Summer 2019 Albright Costa Rica Tour – Albright College

Summer 2019 Albright Costa Rica Tour

The Albright College Alumni Association announces a new ecotourism trip to Costa Rica during summer 2019 for alumni, faculty, students and friends.

Rich in biodiversity and steeped in a culture that blends numerous international influences, Costa Rica offers countless opportunities to observe unique natural treasures. We’ll explore several ecologically-significant areas, including the Arenal volcano, an organic coffee plantation and Albright’s educational property, Case de Gratitude at Rio de Suenos, a five acre plot nestled at the base of the mountains just a few miles from the Pacific coastline. Nature walks with a bilingual guide, Costa Rican cuisine and information on Costa Rican ecology, culture and history will be offered at each stop.

Arranged through Tayra Travels and lead by Stephen Mech, Ph.D., the cost of the trip is $3,000 and includes round-trip airfare from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and all expenses including meals, lodging, admission to parks and resorts, ground transportation in Costa Rica, a bilingual guide and tips. The deadline for payment is April 15, 2019. The trip is limited to 13 people.

Travel dates are July 20 to 27, 2019.

Casa de Gratitude at Rio de Suenos was donated by alumnus Max Jackson ’75 in 2014 and has since provided students with opportunities to study abroad and take part in research projects and field studies.

For any questions about the trip, please contact Stephen Mech, Ph.D. at or 610-921-7743.

To reserve your spot on a trip, please contact the Alumni & Donor Engagement Office at 610-921-7510 or, or visit HERE! Payment can also be made by check, payable to “Albright College” and mailed to:

Albright College
Alumni & Donor Engagement, c/o Costa Rica Trip
PO Box 15234
Reading, PA 19612


Day 1:

Fly from Fort Lauderdale, FL to San Jose, Costa Rica.

Dinner and lodging at Hotel Aeropuerto.

Day 2:

Breakfast and bus transportation from San Jose to Cerro de la Muerte.

Tour and lunch at Cafe Cristina organic coffee plantation.

Dinner and lodging at Toucanet Lodge, San Jose.

Day 3:

Early morning tour in search of the quetzal, a native bird.

Breakfast & Lunch at Toucanet Lodge.

Bus transportation to Rio de Sueños.

Dinner and lodging at Rio de Sueños.

(Note that beds are bunk-beds in two large common rooms.)

Day 4:

Breakfast, lunch and dinner at Rio de Sueños.

Visit Tres Rios waterfall.

Visit Playa Ventanas (beach).

Day 5:

Breakfast and excursion to Arenal volcano.

Local fare for lunch.

Dinner then night hike at Arenal Observatory Lodge.

Day 6:

Breakfast and early morning hike around Arenal.

Lunch at La Fortuna Town and visit to Baldi’s Hot Springs.

Dinner and lodging at Arenal Observatory Lodge.

Day 7:

Breakfast at Arenal Observatory Lodge before traveling to Alajuela City.

Local fare for lunch.

Lodging and dinner at Hotel Aeropuerto.

Day 8:

Flight from San Jose, Costa Rica to Fort Lauderdale, FL.