Adventures – A Costa Rica Blog


Chad Oliver is a UCSC student currently studying abroad in Costa Rica, at the Monteverde Institute Tropical Biology and Conservation Program. Luckily for us back in Santa Cruz, Chad’s been documenting his adventures from the beginning, featuring animals, plant life and every exciting moment on his adventure (thus, the aptly named blog, “Adventures“). The program is known for being physically strenuous, with students lodging at field stations and backpacking as part of the curriculum. Outdoor instruction is the norm, and students will visit marine habitats, lowland environments and, of course, wet and dry forests.

Chad’s photography perfectly captures the incredible opportunities this program provides. Check out some of our favorites below!








Check out Chad’s blog at or drop by the UCSC International Education Office to find more information on how you can have your own Costa Rican adventure.

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