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Costa Rica

A Taste of Costa Rica

Program No. 8577RJ
Hike cloud forests, explore volcanic trails, learn about biodiversity, study delicate ecosystems and savor the art of coffee-making and good conversation as you discover Costa Rica.
Length
9 days
Rating (4.98)
Activity Level
Starts at
2,149
Special Offer
Click on Dates & Prices below to see special offer details.
Flights start at
500

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The itinerary for this program is different on certain dates.
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DATES & PRICES

Hotel Standard
Accommodation Details

Comfortable accommodations that meet our high standards.

Accommodation Details

Standard

Mar 6 - Mar 14, 2023
SOLD OUT
Hotel 2,299
 
Mar 10 - Mar 18, 2023
SOLD OUT
Hotel 2,299
 
Mar 20 - Mar 28, 2023
SOLD OUT
Hotel 2,299
 
Mar 25 - Apr 2, 2023
Hotel 2,299
 
Itinerary Note

Private Group - Knight Science Journalism Fellows

Apr 12 - Apr 20, 2023
Hotel 2,299
 
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Apr 16 - Apr 24, 2023
Hotel 2,299
 
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Itinerary Note

This date spends 2 nights in the Central Pacific Coast in place of 2 nights at Arenal. Please review the comprehensive itinerary for more information. Arrival San José, 1 night; Monteverde, 2 nights; Sarapiquí, 2 nights; Central Pacific Coast, 2 nights; San José, 1 night; departure.

Apr 18 - Apr 26, 2023
SOLD OUT
Hotel 2,299
 
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Apr 25 - May 3, 2023
Hotel 2,299
 
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

May 17 - May 25, 2023
SOLD OUT
Hotel 2,149
 
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Jun 1 - Jun 9, 2023
Hotel 2,149
 
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Jun 8 - Jun 16, 2023
Hotel 2,149
 
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Jul 18 - Jul 26, 2023
Hotel 2,149
 
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Aug 15 - Aug 23, 2023
Hotel 2,149
 
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Sep 14 - Sep 22, 2023
Hotel 2,149
 
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Oct 4 - Oct 12, 2023
Hotel 2,149
 
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Oct 16 - Oct 24, 2023
Hotel 2,149
 
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Dec 1 - Dec 9, 2023
Hotel 2,299
 
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Dec. 9 date of Program #20774- Costa Rica: Three Jewels in Paradise.

Jan 10 - Jan 18, 2024
 
Standard 2,599
Jan 17 - Jan 25, 2024
 
Standard 2,599
Feb 18 - Feb 26, 2024
 
Standard 2,599
Mar 16 - Mar 24, 2024
 
Standard 2,599
Apr 2 - Apr 10, 2024
 
Standard 2,349
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Apr 8 - Apr 16, 2024
 
Standard 2,349
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Apr 28 - May 6, 2024
 
Standard 2,599
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

May 3 - May 11, 2024
 
Standard 2,249
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

May 13 - May 21, 2024
 
Standard 2,499
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Jun 6 - Jun 14, 2024
 
Standard 2,499
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Jun 13 - Jun 21, 2024
 
Standard 2,249
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Jul 8 - Jul 16, 2024
 
Standard 2,249
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Jul 24 - Aug 1, 2024
 
Standard 2,499
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Aug 10 - Aug 18, 2024
 
Standard 2,499
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Sep 20 - Sep 28, 2024
 
Standard 2,499
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Oct 3 - Oct 11, 2024
 
Standard 2,249
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Oct 8 - Oct 16, 2024
 
Standard 2,499
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

DATES & PRICES

Hotel Standard
Accommodation Details

Comfortable accommodations that meet our high standards.

Accommodation Details

Standard

Mar 6 - Mar 14, 2023
SOLD OUT
Hotel 2,709
 
Mar 10 - Mar 18, 2023
SOLD OUT
Hotel 2,709
 
Mar 20 - Mar 28, 2023
SOLD OUT
Hotel 2,709
 
Mar 25 - Apr 2, 2023
SOLD OUT
Hotel 2,709
 
Itinerary Note

Private Group - Knight Science Journalism Fellows

Apr 12 - Apr 20, 2023
SOLD OUT
Hotel 2,419
 
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Apr 16 - Apr 24, 2023
Hotel 2,299
 
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Itinerary Note

This date spends 2 nights in the Central Pacific Coast in place of 2 nights at Arenal. Please review the comprehensive itinerary for more information. Arrival San José, 1 night; Monteverde, 2 nights; Sarapiquí, 2 nights; Central Pacific Coast, 2 nights; San José, 1 night; departure.

Apr 18 - Apr 26, 2023
SOLD OUT
Hotel 2,419
 
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Apr 25 - May 3, 2023
Hotel 2,419
 
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

May 17 - May 25, 2023
SOLD OUT
Hotel 2,269
 
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Jun 1 - Jun 9, 2023
SOLD OUT
Hotel 2,149
 
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Jun 8 - Jun 16, 2023
SOLD OUT
Hotel 2,149
 
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Jul 18 - Jul 26, 2023
SOLD OUT
Hotel 2,269
 
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Aug 15 - Aug 23, 2023
SOLD OUT
Hotel 2,149
 
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Sep 14 - Sep 22, 2023
SOLD OUT
Hotel 2,149
 
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Oct 4 - Oct 12, 2023
SOLD OUT
Hotel 2,269
 
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Oct 16 - Oct 24, 2023
SOLD OUT
Hotel 2,269
 
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Dec 1 - Dec 9, 2023
SOLD OUT
Hotel 2,709
 
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Dec. 9 date of Program #20774- Costa Rica: Three Jewels in Paradise.

Jan 10 - Jan 18, 2024
 
Standard 3,029
Jan 17 - Jan 25, 2024
 
Standard 3,029
Feb 18 - Feb 26, 2024
 
Standard 3,029
Mar 16 - Mar 24, 2024
 
Standard 3,029
Apr 2 - Apr 10, 2024
 
Standard 2,349
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Apr 8 - Apr 16, 2024
 
Standard 2,349
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Apr 28 - May 6, 2024
 
Standard 2,599
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

May 3 - May 11, 2024
 
Standard 2,249
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

May 13 - May 21, 2024
 
Standard 2,499
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Jun 6 - Jun 14, 2024
 
Standard 2,499
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Jun 13 - Jun 21, 2024
 
Standard 2,249
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Jul 8 - Jul 16, 2024
 
Standard 2,249
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Jul 24 - Aug 1, 2024
 
Standard 2,499
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Aug 10 - Aug 18, 2024
 
Standard 2,499
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Sep 20 - Sep 28, 2024
 
Standard 2,499
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Oct 3 - Oct 11, 2024
 
Standard 2,249
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Oct 8 - Oct 16, 2024
 
Standard 2,499
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

At a Glance

Low-level clouds drift through the sweet cedar and hanging moss. Even in dim sunlight, the orchid’s flowers brighten your path as you hike. In this interdisciplinary introduction to Costa Rica, learn about the nation’s rain and cloud forests and the inseparable bond between the people and the land. Explore volcanic terrain and tropical gardens, as well as culture and history. Meet residents in local communities for an intimate experience of this peaceful nation.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to 1.5 hours a day over uneven trails in hot and humid conditions. 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…

  • Hike through the mystical cloud forest at Monteverde and go whitewater rafting at Sarapiquí.
  • Discover scenic views of Arenal Volcano from up in the rainforest canopy during a walk on a combination of nature trails and hanging bridges.
  • Enjoy an interactive presentation that introduces you to an important gourmet coffee roaster in Costa Rica.

General Notes

This program offers Micro Group options--with 12 or fewer participants--on some departures. Please refer to program date notes.
Featured Expert
All Experts
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William Suarez
While working for the logging industry in Honduras and seeing its negative impact on the environment, William Suarez became interested in conservation. He returned to his native Costa Rica and received training to serve as a leader for groups interested in learning about the country’s flora and fauna. Today, he specializes in the natural history and birds of Costa Rica. William is also a writer who has had three books published, as well as an outdoorsman who enjoys mountain biking, hiking and fishing.

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

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William Suarez View biography
While working for the logging industry in Honduras and seeing its negative impact on the environment, William Suarez became interested in conservation. He returned to his native Costa Rica and received training to serve as a leader for groups interested in learning about the country’s flora and fauna. Today, he specializes in the natural history and birds of Costa Rica. William is also a writer who has had three books published, as well as an outdoorsman who enjoys mountain biking, hiking and fishing.
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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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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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Carlos Calvo View biography
Carlos Calvo is a Costa Rican naturalist and a gifted wildlife photographer and photography instructor. He studied education at the University of Costa Rica (UCR) and earned his professional guide qualifications from the National Learning Institute (INA). In 2012, he added freelance photography to his credentials and before long was being asked to provide photography workshops and lectures as well as lead natural history groups. Carlos’s photos have been featured in magazines and natural history publications as well as gallery exhibits.
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Alvaro Alvarado View biography
Alvaro Alvarado began working as a naturalist expedition leader in 2006. He grew up in Costa Rica’s northern Caribbean lowlands; a rural region dominated by banana and pineapple plantations. Despite his inherent appreciation for nature and outdoor hobbies, he first attended college with plans to become an accountant. When the pull of nature proved too hard to resist, Alvaro turned his sights on ecotourism and earning his naturalist credentials. In his free time, he likes to go hiking, camping, and fishing with his family.
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Andrew Newcomb View biography
Andrew “Yito” Newcomb grew up just outside San José, Costa Rica. The child of a U.S. Merchant Marine and a Costa Rican housewife, he looked forward to the months when his father came home on leave. Andrew joined the U.S. Air Force after high school, served during Operation Desert Storm, and earned his associate degree from Jamestown Community College in Jamestown, New York. Once back in Costa Rica, he returned to college and became a licensed expedition leader as well as a qualified chef.
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.
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 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.
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, A Traveler's Literary Companion
by Barbara Ras
These 26 well-chosen stories by Costa Rican writers introduce the people, culture and land.
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.
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 Butterflies & Moths
by James Kavanagh
A handy, laminated fold-up card with color illustrations of Costa Rica’s more visible species of butterflies and moths. Includes the distinguishing markings or behaviors of each species.
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
Costa Rica Adventure Map
by National Geographic
A double-sided map at a scale of 1:500,000.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 Ticos
by Richard Biesanz
This insightful, fact-filled portrait of the Costa Rican people details their culture, history and society.
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.





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