Ti students plan Costa Rica trip

TICONDEROGA - The Ticonderoga Student Travel Club is traveling during April break for an eight-day educational tour of Costa Rica.

The students will sponsor a spaghetti dinner on Thursday, Feb. 25, at Eddie's restaurant to offset the cost of the Central American tour. The fundraising dinner will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. with take-outs available. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children. Contact Lynne Lenhart at 585-6661 ext. 171 to obtain tickets or information.

The group's itinerary in April includes arrival in San Juan, Costa Rica on Sunday, April 11, and a day touring the central square of the capital city. The second full day of the tour will include a bus ride to Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, after a tour of the Poas Volcano. Travelers will get a view of the Poas lava dome and crater opening, complete with the escaping plume of steam.

Day three in Sarapiqui will include a tour of the OTS, the Organization of Tropical Studies of the Jungle. Samples of the wildlife at the OTS include howler monkeys, the two toed sloth, wild pigs, tropical birds, poison tree frogs and fire ants. Day three will also include a whitewater rafting trip along the Sarapiqui River. Travelers will spend two hours rafting down the beginner class rapids. Each raft has a professional guide that instructs the adults and students on the oaring techniques.

Day four includes a zip line jungle canopy tour and then a journey to the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica. The next few days of the tour include a tour of Cahuita National Park and a day at the beach of Cahuita. The final day includes a fiesta night upon the return to San Jose. Dance troupe members display traditional dances of the various regions of Costa Rica.

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