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The Best of Costa Rica: Exploring Natural Wonders

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Program #11586RJ
13 Days | 12 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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These instructors are participating on at least one day of one date of this program.
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Paulo Valerio

Paulo Valerio is a tropical biologist and an expert naturalist field instructor from Costa Rica. Paulo is fluent in English and holds a B.S.C. in tropical biology and a M.S.C. in natural resources management and ecotourism from Universidad Nacional. After years of experience working as a field instructor, he is now based in San José, Costa Rica, where he is the director of Best Adventure Travel. Paulo is also an adjunct professor of tropical biology at Pepperdine University and has been a distinguished lecturer at events for organizations including Road Scholar, One Earth One People, and the National Science Teachers Association.

Marino Chacón

Marino Chacón’s family were the first settlers in the San Gerardo de Dota Valley, located in the Talamanca Mountains of Costa Rica. They established a dairy farm and orchard, and later transformed the farm into a mountain lodge and nature reserve. With the family's focus turning to environmental travel, Marino decided to study English and enrolled in courses with the National Learning Institute (INA). An avid nature lover since he was a kid, Marino went on to earn his naturalist certification from Las Quebradas Biological Center Foundation and worked as a resident naturalist and birding guide at his family lodge. His involvement in the development of Los Quetzales National Park initiative and the conservation of the local highland oak forests have earned him a position of respect within the community. Marino has participated in forums sponsored by the University for International Cooperation and UNESCO, and courses led by the Tropical Agronomical Center for Education and Research.

Dr. Sherman Thomas

A Rockefeller Foundation scholarship recipient, Dr. Sherman Thomas has degrees from the Universities of Costa Rica and University of Minnesota. In addition to teaching at the Universidad de Costa Rica for 30 years, he is one of the founders of the Renovación Costarricense political party and was selected to run for President of Costa Rica in 1998. Sherman has also been on the staff of Universidad Latina, Universidad Autonoma de Centro America, and Universidad del Turismo, and his publications can be found in chemistry journals and chemistry textbooks. He is highly regarded for his professional achievements in chemistry, as well as his social and political commitment to improve the quality of life for all citizens of his country.

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12 nights of accommodations
34 meals: 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 11 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
23 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

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