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Colombia - Ecology and History

See the Amazon and the Andes.

Date: May 15 - May 29, 2014

Cost: $3,400. Tuition not included.*

Open to any college student or community member. Hurry! Limited space available. Registration is by permission of instructor only.

ColumbiaProgram Cost Includes

  • 14 nights in local hostels/hotels

  • Round trip airfare

  • All local transportation and guide fees

  • All entrance and admission fees to any attractions and/or events

  • 14 meals (one meal a day)

  • HTH International Insurance (mandatory)

Does Not Include

Passport and Visa Fees

Vaccination costs

Any applicable baggage handling fees imposed by the airlines

Any entrance or exits taxes into/out of the destination country

Additional meals

Personal spending (souvenirs, additional activities, any personal items that need to be bought in country)


ColumbiaJoin us for a fabulous two-week trip to one of the planet’s most biologically diverse nations: Colombia! Local expert scientists will guide us through different ecological zones as they share their current research. Working in conjunction with Universidad Autónoma de Occidente, we will start with an exploration of the dry forests and páramos of the Central Andes near Bogotá. From there, we will explore the natural history and cultural diversity of the lowland rainforest in the Amazon basin. We will canoe through backwater lakes, hike through the jungle, and climb high into the forest canopy.
From there, we’ll move on to the Caribbean coast, where we will explore Tayrona National Park, snorkel or scuba dive on coral reefs, and immerse ourselves in the local Caribbean culture. As we move through the country, we will investigate modern land-use patterns, current conservation issues,
as well as cultural, historical, and political developments.

Course Offered

ColumbiaBIOL 116 (Tropical Field Natural History) will introduce you to the nature and ecology of the Neotropics. You will learn about the plants and animals that make these places unique.

HSTY/POSC 260 (Topics in Modern Latin America) surveys the development of modern Colombian history with an emphasis on current trends in the economy, land use patterns, settlement, and political arenas.


Dr. Kelly Wessell
is an associate professor of Biology and chair of the Environmental Studies program. He also serves as co-chair of the TC3 Sustainability Council. Contact Kelly by calling 607.844.8222, Ext. 4235 or by e-mail.

Dr. David Flaten
is a professor of History/Political Science and has lived and traveled extensively in Latin America, co-leading trips with TC3 students to Guatemala and Colombia. Contact David by calling 607.844.8222, Ext. 4229 or by e-mail.