COSTA RICA is an environmental science teacher's paradise. The country's biological diversity - with flora ranging from bromeliads to fungi and fauna ranging from howler monkeys to toucans - thrives within its vast forest preserves. But Costa Rica has a great deal more than simply biological diversity. From cosmopolitan San Jose to the rural tranquility of Monte Verde, Costa Rica encompasses an array of geographic and cultural diversity, all in a relatively small area. Groups can hike, snorkel, view wildlife, and ride zip lines through forest canopies; you can visit the cloud forest one day, an active volcano the next, and finish a trip by relaxing on a hot sandy beach. From rural farmers to urban city-folk, Ticos (Costa Ricans) are proud of their country and what it has achieved.
SAGE OFFERS a unique experience of Costa Rica, one that other trips will not offer. Produce handicrafts made from recycled banana paper with a rural women's cooperative. Fly high above the rainforest on a canopy tour featuring walkways and exhilarating zip-lines. Visit an organic farm and sit in on classes at the environmental EARTH University. Volunteer with wildlife rehabilitation, recycling projects or tutoring local school children. Research the impacts of deforestation while hiking in the 'Children's Eternal Rainforest.' Immerse yourself in Costa Rican culture by spending a night with a local host family. Witness lava while hiking at the base of an active volcano. Take a relaxing dip in natural volcanic hot springs or a heart-pounding white-water rafting adventure through the jungle. Watch the rainforest come alive after dark with a night-time search for howler monkeys and three-toed sloths.