Our first full day in Costa Rica was fun-filled and jam-packed. We woke to the sound of howler monkeys in the trees, and had a delicious breakfast before heading out on a hike in the Chilamate rainforest with local naturalist guides. We experienced firsthand the incredible biodiversity of the area–among the flora and fauna we spotted were lizards, insects, and even a mother and baby sloth high up in the canopy (we think this is definitely in honor of Mother’s Day).

We spent some time after our hike playing some team-building games, and once we had worked up a sweat we headed to the river for a swim.


We experienced firsthand the incredible biodiversity of the area–among the flora and fauna we spotted were lizards, insects, and even a mother and baby sloth high up in the canopy.


To round out a full day, we went zip-lining–nine different lines through the canopy! Everyone, even students who worried because they were afraid of heights, had a IMG_6247wonderful time.

Before we headed out on a night hike, students posed for a quick photo to let their moms know how much they love them!

Everyone is happy and healthy, and excited to meet their host families for the first time tomorrow! Sending love back to Denver and will update again soon!