San Luis

The climate is pleasant, varying from mild and spring-like to damp and quite chilly.  Epiphytes
abound, including mosses, ferns, orchids, and bromeliads.  The fauna is diverse and abundant, and includes the white-faced capuchin monkey, coatimundi, kinkajou, two-toed sloth, porcupine, brocket deer, agouti, and several cat species.  Over 230 species of birds are recorded, including bellbirds, manakins, chachalacas, toucans, and many species of parrots, hummingbirds, and birds of prey.  The 175 acre campus is located on a working tropical farm, surrounded by pristine forest, secondary
forest in all stages of regeneration, coffee, bananas, pasture, and breathtaking mountain scenery. A wide range of activities is offered to enrich the stay of each guest: guided and independent walks of an extensive trail system, night hikes, tropical farm activities, reforestation, world-class bird watching with expert guides, photography,  horseback riding, day trips to Monteverde, and a host of cultural activities.  Access to San Luis is by an unpaved winding mountain road that climbs from the highway and leads through forests, farms and villages.

Video narrated by Allison Richards and produced by Kelly Ryan.

Photos courtesy UGA.  Station description by Diana Lieberman (UGA) 

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We’ll be staying at UGA Costa Rica a study abroad facility operated by University of Georgia situated  in the rural San Luis Valley in northwestern Costa Rica. The site borders the Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve, whose cover of low clouds and mist supports cloud forest vegetation.   Elevation ranges from 1000–1350 m (3,200 – 4,400 ft).