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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.
George from Saint Cloud, MN Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 03/25/14 - 04/06/14
I recommend the Costa Rica "Exploring Natural Wonders" program for anyone who wishes to visit all the diverse ecological zones of Central America, learn about culture and economy and discover an abundance of birds species. If your program guide is Erick Guzman the experience will be unforgettable.

Sharon from Livingston, TX Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/25/14 - 04/06/14
This was our first Road Scholar trip but it made us want to go on more! Costa Rica is beautiful and our guide, Eric, was outstanding. We saw 3 of the 4 species of monkeys in Costa Rica, two species of sloths, caimans, alligators, an eyelash viper, and over 150 species of birds, including spectacular species like Blue-crowned Motmots, Scarlet Macaws, and Fiery-throated Hummingbirds. Our accomodations were even better than I expected and the Costa Rican people were all helpful and friendly. I highly recommend this experience.

Linda from Arlington, VA Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 03/25/14 - 04/06/14
This is a great overview of the natural environments in Costa Rica. The scenery, the birds, and the lodges are magnificent. But, you must spend many hours traveling by bus on sometimes mountainous, sometimes unpaved roads, Be prepared for high humidity in the coastal regions and bring your favorite remedy for stomach upset. Enjoy!

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.

Janel from Eugene, OR Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/16/14 - 03/28/14
Fantastic tour of Costa Rica - lots of beautiful vistas, exciting wildlife, adventurous outings, great food and excellent tour guide, Javier Miranda. I would go again!

Nancy from Endwell, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/23/14 - 03/07/14
If you love the outdoors, and seeing unusual birds, flowers, and animals everyday, then this is the trip for you. Also if you live in the NE, February is a great time to visit Costa Rica. The weather was wonderful. Even when it was hot, there always seemed to be a breeze,

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.)

Richard from Kingsport, TN Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/23/14 - 03/07/14
Jean and I agree with Nelda's assessment of our Costa Rica adventure. The group of traveling companions were great and we made many new friends. Chito our Group Leader, Guide, Teacher, and Wilson our Coach driver did an outstanding job. Here is a sampling of the wildlife we recorded: over 130 bird and waterfowl, 4 bat species, three toed sloths, 3 monkey species, several frog species and two poison dart frogs, crocodiles, several lizards including the Jesus Christ lizard, two types of iguana, many butterflies, river turtles, rabbits, and insects including the rhinoceros beetle. We will try to post some pictures we took along the way.

Nelda from Glendale, AZ Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 02/23/14 - 03/07/14
This trip is a must-do for anyone who enjoys nature and wants to learn about Costa Rica. It covers a wide area of the country and includes some fascinating story tellers who add an important dimension to the trip. You will see birds you never thought you would see and plants you can only imagine. The lodgings are unique -- some spartan, some luxurious, all in beautiful settings. You come away with new knowledge about ecology and admiration for the country that is quickly learning how to manage its natural resources.

Roberta from Sunnyvale, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 02/04/14 - 02/16/14
If you like seeing monkeys, many beautiful birds, frogs, butterflies, and beautiful flowers and interesting vegetation and Volcanos then Costa Rica is the country to visit for you!

Maureen from Virginia Beach, VA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/04/14 - 02/16/14
This program gave us a real sense of the biodiversity and beauty of Costa Rica. We experienced the rainforest by boat and on foot, climbed as high as we dared on Arenal, learned about coffee, pineapple and banana production, sun bathed on a warm Pacific beach and traveled to the highest Costa Rican peak. We saw an incredible display of wildlife - mammals, reptiles and amphibians - and counted over 50 species of birds along the way. The Costa Rican people are warm and welcoming. A wonderful experience we'll always remember.

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


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