UTSI specializes in coordinating field study trips to the South Pacific region of Costa Rica.
We offer a tropical organic farm, housing in our bungalows, rainforest preserve featuring hiking trails, dramatic waterfalls and delicious meals with local, fresh ingredients to student groups and researchers. We are located at 300m elevation on the South Pacific coast overlooking Parque Nacional Marino Ballena. Short drives facilitate excursion trips to exotic national parks, indigenous communities, and many breathtaking waterfalls and beaches in our area.
Location & Facilities
UTSI is located on a 22 hectare (55 acre) nature preserve that lies 3km from the township of Uvita. The center of Uvita is on the Pacific Coast Highway and has a variety of shops, restaurants and cafes with high speed internet available.
A short ride up the mountain called ‘La Union’ and you arrive at UTSI’s home at the preserve of Finca Carolina. Finca Carolina contains a beautiful river, amazing waterfalls, trails, and views of the Pacific coast from along our ridgetop road. UTSI can provide accommodations and teaching facilities for groups of up to 20 people.