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Costa Rica: Three Jewels in Paradise

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Program #20774RJ
9 Days | 8 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.
If you’re looking for a more flexible schedule with ample independent time and several meals on your own, then our FLEX learning adventures are made for you.
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Marty S Aug 31, 2014 at 11:57 AM

We were on this tour in January, 2014. Road Scholar informed after our tour that they weren't happy with the Rafiki Lodge, and would be changing. I see they haven't done so to date. We spent several days there without any hot water. Make sure you ask for a room close to the main lodge, as it’s a hike if you’re room is at the top of the hill. Snake warning are posted on the paths. The lodge will provide you with a flash light. If you like to eat buffet meals for dinner (and breakfast), then this is the trip for you. Don't even think about going out at night while in San Jose. This was supposed to be a "flex" tour with plenty of downtime. It was, but your lodgings are so far off the beaten path, that you're pretty much limited to the grounds. You do not cross any rope bridge shown in the photographs shown on their website. Ok, so now I vented on the negatives. The positives are the tour guide and driver were outstanding. The other guests on the tour were wonderful, and yes we did see many wonderful sights. If we had it to do all over again, we would have rented a car and see Costa Rica on our own. We were scheduled to do China with them in October. We cancelled and found another tour group that offered better accommodations. Then again, most of the others that have been on this tour seem to have loved it. I hope you do not run into the same experience as we did. Perhaps it was just bad luck on our part. My motto is “you get what you pay for”.
Jerry Whidby Sep 02, 2014 at 07:10 AM

We couldn't disagree more with Marty's comments. We had a wonderful time at all of our stops Costa Rica is in a tropical and rural location, not a city.


Steve Lummis Aug 30, 2014 at 07:51 PM

My wife and I will be heading down on this program in early November....any thoughts or insights from folks who have been?
Donna H. Aug 31, 2014 at 10:08 PM

I thoroughly enjoyed myself in April. I don't agree with the negatives from Marty.
Donna H. Aug 31, 2014 at 10:08 PM

I'm traveled as a single woman and felt safe in San Jose in the evening.
Steve Lummis Sep 11, 2014 at 06:15 PM

Thanks for the feedback. Sounds like this is all about expectations and we're really excited.


Jerry Whidby Apr 01, 2014 at 10:53 AM

We are excited about this program. Just wondered who else is going. We are from Virginia.
Jerry Whidby Apr 01, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Forgot to say program date May 10 - 18. There are four of us from Va


Donna H. Mar 10, 2014 at 06:52 PM

Please let me know if anyone is staying before or after the program for April 19-27. I will be arriving early for the program.
Donna H.
Nancy Moore Mar 24, 2014 at 08:33 PM

My husband David and I will be arriving on Wednesday afternoon.
Donna H. Mar 29, 2014 at 06:22 PM

Hi, now I will just be arriving one night before and stay at the Balmoral


Marty S Jan 15, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Hi Norm & Trish, Carolyn and I are arriving Friday evening around 9 pm. Looking Forward in meeting everyone and a wonderful week in Costa Rica.


Patricia Foy Jan 15, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Hi,
Looking forward to meeting everyone. We're arriving into San Jose Airport on Jan 18 at approximately 2:30 on AA flight 337. Anyone else coming in around that time/flight?
Norm and Trish


Janet McLeod Jan 08, 2014 at 11:43 PM

Looking forward to meeting and traveling with our Three Jewel Companions from Jan. 18-26. We're from Redwood Valley, California. It's also our first trip with RS - counting the days till the journey begins! Nance and Janet


ANN BRENTANO Jan 06, 2014 at 08:06 PM

I'm going on the Feb 8-16 trip with 2 friends, we live in the Philadelphia suburbs, looking forward to meeting our travelling companions. This is my first trip to Costa Rica and first trip with Road Scholar.


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