Authors: Maia, Izzy, Ali, Riley
The first place we stayed was the Hotel Country Inn. After a long day of traveling we were anxious to get to our hotel and get settled. Once we got there our teachers gave us our room keys and told us who our roommates were. The roomed accommodations varied. If you got lucky you might have gotten a loft and another bedroom, along with an office and a nice bathroom. The landscaping of the location was beautiful with a large variety of plants that ranged from flowers to towering trees. At the hotel there was a beautiful outdoor pool.
After spending a night at Country Inn Hotel near the airport we drove up to Selva Verde and we were all ready to get off of the bus and relax in our rooms after a long day of traveling the day before. We got off of the hot bus and were pleasantly greeted by the quirky hotel manager. We were then showed to our rooms that were up on stilts in the beautiful jungle. You could look down and see the rainforest. The rooms were made of wood on the inside and outside as well as the walkways connecting them. Inside the rooms there were two full size beds and some of us had hammocks on our porches! Our favorite part about the rooms was that they had ceiling fans, and with the extreme heat and humidity that was a huge relief. The rooms were nice and clean, and so were the bathrooms. The hotel also had a gift shop with a great variety of gadgets and knick-knacks. We all loved the windows because they were just net so we could hear the beautiful sound of Selva Verde and the jungle. When we went to eat there was a buffet style dining hall with a huge porch for bird watching, where we saw many gorgeous toucans and other birds. The location was very large and beautiful and we had the opportunity to see a lot of animals and plants that we don't see here. Some of the animals we saw included a coati, many types of lizards, red eyed tree frogs, poison dart frogs and much more. When we had free time at the hotel we would hang out and we even got to swim in the luxury jungle surrounded pool. The walls were very thin because of the heat and it was easy to hear even the slightest noise. The howler monkey’s woke us up in the mornings without a doubt. We didn’t have walled in hallways so we had to be extra careful of the potentially dangerous animals on the ground. The most exciting thing about Selva Verde was that we were in the jungle. Everywhere we went we were walking on sidewalks not hallways and we had to be cautious of snakes and otherwise harmful animals. The entire property was huge and we were told to be careful to not walk off of the sidewalks so we would not get lost. They had a very clean and nice outdoor pool that we had a wonderful time swimming in. Also there was a small river that had a cute bridge, turtles, crabs and more. Some of our peers went on a night hike, where they saw all types of animals and plants. While they were on the night hike the rest of us hung out at the cabins and relaxed with our friends. The location was Hidden in the jungles of Sarapiqui. We all loved our stay at Selva Verde. It was an incredibly enjoyable experience and we had an amazing stay at our hotel. There were many engaging activities there that were sure to keep us occupied during our stay!
The fourth place we stayed was the UGA Campus (University of Georgia.) When we first arrived and had downtime. In the rooms, there were two sets of bunk beds and a nice clean bathroom. At the UGA camp, we hiked the property with a few naturalist guides and even got to milk cows at their farm. The food that the UGA served was in a buffet style with a huge dining hall and porch. The location of the UGA was very nice and right by the jungle. It was very beautiful and peaceful. While we were there we did a dance class. We all had a great time and enjoyed our stay there very much.