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Nov. 11: Best-Rate Deadline for June's Costa Rica Trip
10/18/2018 1:00:00 AM
By: Sarah Haas, Director of College Communications

(PARK HILLS) – Coffee plantation, volcanoes, kayaking, whitewater rafting. Any one of those activities might constitute the highlight of a single vacation. Mineral Area College’s Modern Foreign Language chairperson is helping organize a trip to Costa Rica from June 3-12 that includes all that and more. The opportunity is open to students and community members alike, who are encouraged to sign up by Nov. 11. Sarah Stahl, a foreign language instructor at MAC, is coordinating with Education First Tours the 10-day trip to Costa Rica that includes airfare, transportation, tours, hotels, meals and a multi-lingual tour director. The investment is less than $4,000, payment plans are available and students age 20 and younger receive discounts. Stahl, who teaches Spanish at the community college in Park Hills, said she became interested in offering the trip because of its diversity of offerings. "I chose Costa Rica because of its beautiful rain forests, beaches and volcanoes,” she said. “Also, I was intrigued with its fascinating people and culture." The 10-day itinerary starts with a coffee plantation tour, a visit to Poás Volcano and Arenal Volcano, which provides thermal energy for the nearby hot springs. Then, the Arenal region will be explored, with kayaking in a lake, hiking to a waterfall, or relaxing in a hot spring on offer. Monteverde, the green mountain region near the Continental Divide, will be visited next, and travelers can either visit a local farm or take time to relax. The greenery of the Santa Elena Cloud Forest, featuring rare orchids and elusive quetzal birds, will be visited, and travelers can experience a canopy tour. The Rainforest Adventures Park visit offers an aerial tram, a nature trail and a butterfly sanctuary. There’s also a crocodile boat cruise, an excursion to Manuel Antonio National Park, and whitewater rafting on the Sarapiquí River to round out the final days. For more information, contact Sarah Stahl at (573) 518-2128 or, or check out the Education First tour at

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