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Rim to Shore: Costa Rica Multi-Sport Adventure

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Program #19243RJ
11 Days | 10 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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.
Jeanne from Minneapolis, MN Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 11/11/14 - 11/21/14
I just returned from this program. It met all my expectations and more. I would advise taking a notebook to write down all the names of the birds you see so you can match them to the pictures you take. Our guide, Roger, could spot a bird, a monkey and many more things hidden in trees and help the rest of us find it. If you have any artificial knees or hips or joint distress, hiking sticks are essential for a couple of the more strenuous hikes as are long socks to avoid chaffing in the boots necessary in the wet rainforest. If you are sharing a room with anyone but a spouse, be advised that some of the hotel rooms don't have room for both luggage and people and are very dark. I had a reading light, but needed a flashlight.

Robert from Larkspur, CA Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 10/08/14 - 10/18/14
Wonderful program! Met all my expectations and was accurately described in Road Scholar Catalog. Tour Guide excellent. Robert Shores Larkspur, California

George from Corpus Christi, TX Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 04/23/14 - 05/03/14
We really enjoyed this trip. The size of the group (15) seemed just about right. Luis was an engaging guide who kept the group energized for the next activity. The activity level of moderately challenging is an accurate description. Although we were able to see many different types of flora and fauna, this trip is more about engaging in active sports, and is not a bird watching tour. But if you like to try different activities this is a wonderful adventure.

Irene from Naples, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/23/14 - 05/03/14
Rim to Shore COSTA RICA was a memorable trip and exceeded all my expectations .

Mary Beth from Clinton, IA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/24/14 - 03/06/14
A wonderful trip. Our guide, Leo, couldn't have been better. He is an avid birder and loved sharing his knowledge of and enthusiasm for Costa Rica's wildlife and plants. He was very thoughtful about arranging activities that were not on the itinerary just because he knew we would enjoy them. He also has a very cute sense of humor. The activities were well suited to the abilities of the participants. Lodging and food were excellent. Expect interesting and like minded traveling companions.

John from Ann Arbor, MI Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 02/24/14 - 03/06/14
This trip was thoroughly enjoyable and exceeded my expectations. Our guide Leo was wonderful - great with logistics, helpful, informative, and fun. It might have been nice to spend less time on a bus, but the bus rides were actually not bad. The scenery was always interesting and often spectacular and we learned a lot en-route. The rest of the trip was even better. We had multiple boat cruises which were great for viewing wildlife and scenery. We engaged in hikes, paddling trips, and other fun activities. The accommodations were good and in amazing locations. I quickly learned never to leave my camera behind, even if just walking from my room to the dining hall as there was no telling what great photo-ops I might encounter. There was a nice balance between scheduled time and free time to explore, photograph, swim in the pools, or hang out with new friends at the waterside bars. I used bug repellent once (in the woods at Tortuguero). We had a couple downpours at Sarapiqui that enhanced the rain forest experience. Used a lot of sun screen. I recommend taking a camera with a good zoom lens for photographing birds, lizards, monkeys and crocodiles. It helped that we could get clothes laundered at Sarapiqui.

Diana from Grand Rapids, MI Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 02/24/14 - 03/06/14
Diana from Grand Rapids, MI. number of programs: 2. Dates: 2/24-3/6/14 Terrific trip - no complaints. Even enjoyed being awakened by howling monkeys at 4:00 a.m. Wonderful wild life, great guide (Leo), and interesting and fun traveling companions.

Judith from Montclair, NJ Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 02/24/14 - 03/06/14
This was a wonderful trip and met our every expectation. Our guide Leo was extremely knowledge about birds, and we saw over 60 species. The long bus rides were always broken up with an interesting stop.

Wilbur from Fort Atkinson, WI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/12/14 - 02/22/14
Bring hiking boots & collapsible walking poles. Bring plenty of plastic bags for wet garments. Pack a fleece jacket. Bring a bandana. Do not opt for the rubber boots for the hike to the almond tree at Selva Verde. If you really like wash cloths, pack some! Think about taking business cards to pass out to new friends. Bring Pepto Bismo tablets and Imodium. Be prepared to find beans & rice (& hot dogs!) on even breakfast buffets! Have in mind the exchange rate for your money, such as $10 = 5,000 colones.

Cynthia from Petersburg, PA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 02/24/14 - 03/06/14
Our Costa Rica Rim to Shore trip was exceptional. It combined the right amount of activity with the opportunity to experience different parts of the country. Our guide, Leo, was wonderful, very knowledgeable and very interested in providing an outstanding experience for everyone. The participants in our group could not have been nicer. Everyone was very enthusiastic about our experiences and we truly enjoyed each others company.

Donna from Skaneateles, NY Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 01/20/14 - 01/30/14
this is a truly wonderful experience, small group numbers made it easy to meet people and experience it with them. there was always the ability to opt out of an experience we didn't want to do, that made it easier for the group as a whole.

Barbara from Tucson, AZ Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 01/20/14 - 01/30/14
Just returned from the 1/20-1/30 Rim to Shore trip. I very much enjoyed all activities. I believe the success of the trip can be attributed to the professionalism, knowledge, patience, and good humor of our guide, Erick Castro. He is conscientious and very well organized. It was obvious that he cared about the welfare of everyone on the trip. I also appreciated the fact that all members of the tour were considerate of the others and everyone displayed good humor throughout the trip, even in pouring down rain. Individuals were always on time for events and helped each other when needed. There was a lot of laughter and good natured teasing. Everyone seemed to get along well and to have been well prepared for the physical nature of the excursions. One criticism; Road Scholar should make it clear that there will be no access to an ATM except in San Jose. Colones should be purchased at the airport or in San Jose. Although most vendors accept American currency, depending on this means taking a risk with exchange rates. I would recommend this tour for people who enjoy physical activity and a fast pace. Personally, I would have enjoyed more water activities including a dedicated snorkeling activity. However, the schedule provides a good mix of hiking and boating; all a lot of fun as well as educational. Thank you to my 14 tour mates and to Erick Castro for making this trip enjoyable. Bobbie from Tucson, AZ

David from Rogers, AR Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 01/20/14 - 01/30/14
Just got back from this Rim to Shore trip on January 30, 2014, and was very pleased with the entire program and Erick Castro the guide. Would recommend this trip to any adult.

Mary from New London, NH Number of programs attended: 61
Date attended: 11/06/13 - 11/16/13
A minus ten on a scale of zero to ten. The chief "sport" is sitting on a bus. The Pacific beach is just a few kilometers from the mouth of the most polluted river in all of Costa Rica. Badly run zip line caused injuries. Much better opportunities to see wild life exist. Put it on your must miss list.

Jane from Chester Springs, PA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 11/06/13 - 11/16/13
I agree with Lynn. This program DOES provide a wonderful opportunity to see the environment of Costa Rica, it's flora and fauna. We saw numerous species of birds and animals, while at the same time, we enjoyed numerous & varied sports activities. The "level of activity" was as stated: just moderately challenging.

Lynn from Suttons Bay, MI Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 11/06/13 - 11/16/13
A wonderful opportunity to see the environment of Costa Rica, it's flora and fauna. Level of activity not that high- don't let it deter you

Marsha from Asheville, NC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/06/13 - 11/16/13
The outdoor activities exceeded my expectations.

Jean from Vacaville, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/18/13 - 09/28/13
The Rim to Shore Multi-Sport Adventure tour was a fabulous and inspirational trip. I'm certain our special guide, Luis was responsible for such wonderful memories of walking, hiking, kayaking, rafting, zip line, monkeys, caian and crocs, birds, butterflies, sea turtles and the incredible rain forest. This trip had it all. We were very active, but one could opt out of any activity. We had 9 in our group which seemed perfect. The activities were great, especially watching a giant sea turtle lay her eggs in a giant hole she had dug with just a flipper! I highly recommend this tour and would do it again in a heartbeat (as long as Luis was the guide again)! I loved it and it allowed me to meet so many of my fears head on! I'm grateful.

Chester from Atlanta, GA Number of programs attended: 12
Date attended: 09/18/13 - 09/28/13
Our trip to Costa Rica was transformative. The colors,sounds, and sights we experienced were special. My wife and I traded the noise on CNN for the sounds of Howler Monkeys. We exchanged the hosts on FOX for a friendly guide named Louise Vargas. We traded our Congress for the jungle. We were sane for ten days.

Robin from Portsmouth, NH Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/18/13 - 09/28/13
Just returned from Costa Rica Rim to Shore 9/18-28. Fabulous trip made all the more special thanks to our guide, Luis. Walking, hiking, kayaking, rafting, zip line. Monkeys, crocs, birds, butterflies, sea turtles - This trip had it all. We were very active, but there was flexibility to opt out so no one was overwhelmed. We had 9 in our group and it seemed like a perfect number. Wonderful people! The activities were great. Perhaps the most special was seeing a 200+ pound sea turtle drop her eggs in a giant hole she had dug in the sand. Again - can't compliment Luis enough for leading us. I highly recommend this tour, but must be totally truthful. The lodge in Tortuguera left a lot to be desired. It was extremely hot and humid and the fan in the room didn't do much so some of us had 2 difficult nights. No hot water in the little sink, and "iffy" in the shower. But still SO worth it. I'd certainly do it again, but if you expect perfect lodgings it might not be for you. All of our experiences out shined that discomfort. We loved it.

Debbie from Arlington, TX Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 08/19/13 - 08/29/13
This was a fantastic program! If it sounds fun but you are a bit concerned about the physical activity keep in mind that it is age appropriate. We are not a bunch of 25 year olds. In fact some of the activities are downright easy. This was my first experience as a single and everyone was very inclusive. Luis, our guide, was organized and entertaining. Go for it!

Jacqueline from Richmond, BC Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 04/15/13 - 04/25/13
Go to Costa Rica you will love it. Sports birding etc. endless possibilities.

Lynn from Vista, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 03/06/13 - 03/16/13
This was a wonderful tour. We enjoyed every minute. Our guide (Natalia) was perfect. She was able to give us a wealth of information about each area including geography, wildlife/biology, and history. The hotels worked out very well. The Tortuguero and Sarapiqui hotels had open-air rooms with fans. You really felt like you were in the jungle. We would have loved to have had an extra day at the Selva Verde Lodge to take in the sights, and watch the animals.

Mary from North Bend, WA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 01/09/13 - 01/19/13
I was a participant on the January 9-19, 2013 "Rim to Shore" trip to Costa Rica. Experiencing the biodiversity of this beautiful country in the company of compatible fellow adventurers, under the outstanding leadership of our guide, Luis Vargas made for a fabulous trip, which far exceeded my expectations! This was my first Road Scholar trip and I'm looking forward to doing more. As a single person, I felt most welcomed by the eight couples who made up the rest of our group. Everyone felt that "moderately challenging" accurately described the activity level of this program. Although, there was a wide range of ages in this group, the "elders" in the group felt that they had accurately judged their own physical health and abilities to match the program description.

Valerie from North Chelmsford, MA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 01/21/13 - 01/31/13
The Rim to Shore adventure was just that...an adventure of the highest order. The guide,Luis, was amazing. The participants and the activities could not have been better. The trip of a lifetime.

Marian from London, ON Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 01/21/13 - 01/31/13
I recently returned from the Rim to Shore Costa Rica tour and was absolutely thrilled with my experience. The trip was well organized and well paced. The accomodations at the two lodges were an exceptional experience of feeling that you were living right out in the rain forest. Our leader was so passionate about the beauty of the natural world in his country and I loved hearing him share his abundant knowledge. I have been hearing about Costa Rica for many years and even so, I was awed by the beauty of the birds and the flowers and by watching spider monkeys make their way through the forest with their young. I would highly recommend this trip!

Stacey from Dunnellon, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 01/09/13 - 01/19/13
This was our first Road Scholar program; any others we choose will have a ways to go to beat this one. Costa Rica was beautiful, our Group Leader, Luis, was fantastic and we met lots of wonderful folks we'd love to travel with again.


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