School trips to Costa Rica

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School trips to Costa Rica offer students the opportunity to explore one of the most biodiverse countries on the planet.

Costa Rica is the perfect destination for both geography and science school trips. Plus, as a real pioneer of ecotourism, this is the ideal destination for encouraging your students to become more environmentally conscious.

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Why visit Costa Rica?

Incredible biodiversity

Costa Rica is a country that takes its biodiversity very seriously and so it should – despite making up just 0.03% of the world’s landmass, Costa Rica makes up 5% of the world’s biodiversity.

Boasting the perfect mix of forests, volcanoes, beaches and nature reserves, Costa Rica offers a wealth of opportunities to learn more about conservation and the practice of scientific research that would be hard to find anywhere else!

On your educational tour to Costa Rica, you’ll explore the Monteverde Cloud Forest, which is home to over 100 species of mammals, 400 species of birds and 1200 species of amphibians and reptiles. Here you’ll find out about the local conservation efforts and the contributions being made to scientific research.

You’ll also take a boat tour in Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge, where you should be able to spot monkeys, sloths, birds and reptiles.

A pioneer of sustainable tourism

A school trip to Costa Rica is a great option for educating the travellers of the future to travel more responsibly, as the country has led the way in terms of sustainable tourism since the early 1990s. An estimated 26% of Costa Rica’s land area has been devoted to national parks, wildlife reserves and protected areas.

Costa Rica’s commitment to sustainability extends beyond tourism too – in 2018 the country hit the milestone of 99% of its energy coming from renewable resources, including hydropower, solar power and wind power.

The country is aiming to be carbon neutral by 2025 and looks set to be on target for that. In fact, to date, Costa Rica is the only country in the world to meet all five of the criteria set by the United Nations Development Programme to measure environmental sustainability!

Dramatic geology

Costa Rica is geologically active and is part of the Central America Volcanic Arc. The geological activity is caused by the Cocos Plate being subducted beneath the Caribbean Plate, on which Costa Rica sits.

This means that your students can learn more about plate tectonics, volcanoes and earthquakes on their geography school trip to Costa Rica.

We can arrange for you to hike the Arenal Volcano lava trails, where you’ll have the most fabulous views of the Arenal Volcano. And, after a sweaty hike, your students will love the opportunity to bathe in the thermal water pools at Baldi Hot Springs.

Activities in Costa Rica that your school group will love

Arenal Volcano Hiking Trails

During this unforgettable experience you will enjoy hiking on the lava trails of the Arenal Volcano. On the privateproperty where

Baldi Hot Springs

Baldi Hot Springs is located in La Fortuna de San Carlos at the base of the imposing Arenal Volcano. Baldi

Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge

CañoNegro lies in the north of the country, lying very close to the border of Nicaragua. A nature lover’s paradise

La Casona del Rio

Casona Río Fortuna is therenowned Costa Rican historical and elegant turn-of-the-century country home of the former Costa Rican president, Rafael

Monteverde Cloud Forest

Set atop the spine of Costa Rica's continental divide, Monteverde is a high altitude (1,440 m) region in the north

Where to visit in Costa Rica

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Do you offer travel insurance?

We do offer travel insurance as an optional extra - find out more in our travel insurance resource which includes the policy documents and FAQs. 

If you choose not to purchase this insurance through us (which is absolutely fine), just remember that you must have suitable travel and medical insurance in place to cover your group. 

How far ahead should I start planning my trip?

As a general rule, we recommend that you start planning your trip 12-18 months before you want to travel.

This gives you plenty of time to get it approved and launched to students and parents.

Planning early will mean you have a greater choice of accommodation and travel options - and it will make paying for the trip easier for families.

Want to travel sooner than this? It's possible to plan a trip in a shorter amount of time. Whenever you're ready to start planning, we'll be here to support you.  And make sure you check out the many trip-planning guides in our resource hub

Can the trip itinerary be adapted to my curriculum and requirements?
Every trip we organise is unique and your itinerary manager will work with you to understand your curriculum and adapt the itinerary to suit your learning objectives. The itineraries featured on our website are just a sample of what's achievable within a given timeframe. The trip duration and the activities and excursions can be tailored to your needs and budget.
What accommodation options are available?
You can see examples of the types of accommodation we have available in different destinations on the sample trip pages linked above. All of our accommodation partners have been chosen based on their suitability for school groups. As a member of the School Travel Forum (STF), you can be certain that all accommodation contracted by us complies with local legislation with respect to fire and general safety, is contracted by trained Halsbury Travel staff or reputable agents, receives a standard audit and risk assessment prior to use by Halsbury Travel and receives a supplementary audit if it is used on five or more occasions in a year. Your Tour Adviser will discuss your accommodation preferences with you when putting together your tailor-made quote and will assist you in choosing the best accommodation for your budget and requirements.

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