If you are looking for an educational tour that combines environmental science, adventure and fun, Costa Rica is the place for you. Costa Rica a great place to take students who are interested in learning about the environment. Costa Rica hosts more than 5% of the world’s biodiversity despite its landmass only taking up .03% of the planet's surface. But even though Costa Rica is small compared to some of the other nations in the World Cup, they are already making a big splash with a thrilling 3-1 upset over 2010 4th-place finisher Uruguay and guaranteeing themselves a spot in the round of 16 with a win over Italy.
Costa Rica: Looking To Make a Splash
FIFA Ranking: #28
Population: 4.5 million
Capital and Largest City: San Jose
National Dish: Gallo Pinto is common breakfast dish originating in Costa Rica. Gallo Pinto means "Spotted Rooster" in Spanish and is made from cooking rice and beans together.
Historic Sites: Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is one of the most popular site in Costa Rica. This famed cloud forest is home to over six ecological zones and 90% of the reserve consists of virgin forests. An important international research and conservation district, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve will provide your students with a rare opportunity to see a wide range of biodiversity. Other great sites include Arenal Volcano and Manuel Antonio National Park.
Why it's good for student travel: Costa Rica’s educational travel program offers both students and teachers an opportunity to connect with their environment. Hands-on lessons in tropical biodiversity, volcanology and current sustainability issues, along with relaxing on both the Caribbean and Pacific beaches, are only part of what makes these life-changing journeys the ultimate field trip. Get your emerging conservationists or budding scientists on an adventure to that combines the best in tropical science and ecological education with an in-depth look at this friendly nation’s culture and education.
Did you know: There are more than 121 volcanic formations in Costa Rica, and seven of them are active. Poas Volcano has the second widest crater in the world (nearly one mile in diameter), and Arenal Volcano is one of the ten most active volcanoes in the world.
Team Nickname: Los Ticos, Costa Rica's nickname, is the shortened, more conversational name for "Costarrincenses" or "native Costa Ricans."
Best Player: Bryan Ruiz is the most important player on this Costa Rican Squad. He is the man who makes the Costa Rica attack dangerous.
2010 Finish: Did not make the tournament.
Current Results: W vs. Uruguay (3-1); W vs. Italy (1-0
Next Up England (6/24).
Image: ESPN/ Cristiano Siqueira