Marine Biology Trip to Costa Rica
- Walking City Tour of San Jose
- Osa Peninsula Eco-lodge stay
- 4 day biology workshops including basic sampling and data recording for marine and rainforest habitats held in the Osa Peninsula
- Hike through Corcovado National Park
- Night Hike
- Snorkel excursion to Isla del Caño
- Giant Mangrove Forest Visit
- Climb up an ancient rainforest tree
- Early morning wildlife observation walk
- Beach time and lots of it!
- Visit to tide pools
- Bat Caves Excursion
- Swim in isolated pristine swimming holes
- Practice and learn basic Spanish
- Salsa Lesson
Immaculate rainforests, warm rivers, white-sand beaches, and a Pura Vida (‘pure life”) lifestyle that is unmatched throughout the world.
Join Evolve CR if you are looking for a Costa Rican experience that is more than just bus tours and tourist traps. Let Evolve show you what Costa Rica is truly all about.
Student trip itineraries are completely customizable for your group, desires, and needs.
Day 1 - Travel to San José
Travel to San José where your Evolve Tour Leader will be awaiting your arrival! After we’ve gotten settled in for the afternoon we will start our journey with an in depth walking tour of San José, the country´s capital with an expert local guide. What to expect from San Jose; Bustling markets, endless pedestrian walkways, small parkets and colourful local eateries.
Day 2 - Osa Peninsula/ Eco-Lodge
This morning embark on a full day´s travel from San José to our Eco-loge in the Osa Peninsula. On our journey we´ll have the privilege of travelling through many different habitats as we wind our way down the mountains from San José´s Central Valley all the way to the stunning Osa Peninsula. Our journey will include a boat ride along the Sierpe River, home to the largest mangrove forest in all of Central America! Be rewarded by awe inspiring views as we travel further and further away from “civilization” before arriving to our beach eco-lodge paradise! Now get ready for a real Nature Adventure! Our eco lodge has no electricity so make sure you charge your cameras the night before and bring a headlamp!
Our classroom and home for the next few days is situated right beside Corcovado National Park. This pristine part of Costa Rica is home to humpback whales, dolphins and a wide variety of wildlife. In the afternoon we will participate in a bat cave activity before dinner. For evening program we will learn about Mangroves before falling asleep to the ambient sounds of the forest and ocean that surround property.
Day 3 - Osa Peninsula/ Eco-Lodge
At the Eco Lodge students will have an opportunity to work on a variety of biology related projects. One of our more popular programs with high school students is our Neo Tropical Ecology workshop. Students can observe a diversity of life zones, ecosystems and species in the tropics. Lectures and discussions will be held on topics such as: the role of the national park system, deforestation and the responsibility of private reserves and the private citizen. Students will engage in field research and individual projects.
Day 4 - Osa Peninsula/ Eco-Lodge
Today we will continue with biology workshop. Along with the biology component students will always have a chance to swim, snorkel and relax on our very own private beach.
Day 5 - Osa Peninsula/ Eco-Lodge
This morning we will rise early to avoid the heat, have a delicious breakfast, and hike to San Pedrillo in Corcovado National Park. Lead by an expert local guide, our purpose is to observe and learn about the flora and fauna along the way. San Pedrillo is the northernmost ranger station within Corcovado National Park, and we’ll stop here for a refreshing dip in the swimming hole and visit the beautiful waterfall upstream. After lunch we will boat back to the lodge and enjoy our surroundings before preparing and packing for the next part of our trip. We will enjoy a dinner in the Lodge before our closing activities at the lodge.
Day 6 - Osa Peninsula/ Isla del Caño Snorkel Tour
Isla del Cano, a marine reserve in it´s own right can be found just off shore from the Osa Peninsula. Known as the best spot in Costa Rica for snorkelling, we will embark on a morning journey of underwater snorkelling where you will have the chance to spot barracudas, rays, turtles and many varieties of fish. We will also have the opportunity to have lunch on these uninhabited islands.
Day 7 - Uvita Beach/ Waterfall Visit
After a busy few days in the Osa Peninsula enjoy relaxed beach time at Marino Ballena National Park and some nearby local waterfalls. The evening will be filled with team building exercises lead by your evolve tour leader.
Day 8 - Uvita/ Zip Lines/ Return to San Jose
Enjoy one last dip in the ocean before heading out on our final day of adventure in Costa Rica. This morning we will head out for our forest canopy zip-line adventure! After spending two hours soaring above the treetop canopy we will make our way back to San Jose. Enjoy a lively salsa lesson before our farewell dinner.
Day 9 - Homeward Bound
Begin our journey home after an amazing trip to Costa Rica!
AirfareRoundtrip group airfare to Costa Rica
BusPrivate coach bus as needed for duration of tour
HotelsCentrally located, student friendly, 3 * minimum, acclaimed hotels
Daily breakfasts and dinners are included on trip. 4 Lunches are also included. Meals at locally owned and run restaurants and accommodations serving authentic cuisine sufficient for all appetites.
Costa Rica is ranked #1 in the Happy Planet Index.
Places You’ll Visit
Visit the national museum and central market.
Dominical, Savegre, Puntarenas Province
Sierpe, Puntarenas Province
See some of the largest mangroves in the world and learn about the importance of them in our eco system.
Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste Province
Discover the crystal clear blue waters and gorgeous scenery.
Corcovado National Park
Observe and learn about the flora and fauna along the way.