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Program #11586RJ
13 Days | 12 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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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.
Unhurried. Active. Environmentally aware. Lush. Protected. Biodiverse. Pura Vida -- the Pure Life. Costa Rica’s pervading cultural ideology unites with its natural delights to create a unique national character, in which 25 percent of the land is preserved by law and there is no standing military. This invigorating program explores the essential nature of this Central American nation, from its pristine beaches and verdant forests to its rural villages and historic capital.


Highlights

• On-site lectures with a local naturalist introduce the unique components of the rainforest, cloud forest and wetlands.
• Participate in cultural interaction activities in rural communities.
• Search for the elusive Resplendent Quetzal, the crown jewel of Costa Rica’s birds, and learn about the life cycle of turtles during a visit to a research station in Tortuguero.

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 1.5 hours a day over uneven trails in hot and humid conditions. Elevations up to 8,000 feet. This program includes a number of bus transfers. The air conditioned Road Scholar bus does not have a bathroom on board; however, program activities and pit stops are built into the schedule for every 1.5 - 2 hours of travel.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival San Jose, 2 nights; coach and boat to Tortuguero, 2 nights; boat and coach to Sarapiqui, 2 nights; coach to Arenal, 2 nights; coach to Punta Leona, 2 nights; coach to San Gerardo de Dota, 1 night; coach to San Jose, 1 night; departure

Date Notes
9/9/2014
July-September is the nesting season for Green Sea Turtles in Costa Rica's Tortuguero National Park. During this special time of year, the program will include an expert-led nighttime walk along Tortuguero Beach for an opportunity to observe sea turtles as they come ashore to lay eggs9/16/2014
July-September is the nesting season for Green Sea Turtles in Costa Rica's Tortuguero National Park. During this special time of year, the program will include an expert-led nighttime walk along Tortuguero Beach for an opportunity to observe sea turtles as they come ashore to lay eggs1/6/2015
Can be taken in conjunction with #20774-01/18/20151/24/2015
Can be taken in conjunction with #18125-01/18/20151/27/2015
Can be taken in conjunction with #20774-02/08/20152/1/2015
Can be taken in conjunction with #18125-02/13/20152/9/2015
Can be taken in conjunction with #20774-02/21/20152/17/2015
Can be taken in conjunction with #20774-03/01/20152/22/2015
Can be taken in conjunction with #18125-03/06/20157/14/2015
July-September is the nesting season for Green Sea Turtles in Costa Rica`s Tortuguero National Park. During this special time of year, the program will include an expert-led nighttime walk along Tortuguero Beach for an opportunity to observe sea turtles as they come ashore to lay eggs8/4/2015
July-September is the nesting season for Green Sea Turtles in Costa Rica`s Tortuguero National Park. During this special time of year, the program will include an expert-led nighttime walk along Tortuguero Beach for an opportunity to observe sea turtles as they come ashore to lay eggs9/8/2015
July-September is the nesting season for Green Sea Turtles in Costa Rica`s Tortuguero National Park. During this special time of year, the program will include an expert-led nighttime walk along Tortuguero Beach for an opportunity to observe sea turtles as they come ashore to lay eggs9/18/2015
July-September is the nesting season for Green Sea Turtles in Costa Rica`s Tortuguero National Park. During this special time of year, the program will include an expert-led nighttime walk along Tortuguero Beach for an opportunity to observe sea turtles as they come ashore to lay eggs

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12 nights of accommodations
34 meals: 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 11 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
23 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

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