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Costa Rica

A Taste of Costa Rica

Program No. 857760MEADV-0220
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.

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DATES & PRICES

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Standard
May 25 - Jun 2, 2024
Standard 2,249
Special Offer

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

Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the June 2 date of Program #20774- Costa Rica: Three Jewels in Paradise.

Jun 2 - Jun 10, 2024
Standard 2,249
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
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No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

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

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

Jul 3 - Jul 11, 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.

Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the July 16 date of Program #20774- Costa Rica: Three Jewels in Paradise.

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.

Aug 16 - Aug 24, 2024
Standard 2,249
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No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Sep 7 - Sep 15, 2024
Standard 2,249
Special Offer

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

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

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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.

Oct 21 - Oct 29, 2024
Standard 2,249
Special Offer

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

Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Oct. 29 date of Program #20774- Costa Rica: Three Jewels in Paradise.

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Nov 2 - Nov 10, 2024
Standard 2,599
Nov 8 - Nov 16, 2024
Standard 2,349
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Dec 9 - Dec 17, 2024
Standard 2,599
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Dec 21 - Dec 29, 2024
Standard 2,549
Jan 9 - Jan 17, 2025
Standard 2,749
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Jan. 17 date of Program #20774- Costa Rica: Three Jewels in Paradise.

Jan 11 - Jan 19, 2025
Standard 2,499
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Jan. 17 date of Program #20774- Costa Rica: Three Jewels in Paradise.

Jan 22 - Jan 30, 2025
Standard 2,749
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Jan. 30 date of Program #20774- Costa Rica: Three Jewels in Paradise.

Jan 26 - Feb 3, 2025
Standard 2,499
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Feb. 3 date of Program #20774- Costa Rica: Three Jewels in Paradise.

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Feb 12 - Feb 20, 2025
Standard 2,749
Feb 18 - Feb 26, 2025
Standard 2,499
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Feb. 10 date of Program #20774- Costa Rica: Three Jewels in Paradise.

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Feb 23 - Mar 3, 2025
Standard 2,499
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Mar. 3 date of Program #20774- Costa Rica: Three Jewels in Paradise.

Feb 25 - Mar 5, 2025
Standard 2,749
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Mar 18 - Mar 26, 2025
Standard 2,499
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Mar 21 - Mar 29, 2025
Standard 2,499
Mar 25 - Apr 2, 2025
Standard 2,749
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Mar 27 - Apr 4, 2025
Standard 2,499
Apr 1 - Apr 9, 2025
Standard 2,499
Special Offer

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

Apr 5 - Apr 13, 2025
Standard 2,499
Special Offer

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

Apr 23 - May 1, 2025
Standard 2,749
Special Offer

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

Full Inventory
Apr 26 - May 4, 2025
Standard 2,499
Special Offer

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

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Apr 30 - May 8, 2025
Standard 2,499
Special Offer

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

Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the May 8 date of Program #20774- Costa Rica: Three Jewels in Paradise.

May 2 - May 10, 2025
Standard 2,349
Special Offer

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

May 15 - May 23, 2025
Standard 2,599
Special Offer

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

Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the May 23 date of Program #20774- Costa Rica: Three Jewels in Paradise.

May 20 - May 28, 2025
Standard 2,349
Special Offer

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

Jun 4 - Jun 12, 2025
Standard 2,349
Special Offer

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

Full Inventory
Jun 11 - Jun 19, 2025
Standard 2,599
Special Offer

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

Full Inventory
Jun 17 - Jun 25, 2025
Standard 2,349
Special Offer

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

Full Inventory
Jul 3 - Jul 11, 2025
Standard 2,349
Special Offer

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

Full Inventory
Jul 10 - Jul 18, 2025
Standard 2,599
Special Offer

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

Full Inventory
Jul 17 - Jul 25, 2025
Standard 2,349
Special Offer

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

Full Inventory
Aug 7 - Aug 15, 2025
Standard 2,349
Special Offer

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

Full Inventory
Aug 15 - Aug 23, 2025
Standard 2,599
Special Offer

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

Full Inventory
Aug 31 - Sep 8, 2025
Standard 2,349
Special Offer

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

Full Inventory
Sep 17 - Sep 25, 2025
Standard 2,599
Special Offer

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

Full Inventory
Sep 24 - Oct 2, 2025
Standard 2,349
Special Offer

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

Oct 2 - Oct 10, 2025
Standard 2,349
Special Offer

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

Oct 8 - Oct 16, 2025
Standard 2,349
Special Offer

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

Oct 15 - Oct 23, 2025
Standard 2,599
Special Offer

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

Full Inventory
Nov 1 - Nov 9, 2025
Standard 2,749
Full Inventory
Nov 6 - Nov 14, 2025
Standard 2,499
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Nov. 14 date of Program #20774- Costa Rica: Three Jewels in Paradise.

Full Inventory
Nov 21 - Nov 29, 2025
Standard 2,499
Full Inventory
Dec 3 - Dec 11, 2025
Standard 2,499
Full Inventory
Dec 5 - Dec 13, 2025
Standard 2,749
Full Inventory
Dec 9 - Dec 17, 2025
Standard 2,499
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Dec. 1 date of Program #20774- Costa Rica: Three Jewels in Paradise.

Full Inventory
Dec 11 - Dec 19, 2025
Standard 2,499
Full Inventory
Dec 13 - Dec 21, 2025
Standard 2,499

DATES & PRICES

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Standard
Comfortable accommodations that meet our high standards.
May 25 - Jun 2, 2024
Standard 2,249
 
Special Offer

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

Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the June 2 date of Program #20774- Costa Rica: Three Jewels in Paradise.

Filling Fast!
Jun 2 - Jun 10, 2024
Standard 2,249
 
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.

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

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

Jul 3 - Jul 11, 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.

Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the July 16 date of Program #20774- Costa Rica: Three Jewels in Paradise.

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.

Filling Fast!
Aug 16 - Aug 24, 2024
Standard 2,249
 
Special Offer

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

Filling Fast!
Sep 7 - Sep 15, 2024
Standard 2,249
 
Special Offer

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

Filling Fast!
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.

Filling Fast!
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.

Filling Fast!
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.

Oct 21 - Oct 29, 2024
Standard 2,249
 
Special Offer

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

Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Oct. 29 date of Program #20774- Costa Rica: Three Jewels in Paradise.

Filling Fast!
Nov 2 - Nov 10, 2024
Standard 3,029
 
Nov 8 - Nov 16, 2024
Standard 2,779
 
Nov 26 - Dec 4, 2024
Standard 2,779
 
Dec 2 - Dec 10, 2024
Standard 2,779
 
Filling Fast!
Dec 9 - Dec 17, 2024
Standard 3,029
 
Dec 11 - Dec 19, 2024
Standard 2,779
 
Dec 21 - Dec 29, 2024
Standard 2,979
 
Jan 5 - Jan 13, 2025
Standard 2,949
 
Jan 7 - Jan 15, 2025
 
Hotel 2,949
Jan 9 - Jan 17, 2025
Standard 3,179
 
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Jan. 17 date of Program #20774- Costa Rica: Three Jewels in Paradise.

Jan 11 - Jan 19, 2025
Standard 2,949
 
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Jan. 17 date of Program #20774- Costa Rica: Three Jewels in Paradise.

Filling Fast!
Jan 15 - Jan 23, 2025
Standard 2,949
 
Jan 17 - Jan 25, 2025
Standard 2,949
 
Jan 22 - Jan 30, 2025
Standard 3,179
 
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Jan. 30 date of Program #20774- Costa Rica: Three Jewels in Paradise.

Filling Fast!
Jan 26 - Feb 3, 2025
Standard 2,949
 
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Feb. 3 date of Program #20774- Costa Rica: Three Jewels in Paradise.

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Jan 28 - Feb 5, 2025
Standard 2,949
 
Filling Fast!
Jan 30 - Feb 7, 2025
Standard 2,949
 
Feb 1 - Feb 9, 2025
Standard 2,949
 
Feb 12 - Feb 20, 2025
Standard 3,179
 
Filling Fast!
Feb 14 - Feb 22, 2025
Standard 2,949
 
Feb 16 - Feb 24, 2025
Standard 2,949
 
Filling Fast!
Feb 18 - Feb 26, 2025
Standard 2,949
 
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Feb. 10 date of Program #20774- Costa Rica: Three Jewels in Paradise.

Filling Fast!
Feb 21 - Mar 1, 2025
Standard 2,949
 
Filling Fast!
Full Inventory
Feb 23 - Mar 3, 2025
Standard 2,949
 
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Mar. 3 date of Program #20774- Costa Rica: Three Jewels in Paradise.

Feb 25 - Mar 5, 2025
Standard 3,179
 
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Feb 27 - Mar 7, 2025
Standard 2,949
 
Filling Fast!
Mar 5 - Mar 13, 2025
Standard 2,949
 
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Mar 18 - Mar 26, 2025
Standard 2,949
 
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Full Inventory
Mar 21 - Mar 29, 2025
Standard 2,949
 
Filling Fast!
Mar 25 - Apr 2, 2025
Standard 3,179
 
Filling Fast!
Full Inventory
Mar 27 - Apr 4, 2025
Standard 2,949
 
Apr 1 - Apr 9, 2025
Standard 2,499
 
Special Offer

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

Filling Fast!
Apr 5 - Apr 13, 2025
Standard 2,499
 
Special Offer

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

Filling Fast!
Apr 23 - May 1, 2025
Standard 2,749
 
Special Offer

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

Full Inventory
Apr 26 - May 4, 2025
Standard 2,499
 
Special Offer

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

Full Inventory
Apr 30 - May 8, 2025
Standard 2,499
 
Special Offer

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

Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the May 8 date of Program #20774- Costa Rica: Three Jewels in Paradise.

Filling Fast!
May 2 - May 10, 2025
Standard 2,349
 
Special Offer

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

Filling Fast!
May 15 - May 23, 2025
Standard 2,599
 
Special Offer

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

Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the May 23 date of Program #20774- Costa Rica: Three Jewels in Paradise.

May 20 - May 28, 2025
Standard 2,349
 
Special Offer

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

Jun 4 - Jun 12, 2025
Standard 2,349
 
Special Offer

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

Full Inventory
Jun 11 - Jun 19, 2025
Standard 2,599
 
Special Offer

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

Full Inventory
Jun 17 - Jun 25, 2025
Standard 2,349
 
Special Offer

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

Full Inventory
Jul 3 - Jul 11, 2025
Standard 2,349
 
Special Offer

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

Full Inventory
Jul 10 - Jul 18, 2025
Standard 2,599
 
Special Offer

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

Full Inventory
Jul 17 - Jul 25, 2025
Standard 2,349
 
Special Offer

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

Full Inventory
Aug 7 - Aug 15, 2025
Standard 2,349
 
Special Offer

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

Full Inventory
Aug 15 - Aug 23, 2025
Standard 2,599
 
Special Offer

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

Full Inventory
Aug 31 - Sep 8, 2025
Standard 2,349
 
Special Offer

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

Full Inventory
Sep 17 - Sep 25, 2025
Standard 2,599
 
Special Offer

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

Full Inventory
Sep 24 - Oct 2, 2025
Standard 2,349
 
Special Offer

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

Oct 2 - Oct 10, 2025
Standard 2,349
 
Special Offer

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

Oct 8 - Oct 16, 2025
Standard 2,349
 
Special Offer

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

Oct 15 - Oct 23, 2025
Standard 2,599
 
Special Offer

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

Filling Fast!
Full Inventory
Nov 1 - Nov 9, 2025
Standard 3,179
 
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Nov 6 - Nov 14, 2025
Standard 2,949
 
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Nov. 14 date of Program #20774- Costa Rica: Three Jewels in Paradise.

Filling Fast!
Full Inventory
Nov 21 - Nov 29, 2025
Standard 2,949
 
Filling Fast!
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Dec 3 - Dec 11, 2025
Standard 2,949
 
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Dec 5 - Dec 13, 2025
Standard 3,179
 
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Full Inventory
Dec 9 - Dec 17, 2025
Standard 2,949
 
Itinerary Note

This departure can be combined with the Dec. 1 date of Program #20774- Costa Rica: Three Jewels in Paradise.

Filling Fast!
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Dec 11 - Dec 19, 2025
Standard 2,949
 
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Dec 13 - Dec 21, 2025
Standard 2,949
 

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.

What You'll Learn

  • 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
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Pedro Bosques
Pedro Bosques is a veteran Road Scholar instructor and group leader, with approximately 20 years of experience in hosting lifelong learners in Costa Rica. Although born in Puntarenas, on Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast, Pedro grew up in San José. His interest in conservation blossomed when he began working at the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve as a field assistant. During this time he colaborated with researchers and biologists in projects including the study of the behavior and migration of the Three-wattled Bellbird and reforestation of the biological corridor in the Monteverde region. Pedro is a certified naturalist leader who enjoys sharing his knowledge with travelers from around the world. He looks forward to hosting you in this program and enhancing your journey in his beautiful country.

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

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Pedro Bosques View biography
Pedro Bosques is a veteran Road Scholar instructor and group leader, with approximately 20 years of experience in hosting lifelong learners in Costa Rica. Although born in Puntarenas, on Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast, Pedro grew up in San José. His interest in conservation blossomed when he began working at the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve as a field assistant. During this time he colaborated with researchers and biologists in projects including the study of the behavior and migration of the Three-wattled Bellbird and reforestation of the biological corridor in the Monteverde region. Pedro is a certified naturalist leader who enjoys sharing his knowledge with travelers from around the world. He looks forward to hosting you in this program and enhancing your journey in his beautiful country.
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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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Deynor Alfaro View biography
Deynor Alfaro is a licensed Costa Rican naturalist group leader. His love of nature and the outdoors took root while growing up on a cattle farm in Puntarenas province. When time came to consider college and career choices, he set his sights on becoming a naturalist. Deynor went on to earn a degree in ecotourism from the Universidad Técnica Nacional in Puntarenas city. Some of his favorite pastimes include hiking, birding, horseback riding, and playing soccer with friends.
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