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COSTA RICA

Intergenerational Costa Rica: Raft, Hike and Learn to Say ‘Vámonos!’

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Program #20291RJ
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.

Itinerary for Jul 15 — Jul 24, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Description: This charming hotel has 30 cozy rooms built around a tropical, peaceful indoor courtyard. Tico culture and their world-famous hospitality can be seen and felt at the Boutique Jade, from its warm and inviting rooms to its friendly staff.

Contact info:
250 mts. North of Autos Subarú, Barrio Dent Los Yoses, San Pedro,
San José, 00000 Costa Rica
phone: +506-22242455
web: www.hotelboutiquejade.com/

Room amenities: Air-conditioning, wireless Internet, mini-bar, safety deposit box, hair dryer, cable TV, spacious bathrooms, desk, and telephone.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, currency exchange, wireless Internet, meeting rooms, laundry service, coffee station, room service, swimming pool, and private transportation services.

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 are subject to availability.


Day One: Tuesday, July 15 - Flights from the U.S./Arrivals in San José, Costa...
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.


Evening: Time at leisure. Get a good night's rest in preparation for early morning activities the following day.


Lodging: Hotel Boutique Jade

Type: Lodge

Description: Nature Lodge built along the banks of the Sarapiqui River. Room modules are built on elevated platforms, surrounded by tropical vegetation. A large tract of private primary and secondary rainforest is accessible via a hanging bridge.

Contact info:
Chilamate
Sarapiqui, 00000 Costa Rica
phone: +506-27611800
web: www.selvaverde.com

Room amenities: Safety boxes, ceiling fans, phones, screened windows, and hair dryers.

Facility amenities: Meeting rooms, restaurant, bar, and private rainforest reserve with trails.

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


Day Two: Wednesday, July 16 - Sarapiqui - Orientation to Costa Rica Langua...
Sarapiqui -
Orientation to Costa Rica Language Academy/Transfer to Sarapiqui.


Note: Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. The drive from San José to Sarapiqui, in the Caribbean lowlands, takes approximately 2 hours.

Breakfast: At the hotel.


Morning: Orientation to the program. Get to know your group leader and fellow Road Scholar participants during a welcome and introduction session at the hotel. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

Walk to the Costa Rican Language Academy (CRLA) for a briefing on the language component of the program.

The CRLA is a privately owned language school with over 19 years of experience teaching Spanish to students from around the globe. The language academy has 35 classrooms, 2 computer rooms with internet access, 2 classrooms for Latin dance classes, a kitchen for cooking classes, a cafeteria, terraces, and gardens with sitting areas. The teaching staff at CRLA is accredited with the Costa Rican Department of Education and all hold degrees either from the University of Costa Rica or the Universidad Nacional.


Lunch: At the Costa Rican Language Academy.


Afternoon: Depart for Sarapiqui.

Sarapiqui is an area known for its natural beauty and biological diversity, nestled in the lush Caribbean lowlands of northeastern Costa Rica. Nature reserves such as those at La Selva Biological Station, Braulio Carrillo, Tirimbina and Selva Verde have greatly contributed to the preservation of the region’s rich plant and animal life by safeguarding large tracts of primary forest.

Arrive at the lodge and check-in.

Orientation to the lodge, followed by free time to relax in the pool or make use of other lodge amenities.

Enjoy a pre-dinner get together with CRLA instructors, to practice conversational Spanish.


Dinner: At the lodge.


Evening: Evening presentation: The Birds and Animals of Selva Verde.

Lodging: Selva Verde Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Nature Lodge built along the banks of the Sarapiqui River. Room modules are built on elevated platforms, surrounded by tropical vegetation. A large tract of private primary and secondary rainforest is accessible via a hanging bridge.

Contact info:
Chilamate
Sarapiqui, 00000 Costa Rica
phone: +506-27611800
web: www.selvaverde.com

Room amenities: Safety boxes, ceiling fans, phones, screened windows, and hair dryers.

Facility amenities: Meeting rooms, restaurant, bar, and private rainforest reserve with trails.

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


Day Three: Thursday, July 17 - Sarapiqui - Spanish Classes/River Rafting/Hi...
Sarapiqui -
Spanish Classes/River Rafting/History of Chocolate/Dance Lesson.


Breakfast: At the lodge.


Morning: This morning, join the CRLA instructors for an hour of Spanish classes at the lodge.

Take a break from class to embark on an energizing river rafting excursion on the Sarapiqui River.

Return to the lodge.


Lunch: At the lodge.


Afternoon: Join the CRLA instructors for an hour of Spanish classes at the lodge.

Transfer to the Tirimbina Rainforest Center. Embark on a delicious exploration of chocolate--from its history as a Maya and Aztec beverage, to its arrival in Europe, and its transformation into the current product we know and love. During an interactive walk through a former cacao plantation, examine traditional methods of cacao cultivation and the processing of the beans into chocolate.

Return to the lodge.


Dinner: At the lodge.


Evening: After dinner activity: Join in a dance lesson with locals.

Participants learn three styles of Latin dance: Meringue, Salsa, and Cumbia. Local dancers first demonstrate the style of dancing, then lead the group through the dance step by step, and finally have a chance to practice with a partner.

Lodging: Selva Verde Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Nature Lodge built along the banks of the Sarapiqui River. Room modules are built on elevated platforms, surrounded by tropical vegetation. A large tract of private primary and secondary rainforest is accessible via a hanging bridge.

Contact info:
Chilamate
Sarapiqui, 00000 Costa Rica
phone: +506-27611800
web: www.selvaverde.com

Room amenities: Safety boxes, ceiling fans, phones, screened windows, and hair dryers.

Facility amenities: Meeting rooms, restaurant, bar, and private rainforest reserve with trails.

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


Day Four: Friday, July 18 - Sarapiqui - Spanish Classes/Making Tortillas...
Breakfast: At the lodge.


Morning: This morning, join the CRLA instructors for an hour of Spanish classes at the lodge.

Give your brain a rest from morning Spanish sessions and lace-up your tennis shoes to embark on an energizing rainforest walk. A guided hike through old and new growth forests will expose you to the unique flora and fauna of this biologically diverse habitat.

The rainforest surrounding the lodge provides habitat for over 300 bird species, 120 species of mammals, 48 amphibian species, 89 reptile species, more than 10,000 species of insects, 330 species of trees, and countless plant species.

Return to the lodge in time for lunch.


Lunch: At the lodge.


Afternoon: Join the CRLA instructors for an hour of practical Spanish classes at the lodge.

Time at leisure for swimming and/or bird watching.

Casual pre-dinner get-together to learn how to make tortillas and for Spanish conversation with CRLA instructors.


Dinner: At the lodge.

Evening: Time at leisure at the lodge.

After sunset, the rainforest comes alive with the calls of its nocturnal inhabitants. Listen to the sounds--try to distinguish one from another as you relax in your hammock. Frogs, owls, bats, tepezquintles (pacas), moths, and various other creatures come out at night when we are normally turning in for the night.

Lodging: Selva Verde Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Arenal Paraiso Hotel is located just a few minutes from La Fortuna town and near the Arenal Volcano National Park. Accommodations are provided in small casitas--all with views of the famous volcano. Landscaped grounds feature lush tropical vegetation that provides both privacy and visual interest.

Contact info:
From the Catholic Church in town of La Fortuna 7 km road to the volcano
Arenal, 000000 Costa Rica
phone: +506-24791100
web: www.arenalparaiso.com

Room amenities: Hair dryer, mini refrigerator, porch, cable TV, safety deposit box, coffee maker, and air conditioning.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, 3 pools, bar, zip line, conference room, laundry services, and spa.

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


Day Five: Saturday, July 19 - Arenal - Spanish Classes/Swimming in Thermal...
Note: The bus drive from Sarapiqui to Arenal takes approximately 2.5 to 3 hours.

Breakfast: At the lodge.


Morning: Join the CRLA instructors for an hour of Spanish classes at the lodge.

Check out of the lodge and transfer to Arenal.

Arrive at the hotel and check-in.


Lunch: At the hotel.


Afternoon: Enjoy a swim in the lodge's thermal pools.

Take part in an hour of Spanish instruction given by CRLA teachers at the hotel.


Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: Free time at the hotel. Gather around for a friendly game of cards, get a good night's rest in preparation for tomorrow's activities, or observe Arenal Volcano by night from the comfort of your porch. On clear nights, it is sometimes possible to see the reddish orange glow of lava on the rim of the volcano and hear distant popping sounds as rocks are ejected from the crater.

Lodging: Arenal Paraiso Hotel Resort & Spa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Arenal Paraiso Hotel is located just a few minutes from La Fortuna town and near the Arenal Volcano National Park. Accommodations are provided in small casitas--all with views of the famous volcano. Landscaped grounds feature lush tropical vegetation that provides both privacy and visual interest.

Contact info:
From the Catholic Church in town of La Fortuna 7 km road to the volcano
Arenal, 000000 Costa Rica
phone: +506-24791100
web: www.arenalparaiso.com

Room amenities: Hair dryer, mini refrigerator, porch, cable TV, safety deposit box, coffee maker, and air conditioning.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, 3 pools, bar, zip line, conference room, laundry services, and spa.

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


Day Six: Sunday, July 20 - Arenal - Arenal Hanging Bridges/Spanish Clas...
Breakfast: At the hotel.


Morning: Enjoy a walk around the Arenal 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.

Transfer to the Arenal Hanging Bridges for a chance to experience all the layers of a rainforest.

This private nature reserve in La Fortuna de San Carlos features a network of standing bridges, hanging bridges, and trails that crisscross 250 hectares of tropical rainforest. The park's mission is to provide natural history education in a responsible and sustainable way. Visitors are able to view the rainforest from different angles and heights, from ground level to canopy level, learning firsthand about this fascinating and biologically diverse environment.


Lunch: At a local restaurant.


Afternoon: Return to the hotel for leisure time.

Attend a Spanish class.

Enjoy a window shopping scavenger hunt in La Fortuna.

The community of La Fortuna, in the province of Alajuela, is the nearest to the Arenal Volcano. The town's proximity to the volcano makes it a perfect vantage point from which to admire Arenal's perfect cone. Although increased revenue from tourism led to improvements in La Fortuna's infrastructure and the emergence of hotels, it has managed to retain its local flavor and overall small town feel.


Dinner: At La Fortuna with local families.


Evening: Return to the hotel, followed by free time.

Lodging: Arenal Paraiso Hotel Resort & Spa

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, 000000 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: Monday, July 21 - Punta Leona- Tarcoles River Crocodile Safari...
Punta Leona-
Tarcoles River Crocodile Safari/Beach Activity/ Pool Activity.


Note: The bus drive from Arenal to the Punta Leona/Pacific coast takes approximately 4 to 4.5 hours.

Breakfast: At the hotel.


Morning: Check-out of the hotel and transfer to Punta Leona on the Pacific coast.


Lunch: At a local restaurant en route.


Afternoon: Before reaching Punta Leona, take part in a crocodile safari on the Tárcoles River.

Over 400 bird species make their homes along the Tárcoles River and its accompanying estuary. The river is also well-known for its abundant crocodile population. American crocodiles (Crocodylus acutus) are frequently spotted sunning their large scaly bodies on the muddy riverbanks. Some of these prehistoric reptiles can reach lengths of up to 20 ft! Continue the transfer to Punta Leona.

Arrive at the hotel and check-in.

A local beach will serve as our interactive classroom this afternoon. Put on your flip-flops and join your instructors in a fun Spanish language beach activity.


Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: Swimming pool activity.

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, 000000 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: Tuesday, July 22 - Punta Leona - Spanish Lessons/Ocean Outrigge...
Punta Leona -
Spanish Lessons/Ocean Outrigger Activity/Beach Activities "en Español."


Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Join the CRLA instructors for an hour-long Spanish lesson.

Depart from the hotel for an invigorating excursion on ocean outriggers.

Return to the hotel.


Lunch: At the hotel.


Afternoon: Trade your pens and notepaper for bathing suits and sunscreen. Head to the beach for a bit of outdoor fun, with activities that will test some of your newly acquired Spanish language skills.

Return to the hotel.

Before dinner, gather around for your final Spanish language session with your CRLA instructors.


Dinner: At the hotel.


Evening: Time at leisure at the 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: http://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: Wednesday, July 23 - San José - Los Sueños Zip Line/Shopping Mall...
Note: The bus drive from the Pacific coast to San José takes approximately 2 hours.

Breakfast: At the hotel.


Morning: After breakfast, check out of the hotel.

Transfer to Los Sueños for a zip line canopy adventure. After reviewing proper zip lining techniques and double-checking the equipment, delight in a heart-pumping ride through the forest canopy.

Transfer to San Jose.


Lunch: Farewell lunch celebration at the Costa Rica Language Academy.

Afternoon: Enjoy a visit to a local shopping mall. During this excursion participants will have the opportunity to see what a Costa Rican shopping center looks like, use their learned Spanish while exploring local shops, and make any needed last minute purchases.

Arrive at the hotel and check-in.



Dinner: At the hotel.


Evening: Time at leisure to enjoy your last night among your new Road Scholar friends.

Lodging: Wyndham San José Herradura Hotel & Convention Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Ten: Thursday, July 24 - San José - Departures/Transfer to the Intern...
Depart From: Transfer to the Juan Santamaria International Airport for Road Scholar flights to the 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.

This concludes the program. We hope you enjoyed your Road Scholar adventure! When you get home, remember to stay in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network; share memories, pictures, and comments about your recent travels.


Breakfast: At the hotel (dependent on flight times).

Meals Included: Breakfast

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11 Expert-led lectures
10 Field trips
4 Hands-on experiences

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