Adventure - Art - Culture - Juniors Abroad at George Fox

Central America

Faculty: Viki Defferding, Kathy Weiss
Meeting: Monday, 6:30 - 9:00 PM

DESCRIPTIONCentral America
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.


PRELIMINARY ITINERARY                                                                                                    

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.