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Costa Rica

Costa Rica: Three Jewels in Paradise

Learn the story of Costa Rica’s natural wonders as you explore cloud forest reserves, the Savegre River and world-class Manuel Antonio National Park with plenty of time on your own.
Rating (4.97)
Program No. 20774RJ
Length
9 days
Starts at
1,999
Flights start at
500
Costa Rica

Costa Rica: Three Jewels in Paradise

Learn the story of Costa Rica’s natural wonders as you explore cloud forest reserves, the Savegre River and world-class Manuel Antonio National Park with plenty of time on your own.
Length
9 days
Starts at
1,999
Flights start at
500
Length
9 days
Rating (4.97)
Starts at
1,999
Flights start at
500
Program No. 20774RJ

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Please Note:
The itinerary for this program is different on certain dates.
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Prices displayed below are based on per person,doubleoccupancy.
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Oct 15 - Oct 23, 2022
Starting at
1,999
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Oct. 23 date of program #11586- The Best of Costa Rica: Exploring Natural Wonders.

Oct 29 - Nov 6, 2022
Starting at
1,999
Nov 4 - Nov 12, 2022
Starting at
2,329
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Oct. 25 date of program #19243- Rim to Shore: Costa Rica Multi-Sport Adventure

Nov 28 - Dec 6, 2022
Starting at
2,329
Dec 2 - Dec 10, 2022
Starting at
2,329
Dec 6 - Dec 14, 2022
Starting at
2,329
Jan 10 - Jan 18, 2023
Starting at
2,599
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Jan. 18 date of program #8577- A Taste of Costa Rica.

Jan 14 - Jan 22, 2023
Starting at
2,599
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Jan. 3 date of program 11586- The Best of Costa Rica: Exploring Natural Wonders.

Jan 19 - Jan 27, 2023
Starting at
2,599
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Jan. 8 date of program #11586- The Best of Costa Rica: Exploring Natural Wonders and the Jan. 11 date of program #8577- A Taste of Costa Rica.

Jan 28 - Feb 5, 2023
Starting at
2,599
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Jan. 17 date of program #11586- The Best of Costa Rica: Exploring Natural Wonders and the Jan. 18 date of program #19243- Rim to Shore: Costa Rica Multi-Sport Adventure.

Feb 4 - Feb 12, 2023
Starting at
2,599
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Jan. 24 date of program #11586- The Best of Costa Rica: Exploring Natural Wonders, Feb. 12 date of program #8577- A Taste of Costa Rica & the Jan. 25 date of program #19243- Rim to Shore: Costa Rica Multi-Sport Adventure.

Feb 16 - Feb 24, 2023
Starting at
2,599
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Feb. 5 date of program #11586- The Best of Costa Rica: Exploring Natural Wonders and the Feb. 8 date of program #8577- A Taste of Costa Rica.

Feb 24 - Mar 4, 2023
Starting at
2,599
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Feb. 13 date of program 11586- The Best of Costa Rica: Exploring Natural Wonders.

Mar 2 - Mar 10, 2023
Starting at
2,599
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Feb. 19 date of program #11586- The Best of Costa Rica: Exploring Natural Wonders and the Feb. 22 and Mar. 10 dates of program #8577- A Taste of Costa Rica.

Mar 9 - Mar 17, 2023
Starting at
2,599
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Feb. 26 date of program #11586- The Best of Costa Rica: Exploring Natural Wonders and the Feb. 27 date of program #19243- Rim to Shore: Costa Rica Multi-Sport Adventure.

Mar 22 - Mar 30, 2023
Starting at
2,599
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Mar. 11 date of program 11586- The Best of Costa Rica: Exploring Natural Wonders.

May 3 - May 11, 2023
Starting at
2,299
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Apr. 25 date of program #8577- A Taste of Costa Rica.

Oct 12 - Oct 20, 2023
Starting at
2,299
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Oct. 4 date of program #8577- A Taste of Costa Rica.

Nov 11 - Nov 19, 2023
Starting at
2,599
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Nov. 3 date of program #8577- A Taste of Costa Rica.

Dec 9 - Dec 17, 2023
Starting at
2,599
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Dec. 1 date of program #8577- A Taste of Costa Rica.

Dec 13 - Dec 21, 2023
Starting at
2,599
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Dec. 2 date of program 11586- The Best of Costa Rica: Exploring Natural Wonders.

DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Oct 15 - Oct 23, 2022
Starting at
2,449
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Oct. 23 date of program #11586- The Best of Costa Rica: Exploring Natural Wonders.

Oct 29 - Nov 6, 2022
Starting at
2,449
Nov 4 - Nov 12, 2022
Starting at
2,929
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Oct. 25 date of program #19243- Rim to Shore: Costa Rica Multi-Sport Adventure

Nov 28 - Dec 6, 2022
Starting at
2,929
Dec 2 - Dec 10, 2022
Starting at
2,929
Dec 6 - Dec 14, 2022
Starting at
2,929
Jan 10 - Jan 18, 2023
Starting at
3,229
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Jan. 18 date of program #8577- A Taste of Costa Rica.

Jan 14 - Jan 22, 2023
Starting at
3,229
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Jan. 3 date of program 11586- The Best of Costa Rica: Exploring Natural Wonders.

Jan 19 - Jan 27, 2023
Starting at
3,229
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Jan. 8 date of program #11586- The Best of Costa Rica: Exploring Natural Wonders and the Jan. 11 date of program #8577- A Taste of Costa Rica.

Jan 28 - Feb 5, 2023
Starting at
3,229
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Jan. 17 date of program #11586- The Best of Costa Rica: Exploring Natural Wonders and the Jan. 18 date of program #19243- Rim to Shore: Costa Rica Multi-Sport Adventure.

Feb 4 - Feb 12, 2023
Starting at
3,229
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Jan. 24 date of program #11586- The Best of Costa Rica: Exploring Natural Wonders, Feb. 12 date of program #8577- A Taste of Costa Rica & the Jan. 25 date of program #19243- Rim to Shore: Costa Rica Multi-Sport Adventure.

Feb 16 - Feb 24, 2023
Starting at
3,229
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Feb. 5 date of program #11586- The Best of Costa Rica: Exploring Natural Wonders and the Feb. 8 date of program #8577- A Taste of Costa Rica.

Feb 24 - Mar 4, 2023
Starting at
3,229
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Feb. 13 date of program 11586- The Best of Costa Rica: Exploring Natural Wonders.

Mar 2 - Mar 10, 2023
Starting at
3,229
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Feb. 19 date of program #11586- The Best of Costa Rica: Exploring Natural Wonders and the Feb. 22 and Mar. 10 dates of program #8577- A Taste of Costa Rica.

Mar 9 - Mar 17, 2023
Starting at
3,229
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Feb. 26 date of program #11586- The Best of Costa Rica: Exploring Natural Wonders and the Feb. 27 date of program #19243- Rim to Shore: Costa Rica Multi-Sport Adventure.

Mar 22 - Mar 30, 2023
Starting at
3,229
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Mar. 11 date of program 11586- The Best of Costa Rica: Exploring Natural Wonders.

May 3 - May 11, 2023
Starting at
2,719
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Apr. 25 date of program #8577- A Taste of Costa Rica.

Oct 12 - Oct 20, 2023
Starting at
2,719
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Oct. 4 date of program #8577- A Taste of Costa Rica.

Nov 11 - Nov 19, 2023
Starting at
3,229
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Nov. 3 date of program #8577- A Taste of Costa Rica.

Dec 9 - Dec 17, 2023
Starting at
3,229
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Dec. 1 date of program #8577- A Taste of Costa Rica.

Dec 13 - Dec 21, 2023
Starting at
3,229
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Dec. 2 date of program 11586- The Best of Costa Rica: Exploring Natural Wonders.

At a Glance

Absorb the brilliant natural beauty of Costa Rica on this journey that combines special access with plenty of time for independent exploration. Discover Manuel Antonio National Park, the crown jewel of Costa Rica’s renowned environmental protection efforts. Then experience two lesser-known jewels: a private cloud forest reserve protected by a Costa Rican family for decades and a lush rainforest where a South African family welcomes you to their safari lodge.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles daily on city streets and forest paths. River rafting and swimming. Elevations up to 7,200 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Experience Costa Rica’s incredible biodiversity at Manuel Antonio National Park, in a private cloud forest reserve and in the Pacific rainforest.
  • Learn about gourmet coffee production in one of the world’s best places to grow coffee beans.
  • Raft down the lower reaches of the Savegre River and look for giant crocodiles during a boat ride on the Tarcoles River.

General Notes

Program includes independent time to explore the city and several meals on your own. Group Leaders will provide directions for self-directed excursions. Suggestions for free-time activities provided in preparatory materials.
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.
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.
Costa Rican Spanish
by Lonely Planet
A pocket guide to understanding idioms, slang and Spanish as it is spoken by the Ticos.
A Brief History of Central America
by Hector Perez-Brignoll
A good overview of the region’s economic, political and social history through the 1980s by a professor at the University of Costa Rica. Well-written, informative and concise.
Costa Rica, The Complete Guide
by James Kaiser
From pristine beaches and jungle waterfalls to high-altitude coffee plantations, award-winning author and photographer Kaiser shows readers the best of Costa Rica, including the country's stunning collection of national parks.
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.
Costa Rica Adventure Map
by National Geographic
A double-sided map at a scale of 1:500,000.
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.
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.
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 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 World Atlas of Coffee, From Beans to Brewing
by James Hoffmann
A global history of the addictive brown bean organized by country, with a look at regional techniques and traits, fair trade efforts and the role of colonialism. Includes colorful maps and photos.
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.
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.
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 Rica Birds
by James Kavanagh
A handy, laminated fold-up card with full-color illustrations of birds commonly found in Costa Rica. Great for kids, too.
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
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.
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.
The Ticos
by Richard Biesanz
This insightful, fact-filled portrait of the Costa Rican people details their culture, history and society.
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.





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