About This Course
From beaches to mountains, jungles and wildlife, Costa Rica packs in a stunning variety of places to explore. This course goes over each region of Costa Rica, explaining what these regions are most known for and showing you the many ways to explore them with sample itineraries for short and long trips. By the end of this course you will be armed with an understanding of Costa Rica’s history, landscapes, and culture, and most importantly, you will be ready to create the perfect itinerary and get exploring.
What you will learn
History of Costa Rica and what it looks like today
Breakdown of Costa Rica's major regions
Picking your best beach adventure
Visiting volcanos and hot springs
Sample itineraries for small and large trips
How to get around the country
Why Costa Rica is so biodiverse
Costa Rica, Demystified
by Jordan Sparrow
This course includes
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Get to know Costa Rica’s largest metropolitan area: the region of San Jóse. Jordan recommends some great spots to check out and explains why this region is a good place to start your trip.
Central Pacific Coast
Explore the Central Pacific Coast, where you’ll find beaches, waterfalls, wildlife, and rainforests.
The Guanacaste region has the highest concentration of beaches in Costa Rica. in this lesson, Jordan breaks down travel and accommodation options to enjoy throughout this beachy area.
For those interested in more adventurous travel, the Osa Peninsula should be on your list. Though it is difficult to access, Jordan recommends visiting this region and taking a guided tour to best experience it.
Central Costa Rica
Discover the region of Central Costa Rica. Learn about the top sites and activities to visit within this region, like the magical Monteverde Cloud Forest, and more.
The Caribbean Coast
Learn about the Caribbean Coast’s unique history, language, and food, as well as other cultural aspects that make this area of Costa Rica, one-of-a-kind.
Review of the Regions
Review the six regions of Costa Rica discussed in this chapter: San Jóse, Central Pacific Coast, Guanacaste, Osa Peninsula, Central Costa Rica, and the Caribbean Coast.
Jordan Sparrow has a degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Kansas and spent two years studying abroad in both Costa Rica and Brazil, learning how to speak both Spanish and Portuguese fluently. After his first trip abroad to Guatemala in 2008, he uncovered a profound personal interest in the history, culture and languages of Latin America. Jordan made Costa Rica his new home and spent more than six years living in San José and traveling to almost every corner of the country in search of a new adventure. During the past ten years, he has worked in the international education world as a Portuguese teacher and study abroad coordinator for more than 20 countries around the world.