2016-17 Term 4: Central and South America

We begin Term 4 in Nicaragua, whose coastline, culture and natural splendor continue to inspire and amaze visitors. In Granada, we’ll admire the colonial architecture and soak up the buzz of this lively city. Ometepe Island is a nature lover’s paradise and an adventurer’s dream. We’ll hike on a volcano and learn how plants and animals have adapted in this unique ecosystem.

In the seaside town of San Juan del Sur, we’ll hit the beach after classes to play volleyball, take a surf lesson or swim in the cool blue water.

From here we will cross into Costa Rica, traveling first to Monteverde where we will visit the Cloud Forest Reserve; home to thousands of species of plants and animals. We’ll learn about cloud forest ecology and take a guided night hike through the reserve. Nearby, we’ll visit Arenal to learn about the country’s most active volcano, before relaxing in hot springs.

Our next stop is Playas del Coco in the Guanacaste Region of Costa Rica which has a dry tropical climate with a varied landscape. White sand beaches line the coast, and to the east the Guanacaste Mountains showcase national parks and volcanoes. It’s here where we get to zip line through the trees.

Our final destination is Peru, where we’ll be introduced to local culture and history in the lively city of Cusco in the southern Andes. Our travels through the Sacred Valley lead to the breathtaking site of Machu Picchu, where we’ll hike amid a cloud forest and stone cliffs, and explore the history of Incan civilization.

Itinerary

Granada

Nicaragua’s coastline, culture, and natural splendor continue to inspire and amaze visitors. In beautiful Granada on the shores of Lake Nicaragua, we’ll take a boat cruise to the Isletas de Granada, an archipelago of tiny tropical islands, to enjoy beautiful and unusual flora and fauna.

Ometepe Island

Isla de Ometepe is a nature-lover’s paradise and an adventurer’s dream. We’ll hike on a volcano and learn how plants and animals have adapted in this unique ecosystem. We’ll see petroglyphs (rock carvings), howler monkeys, and unique species of birds in this place of true natural beauty.

San Juan Del Sur

In the beach town of San Juan del Sur, we’ll hit the beach after classes to play volleyball, take a surfing lesson, or swim in the cool blue water.

Monteverde

Next we will travel to Costa Rica, beginning our visit in the hills of Monteverde. The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is home to thousands of species of plants and animals. We’ll learn about cloud forest ecology, participate in hands-on activities, and take a guided night hike through the reserve.

Arenal/La Fortuna

Nearby, we’ll visit and learn about the country’s most active volcano at Arenal Volcano National Park, and relax in hot springs.

Playas Del Coco

Playas del Coco lies on the North Pacific coast. Here we will enjoy some time by the ocean and soccer on the beach before saying goodbye to Costa Rica.

Cusco

We are introduced to Peruvian culture and history in lively Cusco in the southern Andes. Our travels through the Sacred Valley lead to breathtaking Machu Picchu to hike amidst a cloud forest and stone cliffs, and explore the history of Inca civilization.

Flight Details

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Toronto to Houston flight to be advised for new students joining for Term 4 only

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

United Airlines flight 1421

Depart Houston 6:00 pm

Arrive Managua 8:15 pm

 

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Avianca flight 830

Depart Cusco 5:08 pm

Arrive Lima 6:35 pm

 

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Avianca flight 428

Depart Lima 3:40 am

Arrive San Salvador 7:05 am

 

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Avianca flight 626

Depart San Salvador 7:50 am

Arrive Toronto 2:45 pm

 

Please note: Flights are subject to change by the airline.

Optional Excursions

The optional excursions for the 2016-17 Term 4 will become available in November 2016.  In the meantime, here are some examples of optional excursions we have done in past Global High School Term 4 Programs.

  • 2-Day/1-Night Hike of the Inca Trail to Machupicchu
  • Treetop Ziplining 
  • Snorkeling 
  • Traditional Costa Rican Cooking Lesson
  • White Water Rafting on Corobici River
  • Sailing Day Excursion, San Juan del Sur
  • Community Service Program

April 12 – June 3, 2017

Travel Services
(Plus Taxes)
$5,455
Tuition, Supervision and Health and Wellness$7,530
Total Fee:
$12,985*
or use your Aeroplan Points

Courses

GRADE 11:
  • Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ3M)
  • Biology (SBI3U)
  • Chemistry (SCH3U)
  • Understanding Canadian Law (CLU3M)
GRADE 12:
  • World Issues: A Geographic Analysis (CGW4U)
  • World Cultures (HSC4M)
  • Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ4M)
  • Biology (SBI4U)
  • Chemistry (SCH4U)
  • Canadian and International Law (CLN4U)

Included in your Program:

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More details of what is included:

  • Surf lesson

  • Ziplining

  • Swimming in hot springs

  • Hiking in a cloud forest and excursions to local beaches and Machu Picchu.

  • Community Service opportunities are also offered.

Accommodations

Below are the accommodations for the 2015-16 Term 4 Program. Accommodations for the 2016-17 program will be posted shortly.

  • Granada: TBA
  • Ometepe: TBA
  • San Juan del Sur:  TBA
  • Monteverde: TBA
  • Arenal: Hotel Los Lagos
  • Playas del Coco:  Mapache Villas
  • Cusco: Siete Ventanas

Other Terms

See what destinations, courses and excursions we offer on the other terms:

*Plus $495 registration fee. Includes group airfare arranged by Blyth Academy and an estimated $695.00** in airline and departure taxes, local taxes and fees. All itineraries, excursions, and dates are subject to change. Please visit www.blythpoints.com for more details on funding your program through Aeroplan points.

**Plus Cancellation and/or Medical Insurance fees (if selected)**