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Program #3636RJ
10 Days | 9 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Elevations up to 5,000 ft.

Itinerary for Jul 25 — Aug 3, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: This apartment-style hotel is built around the concept of convenience and comfort. The Casa Conde is located near the Juan Santamaria International Airport and provides visitors with a great location and a special town-like atmosphere.

Contact info:
South of Parque de La Paz
San Jose, Costa Rica
phone: +506-22260808
web: www.grupocasaconde.com/indexen.aspx

Room amenities: Two Individual Private Bedrooms: A/C, fully equipped kitchen, W/D, iron, entertainment center with TV, DVD, stereo, Karaoke, internet, closets, hair dryer, shampoo, conditioner and liquid soap dispenser, phone, Internet, and 4-seat table.

Facility amenities: Pool, jacuzzi, sauna, gym, souvenir shop, restaurant, cosmetology and massage services, yoga and martial arts classes.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Subject to availability.
Additional nights subject to hotel availability. Please call Holbrook Travel at 1-800-866-7111 for rates and availability.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Thursday, July 25 - Arrive in San José, Costa Rica.
Arrive To: Arrive in San José's Juan Santamaria International Airport.

Proceed through Immigrations, Baggage Claim and Customs before exiting the secured area of the airport. Please use the exit door on the right. The Road Scholar representative will be waiting outside the exit door with a Road Scholar sign (only applies to Road Scholar group flights).

Transfer to the hotel and check-in, followed by time at leisure.

Please note that this is an international travel day; no meals or program activities are scheduled on this day. Hotel check-in usually begins at 3PM.

Lodging: Casa Conde Apartotel & Suites

Type: Hotel

Description: This apartment-style hotel is built around the concept of convenience and comfort. The Casa Conde is located near the Juan Santamaria International Airport and provides visitors with a great location and a special town-like atmosphere.

Contact info:
South of Parque de La Paz
San Jose, Costa Rica
phone: +506-22260808
web: www.grupocasaconde.com/indexen.aspx

Room amenities: Two Individual Private Bedrooms: A/C, fully equipped kitchen, W/D, iron, entertainment center with TV, DVD, stereo, Karaoke, internet, closets, hair dryer, shampoo, conditioner and liquid soap dispenser, phone, Internet, and 4-seat table.

Facility amenities: Pool, jacuzzi, sauna, gym, souvenir shop, restaurant, cosmetology and massage services, yoga and martial arts classes.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Subject to availability.
Additional nights subject to hotel availability. Please call Holbrook Travel at 1-800-866-7111 for rates and availability.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Friday, July 26 - San José - INBio Park and Children's Museu...
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Orientation meeting.
Field trip to INBIO Park to view animals and wildlife

The National Institute for Biodiversity (INBio Parkque) provides a sensory experience combining interpreted nature trails with multimedia technology in its bio-exhibits. Visitors learn about Costa Rica's biodiversity and the efforts in conservation through establishment of protected areas. As example of sustainable use of biodiversity, visitors will learn about medicinal, aromatic and ornamental plants, fruit trees and agricultural products.

Lunch: Lunch at INBIO.

Afternoon: Excursion to the Children's Museum.

The museum allows children to touch and experience exhibits dedicated to the universe, space technology, the Earth and its ecosystems, living animals, and the land and people of Costa Rica.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Movie and popcorn at the hotel.

Lodging: Casa Conde Apartotel & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: The lodge is located on the banks of Tortuguero’s main canal, across from the local village and just five minutes from the national park.

Contact info:
On the banks of Tortuguero's main canal
Tortuguero, Limon, Costa Rica
phone: +506-2256-7080
web: www.pachiralodge.com

Room amenities: Private baths, high ceilings, large screened windows, and ceiling fans. Rooms are decorated with exotic bamboo furniture and local artwork.

Facility amenities: Pool, restaurant and bar. No laundry services are available at this lodge.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Three: Saturday, July 27 - Tortuguero - Tortuguero Village and Evenin...
Breakfast: Early morning transfer to Tortuguero.
Breakfast en route.

Morning: Continue with transfer. Board a boat to Tortuguero and enjoy a wildlife safari on your way to the lodge.

The sleepy little coastal village of Tortuguero is situated on the southern end of a 6-km-long sandspit that is sandwiched between the Caribbean Sea to the East and the Laguna del Tortuguero to the West. The three hour motorized boat ride through the waterways is just an appetizer for the avid naturalist.

Lunch: Lunch at the lodge.

Afternoon: Afternoon visit to Tortuguero village to explore village life and learn about coconut processing.
Time at leisure for pool games.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel.

Evening: Evening turtle walk. Please note that dark clothes and sturdy closed-toed shoes are required for this walk.

While the maize of canals and waterways fringed by luxuriant jungle boast a variety of exotic wildlife, the Green Sea Turtle is the star of the show at Tortuguero (late June-late October). Other turtles like the hawksbill and the giant leatherback frequent the region in lesser numbers, but Tortuguero is the most important Green Sea Turtle hatchery in the western Caribbean. Here an estimated 30,000 turtles come ashore annually. While scientist have gathered significant information about the land habits of the green turtle, very little is known about their migratory routes in the oceans, where they spend over 90% of their time. During our visit to Tortuguero we will try to unravel some of these mysteries.

Lodging: Pachira Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: The lodge is located on the banks of Tortuguero’s main canal, across from the local village and just five minutes from the national park.

Contact info:
On the banks of Tortuguero's main canal
Tortuguero, Limon, Costa Rica
phone: +506-2256-7080
web: www.pachiralodge.com

Room amenities: Private baths, high ceilings, large screened windows, and ceiling fans. Rooms are decorated with exotic bamboo furniture and local artwork.

Facility amenities: Pool, restaurant and bar. No laundry services are available at this lodge.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Four: Sunday, July 28 - Tortuguero- Tortuguero National Park and B...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the lodge.

Morning: Early morning canal safari.

Lunch: Lunch at the lodge.

Afternoon: Guided walk in Tortuguero National Park.
Time at leisure for pool games.

Dinner: Dinner at lodge.

Evening: Nocturnal walk in search of frogs and insects.

Lodging: Pachira Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: All rooms have views of the Arenal Volcano

Contact info:
n/a
Arenal, Costa Rica
phone: +5062-460-5333
web: www.arenalparaiso.com

Room amenities: Hair dryer, mini refrigerator, cable TV, and air conditioning.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, 3 pools, 14 hot-spring fed mineral pools, bar, zip line, and spa.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Five: Monday, July 29 - Arenal - Introduction to Volcanoes.
Breakfast: Optional early morning birding.

Breakfast at lodge.

Morning: Boat transfer to Caño Blanco Dock and continue by bus to Arenal.

Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant, en route.

Afternoon: Arrive at hotel and check-in.
Free time for pool games.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel.

Evening: Lecture: Arenal Volcano.
Nighttime observation of the volcano (weather dependent).

Lodging: Arenal Paraiso

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: All rooms have views of the Arenal Volcano

Contact info:
n/a
Arenal, Costa Rica
phone: +5062-460-5333
web: www.arenalparaiso.com

Room amenities: Hair dryer, mini refrigerator, cable TV, and air conditioning.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, 3 pools, 14 hot-spring fed mineral pools, bar, zip line, and spa.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Six: Tuesday, July 30 - Arenal - Arenal National Park/Arenal Hangi...
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Field trip to Arenal Volcano National Park with a walk around the base of the volcano.

Arenal was once Costa Rica's most active volcano and a main draw to the town of La Fortuna and the Arenal Volcano National Park. The volcano lords over the countryside with its perfectly conical shape and occasional smoke and gas emissions. While minor activity excites visitors, they are rarely acknowledged by the locals who have learnt to accept the antics of the volcano as part of their daily lives. The thermal waters emanating from the volcano, the clean air and the energy associated with Arenal, makes this a favorite destination for health spa enthusiasts and nature lovers.

Lunch: Lunch at hotel.

Afternoon: Field trip to Arenal Hanging Bridges, a combination of natural trails and hanging bridges, through the rainforest canopy.

The Hanging Bridges project consists of a system of trails covering a distance of about 2 miles, eight fixed bridges, and six hanging bridges all built with the latest techniques and designed with an eye for both beauty and safety. The entire project was designed to blend with the natural environment, leaving the forest virtually intact. The idea of the operation is to facilitate access, with the minimum possible impact, to one of the least explored parts of the rainforest: the canopy.

Return to the hotel for free time. Relax on your private porch, take a refreshing dip in the pool, or choose from the many amenities available the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant in La Fortuna.

The small and charming town of Fortuna has changed quite a bit from the village that witnessed the eruptions of Arenal Volcano in 1968. Once a small agricultural community, Fortuna has grown in the shadow of the colossus that once burned and devastated large areas. Tourism is now the most important income for the region. Although now on a second level of economic importance, many plantations in the surrounding areas still produce important amounts of papaya, sugar cane, tapioca and ornamental plants.

Lodging: Arenal Paraiso

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: Tropical rainforest and beach resort located on the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Part of the 750 acres is a nature reserve boasting 250 species of birds, a variety of monkeys, sloths, armadillos and a macaw breeding project.

Contact info:
Road to Tarcoles
Punta Leona, Costa Rica
phone: +506-22313131
web: www.hotelpuntaleona.com

Room amenities: Air conditioning, cable TV, mini refrigerator, safety box, telephone, and hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Pools, restaurants, bar, tennis court, disco, mini golf, and beach access.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Seven: Wednesday, July 31 - Pacific Coast - Tarcoles Crocodile Safari....
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Transfer to the Pacific Coast.

Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant.

Afternoon: Crocodile Safari boat ride on the Tarcoles River.

The Tarcoles River hosts an amazing diversity of wildlife along its banks and on the extensive mangrove areas near its estuary. Some of its most famous inhabitants are the enormous crocodiles that live on its banks. These crocodiles (Crocodilus acutus) have been studied by numerous local and foreign specialists and featured in natural history TV specials.

Lecture: Crocodiles.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Punta Leona

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: Tropical rainforest and beach resort located on the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Part of the 750 acres is a nature reserve boasting 250 species of birds, a variety of monkeys, sloths, armadillos and a macaw breeding project.

Contact info:
Road to Tarcoles
Punta Leona, Costa Rica
phone: +506-22313131
web: www.hotelpuntaleona.com

Room amenities: Air conditioning, cable TV, mini refrigerator, safety box, telephone, and hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Pools, restaurants, bar, tennis court, disco, mini golf, and beach access.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eight: Thursday, August 01 - Pacific Coast - Swimming and Kayaking Acti...
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Sea kayaking from the mouth of the Agujas River to Limones Beach. Opportunity for swimming.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel.

Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the beaches and pools.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Punta Leona

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: The Wyndham San José Herradura Hotel and Convention Center has 229 spacious rooms with modern conveniences and a long list of amenities that are meant to accommodate business travelers as well as vacationing families. It is conveniently located a short distance from San José's Juan Santamaria International Airport. The hotel has earned a Level 3 Certification for Sustainable Tourism by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute.

Contact info:
General Cañas Highway
5 km. south from International Airport
San José, Costa Rica
phone: +506-22099800
web: www.wyndham.com/hotels/costa-rica/san-jose/wyndham-san-jose-herradura-hotel-convention-center/hotel-overview

Room amenities: The spacious, air conditioned rooms have private baths, hair dryers, satellite TVs, direct-dial phones, mini refrigerators, coffee makers, safety deposit boxes, and internet access.

Facility amenities: Complimentary Wi-Fi, three restaurants, three swimming pools, a wet bar, Jacuzzis, casino, fitness center, spa services, laundry service, souvenir shop, beauty salon, business center, conference center, money exchange, Internet access, travel agency, and a souvenir shop. Wheelchair acessible elevators and public areas. Free airport shuttle service from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Free hotel shuttle service to San José attractions.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Prices subject to availability
Rates and room types are subject to availability. Please contact your program provider at 1-800-866-7111 or roadscholarprograms@holbrooktravel.com if you need assistance with booking additional hotel nights.

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Nine: Friday, August 02 - Pacific Coast- Zipline Canopy Adventure/Re...
Arrive To: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Departure for the Canopy Vista Los Suenos for a zip lining adventure.

Canopy Vista Los Suenos is situated in Herradura, on Costa Rica's Central Pacific Coast. Adventurers come here to enjoy the thrill of whizzing through the forest canopy on zip lines while nature lovers rejoice in the sights and sounds of the forest. The experience begins with a leisurely tractor ride up the mountain followed by a heart-pumping descent via a network of zip lines and platforms. Enjoy beautiful views of the Gulf of Nicoya and Herradura Bay and learn about the unique flora and fauna of the park's transitional forest.

Return to the hotel and freshen-up before checking out.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel.

Afternoon: Transfer to San José.
Arrive at the hotel and check-in.
Final briefing with local coordinator.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Wyndham San José Herradura Hotel & Convention Center (previously a Ramada property)

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Day Ten: Saturday, August 03 - Depart from San José- Arrive in the U.S.
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel (dependent on flight times).

Morning: Transfer to the Juan Santamaria International Airport for flight to U.S.

Note: Participants with independent travel arrangements and/or scheduled on later flights can keep their hotel rooms until check-out time on this day. Except for breakfast, all other meals are on your own on this day.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Tortuguero
Beach walk, kayak canals, boat ride, fish, hike to Tortuguero Hill, or take a canopy tour.The beach walk is famed as the nesting site of the largest population of sea turtles in the Caribbean. The turtles lay their eggs between June and September. Kayaking the canals provides the best opportunity to get close to the wildlife and is also good exercise. Boat rides are available to explore the rivers and canals. Fishing can be organized by contacting the local fishing guides. Hiking to the top of Tortuguero Hill has become a popular activity for those looking for exercise and the opportunity to get a bird's-eye view of the national park.
For additional information, visit: www.tortuguero-info.com
Socialize with the localsTortuguero is a small coastal fishing village. Visitors to the village at night are the exception rather than the rule and scholars will have the opportunity to meet some of the local people.

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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9 nights of accommodations
24 meals: 8 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners
2 Expert-led lectures
12 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences

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