On sunday we had this amazing trip that took us to the most famous volcano of Costa Rica, doing the first stop in three generations coffee where we tried local coffee and of course met the unforgettable and hardworker men that was standing there at the other side of the road with his oxs just waiting for one dollar.

 

 

 

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And with a perfect weather we arrived to La Paz Waterfall Gardens a place that combines wild life, nature, spectacular landscapes and more..

 

 

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On monday we went to a walking tour, where we visited the central market of Heredia where we share with ticos and ticas and where also we had the opportunity to taste many and delicious fruits. The most impressive was the visit to the Fortin and its 360 view

 

 

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On tuesday with just a 15 minutes ride from school we arrived to the cofffee Britt Place were we inmediatelly had a fresh and good lunch then at 3:00 o¨clock when the bell rang  between the coffee plantations a really intersting and educational tour began.

 

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On wednesday afternoon after an amazing lunch we moved to the sport area, where the latin dancing classes were waiting for us

 

 

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On wednesday  we showed our cooking habilities and prepared a special typical lunch “Arroz con pollo”

 

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After 1 hour and half trip and with a perfect weather we arrived to Tárcoles river where we had this amazing experience on the boat tour, sharing with to many reptiles, birds and crocodiles

 

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Friday was pretty historical and cultural, we visited the town of Sarchí where we went and walk through the oldest ox carts factories and where the Biggest ox cart of the world  was made.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On saturday our destination was the exuberant rainforest, on the way we pass through the Braulio Carrillo National Park the one that brings all the water to the central valley also called “the lungs of the central valley”. And once we arrived to the rain forest, the adventure started

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After a weekend full of fun, we started our volunteership with Life Monteverde, where we learned about coffee, sostainability and the importance of it. We learned how they make methane from pig manure. We also helped pick coffee and realized how hard it actually is to make $2. (That is what they pay per “canasta” which is a basket) Between 13 people we manged to pick one basket in 40 minutes. The average picker picks about 9 baskets in a day.

We also helped with the trail maintenance and planted brocoli and enriched the soil with compost.

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Over the weekend the Sonoma Coyotes went down the mountain to enjoy the famous beach of Isla Tortuga. We went on a catameran and spend the day at the beach, laying out, playing volleybal, snorkeling and going on a banana boat. The weather was perfect the water was crystal clear and everyone enjoyed themselves tremendously.

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After fun in the sun we headed back up to our mountain, got a good nights rest and were ready for our zipline adventure the following day. I can say that a little wind did not stop the Coyotes from taking on this adventure! It was windy and cool but the students had an amazing time and said they would do it again!

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SPI Sonoma Academy arrived to Costa Rica on Tuesday and started their awesome adveture with the Café Britt Coffee tour. During the tour we learned all about coffee plantations and coffee processing and got to taste many different blends for coffee, leaving some kids with plenty of energy.

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After having a fabulous typical lunch we headed to Monteverde where the language immersion would start. We met with our “tico” families and headed to our tico homes.

 

Today we left very early to go hike in the famous Santa Elena Cloud Forest. Our guide Henry was very knowledgeable and we learned about the biodiversity of this area.

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Nuestro gran grupo de TAMU inicio su semana con mucha energía, por la mañana tuvieron sus clases de español y por la tarde disfrutaron de una hermosa visita al Hospital Clínica Bíblica; en donde además de adquirir conocimiento también se divirtieron mucho. ¡Feliz semana!

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La tarde de ayer las chicas de TAMU disfrutaron de una tarde llena de información sobre plantas medicinales mientras que exploraban diferentes aromas y sabores de nuestros bellos jardines y bosques. ¡Excelente!