Faculty: Viki Defferding, Kathy Weiss
Meeting: Monday, 6:30 - 9:00 PM
The study tour to Central America will focus on the people, culture and history of Central America including our Central American brothers and sisters in Christ, as well as the incredibly diverse plant and animal populations of the jungles of tropical highlands and beaches. In class, students will give presentations about history, culture, beliefs and other aspects important for our trip. They will also write a short paper, write reactions to some readings and learn or review survival Spanish. A reflection/observation journal will be required on the trip.
We begin our study tour by visiting the ancient Maya site of Copan, Honduras where we will learn about the early Maya culture that settled there and observe how that culture and its beliefs have influenced today's society in this region.
Our next stop in Central America is Guatemala. While there we will visit a Basilica which houses the famous Black Christ and a colonial town, Antigua,.Arriving in Costa Rica the high adventure portion of our trip kicks into gear. We will visit & hike around volcanoes, waterfalls and other natural wonders. We'll enjoy swim in rivers, hot springs and the Pacific Ocean. We travel to the high mountain cloud cap forests of Monteverde where the adventure continues with a night rainforest hike, zip-lining, bungee-jumping,* canyoning,* and a number of outdoor activities* you can choose. We'll spend time with the Central American people learning about their beliefs and their culture. We'll also learn about coffee production in Honduras & Costa Rica. There will be a lot of outdoor activities on this trip including walking, hiking, a guided night hike through a cloud-cap forest, climbing pyramids & temples, zip-lining, canyoning, * rappelling,* and water sports as weather permits.
* Activity costs extra-you must pay for this activity.
ADDITIONAL IMMUNIZATIONS MAY BE REQUIRED
Day l Arrive at San Pedro Sula airport, Private bus to Copan Ruinas
Day 2 Copan Archeological Site, temples, pyramids & museum; ancient beliefs
Day 3 Mass at Plaza church, History Museum or Children's Museum, Tortilla making lessons & lunch with a local family; Church Service @ Iglesia Bautista Las Brisas
Day 4 Mayatan Bilingual School: classes & soccer game, Guacamaya Bird Rescue
Day 5 100+ year old Hacienda San Lucas, Los Sapos (ancient maya birthing site) La Pintada (Maya Chorti Indian village
Day 6 To Antigua, Guatemala via Esquipulas (the Black Christ)
Day 7 City Tour Antigua, a colonial town nestled at the foot of volcanoes Guesthouse
Day 8 To Costa Rica, San Jose tour & Pre-Columbian Gold museum
Day 9 La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano, Baldi Termae (Hot Springs)
Day 10 La Fortuna waterfall hike, rope swing/diving hole in river
Day 11 To Santa Elena & Monteverde National Wildlife Reserve. Night walk through the Monteverde Wildlife Reserve: we may see sloths, red-kneed tarantulas, jeep beetles & other assorted mammals & creepy-crawlies
Day 12 Extrema Zipline includes many ziplines, a Tarzan swing & rappel; Frog Pond:
meet poison dart frogs up close and personal; Creamery run by Monteverde Quakers
Day 13 Choose your own extreme adventure* such as canyoning (rappelling down waterfalls), white water rafting, horseback riding, bungee jump or zipline H donTaco
Day 14 Nicoya National Park (Pacific), Curu Beach, Bioluminescent kayak tour, hike
Day 15 Curu Beach, Tortuga Island (snorkeling), Beach activities
Day 16 Morning beach time? To San Jose via Sarchi wood crafting village.
Day 17 To Los Angeles Basilica (religious art & architecture), Irazu volcano walk.
Day 18 Day with the Berho's will include lunch & Benoit's BBQ dinner
Day 19 Poas Volcano & lake walk, La Paz Waterfall Gardens hike & cultural center
Day 20 Cafe Britt Coffee Tour; Souvenir market, Mi Tierra restaurant farewell dinner
Day21 To PDX
* Activity costs extra - you must pay for this activity.