This was our first Road Scholar trip and was very pleased and surprised at how much we loved it! From the river rafting, hiking, and kayaking to birding and learning about Costa Rica in a home, I could not have been happier!
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Activity note: Participants must book flights that arrive into San José, Costa Rica no later than 4:30 p.m. on this day if they plan on attending the program orientation. Some Road Scholar gateways require the use of overnight flights in order to get participants to San José by the suggested time. Please contact your Road Scholar program provider at 1-800-866-7111 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to make arrangements to arrive in Costa Rica a day or more before your program.
Afternoon: Upon arriving at the hotel, check in and get your room assignment. Then take some time to freshen up and relax before our Orientation session. Orientation: 6:00 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. This program includes a number of bus transfers. The air-conditioned Road Scholar bus does not have a bathroom on board. However, the program includes stops for program activities, meals, and/or basic pit stops that help to break up longer travel times. Stops are built into the schedule for every 1.5 - 2 hours of bus travel. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Please note that program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
Dinner: Welcome Dinner at the hotel with a glass of wine or beer, juice, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check out and transfer in the morning.
Activity note: The drive from San Jose to Turrialba area is about 44 miles, approximately 2.5 hours. Walking up to 3 miles today, approximately 2.5 hours.
Breakfast: At the hotel, choose what you like from the breakfast buffet that also includes juice, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we will board the bus and transfer to the Turrialba area via Cachi and Tucurrique. On the way we will visit La Marta Wildlife Refuge. La Marta is situated on more than 3751 acres of land. It is part of the Biosphere Reserve of Friendship, considered by UNESCO a World Heritage Site, and is the first private refuge for wildlife in the country. Approximately 60% of the territory is comprised of primary forest, and the remaining 40% is covered by secondary forest in different stages of natural regeneration. The topography of the Talamanca mountain range, together with the presence of two rivers in the area (Gato and La Marta rivers) and the altitudinal range, in which the Refuge is located, generate a wide variety of habitats that allow the presence of large number of animals and plants. The Refuge shelters both resident and migratory species. During our visit we will walk along trails bordering rivers and going through the ruins of the old settlement with an old carbide mine, coffee and sugar cane operations. After our hike, we’ll enjoy a typical lunch at the site.
Lunch: At La Marta Wildlife Refuge
Afternoon: We board the bus and continue transferring to the hotel. Upon arrival, we will check-in and we’ll have some time to freshen up and relax. Before dinner, we will gather for a presentation by a local expert.
Dinner: At the lodge
Evening: At leisure.
Activity note: Before breakfast, early morning birding around the hotel grounds. Walking approximately 3 miles throughout the day over trails of grass and dirt. Driving about 36 miles, approximately 2 hours throughout the day.
Breakfast: At the lodge
Morning: We’ll transfer by bus to the Tropical Agronomic Research and Educational Center (CATIE) for a guided botanical garden visit with site lecture by a local guide. CATIE is a regional center dedicated to research and graduate education in agriculture, management, conservation and sustainable use of natural resources. Afterwards we’ll walk to the cafeteria on the main campus.
Lunch: At CATIE’s cafeteria.
Afternoon: This afternoon we’ll visit Hacienda Sitio de Mata to enjoy sugar cane and macadamia demonstrations. With plenty of information and incredible views, this is the perfect little spot to learn, relax, have some coffee, snacks and take photos before returning to the lodge after a day of activity outside. Back at the lodge have some time to freshen up. Before dinner we’ll have a presentation of Historical Development of Turrialba area.
Dinner: At the lodge.
Evening: At leisure.
Activity note: Driving about 12 miles, approximately 1 hour through the day. Walking on trails of dirt and grass for about 2.5 miles, approximately 3 hours throughout the day.
Breakfast: At the lodge.
Morning: After breakfast we’ll transfer by bus to Guayabo National Monument. This is the site of an ancient ruin which sits on the southern slope of the Turrialba Volcano. The settlement was built in 1000 BC and continuously occupied until 1400 AD when it was mysteriously abandoned. The Guayabo Monument is believed to have been an important political, cultural and ceremonial center during the Pre-Columbian time in Costa Rica. Our Group Leader will guide us as we walk through the Monument. In addition to enjoying some good outdoors exercise, this will be an opportunity to learn many secrets about this special place.
Lunch: Picnic lunch at Guayabo Monument.
Afternoon: We will board the bus and return to the hotel. With our Group Leader, we’ll head out for a walk on the lodge grounds. We'll follow a trail that winds along the river. This is a scenic trail that passes by a waterfall, make sure to bring your camera. We’ll return to the lodge with time to freshen up and relax before dinner.
Dinner: At the lodge.
Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.
Activity note: Rafting Class I and II whitewater rapids. (Class I: Moving water with a few riffles and small waves; few or no obstructions. Class II: Easy rapids with smaller waves, clear channels that are obvious without scouting; some maneuvering required. This classification system is only a guide; degrees of difficulty vary based on local conditions including water levels. Sturdy water shoes required; no flip-flops. Driving about 90 miles, approximately 3 hours throughout the day.
Breakfast: At the lodge.
Morning: Checking out of the hotel, we’ll transfer by bus from Turrialba to Sarapiquí in the Chilamate Valley, an area with one of the highest degrees of biodiversity in Costa Rica. A number of forests serve as migratory corridors for the more than 400 different species of birds that have been recorded in the area. Sarapiqui’s economy is based on eco-tourism, scientific research, small-scale ranching, and large pineapple and banana plantations. On the way to Sarapiqui we’ll stop for our whitewater rafting field trip at the Pacuare River. The Pacuare River is one of the world’s top whitewater river rafting adventures. The Pacuare flows down a long gorge and canyon through primary and secondary rainforest of the Talamanca Mountains. When rafting down the river, you have the feeling of being completely isolated in a lost world. Waterfalls pour in from high rock walls, brightly colored toucans and electric blue Morpho butterflies fly by, and sometimes the chirping cicadas are so loud you can’t hear anything else.
Lunch: At a local restaurant en route.
Afternoon: Continue our transfer to Sarapiqui. Upon arrival, we’ll check in to the lodge with some time to freshen up and relax.
Dinner: At the lodge, the dinner buffet includes juice and water; other beverages available for purchase.
Evening: Latin dancing is recognized as an exemplary form of cardio exercise. Laugh, dance and socialize while learning the basics during a Latin dance class.
Activity note: Hiking up to 2 miles, approximately 3 hours; uneven, unpaved trails. Wear sturdy, closed toe, hiking shoes. Hiking poles are recommended. Getting in/out of kayaks. Sturdy water shoes required; no flip-flops.
Breakfast: At the lodge, the breakfast buffet includes juice, tea, coffee, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Morning: We’ll hike into the heart of the rainforest and pay homage to El Ganador — Spanish for “winner” — a giant almond tree that towers above the canopy. When the Spanish arrived in the late 1440s, it was already mature. El Ganador is enormous, standing 117 feet (54 meters) high and 46 feet (14 meters) in circumference. A keystone species, the Almendro tree (Dipteryx panamensis) is a critical part of the endangered Great Green Macaw’s habitat. The life span for this award-winning tree is estimated to be another one or two centuries. What life secrets would you ask a 600-year-old tree that is still standing strong?
Lunch: At the lodge.
Afternoon: We’ll meet by reception and board a bus that will take us to the Puerto Viejo River for our kayaking adventure. After a safety lesson by a local expert we’ll get into our kayaks. We’ll take a few minutes to familiarize ourselves with the kayaks, paddling around near shore, before setting out along the waterways of Sarapiqui River. This activity optimizes our opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat with minimum disturbance to the environment. Keep your eyes open for birds, monkeys, lizards, and more. At the conclusion of the activity, we’ll return to the starting point, disembark the kayaks and return to the lodge by bus. Upon arrival, we’ll take time to freshen up and relax. Before dinner, we’ll have a presentation by a tropical biologist on the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor.
Dinner: At the lodge.
Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.
Activity note: The drive to Punta Leona is about 114 miles, approximately 3.5 – 4 hours.
Breakfast: At the lodge.
Morning: We’ll wake up our muscles and delight our senses on a walk around the grounds at Selva Verde as our Group Leader points out exotic plants and wildlife. We’ll then check out and begin our transfer — from the Caribbean lowlands to the Pacific Coast — on to Punta Leona. We’ll have a stop along the way to stretch our legs.
Lunch: En route at the home of a “Tica,” or local. We will have a meal and listen to a lecture on the History of Costa Rica
Afternoon: Continuing our transfer, we’ll arrive at Punta Leona, a resort incorporating coastal jungle and two Pacific coast beaches. After checking in, we’ll have an orientation to the resort, with the remainder of the afternoon free. You might like to stroll on the beach or take a dip in one of the swimming pools.
Dinner: At the hotel. Buffet plus juice, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Evening: At leisure.
Activity note: The drive is approximately 40 minutes each way. Short walk to beach to board canoes; paddling.
Breakfast: At the hotel.
Morning: For our next field trip, we’ll ride to the small coastal village of Agujas for a sea kayak and outrigger canoe paddling field trip. Kayaks and canoes have been helping people of the word traverse waterways for centuries. They have been tools of transportation, recreation, and survival! Though canoes and kayaks are now built of fiberglass instead of wood, the design has undergone few modifications through the years. As we dip our paddles into the water, we are creating a link from our modern world to the ancient one. We’ll return to the hotel after our picnic lunch at the beach.
Lunch: Picnic lunch at the beach. Variety of sandwiches plus dessert. Water, juice and tea included.
Afternoon: Next, we’ll take a boating field trip on the Tarcoles River with our Group Leader assisted by the boat captain. The Tarcoles River basin empties the entire western side of the Central Valley in the Pacific coastal region. It includes an area of mangrove swamps and an estuary that create a rich habitat for wildlife. We’ll be on the lookout for residents including crocodiles (Crocodilus acutus), often seen sunning themselves on the muddy river banks. Returning to the hotel, we will freshen up and then before dinner we will attend a lecture on Conservation & Development of the Central Pacific Region.
Dinner: At the hotel.
Evening: At leisure.
Activity note: The drive to Herradura is approximately 45 minutes each way. Zipline introduction and safety talk conducted by local experts; safety gear provided; shoes with a closed heel/toe required.
Breakfast: At the hotel, the breakfast buffet includes juice, coffee, tea, water.
Morning: We’ll take a field trip to the Vista Los Sueños Canopy amid 80 acres of lushly forested lands in Herradura, next to Jaco Beach on the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Bilingual experts will explain safety procedures and instructions. We’ll then whiz along a zipline through the forest canopy with remarkable views of the surrounding area as well as birds and other wildlife that may be present.
Lunch: At the hotel, the lunch buffet includes juice, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Afternoon: Free Time. The resort’s 750 acres include a wildlife reserve hosting hundreds of indigenous flora and fauna species, and two beaches, one white sand and the other with gray. They are the only beaches in Costa Rica with 3 Blue Flags & Triple A Rating for their water quality, cleanliness, and level of safety for swimmers.
Dinner: At the hotel.
Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and transfer after lunch tomorrow.
Activity note: The drive to Carara is about 1/2 hour each way; hiking approximately 2 miles; relatively level paved and unpaved trails; high temperatures and humidity. The drive to San José is about 66 miles, approximately 2 – 2.5 hours.
Breakfast: At the hotel.
Morning: We’ll bus to Carara National Park. This land protects primary and secondary transitional rainforest habitats as well as aquatic habitats. Carara Park is also the last natural nesting site for the endangered Scarlet Macaw. As it is connected with some of the forested mountains and hillsides on the Western Slope of Talamanca Range, the Carara area is an important biological corridor for many of the species that seasonally move from the lowlands to the highlands and vice-versa. We’ll learn about the transitional forest then begin our walking field trip with stops at key spots for natural history interpretation of the ecology and other forest dynamics. We’ll also stop if/when there are opportunities for wildlife sightings. We’ll return to the hotel to freshen up and check out before lunch.
Lunch: At the hotel.
Afternoon: We’ll begin our transfer to San José. Upon arrival, we’ll check into our hotel with time to freshen up and relax before dinner.
Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll have a farewell dinner with a glass of wine or beer, juice, water; other beverages available for purchase. Share your favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends.
Evening: At leisure. Say farewells, finish packing for departure in the morning, and get a good night's rest for the day ahead.
Activity note: Hotel check-out by 12:00 Noon. Participants with independent travel arrangements and/or scheduled on later flights can keep their hotel rooms until check-out time on this day. Except for breakfast, all other meals are on your own on this day. See your program’s travel details regarding transfers. If you are an independent traveler (POP status), see “Ground Transportation to First Location.”
Breakfast: At the hotel depending on flight departure time. This concludes our program.
Morning: If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!
This was our first Road Scholar trip and was very pleased and surprised at how much we loved it! From the river rafting, hiking, and kayaking to birding and learning about Costa Rica in a home, I could not have been happier!
Very enjoyable program. Erick is an excellent group leader.
This program is an excellent way to experience the best of Costa Rica for first time travelers, but you should be in good physical shape to handle the many outdoor activities. They can be strenuous due to steep hills and hot humid weather.
This was an amazing trip with Ivan Castillo as our tour leader and Melvin Espinoza as our bus driver. We thoroughly enjoyed our Rim to Shore experience in beautiful Costa Rica. It was a nice balance of adventure and education. Our tour guide, Ivan, a Costa Rican local, was very knowledgeable, caring and had a great sense of humor. He had an eye for spotting wild life we would never have noticed and was open to going out of his way to give us a great experience ( stopped at roadside stand to pick up a fresh strawberry snack, supplied birthday cakes, took us to an amazing coffee house at the top of a mountain, extra bird watching walks) . The guest lecturers were all excellent as well. Our group was great and became bonded. I give Ivan credit for making this a memorable experience for us all! We highly recommend this trip! Pura Vida!
Fantastic group leader. Wonderful activities. Not to be missed.
A wonderful ten days learning about a new emerging country that encompasses jungles and rivers and beaches and mountains and cities. Meet some lovely, friendly people who call this country home. I hope you have as wonderful a leader as our group did!!!
I've always been an independent traveler but then discovered Road Scholar. The RS programs provide support that I welcome while getting older but still have a great level of activity. These programs are bargains and a great opportunity to meet others with similar interests.
We just finished Costa Rica Rim to Shore and had an exhilarating experience. We highly recommend this program to any who enjoy a challenge.
The Costa Rica Rim to Shore Program was excellent in all ways with wonderful and educational activities and the people involved (leader, presenters, etc.)were exceptional.
First time participant of a road scholar program. Great diversity of activities. We never had a dull moment. One of the best trips ever and we have virtually done it all before we did this trip with road scholar.
My second Road Scholar trip and it was stellar! Erick Campos is an expert as well as passionate naturalist. We were so lucky to have him as our guide. The Rim to Share tour will keep you moving from one fantastic experience to the next. I can't wait to go back to Costa Rica! With Road Scholar, of course. Pura Vida!
This was my first trip with Road Scholar. It met my expectations and more. Our guide, Lenin was amazing. I am already looking at 3 future trips.I appreciated the educational component of the trip. I am looking forward to an adventure filled future with Road Scholar.
A great trip with a variety of fun activities at several beautiful locations.
This program so far exceeded my expectations, that I intend to travel with Road Scholar as often as I can. It offered great value. There was not a down moment in this splendid trip. I'm glad I went in the "rainy" season, because the temperatures were just right and the crowds were less. When it rained, it was warm and pleasant and added to the sense of adventure.
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.
This is a fantastic program that brings the value of diverse ecosystems to life. The leader was the very best I’ve ever had!! Beautiful country with a wide variety of regions and activities. Highly recommend this opportunity to experience and learn about this country.
This was my second Road Scholar program in Costa Rica and it exceeded my expectations: varied, enlightening, exciting and fun! Don't let the rainy season scare you away - just bring a good poncho :) The program activities are well coordinated; everything runs smoothly and Erik Guzman is a fabulous guide. Plus: great informative lectures. You will love this program. Pura Vida for sure!
A fabulous program for active people who love being at one with nature. My group hopes to do it again with our group leader -- a reunion. We had so much fun!
My first RS trip set a pretty high bar for my next trip. If I did have an expectation, this trip exceeded it. As a group, we bonded and laughed a lot. Omar, our bus driver and Luis, our leader/guide were awesome! Educational, adventurous and fun. In addition to thanking our local guides, I have to give thanks to our wonderful travel mates who made this trip truly one to remember.
You will not be disappointed if you decided to visit Costa Rica!
This trip far exceeded my expectations! From zip lining to white water rafting to hiking in the rain forests to kayaking ... lots of fun outdoor activities. But to do these in a country so rich in natural wonders and incredible biodiversity will leave you with memories you'll cherish for a lifetime! Well done, Road Scholar, for making this adventure possible in Costa Rica, and choosing the best naturalist guide (Luis) to lead us! Pura Vida!!
Fabulous trip. Well organized and so much variety. Luis Vargas is an extraordinary and gifted guide with an amazing set of eyes. He made the trip. It is an active trip and properly described. Lots of stairs to climb, so not for the "weak kneed." Really don't need hiking boots (good tennis shoes are fine and rubber boots are provided for muddy trails, but bring thick socks); however, closed-toed shoes (even for water shoes) a must (lots of biting insects). In August, umbrella and/or rain poncho are necessary. Loved it.
I just returned from Costa Rica "Rim to Shore" - I had a wonderful time! All the activities and programs coordinated the learning experience about the diversity Costa Rica - the flora, fauna, weather, geography and people. I was one of the lucky ones to see a sea turtle laying her eggs! Erick G. was our very knowledgeable, helpful group leader. His ability to spot animals was amazing and always had information about them. He kept us organized, told us about the culture, customs, how everyday people live. He loves sharing his country with us. William was our driver - his ability and friendly, calm attitude got us through traffic, rough roads and a bit of rain..... I was a solo traveler, but had no problems fitting into the group. I very much enjoyed this trip to Costa Rica.
Awesome trip with great accommodations and great staff!
A wonderful trip with great people and a fantastic guide. We enjoyed the walking, the water, the sites and nature.
The rim to shore trip was a first for me. It was at the beginning of the rainy season. The weather was perfect. Not too hot. What a wonderful place
What a fantastic trip! For 9 of us, this was our first Roads Scholar trip. For all 11 of us, it was our first trip to Costa Rica. Eric Guzman was our guide. I just can't say enough good things about him. He was knowledgeable, enthusiastic, cheerful, accommodating, and just a joy to be with. Ronald Sergura was our driver. He was skillful, dependable, and pleasant. Both men went out of their way to make sure all our needs were met. If anything, they went above and beyond in offering us experiences that exceeded our expectations, including seeing Eric's home and meeting his parents and sister and offering early morning birding. Additionally, the hotels, the staff, the meals, and the wonderful itinerary were stellar. We saw and did so much - animals, plants, adventures. The four lectures were top-notch, as was the lecture in Tortugeura and at the Sea Turtle Conservancy. They deepened our knowledge of this wonderful country and contributed much to understanding what we were seeing. We all loved the coffee and chocolate tours! Our guides in kayaking, white water rafting, outrigger canoe paddling, zip lining, river boat ride in Tarcoles - all made sure we felt safe. They contributed much to our enjoyment of each of their adventures. Our meal at the home of one of your guides in San Jose was such a treat! On our own, we could never have packed in all that we did in this 10 day tour. And it never felt rushed. The scheduling was excellent. Certainly, I will be an ambassador for this Rim to Shore Multi-Sport adventure, which began at the breathtaking La Paz waterfall gardens and ended with a delightful video composite of our time together created by Eric. I hope that others will get to enjoy the company of Eric and Ronald. Thank you to both and thank you to Roads Scholar. Mona Hegarty
It was a very wonderful trip. The group seemed to jell quickly starting on the first day with a surprise birthday cake for one of the participants supplied by our guide. It was very active, but we expected it to be in order to get all the activities accomplished. We hiked, kayaked, snorkeled, canoed, rafted, zip lined, learned a lot about the history, culture, and animals of Costa Rica and laughed a lot.
Most excellent in every way! Reimer taught me to look beyond what I can see. This was a fabulous trip.
This program is a good introduction to the history and biodiversity of Costa Rica. I enjoyed all the sporting activities because of the balance it provides of "doing" along with learning. I loved the feeling of the program, summer camp for grown ups in Costa Rica.
Rim to Shore Costa Rica. This trip will keep you moving every day. Our days were filled with food, activities, lectures and discoveries.
The trip was one of the best of my life. The combination of wonderful activities, such as white water rafting, and kayaking, with viewing and learning about the flora and fauna of this very diverse country was perfect!
Each step of our trip was exceptionally well planned. Gilbert Chito Molina, our guide, was spectacular. He attended to every detail with care and enthusiasm. He was tireless throughout the entire trip. Rising before breakfast to go birding or zip lining through the forest all fit into the perfect tempo. Our group bonded quickly because of his pleasant leadership and expertise. Group members are still e-mailing one another. Enough cannot be said about the evening discussions regarding wildlife and culture. Planned lectures, dance lessons, kayaking etc. are now wonderful memories.
Costa Rica Multisport Program. I loved every moment of this program. The organization and logistics in travel from destination/venue to the next was really well prepared. The variety of activities was fun. Loved the visits to the national parks and programs The guest lecturers were educational and entertaining. The accommodations and food were wonderful. Our program leader,the best! I'd do it again! Dave - Wilmington, DE
Our extraordinary trip was led by Raimer who went out of his way to search for and find birds including the Quetzal and Scarlet Macaw. Only a few days were moderately challenging. Food was excellent! Lectures were very well presented and quite informative. I suggest that more hiking be included in future itineraries.
This trip has a great combination of activities that range from environmentally educational to just plain fun. I would recommend it for anyone wanting to learn about the environment and culture of a Central American county.
My Costa Rican adventure with Road Scholar was a trip of a life time. The beauty of the country, thrilling activities such as zip lining and whitewater rafting, and the friendliness of the other tour participants were fantastic. I was so glad the trip took us to both coasts and we were able to see such a wide variety of eco systems. I learned a lot and made some wonderful new friends. Our guide, Erick Guzman, was truly exceptional. Erick's passion for nature and pride for his country were infectious. Pura Vida!
What a beautiful country full of diversity and happy people! Reimer Palma was our fantastic guide who went above and beyond our expectations to make the trip smooth and over-the-top awesome. The educational components were enlightening. The multi-sport activities were all safe and monitored and not intimidating. So much fun!!
What a fantastic and fun introduction to this beautiful country was this Road Scholar trip! We explored four major ecosystems - on foot, by boats, and zipping through treetops - observing myriad plants, animals, and exotic birds. While the scenery was spectacular and our group lively and fun-loving, what made this trip truly outstanding was the enthusiasm, knowledge, openness, and leadership ability of our tour guide, Erick Guzman. I learned so much about Costa Rica from Erick, and left the country wanting to know more. I'm already planning my next trip to Costa Rica, and will make certain that it's one led by Erick.
The Costa Rica multi-sport trip is fantastic and I recommend it to anyone who wants a variety of outdoor activities in a beautiful country. If you are thinking of going, make sure to try to schedule to go with the wonderful guide Erick Guzman. He is amazingly knowledgeable about all things Costa Rican: the flora and fauna, history, culture and people. His love for the natural world is infectious and his ability to spot a frog the size of your thumb hidden in the forest is astonishing. He provided us with the best travel experience we've ever had. There are so many fun things on this trip including kayaking, zip lining (scary but worth it), great hikes, and spotting an amazing variety of wildlife. All the accommodations were very good and the food, while redundant after a while, we plentiful and tasty. Many of the 14 participants were teary-eyed the last night because we'd had a great time and hated to say good-bye.
What a wonderful time we had. Erick Guzman (our guide also known to his countrymen as Eddie) is an exceptionally talented and enthusiastic teacher. We; white water rafted, kayaked, ziplined, hiked, snorkeled, paddled outrigger canoes, learned how to make chocolate and saw more wildlife then anyone would believe possible in that many days. And waking up to Howler Monkeys is so much better then a Hotel Wake Up phone call. Do it, just go the food and the adventure. And if you can do it with Erick you will have such a great time. He can spot a Blue Jeans frog smaller then 1/2 of a dime on a walk so we could see it.
Our Rim to Shore Costa Rican adventure was truly outstanding; due in large measure to the excellent variety of activities and the quality of our exceptional guide, Erick Guzman! I would highly recommend!
I've never been on a group tour before, so this was a new experience for us. We are so glad we made the decision to go with Road Scholars for our first visit to Costa Rica. Our Group Leader, Lenin, made this trip one to remember for a lifetime. we learned so much more about the country, the people, and the wildlife with his guidance. And, we had a lot of fun doing it! We loved all the activities packed into this trip. We will definitely look into another trip with Road Scholar in the future.
This was the trip of a lifetime. The outdoor, active activities were the best way to experience Costa Rica. DO take this trip and try to have Reimer Palma as your leader. You will have memories for a lifetime.
This trip has the right combination of scenery, wildlife and flora, education and awesome, exciting activities. Costa Rica provides the best for those wanting to jump in and experience life!! Our guide, Tomas, was enthusiastic and very knowledgeable!!
I just returned from Costa Rica and the " Rim to Shore" Adventure. This was an amazing and wonderful trip. It was my first Road Scholar experience and it could not have been better ! It was filled with great adventure activities, hiking and nature. We explored multiple areas of the country with a small group on a comfortable little bus. We were able to pack in so many different things in this 10 day trip. I loved the nature lodges on the Caribbean coast. The food was simple and great. And the best part of the trip was our wonderful guide Tomas. He was so knowledgeable about nature and his country and shared it with great joy and enthusiasm. All the adventure activities were just as described in the brochure and so much fun. Got to try out so many new things. I went as a solo traveler and always felt part of the group and welcomed by all. Road Scholar did an amazing job of planning and organizing so that everything went so smooth. Was a very active trip and that was just what I was looking for. I will definitely be booking more trips in the future. PURA VIDA !!
The Road Scholar experience was like no other. The professionalism and level of knowlege of guides and lecturers exceeded our expectations. This program was top notch from the airport pickup to the airport drop-off. The small group size was perfect as all of us became friends within a few days and we enjoyed each other's company. Activities were well organized for all of us, from those in their fifties to those in their eighties. The educational level of our leader, Reimer, was exceptional. What a wonderful young man! All in all, we can't wait to plan our next Road Scholar adventure.
Great over-all experience of many aspects of Costa Rica.
Very organized and thoughtfully laid out. Would do it again in a heart beat!!!
This was the trip of a lifetime for me. I experienced a lot, learned a lot and really enjoyed the other travelers in our group. We could not have had a better guide than Lenin! He made everything work!
I highly recommend Road Scholar's Costa Rica Multi Sport Adventure -it was our first Road Scholar trip and it exceeded all our expectations! We had a great group of "like minded" travelers and an outstanding tour leader in Reimer Palma! We loved the active agenda and all the adventure sports. What a fabulous, diverse country with warm, welcoming people and plenty of animals, birds, plants and other wild life.
This was a fantastic experience for us. First of all, Reimer Palma is a very enthusiastic, knowledgeable and caring guide. He built our group into a very good team over the 9 days we were together. The activities were outstanding. We might have liked longer hikes and kayaking, but overall were very pleased with them. The hotels were also very good. But the first hotel, Rincon del Valle, is too far from the airport. We landed at 4:30 and it took till 7:15 to get from the airport to the hotel, well after the program started, due to rush hour traffic, which apparently occurs nightly. My one other complaint was with Selva Verde lodge -- they use very loud leaf blowers to clean up in the afternoon and had a construction project on site that was using a metal saw for hours. So no siesta for us that day... Tortuguero lodge and Punta Leone lodge were both excellent. The food throughout was better than I expected. I am definitely recommending this one to all my friends!
An outstanding multi-sport adventure. Loved every aspect of it. Learning the history of Costa Rica was enlightening .
What an amazing trip. It is hard to believe Road Scholar was able to pack in such a variety of physical activities and educational experiences in one, 10-day tour. I cannot even imagine how it could have been better.
If you want an exciting, active and informative adventure this program is for you!
We really enjoyed the variety of activities on this trip. Lots of wildlife: birds, monkeys, crocodiles and a few I don't know the names of. Erick is a great guide, very caring, funny-he puts a more personal spin on the trip that many other guides.
The Costa Rica multi-sport adventure exceeded all expectations. A wonderful mix of varied activities with educational experiences, immersion in a culture, the wildlife and a country that is making critical decisions about preserving biodiversity for our planet. Spectacular accommodations, fresh and abundant meals, more colorful flora and fauna than one could imagine.
This was an amazing trip. To have gotten to feel a part of Costa Rica and its example to the world on environmental issues was a privilege. We zip-lined, canoed, white water rafted and learned how to make the best chocolate ever,all under the expert guidance of our group leader, Lenin Duarte.
this was my first "outing" solo and Road Scholar made it seamless, fun, comfortable. Will definitely travel with them again
This is a fabulous overview of the many diverse parts of Costa Rica. The activities were enjoyed by everyone in our group and helped build the camaraderie amongst us. The staff/guides for the sports activities were fun and professional, ensuring we had a great experience. Our guide, Tomás was incredibly organized, knowledgeable and very personable. The entire trip was absolutely fantastic. Do come prepared with a rain poncho though...rainforests are aptly named. Having said that, the visit to Tortuguero is not to be missed!
This was my first RS tour. The Costa Rica Rim to Shore trip was wonderful. The tour guide, Erik, was amazingly knowledgeable about the wildlife, birds, plants, culture and the country of CR in general. He was highly efficient and fun. George, (learning the ropes on this tour) was also excellent in every way. His knowledge of birding, culture and politics in Costa Rica was both educational and entertaining. Our bus driver (sorry I've forgotten his name) kept us on time and safe. He deserves a medal and raise because I had left my wallet on the bus the very last evening so I was in a panic. Erik contacted him and he made a very long trip back to the hotel that evening to bring it back to me. I cannot thank him enough. Everyone in the group was so nice and easy to travel with. Food was great, all the events great, weather great, losing great, etc etc all GREAT! I have no complaints and am looking forward to another trip. Thank you, RS, for being everything you are said to be.
Our January 8-18th multi-sport adventure in Costa Rica was fabulous! Erick is an exemplary leader. Be sure to follow the excellent packing advice given in information packet by packing lightly with quick-drying clothes and a travel umbrella. Thanks to all our Costa Rican leaders and my fellow participants for an amazingly enjoyable and exciting vacation!
This is an ideal tour for any active person with interest in natural history.
An outstanding trip for anyone seeking adventure, education, and the beauty that is Costa Rica. From the rain forests to the mountains, from the Atlantic to the Pacific, this tour covers it all. Erick Guzman is the finest leader/guide we have ever been associated with and his expertise and humor made the trip even more special.
This program takes you through a great variety of landscapes in only a few days. The activities in the forest, on the river and on the ocean are not very strenuous and allowed you to see Costa Rica's wealth of animals and plants.
This Rim to Shore Multi-Sport Adventure was outstanding. Not only was it educational and informative about this part of the world but also included great activities from white water rafting to zip lining. The effort from our guide Reimer was outstanding and greatly appreciated.
Road scholar Rim to Shore program in Costa Rica I highly recommend to all those adventure and active minded enthusiasts. This will be the most memorable vacation I have ever been on. Taking with me the beautiful County, humble people, and diverse species of animals and reptiles that live in this tropical paradise. The natural waterfalls are so powerful! Pura Vida!
Great program! Fun activities, terrific guide and super travelling companions. There were only twelve of us, which was the perfect size.
If you are able, you MUST take this trip! The activities and tours were fabulous! I'm an experienced traveler, yet this was the MOST FUN I have ever had on a tour! I'm also a solo traveler and felt completely included by the guide and fellow Road Scholars.
an ordinary trip made extraordinary with instructors and especially our guide
I'm a bit late in doing this (5 months late!) but I did want others to read how pleased my wife and I were with this Road Scholar trip, our first. The trip combined learning, activity, leisure and, well, excitement. The wildlife--birds, amphibians, monkeys, birds and birds--were memorable. Our guide was Erick Guzman and he couldn't have been a better guide for us. He made everyone feel welcome, solved whatever minor issues came up effortlessly, had an incredible knowledge and love for his home country that we all got to enjoy. The activities--kayaking, white-water rafting, hikes, outrigger canoeing, snorkeling, and a few I'm forgetting--all were as hoped for. The lectures, either at night or during our visits to coffee plantation or chocolate plantation were interesting and rewarding. And we had a few great unscheduled experiences, meeting a family in Tortuguero was a highlight. I'm on the site right now looking to book our next Road Scholar trip.
This trip offered an optimal variety of activities with enough diversity to keep me engaged. I learned a lot about the culture, agriculture, biodiversity, and natural resources vital to Costa Rica. The guide (Erick Guzman) and driver (Henry) were both amazing! They exceeded my expectations by displaying flexibility to accommodate the needs of everyone in the group. Erick is very knowledgeable and led excellent nature walks. Henry displayed his expertise by safely traversing the bumpy, narrow and windy Costa Rican roads. I left Costa Rica with new friendships and an intent to return. This was also my first Road Scholar trip and will not be my last. Wonderful memories!!
The guide for this program, Erick Guzmann, is incredible! The program was exactly as described and the weather was wonderful. I highly recommend this program and this guide!
Couldn't be better!
We recently participated in Costa Rica Rim to Shore experience. We highly recommend this excellent active program and guide Erick Guzman! From hiking and kayaking to zip lining and white water rafting to Latin dancing - great guide, welcoming travel companions- awesome trip!
This program provided a great introduction to the varying aspects of Costa Rica. Visiting both sides of the country, as well as the middle highlands, provided a great feel for the variety in Costa Rica. The physical activity level was not particularly aggressive either. Our guide was excellent.
This trip was a super value! The activities were just right and very safe. Erick was generous with his time and knowledge, and Chicho was the best driver (plus, the air conditioning worked well in his bus). The trip got me out of my comfort zone which was my goal along with learning more about Costa Rica, a country I'd only heard about from others and only with respect to birds. I might take up birding now that I've seen Costa Rica's colorful and diverse assortment. The fresh fruits and vegetables at every meal made it easy to eat healthily. Accommodations were far better than I would have arranged on my own. The humidity existed, for sure, but nothing a few showers a day couldn't take care of. Overall, we really lucked out on the weather. It was considered the end of the dry season. It rained buckets on the arrival day (May 8) but only at night a few times after that and one morning before we headed out. Everything exceeded my expectations. And, as always, the group of fellow Road Scholars were well-traveled and outgoing. Such a great trip!
What a wonderful adventure based trip that visits three unique areas in the country. Wildlife, frogs, birds, monkeys, sloths, crocodiles and two types of macaws, oh my!!paddle in a raft, hike, zip, and kayak your way across beautiful Costa Rica!!
If you are reading this review, stop. Go sign up right now. Go on this trip and you will see and experience a variety of sights, sounds, activities, ecosystems, animals, birds, and beauty that will exceed whatever you're imagining from the description. Our guide Erick was amazing and the driver Alberto "Chicho " made the trip enjoyable, relaxing, and seamless. Just go. You won't regret it.
Do not miss this program. It was everything I expected and more! A well planned, fun adventure. The group leader was excellent!
Thanks Road Scholar for a fabulous trip! Our Costa Rica Rim to Shore Adventure trip went well above and beyond our expectations. From a great guide to beautiful scenery, exciting activities and educational lectures - we learned so much while having a great time. Iguanas and sloths and Macaws, oh my . . . We will be back for more!
My daughter and I shared a terrific trip to Costa Rica, perfectly balanced with a variety of activities. Our leader was extremely knowledgeable and personable as well.
The Rim to Shore: Costa Rica Multi-Sport Adventure is fabulous. Erick Guzman is an excellent Group Leader. I had a lot more fun than I imagined, made new friends and learned a lot about Costa Rica while participating in some challenging adventures.
Costa Rica: Rim to Shore is an excellent way to visit such a wonderful country. Our guide, Eric, was the best ever and our driver, Omar was excellent and polite. The activities are varied and the length of the trip is perfect. You will not be disappointed if you go on this trip. Pura Vida!
I highly recommend this wonderful program. We saw a lot of wildlife and had so many great sport activities in the rivers, forests, and ocean. It was fun, educational, and enlightening. Every day was special. The tour guide (Erick Guzman) was outstanding.
Great value for your money spent on a Road Scholar trip! A wonderful learning experience for not just oneself but as a group, too.
This was our first trip with Road Scholar, and it was fantastic! We'd always heard great things about Costa Rica, and we were intrigued by the mix of activities on this trip. Our guide, Erick Castro, was terrific: funny, knowledgeable, and patient. He clearly loved his country and helped all of us to understand why. We got to visit places as varied as Tortuguero on the Caribbean coast -- a place renowned for sea turtle nests -- and the sunny Pacific coast. The accommodations were very good, and in many places we were able to see wildlife ranging from macaws, sloths, tree frogs, and monkeys on the actual grounds of the accommodations. The hikes were interesting and not too challenging, but my favorite activities were ziplining, sea kayaking and snorkeling on the Pacific coast. We also loved getting to know the others in our group. We had a mix of individuals from varied backgrounds, but within a couple of days, it felt as though we'd known each other for years. I highly recommend this trip for anyone who loves nature, adventure, and learning!
Great trip! Good balance of sporting events and seeing the natural wonders of Costa Rica. Zip lines, yes. River rafting was more exciting that I expected, other activities all well done and interesting. Tour guide Ramier was exceptional--always there and knowledgeable with a good sense of humor to boot. Bus was comfortable, lodging in very pretty places, lots of time fooling around on boats which was enjoyable. One more sport we found was ping pong at the last resort so we were glad we brought our paddles too. Fun group and we all got along well and got to know each other. John (harmonia) Greaves
Erick and Reimer were a delightful team, really relying on the best of each other's strengths. If I knew that all road scholar programs had the same high quality of instructors I would engage in many more.
We just returned home from a trip of a lifetime in Costa Rica thanks to Road Scholar and especially our guides. The trip far exceeded our expectations, and I would highly recommend this tour to anyone looking to visit Costa Rica. This trip will not be our last Road Scholar excursion.
Costa Rica Multi Sport Tour was an awesome and epic experience. The welcoming and informative nature of all the people we met and the fantastic leadership of Eric and Reimer made the experience one to never forget.
Fantastic program. Ask for Erick and Reimer as guides
Wow, what a great trip! We thoroughly enjoyed this Costa Rica adventure. We saw beautiful places, lots of wildlife, had lots of fun and made new friends. Our guide, Luis Vargas, was exceptional! His knowledge, experience and great sense of humor was wonderful! We'll be back!
This tour combines fun physical activities - like kayaking, hiking and zip lining -with the opportunity - through a caring and informative guide - to learn more about nature: birds, insects, reptiles, mammals and plants. I was so glad that I went!