Blyth Academy, Blyth Summer Programmes

Blyth Academy International Summer – Costa Rica

July 8th – 27th, 2023

Offered by Blyth Academy with travel provided by Georgia Hardy Tour

Spend your summer in Costa Rica and get a high school credit at the same time!

La Fortuna

Located just 2-hours drive northwest of San Jose, the little Costa Rican town of La Fortuna rests at the foot of the majestic Arenal Volcano. La Fortuna provides an excellent base for visitors to explore the beautiful surrounding area, most notably the scenic Arenal Volcano National Park. Photographers will delight in the spectacular views provided by several lookout points along sublime hiking trails, which wind through lush rainforests and past idyllic natural hot springs. The glistening Arenal Lake, which is the largest lake in the country, offers fantastic opportunities to practice water sports. Don’t miss the beautiful La Fortuna waterfall and natural pool. Visitors can also look forward to wildlife tours, coffee plantation tours, and cacao farm tours, as well as an array of excellent restaurants and shops in the town centre.

Rincon de la Vieja National Park

Named after one of three volcanoes in the reserve, Rincon de la Vieja National Park offers a heady mix of rolling green hills, gushing waterfalls and lush cloud forest. The park attracts travellers year round who come to explore its volcanoes, hot springs and numerous picture perfect waterfalls. Rincon de la Vieja means “The Old Woman’s Corner” and was named after a local legend, which tells of a girl’s lover who was thrown into the volcano by her father. It’s said the woman became a recluse and developed healing powers, living out her days on the slopes of Rincon de la Vieja.

Manuel Antonio

Neighbouring the spectacularly scenic 680-hectare Manuel Antonio National Park and situated along Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast, the bustling beachside village of Manuel Antonio offers a variety of comfortable accommodation options for eco-explorers and adventurers who flock here to explore this beautiful area. The undeniable highlight is the adjacent Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica’s smallest national park, featuring lush biodiverse rainforests, mangroves, lagoons, offshore coral reefs, pristine white-sand beaches and abundant wildlife, including over 100 mammal species and almost 200 bird species. Visitors can enjoy a variety of exciting activities including fishing, swimming, snorkelling, wildlife viewing, bird watching, hiking and relaxing on tropical beaches.

Bon Voyage,
Georgia Hardy Tours

Credit Courses Offered:

  • ENG4U: Grade 12 English – Prerequisite ENG3U
  • ETS4U: Grade 12 Studies in Literature – Prerequisite ENG3U
  • AWQ4M: Grade 12 Photography – Prerequisite AWQ3M
  • HSE4M: Grade 12 Equity & Social Justice: From Theory to Practice –  Pre-requisite: Any university, college or college preparation course
  • ENG3U: Grade 11 English – Prerequisite ENG2D
  • AWQ3M: Grade 11 Photography – Prerequisite Grade 9 or 10 visual arts 
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Places:

La Fortuna, Rincon de la Vieja National Park and Manuel Antonio

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Dates:

Program Dates:  July 1 – 27, 2023
Travel Dates: July 8-27, 2023

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Fees:*

$8,195.00 per person  based on 50 students + 4 Blyth teachers + 1 Supervisor + a Costa Rican guide who is a lifeguard and a naturalist.

*All rates are based on current tariffs and exchange rates, and are subject to adjustment in the event of changes therein, at the time of final payment.
Please note the possibility of increases in airfares and land costs prior to departure.  Any increase must be borne by the individual participant.

Why choose the Blyth Academy International Costa Rica Summer Credit Program?

Visitors to the Republic of Costa Rica will find that despite its small size, the country has an incredible number of attractions and activities to offer. Five per cent of the world’s biodiversity can be found within Costa Rica’s borders and great efforts have been made to preserve this rich resource; protected national parks make up almost 25% of the land – more than any other country in the world.

From fishing and surfing to white water rafting and exploring volcanic regions, Costa Rica is the perfect playground for nature lovers and adventures seekers alike.

Itinerary

Day 1: La Fortuna

  • Fly to San Jose, the capital city. Meet your Costa Rican naturalist guide who will escort you to the Montana de Fuego Volcano Eco Resort and Spa in La Fortuna, located in an exclusive private natural reserve boasting one hundred acres of pure tropical forest. While on route stop at a stunning volcano, and enjoy a scenic orientation scenic tour with a typical local meal. After checking in to the resort, unpack, relax and visit the hot springs before tonight’s welcome dinner.  

  • Overnight at MONTAÑA DE FUEGO ECO RESORT & SPA – ARENAL

Day 2: La Fortuna

  • After morning classes and lunch, enjoy a guided walking tour of La Fortuna Town, literally named ‘The Fortunate One’ for its flat, fertile farming land against the stark contrast of the vast mountainous terrain throughout the rest of the region. La Fortuna is a small slice of paradise located at the base of the mighty Arenal volcano and is a regional cultural centre, with an artisan market, cute shops and cafes.  Surrounded by thermal hot springs and rain forests, La Fortuna is the perfect location to start your learning adventure in Costa Rica.

  • Overnight at MONTAÑA DE FUEGO ECO RESORT &SPA – ARENAL.

Day 3: La Fortuna

  • After class, today’s main activity will be a hike and swim to one of Costa Rica’s most famous sites: La Fortuna Waterfall.

  • Overnight at MONTAÑA DE FUEGO ECO RESORT &SPA – ARENAL.

Day 4: La Fortuna

  • After class, hike the rainforest at Arenal Volcanic Park, situated within a much vaster conservation area that protects approximately 15 distinct biological reserves found between the Tilaran & Guanacaste mountain ranges. You’ll see an incredible variety of wildlife including sloths, monkeys, birds, iguanas and maybe even a jaguar. Recharge at the pool before dinner.

  • Overnight at MONTAÑA DE FUEGO ECO RESORT AND SPA – ARENAL.

Day 5: La Fortuna

  • Today take the opportunity to study, relax by the pool, and enjoy the resort’s amenities.

  • Overnight at MONTAÑA DE FUEGO HOTEL – ARENAL.

Day 6: La Fortuna

  • After classes, visit the Mistico Hanging Bridges for one of the Costa Rica’s best ways to see the rainforest canopy up close and personal.  With over 3.2 km of trails, 16 bridges, and 617 acres of thick rainforest the bridges’ location means you can see birds and animals common at both lower and higher elevation. Visiting in the late afternoon is when the birds and mammals are most active in the forest! Dinner at Mystico Park (or surrounding area) this evening. Transfer back to the hotel.

  • Overnight at MONTAÑA DE FUEGO HOTEL – ARENAL.

Day 7: La Fortuna

  • Students will have the opportunity to study. In the afternoon, visit a non-profit organization dedicated to dog rescue and rehabilitation. With over 70 beautiful little furry friends onsite, you will be able walk the dogs, and bottle feed puppies if a new litter has arrived!

  • Overnight at MONTAÑA DE FUEGO HOTEL – ARENAL.

Day 8: La Fortuna

  • Full day of classes with a break in the afternoon for a hike. An optional excision to the famous Tabacon hot springs will be offered.

  • Overnight at MONTAÑA DE FUEGO HOTEL – ARENAL.

Day 9: Rincon de la Vieja National Park

  • Transfer from Arenal to the Canyon de la Vieja Adventure Lodge located on the banks of the crystal blue Rio Colorado. This sprawling lodge offers thermal pools, mud baths, swimming hole, horseback riding, tubing, rafting and canopy tours. On the way, stop at Las Pailas; a circular trail known as the Sendero Las Pailas. This 3km trail, takes students east of Las Pailas ranger station, and past the boiling mud pools known as the Las Pailas to witness sulfurous fumaroles and a ‘volcancito’. Once arrived at the adventure lodge is set in the beautiful, well-manicured gardens including a resort pool.

  • Overnight at CANYON LODGE – RINCON DE LA VIEJA.

Day 10: Rincon de la Vieja National Park

  • After classes, treasure a beautifully unique experience horseback riding across the Guanacaste prairies, in the company of a true Sabanero cowboy! Admire the beauty of the volcano and the majestic views of the surroundings, while learning of the region’s rich, cultural history of cowboys and ranching.  Enjoyed in the local town for a taste of the authentic regional cuisine.

  • Overnight at CANYON LODGE – RINCON DE LA VIEJA.

Day 11: Rincon de la Vieja National Park

  • In the afternoon, take a break and enjoy an exhilarating and refreshing tubing adventure on the Costa Rica’s Rio Colorado! You’ll bask in the thrill of traversing wild rapids and alternatingly floating along the calm current! Tonight’s typical BBQ dinner at the local favorite Rancho Restaurant will be an authentic local dining experience.

  • Overnight at CANYON LODGE – RINCON DE LA VIEJA.

Day 12: Rincon de la Vieja National Park

  • After class, today’s activity will relate to environmental sustainability. The Lodge has been awarded a prestigious Level 5 Certification in Sustainability by the Costa Rican Tourism Board, and you’ll learn from the director about the strategies implemented to make this a leading “green” eco-lodge. Remainder of the day is spent to enjoy the Lodge’s amazing amenities before dinner!

  • Overnight at CANYON LODGE – RINCON DE LA VIEJA.

Day 13: Manuel Antonio

  • Check out of the Canyon Lodge and transfer to the town of Quepos on the Pacific coast, and gateway to Costa Rica’s most famous national park: Manuel Antonio. Enroute, stop at the Tarcoles River to witness (from a safe distance!) the 2,000 local crocodiles wading in their natural habitat and have lunch. Continue to Quepos and check into the hotel. Take a refreshing dip in the pool or head straight to the beach and dip your toes in the Pacific!

Day 14: Manuel Antonio

  • Class today followed by hitting the beach! Afternoon optional excursion: Experience the Damas Island Estuary and Mangrove ecosystem on an exciting guided kayak tour. Paddle with the currents as your highly trained, naturalist guide reveals the protected inland waterways of the Damas Estuary and mangrove habitat. Admire the unforgettable richness of the diverse flora and fauna present in this unique ecosystem!

    Paddle under the shade of several tall species of mangroves; watch sloths and monkeys travel through the tree canopy while hunting for nocturnal silky anteaters while you listen to the songs of the various birds as they fly overhead.

Day 15: Manuel Antonio

  • The Manuel Antonio National Park is one Costa Rica’s main tourist attractions, rarely can one see this diverse amount of wildlife from such close distances! Located on the central pacific coast, this park offers rugged rainforest, pristine white sand beaches, coral reefs and a vast biodiversity of wildlife and tropical plant life. Enjoy lunch beachside at the park!

    From the resort, transportation will be available during the afternoon to visit various surrounding beach areas. 

Day 16: Manuel Antonio

  • Following class at the hotel, there will be an afternoon optional catamaran excursion offered to see humpback whales, dolphins, stingrays and other marine wildlife. On board you’ll enjoy a fresh fruits and natural juices while relaxing with incomparable views of the shoreline and ocean during this luxurious paradise cruise.

    Lunch and dinner will be prepared onboard while participants revel in this unique and memorable journey!

Day 17: Manuel Antonio

  • Students will have the opportunity to attend class, study, rest, relax, recharge and go on a nature hike with the guide.   

Day 18: Manuel Antonio

  • Last day of class, study, and take breaks at the pool. 

Day 19: Manuel Antonio

  • Final exam.  This evening celebrate your accomplishment and living Costa Rica’s pura vida  with a special dinner at a local restaurant boasting stunning sunset views.

Day 20: End of Itinerary

  • Early morning check-out for the transfer to San Jose airport with a rest sop enroute. Arrive at the airport, check-in, and say adios to beautiful Costa Rica.

Payment

PAYMENT SCHEDULE:

  • $2000.00 deposit (+insurance if purchasing).

FORMS OF PAYMENT: 

  1.  Deposit: Cheque made payable to Georgia Hardy Tours Inc.
    122 Dawlish Ave.
    Toronto, ON, M4N 1H3
  2. E-transfer: George Hardy at [email protected]
    *please indicate your name and trip name, GreeceItaly2023 in your e-transfer notes
  3. Visa or MasterCard: please supply your credit card info during the secure registration process.

Tour Price Includes

  • Airfare
  • Accommodation in centrally located hotels
  • Ground transportation on private coach
  • All sightseeing tours and entrances as mentioned in itinerary
  • Breakfast, and dinner daily
  • Guiding as per the itinerary
  • Gratuities

Tour Price Does Not Include

  • Lunches, snacks, beverages at included meals
  • Travel insurance: $380.00
  • $100.00 application fee
  • Any Covid-19 requirements for travel in Costa Rica
  • Personal spending money
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary 
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Want to learn more about this trip?

Information presentation for our Blyth Academy Summer Program will be: January 11 at 6:30pm.


Fine Print: It is the responsibility of all participants to ensure that they have a valid passport and that no additional travel documents are necessary. Georgia Hardy Tours Inc. is not responsible for inadequate travel documents. Georgia Hardy Tours reserves the right to make changes in the itinerary when necessary for the convenience and safety of tour participants. Any extra cost in the unlikely event of itinerary changes must be borne by the individual participant.

Responsibility and Jurisdiction: Georgia Hardy Tours and their agents act only as agents for the passengers with respect to services supplied to passengers by others, including but not limited to transportation, hotel and restaurant services, on the express condition that they are not liable for any failure in such services, or injury, loss or damage, delay or inconvenience arising out of or in connection with any defect in any vehicle or any act, omission, accident or error in providing such transportation, hotel, restaurant or other services. There is no refund for unused portions of the tour. In case of an accident occurring during the land portion of any tour, the passenger must submit any claim therefore only to the competent judicial authorities of the jurisdiction where such accident occurred, to be determined exclusively in accordance with the laws of such jurisdiction. By accepting the coupons and tickets and utilizing the services, the passenger agrees that Georgia Hardy Tours nor any affiliated or subsidiary companies or representatives shall be liable for any loss, injury or damage to the passenger or belongings or otherwise in connection with any accommodations, transportation or other services or resulting directly from any occurrences beyond its control including breakdown in equipment, strikes, theft, delay or cancellation or changes in itinerary or schedules, etc. Georgia Hardy Tours and its agents reserve the right to refuse to accept or retain any person as a member of this tour. The right is reserved to withdraw any or all of the tour or portions thereof. All tour services including, but not limited to hotel accommodations, restaurants, guide services and transportation are furnished by independent contractors.