From there we headed to the El Zota Biological Field Station, which spans 2,400 acres of protected land and is one of the largest of its kind in Costa Rica. Here, we saw numerous endangered or threatened faunal species and marveled at the vast array of mammals, birds, and reptiles that inhabit the towering forests. We next strapped on life vests, cracked our knuckles, and white water rafted down the Pacuare River — considered by some to be one of the five best rafting rivers in the world. After drying off and letting our adrenaline run its course, we headed to La Amistad National Park, where we met with members of Costa Rica’s indigenous population and had the privilege of learning about their way of life. Our tour of Costa Rica concluded with a visit to Drake Bay, where we snorkeled, collected marine data, and swam with wild dolphins.