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At Your Pace: The Natural Wonders of Costa Rica

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Program #17988RJ
11 Days | 10 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
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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.
John from Gold Canyon, AZ Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/09/14 - 09/19/14
This was my first Road Scholar program and I was not disappointed! I had made a port visit to one Costa Rican town while on a cruise ship previously, but this was NO comparison. In ten days, I got to see and experience about all I could ever hope to experience in mesmerizingly beautiful Costa Rica. Our group of 16 was perfectly sized. All participants played well together and were willing to share their very different lives with each other. Each fellow traveler was understanding and helpful. Our trio of leaders - two guides and a bus driver - went above and beyond in providing us a memorable journey. They were supremely knowledgeable, always accessible and friendly, and always fun. Every aspect of our tour, from touchdown at San Jose's airport to our eventual departure, was seamlessly coordinated. We experienced everything from city life to rural farm life; from concrete jungle to rain forest jungle; from nice restaurant fare to down home Costa Rican cooking; from towering volcanoes to crocodile infested estuaries; from continental divide highlands to Pacific beaches esconsced in a multihued sunset; from jungle canopy dwelling howler monkeys to delicate butterflies; from university professor lecturers to the everyday Ticos working hard to build a stronger Costa Rica. (Seriously, there's almost too much to mention.) Our accommodations were generally very nice - hey, everything cannot be perfect all the time! If the only thing I found wrong in ten days of living in paradise is a malfunctioning shower, it must have been a pretty fabulous adventure! If you're wanting zip-lines, scuba diving, back-pack trips, para-sailing, get-down-and-get-dirty experiences and and other like challenges, this isn't for you. If you are searching for a once-in-a-lifetime low key adventure, this could be it.

Dianna from Torrance, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/09/14 - 09/19/14
My first Road Scholar trip but definitely NOT MY LAST!! Our guides, Pedro and Jorge Mario, were amazing making for an educational, fun journey to their beautiful country. Could not have been more pleased!!

Carol from St Petersburg, FL Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/09/14 - 09/19/14
Costa Rica "AT YOUR OWN PACE" is a wonderful trip. We had two outstanding leader. We moved around central Costa Rica at a leisurely pace with time for field trips to farms, walks in the woods, bird watching and interesting lectures. We experienced many different areas of the country and met many wonderful people. We felt the pace was just right - plenty of strolling, free time and organized activity. I really recommend it!!!

Essie from Glenview, IL Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 03/09/14 - 03/19/14
Road Scholar programs are very well-planned, carefully organized, and include a great mix of activities. Our guides made what would have been a very good experience into an outstanding one! Thank you, Jorge Mario and Christian.

Ann from Washington, DC Number of programs attended: 14
Date attended: 02/09/14 - 02/19/14
Watch this video if you are interested in this program. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KxwPj-zFHU&list=UUvZZE6wFRF7Wtsb5mSS30Aw&index=4 This program was excellent. I highly recommend it. This program has very interesting field trips, lectures, and includes some leisure time. I liked the mix a lot. Natalie Barrantes was a top rate leader.

Janet from Medford, NJ Number of programs attended: 14
Date attended: 02/02/14 - 02/12/14
A wonderful trip. It exceeded my expectations. The country, the birding, the environment, the friendly people, and the accommodations and food were all great. Certainly a great value and a totally different experience. Great leaders!

Frances from North York, ON Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/09/14 - 02/19/14
Costa Rica lived up to its reputation as a beautiful country with warm, friendly people. The rain came down in roaring torrents but was considerate enough to do so only at night (at least during our visit in February).

Jane from Mount Laurel, NJ Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/02/14 - 02/12/14
Our trip leaders, the wildlife and the people of Costa Rica expanded my heart and mind. I will be forever grateful. Thank you!

Robert from Sarnia, ON Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 01/12/14 - 01/22/14
We had a fantastic tour of Costa Rica's natural wonders, expertly guided and instructed. It was great fun!

Jo Ann from Colorado Spgs, CO Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 02/06/13 - 02/16/13
This was an excellent introduction to Costa Rica with terrific guides and guest presenters. The weather in February was very good, so we were able to experience the varied climates and locals with pleasure. It is, as advertised, an easy pace.

Judy from Ticonderoga, NY Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/08/13 - 05/18/13
We took a chance and went in the rainy season and had a terrific time. The only issue we had with the rain is we never saw the top of Arenal Volcano - it was constantly covered in clowds. Our guides and driver were great, we saw beautiful flowers, birds, butterflys, frogs and scenery.

Joyce from Killingworth, CT Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 04/10/13 - 04/20/13
At Your Pace: The Natural Wonders of Costa Rica was a very well planned and well guided program. The diversity of locations within Costa Rica and the variety of activities made it very informative, interesing, and enjoyable. It was a great trip for those looking for a less strenuous experience, while still capturing all the delights of the country and its people.

Shirley from Medford, OR Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/10/13 - 04/20/13
This program met all my expectations and more. It is truly At Your Pace.

Elizabeth from Selinsgrove, PA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 02/20/13 - 03/02/13
What a wonderful trip! And what a beautiful country! I liked everything about this adventure - perfect mix of learning, seeing wonderful scenery, birds and animals, planned activities and free time. Well planned and structured and meticulously carried out. Our guides Erick Guzman and Tavo Ruiz were wonderful - very knowledgeable and helpful. I will definitely visit Costa Rica again.

Ed from Gold River, CA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 02/20/13 - 03/02/13
A great trip. So many birds, animals of every description. A wonderful adventure from La Selva to Arenal, to the pacific coast. A special treat was visiting with locals in their homes and learning about their lives.

Pat from Mechanicsburg, PA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/20/13 - 03/02/13
I visited Costa Rica on the 2/20/13-3/2/13. What a fantasic trip. Guides Eric Guzman and Tavo were very personable. The 14 people in our group got a long so well. Poison dart frogs, iguana, 3 toed sloth, birds, crocodiles, lizards, monkeys, giant anteater, and wild boar! Delicious food. Very interesting instructors. A trip to remember.

Ellen from Bangor, ME Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 12/04/12 - 12/14/12
I rarely get the opportunity to travel out of the country,and have never been to Central America. The Costa Rica trip was absolutely a marvelous and life-affirming experience, especially for one as interested in seeing nature and thinking about social and environmental issues as I am. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Luis from Washington, DC Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 12/04/12 - 12/14/12
Although I had visited Costa Rica in the past, this program allowed me to discover a wonderful world and makes me want to return. Next time I'd like to visit a coffee plantation, to see the giant turtles, and perhaps to explore new areas.

Lamoyne from Sykesville, MD Number of programs attended: 13
Date attended: 11/07/12 - 11/17/12
The Costa Tica Program is a gem The natural beauty of the country and the wildlife were exquisite and the leaders wewe oustanding. They wwere proud of thei country but not pushy. The pace and accomodations wwere just right i cannot praise Road Scholar enough fo this on which I believ is my 15th.

Janice from Placitas, NM Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 11/07/12 - 11/17/12
This program was delightful. The pace was exactly right and the variety of activities and locales were all interesting and enjoyable. Travel organization was nearly flawless in all aspects so altogether this was a nearly perfect vacation experience.


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