Costa Rica


by Pacho Gutierrez ’77

Students participated in a morning pre-trip meeting before our 2:00 a.m. departure early Thursday morning.  We constructed care packages for the five schools and community organizations we will be visiting in our tour of the northern part of this beautiful country.  We went over last minute logistics and practiced the song we will performing along the way. Kevin used his acting and singing talents to polish our interpretation of Bruno Mars’ ballad Count on Me.  Our participants wrote their first journal entries over some fresh pizza and arranged who will be blogging on which day.  Everyone is quite excited about the numerous destinations including four national parks and a couple natural reserves.  

George School Costa Rica 2017 – Blog order


Arrival to Liberia Airport then transfer to Lodge. Afternoon hike to Chorreras Waterfall.

Day 2 – CONOR

Morning hike at Rincon de la Vieja NP. Afternoon horseback ride to Hot Springs or Oropendola Waterfall.

Day 3 –  KAT

Morning departure to Monteverde area stopping at Junquillal beach. Lunch en-route and arrival to the hotel in the afternoon.

Day 4 – LOGAN

Full day at Santa Elena Reserve for cloud forest walk and community service. Afternoon visit Bat Jungle.

Day 5  – ANDREAS

Departure for Arenal area via lake crossing, arrival to the hotel for lunch and hike Arenal Volcano NP in the afternoon. Then return to the hotel to enjoy hot springs.

Day 6 – ZACH

Early morning departure for Tortuguero Area by bus and boat. Arrival to the lodge for lunch then afternoon visit Sea Turtle Conservancy Natural History Visitor Center and Tortuguero Village.


Morning boat tour of Tortuguero NP, lunch at the lodge. Afternoon community service activity (if available) or second boat tour of different area od the NP.

Day 8  – KATE

Departure for Sarapiqui area, lunch en-route and arrival to the lodge for SCLC orientation to Homestays. Afternoon Rain forest hike in SVL reserve.

Day 9 – KHALIL

Full day community service by SCLC, Home-stay.

Day 10 – BRIAN

Full day community service by SCLC, Home-stay.

Day 11  – KEVIN

Morning organic pineapple plantation Tour . Lunch at the lodge then departure to Central Valley. Arrival to the hotel and Farewell dinner.

Day 12 – KIM

Returning flights out of Juan Santamaria Airport, San Jose.

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