Sorry, this term has come and gone! But if you are interested in travelling through Central and South America, please check out term four for the 2018/2019 year. Applications are now being accepted.

2017-18 Term 4: Central and South America

About This Term

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 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 splendour 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

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

DateAirline/Flight #DepartureArrival
Thursday, April 5, 2018United Airlines flight 6078
Depart Toronto 12:40 pm
Arrive Houston 3:34 pm
Thursday, April 5, 2018United Airlines flight 1421
Depart Houston 6:05 pm
Arrive Managua 8:20 pm
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Avianca flight 625
Depart San Jose 3:45 pm
Arrive Lima 8:25 pm
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Avianca flight 837
Depart Lima 11:20 am
Arrive Cuzco 12:29 pm
Sunday, May 27, 2018Avianca flight 830
Depart Cuzco 5:01pm
Arrive Lima 6:27pm
Monday, May 28, 2018
Air Canada flight 1947
Depart Lima 1:30 am
Arrive Toronto 10:30am

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

Optional Excursions

Horseback Riding (San Juan Del Sur)

Horseback Riding - Nicaragua Optional ExcursionHorseback 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, your 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.

Price: $135
 

Community Service - Barrio Planta (San Juan Del Sur)

Community Service Barrio Planta - Nicaragua Optional Excursion**CLOSED**

Community Service is an important aspect of every Blyth Academy Program. We try to instill a sense of global responsibility in all of our students as they explore the world with us. Students may earn 3-4 community service hours which can be applied towards community service requirements in Ontario.

We will work with the Barrio Planta Project, whose mission is to empower the children and youth of La Planta, an overlooked area in the southwest of San Juan del Sur. Along with a water shortage, there is also an energy crisis here, which causes rolling blackouts. Children growing up in this area have few opportunities for education and employment, and so, the Barrio Planta Project was born. Through free supplementary schooling, BPP helps instill creativity, enhance confidence, and facilitate international communication.

Price: $75

Lava Rock Evening Tour (Granada)

Lava Rock Evening Tour - Nicaragua Optional ExcursionExperience 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 sulphurous 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 insect repellent, bottled water and a light jacket.

Price: $90
 

Stand Up Paddling (Playas del Coco)

stand up paddling - costa rica optional excursionWhether 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 and life vest.

Please wear your swimsuit, and bring insect repellent, sunscreen, along with a hat/sunglasses, a towel and a change of clothes.

Price: $120
 

Discovery Scuba Diving (Playas del Coco)

Discovery Scuba Diving - Costa Rica optional excursionThis 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.

Price: $215
 

PADI Scuba Certification Course (Playas del Coco)

PADI Scuba Certification - Costa Rica optional excursionJacques 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.

Price: $675
 

Diving for PADI Certified Divers, Afternoon Two-Tank Boat Dive (Playas del Coco)

Dive for PADI Certified Divers - Costa Rica optional excursionIn the Playas del Coco area, there are more than 60 dive sites within a 15 minute boat ride. Among the coral reefs and rocky outcroppings, students can observe and swim with snappers, groupers, angelfish, as well as a startling array of rays and eels.

The dives include a half-day boat trip in the Playas del Coco area where certified divers will have two dives, each at a different dive site. These dives will plunge students to depths of approximately 60 to 80 feet.

Equipment and snacks are included. Students are welcome to bring their own mask, fins and wetsuit if they wish.

Students must bring and present their PADI card.
Signed waiver required.

Price: $165
 

2-Day/1-Night Adventure Tour (Cusco)

2-Day/1-night adventure Tour - Cusco optional excursion(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 (descendants 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 that 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.

Price: $195
 

Half Day Mountain Biking (Cusco)

Mountain Biking - Cusco optional excursionOne of the best places in the world to mountain bike is Peru! Join us for 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 we return to our hotel.

** All equipment, including mountain bike and safety gear, is included.
*** Tour does not include entry into the archaeological sites along the route.

Price: $115
 

April 5 – May 27 2018

Travel Services
(Plus Taxes)
$6,515
Tuition, Supervision and Health and Wellness$7,080
Total Fee:
$13,595
or use your Aeroplan Points

Courses

GRADE 11:
  • English (ENG3U)
  • Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ3M)
  • Biology (SBI3U)
  • Chemistry (SCH3U)
GRADE 12:
  • English (ENG4U)
  • World Issues: A Geographic Analysis (CGW4U)
  • World Cultures (HSC4M)
  • Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ4M)
  • Biology (SBI4U)
  • Chemistry (SCH4U)
ADVANCED PLACEMENT (GRADES 11 + 12)
  • AP English Literature and Composition

Included in your Program:

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More details of what is included:

  • Surf lesson

  • Zip lining

  • Swimming in hot springs

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

  • Community Service opportunities are also offered.

Accommodations

San Juan del Sur: Hotel Gran Oceano
Ometepe Island: Hotel Villa Paraiso
Granada: Hotel Colonial
Playas del Coco: Villas Mapache
Arenal: Hotel Los Lagos
Monteverde: Hotel Montaña Monteverde
Lima: TBA
Sacred Valley: Hotel Mabey Urubamba
Aguas Clientes: Seven 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 $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)**