2016-17 Term 4: Central and South America
We begin Term 4 in Nicaragua, whose coastline, culture and natural splendour 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 2-Day/1-Night Hike of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
- Treetop Zip lining
- Traditional Costa Rican Cooking Lesson
- White Water Rafting on Corobici River
- Sailing Day Excursion, San Juan del Sur
- Community Service Program
2016-17 Term 4 Optional Excursions
(NIcaragua) Masaya Volcano - Lava Rock Evening Tour
Experience the mysterious sights and sounds of the Masaya Volcano by night. Feared by both indigenous people and Spanish conquerors, the Masaya Volcano was baptized “La Boca del Infierno” or “The Mouth of Hell” by the Spanish.
Just before sunset we set off to the volcano where we hope to get a glimpse of green ‘chocoyos’ (parakeets) returning to their nests inside the volcano crater. These birds have amazingly adapted to withstand the sulfurous fumes emitted from the volcano. While the parakeets are returning home, the bats are just leaving their caves in their masses. What a remarkable sight!
We’ll don helmets and take a flashlight to explore the underground tunnel and rock formations formed by lava streams, before we end our visit to this majestic volcano with a hike to a viewpoint giving fantastic vistas of the crater mouth, which is continuously emitting smoke and sulfur gases, and allowing us to see a crater created by lava activity as recently as 2006!
Please wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring with you insect repellent, bottled water and a light jacket.
(San Juan del Sur) Horseback riding
Horseback riding is a great way to get up close and personal with the beautiful country of Nicaragua.
On this excursion we will visit a private local ranch, where we’ll meet our well-cared for and loved horses. The ride leaves from the ranch through the local community, into open fields and over hilltops for spectacular views, crossing the river several times for excellent wildlife viewing (we almost always see monkeys!) and then to a secluded beach for a refreshment break and more riding adrenalin.
Our knowledgeable trail boss will lead the way and a portion of your ride fee will go to the ranch’s local community development fund. Our ride will be scheduled to arrive at the beach at low tide for safety and a bigger beach to ride on.
If you’ve never been on a horse before, or if you are an experienced rider, you horse will be chosen based on your experience level. All horses are well trained and you can take it slow, or trot and canter to your delight!
Please note: Riding will be Western Style, and there is a rider weight limit of 210lbs. Please bring long pants. Boots and cowboy hats will be provided.
(San Juan del Sur) Day Sail Excursion
Sail away for the day to sun-drenched beaches and dream of a day in paradise.
On our private yacht, our captain will set sail and take us to discover the untouched stretches of coastline. We will enjoy snacks and soft drinks aboard the boat, throw anchor and swim in the turquoise ocean, and land at pristine beaches. We’ll return to San Juan del Sur and dock as the sun sets.
If we’re lucky we’ll see dolphins surfing alongside the boat, and may also be privileged enough to see turtles or whales.
Lunch is included. Remember your beach towel, sunscreen and bathing suit.
(Playa del Coco) Stand Up Paddling
Whether you know it as SUP surfing, paddle surfing or stand up paddle boarding, this new sport is taking the world by storm. Let’s join the movement and grab a paddle and board and get cruising!
This is the perfect way to enjoy the ocean for surfers and non-surfers alike, and you can tailor it to your comfort zone, from flat water paddling to riding the waves. Its fan base is growing so rapidly because everyone can do it and its great fun!
With our instructor we will learn the safety, basic strokes and turns both standing and kneeling and by the end you’ll be a SUP pro.
Included: equipment, including a life vest.
Please wear your swimsuit, and bring insect repellent, sunscreen, along with a hat/sunglasses, a towel and a change of clothes.
(Playas del Coco) Discovery Scuba Diving (no certification required)
This half-day adventure is for the non-certified diver who wants to experience underwater life first hand. A highly trained instructor will teach students the basics of scuba diving in a swimming pool and then take them on a shallow one-tank dive in the ocean.
Signed waiver required.
PADI Scuba Certification Course, Playas del Coco
Jacques Yves Cousteau himself chose to film a diving special in Costa Rica, leaving little doubt as to the quality of this activity in the region. The same underwater wonders that attracted the great Captain Cousteau to Costa Rica continue to attract divers from all over the world. These qualities include: pristine azure waters, hundreds of miles of unexplored coasts and islands, and an abundance of tropical marine life. While beginners may not yet be ready for a large school of hammerhead sharks gliding soundlessly overhead, Costa Rica has snorkel and dive sites for everybody, from the newcomer to the most experienced professional. Join us and complete your full PADI diving certification while on location in Costa Rica.
Course duration: approximately 3 afternoons.
Equipment: Participants may bring their own mask, fins, snorkel and wetsuit or borrow from the dive shop.
Signed waiver required.
(Cusco) 2-Day/1-Night Adventure Tour
(Add-On to the Included Machu Picchu Visit, preceding the included overnight tour to Machu Picchu)
This overnight excursion will take place prior to the included visit to Machu Picchu and will give participants an extended time to explore the nature, ecology and history of the area before re-joining the group for the visit to Machu Picchu.
We will see birds such as parrots, hummingbirds and eagles and the plantations of Coca (Sacred Leaf of the Incas), coffee, yucca, and fruit trees.
Our adventure will include hiking and biking through spectacular mountains, exploring ancient ruins and visiting with local communities (descendents of the Inca who still live a traditional lifestyle) to learn more about their way of life. Along the way, we’ll see breathtaking vistas, enjoy delicious home-cooked food and get to relax surrounded by ancient landscapes.
We do recommend you have a basic level of fitness to participate in this excursion due to activities at high altitude.
Price includes: all transportation to, from and during the trek; bicycle and equipment rental; all entry and guide fees; breakfast, lunch and dinner daily; accommodations each night. One male and one female staff will accompany the group on the excursion.
April 12 – June 3, 2017
|Tuition, Supervision and Health and Wellness||$7,530|
- Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ3M)
- Biology (SBI3U)
- Chemistry (SCH3U)
- Understanding Canadian Law (CLU3M)
- 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:
More details of what is included:
Swimming in hot springs
Hiking in a cloud forest and excursions to local beaches and Machu Picchu.
Community Service opportunities are also offered.