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Costa Rica’s Pura Vida: An Environmental Family Adventure

Program Number: 20797RJ
Start and End Dates:
12/20/2014 - 12/29/2014; 6/29/2016 - 7/8/2016; 7/8/2016 - 7/17/2016; 7/14/2016 - 7/23/2016; 7/21/2016 - 7/30/2016; 7/27/2016 - 8/5/2016; 12/21/2016 - 12/30/2016; 12/23/2016 - 1/1/2017; 12/26/2016 - 1/4/2017;
Duration: 9 nights
Location: Costa Rica
Price starting at: $2,177.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Family Programs; Intergenerational
Meals: 25; 9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 8 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Salt; Low Fat; Gluten Free    

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.


• 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.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles daily over varied terrain. Swimming, zip lining and getting in/out of boats.

This is a Family program for participants, their adult children and grandchildren ages 9 and up.
This program allows participants to explore a number of Costa Rica’s eco-systems in a relatively short amount of time. Bus travel is a necessity for an up-close experience, but program activities help to break up travel time. Local road conditions, weather, traffic and elevation are factors in determining time of travel.

Date Specific Information


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.
Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.

6-29-2016, 7-8-2016, 7-14-2016, 7-21-2016, 7-27-2016, 12-21-2016, 12-23-2016, 12-26-2016

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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.

Days 1-2
Arrival San José
2 nights

A visit to a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center introduces young learners to animal conservation efforts in the country. At INBIO Park, interpreted nature trails and multi-media exhibits showcase Costa Rica’s famed biodiversity and its nature parks and reserves. Lodging: Comfortable suburban hotel.

Days 3-4
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 expert-led evening walk on Tortuguero Beach offers the chance to spot nesting turtles. Lodging: River-front lodge located near Tortuguero Village.

Days 5-6
Coach to Arenal Volcano
2 nights

Experience a volcano in close proximity at the Arenal Volcano National Park and swim in natural pools heated by geothermal activity. A walk on nature trails and hanging bridges through the rainforest canopy introduces you to the unique flora and fauna of this environment. Lodging: Comfortable hotel with volcano views and three pools.

Days 7-10
Coach to Punta Leona
2 nights
Coach to San Jose
1 night

Explore a coastal nature reserve whose 750 acres of beaches and forest are home to 250 species of birds and a special macaw breeding project. A mangrove boat safari includes an investigation into crocodile behavior. Kayak to a secluded beach for swimming and shell collecting. Lodging: Private resort on the beach surrounded by rainforest. Comfortable suburban hotel.

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.

Comfortable hotels, riverfront lodge.
Meals and Lodgings
   Radisson Hotel San José - Costa Rica
  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
  San José, Costa Rica 1 night
 Radisson Hotel San José - Costa Rica
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: The Radisson Hotel San José is conveniently situated in the commercial district near San José's historic center.
  Contact info: Calle Central y Tercera Av. 15
Calle Blancos
San José,   Costa Rica
phone: +506-20106000
  Room amenities: Private bathroom, hair dryer, air conditioning, alarm clock radio, Sleep Number® beds, Wi-Fi, in-room safe, iPod dock, coffee maker, mini bar/refrigerator, flat screen TV and cable channels, and two telephone lines.
  Facility amenities: Business center, Wi-Fi, fitness center, whirlpool and pool, executive lounge, on-site casino, spacious meeting rooms, laundry services, 24-hr room service, and two on-site restaurants. The hotel is able to offer airport shuttle services for an additional charge. This service must be booked in advance, directly through the hotel. Email requests can be sent to
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Subject to availability. Please contact your program provider at 1-800-866-7111 or for questions about room availability and prices. Room types and rates are subject to availability.

 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
  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
  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
  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
Type: Resort
  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: General Cañas Highway
5 km south from International Airport
San José,   Costa Rica
phone: +506-22099800
  Room amenities: The spacious, air conditioned rooms have private baths, hair dryers, satellite TVs, direct-dial phones, mini refrigerators, coffee makers, safety deposit boxes, iron/ironing board, and complimentary Internet access.
  Facility amenities: Restaurants, swimming pools, a wet bar, Jacuzzis, casino, fitness center, spa services, laundry service, souvenir shop, beauty salon, business center, conference center, money exchange, travel agency, a souvenir shop, and WiFi in public areas. 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. Please call the hotel or check at the front desk if you would like to use this service.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: Prices subject to availability Rates and room types are subject to availability. Please contact your program provider at 1-800-866-7111 or if you need assistance with booking additional hotel nights.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
All-day arrivals at the Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose, Costa Rica. Hotel check-in begins at 3 p.m. You will be staying at Radisson Hotel San José - Costa Rica that night.
  End of Program:
Departures from the Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose, Costa Rica. Hotel check-out by 11 a.m. You will be staying at Wyndham San José Herradura Hotel & Convention Center the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information 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
  Parking availability:
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: There are two types of taxi services available at the Juan Santamaria International Airport. The most reliable one is the Taxis Unidos Aeropuerto--the official airport taxi service. A Taxis Unidos kiosk is located at the airport exit. The drivers wear company uniforms and the orange taxis have the Taxis Unidos logo emblazoned on the driver's door and passenger's door. The taxis are metered and fares can be paid in dollars or colones. There are also regular metered taxis available outside the airport exit. These are typically red with medallions (yellow triangles containing numbers) painted on the side. Although these are usually a cheaper option, we suggest using the official taxis for the sake of safety and reliable fares.
  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.
(Saturday, December 20)
 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 arriving on the Road Scholar 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: Radisson Hotel San José - Costa Rica

Day 2: San Jose -
Orientation Meeting/Doka Coffee Plantation/ Poas Volcano National Park.

(Sunday, December 21)

Note: Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Orientation meeting. Get to know your group leader and fellow Road Scholar participants during a welcome and introduction session at the hotel. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

The orientation session will be followed by an introductory Spanish lesson led by your group leader.

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.
 Evening: Time at leisure.
Accommodations: Radisson Hotel San José - Costa Rica
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Pacific Coast -
Los Suenos Canopy Adventure.

(Monday, December 22)

Note: The hotel at this site is not able to accommodate triples by providing a rollaway or cot. If you are three people rooming together you will be expected to share beds at this property. Participants who prefer to reserve an extra room for these two nights can do so for an additional, non-refundable, fee of $75. Please call the program provider at 1-800-866-7111 to reserve and pay for this additional service.

 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Transfer to the Pacific Coast (approximately 2 hours).

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: At a 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: At the hotel.
 Evening: Time at leisure.
Accommodations: Hotel Punta Leona
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Pacific Coast -
Swimming and Kayaking Activities.

(Tuesday, December 23)
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Sea kayaking from the mouth of the Agujas River to Limones Beach. Opportunity for swimming.
 Lunch: At the hotel.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the hotel's beaches and pools.

Lecture: Crocodiles.
 Dinner: At the hotel.
 Evening: Free time 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.

(Wednesday, December 24)

Note: Bus drive from Punta Leona/Pacific Coast to Arenal takes approximately 4 to 4.5 hours.

 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: At a 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: At the 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.

(Thursday, December 25)
 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: 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: At a 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.
 Evening: Return to the hotel.
Accommodations: Arenal Paraiso
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Tortuguero -
Tortuguero Village/Nighttime Nature Walk.

(Friday, December 26)

Note: The transfer from Arenal to the dock takes approximately 3 hours. The river boat ride from the dock to Tortuguero takes approximately 1.5 hours.

 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: 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: 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.

(Saturday, December 27)
 Breakfast: At the lodge.
 Morning: Early morning canal safari.

Return to the lodge.
 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: At the lodge.
 Evening: Nocturnal walk in search of frogs and insects.
Accommodations: Pachira Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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

(Sunday, December 28)

Note: River boat ride from Tortuguero to boat dock takes approximately 1.5 hours. The bus drive from the dock to San José takes about 3.5 hours. There will be an en route stop for lunch at a local restaurant.

 Breakfast: Optional early morning birding.

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

Final briefing with the local coordinator.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: Enjoy your last evening in Costa Rica at your leisure, among your new Road Scholar friends.
Accommodations: Wyndham San José Herradura Hotel & Convention Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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

(Monday, December 29)
 Breakfast: At the hotel (dependent on flight times).
 Morning: Transfer to the Juan Santamaria International Airport for international flights to the U.S.

This concludes the program. We hope you enjoyed your Road Scholar adventure! When you get home, remember to stay in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network; share memories, pictures, and comments about your recent travels.

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
  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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