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Costa Rica

From Monkeys to Macaws: Colorful Costa Rica With Your Family

Fly a little south of the U.S. to discover a world of chatty macaws, playful monkeys, industrious leaf cutter ants, and butterflies as you explore Costa Rica with your family.
Rating (5)
Program No. 20797RJ
Length
10 days
Starts at
2,499 / ADULT
1,999 / CHILD
Costa Rica

From Monkeys to Macaws: Colorful Costa Rica With Your Family

Fly a little south of the U.S. to discover a world of chatty macaws, playful monkeys, industrious leaf cutter ants, and butterflies as you explore Costa Rica with your family.
Length
10 days
Starts at
2,499 / ADULT
1,999 / CHILD
Length
10 days
Rating (5)
Starts at
2,499 / ADULT
1,999 / CHILD
Program No. 20797RJ

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itinerary
Please Note:
The itinerary for this program is different on certain dates.
Age 9 - 17
ROOMING OPTION PRICING
The figures below indicate the rooming options available.
DATES
Aug 3 - Aug 12, 2022
Per Adult
2,499
Per Child
1,999
Select
Aug 3 - Aug 12, 2022
-
2,499
/ Adult
1,999
/ Child
2,799
/ Adult
1,999
/ Child
Limited Space
Aug 7 - Aug 16, 2022
Per Adult
2,499
Per Child
1,999
Select
Aug 7 - Aug 16, 2022
-
2,499
/ Adult
1,999
/ Child
2,799
/ Adult
1,999
/ Child
Limited Space
Dec 23 - Jan 1, 2023
Per Adult
2,799
Per Child
2,199
Select
Dec 23 - Jan 1, 2023
-
2,799
/ Adult
2,199
/ Child
2,899
/ Adult
2,199
/ Child
Limited Space
Dec 23 - Jan 1, 2023
Per Adult
2,799
Per Child
2,199
Select
Itinerary Note

This holiday departure spends an extra night at Punta Leona and one less night at Arenal. Please refer to the detailed itinerary for more information. Arrival San José, 1 night; coach to Sarapiqui, 3 nights; coach to Arenal, 2 nights; coach to Punta Leona, 3 nights; coach to San José and departure.

+ More
Dec 23 - Jan 1, 2023
-
2,799
/ Adult
2,199
/ Child
2,899
/ Adult
2,199
/ Child
Select Date
Itinerary Note

This holiday departure spends an extra night at Punta Leona and one less night at Arenal. Please refer to the detailed itinerary for more information. Arrival San José, 1 night; coach to Sarapiqui, 3 nights; coach to Arenal, 2 nights; coach to Punta Leona, 3 nights; coach to San José and departure.

+ More
Dec 27 - Jan 5, 2023
Per Adult
2,799
Per Child
2,199
Select
Dec 27 - Jan 5, 2023
-
2,799
/ Adult
2,199
/ Child
2,899
/ Adult
2,199
/ Child
SOLD OUT
Dec 27 - Jan 5, 2023
Per Adult
2,799
Per Child
2,199
Select
Dec 27 - Jan 5, 2023
-
2,799
/ Adult
2,199
/ Child
2,899
/ Adult
2,199
/ Child
Select Date

At a Glance

A scarlet macaw swooping overhead. A trek through the green rainforest. A large crocodile gliding unnoticed in the river. Postcards simply won’t do Costa Rica justice – you have to experience it for yourself! Alongside your family, search for awesome animals, like sloths and howler monkeys, as you march through the rainforest, sail along the rivers, kayak the warm waters and zipline over the jungle on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure together. On this week-long journey, you’ll learn about all the colorful landscapes on walks through nature and across hanging bridges as you all go wild in Costa Rica.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles daily over varied terrain. Swimming, zip lining and getting in/out of boats and buses. Elevations up to 6,000 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…

  • Keep your eyes peeled for sloths, iguanas, monkeys, crocs and more as you float along the Sarapiqui and Tarcoles Rivers.
  • Hold onto your helmets as you zipline over the jungle and walk over hanging bridges to view a large volcano.
  • Explore a local farm to observe silly macaws fly about and learn how the locals are trying to protect them.

General Notes

This is a Family program for participants, their adult children and grandchildren ages 9 and up. This program allows participants to explore a number of Costa Rica’s eco-systems in a relatively short amount of time. Bus travel is a necessity for an up-close experience, but program activities help to break up travel time. Local road conditions, weather, traffic and elevation are factors in determining time of travel. Because of the special nature of this program, we request that you call us to enroll. Please call toll free at (800) 454-5768, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. ET.
Featured Expert
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Luis Vargas
Having been immersed in Costa Rica’s rainforest since he grew up in a rural town in the Sarapiqui region, Luis Vargas knows its flora and fauna very well. He has been involved in research at the La Selva field station, worked with a program that teaches children about the environment, and served as a local expert at jungle lodges. Luis has been leading Road Scholar programs since 2010 and enjoys learning as much from his participants as they learn from him.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Luis Vargas View biography
Having been immersed in Costa Rica’s rainforest since he grew up in a rural town in the Sarapiqui region, Luis Vargas knows its flora and fauna very well. He has been involved in research at the La Selva field station, worked with a program that teaches children about the environment, and served as a local expert at jungle lodges. Luis has been leading Road Scholar programs since 2010 and enjoys learning as much from his participants as they learn from him.
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Roger Melendez View biography
In the late 1980s, Costa Rican native Roger Melendez received both practical and theoretical training on the flora and fauna of his country at the La Selva field station of the Organization for Tropical Studies. He is a talented and experienced birder with an all-encompassing knowledge of tropical wildlife. Road Scholar participants have found Roger to be a charismatic leader who gives everyone personalized attention. He is a father of three and loves spending time outdoors with his family.
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Andrés Quirós View biography
Andrés Quirós Gutiérrez grew up in the city of Cartago. In 1995, he finished the Rios Tropicales guiding school and became a rafting guide, a hiking guide, and kayaker. He graduated from Colegio San Luis Gonzaga, INA (Instituto Nacional de Aprendizaje), and ICETUR (Instituto Costarricense de Educación Turística). His work has taken him to the U.S., Chile, Argentina, and New Zealand. Andrés has been a general and nature guide in Costa Rica since 1999. He enjoys mountain biking, bird watching, and wildlife photography.
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Erick Miranda View biography
Erick Miranda hails from Costa Rica’s historic Heredia, a region dotted with coffee plantations and forests. As a young boy, he dreamed of becoming a naturalist guide. He attended a prestigious research center where he studied natural history and honed his interpretive skills. Erick has been a licensed naturalist guide and group leader for more than a decade, as well as a personal cross-training fitness coach. He has traveled extensively within Costa Rica and wishes to start adding some international destinations to his travel list.
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Lenin Duarte View biography
Lenin Duarte is a certified Costa Rican naturalist guide. He worked for many years as a resident naturalist at the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) La Selva Biological Field Station. One of the most exciting parts of that job included the opportunity to interact with biologists and participating in important research being conducted on site. Even after many years of leading groups, Lenin never tires of watching the excitement and wonder on visitors’s faces as they fall in love with the rainforest and its inhabitants.
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Andrés Ramirez View biography
Andrés Ramirez is a Costa Rican naturalist leader and wildlife photographer. The natural world has always been a part of his life, starting in his early years growing up in a rural town and visiting his grandfather's farm. Andrés has a degree in ecological tourism from the University of Costa Rica and trained at the National Learning Institute to become a certified guide. A love and talent for photography led him to study digital photography at Fundatec and turn a hobby into a career.
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.
The Field Guide to Rain Forest Animals
by Nancy Honovich
A unique children's guide to eight Amazon animals that includes photographs, illustrations, maps, fascinating facts and a diorama activity. Written for ages eight and up.
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.
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.
The Most Beautiful Roof in the World
by Kathryn Lasky, Christopher Knight (Photographer)
A tropical botanist and her sons climb among the ropes and walkways of a rainforest canopy in this photographic odyssey. For ages 9-12.
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.
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.
Nancy Drew, The Scarlet Macaw Scandal
by Carolyn Keene
Nancy and her friends head for Costa Rica's Corcovado National Park to relax and study monkeys when they stumble upon, naturally, a mystery to be solved.
Costa Rica Adventure Map
by National Geographic
A double-sided map at a scale of 1:500,000.
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.
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.
Into The Volcano
by Donna O'Meara
O'Meara's lively, illustrated eyewitness accounts of adventures in volcanology include Arenal in Costa Rica, Kilauea in Hawaii and Stromboli off the coast of Italy. Geared for grades 5 to 8, this is a great introduction to volcanoes for the whole family.
Costa Rican Spanish
by Lonely Planet
A pocket guide to understanding idioms, slang and Spanish as it is spoken by the Ticos.
The Sea Turtle, So Excellent a Fishe
by Archie Carr
An appreciative and informative account of the sea turtle, its ecology and field work in Costa Rica by the man who did so much to promote sea turtle research and conservation, first published in 1967. Karen Bjorndal, director of the Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research, brings the story up to date in a new foreword.
Eyewitness Jungle
by Theresa Greenaway, Geoff Dann (Photographer)
Geared for ages 9 to 12, the hundreds of eye-popping photographs of birds, monkeys, towering trees, orchids and all manner of rainforest life will also appeal to the whole family.
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.
Volcanoes, Crucibles of Change
by Richard Fisher
A complete primer for the volcano lover, this heavily illustrated book covers types of volcanoes and eruptions, worldwide distribution and the physics of their formation.
Monkeys are Made of Chocolate, Exotic and Unseen Costa Rica
by Jack Ewing
Ewing, founder of Hacienda Baru in southern Costa Rica, weaves tales of the rainforest, wildlife, ecology and conservation in these 32 marvelous essays for the whole family.
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.
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.





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