Sininger Hall, Rm. 100When:
January 24 2017, 4:00 pm
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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.
Meet the Faculty
Melanie Zollner, M.B.A.
Instructor of Management and Marketing - School of Business, Media and Technologymelzollner@nmhu.edu
Assistant Professor - Department of Natural Resourcesbcespedes@nmhu.edu
William Taylor, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics and Dean - School of Business, Media and Technologybtaylor@nmhu.edu
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