8577
Costa Rica

A Taste of Costa Rica

Hike cloud forests and volcanic trails, learn about biodiversity and delicate ecosystems and savor the art of coffee making and good conversation as you discover authentic Costa Rica.
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Program No. 8577RJ
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Carol
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I loved everything about our Costa Rica trip. Our leader Edgar was very knowledgeable and did a wonderful job of bonding our group together and making it not only educational but fun. The variety of activities was exceptional. We learned so much the history, culture and ecosystems of Costa Rica. All of the speakers were fascinating and very knowledgeable.

Stephen
(5)

Our tour guide Edgar was interesting and entertaining. He is very knowledgeable about the ecosystem, and the wildlife of the rainforest. Edgar made our trip quite a pleasure, he has the ability to make folks feel at ease. This trip was full of adventure and learning. It is the seventh in our travels with RS, and we highly recommend it for others seeking an out of country experience! A lot to see and do in eight days... Please give Edgar our heartfelt appreciation & Thanks!

Sarah
(5)

I never saw myself as an organized tour traveler, so what a delightful surprise my trip turned out to be.The acommodations were perfect. Having someone else tend to luggage and food meant we were really free to enjoy and participate in all the activities provided. Very knowledgable guides, nice balance of educational and playful experiences.

Larry
(5)

easy to use website

Carolyn
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

As we look back on our trip to Costa Rica, it brings warm memories of a great experience. The speakers were excellent, the travel was well planned and accomodations were great. Our guide was very knowledgeable and exhibited a great sense of humor. His English was impeccable and his vocabulary was extensive. The food was abundant and choices were varied and fitting. We especially enjoyed the cultural immersion and the ecological sensitivity. Our driver was alert and safety conscious, sensitive to our every need. We liked the group size and the pace of each day. Plans were clearly communicated and we were well prepared for each activity. I would recommend this tour to any and all persons.

Elisabeth
(5)

This was my first Road Scholar program. I was nervous about traveling with unknown people but had a wonderful experience that exceeded all expectations. I made friends and fell in love with our world and all it’s bio diversity, rich cultures and histories just by visiting one small country. I’m excited to learn through personal contact more about this wonderful blue dot we live on.

Francis
(5)

Awesome program. I am not a person comfortable traveling outside the US but I am now with road scholar ! Concept to learn as you travel to different locations is awesome as well. You will NOT be disappointed!

Tim
(5)

My first Road Scholar, and my first group trip - and I would do it again in a heartbeat. I was *very* nervous about taking this leap, and Road Scholar simultaneously kept me comfortable with a great leader and let me step outside my comfort zone and do things I'd never do on my own. Can't wait for my next adventure!

Diane
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

We were so fortunate to have Glorianna Sanchez as our guide. She imbued her love of country at every turn. The trip was fabulous. We were immersed in nature constantly. The Costa Rican people are lovely and so willing to share their stories with us. I would highly recommend this trip and don't forget your rain gear!

Margaret
(5)

A thoroughly enjoyable trip in what has to be one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Guide Cristian Gamboa made everything flow smoothly, impressed us with his knowledge of Costa Rican history, politics, birds, and fauna and flora in general -- and could not have been a more pleasant travel companion. Although I enjoyed the more "classic" Costa Rican experiences, white water rafting, forest walks, etc., what made the trip special was the encounters with "real" people -- lunch with a family in a middle class suburb of San José, a visit with "Hazel" in a typically rural home in Sarapiquí, where we learned to make arepas and queso fresco, the school children who danced for us and showed us their classrooms in La Fortuna, and the evening with Marvin Rockwell, at 97 the last surviving member of the group of Quakers that founded Monteverde. These are moments beyond the normal tourist experience that leave one with at least a glimmer of insight into the culture and life of Costa Rica. It was a delicious "taste" of Costa Rica.

Edward
(5)

"A Taste of Costa Rica" provided an excellent introduction to the history, culture, and hospitality of Costa Ricans of all ages. The diversity of the land and the nation's commitment to conservation of its natural resources serve as a model for the future.

Gloria
(5)

Great program! We learned, laughed, and experienced so much. A great balance of education, interaction and social activities. Highly recommend it!

Linda
(5)

This is a wonderful, active program that introduces you in the culture, people and beauty of Costa Rica. We saw so many facets of the country and enjoyed them all under the superb guidance of our group leader, Gilberth Molina, better known to us as "Chito." He was a veritable encyclopedia!

Roger
(5)

great "once over lightly" tour of costa rica. smart people, proud of their eco-tourism, and cristian was a great guide...i'd recommend it.

Jeff
(5)

Most days were very busy. Rest times were available usually before dinner. Walking sticks were not needed. Pack for rain. Be open to new experiences and people. If you get Gloriana Sanchez for a guide, you are very lucky. She was excellent!

Marc
(5)

This was my first time going to Central American and after "A Taste of Costa Rica", I'm sure it won't be my last. We had an outstanding guide in Gilbert which helped make the program sparkle. We not only learned a great deal about the animal and plant life but the geology of the area. Gilbert also was wonderful in having us engage in the people of Costa Rica so that we gained a great deal of knowledge about the countries people. A wonderful opportunity.

Elizabeth
(5)

This was my third RS program and trying to pick my favorite would be like trying to pick my favorite child. The one thing consistent through each program, however, has been the group leader. ALL have been excellent, caring, professional and knowledgeable, and each in his/her own way has made the trip special for me. That being said, the "Taste of Costa Rica" is so aptly named. It has a lot packed into a few days and leaves one "hungry" for more. The speakers in this program were truly outstanding, brilliant and even entertaining! Just the right amount of physical activity and good hearty food rounded out this "taste". I highly recommend it.

Patricia
(5)

This program was absolutely fantastic. Met all of my expectations. The length of the program was just right, the weather was good. Got a glimpse into the life of the people that live in Costa Rica that gave me a better perspective of life that they live.

Catherine
(5)

This trip provided a wonderful introduction to Costa Rica with a variety of experiences and environments. I'm already considering another trip to Costa Rica to expand on my knowledge of this beautiful country. Our guide (and the driver too) did an amazing job of helping us appreciate the beautiful flora and fauna. Overall it was a great experience with an amazing guide and a great group of "road scholars."

Laura
(5)

This was our first Road Scholar trip and our first organized group trip. We were not sure what to expect. We went to Costa Rica and have to tell you the experience was fantastic! The programs, our guide, our accommodations, our instructors were all fabulous! We would definitely do another trip with Road Scholar!

Larry
(5)

This is a very good trip. It has a lot of variety in things to see, learn and do. The pace is very reasonable - not too fast or too slow. The accommodations are outstanding.

Diana
(4)

The value-added aspect of learning about Costa Rica's eco-system can not be too greatly praised. Road Scholar did an excellent job putting together a bird's eye view of the Caribbean side of Costa Rica. Our fellow participants were well-educated and well-intentioned people. Our guide and 24/7 trouble-shooter, William Suaraz, was diligent, very kind, and had a large body of knowledge. Recommend visiting Costa Rica asap as certain lovely aspects of the environment are disappearing due to climate change. Thumbs up!

Gillian
(5)

This was my first Road Scholar program and trip, A Taste of Costa Rica. It far exceeded my expectations! Every day was magical. The program is impeccably organized and flows seamlessly from one adventure to the next with an outstanding guide to enrich every experience. Thank you!

Laura
(5)

A great introduction to various experiences of the people, the geography, the ecosystems and the foods of Costa Rica. Good level of activity with lots of learning

Sherri
(5)

We had a great time, learned a lot of new things, made new friends, and look forward to our next Road Scholar trip.

Barbara
(4)

This was a wonderfully enriching experience and Katherine, our guide, made it a memorable trip for all of us. Her knowledge and ability to spot wildlife was truly a winning combination.

Deborah
(5)

The program exceeded my expectations. Our group leader Katherine was fabulous. The group itself was extraordinary—whether it is the quality of people who are attracted to the Road Scholar model, I don't know as it was my first RS trip. It won't be my last. From white water rafting to eating the most exquisite organic pineapple on the earth, to learning latin dance, to visiting the 97 year old Quaker pioneer, each experience added up to a beautiful week filled with amazing wildlife, birds that defy description in their color and majesty. . . . . It was one of the best trips I have ever taken. That's really all I need to say.

Roberta
(5)

This well-organized, fascinating introduction to Costa Rica provided me with both educational and experiential learning. I came away with an appreciation of the Costa Rican people and their beautiful, diverse, country and would recommend it to people who like to walk and meet people from other cultures.

Judith
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

We absolutely loved our Taste of Costa Rica trip. This was our first Road Scholar adventure, and we really didn't know what to expect. We had heard good reports from people we knew, so we were hoping the trip lived up to our expectations. In all categories, it exceeded our expectations . Costa Rica is an exceptionally beautiful country. Our group of 13 people were a very good compatible group. But what made our trip outstanding was our wonderful guide, Roger Melendez Pereira, and our "guide in training", Fabian. Roger was passionate about all things Costa Rican, and this passion was infectious to our group. He went out of his way to show and point out to us so many little things that could have been passed over. He was always looking for ways to help us and guide us in our quest to see his country from his passionate view whether it be animals, plants, people , or food. He did it all with a great sense of humor, patience, and knowledge. Fabian was also a lovely part of the trip. Both went out of their way to make this trip for all of us memorable. The lectures we had were interesting and informative, and aptly set up the upcoming day's trip. Our accommodations were all good. In conclusion, I highly recommend A Taste of Costa Rica.

Miriam
(5)

A Taste of Costa Rica was a wonderful way to learn about and enjoy a place I had never been. It was a lot more than just sightseeing! The staff and the people of Costa Rica were very welcoming to everyone, even those of us who only spoke English.

Mary
(5)

Best trip of my life Pedro andEdgar were wonderful guides . I met so many interesting people both inCosta Rica and on our tour group . Loved our trips to coffee and pineapple plantations.Specially enjoyed visiting and dining with Marvin a97 year old Quaker gentleman who bought history to life.Went river rafting for the first time in my life.Was absolutely terrified but enjoyed it immensely.Enjoyed school presentation.Hotels and food were great.Definitely want to take another trip

Miriam
(5)

Costa Rica is a beautiful country and A Taste of Costa Rica was a great way to explore a portion of the country. Definitely a country to revisit!

Marilyn
(5)

I cant believe how alive and adventurous I feel after the trip, open to new possibilities for learning and proud of my ability to venture out of my comfort zone. The group leader Eric, and the group members were simply fantastic.

Dennis
(5)

"A Taste of Costa Rica" is the perfect way to be introduced to the country, its culture, history and people. This is the first time I have taken an organized trip, usually my wife and I plan our own adventures. But there is no way we could have put together our own trip to come close to matching everything we did with Road Scholar. Cristian our guide was excellent he kept our group together and engaged in all activities we wanted to participate in. He educated us about Costa Rica in ways we would never have been able to with out him. Our driver was also excellent, there is no way I would have been able to drive my self around the country. The roads are almost as bad as Michigan roads and the signs are almost non existent. Also GPS is not very reliable. Finally the other participants in the Program added to the enjoyment and educational value of the trip. We have already schedule our next Road Scholar Program for 2020.

Christine
(5)

What a fantastic journey this was. Our guide Erick was the best ever.

Glenna
(5)

A Taste of Costa Rica was delicious and just made me want more. I highly recommend the trip as a very enriching experience.

Michael
(5)

This program offers a unique educational opportunity to experience the Costa Rican people, their culture, and the beautiful habitat in which they live. An outstanding educational experience!

Angela
(5)

"A Taste Of Costa Rica" is packed full of wonderful activities and lectures to stimulate the mind and expand awareness of the world we live in as well as engage you in fun and explorative activities. This trip covered so many interesting topics and hands on experiences that will expand your boundaries. I had never white water rafted and that was a blast as was visiting the Butterfly Garden and Anthropod Educ. Center. So many wonderful things to do and to learn about!

Kristina
(5)

A taste of Costa Rica is a wonderful program with a wide variety of not too strenuous field trips in rain and cloud forests + cultural exposure and plain fun activities like rafting, bird watching, dancing and much more. I enjoyed the local food very much, more so than the few restaurant dinners. Nice size group (16) and fantastic leader

Sandy
(5)

So many beautiful plants and animals to see. Taste fruit the way it was meant to taste. A feast for the eyes and the palate.

Eddie
(5)

This program effectively covers the country's history, culture, politics, ecology and naturalism(botany and Zoology) as well as its progressive movement toward sustainability. Costa Rica is more advanced in several facets of its progressive politics and environmental policy than is the U.S.A.. It is the most bilingual nation in the Americas. Most Costa Ricans are quite adept at the English language (and you can get away using only dollars)I cannot more highly recommend The Taste of Costa Rica Road Scholar tour. It was profoundly intellectually enriching as well as thoroughly entertaining. The tour is well paced, well organized and went off without a hitch or a glitch. Our group leader was extremely articulate in English and U.S. idiom - a bit of a renaissance man - and thus provided a fascinating blend of knowledgeable professor and comedian. As well you are well watched over and cared for without feeling nagged or restricted. I only regret the tour was not longer.

Sue
(5)

A TASTE OF COSTA RICA was way more than I ever expected it to be! Our group leader, Gloriana Sanchez did an awesome job in guiding us from place to place and giving us an experiences in Costa Rican culture and education, environmental studies, gastronomical pleasures, physical challenges and more. This was my first Road Scholar tour and it did not disappoint. In fact, it far exceeded my expectations.

Pamela
(5)

July 2019 Wonderful trip in all respects! Highly recommend! Guide and biologist Gloriana provided fascinating commentary and is a warm-hearted, passionate ambassador for Costa Rica. When planning for my trip, I sought out practical suggestions. So here are some for you to consider: long sleeved, lightweight, sun protective shirts such as those from REI are great! I sprayed 2 complete outfits (shirt, pants, socks) with permethrin for mosquito protection; next time would spray a third set. Also brought Deet spray and wipes. Deet ruins manicures; suggest disposable gloves for applying it. Having local currency (colones) is unnecessary. Dollars in good condition and in smaller denominations (20s and under) accepted everywhere. Use your credit card for larger purchases. Highly recommend waterproof binoculars. You may be using them in heavy mist or light rain. Umbrella and sun hat not critical to have. You’re kept undercover in heavy rain and shielded from the sun during outside activities. For example, at the pineapple plantation you’re in a covered wagon pulled by a tractor as you move through the fields. A rain poncho or light weight hooded rain jacket is most helpful. Pack a small amount of shampoo because it’s not supplied at a couple hotels. Bring your own shower cap if needed. Pack extra underwear as no time for hotel laundries and hand washed items don’t dry fast. On a few days you may want to shower and have clean clothes twice. Hope these suggestions help. Pura Vida!

Neil
(5)

The Taset of Costa Rica tour, led by Gloriana Sanchez Castro, was amazing! We learned so much - and not only about the climate, the bountiful forests, and the animal life, but also the people and history of the country. The accomodations, food, and lectures complemented activities like boat rides and hikes, and the people you will meet made the experience very memorable. And it is such a beautiful country!

Wendy
(5)

A Taste of Costa Rica was amazing - I learned so much about the country, its people, and its biodiversity. The educational component of this trip enriched the experience, and our guide was fantastic - knowledgeable, passionate, warm, meticulous, and overall made this a trip of a lifetime. Pura Vida!

Andrea
(5)

Every aspect was wonderful !

Laura
(5)

My husband and I went on The Taste of Costa Rica tour. It was our first Road Scholar trip and it exceeded our expectations. We enjoyed all the scheduled lectures, outings, accommodations and most of all meeting so many wonderful and interesting fellow travelers in our group. We will go on many more tours.

Judith
(5)

I submitted my automated review yesterday, but since then had a few thoughts. I would appreciate acknowledgement that you received this. 1. In San Jose, I arrived early and went to the Jade museum which also includes extensive ceramics, dioramas, etc. (The National Museum was closed Monday) I thought the Jade museum was better than the Gold Museum we went to as a group at the start of the tour. Our tour leader has never been to the Jade and perhaps some of the tour planners have not. Suggest that be substituted. That building and the exhibits are new and riveting. FYI their gift shop is rudimentary. 2. It felt odd not to be on the coast at all. En route back from Monteverde, there was a brief view of the Pacific. I would have enjoyed a brief stop there...maybe late lunch or just a leg stretch and brief walk on the sand? (not swim etc). It would have added something important for me, personally. Some people on the trip had never seen the Pacific Ocean at all and it might have been important for them as well to dip their toes in. I may write again.

Diana
(5)

This was one of the best vacations i have ever taken. I was pleased beyond my expectations, Costa Rica is beautiful and the people so friendly and helpful. We had an exceptional guide, Erick Castro, very knowledgable and helpful. The group was interesting and enjoyable to spend time with on this adventure.

Batia
(5)

GREAT PROGRAM, VERY ENJOYABLE TRIP. COSTA RICA IS AMAZING BEAUTIFUL - DON'T MISS IT! OUR INSTRUCTOR SILVIA WAS FANTASTIC!

Robert
(5)

Very easy to fill out. Covered all aspects of the the trip.

Marsha
(5)

This is the most amazing travel company. From A to Z every detail was attended to. The tour guides knowledgable and helpful, transportation clean and prompt. I rate it 5 stars

Mary Jean
(5)

The Taste Of Costa Rica trip was awesome! It was an excellent value for the money considering it covered hotels, all meals, activity costs, transportation and service tips. The knowledge level of our guide, Silvia, as well as that of each lecturer was excellent and many lectures were quite entertaining! We got to visit local homes and experience Costa Rica up close. We kept active and got to see so much wildlife and flora/fauna! I would highly recommend this trip!

Jennifer
(5)

Costa Rica is the best way to escape the winter blahs! Our tour guide Jimmy knows his birds, fauna and flora, even if it took a while to find the bell bird which kept calling to us in Monteverde. Our group of fifteen was just the right number; we enjoyed each others company and learned a lot from each other as well. This was my second trip to the country and my, it has changed in fifteen years.

Joseph
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

Our first trip with Road Scholar. Based on our experience from Taste of Costa Rica it won't be out last. The trip was stimulating, educational and opened our eyes regarding how environmental policies of other countries impact Costa Rica's ecology. Our tour leader (Katherine) was exceptional. Knowledgeable, personable, flexible and always willing to answer our questions. Group size was perfect. Too many positives to mention. Highly recommend this destination. We look forward to many more trips with Road Scholar.

Connie
(5)

My "Taste of Costa Rica" experience was exceptional! I particularly liked the fact that our group of participants was small in number (12), our group leader was personable and knowledgeable, and our activities were varied, interesting and fun.

Christine
(5)

This program exceeded my expectations.

Robin
(5)

Trip of a lifetime with Road Scholar to Costa Rica! I will definitely go on more trips with this top notch organization.

John
(5)

This program is wonderful. One of the very best Road Scholar programs that I have taken. Beautiful country, birds, monkeys, river rafting, visiting local homes for meals, plantation visits. You will be enriched and will want to return again.

Linda
(5)

This"taste" was just right. The week was well balanced. Our group of 15 greatly appreciate Jorge, our wonderful guide. He was a fountain of knowledge, very funny and very kind. I feel that I learned so much. Well done!

Kathy
(5)

i thoroughly enjoyed my Costa Rican holiday- loved the walks in the woods, learning about the history and life in the country, mingling with my fellow travelers and experiencing the culture. The group size was perfect, allowing lots of communication and developing friendships. Our guide was terrific, knowledgable and funny.

Donna
(5)

Wendy was a great group leader. I enjoyed meeting the folks in our group. I got sick and had to leave early.

Maria
(5)

Costa Rica is a wonderful country and the Costa Rican people are amazing. Everything about this trip was great. I highy recommend going on this trip. It was a great trip to get away from New England February weather.

Susan
(5)

The Taste of Costa Rica trip was outstanding! It tasted so good I'd love to go back for more! It surpassed my expectations - all my senses were tapped in experiencing this beautiful country. Guide, lectures, activities, food, and lodgings were excellent!

Nancy
(5)

Great program! It truly was "a taste of Costa Rica" with a diversity of well-planned and organized activities, lectures, and demonstrations. Too many high points to mention but I most enjoyed the white water rafting, school visit, lectures, and hanging bridges in the rain forest. Our group leader, Tomas, was fantastic! Very enjoyable, start to finish.

Mary
(5)

Our first RS trip and first trip to Costa Rica. I didn't doubt it would be a good experience with interesting participants; however this program was beyond fantastic! The program leader, Katherine Diaz, was knowledgeable, interesting, organized, wonderful and attentive to every participant. The special programs and visits were unique - we came away with a real understanding of the people, culture, and sense of Costa Rica. All of our fellow participants (there were 12 of us in all) were amiable, interesting, and gracious. Highly recommended

Mary
(5)

Wonderful experience in a beautiful country with a variety of activities--educational, cultural and recreational. Our guide Javier was very experienced, patient and well organized and worked hard to assure everyone's needs were accommodated.

Ermon
(5)

This was a fantastic trip - well organized, nice people, great guide, and a very interesting country. Pure Vida!. (A Taste of Costa Rica). I think I may look for another trip soon.

Sarah
(5)

This was the first trip I have taken by myself and I couldn't have asked for more. I met some great people who I will keep in contact with. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and we had wonderful experiences.

Maureen
(5)

As my 60th birthday was approaching, I stretched my comfort zone and booked a trip as a solo traveler with Road Scholar to Costa RIca. This 9 day trip was a fantastic experience! The people were welcoming, the guide was fun and inclusive, the details were all handled. Highly recommend. Pura Vida!

Leslie
(5)

Our first (and not last! ) trip with Road Scholar. The guide, instructors and activities were top-notch. We especially liked the small group size.

Neil
(5)

I highly recommend this trip to Costa Rica. It was a great experience and enjoyable.

Britta
(5)

Excellent program! Lots of fun (thanks to an outstanding Group Leader).

Joyce
(5)

This program is so much more than a trip. You get inside the culture, history, education, geography, and workaday of Costa Rican’s and you find these Ticos fascinating. But be prepared—you will feel like you are missing something they have and no amount of money can give that something to you.

Elizabeth
(5)

This was truly a "taste of Costa Rica" and my first trip to Central or South America. I loved it and would recommend it highly to anyone considering going to Costa Rica for the first time.

Carl
(5)

This was a great introduction to Costa Rica. We had a great time with a terrific leader and a wonderful group.

Jean
(5)

Well worth doing this fascinating trip; you learn a lot about the plants and animals and the people of a good part of central Costa Rica and really come to appreciated the complexity of nature and its fragility and, thus, the critical importance of conservation efforts. High quality lectures and excursions add to the pleasure plus great food and sun (but not too hot). I really learned a lot about a stable country in an unstable region, and one which that has among the most diverse flora and fauna in the world.

Diana
(1)

The "Taste of Costa Rica" is packed with interesting people, places, plants, birds and critters. I recommend a December trip as I experienced great weather. If you are lucky, William will be your guide. You will have the best pineapple ever and you may see a volcano.

Richard
(5)

Plenty of fun to be had here. Educational, informative and FUN all at the same time!

Peggy
(5)

I would go again in a New York minute to any Road Scholar trip anywhere in the world of they would all be as satisfying as this trip was. Far better than I could of hoped for. Thank You!

Naima
(5)

My Costa Rico trip was a wonderful experience for many reasons. The country's lush natural beauty is almost too much to take in. I was thrilled to see animals I'd never seen outside a zoo before and our guides had an eagle eye for spotting them and telling us all about them. The educational programs kept us busy all day, from bird watching while drinking our morning coffee to a lecture or dance lesson before dinner. I learned so much and enjoyed my fellow travelers so much. Every hotel exceeded my expectations of comfort and the food was great. The variety of locations and activities on this trip kept me continually engaged. It was the trip of a lifetime.

Joyce
(5)

Road Scholar does a great job of planning a trip in detail and covering all the bases for what the program will include. I truly recommend traveling with Road Scholar for those who want to learn and to have fun at the same time!

Heidi
(5)

If you are thinking of taking this trip -- GO! I booked the trip because I had seen my friends' photos of Costa Rica and wanted to experience that beauty myself. I did experience outstanding beauty but I gained so much more! I fell in love with Costa Rica and her people. Our leader Pedro Bosques was outstanding and our driver Carlos was so helpful and friendly. I really did have the time of my life. Highly recommended!

Dorie
(5)

No Wonder it is called Taste of Costa Rica... Please don't Delay. GET THE TASTE. You Will Love It.

Kathleen
(5)

Taste of Costa Rica is one of the best programs! Wonderful people, country and flora and fauna. If you love activity, animals and birds and being "on the go', this is a trip you will love! Exceeded my expectations- one of my favorites!

Paul
(5)

This program was very informative. I normally do adventures that are more physically active. Nice to step back and "smell the roses" and learn more about nature

Tamra
(5)

Travel invites you to be open. Costa Rica invites you to be kind, humble, principled. The earnestness of the Costa Rican people will touch you if you let it. This trip will help you. Take a risk. Make an effort to speak Spanish, even if it’s just a few words. ¿Qué es eso? means “what is that?” Ask. It is respectful to attempt your host’s language and it makes a difference in the intensity of the connection you can develop. Remember to say muchas gracias to the people who help you and bring your food. Costa Ricans are a little more formal and a lot more polite than we are in the U.S. It is hard to imagine the effect of Costa Rican public engagement in defining a country’s values until you experience it yourself. Costa Ricans take pride in their country and for good reason. From voter turnout (90%) to the literacy rate (94%) to environmental awareness (25% of the country is protected), this actively pacifist country encourages good citizenship. Costa Ricans ask the right questions about what matters. We gringos can learn a thing or two from the generosity of spirit this engenders. Our exceptional guide, Pedro, heroic driver, Ronald, and passionate local hosts made this trip a chance to recalibrate and recharge. Oh yes, do the white water rafting! Taste the pineapple, even if you don’t think you like pineapple! Record the stunning thunderstorms and the bark of the Howler monkeys on your phone for you to replay when you get home. The sun shines even in the rainy season; examine the cast shadows. Your sweat smells cleaner and your mind will be clearer. ¡Pura Vida! You really can’t overuse the phrase or underestimate the impact of experiencing it.

Martha
(5)

If this program peaks your interest, I say GO,GO,GO! It met my expectations in terms of experiencing and learning about this beautiful country and people. I promise you won't be disappointed.

James
(5)

A Taste of Costa Rica was just that. A wonderful experience of education, food, experiences, and comradery. I was sorry when the adventure ended and will miss both Costa Rica and all of my companions on the trip, including especially our guide and our driver. Viva Costa Rica and Pura Vida!

William
(5)

This (my first Road Scholar program) was outstanding - way beyond my initial expectations. Very enjoyable and informative. It was 9 days of almost continual appreciation for the natural resources, people and culture of Costa Rica. I highly recommend Road Scholar and look forward to taking another trip with them soon.

Cynthia
(5)

Don't be afraid of the rafting! We were well coached ahead of time and had a blast. I learned so much on this trip and especially enjoyed the meals and visits to local homes. Our days were well organized with lots of activities but never rushed. Our instructors were knowledgeable and our guide, Javier so informed and patient. Costa Rica is so beautiful and its environmental policies so impressive, you will come back changed.

Ofelia
(5)

A Taste of Costa Rica far exceeded my expectations. It was just the right mix of expert-led formal and informal presentations, field trips and hands-on activities. I particularly enjoyed meeting interesting and engaging members of the local communities we visited. Our group leader and our driver were both exceptional. Strongly recommend this small-group program.

Timothy
(5)

This trip provided a perfect "taste of Costa Rica". I would highly recommend it to anyone who has never visited Costa Rica before.

Chengyi
(4)

To see the real Costa Rica with its natural sides and cultural background, and see how the nature and human can really co-exist; eco-tourism at its best. Also, fans of Jurrasic Park/World, you need to come here!

SUBROTO
(5)

This programme provided a wonderful insight into the history, culture, natural beauty and ecosystems of Costa Rica. Rainforests, cloud forests, coffee plantations, sugarcane farms, bird watching, butterfly gardens, boat trips, whitewater rafting - all combined to make this an extremely enriching experience. I never liked pineapple until I joined this tour !

Steven
(4)

For those of you who like jungle and forest, exotic plants and animals, this program is for you. For it's size, Costa Rica has more kinds of plants, birds, and other animals than any other country in the world.

Jennifer
(5)

The Taste of Costa Rica tour was just right for a 1 week introduction of the country. The tour guide was fantastic, the nature scenery and experiences I came for were awesome, the accommodations were excellent, and the food was typical of Costa Rica with the sweetest fresh fruit I have ever had. I had a lot of fun and made some new friends, too. Here's a big shout out to Road Scholar for organizing a wonderful week!

Fred
(5)

This was my fifth Road Scholar tour and Road Scholar is batting 1.000! This was my first outside the USA, and was also the first in which planned interaction with the locals was part of the program. We visited with school children, ate at roadside restaurants, and shopped at a local grocery. The presentations and lectures added value and knowledge about this small Central American country, and I felt I knew much more about it afterwards. The food was fabulous, the fruit decidedly sweet and fresh, and coffee were to die for! The people were warm and welcoming, and I appreciated their outlook on life ("pura vida!"). The activities were diverse, and rounded out the cultural and environmental knowledge of Costa Rica: a pineapple plantation, a coffee plantation, dinner at an organic farm, a visit to an oxcart fabrication facility (the oxcart is Costa Rica's national symbol). White water rafting, a river excursion, walking hanging bridges, a boat trip across the Arenal Lagoon, a stay in a rainforest reserve, all brought the trip to life, and provided a close, intimate look at the people, culture and environment of this small, Central American country.

Howard
(5)

What a great trip! Traveling around Costa Rica from San Jose to the rain forest, to the cloud forest, through the mountainside and into the lowlands, our group learned so much about the diversity and rich cultural heritage of the Costa Rican people. Our guide, Gloriana, was absolutely wonderful- intelligent, personable and so proud of her country. It was such a special experience that I heartily recommend to all!

Kathleen
(4)

A Taste of Costa Rica is a perfect description for this delightful trip. If you want to experience the people, culture, and wondrous natural beauty of this very special country go! Plus these are the places that cruise ships cannot reach; so it gives you a different perspective.

Bette
(5)

What a great trip! A wonderful group of participants, an extraordinary group leader (Gloriana) and a robust program all made a perfect mix for a terrific experience. Pura Vida!

Sally
(5)

Road Scholar's, A Taste of Costa Rica, is a wonderful way to experience the country for the first time. I enjoyed the small group of 16 fellow travelers and learned a lot from the excellent instructors along the way. Sally Ullman Durham, NC

Judy
(5)

Wow, this trip was amazing. The sights, sounds and taste of Costa Rica were marvelous. The guide was so knowledgeable, funny, congenial, approachable and that must not have been easy with 17 people under her wing. I still can't believe I did the zip line at Arenal volcano but I couldn't resist and it was exhilarating. The views of soaring toucans was worth standing on the platform half way up a huge tree. The poisonous snakes and frogs weren't interested in us but we were impressed with their beautiful colors. I didn't notice humidity or bugs. It was nice to be able to eat the food and drink the water and we didn't have any after effects except we'll never eat canned pineapple again after eating it fresh from the field. We enjoyed all of the places we stayed and were impressed with the excellent driving skills of the bus driver over hilly dirt roads and one-lane bridges. Unforgettable experience.

Susan
(5)

Outstanding trip. Our leader Gloriana was the BEST. She enlighten us, made everyone comfortable, attended to our needs and created a wonderful environment for all. I recommend this trip to everyone.

Kathleen
(5)

A bucket list trip to see the biodiversity and culture of beautiful Costa Rica.

Gretchen
(5)

Excellent program that immerses you in the flora and fauna of Costa Rica while exposing you to the locals and their foods, customs and history. This trip is just the right length and having a small group makes it possible to cover a lot of ground while meeting everyone's needs to stop to see a toucan, sloth or iguana!

Richard
(5)

This was the first Group Trip I've ever taken. Having head stories about group tours I wasn't sure what to expect. I was blown away, I didn't want to go hame. The time just flew by, and we made many new friends. The education aspects made it not just a trip, but an adventure. Our tour guide Gloriana help convey the beauty and spirit of the people of Costa Rica. Pure Vida!

June
(5)

Pura Vida - Gloriana is the best ambassador to her beautiful country of Costa Rica. The people, places, tastes and activities I experienced will be treasured. This first RS trip will therefore not be my last!

James
(5)

For me, The Taste of Costa Rica tour was very comprehensive and educational. The hikes through the rain forest & cloud forest were beautiful and only moderately strenuous. To see tropical wildlife - monkeys, crocodiles, iguanas, bats, snakes, birds, frogs, insects, etc. in their natural environment was awesome. Our group leader was outstanding - very knowledgeable, approachable, and attentive to all of our needs. It was a fabulous trip. --Jim K. March 2018.