2018/2019 Term Four: Central & South America

TERM FOUR ITINERARY

Monteverde • Arenal • Playas del Coco • Puembo • Amazon • Otavalo • Lima • Sacred Valley • Cusco


From the rainforests of Costa Rica to the breath-taking vistas of Peru, South and Central America will captivate your imagination and challenge your perceptions. During Term Four of Global High School, you’ll experience new heights, new foods, new languages, and new friends.

We will begin our adventure in Monteverde, Costa Rica. The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is home to thousands of species of plants and animals. Learn about cloud forest ecology and take a guided night hike through the reserve. Nearby, visit Arenal Volcano National Park to learn about the country’s most active volcano, and relax in the area’s hot springs before heading to Playas del Coco. It seems like a sleepy seaside town at first glance, but once you’ve familiarized yourself, you’ll find that it’s a friendly and lively place where tourists easily mix with locals and other travellers from around the globe. At night, the central plaza fills with people, food, laughter, and dancing in the true pura vida spirit.

Say goodbye to Costa Rica and head south to Ecuador. Our inland tour will include a stop in Puembo to study in the picturesque public parks and squares, and wander the local markets filled with fresh foods and artisanal treasures.

We then head into the Amazon basin to experience a wildlife adventure of a lifetime—believed by many to be home to the most diverse ecosystem in the world, with thousands of species of plants, animals, fish, and insects. Hike along jungle trails, study poolside and take in the views from your terrace while chattering troops of monkeys swing by.

Move to the northern town of Otavalo to browse the popular Otavalo Market, known for its vibrant, Ecuadorian woven products, which can be bartered and brought home as souvenirs of your incredible time abroad.

Our adventure continues in Peru, a country world-renowned for its ancient archaeological sites, including the famed Machu Picchu, and for its vibrant culture. Experience Lima, the country’s bustling capital where a bustling metropolis exists within an ancient city.

Travel through the Sacred Valley to the breathtaking site of Machu Picchu, hike amid a cloud forest and stone cliffs, and explore the history of Incan civilization. In the lively city of Cusco in the southern Andes, become acquainted with the area’s culture and history. Cusco was the capital of the Inca Empire and reflects its rich history with illuminating museums, striking architecture, and Inca ruins. Immerse yourself and take it all in before final exams and a celebration of your unforgettable year abroad with a farewell banquet.

FLIGHT DETAILS

Groups are required to meet at the airport 3 hours prior to departure

DateAirline/Flight #DepartureArrival
Thursday, April 4, 2019Toronto to Houston flight to be advised
Thursday, April 4, 2019United Airlines flight 1565

Depart Houston 6:12 pm

Arrive San Jose 8:47 pm
Friday, May 24, 2019
Avianca flight 846

Depart Cuzco 7:02 pm
Arrive Lima 8:29 pm


Saturday, May 25, 2019

Air Canada flight 1947

Depart Lima 1:30 am
Arrive Toronto 10:30 am
Please note: Flights are subject to change by the airline.

OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS

Discovery Scuba Diving - No Certification Required (Playas Del Coco)

Discovery Scuba DivingThis 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.

Equipment included.

Signed waiver required.

Anticipated Date: Saturday, April 13th & 20th, 2019

Price: $255
 

PADI Scuba Certification Course (Playas Del Coco)

PADI certification courseJacques 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.

Equipment: Participants may bring their own mask, fins, snorkel and wetsuit or borrow from the dive shop.

Signed waiver required.

Anticipated Date: Saturday, April 13th & 20th, 2019

Price: $705
 

Stand Up Paddling (Playas Del Coco)

Stand up paddle boardingWhether 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.

Anticipated Date: Sunday, April 14th, 2019

Price: $145
 

Community Service (Playas Del Coco)

community serviceCommunity Service is an important aspect of every Blyth Academy International Program. We try to instill a sense of global responsibility in all of our students as they explore the world. This optional excursion will allow students to engage in locally based environmental or educational initiatives. Their time with local children, animals, or the natural environment of the area will earn them 4-5 community involvement hours which can go towards his/her high school diploma.

Earn one to two volunteer hours before your trip!

Donations (new and used) will be of benefit to many organizations, schools and community centres in the areas that we visit. Items such as school supplies, table games and puzzles (of various difficulty), paint by numbers, books and art materials are needed. Clothing donations will also be accepted. Students may earn up to a maximum of two hours for their time spent collecting the items from friends and family.

Please note: You are responsible for carrying your donation items in your own suitcase.

Anticipated Date: Tuesday, April 16th & 23rd, 2019

Price: $105
 

Traditional Costa Rican Cooking Lesson (Playas Del Coco)

Costa Rican Cooking ClassTry your hand at this delicious cuisine! We will spend the afternoon making casado—the most traditional Costa Rican dish, which incorporates meat or chicken, rice, beans, vegetables and tasty fried plantains. We will start from the very beginning, learning the proper way to soak the beans before cooking, and see the dish to its completion! Once finished, we will enjoy the fruits of our labour. This is certainly a skill to take home!

Anticipated Date: Sunday, April 21st, 2019

Price: $65
 

Snorkelling by Boat (Playas Del Coco)

Snorkelling by BoatThis half-day excursion will introduce students to a wide range of the underwater and reef life, much of which can be seen from the water’s surface. Water clarity often exceeds 75 feet at this time of year. Well preserved corals and vast quantities of fish of every shape, size and colour make this trip both memorable and instructive.

We will depart Playas del Coco by boat, motoring through the pristine waters. Once far from the main beach, our guide will lead us into the water, reviewing basic snorkelling techniques and ushering our attention to the diverse life forms of the water.

Equipment included.

Anticipated Date: Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

Price: $130
 

Canopy Adventure Tour (Amazon)

Canopy Adventure TourAdventure through the canopy of the Amazon rainforest on this exhilarating tree top adventure!

The tree canopy is an awesome place to spot wildlife from. We will climb from tree to tree via rope bridges, metal platforms and zip lines. Enjoying panoramic views we’ll hope to see monkeys and tropical birds.

Our knowledgeable guide will give us a safety briefing before we get kitted up and tell us all about the wonders we are seeing as we journey through the cool shade of the forest.

Anticipated Date: Thursday, May 2nd, 2019

Price: $65
 

Otavalo Market and Condor Park (Otavalo)

Condor ParkOn this full day excursion we’ll see the hustle and bustle of market life, and appreciate the natural beauty of the Andean flora and fauna.

Setting off to Otavalo Market after breakfast gives us plenty of time to shop for souvenirs and hone our haggling technique at the world-renowned Otavalo artisan market. Here you’ll find handmade textiles, ceramics, wood, silver, leather and metal products, along with commercial goods.

After free time for lunch, we will visit Condor Park. With beautiful views over the city of Otavalo as the backdrop, you’ll learn about the work of this non-profit organization, whose vocation is to protect, rescue, rehabilitate and re-introduce to the wild raptors, vultures (the Andean Condor) and owls. We’ll enjoy a display of falconry seeing the magnificence of these birds in flight.

Anticipated Date: Saturday, May 4th, 2019

Price: $255
 

2-Day/1-Night Adventure Tour (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.

Anticipated Date: Sunday, May 12th, 2019

Price: $255
 

Half Day Mountain Biking (Cusco)

mountain biking excursionOne of the best places in the world to mountain bike is Peru! Join us on a half day biking adventure around the outskirts of Cusco. We will traverse the high plain above the city, taking in panoramic views of Cusco and its surrounding mountains.

We will make our way to the Huayllarcocha lagoon through the archaeological sites of Sacsayhuaman and Qenqo. If the weather is clear to the south, our highland route offers a breathtaking view of the sacred mountain Ausangate. Our route takes us past one more archeological site: Rumiwasi. Our adventure will finish in the Qarigrande neighbourhood in San Sebastián before returning to your hotel.

** All equipment, including mountain bike and safety gear, is included.

*** Tour does not include entry into the archaeological sites along the route.

Anticipated Date: Saturday, May 18th, 2019

Price: $155
 

April 4 – May 25, 2019

Travel Services
(Including taxes & fees)
$6,515
Tuition, Supervision, Health & Wellness$7,080
Total Fee:
$13,595*
or use your Aeroplan Points

Courses

GRADE 11:

  • Biology (SBI3U)
  • Chemistry (SCH3U)
  • World History to the End of the Fifteenth Century (CHW3M)
  • Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ3M)

GRADE 12:

  • Biology (SBI4U)
  • Chemistry (SCH4U)
  • World Issues: A Geographic Analysis (CGW4U)
  • World Cultures (HSC4M)
  • World History Since the Fifteenth Century (CHY4U)
  • Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ4M)

Included in your Program:

 

Hiking
Zip lining
Hot Springs
Machu Picchue
And more

More details of what is included:

  • Excursions to Machu Picchu
  • Boat tour, zip lining, hot springs and surfing
  • Community Service opportunities are also offered.

Accommodations

San Jose: Hotel Aeropuerto

Monteverde: Hotel Montana

Arenal: Hotel Los Lagos

Playas Del Coco: Villas Mapache

Puembo: Rincon de Puembo

Amazon: Casa del Suizo

Otavalo: Cabanas del Lago

Lima: Palmetto la Perla

Sacred Valley: Mabey Urubamba

Aguas Calientes: SevenMapi Machu Picchu Hotel

Cusco: Siete Ventanas Hotel

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 $1,095.00** 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.