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Costa Rica - Winter 2010

December 27, 2010 - January 3, 2011

Course Information
Terms and Conditions
Day 1 Monday, December 27 - Departure

Depart from BWI airport to San Jose, via Miami, with American Airlines at 6:00 a.m. Arrive in San Jose at 12:10 p.m.  Meet your escort who will be with you throughout the tour. Transfer to La Dehesa Inn in Heredia. You will enjoy a guided Britt Coffee sightseeing tour in the afternoon. Return to your hotel. Dinner at the lodge is included.

Day 2 Tuesday, December 28 - Poas Volcano National Park

Volcan Poas is one of the most visited volcanoes in Costa Rica, because of its proximity to San Jose and because of the luxuriant forest that surrounds two enormous craters. We’ll take a guided tour and hike some short trails around the craters and into the forest. You'll need good shoes for muddy paths as well as a light rain jacket. After a boxed lunch we’ll continue south to the Manuel Antonio region. Lodging at Le Priss Hotel in Quepos. Dinner tonight is at a local restaurant.

Day 3 Wednesday, December 29 - Manuel Antonio National Park

Morning Coastal paddle tour with lunch included/ Afternoon walk at the Manuel Antonio National Park.

Paddle comfortably on your kayak adventure with stops at stunning Biezans Bay for snorkeling and nature watching near Manuel Antonio's world-class beaches. Bring a bathing suit, sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent, hat, and towel.

During our trail hike in Manuel Antonio National Park you will observe the variety of flora and fauna Costa Rica offers, including white-faced capuchin monkeys, raccoons, and many birds. Relax at the beach after your hike and guided adventure. Overnight at Le Priss Hotel.

Day 4 Thursday, December 30 - Sierpe River – Drake Bay

This morning you will depart for Sierpe River. You will take a boat to Drake Bay and then will transfer to the tent camp.  Lunch and dinner are included at the camp.  Rest of the day is free for optional activities. Lodging at the Pura Vista Eco Camp.

Day 5 Friday, December 31 - Corcovado National Park

Corcovado Park is home to almost 400 species of birds, 140 species of mammals and 116 species of amphibians and reptiles and 6000 species of insects. Six natural eco-systems have been identified in the park and it protects endangered species such as the jaguar, puma, crocodile, tapir, poison dart and golden frogs and the harpy eagle. The rain forest is also home to numerous plants and insects that are extremely valuable for scientific and medical discovery. It is the premier place in Costa Rica to see the diverse wildlife that exists in the country. When we get to the park our bilingual naturalist guide will lead you on a three-hour walking tour of a pristine primary forest. The hike ends at the ranger’s station where we will provide a delicious picnic lunch surrounded by nature.
Return to Pura Vista Eco Camp for a festive New Year’s dinner party.

Day 6 Saturday, January 1- San Gerardo de Dota

Morning transfer to Drake and a boat ride to Sierpe.  We’ll stop in San Isidro del General for a sightseeing tour and then continue to San Gerardo de Dota. Lunch at a local restaurant. Dinner and overnight at the Savegre Mountain lodge.

Day 7 Sunday, January 2 - Savegre private reserve

Morning guided tour of the trails along Savegre river, including the beautiful waterfall surrounded by a dense cloud forest. Your guide will take you through the forest and show you the gorgeous flora and fauna. Lunch will be at the lodge. Afternoon bus ride to San Jose and a farewell dinner at La Dehesa Inn.

Day 8 Monday, January 3 - Return

Morning transfer to the airport for our flight back to BWI via Dallas and arriving at 8:20 p.m.

Course Information

Students register in the spring for Span. 131 (Ibero-American Culture and Civilization), 3 credits, GH, GI, and other cultures course.

For information on this course please contact Dr. Cecilia Heydl-Cortinez, or at 771-4151

Cost information for the Costa Rica trip

Price for the trip - from $1,980 based on double occupancy
Penn State York students may receive financial funding from the Student Activity Fee Committee after a campus-wide presentation in February. There are some additional scholarships available depending on student grade-point average and financial need.

The Price Includes:

  • American Airlines r/t flights from Baltimore Washington International (BWI) to San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Airline fuel surcharge of $240 (subject to change until ticketed)
  • Exclusive services of a bilingual guide throughout the trip
  • Two nights hotel accommodation, in double room, at La Dehesa, Heredia
  • Two nights hotel accommodation, in double room, at Le Priss Hotel, Quepos
  • Two nights at the Pura Vista Eco Camp, Drake Bay
  • One night hotel accommodation, in double room, at the Savegre Mountain Lodge, Gerardo de Dota
  • Breakfast daily
  • Six lunches
  • Seven dinners
  • Excursions and sightseeing as per itinerary. All entrance fees on scheduled tours.
  • Private air-conditioned motor coach
  • Tuition for 3 credits for full-time students at any Penn State campus.
  • Guidance and academic supervision by Dr. Cecilia Heydl-Cortinez, associate professor of Spanish at Penn State York.

The Price Does Not Include:

  • Single room supplement + $130
  • Airport taxes and fees: $97
  • Costa Rica departure taxes: $26
  • Transportation to BWI Airport
  • Tips for driver and tour guide
  • Porters at airport and bellboys at hotels
  • Meals other than specified
  • Cost of personal items: phone, drinks, etc.
  • Optional travel insurance (Gate 1 offers this trip insurance for $149)
  • Passport & visa fee (passport should be valid til July 2011)
  • Everyone needs a valid passport. In case you are not an American citizen a visa may be required.


All Penn State students, faculty, staff, and spouses are welcome on our trips.

Terms and Conditions

Gate 1 Travel terms depend on contracts with American Airlines, hotels and other suppliers. Regulations below must be strictly enforced as they are related to these contracts.

Air deposit: $300.00 due by September 7, 2010. Checks payable to Gate1 Travel should be taken to the Finance office in the Main Classroom Building (MCB) and handed to Sue Ruch or a staff assistant.

Second deposit: $400 due by October 4.

Final payment due October 22, 2010.  Late fee: $50 +, applicable for registration and/or balance payments received October 23, 2010 or later.

All cancellations must be sent to Gate1 Travel in writing. Following penalties will apply:

  • 99-61 days prior to departure: $200
  • 60-31 days prior to departure: 50 percent land cost, 100 percent air cost
  • 30 days or less prior to departure/no show: 100 per cent of total price

We recommend that you avail yourself with travel insurance as a protection against these penalties. Please, check with Gate 1 Travel Web site for the $149 travel insurance plan for this trip.


To make your reservation please contact:

Dr. Cecilia Heydl-Cortinez, associate professor of Spanish, or by phone 717-771-4151

Your deposit (made payable to Gate 1 Travel), name as it appears on your passport, address and phone, roommate name (if applicable), and copy of your passport can be taken to the Finance office in the Main Classroom Building (MCB)
or mailed to:

Sue Ruch
Finance Officer
Penn State York
1031 Edgecomb Avenue
York, PA 17403

If you don’t have a passport yet make sure you hand in the deposit and other information by the due date so as to secure a space on the trip. Apply for a passport as soon as possible. Then you can give me a copy of your passport once you’ve received it.

Tour #308193 - Penn State York         Costa Rica




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