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Program #12848RJ
13 Days | 12 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
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ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Carol from Pottstown, PA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/09/14 - 03/21/14
This was our first Road Scholar trip and it was fabulous! Our guide was phenominal, not only in his birding skills, but in his ability to help all members of the group see the birds. We saw over 280 species. Our group consisted of some very experienced birders as well as some beginners, but everyone was able to see as much as they could. The lodges were all remote and beautiful, and the pace of each day was just right - lots of time for birding but also some down time in between. Our guide Fito was an expert in natural history as well as bird ID - and we learned a lot about CR from him. We loved the trip and are planning to take the other birding trip RS offers to CR to see the places we didn't get to.

Cathy from Virginia Beach, VA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 03/15/14 - 03/27/14
Great adventure - marvelous birding, great diversity of habitat & spectacular views of endemic species & counryside. Roger is a phenomenal birder who knows how to locate species and shares his expertise & enthusiasm with the entire group. Not to be missed! Cathy Williamson

Charlyn from Sebastopol, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/15/14 - 03/27/14
Excellent guide, intuitive and knowledgeable. Sited over 370 bird species. Wonderful group of new birding friends. Close access to birds thru several boat trips along shores of Costa Rica Rivers. Don't miss it!

Jean from Burlingame, CA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 03/09/14 - 03/21/14
We saw many, many new species of birds in a variety of beautiful locations. Our leader was terrific and the other participants were delightful.

Larry from Miami, FL Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 02/10/14 - 02/22/14
This was our 3rd Birding trip with Road Scholar, the 2nd time on Birding the Hot Spots. It is truly a wonderful trip!

Doug from Henrico, VA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 02/15/14 - 02/27/14
Outstanding trip - saw some of the birds I had hoped to see and many more that I hadn't counted on. Fascinating country and hitting the hot spots made it even more so.

Elizabeth from Lake Forest Park, WA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 01/07/14 - 01/19/14
I really enjoyed our recent "Birding Hotspots of Costa Rica" trip. Besides seeing more birds than I ever imagined, we learned a great deal about Costa Rica and its environment. Leo was an excellent guide and Omar a very good, safe driver. The group was delightful as well. I look forward to another RoadScholar trip.

Mary Ellen from Phoenixville, PA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 01/18/14 - 01/30/14
The trip was WONDERFUL! I had never birded in the tropics before and saw at least 250 life birds plus an additional 100 birds I had seen before. We had 11 people in our group plus the guide and bus driver. Everyone was congenial, punctual, and kind. The accommodations were all different and interesting. The food was good and plentiful. The boat rides were excellent and gave us unique views of the habitats. We also got plenty of exercise walking the trails. I would highly recommend this trip.

Debbie from Monticello, IN Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 01/11/14 - 01/23/14
Great program! Great Guide! Saw 327 species of birds!

Ginger from Cookeville, TN Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 01/07/14 - 01/19/14
Wonderful program and experience! This may not be for "hard core" birders, but was great for anyone who has done some birding and is interested in expanding his/her exposure to tropical and migrant species. Our congenial group of 11 had 310 - 320 species for the 11 days. The diversity of both the birds and the sites visited is incredible. Costa Rica is a beautiful country; glad we were able to see as much of it as we did. (We flew down a few days early and saw some of the other sites before the program started.) Highly recommend!

Diana from Lake Oswego, OR Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 01/11/14 - 01/23/14
Erick, the group leader, was outstanding. We saw over 300 species. His ability to find birds was unbelievable, even those that could barely be seen with binoculars. I'm sure he tired of our asking "HOW DID YOU SEE THAT?!?" In addition to finding them, he was able to identify the birds with limited visual information due to his extensive knowledge of calls, behavior, and habitat. Finally, he helped us all see nearly every bird, through the scope if possible. I have been birding for only 9 months and have often had trouble finding birds on other outings, but I saw 95% of these species. Erick has an infectious passion for the subject. And of course, the birds themselves were amazing.

Karen from Sebastopol, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/05/13 - 11/17/13
This program exceeded my expectations. The guide made sure we got as much out of the program as we could. He searched for birds, made sure we all saw them and was extremely knowledgeable concerning all flora, fauna, the environment and history of the locations we visited. He was attentive to all of our needs and fostered group cohesion. We all had fun!

Susan from Sebastopol, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/05/13 - 11/17/13
This is a fantastic trip. You don't have to be a very experienced birder to enjoy this trip, the guide and others in the group are very helpful. The birds are many and colorful.

Janice from Eureka, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/12/13 - 03/24/13
I've been on many birding tours with professionals, and this trip, though about half the price, rates as high as any I've been on. Our local guide, Gilberth, is a highly skilled birder and extremely personable. He strived to make sure everyone saw every bird--very difficult in tropical forests--and kept us loose with his sense of humor and upbeat personality. A very enjoyable and rewarding experience.

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