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A Taste of Costa Rica

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Program #8577RJ
9 Days | 8 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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.
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.
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Alice Birkel Aug 27, 2014 at 03:40 PM

Just got back from Costa Rica yesterday, so my trip was definitely in the rainy season. Took insect repellent with me but frequently forgot to use. Got a few bites but nothing remarkable. The biggest issue seemed to be the fire ants. So when you are walking and stopping to listen to some commentary, need to be aware that should move feet frequently and be sure you haven't stopped at an area where there are fire ants underfoot. I thought insects would be a bigger issue then they really were.


Nancy Karp Aug 25, 2014 at 08:58 PM

how monstrous are the bugs in Costa Rica?
JOSEPH CHIARELL Aug 26, 2014 at 07:23 PM

Hi Nancy, I went on the Costa Rica Tour in April. It was fantastic and they keep you moving. I applied sun screen & bug spray every day before going out. I did get some bug bites that itched. The Dr said that the Sunscreen would relieve the itch better than the anti itch cream. The bugs are not big but there are a lot of them. One of the things I learned were that bugs are 56% of living species, where humans are 1%. We are on their turf. Joe C.
Nancy Karp Aug 26, 2014 at 08:13 PM

thanks!


Rachel Davies Aug 18, 2014 at 08:13 PM

Is anyone out there going with us on the Oct 6-14 trip? We are flying out of Atlanta.


Alice Birkel Jul 06, 2014 at 04:48 PM

I am enrolled for the August 18th - 26th program and made my own airline arrangements. Traveling Delta from Atlanta & arriving 8:03 pm. Would like to find others who want to 'share' taxi to hotel. This is my first RS program & looking forward to it.


Spencer Resnick Jun 18, 2014 at 09:32 PM

Joseph..They are not an Amish family, but Quakers who came to Costa Rica in the late1940s. I do not remember getting to the Pacific side. The closest they come is Monteverde.


JOSEPH CHIARELL Jun 18, 2014 at 09:04 PM

Mary & Robert,

You are aware that May to Nov is the rainy season in Costa Rica, especially on the Caribbean side. Bring your ponchos. They tour rain or shine. I went in April and was lucky to have all sunny days. Hopefully you will get sunny weather at least on the Pacific(dry) side. The tours are well organized and you will get to see a lot. Rain forest, volcano, coffee plantation, pinapple & sugar cane plantation, ox cart factory, butterfly preserve, eat with an organic farmer & Amish family. They keep you moving.


Mary Snapp Jun 16, 2014 at 04:14 PM

Hi fellow travelers to Costa Rica! This is also my first RS trip. I booked it when work/school was cancelled because of 40 degree below 0 wind chills in LaCrosse, WI, a lovely old Mississippi river town. I am looking forward to new adventures and friendships.


Robert Weitz Jun 16, 2014 at 01:04 PM

Hi...This is also my first trip with Road Scholars and I hope it is well thought out, interesting and that we shall have time to be off on our own in each location we visit. I formerly lived and worked in Chicago and now reside on the W.Coast of Florida and am leaving from Miami supposedly to arrive 8:30-ish p.m.
Deb Wentworth Jun 16, 2014 at 03:28 PM

Robert, I hope you post back after the trip to let us know how it went. I'm leaving on my first RS in 2 weeks - to Canada; something a bit less exotic just to get my feet wet.


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22 meals: 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
13 Field trips
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