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ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
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ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
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Annamarie Lavieri Aug 25, 2015 at 03:15 PM

We are considering the March 5-17,2016 trip. Looking at flight connections for our return trip to the west coast of USA and they all seem to leave San Jose very early. Will be able to get from the Wyndham Hotel to the airport for an 8:30Am flight? Any helpful flight tips are appreciated! Looking forward to birding in Costa Rica!
Helen Sternheim Aug 25, 2015 at 10:26 PM

The hotel is supposed to be close to the airport. They talk about taking a taxi to the airport and making arrangements via the hotel front desk.

Ruth Jessen Aug 24, 2015 at 07:50 PM

I appreciate the advice about a good month to go, and what to take.
Kris Gates Aug 24, 2015 at 10:51 PM

I've been to Costa Rica in February and the birding was great. Here's a good staring point for a packing list: https://www.ricksteves.com/travel-tips/packing-light/ricks-packing-list

Kris Gates Aug 23, 2015 at 03:15 PM

Hello! I'm taking this trip November 2015, leaving from Portland, OR. I'd love to connect ahead of time (via email) with anyone else in the group.

Ruth Jessen Jun 27, 2015 at 06:14 PM

I plan to do this trip sometime within a year. Does anyone have an opinion on whether a particular month is better than another?
Barbara Rozen Aug 24, 2015 at 01:41 PM

I did this trip in March and it was great! Beautiful weather, wonderful guide, many birds. It was cold in the cloud forrest so be prepared. Be sure to bring one pair of closed shoes required in the rain forrest.
Barbara Rozen Aug 24, 2015 at 01:41 PM

Carol Blye Apr 05, 2014 at 03:44 PM

Just back from out trip in March and it was fabulous in every way! SO many birds and beautiful spots, excellent guide and fellow travelers. Some tips: Bring a washcloth and soap, and some shampoo. Small flashlight useful. Bring a sink stopper and a small amount of detergent to hand wash clothes every few days - so much easier than packing a lot. Drip-dry tropic weight pants and shirts are all you need, plus a rain jacket and warmer fleece jacket. One good pair walking/hiking shoes plus a less sturdy pair for travel days is plenty. Bring a daypack or backpack for outings. Bring a small first-aid kit. Several of us needed band-aids and there weren't any in the van or with the guide. Credit cards are accepted everywhere except La Ensenada Lodge. Tho only thing you will have to pay for is the bar bill at the hotels and sundries in grocery stores. American dollars are fine - change is given in Colones.

Barbara Rozen Mar 10, 2014 at 11:50 PM

I'm going March 15 from San Francisco. Anyone else from the Bay Area?
Trennie Miller Feb 01, 2015 at 10:54 AM

My husband and I are on the same trip. Leaving from NC. Will you be there before the 16th?

Jo Ann Raine Mar 05, 2014 at 08:47 PM

Thankfully, Costa Rica is one country where everyone does not have his hand out. There is little handiwork that is CR made and an opportunity to buy cratfty bits can be had at the gift shops. I would suggest that you be generous to the maids who clean your room if you want to tip. The gratuities are done by Roadscholar but the common folk will love it.

John Fiske Mar 05, 2014 at 05:59 PM

I understand each person can bring a maximum of $100 (US) into Costa Rica. Source is US State Department website for traveling to Costa Rica
Helen Sternheim Mar 06, 2014 at 04:13 PM

that doesn't sound correct.

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