In January, we culminated our fifth consecutive trip to Costa Rica with the Appalachian State University department of Geography and Biology field course. Revisiting our classic itinerary from years’ past, we stayed in beautiful Drake Bay at an ecolodge and embarked on guided tours through stunning Parque Nacional Corcovado, which National Geographic has dubbed the “most biologically intense place on the planet.”

Students on the trip participated in a reforestation program at the expanding private ecological reserve on the Rio Pacuare run by Rios Tropicales, for the third consecutive year. Everyone enjoyed the tree planting activities, as well as catching their own dinner on-site at the sustainable tilapia farm project.

As always, carbon credits for all airfare and local transportation were purchased through FONAFIFO to offset the carbon emissions of the field course.