21436
Costa Rica

Walking & Wellness: Costa Rican Secrets of Longevity

Gain insider knowledge on how to live a healthier lifestyle as you visit thermal pools, enjoy nature walks and journey through Costa Rica's attractive Guanacaste region.
Rating (5)
Program No. 21436RJ
Length
7 days
Starts at
1,899
Special Offer
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Flights start at
675

At a Glance

Amid Guanacaste province’s sunny beaches and nearby forests, waterfalls and an active volcano, learn how to lead a more active and healthy life. Nurture body, mind and spirit as you start the day with Qigong exercises, take daily nature walks, relax in thermal pools, enjoy volcanic mud baths and bask in the Pacific sunsets of nature’s paradise. Attempt to reach 10,000 steps per day to match current fitness guidelines.
Activity Level
Outdoor: No Sweat
Walking up to five miles (about two hours) a day on irregular terrain including forest and beach trails. Hot and humid weather, wet rocks, muddy trails and terrain incline can increase the level of difficulty. Program includes two moderately challenging activities.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • On energizing walks through various terrain, we will be conscious of trying to achieve 10,000 steps a day – a goal recommended for a healthy lifestyle.
  • Learn about the local plant and animal life, comparing and contrasting the characteristics of the different ecosystems we’ll explore.
  • Enjoy fresh, clean air, nutritious food, morning stretching sessions and multiple outdoor activities, all contributing to your personal wellbeing.
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.
Costa Rica Adventure Map
by National Geographic
A double-sided map at a scale of 1:500,000.
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.
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.
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.
Fifty Places to Hike Before You Die, Outdoor Experts Share the World's Greatest Destinations
by Chris Santella
Santella (Once in a Lifetime Trips) includes insider tips, color illustrations and concise descriptions of 50 hikes from the Lunana Snowman Trek in Bhutan to the Amalfi Coast.
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.
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 Rican Spanish
by Lonely Planet
A pocket guide to understanding idioms, slang and Spanish as it is spoken by the Ticos.
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.
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.
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
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.
The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World's Healthiest People
by Dan Buettner
Buettner explores the lifestyle habits that promote the longest, healthiest and happiest communities, including Nicoya Peninsula, Ikaria and Okinawa, and offers recipes and suggestions on how to cultivate your own Blue Zone.
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.
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.
Thrive, Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way
by Dan Buettner
National Geographic explorer Buettner reveals happiness spots on four continents in his latest research, dispelling many myths and concluding with the six lessons in thriving (he calculates 40% may be under your control, not bad).
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 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.
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.
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.





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