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Program #17988RJ
11 Days | 10 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.
Kathryn from Middlebury, VT Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/10/15 - 03/20/15
This was a wonderful trip, well planned and well led. Our guides were enthusiastic and confident, the trip went very smoothly.We saw and learned about many different areas of Costa Rica, and enjoyed many demonstrations of local food harvesting, bird watching, plant id, and much more. The activity level was right for most of our less ambulatory travelers, the accommodations very comfortable,and I found the food pleasing every day. My life has definitely been enhanced by my experiences on this trip.

Charles from Worthington, OH Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 03/10/15 - 03/20/15
This program is extraordinary as it opened our eyes to the many wonders of Costa Rica. It is an exciting and valuable learning experience particularly if you are interested in learning about ecological sustenance and saving what’s left of earth’s inhabitants. If you are interested in visiting a tropical paradise, this is for you. The guides were superior and the food and accommodations were excellent. We’ve been on 5 Road Scholar trips and this was one of the best. It was easy, fun, informative, and depicts how truly beautiful the Costa Rican rain forest is. Chuck White, Worthington, Ohio

Donna from St Charles, IL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/10/15 - 03/20/15
This program is exceptional. The learning experience was valuable. If you are interested in visiting a tropical location, this is for you. The guides were superior and the accommodations were excellent.

Elizabeth from Mitchellville, MD Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 01/06/15 - 01/16/15
The food was fantastic. The guides were kind, helpful and well informed. The pace was just right. All of the educational lectures were very informative.

Phyllis from Silver Spring, MD Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 01/06/15 - 01/16/15
I can't wait for my next trip!

Paula from Chicago, IL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 01/06/15 - 01/16/15
I was a little hesitant about having the energy for a trip of this magnitude but that was never a problem. The trip was well paced, there was a lot of variation in our activities, I never wanted to sit back to relax but looked forward to every day with energy. The activities are well paced and allow for differences among travelers. Our leaders were sensitive to these differences. Not for those who want only luxury hotels and high class service but for those who want to be comfortable as well as learn.

Beverly from Goshen, IN Number of programs attended: 43
Date attended: 10/03/14 - 10/13/14
This program was just WONDERFUL! Great scenery, accommodations, interaction with the culture, beautiful flora...I highly recommend that you add it to your Bucket List!

Arthur from Goshen, IN Number of programs attended: 12
Date attended: 10/03/14 - 10/13/14
Our trip to Costa Rica with only 10 people in our tour plus Two intelligent guides and one humorous bus driver was one of the very best that my wife and I have yet experienced, and this was my 12th and my wife's approximately 40th!

Dorothy from Midland, MI Number of programs attended: 19
Date attended: 10/03/14 - 10/13/14
program content, accommodations and leaders were superb!

Nancy from Orange, CT Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 10/03/14 - 10/13/14
This is a program (or any program in Costa Rica) that anyone interested in the ecology of our planet should take. Costa Rica is at the center of preservation interests.

Nancy from New York, NY Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 10/03/14 - 10/13/14
I returned from this trip yesterday, 10/13, and I cannot say enough good things about it. We were a group of just 10, with 2 guides and a very fun driver, and every one of us enjoyed the accommodations, the tours, the wonderful fun stuff on the water - boating, alligator cruise, a fun trip in an outrigger, and birds, flora and fauna, so much to see. Go. You won't be sorry. The guides were very helpful and knowledgable. What a trip!!!!

Vera from Amherst, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/09/14 - 09/19/14
I think our trip to Costa Rica was most successful, I wish I were a lot younger so that I could go on many more Road Scholars tours. I am 88 years old, my husband is 93, and we both feel the same. We were very well looked after in every way and have recommended Road Scholars to all our friends.

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.

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