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Program #12848RJ
13 Days | 12 Nights
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.
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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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.

Carol Blye Mar 05, 2014 at 03:05 PM

Is there a need to have much cash on this trip ? Can we us US dollars or will we have to exchange?
Dale Ensor Mar 05, 2014 at 03:43 PM

You do not need to exchange any money. All the places we visited took US dollars. Take smaller bills (1,5,10) change will be in colons. At the airport you will hear warnings from people trying to get you to exchange dollars but it is not neccessary. Have a great trip.

John Fiske Mar 04, 2014 at 11:05 PM

Going on March 8-21 trip. Are hiking boots advisable? Walking sticks?
Dale Ensor Mar 05, 2014 at 09:43 AM

Hiking boots would be appropriate for some trails but walking sticks are not needed. You are too busy looking around to worry with walking sticks.

Carol Blye Feb 13, 2014 at 02:04 PM

Wondering if anyone used a land phone while there? We have ill parent issues and would like to be able to call back to the states to check status. I read that we can buy a phone card in CR that would work?
Premium Email Subscriber Feb 13, 2014 at 04:23 PM

The only thing I can remember from my trip last year was that one of the men in our group let anyone use his cell phone that had international calls allowed on it.

Susan Shargel Jan 25, 2014 at 12:55 AM

I'm going on the Feb 10th trip. A few questions. Does anyone have a list of wi-fi availability at hotels and cell phone coverage where we are traveling.
Also, I've used clothes containing mosquito repellent in Ecuador rain forest. Does anyone know whether these clothes are advised?
Phyllis Schwartz Jan 25, 2014 at 06:24 PM

I did read on a Costa Rica site on line that one is better off purchasing a SIM card while there unless you don't mind paying outrageous roaming charges...otherwise I have no other "techie" info.!! Phyllis Schwartz

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