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Costa Rica

Costa Rica at a Slower Pace: Natural Wonders by Water & Land

Boasting more than 5% of the world’s biodiversity, 121 volcanic formations and 801 miles of coastline, Costa Rica is a true Mecca for nature lovers. Come explore at your pace.
Rating (4.96)
Program No. 17988RJ
Length
11 days
Starts at
2,299
Flights start at
460
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4.96 Average
Fred
(5)

excellent trip to Costa Rica which exceeded my expectations...

Linda
(5)

Having been to several Central American and South American countries (not with RS), my experience in Costa Rica was by far the best and most memorable.

Julie
(5)

Website is fine, very usable. Thank you for a great program.

Catherine
(5)

The Costa Rica at a Slower Pace: Natural Wonders by Water and Land lived up to its title perfectly! Our cameras and memories are full of gorgeous flora and fauna, fascinating experiences, gratitude for superb group leaders; humor, personal warmth and patience shared with them and group participants. My husband and I (at age 80) recommend it highly.

Barbara
(5)

I am waiting for a connecting flight after having The trip of a lifetime in Costa Rica. Our group ranged in age from 62 to 88 with a mean of about 70. We saw new species of birds, frogs, lizards, monkeys, coati while learning about the ecology, history, and citizens of CR. The food was mainly simple and healthy with delicious tropical fruits at each meal. The accommodations varied, but were appropriate for the site. I had a great time and strongly recommend. Bring a camera, don’t depend on cell phone. Your fellow travelers will be the icing on the cake. Pura Vida!

Elaine
(5)

Best tour that we have EVER been on. Excellent content, great tour sites, wonderful food and friendly tour mates.

June
(5)

The trip to Costa Rica for my husband and myself (for our 40th) was a dream of a lifetime. The educational experiences, both field trips and short information lectures by local experts, were invaluable. This country is a global treasure of diversity. Our guide leaders worked collaboratively and were so open to questions, welcoming, caring, and extremely knowledgable. Logistics and transportation were flawless! A perfect trip.

Laura
(5)

If you are baby boomer with an aging parent that still likes to travel , this program is an excellent way to spend time with them!

Dave
(5)

My wife, Polly, and I were participants in this Costa Rican program in March of 2019. It was our 9th program with Road Scholar and it was a gem. Katherine and Stephanie were outstanding and knowledgeable guides. We were also fortunate to have Nicasio for our bus driver. Visiting four different regions of Costa Rica made for some very educational experiences. Paulo Valerio started us off with a great lecture. Other highlights included touring an organic pineapple plantation, hearing a talk on pre-Columbian history, visiting a sugar cane farm and seeing the birds at David and David’s Place. Visiting a children’s school and taking an outrigger canoe ride with Kayak Jaco proved to be quite memorable. And, along the way we had lunch at great local places. Our accommodations were quite nice, especially the Sarapiquis Rainforest Lodge and the Hotel Arenal Manoa. And, like on all Road Scholar trips, we met some wonderful fellow travelers. If you want to experience a special culture and meet some wonderful people – people who value literacy and the environment, put this trip on your list. Pura vida!

Sunshine
(5)

I have seen and experienced many amazing things on this journey we call life and this tour has been by far the best I have ever experienced. Thank you Road Scholar for your excellent planning and staff.

Audrey
(5)

Nature, nature, and more nature, Beautiful country. Bring binoculars or miss most of the trip. Age is accommodated. Bus rides enhanced value of the trip or you can sleep. Leaders were non intrusive. Lots of choices to rest or join the activity.Wonderful.

Janet
(4)

Costa Rica is a beautiful place that I need to return to. There are many things I didn't see on this visit. The most wonderful thing about Costa Rica is the kind people and their love of the environment and education. Very inspiring.

Liliana
(5)

My program with R Scholars to Costa Rica was great. It met my expectations and more. It was very well organized, our guides could not have been better. They were knowledgable, perceptive, kind and most pleasant to interact with. They showed passion for what they do and caring about their country.

Nancy
(5)

Our guides, Roger and Alex, were wonderful and made this trip an experience of a lifetime. Just the right amount of activity and free to. I was fortunate to be in a group of interesting and congenial people, which enhanced the experience. Do it, you will never regret it!

Cory
(5)

This tour exceeded our expectations! Very educational and what we learned and saw was so exciting!

Matthew
(5)

This was a great program! Considering the higher temp and humidity of a tropical climate, the limited walking was perfect amount. And the boat rides to see birds and animals along the rivers were great!

Kathy
(5)

This trip provided me with the knowledge of Costa Rican history, culture, plant and animal life in detail, crops grown for export, native foods, the beauty of rivers, jungles and the Pacific Ocean. I met citizens in Central America and saw the pride they have in their home Costa Rica. It was a joyful and memorable trip, very well run and just like advertised and then some! I am looking at my next Road Scholar Trip. One is not enough.

Jean
(5)

A great overview of the variety of natural and cultural experiences that Costa Rica offers, at a pace that allows full enjoyment of each activity. Highly recommended!

Joanne
(5)

I had a wonderful time on the Costa Rica program. I traveled solo and felt safe and supported. The guides were wonderful -- knowledgeable, flexible, pleasant and easy to work with. I learned so much about Costa Rica and its people. This trip was definitely worth it! I will take another Road Scholar tour soon.

Marcel
(5)

The program is designed specifically for seniors. However it should be noted that to enjoy the program and most activities it does require a certain amount of stamina.

Claudia
(5)

I was studying my Spanish using Duolingo before my trip. I should have made more chances to practice while I was in Costa Rica.

Courtney
(5)

An enjoyable tour with lots of nature sightings!

Esther
(5)

This program was delightful in every way. The country is beautiful and exciting. This is well worth your time.

Nancy
(5)

I was thoroughly delighted with the Costa Rica at a Slower Pace program - it exceeded my expectations. Having such a small group (15) was wonderful, and Katherine and Alex were fantastic guides. I took this trip to celebrate my 72nd birthday and I got more than my money's worth.

Elizabeth
(5)

This program exceeded my expectations. The wide range of activities was impressive and the daily itinerary allowed for relaxation and time to get to know the other participants. This was an extraordinary experience.

Priscilla
(5)

Know that if you choose Road Scholar you will be amazed at the knowledge and the experiences you will come away with. The Slow Paced program allows everyone to have a remarkable trip that will go beyond your expectations!! The group leaders and instructors they choose are extremely accomodating, courteous, respectful, knowledgeable and all have a keen sense of environmental consciousness!

Albert
(5)

Excellant tour guides, good tour organization, hands on experience, and quality "lectures" taught me much about Costa Rica. An unexpected satisfaction was the pleasant relationships that developed among tour members and leaders. Pure vida.

Brenda
(5)

This program was an absolute delight. My only regret is that it went by so fast. I was ready to stay longer and was sad to leave this wonderful country, it's warm culture and my new friends/family. The guides and drivers were FANTASTIC, the sights, activities and lectures First Rate! I LOVED it and plan to go back to Costa Rica and also enjoy other Road Scholar adventures!

Margaret
(5)

Costa Rica at a Slower Pace was beautifully balanced: rustic rainforest, luxury under the volcano, and beach vacation vibe (tropical rainstorm notwithstanding!) All of the sites we visited and the lectures we heard clearly represented how much Ticos love their country and their dedicated efforts to preserving it’s beauty and diversity. Everyone we met was welcoming and gracious. Our two guides, Serge and Lenin were delightful representatives of their beloved Costa Rica. Truly the land of Pura Vida!!

Dottie
(5)

Costa Ricans are a polite, caring, proud people, which became evident during our 10 day visit in various towns and places. The diversity of the people, the animals, birds, and flora is truly impressive. Our tour leaders were exceptional, and had arranged speakers of high caliber. It all exceeded my expectations. This was my first time with Road Scholar.

Judy
(5)

Just returned from this amazing trip. All we expected and so much more. I can’t say enough about our 2 guides, Wendy Brenes and Gilberth (Chito) Molina. Their knowledge, concern for our well being and love of their country was superb and genuine. They shared it all with us. Our driver, Hector Mirando never gave us a moment of concern on the very narrow, wet, muddy roads, especially at night. We had excellent guest speakers and many demonstrations. The choice of sites we visited gave us the chance to see so much-so many birds, animals, snakes, flowers, trees, farms, monkeys, rainforest, volcanoes, crocodiles. Yes there was lots of rain-it was the wet season after all. But aside from one early am bird walk we missed nothing and used our ponchos a lot. Also used sun-block and bug repellent every day. The 3 different boat trips were a blast and we saw so much although did get caught in a downpour on one! Accommodations were good - all situated right in the places we explored. The Sarapiqui Rainforest Lodge was on beautiful grounds but we were disappointed in the lack of A/C, telephone, or WiFi in our rooms. Not a safe situation. The trip to a public school gets an A+. Kids danced for us and led us around. Every meal we ate was an absolute treat-many accompanied by demonstrations and explanations. I am handicapped which is why I needed this easy pace and was able to fully participate with a cane and holding on to my husband. Chito often grabbed a chair and followed me - WOW!

Mary
(5)

If you think you may be too old to travel you are wrong? This is a marvelous opportunity for older people, perhaps with some disability, to enjoy and learn about a new culture and environment without feeling uncomfortable or fearful.

Robert
(5)

This program is an interesting experience in an exceptionally friendly country.

Terri
(5)

I just came back from 10 days in Costa Rica. It was such a wonderful experience that I can hardly express it in words. The group leaders and driver were so kind, helpful, knowledgeable and supportive. I experienced Costa Rica in a way that I never expected to and learned so much. The trip provided a great balance of lecture, experiential learning, interactive learning and down time - it made for the perfect vacation. I highly recommend this trip.

Joanna
(5)

As a single traveler woman I am happy to have found Road Scholar travels! It was the perfect way to travel and I will be on watch for more travel adventures! I felt happy and safe and in complete charge of having myself an exciting adventure filled with interesting lectures. Each place we visited was covered by lecture from a passionate and knowledgeable expert. It was truly interesting. The companions on the trip were all like minded, kind, intelligent and fun loving people. I leared a lot about the country (Costa Rica) culture, history and biodiversity. I was revitalize and learned a lot about the country , all while having the best time of my life. Thank you Road Scholar people all and each of you. Plus my tour guides Javier Miranda, Alex Eamirez - love and respect out to you both you all were passionate, knowledgeable, interesting, caring professional all the way. Thank you Johanna Hernandez

Helen
(5)

Great trip. enjoyed every aspect of the experience. It was a good overall view of the varied topography and wildlife of Costa Rica.for those who like nature.

Mildred
(5)

I find the response from Road Scholar headquarters are not nearly as helpful and personable as they were when I and my former husband went on many Elderhostel programs. The wait time to be heard on the phone is unreal: leaving your number for a call back at your place in the queue only happened one time; the people on Live Chat not very helpful. In fact, yesterday we were promised a call back from a RS employee regarding a Wait List Opening. He did not call!

Richard
(5)

Fabulous trip balancing the many aspects of this wonderful country with the logistical problems of serving the needs of the members who don't want a strenuous tour.

Kathleen
(5)

Fascinating trip shared with interesting fellow travelers. Our guides Alex Ramirez and Javier Miranda were great; knowledgeable, unflappable, friendly and approachable. We enjoyed their enthusiasm for their amazing country.All trip logistics were smooth and stress free. The opportunity to stay in the rainforest and learn about it’s unique plants, animals and ecology was wonderful. Loved it all and can’t wait to return to Costa Rica.

James
(5)

Wonderful experience. Great leaders. Variety of activities. A beautiful country.

Claire
(5)

Costa Rica was beautiful and our guide was the amazing. If you haven't tried Road Scholar yet, give it a shot. I learned a great deal, stayed in great places and had a great time.

Mary
(5)

Natural Wonders of Costa Rica at a Slower Pace was wonderful! Our first time with Road Scholar, and everything was excellent: the fine itinerary at a slower pace, the amazing lodgings, the dedicated, knowledgeable and friendly leaders Wendy Brenes and Alex Rodriguez. Very compatible group of 18! We'll definitely choose Road Scholar again! Mary and Ted Johnson

Herb
(5)

This is a richly varied program in several major sections of Costa Rica. THe activity level is quite correct in saying that it is an easy pace. I would highly recommend this program.

Timothy
(5)

This is an exceptional program with enlightened and informed guides. If wish to experience the country and people of Costa Rica, then I would recommend this to everyone. The guides are exceptional people.

Robert
(5)

This was an outstanding program. It was just the right mixture of educational programs and leisure time. The group leaders were well organized and fun to be around. They organized everything very well, which allowed me to relax and just let each day unfold. We were immersed each day in the natural world of Costa Rica, which is beautiful and very special. The scenery, forests, plants and animals are breathtaking. We also had a chance to interact with farmers, schoolchildren, and scholars. The food and lodgings were wonderful.

Todd
(5)

If you prefer to spend less time on the bus, and three days instead of two in one location, then this is for you.

Shirley
(5)

I have been on several Road Scholar trips and all were good but this was the best of all. The beauty of the country and the quality of the program were fabulous.

Francine
(5)

Wonderful experience. Tour leaders were absolutely fabulous. Our group was cohesive and fun. Highly recommend.

Phyllis
(5)

This was a great trip. The country of Costa Rica is doing many things to improve the ecology. We had extra special tour guidess named Wendy and Alex who knew so much about the plants, animals and birds.Alex could make the howler monkeys talk back to him. You can drink the water and the food was good, especially the fresh fruits ( many of them I had never tasted before) and vegetables. It did rain a lot even though we went during the "dry season" but it didn't keep us from any of the activities. If the pace of the days is too much, there is no problem with taking a day or an activity off. I have difficulty with my knees and the pace was fine though some were jealous that my cane had a fold out seat so when we were standing listening to people describe the gold or orchids or macaws or volcanoes, I could sit. I was really glad I made this trip and I loved the country. I highly recommend it.

Anita
(4)

seems easy to navigate. I'd love to see a segment that helps you sort out what places to visit for birding or watching nature. Like the ability to search all Road Scholar trips that include nature and birding

Linda
(5)

Our first trip with Road Scholar (Costa Rica) and we are hooked. Everything we experienced was beyond what we expected. Great learning, exceptional group leaders, awesome bus driver and other group members who were fun to be with. Well planned and perfectly executed trip.

Susan
(5)

Bring binoculars to fully enjoy spectacular birds and other wildlife. The variety of activities were amazing. Our leaders and fellow travelers were outstanding. We chose the easy pace to compensate for tropical weather.

Jon
(5)

Take this trip and learn what pura vida is.... Mary






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