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Costa Rica’s Pura Vida: An Environmental Family Adventure

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Program #20797ENZ
10 Days | 9 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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.
See our Small Group programs.
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.

Program date intended for grandparents, their children and grandchildren ages 9 - 12.

Active. Unhurried. Environmentally aware. Live the Pura Vida — the “pure life” — of Costa Rica with three generations of your family. Explore a tropical paradise home to some of the world’s most pristine ecosystems from beautiful beaches to verdant rainforests to a living volcano. Encounter and learn about wildlife including crocodiles, turtles, macaws and more.


Highlights

• Explore the base of Arenal Volcano to learn about geothermal activity and swim in nearby hot springs.
• Join a turtle expert on an evening beach walk in search of nesting turtles.
• Zipline and walk through the jungle during an energizing waterfalls canopy tour and jungle challenge.

Program Notes

This Road Scholar program offers participants the chance to explore a number of Costa Rica’s iconic eco-systems within a relatively short period of time. Although bus travel is a necessity, it is also an opportunity to see and experience the country up close. En-route program activities help to break-up lengthier bus transfers and provide rewarding educational experiences. Local road conditions, weather, two-lane highways, winding roads, traffic, and elevation are bigger factors in determining the length of travel than actual distance.

Activity Notes

Walking up to two miles per day over uneven terrain. Activities include swimming, zip lining and getting in and out of boats. Hot and humid conditions. This program includes a number of bus transfers. Stops are built into the schedule for every 1.5 - 2 hours of bus travel.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival San José, 2 nights; coach and boat to Tortuguero, 2 nights; boat and coach to Arenal Volcano, 2 nights; coach to Punta Leona, 2 nights; coach to San José, 1 night; departure.

Date Notes
12/20/2014
Program date intended for grandparents, their children and grandchildren ages 9 and older. Please note that child discount applies for ages up to 15 (inclusive of 15). The order of the itinerary is different from summer dates. Please refer to detailed schedule for more information.12/23/2014
Program date intended for grandparents, their children and grandchildren ages 10-15. This order in which the program sites are visited during this holiday departure is slightly different from standard dates. Please refer to the daily schedule for details. Summary: San Jose, 1 night; coach to Pacific Coast, 2 nights; coach to Arenal, 2 nights; coach and boat to Tortuguero, 2 nights; coach to San Jose, 1 night; departures.7/13/2015
Program date intended for grandparents, their children and grandchildren ages 9 and up. Please note that child discount applies to participants ages between 9 and 15 (inclusive). If you are a grandparent and traveling only with your grandchildren, please refer to program # 3636.7/23/2015
Program date intended for grandparents, their children and grandchildren ages 9 and up. Please note that child discount applies to participants ages between 9 and 15 (inclusive). If you are a grandparent and traveling only with your grandchildren, please refer to program # 3636.12/21/2015
Program date intended for grandparents, their children and grandchildren ages 9 and up. Please note that child discount applies to participants ages between 9 and 15 (inclusive). If you are a grandparent and traveling only with your grandchildren, please refer to program # 3636. 12/23/2015
Program date intended for grandparents, their children and grandchildren ages 9 and up. Please note that child discount applies to participants ages between 9 and 15 (inclusive). If you are a grandparent and traveling only with your grandchildren, please refer to program # 3636.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
9 nights of accommodations
25 meals: 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners
2 Expert-led lectures
12 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences

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4.8
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