Lucky students from a county school spent the first week of their Christmas holidays in Costa Rica.
Seventeen Year 10 pupils from Oundle School were given a once-in-a-lifetime trip and visited some of the country’s most spectacular landmarks.
Their adventure started at the Arenal National Park, home to the famous Arenal volcano which, until last year, had been spewing lava into the air on an almost constant basis.
Head of Geography, Lou Banerjee, said: “With the volcanic activity so close at hand, our next stop was the Ecotermales pools where we experienced the natural heating of the water from the geothermal activity close to the Earth’s surface.
“Set in the rainforest with the frogs croaking all around, it was both an interesting and therapeutic experience.”
Students also visited Selvatura Adventure Ecotourism Park and the Heliconia Ranch in the Monteverde National Park, a rainforest in the Sarapiqui River area, Selva Biological Park, the Manzanillo Wildlife Reserve.
They even found some time for relaxing on the beach in Puerto Viejo.