A Typical Weekend Trip

This is what a typical weekend trip as an Academia Tica student looks like.

Karen MielkeA Typical Weekend Trip

Locos por el Bosque: what a hike!

Rain, sweat and mud – and amazing views! “Locos por el Bosque” is a private biological reserve in the small town of Montserrat in Coronado. It is located between Braulio Carrillo National Park and Irazú Volcano National Park. This makes it an important biological corridor for many species. This cloud forest builds an area which links the two ecosystems and … Read More

Karen MielkeLocos por el Bosque: what a hike!

The Best of Both Worlds

Is it a good idea to visit both locations of Academia Tica?

Emily CuretonThe Best of Both Worlds

A trip to Mercado Central

The Central Market of San José is a feast for the senses, filled with fresh fruits, veggies, flowers, medicinal plants, clothes, souvenirs, seafood, pets, handicrafts, you name it! Before devling into these bustling aisles during a recent class excursion, Prof Mireya gave a spiel about the capital’s commerical heart: “The Mercado Central is located between Avenidas 0 and 1 and Calles … Read More

Emily CuretonA trip to Mercado Central

Piñata, café y ping pong

Nuestro querido estudiante Eli es el nuevo campeón de ping pong de la academia. El mismo día de su cumpleaños ganó el torneo y recibió una piñata por parte de sus compañeros, que después reventó con mucho esfuerzo. Esta misma semana visitamos el centro de San José y el Mercado Central. Comimos en una auténtica “soda” tipica y descubrimos que a todos nos gusta el cas. La última actividad a la que … Read More

Elider ElizondoPiñata, café y ping pong

Horsing around

The hand-painted sign showing two bridled horses does not point towards a fancy place. Turning down this stone driveway off the main road through Las Nubes will not deliver you to a state-of-the-art equine training facility. Nor are these lush pastures described in any Lonely Planet guidebooks. Yet, the animals grazing these hills speak volumes about the culture of Costa Rica’s Central Valley, where horses … Read More

Emily CuretonHorsing around

Catching lunch in Coronado

Up the hill from Academia Tica Coronado a cozy little place by the side of the road serves up about the freshest trout imaginable, Tico style. At this family-run “trucheria,” (trucha means trout), you can catch your own lunch from a backyard pond. Luckily professionals take over from there. Have a seat in the rustic dining room as the fish is seasoned and … Read More

Emily CuretonCatching lunch in Coronado

Las Cataratas – A day trip to the waterfalls

One Friday morning in Jacó Beach: Our group of seven Academia Tica students was being picked up in front of the apartments by Alan, our tour guide for the day. A 45 minutes drive southbound along the coast led us to the beginning of a narrow path through private farmland. First we passed chicken and horses, then the trail continued through the … Read More

Susanna KowalzikLas Cataratas – A day trip to the waterfalls

Un día en la vida: Volunteering at Carara National Park

In the tangle of cacophonous green that is Carara National Park, two types of forest meet, a mix of plants, animals and insects found nowhere else in the world. This convergence of Costa Rica’s dry Northern Pacific region and its much wetter Southern Zone is host to half the known animal species in a country famed for prodigious biological diversity. … Read More

Emily CuretonUn día en la vida: Volunteering at Carara National Park