Hola from Costa Rica!

Our arrival to the beautiful land of Costa Rica went without a hitch–well, discounting David M’s extended conversation with the immigration agent and Nathan S’s brief detour at customs. We were whisked from the airport to CPI Heredia, our Spanish language school. ¬†We had a typical “Tico” lunch of chicken with rice, beans, plantains, and salad and took a placement test for the classes we’ll be taking each weekday morning while we’re here. From there, the school bus deposited our weary bodies in front of the house of our “family tica.” (“Tico” means “Costa Rican.”) As we waited for the bus at 7:45 this morning, we had fun sharing stories from our first night with our families. The consensus: los Ticos are unbelievably nice people!

More as a full itinerary and fickle Internet gods allow!


Excited for Costa Rica!

On June 17, ten Pace Upper School students will travel to Costa Rica for nine days along with Mrs. Lewis and Ms. Wilson. Our adventure begins in Heredia, where we will stay with host families for five days and attend Spanish language classes while spending afternoons hiking around Poas Volcano, visiting a coffee plantation, zip lining, and waterfall rappelling. From Heredia, we travel by boat down the Rio Tarcoles to the Pacific Coast. There, we will spend a few days exploring Manual Antonio National Park, hiking and enjoying the beach. We will also go white water rafting.

Students will work on their Spanish language skills while exploring the natural beauty of a country that contains 5% of the world’s biodiversity. Around 25% of Costa Rica’s land area is in protected national parks and other areas, and the country has committed to becoming the first developing country to become carbon neutral by 2021.

We can’t wait to get going!

Lee Wilson

Manuel Antonio National Park on the Pacific Coast is one of our destinations.