Costa Rica Tree Climbing
Big tropical trees. Howler Monkeys. Exotic bryophytes. The rainforest canopy is home to many arboreal animals: rare frogs, toucans, monkeys, orchids and this January, to Cornell students! If you're itching for a new cultural experience and excited to explore the rainforest first hand, this is it. The tropical rainforest is the source of the richest biodiversity in the world. Yet even after great public alarm and dismay over the loss of tropical forest, only minor attempts have been made to plant native trees and develop sustainable forestry systems in the tropics. Come visit the rainforest up close and personal, and draw your own conclusions about the preciousness of the rainforest and best means to sustain it. We will spend ten days in Costa Rica, traveling to the Rio Guabo valley to explore the canopy of a lowland tropical rainforest. You will learn how to use ropes and technical gear to get into the canopy of any tree, to move around, even to climb from one tree to another, 100 feet in the air, without coming back to the ground. We will also learn some local ecology and experience the culture of a Spanish-speaking rural community. We will stay in a tiny village and eat the typical cuisine prepared by local people. All equipment is included in the course fee. No climbing experience necessary. Students must provide their own transportation to and from San Jose, Costa Rica. AFTER RECEIVING CONFIRMATION FROM THE COURSE COORDINATOR, participants should book tickets to arrive at the San Jose airport (SJO) in the morning of January 3rd and leave in the afternoon of January 13th.