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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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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.
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bev from Jamestown, CA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/09/14 - 09/21/14
I just recently returned from the Best of Costa Rica--what an awesome experience! It truly was mind changing. We had rains and sun but we just got out and enjoyed it all. Our guide, Edwin Ramirez, was the best ever. His enthusiasm and love of his country was so evident! Totally a beautiful time!!

Beverly from Plano, TX Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/09/14 - 09/21/14
The Best of Costa Rica: Exploring Natural Wonders was everything I hoped for in my first Road Scholars experience and so much more. The experiences with all animals, birds and other creatures in the rainforest were incredible and only enhanced by our knowledgeable and enthusiastic group leader, presenters and fellow participants. Beverly Carpenter

Diane from Santa Clara, CA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 09/09/14 - 09/21/14
This program was a great opportunity to enjoy the amazing biodiversity of Costa Rica and to learn from so many who are dedicated to preserving and enjoying their unique country. I so enjoyed our guide Edwin Ramirez and his knowledge, sense of humor, and command of the English language! Beautiful people, beautiful country! My life and my love of our planet has been enriched by this experience. Pura Vida!

Patricia from Green Valley, AZ Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/09/14 - 09/21/14
Far better than I ever expected. We were welcomed warmly by everyone and learned so much. This trip taught me Costa Rican "Pura Vida"-- living life joyously in harmony with our beautiful earth.

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!

Alan from Tucson, AZ Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 08/05/14 - 08/17/14
We in the USA have so much to learn from Costa Ricans about true commitment to ecosystems protection - and this trip is a perfect way to experience and see it in beautiful, developing action!

Terry from Reading, PA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 07/15/14 - 07/27/14
I took a what I thought would be a once in a lifetime trip and my first one with Road Scholar “The Best of Costa Rica: Exploring the Natural Wonders” during the “green” season. I was wrong about this being once in in a lifetime. Its only been three days home and I want to go back! I thought that the flowers, birds, animals and scenery would be the highlights but I was wrong about that too. All of that was spectacular and the Road Scholar program is as close to perfection as one could hope for with preparing you, arrangements and accommodations, but the greatest gift this Country has to offer is truly its people. I traveled alone and met some wonderful people and felt completely safe. We had some last minute changes with our guide and I suspect it may have been some type of divine intervention, because we got the best of the best with our guide- Edwin Ramirez who was AMAZING - if you go - ask for Edwin.

Marilee from Palm Beach Gardens, FL Number of programs attended: 30
Date attended: 07/15/14 - 07/27/14
I completely agree with Lois, a fellow traveler on our just completed trip. It was spectacular! Our accommodations were attractive and comfortable, our excursions interesting and educational… and a lot of fun too. We saw so many birds and animals despite the rain, none of us felt the least deprived. We just pulled out our ponchos and carried on. Climb a volcano? Of course. Crocs? Yes. White water rafting? Why not? Nesting turtles? 3 species of monkey? At least a dozen or more hummingbird species? The resplendent Quetzel? 3 of them. Sloths? yes, yes, yes and yes. I simply cannot give too much praise to Edwin. He had to step in at the last minute when the scheduled guide was unable to be with us due to health issues, but Edwin's high levels of knowledge, organization [thanks also to the CR coordinator's efforts as well], kindness and enthusiasm were all that could be desired… and more. Oh, and kudos to our superbly capable driver, Frank. He got us through a few [not of his making] roadway pickles a lesser driver might not have maneuvered so well, including partly flooded roads at Torteguero. Pura Vida!

Lois from San Diego, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 07/15/14 - 07/27/14
My Natural Wonders of Costa Rica program (July 15-July 27) was amazing. The guide, Edwin Ramirez, was wonderful. His knowledge, information, enthusiasm,and anecdotes greatly enhanced an already-terrific program. Yes, there was a lot of rain, but I knew that rain was to be expected during a "green season" trip. All activities took place despite the rain, though they sometimes required minor modifications to the planned schedule.

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!

Gail from Austin, TX Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/13/14 - 05/25/14
Wonderful adventure and Edwin Ramirez (our guide) could not have done anything else to make this a more perfect trip - Have fun - Pura Vita

Kathleen from Bigfork, MT Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/13/14 - 05/25/14
If you are sitting on the fence about doing this program sign up. It was amazing and was an experience not to be missed.

Helen from Alameda, CA Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 04/15/14 - 04/27/14
What a trip! Eden! Being in Costa Rice with such knowledgeable guides and such a varied itinerary has changed me: why are my environs so relatively denuded, and where are the tunnels under our freeways to let the wild cats, the snakes, and the monkeys get to others of their kind?!!! Thank you!

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.


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"It's not always about the birds and the animals. The flowers, the people and the passion of Costa Rica!" Uploaded By: Onnafay

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