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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
Length
12 days
Starts at
2,599
Special Offer
Click on Dates & Prices below to see special offer details.
Flights start at
475
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.
Length
12 days
Starts at
2,599
Special Offer
Click on Dates & Prices below to see special offer details.
Flights start at
475
Program No. 11586 RJ
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DATES & PRICES

Hotel Standard
Accommodation Details

Comfortable accommodations that meet our high standards.

Accommodation Details

Standard

Aug 9 - Aug 20, 2021
SOLD OUT
Hotel 2,599
 
Special Offer

No added cost for single rooms! Free singles are limited. Please call for details.

Itinerary Note

July-September is the nesting season for Green Sea Turtles at Tortuguero. During this special time of the year, the program will include a nighttime walk along the beach led by a local guide for an opportunity to observe sea turtles as they come ashore to lay eggs. Additionally, this departure follows the 2021 itinerary for this program and will include an outrigger canoe activity at Playa Agujas in place of a cloud forest hike. Please refer to the detailed itinerary for your program for more information.

Sep 13 - Sep 24, 2021
Hotel 2,599
 
Special Offer

No added cost for single rooms! Free singles are limited. Please call for details.

Itinerary Note

July-September is the nesting season for Green Sea Turtles at Tortuguero. During this special time of the year, the program will include a nighttime walk along the beach led by a local guide for an opportunity to observe sea turtles as they come ashore to lay eggs. Additionally, this departure follows the 2021 itinerary for this program and will include an outrigger canoe activity at Playa Agujas in place of a cloud forest hike. Please refer to the detailed itinerary for your program for more information.

Sep 18 - Sep 29, 2021
SOLD OUT
Hotel 2,599
 
Special Offer

No added cost for single rooms! Free singles are limited. Please call for details.

Itinerary Note

July-September is the nesting season for Green Sea Turtles at Tortuguero. During this special time of the year, the program will include a nighttime walk along the beach led by a local guide for an opportunity to observe sea turtles as they come ashore to lay eggs. Additionally, this departure follows the 2021 itinerary for this program and will include an outrigger canoe activity at Playa Agujas in place of a cloud forest hike. Please refer to the detailed itinerary for your program for more information.

Oct 11 - Oct 22, 2021
Hotel 2,599
 
Special Offer

No added cost for single rooms! Free singles are limited. Please call for details.

Itinerary Note

This departure follows the 2021 itinerary for this program. Instead of a field trip to a cloud forest, this departure will include an outrigger canoe activity at Playa Agujas. Please refer to the detailed itinerary for your program for more information.

Oct 24 - Nov 4, 2021
Hotel 2,599
 
Special Offer

No added cost for single rooms! Free singles are limited. Please call for details.

Itinerary Note

This departure follows the 2021 itinerary for this program. Instead of a field trip to a cloud forest, this departure will include an outrigger canoe activity at Playa Agujas. Please refer to the detailed itinerary for your program for more information.

Nov 2 - Nov 13, 2021
Hotel 2,849
 
Itinerary Note

This departure follows the 2021 itinerary for this program. Instead of a field trip to a cloud forest, this departure will include an outrigger canoe activity at Playa Agujas. Please refer to the detailed itinerary for your program for more information.

Nov 9 - Nov 20, 2021
Hotel 2,849
 
Itinerary Note

This departure follows the 2021 itinerary for this program. Instead of a field trip to a cloud forest, this departure will include an outrigger canoe activity at Playa Agujas. Please refer to the detailed itinerary for your program for more information.

Dec 5 - Dec 16, 2021
SOLD OUT
Hotel 2,849
 
Itinerary Note

This departure follows the 2021 itinerary for this program. Instead of a field trip to a cloud forest, this departure will include an outrigger canoe activity at Playa Agujas. Please refer to the detailed itinerary for your program for more information.

Dec 7 - Dec 18, 2021
Hotel 2,849
 
Itinerary Note

This departure follows the 2021 itinerary for this program. Instead of a field trip to a cloud forest, this departure will include an outrigger canoe activity at Playa Agujas. Please refer to the detailed itinerary for your program for more information.

Jan 16 - Jan 27, 2022
Hotel 2,879
 
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Jan. 27 date of Program #20774- Costa Rica: Three Jewels in Paradise

Jan 22 - Feb 2, 2022
SOLD OUT
Hotel 2,879
 
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Feb. 2 date of Program #20774- Costa Rica: Three Jewels in Paradise

Mar 5 - Mar 16, 2022
Hotel 2,879
 
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Mar. 17 date of Program #20774- Costa Rica: Three Jewels in Paradise

Mar 12 - Mar 23, 2022
Hotel 2,879
 
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Mar. 23 date of Program #20774- Costa Rica: Three Jewels in Paradise

Apr 25 - May 6, 2022
Hotel 2,829
 
Special Offer

No added cost for single rooms! Free singles are limited. Please call for details.

Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the May 7 date of Program #20774- Costa Rica: Three Jewels in Paradise

May 2 - May 13, 2022
Hotel 2,629
 
Special Offer

No added cost for single rooms! Free singles are limited. Please call for details.

May 14 - May 25, 2022
Hotel 2,629
 
Special Offer

No added cost for single rooms! Free singles are limited. Please call for details.

Jun 6 - Jun 17, 2022
Hotel 2,629
 
Special Offer

No added cost for single rooms! Free singles are limited. Please call for details.

Jul 11 - Jul 22, 2022
Hotel 2,629
 
Special Offer

No added cost for single rooms! Free singles are limited. Please call for details.

Itinerary Note

July-September is the nesting season for Green Sea Turtles at Tortuguero. During this special time of the year, the program will include a nighttime walk along the beach led by a local guide for an opportunity to observe sea turtles as they come ashore to lay eggs.

Aug 2 - Aug 13, 2022
Hotel 2,629
 
Special Offer

No added cost for single rooms! Free singles are limited. Please call for details.

Itinerary Note

July-September is the nesting season for Green Sea Turtles at Tortuguero. During this special time of the year, the program will include a nighttime walk along the beach led by a local guide for an opportunity to observe sea turtles as they come ashore to lay eggs.

Sep 12 - Sep 23, 2022
Hotel 2,629
 
Special Offer

No added cost for single rooms! Free singles are limited. Please call for details.

Itinerary Note

July-September is the nesting season for Green Sea Turtles at Tortuguero. During this special time of the year, the program will include a nighttime walk along the beach led by a local guide for an opportunity to observe sea turtles as they come ashore to lay eggs.

Oct 23 - Nov 3, 2022
Hotel 2,629
 
Special Offer

No added cost for single rooms! Free singles are limited. Please call for details.

Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Oct. 15 date of Program #20774- Costa Rica: Three Jewels in Paradise

DATES & PRICES

Hotel Standard
Accommodation Details

Comfortable accommodations that meet our high standards.

Accommodation Details

Standard

Aug 9 - Aug 20, 2021
SOLD OUT
Hotel 2,599
 
Special Offer

No added cost for single rooms! Free singles are limited. Please call for details.

Itinerary Note

July-September is the nesting season for Green Sea Turtles at Tortuguero. During this special time of the year, the program will include a nighttime walk along the beach led by a local guide for an opportunity to observe sea turtles as they come ashore to lay eggs. Additionally, this departure follows the 2021 itinerary for this program and will include an outrigger canoe activity at Playa Agujas in place of a cloud forest hike. Please refer to the detailed itinerary for your program for more information.

Sep 13 - Sep 24, 2021
SOLD OUT
Hotel 2,779
 
Special Offer

No added cost for single rooms! Free singles are limited. Please call for details.

Itinerary Note

July-September is the nesting season for Green Sea Turtles at Tortuguero. During this special time of the year, the program will include a nighttime walk along the beach led by a local guide for an opportunity to observe sea turtles as they come ashore to lay eggs. Additionally, this departure follows the 2021 itinerary for this program and will include an outrigger canoe activity at Playa Agujas in place of a cloud forest hike. Please refer to the detailed itinerary for your program for more information.

Sep 18 - Sep 29, 2021
SOLD OUT
Hotel 2,599
 
Special Offer

No added cost for single rooms! Free singles are limited. Please call for details.

Itinerary Note

July-September is the nesting season for Green Sea Turtles at Tortuguero. During this special time of the year, the program will include a nighttime walk along the beach led by a local guide for an opportunity to observe sea turtles as they come ashore to lay eggs. Additionally, this departure follows the 2021 itinerary for this program and will include an outrigger canoe activity at Playa Agujas in place of a cloud forest hike. Please refer to the detailed itinerary for your program for more information.

Oct 11 - Oct 22, 2021
SOLD OUT
Hotel 2,599
 
Special Offer

No added cost for single rooms! Free singles are limited. Please call for details.

Itinerary Note

This departure follows the 2021 itinerary for this program. Instead of a field trip to a cloud forest, this departure will include an outrigger canoe activity at Playa Agujas. Please refer to the detailed itinerary for your program for more information.

Oct 24 - Nov 4, 2021
SOLD OUT
Hotel 2,779
 
Special Offer

No added cost for single rooms! Free singles are limited. Please call for details.

Itinerary Note

This departure follows the 2021 itinerary for this program. Instead of a field trip to a cloud forest, this departure will include an outrigger canoe activity at Playa Agujas. Please refer to the detailed itinerary for your program for more information.

Nov 2 - Nov 13, 2021
Hotel 3,299
 
Itinerary Note

This departure follows the 2021 itinerary for this program. Instead of a field trip to a cloud forest, this departure will include an outrigger canoe activity at Playa Agujas. Please refer to the detailed itinerary for your program for more information.

Nov 9 - Nov 20, 2021
SOLD OUT
Hotel 3,299
 
Itinerary Note

This departure follows the 2021 itinerary for this program. Instead of a field trip to a cloud forest, this departure will include an outrigger canoe activity at Playa Agujas. Please refer to the detailed itinerary for your program for more information.

Dec 5 - Dec 16, 2021
SOLD OUT
Hotel 3,299
 
Itinerary Note

This departure follows the 2021 itinerary for this program. Instead of a field trip to a cloud forest, this departure will include an outrigger canoe activity at Playa Agujas. Please refer to the detailed itinerary for your program for more information.

Dec 7 - Dec 18, 2021
SOLD OUT
Hotel 3,299
 
Itinerary Note

This departure follows the 2021 itinerary for this program. Instead of a field trip to a cloud forest, this departure will include an outrigger canoe activity at Playa Agujas. Please refer to the detailed itinerary for your program for more information.

Jan 8 - Jan 19, 2022
SOLD OUT
Hotel 3,329
 
Jan 16 - Jan 27, 2022
Hotel 3,329
 
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Jan. 27 date of Program #20774- Costa Rica: Three Jewels in Paradise

Jan 22 - Feb 2, 2022
SOLD OUT
Hotel 3,329
 
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Feb. 2 date of Program #20774- Costa Rica: Three Jewels in Paradise

Jan 23 - Feb 3, 2022
SOLD OUT
Hotel 3,329
 
Feb 1 - Feb 12, 2022
SOLD OUT
Hotel 3,329
 
Feb 5 - Feb 16, 2022
SOLD OUT
Hotel 3,329
 
Mar 5 - Mar 16, 2022
Hotel 3,329
 
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Mar. 17 date of Program #20774- Costa Rica: Three Jewels in Paradise

Mar 12 - Mar 23, 2022
Hotel 3,329
 
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Mar. 23 date of Program #20774- Costa Rica: Three Jewels in Paradise

Mar 20 - Mar 31, 2022
SOLD OUT
Hotel 3,329
 
Apr 25 - May 6, 2022
SOLD OUT
Hotel 3,009
 
Special Offer

No added cost for single rooms! Free singles are limited. Please call for details.

Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the May 7 date of Program #20774- Costa Rica: Three Jewels in Paradise

May 2 - May 13, 2022
Hotel 2,629
 
Special Offer

No added cost for single rooms! Free singles are limited. Please call for details.

May 14 - May 25, 2022
Hotel 2,629
 
Special Offer

No added cost for single rooms! Free singles are limited. Please call for details.

Jun 6 - Jun 17, 2022
Hotel 2,629
 
Special Offer

No added cost for single rooms! Free singles are limited. Please call for details.

Jul 11 - Jul 22, 2022
SOLD OUT
Hotel 2,629
 
Special Offer

No added cost for single rooms! Free singles are limited. Please call for details.

Itinerary Note

July-September is the nesting season for Green Sea Turtles at Tortuguero. During this special time of the year, the program will include a nighttime walk along the beach led by a local guide for an opportunity to observe sea turtles as they come ashore to lay eggs.

Aug 2 - Aug 13, 2022
SOLD OUT
Hotel 2,629
 
Special Offer

No added cost for single rooms! Free singles are limited. Please call for details.

Itinerary Note

July-September is the nesting season for Green Sea Turtles at Tortuguero. During this special time of the year, the program will include a nighttime walk along the beach led by a local guide for an opportunity to observe sea turtles as they come ashore to lay eggs.

Sep 12 - Sep 23, 2022
SOLD OUT
Hotel 2,629
 
Special Offer

No added cost for single rooms! Free singles are limited. Please call for details.

Itinerary Note

July-September is the nesting season for Green Sea Turtles at Tortuguero. During this special time of the year, the program will include a nighttime walk along the beach led by a local guide for an opportunity to observe sea turtles as they come ashore to lay eggs.

Oct 23 - Nov 3, 2022
SOLD OUT
Hotel 2,629
 
Special Offer

No added cost for single rooms! Free singles are limited. Please call for details.

Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Oct. 15 date of Program #20774- Costa Rica: Three Jewels in Paradise

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 rain forest, wetlands and transition zones.
  • Participate in cultural interaction activities in rural communities.
  • Admire the misty beauty and unique characteristics of a cloud forest during a trail hike and expert presentation.

General Notes

This Road Scholar program offers participants the chance to explore a number of Costa Rica’s iconic ecosystems 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.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Costa Rica, A Journey Through Nature
by Adrian Hepworth
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.
Culture Smart! Costa Rica
by Jane Koutnik
History, religion, daily life, food, health and safety are all covered in this accessible pocket guide to Costa Rican customs, etiquette and culture.
Tropical Nature
by Adrian Forsyth, Ken Miyata
Two uncommonly observant and thoughtful field biologists offer a lucid portrait of the tropics through 17 marvelous essays that introduce the habitats, ecology, plants and animals of the Central and South American rainforests.
Wild Costa Rica
by Adrian Hepworth
This beautiful, informative survey of the habitats, wildlife and protected areas of Costa Rica features 200 color photographs and chapters on natural history and conservation.
Aroma of the World: A Journey into the Mysteries and Delights of Coffee
by Santo Versace (Foreword), Elisabetta Illy
A beautiful book for the coffee lover, this heavily illustrated compendium is equal parts history and travel journal, detailing the passage of the coffee bean from origination to current status as an icon of modern living.
Costa Rican Spanish
by Lonely Planet
A pocket guide to understanding idioms, slang and Spanish as it is spoken by the Ticos.
The Monkey's Bridge, Mysteries of Evolution in Central America
by David Rains Wallace
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.
Costa Rica Adventure Map
by National Geographic
A double-sided map at a scale of 1:500,000.
The Wildlife of Costa Rica, A Field Guide
by Twan Leenders, Robert Dean, Jim Zook, Fiona Reid
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.
Costa Rica, A Traveler's Literary Companion
by Barbara Ras
These 26 well-chosen stories by Costa Rican writers introduce the people, culture and land.
Tropical Plants of Costa Rica
by Willow Zuchowski
Organized by habitat, this photo guide to 400 species has chapters on popular destinations, including Monteverde and Tortuguero.
Nature of the Rainforest, Costa Rica and Beyond
by Adrian Forsyth, E.O. Wilson (Introduction), Michael Fogden (Photographer)
Our favorite biologist-writer returns to the Neotropics in this beautifully illustrated, oversized overview of the rainforest. With chapters on Monteverde and Guanacaste, plants, frogs and snakes, birds, monkeys and jaguars, the sloth, peculiar insects and biodioversity; A marvelous, anecdotal introduction to ecology, evolution and conservation.
Costa Rican Wildlife
by Pocket Naturalist
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.
The Green Republic: A Conservation History of Costa Rica
by Sterling Evans
For the serious reader, this book offers a vivid synopsis of the founding and expansion of Costa Rica’s National Park system, including portraits of the local heroes and institutions that fought for conservation.
Costa Rica Reader: History, Culture, Politics
by Steven Palmer (Editor), Ivan Molina (Editor)
A lively, literate sourcebook on the politics, economy and society of Costa Rica
Volcanoes, Crucibles of Change
by Richard Fisher
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.
Javatrekker, Dispatches from the World of Fair Trade Coffee
by Dean Cycon
Cycon, an organic coffee roaster, journeys around the world to discover the hardships of growing and selling coffee beans, in an offbeat adventure which casts light on the global trade and culture of coffee.
The Birds of Costa Rica
by Richard Garrigues, Robert Dean (Illustrator)
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 Sea Turtle, So Excellent a Fishe
by Archie Carr
An appreciative and informative account of the sea turtle, its ecology and field work in Costa Rica by the man who did so much to promote sea turtle research and conservation, first published in 1967. Karen Bjorndal, director of the Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research, brings the story up to date in a new foreword.
National Geographic Costa Rica
by Christopher P. Baker
This stylish and informative travel resource features 200 photographs, many maps and good information on the country's history, nature and culture.





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