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Tropical Paradise: An Outdoor Adventure for Grandparents & Grandkids

Program Number: 3636RJ
Start and End Dates:
12/23/2012 - 1/1/2013; 7/31/2014 - 8/9/2014; 7/6/2015 - 7/15/2015; 7/9/2015 - 7/18/2015; 7/16/2015 - 7/25/2015; 7/20/2015 - 7/29/2015; 7/27/2015 - 8/5/2015;
Duration: 9 nights
Location: Costa Rica
Price starting at: $2,073.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational; Natural History
Intergenerational
Meals: 24; 8 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 8 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt    

Program intended for grandchildren from 9 - 12 years of age.

This Intergenerational adventure introduces Costa Rica's tropical paradise and Latin culture through hands-on experiences and immersion. Gain an understanding of volcanoes, rainforest, and biodiversity in one of the world’s most pristine ecosystems.




Highlights

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



Activity Particulars

Walking up to 1.5 hours a day over uneven trails in hot and humid conditions, zip lining, swimming activities, and getting in and out of boats.




Date Specific Information

12-23-2012

This is a Family Departure. Departures that visit Tortuguero from November to June (not the turtle nesting season) will include evening nature walks on the lodge’s forested property in search of nocturnal species.



7-31-2014

Program intended for grandchildren from 9 - 12 years of age. If you would like to include the parents of the granchildren or other family members, please refer to program # 20797.
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7-6-2015, 7-16-2015, 7-27-2015

This program is intended for grandchildren from 9-12 years of age. Please refer to program #20797 for programming inclusive of other family members.
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7-9-2015, 7-20-2015

This program is intended for grandchildren from 13 - 15 years of age. Please refer to program #20797 for programming inclusive of other family members.
Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



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.



Arrival San José
2 nights

A visit to an interactive museum in the nation's capital introduces young learners to art and science concepts. At INBIO Park, interpreted nature trails and multi-media exhibits showcase Costa Rica's famed biodiversity and its conservation efforts.



Coach and boat to Tortuguero
2 nights

Get a taste of village life and observe coconut processing in Tortuguero Village. A safari boat ride and nature walks introduce the rich plant and animal life of the Caribbean lowlands. An evening expert-led walk on Tortuguero Beach offers the chance to spot nesting turtles.



Coach to Arenal Volcano
2 nights

Experience a volcano in close proximity at the Arenal Volcano National Park and swim in thermal pools. A walk on nature trails and hanging bridges through the rainforest canopy introduce the unique flora and fauna of a rainforest.



Coach to Punta Leona
2 nights
Coach to San Jose for departure
1 night

Situated amid 750 acres of beaches, surf and walking trails is a nature reserve boasting 250 species of birds, including a macaw breeding project. Lectures on crocodile behavior highlight a mangrove boat safari. Kayak to a secluded beach for snorkeling and shell collecting.




Costa Rica

Hugged by two bodies of water and sandwiched between Nicaragua and Panama, Costa Rica’s topography, climate and geographical position are more than mere facts: they define this tiny country. Cloud rainforests, valleys of coffee and volcanic mountain peaks fill the land between Caribbean and Pacific beaches. This ecological Eden protects its natural treasures in acres of preserved land, and is the only country in the world without a standing army.



Accommodations
San Jose: Comfortable suburban hotel. Tortuguero: River-front lodge located near Tortuguero Village. Arenal Volcano: Comfortable hotel with volcano views and three pools. Punta Leona: Private resort on the beach surrounded by rainforest.
Meals and Lodgings
   Casa Conde Apartotel & Suites
  San José, Costa Rica 2 nights
   Hotel Punta Leona
  Punta Leona, Costa Rica 2 nights
   Arenal Paraiso
  Arenal, Costa Rica 2 nights
   Pachira Lodge
  Tortuguero, Costa Rica 2 nights
   Wyndham San José Herradura Hotel & Convention Center (formerly a Ramada property)
  San José, Costa Rica 1 night
 Casa Conde Apartotel & Suites
Type: Hotel
  Description: This apartment-style Hotel is built around the concept of convenience and comfort. In the heart of San Jose and close to the International Airport, Casa Conde provides visitors with a great location and a special town-like atmosphere.
  Contact info: South of Parque de La Paz
San Jose,   Costa Rica
phone: +(506) 2 - 226 - 0808
web: www.grupocasaconde.com/indexen.aspx
  Room amenities: Two Individual Private Bedrooms: A/C, fully equipped kitchen, W/D, iron, entertainment center with TV, DVD, stereo, Karaoke, internet, closets, hair dryer, shampoo, conditioner and liquid soap dispenser, phone, Internet, and 4-seat table.
  Facility amenities: Pool, Jacuzzi, Sauna, Gym, Souvenir Shop, Restaurant, Cosmetology and Massage Services English-Spanish classes, yoga and martial arts.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Subject to change. Additional nights subject to hotel availability.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 Hotel Punta Leona
Type: Resort
  Description: Tropical rainforest and beach resort located on the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Part of the 750 acres is a nature reserve boasting 250 species of birds, a variety of monkeys, sloths, armadillos and a macaw breeding project.
  Contact info: Road to Tarcoles
Punta Leona,   Costa Rica
phone: +5062 231-3131
web: www.hotelpuntaleona.com
  Room amenities: Air conditioning, cable TV, mini refrigerator, safety box, telephone, and hairdryer.
  Facility amenities: Pools, restaurants, bar, tennis court, disco, mini golf, and beach access.
  Smoking allowed: Yes

 Arenal Paraiso
Type: Hotel
  Description: All rooms have views of the Arenal Volcano
  Contact info: n/a
Arenal,   Costa Rica
phone: +5062-460-5333
web: www.arenalparaiso.com
  Room amenities: Hair dryer, mini refrigerator, cable TV, and air conditioning.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant, 3 pools, 14 hot-spring fed mineral pools, bar, zip line, and spa.
  Smoking allowed: Yes

 Pachira Lodge
Type: Lodge
  Description: The lodge is located on the banks of Tortuguero’s main canal, across from the local village and just five minutes from the national park.
  Contact info: On the banks of Tortuguero's main canal
Tortuguero, Limon,   Costa Rica
phone: +506-2256-7080
web: www.pachiralodge.com
  Room amenities: Private baths, high ceilings, large screened windows, and ceiling fans. Rooms are decorated with exotic bamboo furniture and local artwork.
  Facility amenities: Pool, restaurant and bar. No laundry services are available at this lodge.
  Smoking allowed: Yes

 Wyndham San José Herradura Hotel & Convention Center (formerly a Ramada property)
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Wyndham San José Herradura Hotel and Convention Center has 229 spacious rooms with modern conveniences and a long list of amenities that are meant to accommodate business travelers as well as vacationing families. It is conveniently located a short distance from San José's Juan Santamaria International Airport. The hotel has earned a Level 3 Certification for Sustainable Tourism by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute.
  Contact info: Across from General Cañas Highway, 5km south of the Juan Santamaria International Airport.
San José,   Costa Rica
phone: +506-22099800
web: http://www.wyndham.com/hotels/costa-rica/san-jose/wyndham-san-jose-herradura-hotel-convention-center/hotel-overview
  Room amenities: The spacious, air conditioned rooms have private baths, hair dryers, satellite TVs, direct-dial phones, mini refrigerators, coffee makers, safety deposit boxes, and internet access.
  Facility amenities: Hotel amenities include: complimentary Wi-Fi, three restaurants, three swimming pools, a wet bar, Jacuzzis, casino, fitness center, spa services, laundry service, souvenir shop, beauty salon, business center, conference center, money exchange, Internet access, travel agency, and a souvenir shop. Wheelchair acessible elevators and public areas. Free airport shuttle service from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Free hotel shuttle service to San José attractions.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: Subject to availability. Rates and room types are subject to availability. Please contact your program provider at 1-800-866-7111 or roadscholarprograms@holbrooktravel.com if you need assistance with booking additional hotel nights.


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
All-day arrivals at the Juan Santamaria International Airport in San José, Costa Rica. Hotel check-in begins at 3 p.m. You will be staying at Casa Conde Apartotel & Suites that night.
  End of Program:
Departures from the Juan Santamaria International Airport in San José, Costa Rica. Hotel check-out by 11 a.m. You will be staying at Wyndham San José Herradura Hotel & Convention Center (formerly a Ramada property) the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Proof of vaccination is required from travelers arriving from a country where yellow fever is endemic. If traveling with a child under 18, the adult companion/s should carry a notarized authorization letter from the parents or legal guardians showing that they are allowed to travel with the child and make decisions in the event of a medical emergency. It is always best to renew your passport before it reaches the six month validity date—especially if you plan on doing future travel. For more information about entry requirements please contact the Embassy of Costa Rica in Washington, DC at tel: (202) 234-2945/46 or visit www.costarica-embassy.org.
  Parking availability:
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Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  San José
  Nearest city or town:  San José
  Nearest airport:  Juan Santamaria International Airport
  Transportation to site: Taxi services are available at the Juan Santamaria International Airport in San José. Taxis Unidos Aeropuerto is the official airport taxi company in San José. Their taxis are orange in color and have their company logo emblazoned on the driver and front passenger doors. Tel: (506) 2222-6865/www.taxisunidosaeropuerto.com.
  From End of Program
  Location: San José
  Transportation from site: Taxi services are available at the hotel. If you wish to hire a taxi, please ask for assistance at the hotel’s front desk.
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Elevation Note: Elevations up to 5,000 ft.

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrive in San José, Costa Rica.
(Sunday, December 23)
   
 Arrive To: Fly into San José's Juan Santamaria International Airport. Flight arrival times are dependent on airlines and routes used.

Proceed through Immigrations, Baggage Claim, and Customs before exiting the secured area of the airport. Participants on the Road Scholar group flights should use the exit door on the right. The Road Scholar representative will be waiting outside the exit door with a Road Scholar sign.

Transfer to the hotel (check-in starts at 3pm). No meals are included on this day.

   
Accommodations: Casa Conde Apartotel & Suites

Day 2: San José -
Orientation Meeting/Doka Coffee Plantation/ Poás Volcano National Park

(Monday, December 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: Orientation meeting.

Field trip to the Doka Coffee Plantation to learn how coffee is grown, harvested, and processed.

The Doka Coffee Estate is owned by the Vargas Ruiz family and is located in Sabanilla, Alajuela near the Poás Volcano. The estate welcomes visitors to learn more about the rich dark brew that is loved by millions of people around the world. Here, visitors experience the subject of coffee from seedling to the cup through a hands-on walk through the plantation, processing plant, and roasting plant. If you are a coffee lover, you will enjoy plenty of opportunities to sample the finished product.
 Lunch: At the Doka Coffee Plantation.
 Afternoon: Excursion to Poás Volcano National Park.

The 1,600 acres that comprise the Poás Volcano National Park, include winding trails that traverse cloud forest habitats; this alone is worth the journey. However, what truly makes the site so memorable is the view that few other volcano parks can offer. At Poás, visitors have the opportunity to literally walk to the edge of the active volcano. From the top of the viewing platform it is possible to look into the flooded volcano crater. Although Poás has not erupted since 1950, the constant release of steam provides a reminder of its potential.

Return to the hotel.
 Dinner: Christmas Eve dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Casa Conde Apartotel & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Pacific Coast -
Los Sueños Canopy Adventure

(Tuesday, December 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: Transfer to the Pacific Coast.

Departure for the Canopy Vista Los Sueños for a zip lining adventure.

Canopy Vista Los Sueños is situated in Herradura, on Costa Rica's Central Pacific Coast. Adventurers come here to enjoy the thrill of whizzing through the forest canopy on zip lines while nature lovers rejoice in the sights and sounds of the forest. The experience begins with a leisurely tractor ride up the mountain followed by a heart-pumping descent via a network of zip lines and platforms. Enjoy beautiful views of the Gulf of Nicoya and Herradura Bay and learn about the unique flora and fauna of the park's transitional forest.
 Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Continue with transfer to the Pacific Coast.

Arrive at the hotel and check-in.

Free time to enjoy the hotel amenities.
 Dinner: Dinner at hotel.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Punta Leona
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Pacific Coast -
Swimming and Kayaking Activities.

(Wednesday, December 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: Morning at leisure to enjoy the hotel's beaches and pools.
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel.
 Afternoon: Sea kayaking from the mouth of the Agujas River to Limones Beach. Opportunity for swimming.

Lecture: Crocodiles.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Punta Leona
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Arenal -
Crocodile Safari Boat Ride/Transfer to Arenal/Introduction to Volcanoes.

(Thursday, December 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Crocodile Safari boat ride on the Tarcoles River. **Note: this activity is tide dependent and may need to be offered at a different time of day. If necessary, the Crocodile Safari and the Los Sueños Canopy Adventure will switch places on your itinerary.

The Tarcoles River hosts an amazing diversity of wildlife along its banks and on the extensive mangrove areas near its estuary. Some of its most famous inhabitants are the enormous crocodiles that live on its banks. These crocodiles (Crocodilus acutus) have been studied by numerous local and foreign specialists and featured in natural history TV specials.

Transfer to Arenal.
 Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant, en route.
 Afternoon: Continue with transfer to Arenal.

Arenal was once Costa Rica's most active volcano and a main draw to the town of La Fortuna and the Arenal Volcano National Park. The volcano lords over the countryside with its perfectly conical shape and occasional smoke and gas emissions. While minor activity excites visitors, they are rarely acknowledged by the locals who have learnt to accept the antics of the volcano as part of their daily lives. The thermal waters emanating from the volcano, the clean air and the energy associated with Arenal, makes this a favorite destination for health spa enthusiasts and nature lovers.

Arrive at hotel and check-in.
Free time for pool games.
 Dinner: Dinner at hotel.
 Evening: Lecture: Arenal Volcano.
Nighttime observation of the volcano (weather dependent).
   
Accommodations: Arenal Paraiso
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Arenal -
Arenal National Park/Arenal Hanging Bridges

(Friday, December 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Field trip to Arenal Volcano National Park with a walk around the base of the volcano.

The national park is situated in the western side of Arenal. The hilly terrain is littered with volcanic rocks. Park trails traverse old lava fields and secondary forest.

Return to the hotel.
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel.
 Afternoon: Field trip to Arenal Hanging Bridges, a combination of natural trails and hanging bridges, through the rainforest canopy.

The Hanging Bridges project consists of a system of trails covering a distance of about 2 miles, eight fixed bridges, and six hanging bridges all built with the latest techniques and designed with an eye for both beauty and safety. The entire project was designed to blend with the natural environment, leaving the forest virtually intact. The idea of the operation is to facilitate access, with the minimum possible impact, to one of the least explored parts of the rainforest: the canopy.

Return to the hotel for free time. Relax on your private porch, take a refreshing dip in the pool, or choose from the many amenities available the hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant in La Fortuna.

The small and charming town of Fortuna has changed quite a bit from the village that witnessed the eruptions of Arenal Volcano in 1968. Once a small agricultural community, Fortuna has grown in the shadow of the colossus that once burned and devastated large areas. Tourism is now the most important income for the region. Although now on a second level of economic importance, many plantations in the surrounding areas still produce important amounts of papaya, sugar cane, tapioca and ornamental plants.
   
Accommodations: Arenal Paraiso
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Tortuguero -
Tortuguero Village/Nighttime Nature Walk

(Saturday, December 29)
   
 Breakfast: Early morning transfer to Tortuguero.

Breakfast en route.
 Morning: Continue with transfer. Board a boat to Tortuguero and enjoy a wildlife safari on your way to the lodge.

The sleepy little coastal village of Tortuguero is situated on the southern end of a 6-km-long sandspit that is sandwiched between the Caribbean Sea to the East and the Laguna del Tortuguero to the West. The three hour motorized boat ride through the waterways is just an appetizer for the avid naturalist.
 Lunch: Lunch at the lodge.
 Afternoon: Afternoon visit to Tortuguero Village to explore village life and learn about coconut processing.

Return to the lodge.

Time at leisure for pool games.
 Dinner: Dinner at the lodge.
 Evening: Evening walk in search of frogs and insects.
   
Accommodations: Pachira Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Tortuguero-
Guided Walk in Tortuguero National Park/ Boat Safari

(Sunday, December 30)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the lodge.
 Morning: Early morning canal safari.

Return to the lodge.
 Lunch: Lunch at the lodge.
 Afternoon: Guided walk in Tortuguero National Park.

Tortuguero is located on the Caribbean coast, south of Nicaragua, and fifty miles north of Limon. The Tortuguero National Park embodies Caribbean beaches, with a surprising array of plant associations, including swamp forest, lowland rainforest and a picturesque network of natural waterways. Navigating through the river and canals of Tortuguero reveals an incredible diversity of plant and animal life including more than 100 reptiles, 60 mammal species, and hundreds of bird species.

Return to the lodge.

Time at leisure for pool games.
 Dinner: Dinner at the lodge.
 Evening: Nocturnal walk in search of frogs and insects.
   
Accommodations: Pachira Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Tortuguero/San José-
Optional Morning Birding/Return to San José/Farewell Dinner

(Monday, December 31)
   
 Arrive To: Optional early morning birding.

Breakfast at the lodge.
 Morning: Boat transfer to Caño Blanco dock and continue by bus to San José.
 Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Arrive at the hotel and check-in.

Final briefing with the local coordinator.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Wyndham San José Herradura Hotel & Convention Center (formerly a Ramada property)
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Depart from San José-
Arrive in the U.S.

(Tuesday, January 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel (dependent on flight times).
 Morning: Transfer to the Juan Santamaria International Airport for international flights to the U.S.

Departure flight times are dependent on airlines and routes used. Participants must vacate their hotel rooms by the property's stipulated check-out time.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Tortuguero Beach walk, kayak canals, boat ride, fish, hike to Tortuguero Hill, or take a canopy tour.
The beach walk is famed as the nesting site of the largest population of sea turtles in the Caribbean. The turtles lay their eggs between June and September. Kayaking the canals provides the best opportunity to get close to the wildlife and is also good exercise. Boat rides are available to explore the rivers and canals. Fishing can be organized by contacting the local fishing guides. Hiking to the top of Tortuguero Hill has become a popular activity for those looking for exercise and the opportunity to get a bird's-eye view of the national park. For additional information, visit www.tortuguero-info.com
  Socialize with the locals
Tortuguero is a small coastal fishing village. Visitors to the village at night are the exception rather than the rule and scholars will have the opportunity to meet some of the local people.
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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