Top Five things to do off the beaten path

Sure, there are many things to do when you come to Costa Rica. But visiting UGA Costa Rica offers a wide array of non-traditional tourist activities for you and your friends. This is our top five list of things to do off the beaten path. How many have you done?

1. Try the hot chocolate (Seriously, you don’t want to leave campus without trying it!)

Hot Chocolate

2. Swim at the suspension bridge


3. Help out on the farm


4. Go to a community dance

5. Attend a Zumba class at the community center


Monday Top 5: Staying Fit in San Luis

If you’re looking to get in the best shape of your life here in Costa Rica or just maintain that toned physique, there are many options on campus and here in San Luis de Monteverde. In fact, you’ll probably do these activities just because they’re so much fun!

1.) La Trocha – What we call La Trocha is the steep, paved portion of road that connects San Luis up to the Monteverde Cloud Forest and the downtown area of Santa Elena. As punishing of a walk as it is, there’s nothing like the feeling of accomplishment once you get to the top. And if you do walk up, it’s a great excuse to stop at the Monteverde Cheese Factory for a milkshake. Take a look at this video to get an idea of what it’s like to make the walk up and down. A big thanks to UGACR staff member Geovanny for the ride!

2.) Hiking – What better way to get into shape than by taking in the beautiful scenes of Costa Rica’s natural landscapes. Navigating the ups and downs of the forests will certainly challenge your leg muscles, but you hardly notice as you take in the enormous strangler figs and birds of paradise. Make sure you keep an eye out for a sloth hidden in the canopy.

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3.) Dancing – There’s no better way to get your heart rate up than to take a dance class at UGACR. You can learnsalsa, cumbia, merengue or even bachata. Once you have the basic steps down and learn a few turns, you can try your moves in a dance like the one we had this Saturday at the Alto de San Luis School.

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4.) Soccer – Without a doubt, the sport of choice here is fútbol. Every week, staff and anyone else interested get together for a pickup game of soccer on our lawn in the middle of campus. You can show off your skills, or just try your best to keep up.

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5.) Zumba – And if you still haven’t had enough, you can try a Zumba class at the San Luis community center. The upbeat music and fun dance moves are sure to get you moving. Not to mention it’s a great chance to see more of the San Luis community.