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Program #8577RJ
9 Days | 8 Nights
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Patricia from Wolfville, NS Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 03/12/15 - 03/20/15
Costa Rica is an amazing country. Everyone should visit. Edwin, our guide, was terrific. So knowledgeable, humorous, dedicated to his country. Can't wait to go back again. One can never have enough of this place.

Loretta from San Diego, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 03/12/15 - 03/20/15
The taste of Costa Rica program is a winner on all counts! The people of Costa Rica are charming and they seek to make you learn and laugh all day long. My husband and I felt informed, relaxed, safe and involved the whole time.

Suzanne from Basking Ridge, NJ Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 03/03/15 - 03/11/15
Taste of Costa Rica is one program you shouldn't miss..such a beautiful country with friendly people. A totally stress-free vacation.

Selby from Elk Grove, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 02/05/15 - 02/13/15
What an outstanding adventure! This program is a perfect blend of varied activities led by enthusiastic and knowledgable instructors. It is well named, as it offers a delightful, rich "Taste of Costa Rica." You are introduced to an amazingly beautiful country and its hospitable inhabitants in a way you are sure to enjoy.

Dottie from Cedar Grove, NJ Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 01/23/15 - 01/31/15
I learned so much about A Taste of Costa Rica! Our group leader, Edwin Ramirez, is a wonderful ambassador to the country and its flora and fauna, geography, and history. This is the best Road Scholar program I've taken.

Jeannie from West Hills, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 01/10/15 - 01/18/15
We went on the Taste of Costa Rica tour from Jan 10-18, 2015. The tour group was small at 16 which was great, and Pedro our tour guide was fantastic. The country is beautiful, interesting with much wildlife. I highly recommend this tour.

Martha from Haverford, PA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 12/01/14 - 12/09/14
Our guide was excellent, but the program was not as active as advertised. Still had a wonderful time though!

Caroll from Swift Current, SK Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 12/01/14 - 12/09/14
Not for the faint of heart but excellent content. Who knew where black pepper grew? Also sugar cane demo was an eye opener.

Dianne from North Fort Myers, FL Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 11/03/14 - 11/11/14
This trip was a wonderful "Taste" of Costa Rica. What a nice group of fellow travelers and our group leader, Ignacio Arroyo, was a gem! The trip was so organized and a pleasure.

Nancy from Vienna, WV Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/03/14 - 11/11/14
An Awesome trip ! The group I was with was fun and we had a wonderful guide named Natcho. Beautiful Country and we saw animals such as Toucans, Howler monkeys, sloths and much more. For coffee drinkers you may want to take a travel coffee pot as a few of the places we stayed did not have one in the room.

Anthony from Radnor, PA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/03/14 - 11/11/14
Great Trip!! Beyond my Wildest Expectations!!

Dorothy from Sacramento, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 08/18/14 - 08/26/14
The Taste of Costa Rica is a wonderful introduction to the country, highlighting much of the variety of ecozones, people, agriculture and beauty. The "instructors" are local people, deeply involved in their culture and country, a real plus. This is a fantastic bargain trip!

Donna from Walnut Creek, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 08/18/14 - 08/26/14
We had an AMAZING time celebrating our 25th anniversary by going on our 1st Road Scholar program to Costa Rica! Pedro, our guide, was extremely knowledgeable about the geographic area, plants, birds, animals, local history, and people. Pedro was so gracious, had a great sense of humor, and was exceptionally well organized. It was great to have activities and meals planned with such a great variety. Our driver Henry got us safely to our destinations and we definitely appreciated not having to drive on the bumpy roads! All the activities were great, but I especially enjoyed visiting an elementary school where school children performed some traditional dances and having dinner with a family in Monteverde

Merlene from Kansas City, MO Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 08/18/14 - 08/26/14
Wonderful experience. Beautiful country and warm, friendly people. Everything was so well planned. Our trip leader, Pedro Bosquez was so knowledgeable, thoughtful and kind. I would highly recommend this trip.

Mary from Wilmington, DE Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 06/02/14 - 06/10/14
This was some Taste! Our small group of 9 enjoyed the best of CR from the lowlands to the cloud forest. Thanks to our knowledgeable, caring, and passionate guide Edwin, and our driver "D" we had an experience that was "Pura Vida!!" Other interesting trip companions made for lively and thoughtful conversations. This well-organized tour wet my appetite for the longer Road Scholar trip to CR. As always, Road Scholar delivered on meals, accommodations, and educational material. June is billed as the rainy season, however, we had many sunny days and the rain was mostly intermittent. I didn't even need to use mosquito repellent.

Carter from Gainesville, FL Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 05/05/14 - 05/13/14
A Taste of Costa Rica was a most enjoyable trip with like-minded travelers who were all there for an introduction to a gentle beautiful diverse country. The introduction was so fascinating and favorable that the country appealingly demands a return visit to further explore other National Parks, mountains, beaches and rain forests...on another well organized Road Scholar program. As always Road Scholar exceeded my expectations in their choice of accommodations and meals and activities and my fellow travelers on this particular program exceeded my expectations of how cohesive and cooperative a group of 16 people between the ages of 26 and 87 can be.I really think our group leader, Pedro's, personality set the stage for an atmosphere of peace, camaraderie, compassion, acceptance and patience, the perfect learning environment.

JoAnn from Panama City Beach, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/10/14 - 04/18/14
What a great experience! Everything about the trip was perfect. Would have liked more time in some places, but this was billed as a "taste" of Costa Rica, not the whole meal! Our guide, Glorianna, & our driver, Chicho, were amazing, always making sure we were comfortable and enjoying their beautiful country. The temperature was quite comfortable in April. We had no problem with mosquitoes. For an account of my trip, go to www.mytripjournal.com/ourdream & scroll down & click on the dates you wish to read.

Judy from Plainfield, IL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/10/14 - 04/18/14
The program description should stress the level and extensiveness of the walking and hiking. It was more on each day than I expected. The timing of the field trips and return left very Little leisure time.

Mary Lou from Greenwood Village, CO Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/03/14 - 03/11/14
"A Taste of Costa Rica" was a beautiful way to see and learn about the country. It is relatively small with less than a-half million people and smaller than the state of West Virginia. It was amazing how such a small country can be so unique in so many ways, with a culture unto itself. So very different than all the countries that surround it. The people are well educated, hard working and friendly, the general character of the country seems unaffected by the 'Hugeness' of the world. The country seems very subject to change in the next 20-30 years and like many places, worth seeing now.

Roberta from Westport, CT Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/13/14 - 02/21/14
This is a great way to get to know Costa Rica in a brief visit. You get to experience the different topographies, learn a bit about the history of the country, and see lots of flora and fauna. Our guide knew a lot and shared his knowledge freely. The driver was excellent. The whole experience was fun and definitely worth the time and money.

Barry from Westport, CT Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/13/14 - 02/21/14
The program was terrific. It provided good balance of activities, education, free time, and lots of fun. The leader was engaging, very service-oriented, and knowledgeable about a wide range of topics. It was my first Road Scholar program, and I'll definitely do more based on this experience.

Henry from Coronado, CA Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 01/20/14 - 01/28/14
If you like nature's flora and fauna, beautiful rainforests and outdoor activities then you will like Costa Rica....Pura Vida!

Rosanne from Oakwood, GA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 01/06/14 - 01/14/14
Wonderful trip. My first with Road Scholar out of the country. Our guide, Ignacio, was great. The trip was a perfect mix of culture, education, adventure and community. Everyone took good care of us. Highly recommended.

Anne from Buffalo, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 12/02/13 - 12/10/13
I doubt you will find a better tour of Costa Rica than this one. It manages to visit many of the important aspects of the culture in eight days in an entertaining and fairly relaxed way. I am still enjoying my trip in retrospect.

Rosalind from Sarasota, FL Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 12/02/13 - 12/10/13
It was a wonderful taste of Costa Rica. Mario, our guide was incredible. The information I received was exciting, new and entertaining. There was also a bit of adventure. I have wonderful pictures and memories. I highly recommend this program.

Becky from Hanover, PA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 11/04/13 - 11/12/13

Edith from Kelseyville, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/07/13 - 10/15/13
In all of my vacations, this is among the best ever

Pamela from Livermore, CA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 07/08/13 - 07/16/13
We enjoyed most aspects of this trip; the guide was especially good and the pace of the trip was nice. The things we enjoyed were the white-water rafting, the river excursion looking for wildlife during which we saw caymans and birds, the coffee-plantation tour (the guide was so passionate and we saw a sloth, too), and the scenery. We weren't as thrilled with the amount of driving involved, especially the stretch on a very bad road going to Monteverde. The meals were heavy and similar and didn't agree with everyone. I thought it helped to have read the book about the rainforest that had been recommended before going - it described the interconnectedness of the ecology. The Costa Rican people were very pleasant - this could be the original 'no problem' culture.

Brian from Oklahoma City, OK Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 06/03/13 - 06/11/13
We love our visit to Costa Rica and learned a lot about bio diversity and how each of us makes a difference in this world. We were impressed that Costa Rica hope to have a 0 carbon footprint by 2021!

Ruth from Coatesville, PA Number of programs attended: 16
Date attended: 06/03/13 - 06/11/13
This trip is one of the best I have attended. Well-planned and much variety. Although it was in the beginning of the rainy season, the weather was not a problem, also the price presented a very good value.

Iris from Mulvane, KS Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 05/06/13 - 05/14/13
i have been on several trips and this was one of my favorite ones. beautiful country. all of the places we stayed went out of their way to be accommodating. pedro and enrique were great leader and driver.

Jeanne from Cornish, ME Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/06/13 - 05/14/13
This was my first but not last Road Scholar trip! Everything was great. Pedro and Enrique did a super job leading us through their country. I would definitely recommennd this trip.

Brian from Lockport, IL Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 03/18/13 - 03/26/13
Great trip. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys nature, hiking, and would like to experience the tropical environment.

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