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Intergenerational Costa Rica: Raft, Hike and Learn to Say ‘Vámonos!’

Program Number: 20291RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/23/2015 - 7/2/2015; 6/21/2016 - 6/30/2016; 7/5/2016 - 7/14/2016; 7/19/2016 - 7/28/2016;
Duration: 9 nights
Location: Costa Rica
Price starting at: $2,462.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational; Language Study
Meals: 25; 9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 8 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Salt; Low Fat; Gluten Free    

Program intended for grandchildren from 9 - 11 years of age.

¿Habla Español? Learn Spanish with your grandchild while exploring the lush rainforests and pristine beaches of Costa Rica! With instruction from experienced teachers from San Jose’s Costa Rica Language Academy, perfect your Spanish speaking skills during hands-on, interactive sessions. Then, experience Costa Rica’s great outdoors with hikes in the rainforest, kayaking adventures, river rafting, beach explorations and more.


• Join local rafting experts on a rafting adventure along the Sarapiqui River.
• Walk around the Arenal Volcano and experience the many layers of the rainforest at the Arenal Hanging Bridges.
• Thrill in a crocodile safari on the Tárcoles River and spot a variety of the nearly 400 birds that make this river region their home.

Activity Particulars

Walking on irregular terrain under varying weather conditions, swimming activities and getting in/out of boats.

Program is for grandchildren ages 12-15.

Date Specific Information


Program intended for grandchildren from 9 - 11 years of age.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival San José, 1 night; coach to Sarapiqui, 3 nights; coach to Arenal Volcano National Park, 2 nights; coach to Punta Leona, 3 nights; coach to San José and departure.

Arrival San Jose
1 night
Coach to Sarapiqui
3 nights

Meet your instructors at the Costa Rican Language Academy and begin your immersion into the Spanish language with daily workshops. Embark on a rafting excursion on the Sarapiqui River and learn the delicious history of chocolate at the Tirimbina Rainforest Center. Spot and identify a variety of mammals, birds, amphibians, insects and more during an expert-led rainforest walk.

Coach to Arenal Volcano
2 nights

Enjoy close-up views of the Arenal Volcano, and experience the many layers of the rainforest as you explore the Arenal Hanging Bridges — a network of bridges that crisscross the rainforest. Dine with local families in La Fortuna and practice your conversational Spanish.

Coach to Punta Leona
3 nights

Search for crocodiles and exotic birds during a safari along the Tárcoles River. In Punta Leona, enjoy the ocean’s pristine waters during an outrigger excursion. Learn about ecosystems and macaws along the Carara Biological Reserve.

Coach to San Jose for departure

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.

San Jose: Comfortable hotel. Sarapiqui: Nature lodge on the banks of the Sarapiqui River. Arenal Volcano: Comfortable hotel with volcano views. Punta Leona: Tropical rainforest and beach resort.
Meals and Lodgings
   Hotel Boutique Jade
  San José, Costa Rica 1 night
   Selva Verde Lodge
  Sarapiqui, Costa Rica 3 nights
   Hotel Arenal Paraiso
  Arenal Volcano., Costa Rica 2 nights
   Hotel Punta Leona
  Punta Leona, Costa Rica 2 nights
   Wyndham San José Herradura Hotel & Convention Center
  San José, Costa Rica 1 night
 Hotel Boutique Jade
Type: Hotel
  Description: This charming hotel has 30 cozy rooms built around a tropical, peaceful indoor courtyard. Tico culture and their world-famous hospitality can be seen and felt at the Boutique Jade, from its warm and inviting rooms to its friendly staff.
  Contact info: 250 mts. North of Autos Subarú, Barrio Dent Los Yoses, San Pedro,
San José,  00000 Costa Rica
phone: +506-22242455
  Room amenities: Air-conditioning, wireless Internet, mini-bar, safety deposit box, hair dryer, cable TV, spacious bathrooms, desk, and telephone. **For family or intergenerational programs: This property is able to provide a cot or rollaway to accommodate a third person in a double-occupancy room.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant, currency exchange, wireless Internet, meeting rooms, laundry service, coffee station, room service, swimming pool, and private transportation services.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Subject to availability. Additional nights are subject to availability.

 Selva Verde Lodge
Type: Lodge
  Description: Nature Lodge built along the banks of the Sarapiqui River. Room modules are built on elevated platforms, surrounded by tropical vegetation. A large tract of private primary and secondary rainforest is accessible via a hanging bridge.
  Contact info: Chilamate
Sarapiqui,  00000 Costa Rica
phone: +506-2-27611800
  Room amenities: Safety box, ceiling fan, phone, screened windows, grab bar in the shower, and hair dryer. **For family or intergenerational programs: This property is able to provide a cot or rollaway to accommodate a third person in a double-occupancy room.
  Facility amenities: Meeting rooms, restaurant, bar, and private rainforest reserve with trails.
  Smoking allowed: No

 Hotel Arenal Paraiso
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Hotel Arenal Paraiso is located just a short drive from the picturesque town of La Fortuna. Accommodations are provided in individual casitas surrounded by lush tropical vegetation, with views of the Arenal Volcano. All rooms have views of the volcano.
  Contact info: No info.
Arenal,  00000 Costa Rica
phone: +506-2460-5333
  Room amenities: Hair dryer, mini refrigerator, safety deposit box, cable TV, air conditioning, and front porch with sitting area.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant, 3 pools, bar, zip line, and spa.
  Smoking allowed: Yes

 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,  000000 Costa Rica
phone: +506-22313131
  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

 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. En suite bathrooms feature a grab bar in the shower or bathtub/shower.
  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 Hotel Boutique Jade 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. Each adult participant who is traveling with a minor will need to carry a notarized letter of consent (stating the child is allowed to travel with the designated adult/s) signed by the child's parents/legal guardians.
  Parking availability:
Not applicable.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  San José
  Nearest city or town:  San Jose
  Nearest airport:  Juan Santa Maria 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. A cab ride to a downtown hotel should cost about $32, but this can vary depending on traffic. 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: Arenal 3,500 ft - 4,500 ft.

Equipment Requirements: Although not required, participants might wish to bring a small notebook and pen/pencil to use for jotting down notes during Spanish lessons.
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: Flights from the U.S./Arrivals in San José, Costa Rica.
(Tuesday, June 23)

Note: San José elevation: approximately 3,000 ft.

 Arrive To: Arrive in San José's Juan Santamaria International Airport.

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

Transfer to the hotel and check-in, followed by time at leisure.

Please note that this is an international travel day; no meals or program activities are scheduled on this day. Hotel check-in usually begins at 3PM.
Accommodations: Hotel Boutique Jade

Day 2: Sarapiqui -
Orientation to Costa Rica Language Academy/Transfer to Sarapiqui.

(Wednesday, June 24)

Note: Bus to Sarapiqui takes approximately 2 hours. Sarapiqui elevation: approximately 500 ft.

 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Orientation to the program.

Meet 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.

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.

Walk to the Costa Rican Language Academy (CRLA) for a briefing on the language component of the program.

The CRLA is a privately owned language school with over 19 years of experience teaching Spanish to students from around the globe. The language academy has 35 classrooms, 2 computer rooms with internet access, 2 classrooms for Latin dance classes, a kitchen for cooking classes, a cafeteria, terraces, and gardens with sitting areas. The teaching staff at CRLA is accredited with the Costa Rican Department of Education and all hold degrees either from the University of Costa Rica or the Universidad Nacional.
 Lunch: At the Costa Rican Language Academy.
 Afternoon: Depart for Sarapiqui.

Sarapiqui is an area known for its natural beauty and biological diversity, nestled in the lush Caribbean lowlands of northeastern Costa Rica. Nature reserves such as those at La Selva Biological Station, Braulio Carrillo, Tirimbina and Selva Verde have greatly contributed to the preservation of the region’s rich plant and animal life by safeguarding large tracts of primary forest.

Arrive at the lodge and check-in.

Orientation to the lodge, followed by free time to relax in the pool or make use of other lodge amenities.

Enjoy a pre-dinner get together with CRLA instructors, to practice conversational Spanish.
 Dinner: At the lodge.
 Evening: Evening presentation: The Birds and Animals of Selva Verde.
Accommodations: Selva Verde Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Sarapiqui -
Spanish Classes/River Rafting/History of Chocolate/Dance Lesson.

(Thursday, June 25)
 Breakfast: At the lodge.
 Morning: This morning, join the CRLA instructors for an hour of Spanish classes at the lodge.

Take a break from class to embark on an energizing river rafting excursion on the Sarapiqui River.

Return to the lodge.
 Lunch: At the lodge.
 Afternoon: Join the CRLA instructors for an hour of Spanish classes at the lodge.

Transfer to the Tirimbina Rainforest Center. Embark on a delicious exploration of chocolate--from its history as a Maya and Aztec beverage, to its arrival in Europe, and its transformation into the current product we know and love. During an interactive walk through a former cacao plantation, examine traditional methods of cacao cultivation and the processing of the beans into chocolate.

Return to the lodge.
 Dinner: At the lodge.
 Evening: After dinner activity: Join in a dance lesson with locals.
Accommodations: Selva Verde Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Sarapiqui -
Spanish Classes/Making Tortillas/Rainforest Hike.

(Friday, June 26)
 Breakfast: At the lodge.
 Morning: This morning, join the CRLA instructors for an hour of Spanish classes at the lodge.

Give your brain a rest from morning Spanish sessions and lace-up your tennis shoes to embark on an energizing rainforest walk. A guided hike through old and new growth forests will expose you to the unique flora and fauna of this biologically diverse habitat.

The rainforest surrounding the lodge provides habitat for over 300 bird species, 120 species of mammals, 48 amphibian species, 89 reptile species, more than 10,000 species of insects, 330 species of trees, and countless plant species.

Return to the lodge in time for lunch.
 Lunch: At the lodge.
 Afternoon: Join the CRLA instructors for an hour of practical Spanish classes at the lodge.

Time at leisure for swimming and/or bird watching.

Casual pre-dinner get-together to learn how to make tortillas and for Spanish conversation with CRLA instructors.
 Dinner: At the lodge.
 Evening: Time at leisure.
Accommodations: Selva Verde Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Arenal -
Spanish Classes/Swimming in Thermal Pools.

(Saturday, June 27)

Note: Bus transfer to Arenal takes approximately 2.5 hours. Arenal elevation: 3,500 ft – 4,500 ft.

 Breakfast: At the lodge.
 Morning: Join the CRLA instructors for an hour of Spanish classes at the lodge.

Check out of the lodge and transfer to Arenal.

Arrive at the hotel and check-in.
 Lunch: At the hotel.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a swim in the lodge's thermal pools.

Take part in an hour of Spanish instruction given by CRLA teachers at the hotel.
 Dinner: At the hotel.
 Evening: Time at leisure.
Accommodations: Hotel Arenal Paraiso
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Arenal -
Arenal Hanging Bridges/Spanish Classes/Scavenger Hunt.

(Sunday, June 28)
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Enjoy a walk around the Arenal Volcano.

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.

Transfer to the Arenal Hanging Bridges for a chance to experience all the layers of a rainforest.

This private nature reserve in La Fortuna de San Carlos features a network of standing bridges, hanging bridges, and trails that crisscross 250 hectares of tropical rainforest. The park's mission is to provide natural history education in a responsible and sustainable way. Visitors are able to view the rainforest from different angles and heights, from ground level to canopy level, learning firsthand about this fascinating and biologically diverse environment.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Return to the hotel for leisure time.

Attend a Spanish class.

Enjoy a window shopping scavenger hunt in La Fortuna.

The community of La Fortuna, in the province of Alajuela, is the nearest to the Arenal Volcano. The town's proximity to the volcano makes it a perfect vantage point from which to admire Arenal's perfect cone. Although increased revenue from tourism led to improvements in La Fortuna's infrastructure and the emergence of hotels, it has managed to retain its local flavor and overall small town feel.
 Dinner: Dinner in La Fortuna with local families.
 Evening: Time at leisure.
Accommodations: Hotel Arenal Paraiso
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Punta Leona-
Tarcoles River Crocodile Safari/Beach Activity/ Pool Activity.

(Monday, June 29)

Note: Bus transfer to Punta Leona takes approximately 4 hours. There will be en route stops for lunch and an afternoon activity. Punta Leona elevation: sea level.

 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Check-out of the hotel and transfer to Punta Leona on the Pacific coast.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant en route.
 Afternoon: Before reaching Punta Leona, take part in a crocodile safari (approx. 1.5 hours) on the Tárcoles River.

Over 400 bird species make their homes along the Tárcoles River and its accompanying estuary. The river is also well-known for its abundant crocodile population. American crocodiles (Crocodylus acutus) are frequently spotted sunning their large scaly bodies on the muddy riverbanks. Some of these prehistoric reptiles can reach lengths of up to 20 ft! Continue the transfer to Punta Leona.

Arrive at the hotel and check-in.

A local beach will serve as our interactive classroom this afternoon. Put on your flip-flops and join your instructors in a fun Spanish language beach activity.
 Dinner: At the hotel.
 Evening: Swimming pool activity.
Accommodations: Hotel Punta Leona
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Punta Leona -
Spanish Lessons/Ocean Outrigger Activity/Beach Activities "en Español."

(Tuesday, June 30)

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: Join the CRLA instructors for an hour-long Spanish lesson.

Depart from the hotel for an invigorating excursion on ocean outriggers.

Return to the hotel.
 Lunch: At the hotel.
 Afternoon: Trade your pens and notepaper for bathing suits and sunscreen. Head to the beach for a bit of outdoor fun, with activities that will test some of your newly acquired Spanish language skills.

Return to the hotel.

Before dinner, gather around for your final Spanish language session with your CRLA instructors.
 Dinner: At the hotel.
 Evening: Time at leisure.
Accommodations: Hotel Punta Leona
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: San José -
Los Sueños Zip Line/Shopping Mall.

(Wednesday, July 1)

Note: Bus transfer to San José takes approximately 2 hours.

 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: After breakfast, check out of the hotel.

Transfer to Los Sueños for a zip line canopy adventure. After reviewing proper zip lining techniques and double-checking the equipment, delight in a heart-pumping ride through the forest canopy.

Transfer to San Jose.
 Lunch: Farewell lunch celebration at the Costa Rica Language Academy.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a visit to a local shopping mall. During this excursion participants will have the opportunity to see what a Costa Rican shopping center looks like, use their learned Spanish while exploring local shops, and make any needed last minute purchases.

Arrive at the hotel and check-in.
 Dinner: At the hotel.
Accommodations: Wyndham San José Herradura Hotel & Convention Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: San José -
Departures/Transfer to the International Airport.

(Thursday, July 2)
 Depart From: Transfer to the Juan Santamaria International Airport for Road Scholar 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.

Note: Participants with independent travel arrangements and/or scheduled on later flights can keep their hotel rooms until check-out time on this day. Except for breakfast, all other meals are on your own on this day.
 Breakfast: At the hotel (dependent on flight times).
Meals Included: Breakfast
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.

Suggested Reading List

Costa Rica Adventure Map

Author: National Geographic

Description: A double-sided map at a scale of 1:500,000.

Costa Rica Butterflies & Moths

Author: James Kavanagh

Description: A handy, laminated fold-up card with color illustrations of Costa Rica’s more visible species of butterflies and moths. Includes the distinguishing markings or behaviors of each species.

Costa Rica Reader: History, Culture, Politics

Author: Steven Palmer (Editor), Ivan Molina (Editor)

Description: A lively, literate sourcebook on the politics, economy and society of Costa Rica

Costa Rica, A Journey Through Nature

Author: Adrian Hepworth

Description: Dividing the book by ecosystem and geographic area, BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Hepworth's color photographs showcase the diversity of Costa Rica's wildlife and habitats.

Costa Rica, A Traveler's Literary Companion

Author: Barbara Ras

Description: These 26 well-chosen stories by Costa Rican writers introduce the people, culture and land.

Costa Rican Spanish

Author: Lonely Planet

Description: A pocket guide to understanding idioms, slang and Spanish as it is spoken by the Ticos.

Costa Rican Wildlife

Author: Pocket Naturalist

Description: Put it in your pocket! This handy, fold-up card includes color illustrations of dozens of typical birds, mammals and reptiles. We also carry plastic cards for Costa Rica Birds (Item CRC56) and Costa Rica Butterflies & Moths (Item CRC57), $5.95 each.

Culture Smart! Costa Rica

Author: Jane Koutnik

Description: History, religion, daily life, food, health and safety are all covered in this accessible pocket guide to Costa Rican customs, etiquette and culture.

Essential Spanish

Author: Living Language

Description: A simple, multi-media course which includes a book of 10 lessons, three CDs and access to Living Language’s online Language Lab.

Into The Volcano

Author: Donna O'Meara

Description: O'Meara's lively, illustrated eyewitness accounts of adventures in volcanology include Arenal in Costa Rica, Kilauea in Hawaii and Stromboli off the coast of Italy. Geared for grades 5 to 8, this is a great introduction to volcanoes for the whole family.

Monkeys are Made of Chocolate, Exotic and Unseen Costa Rica

Author: Jack Ewing

Description: Ewing, founder of Hacienda Baru in southern Costa Rica, weaves tales of the rainforest, wildlife, ecology and conservation in these 32 marvelous essays for the whole family.

Nancy Drew, The Scarlet Macaw Scandal

Author: Carolyn Keene

Description: Nancy and her friends head for Costa Rica's Corcovado National Park to relax and study monkeys when they stumble upon, naturally, a mystery to be solved.

National Geographic Costa Rica

Author: Christopher P. Baker

Description: This stylish and informative travel resource features 200 photographs, many maps and good information on the country's history, nature and culture.

Spanish Flash Cards

Author: Inc. Berlitz International

Description: A standard playing card-size deck of 50 nicely illustrated flashcards geared for younger children. Each card features a colorful illustration with the Spanish word on the reverse.

The Birds of Costa Rica

Author: Richard Garrigues, Robert Dean (Illustrator)

Description: This new edition covers 903 species of birds with hundreds of new, supplemental or revised color illustrations by Robert Dean and revised color-coded range maps.

The Field Guide to Rain Forest Animals

Author: Nancy Honovich

Description: A unique children's guide to eight Amazon animals that includes photographs, illustrations, maps, fascinating facts and a diorama activity. Written for ages eight and up.

The Monkey's Bridge, Mysteries of Evolution in Central America

Author: David Rains Wallace

Description: Opening this absorbing account of the history and biogeography of the Central American isthmus with the tale of Columbus, Wallace often weaves his own travels in the region with a crisp overview of exploration, nature and evolution. Natural history buffs and ecologically minded travelers will appreciate this valuable resource.

The Most Beautiful Roof in the World

Author: Kathryn Lasky, Christopher Knight (Photographer)

Description: A tropical botanist and her sons climb among the ropes and walkways of a rainforest canopy in this photographic odyssey. For ages 9-12.

The Wildlife of Costa Rica, A Field Guide

Author: Twan Leenders, Robert Dean, Jim Zook, Fiona Reid

Description: This guide includes 450 of the most common, interesting and charismatic mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and arthropods that you are likely to encounter. Each has exquisite full-color illustrations.

Volcanoes, Crucibles of Change

Author: Richard Fisher

Description: A complete primer for the volcano lover, this heavily illustrated book covers types of volcanoes and eruptions, worldwide distribution and the physics of their formation.

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