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Students soak up Costa Rica landscape and culture

March 6, 2019 -- Fresh off a recent trip to Costa Rica with a group of Marcellus High School students (Feb. 13-21), Spanish teacher Shelly Marsh reflected on an itinerary chockful of the Central American nation's natural beauty, folklore and cuisine.

Joined by fellow chaperones Terry Hoey, who teaches high school social studies, and Director of Staff Development & Training Deborah Glisson, Mrs. Marsh and the students visited a coffee plantation in the nation's capital of San José and a chocolate plantation in La Fortuna, hiked the Arenal volcano, kayaked in Lake Arenal and relaxed at the La Fortuna waterfall and a hot springs resort. In Monteverde, the group took part in a local farm experience, zip-lined over the canopy of the cloud forest and did a night walk that included sightings of spotted sloths, snakes and various insects.

The group's next stop was the gorgeous Pacific Coast where they visited Manuel Antonio National Park, walked the trails of the beach and stayed at a tropical hotel. En route back to San José, students visited an Oxcart factory in the town of Sarchi.

"On the last night, students thoroughly enjoyed an evening of native folklore dancing, music and food," Mrs. Marsh said. "Pura Vida! Pure Life!"


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