Activities

We encourage you to participate in the many activities available in the San Luis and Monteverde areas during your stay at UGA Costa Rica.  Activities vary widely to include adventurous outdoor exeriences, educational lectures, and even home stays with a Costa Rican family!  Please remember to stay on the trails (whether on our campus or in one of the local reserves) as this helps to minimize both your impact on the environment and your risk of injury.

 

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Activities Included in Daily Rate - Outdoor
Our Campus is an ideal environment for research and recreational hikes. It includes 52 hectares (123 acres) of forest and a network of aproximately 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) of maintained trails as well as a beautiful Botanical Garden, sustainable farm, and educational resources. Please inquire with Reception for logistics.
Campus tour

Get to know our campus while hearing about UGA Costa Rica and its history, sustainability goals,  read more...

Sustainability Tour of UGA Costa Rica Campus

Tour focused on specific aspects of sustainability. Allow approx. 2 hours.

Guided Natural History Hike

Discover the natural history of the area with one of our trained naturalist guides.  Allow  read more...

Bird Watching

Observe the birds of San Luis in their habitat, and learn their natural history and behavior.

Night Hike

Join our naturalists for a walk in the dark forest. Learn about nocturnal species and behavior,  read more...

Cow Milking & Biodigester Tour

Try your hand at milking our cows … then enjoy the milk in your coffee at breakfast! Learn about  read more...

Botanical & Medicinal Plant Garden Tour

Explore our gardens and forest trails. Learn about our reforestation project, common edible  read more...

UGA Costa Rica Integrated Farm Tour

See our organic farm in action! Learn what’s being grown and get a close up look at sustainable  read more...


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Activities Included in Daily Rate - Talks & Workshops
Our lectures and workshops are given by staff, visiting faculty, or researchers. The following activities are free for guests and students. Additional fees apply for day visitors. Availability of each talk or workshop is subject to change. Please inquire with Reception or contact the Academic Programs Manager for more information.
Orientation & Introduction (Talk)

General introduction to Costa Rica, San Luis and the UGA CR campus. Allow 30-60 minutes

Introduction to the Monteverde cloud forest (film)

An excellent introduction to cloud forest ecology and biodiversity, as well as Monteverde history  read more...

Introduction to the Birds of San Luis (Talk)

Learn how to identify the birds of San Luis. A great introduction for beginning birders and those  read more...

Introduction to Costa Rican Mammals (Talk)

Allow 1 hour.

Introduction to Bats (Talk)

Learn about the most common group of mammals in Costa Rica: bats! Allow 1 hour.

Insect-O-Rama!

Learn about the wonders of insect biodiversity, behavior and general classification. Try your  read more...

Plant-O-Rama!

Dive into the world of tropical plants! Participants will learn about the diversity, common  read more...

Dance Workshop

Learn the essentials of Latin dance, including meringue, cumbia, and salsa! Allow 1 to 2 hours.  read more...

Plant Communities of Costa Rica (Talk)

Learn about the major plant communities of Costa Rica. Natural history, biogeography and  read more...

Carbon Offset Program & The Bellbird Biological Corridor (Talk)

Learn how UGA Costa Rica is working to reforrest the Bellbird Biological Corridor and contribute  read more...

Ecotourism as a Tool for Conservation (Talk)

Learn how ecotourism has provided an opportunity to use tropical forests sustainably.  Allow 1  read more...

Introduction to Costa Rican History and Culture (Talk)

Allow 1 hour.  

Current Research at UGA CR (Talk)

Topics will vary depending on researcher availability.   Allow 1 hour.


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Activities Not Included in Daily Rate - Monteverde
Take advantage of all the Monteverde region has to offer from your home base at UGA Costa Rica. All of the activities in this section require transportation; allotted time does not include travel time. Inquire at Reception or contact the Academic Programs Manager for more information.
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve $20/adult entrance

First and most-visited reserve in Monteverde. Well-maintained trails of varying lengths offer a  read more...

Curi Cancha Reserve $15/adult entrance

Curi-Cancha is a relatively new reserve, located just behind the Cheese Factory in the heart of  read more...

Santa Elena Reserve $15/person

This unique cloud forest reserve is owned and operated by students at the local high school.  read more...

Zipline Canopy Tour and/or Suspended Canopy Bridges $Please inquire

Fly through the forest canopy on a zipline adventure! Or experience the cloud forest from a  read more...

Caburé Chocolate Tour $15/person

Experience the chocolate making process, starting with the cacao bean and ending with a truffle  read more...

Monteverde Bat Jungle $Please inquire

Designed to introduce visitors to the incredible world of bats, The Bat Jungle in Monteverde  read more...

Butterfly Garden $15/adult

 

With up to 30 species of butterflies in 4 different habitats, plus over 20 species of live  read more...

Frog Pond / Ranario $Please inquire

This guided tour includes exhibits of live frogs from throughout the Costa Rica and Central  read more...

Monteverde Cheese Factory $Please inquire

Get a close-up look at the cheese making process. Includes cheese sampling and a presentation on  read more...

Horseback Riding $Approx. $35/person for 2 hour tour

Enjoy the natural beauty of Monteverde on horseback! A variety of tour options are available.  read more...

The Children’s Eternal Rainforest Tour $Prices available upon request
  • Explore the unique rain shadow forest of Bajo del Tigre, right in the heart of Monteverde, on  read more...

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Activities Not Included in Daily Rate - San Luis
Explore the delightful community of San Luis and learn how to cook a traditional Costa Rican meal, tour a sustainable coffee farm, or visit the stunning San Luis Waterfall. All activities in this section require reservations; some require translation. Please inquire with Reception or contact the Academic Programs Manager for more information. progcr@uga.edu
Carbon Offset Program $25/person

Minimize your carbon footprint by having trees planted, or plant them yourself! Includes an  read more...

Finca La Bella Coffee & Sustainable Farm Tour $9/person ($8/person for student groups)

Visit a small, sustainable neighboring farm where coffee, sugarcane, and other crops are grown.  read more...

Café San Luis coffee tour $9/person ($8/person for student groups)

Visit El Cafetal, a small, sustainable neighboring coffee farm. You’ll learn about how coffee is  read more...

Cooking with local family $8/person

Prepare Costa Rican specialties in the home of a local family. You’ll learn a typical recipe,  read more...

Lunch or Dinner with a Local Family $12/person

Enjoy a meal in the home of a Costa Rican family! Another way to catch a glimpse into the daily  read more...

EcoBambú paper recycling center $5/person

Learn how this community-based paper recycling project got started. Get a first-hand look at the  read more...

Rancho de Lelo Family Restaurant in Lower San Luis $Prices vary

Lelo’s specialty is fresh-caught tilapia from the ponds right on the property. Smoked pork and  read more...

Pizzeria Rio Rancho San Luis $Prices Vary

A 20-minute hike from UGACR, Rio Rancho San Luis is a great place to enjoy a home-cooked pizza.  read more...

Homestay $Please inquire

Immerse yourself in Costa Rican culture by staying with a host family in the San Luis community.   read more...


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Activities Not Included in Daily Rate - Talks
Attend lectures on a wide variety of topics to gain a deeper understanding of Costa Rica and its rich diversity. Talks may require travel and/or translation. All talks are subject to availability of the guest speaker. Please inquire with Reception or contact the Academic Programs Manager for more information.
Principles of Fair Trade Coffee Production $100

Learn how farmers organize to produce coffee within a sustainable, fair-trade framework.  Guest  read more...

Natural History of the Three-wattled Bellbird $100

Discover the natural history of this unique, endangered species, and learn about the efforts  read more...

Cloud Forest Amphibians: Perspectives on Frog Declines in Monteverde and Worlwide $150

Take a broad look at frog declines worldwide, with special emphasis on the Monteverde  read more...

Introduction to the Natural History of Frog Calls $150

A fantastic introduction to frogs and their unique calls.  Guest Speaker: Mark Wainwright,  read more...

History of Conservation in Monteverde $100

One of the pioneers of conservation in Monteverde discusses its inception and development. Guest  read more...

The Community of San Luis: Past and Present $100

History and culture; education; community organization; impacts of tourism; land use;  read more...

Payment for Environmental Services in Costa Rica $100

San Luis Development Association.

Ecotourism & Sustainable Development in Costa Rica $100

San Luis Development Assocation.

Environmental History of the San Luis Valley $100

San Luis Development Association.

Landscape Ecology of the Pacific Trail and the Bellbird Biological Corridor $100

San Luis Development Association.

Community Development in the Age of New Technology $100

San Luis Development Assocation.

Round Table with San Luis Community Leaders $200

Successes and challenges in community development, quality of life, and environment.

The Children’s Eternal Rainforest $100

The Children’s Eternal Rainforest: How a fundraising campaign by schoolchildren came to be the  read more...


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