Costa Rica

The Best of Costa Rica: Exploring Natural Wonders

With more than 5% of the world’s biodiversity, 121 volcanic formations, 801 miles of coastline and hundreds of endemic birds, Costa Rica is a true Mecca for nature lovers to explore.
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Program No. 11586RJ
12 days
Starts at
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At a Glance

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.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to 1.5 hours a day over uneven trails in hot and humid conditions. Includes a number of bus transfers; no bathroom on bus but bus stops every 1.5-2 hours. Elevations up to 4,000 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn from naturalists about the unique features of the rainforest, wetlands, and transition zones.
  • Participate in cultural interaction activities in rural communities.
  • Enjoy a bit of exercise and fresh salt air during an outrigger canoe ride along the Pacific coast.

General 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.
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Cristian Gamboa
Cristian Gamboa was born in Chitaria de Turrialba, a small town in the country’s Northeastern side. From his early years he showed a natural interest for nature, a passion that led him to follow a career in sharing the ecological wonders of his country with others. He studied in the Professional Technical High School in La Suiza town, where he obtained a technical degree in agronomy, followed by a bachelor’s degree at the University of Costa Rica, and several other courses in the same area by Costa Rica’s National Learning Institute (INA). Cristian has worked as a resident naturalist guide with the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) in La Selva Station in Sarapiqui, as well as with Hacienda Rancho Humo in Guanacaste. He also worked with the Tropical Agronomical Center for Research and Education (CATIE) as one of their educators and garden logistic coordinators. Cristian now works as a freelance excursion leader.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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