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Itinerary Highlights

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San Jose

5 days, 5 nights

  • Arrive in San Jose – Arrive in San Jose on May 22nd and spend the evening acclimating yourself to your new surroundings.
  • Take a panoramic tour of San Jose – Starting on the East side of San Jose, the first thing the group will see is the Democracy Place and the National Museum, the Courts, Los Yoses, the San Pedro Mall, the Hispanidad Fountain and the Rodrigo Facio Campus at the University of Costa Rica. After seeing the capital’s main attractions, the first stop will be at the impressive Pre-Columbian Gold Museum and the beautiful National Theater. After our visit, the tour continues to the western section of San Jose: La Sabana Metropolitan Park, the Costa Rican Contemporary Art Museum or the first International Airport in Costa Rica, the National Gymnasium, the Comptroller’s office, the residential area of Rohrmoser, the Nunciatura, the Nobel Peace prize winner Oscar Arias Sanchez’s home, the Rohrmoser Boulevard and the Pavas section.
  • Enjoy a group welcome dinner at a local restaurant – Get your first taste of authentic Tico cuisine at this group dinner.
  • Partake in 3 business visits – Learn about promoting sustainable development and socio-economics in Costa Rica, the balance of economic growth and environmental sustainability in Costa Rica and agriculture, and future industrialization in Costa Rica.
  • Visit Poas Volcano and the Doka Coffee Estate – Take the Pan-American Highway towards the city of Alajuela. En-route the group will visit the Agriculture Monument, the Monument to Juan Santamaria and the famous Mango Park. As the group ascends, they will travel through fern, flower and strawberry farms. The group will see a noticeable change in temperature and vegetation as they begin to decend upon the exuberant cloud forest of Poas Volcano. At the volcano the group will have time to enjy the impressive main crater with its sulfure fumaroles, and hike on a trail to the beautiful Botos Lagoon as they learn about the different ecosystems in the park. After visiting the volcano, the group will visit a local coffee estate. Doka Estate will teach the group about the production, the harvesting, the processing and the roasting of the grain. Costa Rica has a large variety of microclimates and altitudes within short distances.


3 days, 3 nights

  • Travel to Arenal – Travel from San Jose to Arenal on a private coach on May 26th.
  • Partake in a business visit – Learn about environmental protection and the sustainable development of Costa Rica.
  • Zip line and soar over the Arenal Volcano – This morning the group will start on a slow-paced Sky Tram gondola ride. The participants will soar smoothly through the rain forest, offering up endless views during their mountainous ascent. The group can stop the tram at any point for photographs or educational content about forestry or anything else. From there, the group will be dropped off at an observation deck for fantastic views of the volcano and the land below. Return back to the bottom of the mountain with a circuit of zip lines stretching across canyons and between treetops. This includes nearly two miles of cables where you will get amazing panoramic views of the landscape.
  • Hike to Arenal Volcano and La Fortuna waterfall – Today the group will tour the active side of Arenal volcano where the guide will take you through rainforest trails for a nice and gentle hike. Once you arrive at the observation point of the train, you can take pictures and videos and hear about the history of the area and of the volcano. Afterwards, the group will continue to a breathtaking view – the waterfall of La Fortuna River. This spectacular view of the surrounding tropical environment will also present you with the opportunity to go swimming, so be prepared! Hike back to your coach after your full day of sightseeing.
Price: $3,201 (subject to change)
Trip ID: 143801

Meet the Faculty

Melanie Zollner, M.B.A.

Instructor of Management and Marketing - School of Business, Media and Technology
Melanie Zollner is originally from Lima, Peru. Spanish is her first language. She has lived in Venezuela, Peru, Bolivia, and currently in Las Vegas, New Mexico. Melanie has been teaching marketing and management courses at NMHU since the fall of 2011. Melanie’s educational background include earning a Certificate in French Language Studies awarded by the French Education Ministry through the Alliance Française in las Paz, Bolivia. Earning a C.P.E. Certificate Proficiency in English and a C.A.E. Certificate in Advance English awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate through the British Council in La Paz, Bolivia. Melanie moved to New Mexico, where she attended the Santa Fe Community College and earned two A.A. degrees in business administration and accounting. Melanie obtained a B.B.A. with concentration in finance and a M.B.A. at NMHU. She is currently working on her Ed. D. in Educational Leadership at the University of New Mexico [UNM]. As an educator, Melanie’s goal is to help students expand their horizons and participate in various scholarly activities beyond the classroom. In part to achieve this goal, she is works with the Academic Enrichment Programs at NMHU and teaches a learning community course during the fall semesters. Melanie believes she is contributing to the formation of future business leaders and that it is imperative that they have a strong ethical perspective. She attends conferences on ethics through the University of New Mexico & New Mexico State University Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative. She recently had a group of her students participate in the UNM & NMSU New Mexico Case Competition Daniels Fund Ethic Initiative at UNM’s Anderson School of Business.

Blanca Céspedes

Assistant Professor - Department of Natural Resources
Blanca Céspedes is an environmental scientist with a PhD in ecology from the University of Castilla-La Mancha, Toledo (Spain). For the last 14 years she has conducted research on Fire Ecology and Global Change. Blanca has also taught at the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Castilla-La Mancha, Toledo (Spain). Blanca started teaching at New Mexico Highlands University in 2016 through the Forestry Program in the Department of Natural Resources Management. Her research examines the effects of fire on vegetation dynamics, and sustainability of different types of vegetation under climate change. As a Postdoc scholar in the School of Forestry at Northern Arizona University, Blanca worked developing a model to study mountainous forest dynamics and fire regime under different climate change scenarios. With that information, we evaluated the vulnerability and adaptability of forest ecosystems to climate change. As a teacher, Blanca strives to provide her students with new perspectives on the world around them from a sustainable point of view, through critical reading and thinking, writing, presentation, or conducting research. She has teaching experience is in general and fire ecology, terrestrial ecosystems, forest management and wildfire management.

William Taylor, Ph.D.

Professor of Economics and Dean - School of Business, Media and Technology
Dr. Taylor was born in Los Angeles, California, and lived there until he graduated from UCLA. The day after he graduated, he left the U.S. for West Africa, where he served as a Peace Corps volunteer. Dr. Taylor also served with the Peace Corps in Chile. He later earned an M.A. from the University of Chicago in Public Policy with a concentration in applied economics and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of New Mexico. Dr. Taylor has spent most of his professional career in senior levels of government, having worked for the Cities of Chicago and Albuquerque, the New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee, and the United States Treasury. Most of his work in government has been in areas related to applied economics and public finance. He has worked as a consultant in the developing world and have presented seminars in many countries in Africa and the Middle East. Dr. Taylor has been with New Mexico Highlands University for ten years, having served two years as the Dean of the School of Business, three years as the Vice President for Finance and Administration. Today, Dr. Taylor serves as Professor of Economics and Dean of the School of Business, Media and Technology.

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