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Optional excursions are subject to availability. Spaces are limited.
Please, choose the optional excursions you would like to take:
Term 3
Harbour City Night Bridge Climb,Sydney
Description

Join the journey and climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge at night. You will ascend four ladders to the start of the upper arch, surrounded by the buzz of Sydney’s traffic. Your journey will continue along the Bridge’s outer arch on the Opera House side until you hit the top. After, you cross the spine of the Bridge to the Darling Harbour side to make your descent back to your Climb Base.

Please wear proper shoes and bring water.

Please note: you cannot participate if you have undergone surgery in the last 6 months or have experienced a seizure in the past 6 months.

Anticipated Date: Sunday, February 17th 2019

$365.00
Term 3
Bungee Jumping Spectator, Queenstown
Description

Want to just come out and watch? For those students that are not feeling as adventurous, we offer a transportation-only option which allows for all the fun of watching, but none of the thrill of actually jumping. Come and watch as your friends take the leap!

$30.00
Term 3
Zorbing, Rotorua
Description

Zorbing, or outdoor gravity orbing, is an exciting adventure where you roll down a hill in a giant plastic ball! Dive into your ball and roll down Mt. Ngongotaha, a hill on the outskirts of Rotorua, on two specially designed tracks – one is a fast 250m straight run, and the other is a 350m winding zig-zag run. You’ll have the choice whether you want a wet or dry ride!

Bring your swimwear – and whether you choose to get wet in your zorb, or not, make the most of the hot tubs at the top and bottom of the hill with views over the local farmland. There’s also a café on site for refreshment.

In its modern form, the sport originated in New Zealand though there is some debate of the true inventor as there have been experiments in the past with humans rolling about in objects akin to the hamster ball in France!

Your exhilarating zorbing experience will last about an hour, plus travel time.

Anticipated Date: Saturday, March 30th 2019

$125.00
Term 3
Day Trip to Hobbitton Movie Set: Lord of The Rings, Rotorua
Description

Experience the real Middle-earth at the Hobbiton Movie Set, where, in the heart of the Waikato region, you can step into the lush pastures of the Shire, as seen in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.

Journey through the clear beauty of the land, with the mighty Kaimai Ranges towering in the distance. Your guide will then escort you around the set, showing the intricate detailing, pointing out the most famous locations and explaining how the movie magic was made.

You will be guided around the 12 acre set; past Hobbit Holes, the Mill and into the world-famous Green Dragon Inn, where you will be presented with a complimentary, exclusive Hobbit Southfarthing beverage to conclude your own Middle-earth adventure.

Please bring: a hat, sunscreen, a bottle of water, and shoes that are comfortable to walk in.

Anticipated Date: Sunday, March 31st 2019

$195.00
Term 4
Discovery Scuba Diving (no certification required), Playas del Coco
Description

This half-day adventure is for the non-certified diver who wants to experience underwater life first hand. A highly trained instructor will teach students the basics of scuba diving in a swimming pool and then take them on a shallow one-tank dive in the ocean.

Equipment included.

Signed waiver required.

$255.00
Term 4
PADI Scuba Certification Course, Playas del Coco
Description

Jacques Yves Cousteau himself chose to film a diving special in Costa Rica, leaving little doubt as to the quality of this activity in the region. The same underwater wonders that attracted the great Captain Cousteau to Costa Rica continue to attract divers from all over the world. These qualities include: pristine azure waters, hundreds of miles of unexplored coasts and islands, and an abundance of tropical marine life. While beginners may not yet be ready for a large school of hammerhead sharks gliding soundlessly overhead, Costa Rica has snorkel and dive sites for everybody, from the newcomer to the most experienced professional. Join us and complete your full PADI diving certification while on location in Costa Rica.

Equipment: Participants may bring their own mask, fins, snorkel and wetsuit or borrow from the dive shop.

Signed waiver required.

$705.00
Term 4
Stand Up Paddling, Playas del Coco
Description

Whether you know it as SUP surfing, paddle surfing or stand up paddle boarding, this new sport is taking the world by storm. Let’s join the movement and grab a paddle and board and get cruising!

This is the perfect way to enjoy the ocean for surfers and non-surfers alike, and you can tailor it to your comfort zone, from flat water paddling to riding the waves. Its fan base is growing so rapidly because everyone can do it and its great fun! With our instructor we will learn the safety, basic strokes and turns both standing and kneeling and by the end you’ll be a SUP pro.

Included: equipment, including a life vest.

Please wear your swimsuit, and bring insect repellent, sunscreen, along with a hat/sunglasses, a towel and a change of clothes.

$145.00
Term 4
Community Service, Playas del Coco
Description

Community Service is an important aspect of every Blyth International Summer Program. We try to instill a sense of global responsibility in all of our students as they explore the world. This optional excursion will allow students to engage in locally based environmental or educational initiatives. Their time with local children, animals, or the natural environment of the area will earn them 4-5 community involvement hours which can go towards his/her high school diploma.

Earn one to two volunteer hours before your trip!

Donations (new and used) will be of benefit to many organizations, schools and community centres in the areas that we visit. Items such as school supplies, table games and puzzles (of various difficulty), paint by numbers, books and art materials are needed. Clothing donations will also be accepted. Students may earn up to a maximum of two hours for their time spent collecting the items from friends and family.

Please note: You are responsible for carrying your donation items in your own suitcase.

$105.00
Term 4
Traditional Costa Rican Cooking Lesson
Description

Try your hand at this delicious cuisine! We will spend the afternoon making casado—the most traditional Costa Rican dish, which incorporates meat or chicken, rice, beans, vegetables and tasty fried plantains. We will start from the very beginning, learning the proper way to soak the beans before cooking, and see the dish to its completion! Once finished, we will enjoy the fruits of our labour. This is certainly a skill to take home!

$65.00
Term 4
Snorkeling by Boat
Description

This half day excursion will introduce students to a wide range of the underwater and reef life, much of which can be seen from the water’s surface. Water clarity often exceeds 75 feet at this time of year. Well preserved corals and vast quantities of fish of every shape, size and colour make this trip both memorable and instructive.

We will depart Playas del Coco by boat, motoring through the pristine waters. Once far from the main beach, our guide will lead us into the water, reviewing basic snorkelling techniques and ushering our attention to the diverse life forms of the water.

Equipment included.

$130.00
Term 4
Otavalo Market and Condor Park, Ecuador
Description

On this full day excursion we’ll see the hustle and bustle of market life, and appreciate the natural beauty of the Andean flora and fauna.

Setting off to Otavalo Market after breakfast, gives us plenty of time to shop for souvenirs and hone our haggling technique at the world renowned Otavalo artisan market. Here you’ll find handmade textiles, ceramics, wood, silver, leather and metal products, along with commercial goods.

After free time for lunch, we will visit Condor Park. With beautiful views over the city of Otavalo as the backdrop, you’ll learn about the work of this non-profit organization, whose vocation is to protect, rescue, rehabilitate and re-introduce to the wild raptors, vultures (the Andean Condor) and owls. We’ll enjoy a display of falconry seeing the magnificence of these birds in flight.

$255.00
Term 4
Canopy Adventure Tour, Ecuador
Description

Adventure through the canopy of the Amazon rainforest on this exhilarating tree top adventure!

The tree canopy is an awesome place to spot wildlife from. We will climb from tree to tree via rope bridges, metal platforms and zip lines. Enjoying panoramic views we’ll hope to see monkeys and tropical birds.

Our knowledgeable guide will give us a safety briefing before we get kitted up and tell us all about the wonders we are seeing as we journey through the cool shade of the forest.

$65.00
Term 4
2-Day/1-Night Adventure Tour, Cusco (Add-On to the Included Machu Picchu Visit, preceding the included overnight tour to Machu Picchu)
Description

This overnight excursion will take place prior to the included visit to Machu Picchu and will give participants an extended time to explore the nature, ecology and history of the area before re-joining the group for the visit to Machu Picchu.

We will see birds such as parrots, hummingbirds and eagles and the plantations of Coca (Sacred Leaf of the Incas), coffee, yucca, and fruit trees.

Our adventure will include hiking and biking through spectacular mountains, exploring ancient ruins and visiting with local communities (descendents of the Inca who still live a traditional lifestyle) to learn more about their way of life. Along the way, we’ll see breathtaking vistas, enjoy delicious home-cooked food and get to relax surrounded by ancient landscapes.

We do recommend you have a basic level of fitness to participate in this excursion due to activities at high altitude.

Price includes: all transportation to, from and during the trek; bicycle and equipment rental; all entry and guide fees; breakfast, lunch and dinner daily; accommodations each night. One male and one female staff will accompany the group on the excursion.

$225.00
Term 4
Half Day Mountain Biking
Description

One of the best places in the world to mountain bike is Peru! Join us on a half day biking adventure around the outskirts of Cusco. We will traverse the high plain above the city, taking in panoramic views of Cusco and its surrounding mountains.

We will make our way to the Huayllarcocha lagoon through the archaeological sites of Sacsayhuaman and Qenqo. If the weather is clear to the south, our highland route offers a breathtaking view of the sacred mountain Ausangate. Our route takes us past one more archeological site: Rumiwasi. Our adventure will finish in the Qarigrande neighborhood in San Sebastián before returning to your hotel.

** All equipment, including mountain bike and safety gear, is included.

*** Tour does not include entry into the archaeological sites along the route.

$155.00