In Summary: we’ve traveled to Iceland, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, Southern Spain, and Lisbon. We did all of the planning for those trips ourselves. We just came back from an 11 day trip to Costa Rica, organized by Road Scholar. We will NEVER plan our own trips again. We will always use Road Scholar from here on out. This Road Scholar trip had all of the activity that we wanted; the most interesting tours and lectures; and their planning worked flawlessly. And all for a very reasonable price. We now have a rich sense of how Costa Rica fits in the World, and what makes the Costa Rican people so special. And, we had a lot of fun with the tour guide and the 9 other people in tour group. A few tips: - 10 deg above equator but temps always below 80 degF - only spent additional money on beer, wine and souvenirs - wife & I are just over 60; exercise daily; no prob with activities - Teva/Keens perfect - very few bugs (more mosquito bites when I mowed my lawn after returning home to Virginia) Tour Guide (Erick Guzman): - local (Costa Rican) and has spent time in US - very good english, but definite accent - incredibly knowledgable in biology, culture, history - very personable, friendly, yet professional - travelled with us throughout and stayed at the same hotels and ate at the same restaurants. Erick did most activities with us but let the activity guides run things (he did not do the zipline with us but was on site). - there was a separate bus driver so that Erick could spend bus time talking to us - made everything run smoothly - explained the schedule & logistics for each day and each activity - knows all of the lecturers and activity leaders. You can tell that they treated us special because of our association with Erick.