Dec 08, 2019 — Dec 17, 2019

Costa Rica

With Ambassador G. Philip Hughes

About this Trip

 On this 10-day expedition, delve into the country’s national parks and private reserves to observe the lush landscape and diverse wildlife by foot, boat, and even on horseback. Begin in the lush rainforests of the Caribbean lowlands, then continue along the transitional forests of the southern Pacific Coast, before winding up in the cloud forests of the Talamanca Mountains.  Visit renowned parks and reserves.  Led by Ambassador G. Philip Hughes, engage with politicians, local citizens, and naturalists on the history and future of this environmentally-conscious country.

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About the Lecturer

G. Philip Hughes, currently a Senior Director of the White House Writers Group, has served in many senior foreign policy posts in the White House and Departments of State, Commerce and Defense and served as a former President of the World Affairs Councils of American. In addition to serving as Assistant Director for Intelligence Policy In the Office of the Secretary of Defense; Deputy National Security Affairs Advisor to Vice President George Bush; Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Politico-Military Affairs; and Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Enforcement, Ambassador Hughes served as Director for Latin American Affairs on the National Security Council staff for President Ronald Reagan. He later served as Executive Secretary of the National Security Council in the White House of President George H.W. Bush, helping plan and execute President Bush's Summit meeting in Cartagena, Colombia with the Presidents of Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru that led to stepped-up commitments for anti-narcotics cooperation and the enactment of the Andean Trade Preference Act. He was subsequently appointed Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, where he served from 1990-93.

“Ambassador Hughes was a great asset. His talks were excellent, and he was always charming, helpful, and a great raconteur. He went out of his way to arrange extra experiences and to take us to some excellent restaurants on unscheduled meals.”

Joanne Sanders, CO