for the next stop.
The next day our transfer to the Arenal Volcano was at 9am sharp. After a winding journey down through the mountains we arrived at our new home for the night around 1pm. The students then had free time to explore the resort’s natural hot springs, many water slides, and secret lagoons before class.
At 4:30pm Ms. Storosko’s class began their ascent across from the active volcano to the lookout point to hold their presentations. Although the climb was steep, it was well worth the effort. The students enjoyed views of fertile farmland (with many cows) on rolling hills and an up close view of the active volcano which included old areas of dried lava from the volcano’s last eruption. The group then headed back down to the base of the volcano to join their peers for a delicious buffet style dinner.
After dinner that evening the students had free time to explore the grounds further or take part in an optional talent show- Blyth’s Got Talent 2017. Many students participated and were able to showcase how talented they truly are with acts of singing, dancing, jokes, story telling and much more.
The next morning our transfer back to Playas Del Coco did not leave until noon which meant the students, after a quick morning class, had more time to themselves to explore the beautiful Arenal Volcano resort before packing their bags and heading back to our little beach town for the remainder of our trip.