17988
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.
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Program No. 17988RJ
Length
11 days
Starts at
2,199
Flights start at
455
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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
Richard
(5)
A good introduction to the flora and fauna of Costa Rica. A beautiful lush country where we were in Sept. While wildlife was not abundant, we did see a variety of them. Generally warm to hot and humid. But I thoroughly enjoyed the trip; glad I went and would recommend it to anyone wanting to experience some of the tropics. Our RS guides were great.
James
(5)
I loved my tour and everyone on it. I got to see things I never expected such as a Blue Jeans Frog and a boa constrictor up-close and in the woods. I took over 1000 pictures, 3D photos, and 360 movies-- some of which might be worth sharing on your website. My only concerned is that I may have accidentally handed a RS staff member $1 instead of the $20 that I had intended. If so, I hope I'm forgiven for the mistake! I meant no insult. Also, I have some great photos of Javier and Alex doing cool stuff... if they'd like copies, I posted them in an album on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154282250625946&type=1&l=7cb93f598c Let them know they can friend me if they like!
Rachael
(5)
Two thousand words are not enough to describe how much I enjoyed this experience! The leaders were well informed and unfailingly kind. The speakers who were clearly experts in their fields, spoke entertainingly, and were even, at appropriate times, funny. The accommodations were so lavish that I don't know how the program's planners were able to offer it at such a low price. This trip was one of the highlights of my life.
Susan
(5)
We participated in this program, "Natural Wonders of Costa Rica" because my husband is waiting for knee surgery, and therefore is not presently able to take a more active trip. I wondered if this would be be "too slow" for me. As it turned out, the program was perfect for both of us. We were both stimulated by what we learned about history, farming, and nature in Costa Rica. He was able to keep up with the slow walks in the woods and even the early morning bird watch. We both enjoyed having time to enjoy the pools at the Hotels (where we often visited with fellow participants as we cooled off). We were refreshed and eager for more information at the evening lectures. On previous trips I have often felt too much like I was rushing to meet deadlines all the time and never had time to reflect. We will probably do more "easy pace" programs in the future, if similar trips are available.
Laurie
(5)
The "At Your Own Pace" Costa Rica trip was a perfect way for my elderly mother and me to share a vacation and both come away with memories for a lifetime. What an excellent trip!
Christy
(5)
What a wonderful introduction to Costa Rica! Ours was not even a birding trip, but we saw so many different and exotic birds that our leader said it exceeded many of her trips intended for that purpose. We were introduced to experiences from the simple (tasting exotic fruits or homemade cheese at a roadside stand) to the educational (pepper and pineapple plantations and how they are run, etc.) to the exciting (an optional zip lining trip above the tree tops and a scheduled outrigger trip in the ocean) to the elegant (having sundowner champagne at a fancy resort's lookout). The housing was varied and representative, often eco-friendly, and always clean and comfortable. Costa Rica, with its ample blessings of exquisite flora and fauna, was the star, but a close second was our knowledgeable, patient, warm and congenial Costa Rican tour leader Glorianna. She represented her country well, indeed! Pura vida!
Bob
(5)
The program was outstanding and exceeded my expectations by a lot. Our tour guides were really excellent and flexible enough to know if and when we needed a break to recoup. I have never been on a tour like this where virtually every detail was covered and there was nothing about which I could truthfully say was a disappointment. Really fabulous! Thanks Road Scholar.
Brooks
(5)
I am an Ambassador for Road Scholar everywhere I go.These tours are making a lot of my dreams come true. I think it would be an ideal career to be associated with this first class organization. And I have some ideas for a tour in the are where I live that I think you may like !
Richard
(5)
I have just completed a 2 week tour of Costa Rica with my wife on a Road Scholar Program. We were delighted! R. Olen, Minnesota
Mary
(5)
Please add a comments section. For instance, a hotel may be great in every way but one-it would be nice to be able to explain that. So suggestions/comments can be important and can explain an rating.
Ellen
(5)
When you go on a Road Scholar Tour you can be confident that every detail has been thought of. It is wonderful to know that everything that is stated in the itinerary is included and that you know that the Tour Guides will make sure that your adventure is a perfect balance of learning, adventure and relaxation.
Noreen
(5)
Descriptions are reliable.
Wendy
(5)
Fantastic, educational trip to a lush, stunning country. We met warm local families and saw incredible vegetation, birds and reptiles. Planning was made easy. Roads Scholar answers all request with a smile and accommodates to all needs
Barbara
(5)
Our tour guide, Jorge Mario, was an outstanding group leader. Passionate & knowledgeable about his country, he provided us with amazing & unforgettable experiences. He always went out of his way to problem solve, when the need arose. He, along with our excellent bus driver, Frank, were a great team that enriched our daily activities. The Level 2 Easy Category worked well for us at this time. Barbara
Barbara
(5)
As an octogenarian I found I was able to handle all aspects of the programme but I did not have to do anything if it had been a little difficult and I would recommend it to anyone of any age. I fell in love with the country and would go back again if it was not so difficult to get there from Australia
Rena
(5)
An excellent trip, but insulin-dependent diabetics should be aware that some of the accommodations do not have AC, and keeping insulin (and other meds, like Epipens) can be a problem. In my case, it required getting one of a very few rooms with AC at Sarapiqui and paying extra.
Martin
(5)
This program lived up to it's stated purpose and activity level. Being a small group gave us a chance to know our fellow travelers from across the US and Canada, many of whom we will continue to be in contact with and share our photos of the trip. Our guides are delightful and extremely knowledgeable.
David
(5)
My wife and I had an excellent experience and will consider other Road Scholar trips in the future...well worth every penny!
Oscar
(5)
The pace is just right and the program was exceedingly interesting, of course sighting a jaguar would have been the piece de resistance
John
(5)
This is a great tour of wildlife and culture and a wonderful learning experience. A must for your Bucket List.
Joan
(5)
A delightful educational time in an interesting place with a group of entirely enjoyable people
Rosalind
(5)
Road Scholar does a fantastic job of showing the diversity of what makes Costa Rica so special.
Stuart
(5)
I recommend this program for someone like me - age 90, somewhat unsteady on his feet but otherwise in good health, and having a curiosity to see something different
Caroline
(5)
I chose the trip to experience the rainforest and bird life. The biodiversity exceeded my expectations, but I was also delighted to find myself learning about Costa Rica's crops, commitment to conservation, and government priorities as well. The trip was true to its "easy" activity level -- while enriching my mind and soul.
Kerry
(5)
Learn about rural food production, social guarantees, and the many animals and birds of Costa Rica. Great leaders. Wonderful food. A true "bucket list" trip.
Peter
(5)
A well-paced intro to Costa Rica's natural glories. The lectures & the tours to an organic Pineapple ranch, a coffee plantation, a heart of palm farm, coupled with ample bird & animal watching were educational & pleasureful.Plus we had a most congenial group to enjoy the Ticans. .
Harvey
(5)
This was our first guided travel tour and our first Road Scholar trip. I always enjoyed planning a trip as much as going on a trip. I am now 67 and my husband is 87, We decided it might be a good idea to try a tour at an "easy" pace. This was perfect for us. I had some time to be more active and take walks on my own. He was able to keep up with all the planned events. We loved the companions on our tour. Bright, friendly and well traveled. Road Scholar gave us a great travel experience and we felt every dollar we spent was invested in giving us the best food, lodging and tour guides at this price point. We loved not having to handle our transportation and luggage too. We hope to do another Road Scholar trip in the future.
Susan
(5)
"At your pace" gave me more time to photograph things, take a second look and absorb more fully.





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