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Birding the Hotspots of Costa Rica

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Program #12848RJ
13 Days | 12 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
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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.
Barbara from Oakland, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 01/26/15 - 02/07/15
I loved every minute of this trip! Arriving at the first HotSpot, I thought THAT surely this is the Grand Finale...but the glorious settings, magnificent flora and fauna kept unfolding with each successive day. The excellent accommodations, the safe transport, and the lectures never disappointed. Our guide was delightful, caring, knowledgeable and devoted teacher. He worked tirelessly to be sure every single one of us had the BEST possible experience.

Karen from Springfield, OH Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 01/26/15 - 02/07/15
This was my second on this same program and, if possible, it was even better than the first time. The beauty of Costa Rica and its wonderful birds, other animals and flowers is not to be beaten. Our guide, Chito Molina, is a fantastic leader, who continues to impress me with his immense knowledge of birds, his charming manner with people and his infectious love of his country. All accommodations are great, the food is plentiful and delicious. It's a 5 star program for sure!

Kate from Port Orchard, WA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 01/26/15 - 02/07/15
This birding trip was beyond my expectations, and the best trip of my life. It uncovered a passion in me for birding, and for Costa Rica as well. Our guide, Gilbreth, was the very best and taught us so much along the way. I'll probably do this tour again, and I highly recommend it.

Buck from Cheney, WA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 01/12/15 - 01/24/15
This program was the best if you are a bird lover this program is the one for you.Buck Domitrovich.

Sandra from Cheney, WA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 01/12/15 - 01/24/15
This was the most wonderful birding trip I've ever been on. Our guide, Gilberth Molina, was the best guide I've ever seen. He not only knew all the birds, plants and animal, but could mimick the birds and on many occasions, he called them right in for us to see. He also knew all the plants, trees, birds, but would know the common name and scientific name and could spell them for you. A most talented guide, Road Scholar is very fortunate to have him.

Susan from Coral Gables, FL Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 01/12/15 - 01/24/15
If you love birds than this trip is a MUST for you. We had a terrific leader,Gilberth, and I would recommend him to anyone. The country is truly beautiful and the number of birds amazing. We saw 308 species in the various areas we birded. The bus trips from area to area were very special as Gilberth told us about the birds and people in that area and we often stopped to bird on the way. It also afforded us the chance to see much of the beauty of the country and the changes as we went from dry forest to wet forest to rain forest to seashore....extremely interesting! We had a very compatible group and I think they all felt the same. GREAT trip....go, you won't be disappointed!!!

Melissa from Touchet, WA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 01/12/15 - 01/24/15
I had a terrific time on this trip. Our guide was excellent, the arrangements good and everything went very smoothly. I really enjoyed seeing so many parts of the country.

Joanne from Ferryville, WI Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 01/12/15 - 01/24/15
We have just returned from Birding the Hot Spots of Costa Rica. This program was absolutely awesome in every way! We traveled to 5 different areas of the country, and we were able to document 308 species of birds--most of them were Life Birds for my husband and me. We had a group of 7 wonderful, welcoming, interesting, and fun people in our group. Our leader was Gilberth, and his knowledge of the birds, the plants, the areas, and the creatures who inhabit each one was truly amazing. We learned SO much and had such a wonderful time! The bus trips between lodges were a wonderful part of the experience because we were able to see many areas of the country, and we found new birds all along the way. This program was just so amazing and was life changing for me in its beauty and in my new learning.

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.

James from Jacksonville Beach, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/12/13 - 03/24/13
This program provided an exceptional birding experience for birders whose level of experience was above average to very high. This great experience depended on our great guide, Gilberth (Chito), and the size of the group, six. Despite some comments to the contrary, you would definitely both actually see and identify a much lower number of hard to find birds in a group of more than eight.

Toni from Mineola, TX Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/05/13 - 03/17/13
We went for my 60th birthday and had a great time. Erick Castro, our guide, went out of his way to find as many birds as possible for us. He could call a lot of them in himself by imitating calls. He always tried to be sure everyone saw every bird. He handled the different birding expertise levels in the group with never ending patience. He was truly a great all-round guide. We saw over 340 species. Jack, our driver, got the bus in and out of spots I never thought the bus could go! The places we stayed were interesting. The food was good. It was a great 1st trip with Road Scholar! Kelly at Holbrook was very pleasant to work with too for making flight arrangements, etc. The trip exceeded my expectations! (The only caveat-if you have any back problems-a couple of the places have long bumpy dirt roads leading up to them-be sure to sit at the front of the bus to try to minimize back discomfort!!!!)

Sandra from Savannah, GA Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 02/05/13 - 02/17/13
This was a fantastic trip. One feature, and there were many, that I especially liked was that we spent 2 nights at each destination and each one was a "birdy" place on its own. This meant we had time to do lots of birding with less time traveling to find birds. The guide, Gilberto or Chito as we called him was very knowledgable not only about the birds but about other aspects of the flora & fauna we encountered. Our group saw over 300 birds and I added over 200 to my life list. (First time in tropics birding--hopefully not the last).

The advance materials provided were very helpful and informative. Road Scholar & Holbrook Travel have created partnered to create a trip of a lifetime.

Elizabeth from Bend, OR Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/05/13 - 02/17/13
Terrific trip, well organized to see birds in a variety of habitats, and with an outstanding guide who was knowledgable about the history, culture, flora etc. of Costa Rica as well as the birds.

Kathy from Mission, TX Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/05/13 - 02/17/13
This is an excellent birding adventure, well organized and led by a very knowledgeable guide. The accomodations were spectacular, set in the midst of jungle, mountain, coastal and other scenic habitats. We saw over 300 species of birds and learned much about their conservation, lives and habitats, and also much about the beautiful country of Costa Rica.

Peter from Berkeley, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/09/13 - 02/21/13
If you love birds, this trip is for you. Guide Erick Guzman brought great enthusiasm, energy and remarkable birding skills to our group of friendly participants. We birded in various habitats ranging from dry Pacific coast to northern wetland jungle to rain forest and high mountain valley. In each location we saw many new species, some really spectacular. All together we listed well over 300 bird species. Accommodations were also excellent, reflecting the character of the locale. This was an awesome, very fun adventure. It was, as they say in Costa Rica, "pura vida".


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