Costa Rica 2018

With the largest percentage of protected areas of any country and plans to become the first carbon-neutral country by 2021, the New Economics Foundation rated Costa Rica as the greenest country in the world. We’ll explore the amazing natural areas and biodiversity that bring visitors from around the world, while also looking into social and economic forces that contribute to some of the best examples of sustainability on a national level.

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Traveling the canals of Tortuguero National Park. Can you spot the caiman in this shot? Photo: Global Water Forum

sunbittern Tapanti Park Kathy Sam
See sunbitterns like this in Tapanti National Park. Photo: Kathy & Sam


January 31 – February 11, 2018 (12 days, 11 nights)


  • Tortuguero National Park, a unique area where the primary avenues of exploring are the many naturally-formed canals through primary rainforest. This area was preserved primarily to protect sea turtles and jaguars.
  • Orosi, one of the few colonial cities that have preserved Spanish architecture from the 16- and 1700’s.
  • Tapanti National Park, home of Baird’s tapir, jaguarondi, kinkajou, monkeys and 400+ species of birds.
  • Opportunities to go whitewater rafting and snorkeling in the Pacific Ocean – but if that is too adventurous – relaxing in volcanic hot springs!


$2625.00 plus airfare (double occupancy)

If you are interested in this trip, have questions, or would like more information, please contact Tim Vargo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (414) 964-8505 or attend a free information session on Wednesday, September 13th at 6 pm at the Riverside Park branch.

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The Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi (built in 1743) in the Orosi Valley of Costa Rica. Photo: W & J


The Urban Ecology Center Eco-travel program offers a unique way to explore local and international destinations while exploring issues around sustainability. Your participation supports the Urban Ecology Center’s mission.

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Saturday, September 23rd

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Saturday, September 23rd

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