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The Best of Costa Rica: Exploring Natural Wonders

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Program #11586RJ
13 Days | 12 Nights
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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.
Yvonne from Globe, AZ Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 12/02/14 - 12/14/14
I just returned from the trip, The Best of Costa Rica. The trip was well planned, and organized by Road Scholar. It is a 12 day trip that provided interesting lectures by local people who have lived and worked in the areas we visited. So we learned about the history, economics, science as well as, the people of the areas we visited. I enjoyed our traveling partners, guide and bus driver. In addition, I enjoyed the wild life, rain forest, rivers and the local people. I never felt unsafe from the time I entered the country. Suggestions bring quality rain gear, good walking shoes and shoes you can get wet, a lot. Bring clothes that dry easily, you will get wet and not much dries out quickly, we wore hiking clothes 95 % of the time. Leave the dress clothes home. We did laundry on about the 5th day through the hotel service. The only reasonable priced opportunity, so plan your clothes around that fact. Pack light, you move suit cases every other day.

Philip from Miami, FL Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 12/02/14 - 12/14/14
Great for the ecologically minded participant that is not afraid to get wet or even soaked. The December tour date is considered a period of transitional weather, so there was daily rain with many tropical downpours-but very few mosquitos at that time of year. Verdant rain forest foliage and fabulous animals. Wonderful Tico people exemplified by our cherished tour leader, Javier Miranda. Thank you Javier and Pura Vida!

Judith from Rockford, IL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/15/14 - 04/27/14
This was my first Road Scholar adventure and my first international travel experience. I enjoyed every minute of the trip. As a single female participant, I felt totally safe and welcome the whole time. I thought the guides were great and the presenters of educational topics imparted just the right amount of information. I would recommend this tour to anyone who is interested in an active, varied travel experience that is also educational.

Sharon from Monterey, CA Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 04/15/14 - 04/27/14
My husband and I just returned last week from this trip and we had a wonderful experience. We saw more animals and birds than I'd even hoped for, including 4 Resplendent Quetzals (and my personal goal was to see at least one!) I felt we were given a great overview of Costa Rica and of its biodiversity and offered a wealth of valuable information and experiences. Yes, there is a lot of bus travel, but how else could we cover 6 locations in 12 days, including both the Caribbean and Pacific coasts, the rain forest, cloud forest, transitional forest and mountains without all of those travel hours? I found the guides to be friendly, supportive, very helpful and knowledgeable and I left with lifelong good memories!

Janice from Massapequa Pk, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/03/14 - 06/15/14
THIS TRIP MET ALL MY EXPECTATIONS. GOING FROM THE ATLANTIC OCEAN TO THE PACIFIC OCEAN. TRAVELING OVER AND THROUGH THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE IN THE MOUNTAINS WAS SEENIC,INFORMATIVE AND IMPRESSIVE.I CAME HOME COMPLETELY HAPPY AND INFORMED. PURA VIDA!

Sherry from Kirkland, WA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/09/14 - 09/21/14
Visiting during the green season, we were incredibly lucky in the number of birds and animals we saw. The worst downpours kindly saved themselves for lunchtime or nights. I'm glad I took the trip during the less busy time. FYI, the program in terms of walking is not particularly active; however the heat and humidity are difficult for those not used to it. You do not need hiking boots, but you do need thick-soled, supportive shoes for the Arenal Hanging Bridges walk. Part of the walkway at Carara was paved but extremely slippery. Hiking boots would be no use for some of the mud walks, but there are not always rubber boots in the needed sizes.

Onnafay from Calico Rock, AR Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/09/14 - 09/21/14
This was my first Road Scholar trip and it was fantastic. Loved Costa Rica and enjoyed quality time with my new familia. Edwin was our guide and he made it incredible. Everything that I expected and more.

Dorothy from Monmouth, OR Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 09/09/14 - 09/21/14
This is the most outstanding/memorable trip I have ever experienced(and I have been on all seven continents)The guide, Edwin Ramirez,the experiences,the accommodations,the food, the field trips/lectures,transportation~everything was of the highest quality. It gets 7 stars!

Ann from Williamsburg, VA Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 03/16/14 - 03/28/14
My husband and I would put this program at the top of the list. Planning was meticulous. I'm very happy I had my hiking boots. One detail that eluded me was the degree of humidity in the rain forest areas (I know, silly me.) However, it was not really possible to wash out shirts along the way and expect them to dry.

Marilyn from Mukilteo, WA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 01/28/14 - 02/09/14
This tour was fabulous! My husband is the nature lover and I wanted to hear Spanish....however, by the end of the tour I was converted to a birdwatcher! - the last thing I would have expected. Very well paced and variety of activities. Marilyn

Karen from Eagle River, WI Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 01/18/14 - 01/30/14
We loved every aspect of this program! All the places we visited were very interesting, as were the speakers, and activities. We loved our guide Pedro Bosques--he was extremely knowledgeable about everything: birds, flowers, history, etc. We would highly recommend this program.

Carol from Nevada City, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/02/14 - 03/14/14
This is a GREAT trip -- I hope you get Roger as your instructor and Alvaro as your driver; they are both wonderful and work well together. Just bring something for diarrea, because you are likely to get it near the end of the trip -- all of us did (17 pp.)

Annette from Akron, OH Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 12/03/13 - 12/15/13
Wonderful opportunity to see diverse locations in this beautiful country. Come prepared for very hot and humid conditions, but bugs were never a problem. We were thrilled with the wildlife viewing and exciting experiences such as white-water rafting and swinging bridges. This was our 11th Road Scholar adventure and we keep coming back for more. This one exceeded all our expectations. Highly recommended!


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