We saw some really beautiful country and an incredible variety of bird life. Plan on being waked up early in the morning by howler monkeys.
The accomodations were nicer than we expected them to be. Several of the lodges combined beautiful landscaping with the impressive recycling and conservation efforts for which Costa Rica has become famous. Good Internet access was always available.
We enjoyed a number of lectures given by academics and naturalists. The speakers were informative and spoke excellent English.
Dining in Costa Rica involves lots of fresh fruit (pineapple, papaya, melons), juice, rice and beans, veggies, grass-fed beef, and fish. The coffee is as good as any in the world.
Our guide was Jimmy Trejos, and he was first-class. Jimmy was friendly, funny, and very knowledgeable. In the bus, he used a microphone and talked about the natural and man-made features of each region as we drove. He gave detailed but easy-to-follow presentations on flora and fauna, renewable energy, regional economics, geography, climatology, history, and on and on. Jimmy made sure our every need was attended to.
Jimmy also excelled on the trail. He has a highly developed ear and located dozens of different birds by their sound. He has an uncanny ability to spot birds, insects, and animal signs as he walks along. Of course, we couldn't see anything until he patiently pointed out where to look. He also organized optional 6:00 AM birdwalks every morning. The man was truly amazing, and a terrific representative for Road Scholar.
Seeing lots of crocodiles
Ziplining with an 85 year old woman (she loved it)
Walking on hanging bridges
Touring a coffee plantation (great tour guide)
Touring an organic pineapple plantation (wild and wacky tour guide)
All the birds
The Costa Rican people!