This trip provided a perfect "taste of Costa Rica". I would highly recommend it to anyone who has never visited Costa Rica before.
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Activity note: Participants must book flights that arrive into San José, Costa Rica no later than 4:30 p.m. on this day if they plan on attending the program orientation. Some Road Scholar gateways require the use of overnight flights in order to get participants to San José by the suggested time. Please contact your Road Scholar program provider at 1-800-866-7111 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to make arrangements to arrive in Costa Rica a day or more before your program.
Afternoon: Check-in at the hotel then take some time to freshen up and relax. Orientation: 6:00 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Meals on our program feature local cuisine. In many cases, they will be plated and served set meals; in others, we will have buffets with multiple options. Beverages included in the program price are coffee and water; other beverages are usually available for purchase. We will do our best to accommodate special diets during the program, but please note we cannot guarantee that our vendors will be able to meet all requests. We also cannot prevent cross-contact. It will be up to your discretion to decide what food choices are appropriate based on your individual needs. If you have extreme dietary needs, please prepare to bring your own items. Travel and transfers will be via air-conditioned bus unless specified otherwise. The bus does not have a restroom on board; however, there will be stops at least every two hours for program activities, meals, and/or basic pit stops to break up longer travel times. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
Dinner: At the hotel; coffee and water included, other beverages available for purchase.
Evening: Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars. Prepare for hotel check-out and transfer in the morning.
Activity note: Getting on/off a bus with several steps. Walking at an easy pace; mostly flat terrain.The drive to Sarapiqui, in the Caribbean lowlands, is about 56 miles; approximately 2 hours.
Breakfast: At the hotel, with juice, coffee, tea, water.
Morning: We'll be joined by a local expert for an overview of Costa Rica presentation at the hotel. After check out procedures, we’ll depart for a field trip to the Gold Museum. This unique underground museum showcases an impressive collection of Pre-Columbian gold. The 2,000-piece collection weighs over 20,000 troy ounces making it one of the wealthiest spots in the nation. For the stamp collector, the complex also contains a philatelic museum, and coin collectors might be interested in the adjoining numismatic museum. Then we'll board the bus and begin our transfer to Sarapiqui, in Costa Rica's Caribbean lowlands.
Lunch: At a local restaurant en route.
Afternoon: We’ll continue our journey to Sarapiqui. Sarapiquí is one of the richest sites for birds in Middle America with well over 400 species recorded. Nearby, the La Selva Protection Zone and the Braulio Carrillo National Park form the only significant corridor of forest on the Caribbean slope linking the highlands with the lowlands — a corridor crucial to birds and animals that undertake seasonal altitudinal migrations. Arriving at the lodge, we'll check-in with some time to freshen up before our next activity. Then we'll regroup for a presentation by a local expert on the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor.
Dinner: At the lodge with coffee and water. Other beverages available for purchase.
Evening: At leisure. Meet with new Road Scholar friends on the porch, enjoy a nightcap while relaxing to the sounds of the rainforest, or get a good night's sleep in preparation for tomorrow's activities.
Activity note: Early morning birding on mostly flat trails and lodge paths. River rafting involves an upper body workout and the likelihood of getting wet. Please wear a bathing suit and water shoes/sport sandals; apply sunscreen well before water activity.
Breakfast: At the lodge; buffet with coffee, tea, juice, water.
Morning: We'll join our Group Leader for some early morning birding on and around lodge grounds. Then we'll walk back to the lodge restaurant for breakfast. Next, we'll board the bus and drive to a nearby drop-off site along the shores of the Sarapiqui in preparation for our river rafting field trip. A rafting expert will conduct a safety orientation and go over rafting procedures and equipment before giving us the go-ahead to don our gear and board the rafts. Although a rafting expert will sit at the back of each boat and navigate, we'll help by paddling at various stretches along the river. Once done, we'll ride back to the lodge to change into dry clothes.
Lunch: At the lodge with coffee and water. Other beverages available for purchase.
Afternoon: We’ll have some “down” time before our next activity. This is a good opportunity to enjoy a walk around the lodge grounds, cool off in the pool or perhaps practice your photography skills. Our next field trip will commence with a short walk to the Sarapiqui Conservation Learning Center (SCLC) for an overview of their mission. Then we'll ride a short distance into the Sarapiqui community. A local resident will invite us into her home and instruct us on how to prepare some typical Tico dishes.
Dinner: At the lodge with coffee and water. Other beverages available for purchase.
Evening: Latin dance! We’ll have some lessons with local people to learn three styles of Latin dance: Merengue, Salsa, and Cumbia. The local dancers will demonstrate the different styles, then lead us through the dances step by step. Finally, we’ll have a chance to practice with a partner.
Activity note: The boat safari on the Sarapiqui River should last about 1 hour. Participants must descend/ascend approximately 3 flights of stairs, with a handrail, to get to and from the boat dock. The motorized river boat has a covered top and open sides for optimum wildlife viewing; no bathroom facilities onboard. Bus drive from Sarapiqui to Arenal is about 61 miles; approximately 2.5 - 3 hours with pit stops.
Breakfast: At the lodge.
Morning: After check out, we'll drive to the Puerto Viejo dock and board a river boat that will take us on a leisurely journey on the Sarapiqui River. The boat captain and our Group Leader will put their expert spotting skills to use by pointing out riverine wildlife along the way. Some of the animals we hope to see include caimans, turtles, iguanas, bats, monkeys, sloths, kingfishers, and Anhingas.
Lunch: At a local restaurant.
Afternoon: Before transferring to Arenal, we'll stop at a local plantation to examine some of the environmental and economic impacts of agriculture in Costa Rica. A farm representative will lead us through various sections of the plantation and instruct us on how the crops are grown and then processed for shipping. Next, we'll board our bus and begin the transfer to Arenal. Arenal was once Costa Rica’s most active volcano and a main draw to the town of La Fortuna and the Arenal Volcano National Park. Once at the hotel, we'll check in with some time to freshen up and relax. We'll reconvene before dinner to enjoy an expert-led presentation on the history of cacao.
Dinner: At the hotel with coffee and water. Other beverages available for purchase.
Evening: Time at leisure.
Activity note: Walking on forest trails and hanging bridges. Comfortable clothing, closed walking shoes, and a pair of binoculars are suggested for this activity. Although not required, participants oftentimes enjoy bringing colored pencils, pens, markers and other basic supplies to donate during the school visit.
Breakfast: At the hotel with coffee, tea, water.
Morning: For our next field trip, we’ll drive to Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges and explore some of its many trails and scenic bridges. The private nature reserve has more than 600 acres of tropical rainforest that can be explored through a network of trails, hanging bridges and standing bridges. We’ll then return to the hotel.
Lunch: At the hotel with coffee and water. Other beverages available for purchase.
Afternoon: We’ll board a bus and drive to a local school where we'll enjoy a charming presentation by local children. Next, we’ll visit a local farm to learn about the history of the property and some of the agricultural traditions in this fertile region. Although tourism surpassed agriculture as the main source of revenue in the area, many local plantations still produce important amounts of papaya, sugar cane, tapioca and ornamental plants. At the farm, we’ll work-up an appetite while learning to make tortillas and cooking them on a traditional wood stove.
Dinner: At the farm, we’ll enjoy a traditional dinner hosted by the family.
Evening: Returning to the hotel, the remainder of the evening is at leisure. Prepare for check out and transfer in the morning.
Activity note: The boat ride across Arenal Lake is about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Bus transfer to Monteverde is about 21 miles, approximately 1.5 – 2 hours; en route stops for lunch and field trip. The Road Scholar bus will travel separately with our luggage. Please pack any items you will need for this day in your daypack, since we won’t have access to our luggage until late afternoon at Monteverde.
Breakfast: At the hotel.
Morning: After checking out, we’ll drive to a local boat dock on the shores of Arenal Lake. A small, covered boat will ferry us across the scenic lake. Upon reaching the other shore, we'll board a bus and journey uphill along scenic back roads to Monteverde. We’ll then ride to a local coffee plantation.
Lunch: At the coffee plantation.
Afternoon: During our coffee farm field trip, we’ll learn about the harvesting and processing of coffee as well as the history of this crop from its beginning in the Arabic countries and Ethiopia. We’ll also gain insights into the importance of the golden bean — grano de oro — and its impact on Costa Rica’s social, cultural, and economic development. Arriving at the hotel, we’ll check-in with some time to freshen up and relax. There will be an opportunity to watch the sunset! We’ll regroup for a presentation by a local expert on conservation and development of the Monteverde Area.
Dinner: At the hotel with coffee and water. Other beverages available for purchase.
Evening: At leisure.
Activity note: Walking on forest trails and irregular terrain; potentially muddy conditions. Wear closed toe/heel walking shoes with lug soles and consider bringing a lightweight rain poncho.
Breakfast: At the hotel with coffee and water.
Morning: Our first field trip of the day is to a cloud forest reserve at Monteverde for an expert led exploration. While walking on forest trails, we’ll learn about the characteristics of a cloud forest and stop along the way to study its flora and fauna. The edges of this rich forest system, often cloaked in clouds and blowing mist, are home to more than 350 avian species and a myriad of other creatures and critters. The Monteverde area is perhaps most famous for breeding Resplendent Quetzals, Three-wattled Bellbirds, and Bare-necked Umbrellabirds. While these charismatic species can be elusive, a host of other cloud forest birds and amphibians are found in the area.
Lunch: At a local restaurant plus water.
Afternoon: Next, we’ll head to the Bat Jungle, an educational space designed and managed by noted U.S. bat biologist Dr. Richard LaVal. Informative displays help to explain about bat biology, bat diversity, and their crucial role in nature as pollinators. The Bat Jungle also has more than 90 bats, representing 8 different species, housed in a recreated nighttime cloud forest environment. Glass windows give visitors the rare opportunity to look inside the forest enclosure and observe bats feeding, flying, and socializing. Special microphones capture the high pitched bat vocalizations and broadcast them through loudspeakers in the bat viewing area. Next, we'll learn about the history of Monteverde's Quaker community during a home visit with a longtime resident. In 1951 a group of American Quakers, fearful of their nation’s growing militarism, fled the United States. The Quakers found Costa Rica, a country without a military, to be the most inviting option for their pacifist beliefs. This group settled Monteverde and intended to transform the area into profitable farmland. The Quakers developed a fairly successful cheese industry but they also recognized the delicate nature of the land and helped establish the area's first wildlife sanctuary.
Dinner: At a local home.
Evening: After driving back to the hotel, we'll have the rest of the evening at leisure. Prepare for check out and transfer tomorrow.
Activity note: The transfer from Monteverde to San José is about 90 miles, approximately 3.5 hours.
Breakfast: At the hotel with coffee and water.
Morning: We’ll take a field trip to the Monteverde Butterfly Garden and Arthropod Education Center. Jim Wolfe and his wife, Marta Iris, opened the Monteverde Butterfly Garden in 1989. The couple devoted themselves to hand-raising butterflies and gaining more knowledge of their preferences and habits. These fragile creatures require extreme care as they develop and grow. Every species feeds on a different variety of plants. Unlike most butterfly gardens, which buy their butterflies as chrysalids, all the butterflies you will see here were bred and raised on the premises. Though no longer managing the project, Jim and Marta's dream lives on in the hands of a new generation of dedicated naturalists. Begin transfer to San José.
Lunch: En route.
Afternoon: Arriving in San José, we’ll check in to our hotel with time to freshen up and relax before dinner.
Dinner: At the hotel. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell dinner.
Evening: At leisure. Enjoy our last evening together in Costa Rica, then prepare for check out and departure in the morning.
Activity note: Hotel check out by 11:00 p.m. See your program’s travel details regarding transfers and refer to your personal air itinerary for specific flight information.
Breakfast: At the hotel (depending on flight schedule).
Morning: Transfer to the airport for flights to North America. This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!
This trip provided a perfect "taste of Costa Rica". I would highly recommend it to anyone who has never visited Costa Rica before.
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!
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 !
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.
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!
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.
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!
Fabulous Trip! Thankyou Roads Scholar!
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
A bucket list trip to see the biodiversity and culture of beautiful Costa Rica.
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!
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!
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!
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.
Our Taste of Costa Rica trip was wonderful in many many ways. Making the travel arrangements through Road Scholar was easy and accommodating. Being picked up at the airport eliminated any stress I might have had about finding the hotel. Our tour guide, Erick, was dedicated, knowledgeable, funny, and knew the areas of Costa Rica inside and out. I highly recommend this trip if you have never been to Costa Rica and want to experience beautiful forests and vegetation, see 20+ different birds, mammals, and insects in the wild, taste homemade foods, and see a volcano (the highlight for me).
This was a wonderful experience. I learned so much from the lectures, hikes and hands on experiences with local people. Our Program Leader (Gloria) was awesome and sets a high bar as a leader. Being in and learning about Costa Rica has changed me as a person, at least a bit, in a good way, I think.
The trip was very accurately described - and the group leader far exceeded expectations. If you are seeking a well-organized, multi-faceted, 'taste' of a country in Central America, I can't imagine a better trip.
This program was even better than we hoped for. Our program leader (Gloriana) was outstanding, and our fellow travelers were enthusiastic and fun. I especially appreciated the opportunity to interact with local culture. And, of course, Costa Rica is a remarkably beautiful and interesting place to visit!
Loved our trip
We just came back from our first Road Scholar experience, and it met and exceeded our expectations. Perhaps we were particularly lucky with our group leader, but he was outstanding! His breadth of knowledge that he shared with enthusiasm, and his obvious love for his home country came through in every way, and was a gift to all the participants.
We throughly enjoyed our tour of Costa Rica. Our group was small, 18, and we were able to get to know each other and bond. The speakers were knowledgeable and fascinating. But most of all, our tour leader, Erick, was great. He made us feel comfortable and safe. He was always there for us and his knowledge of flora and fauna was a delight to soak in. Of note, the "onion" method of layering clothing came in handy. Because we were in the mountains, it was MUCH colder than I had anticipated Costa Rica to be in February. Do layer and bring at least 1 heavy sweatshirt.
You really do get to know a bit of the country on the Taste of Costa Rica tour. It's about the interior, the highlands. We combined it with visits to both coasts before and after the tour. It's not a glitzy tour about shopping and entertainment; it's about Costa Riqueños and their land.
This tour was a perfect introduction to the beautiful country of Costa Rica. Our guide and driver were wonderful. The activities were fun and informative.
This is a great introduction to a fascinating and eco-rich country. The trip has opportunities to view wild life as well as interesting interactions with the local people.
Even with Road Scholar's information and my independent research I was still in awe of the mountains, the different flora and fauna, and the friendly people. I would recommend this trip to anyone, any age, who is open to experiencing a new culture and living a different lifestyle.
Everything we wanted it to be! Pura Vida is our theme now after visiting Costa Rica. The eco system, experiences we had has built memories for a life time. If you want to truly experience, people, culture and everyday life this is the trip for you! Ciao!!
This is an excellent educational tour of a very interesting and beautiful country. The small group experience and knowledgeable and enthusiastic group leader enhanced the trip. Accommodations were adequate; some were better than others, but it was good value for our money.
We went on the Taste of Costa Rica tour in mid-February and had a terrific time. Our group (17 people, a mix of couples and singles) was a good size and included people from various parts of the country. Our guide Jimmy and driver Campbell were friendly, knowledgeable, funny, and really excellent leaders. This is a great trip if you want to learn about many areas of Costa Rica. It is an active trip -- you won't believe how much you will do in 8 days time. Highly recommend this trip.
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My expectations for this first trip with Road Scholar were very high and were fully satisfied. No tour can be 100% perfect but this tour came as closed to perfect as possible. I am planning my next trio with Road Scholar. (This is not an advertising statement - it is what I honestly feel)
This program covers a lot of the culture and history of Costa Rica, and you become immersed in this fascinating region. Wonderful people and wonderful experience.
The Taste of Costa Rica exceeded my expectations.I plan to,travel with Road Scholar in the near future.
Excellent trip. Informative lectures, exploration, and interactions with the local people. Lecturer's expert in their fields. Must have Wendy for your group leader. She was well organized and faciltated a great experience for all. Program is packed with activities. Keep in mind there it little free time.
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A Taste of Costa Rica is a great program to introduce you to the people and wildlife of Costa Rica. It is a good mix of outdoor activities and cultural information. I would recommend this to anyone. And the white water rafting was fun, too.
Learned about a part of the world I knew litle about with a pleasant and capable leader and with likable, intelligent fellow travelers.
At times the language Barrie was problematic but the experience was delightful. Our driver was very special.
The "Taste of Costa Rica" program delivers what the title implies. We saw a variety of sites, including rain forest, rivers, country- and city-scapes. We met some of its citizens, including not just business people waiters and clerks, but also schoolchildren, pioneers, agriculteurs, educators. We witnessed the amazing contrasts between the rural culture and the modern technological world that is rapidly penetrating into the heart of the country. We learned that it is possible for a modern society to dynamically enhance and protect the natural environment without forsaking the normal desires of people for a better life. Costa Rica, a country without an army, has a lot to teach the big countries.
Great opportunity to get a feel for Costa Rican culture and wildlife. Excellent program. Our host Wendy Brenes was superb. This was our first experience with RS and we will certainly travel with them again.
The Taste of Costa Rica was our 1st trip with Road Scholar and we were very pleased with the learning experiences, the hotels, the food, and the transportation. We were especially impressed by our guide Wendy. She exceeded our expectations. She is very knowledgeable, organized, and great with people. We feel that we learned a lot about the country and its people. We also enjoyed the other participants. We look forward to future trips with Road Scholar as time and funds allow.
Visiting the rain forest, cloud forest, and Costa Rican homes provided a memorable and enjoyable trip. The days are full, starting at 7am and ending between 7 and 8 pm. Lots of activities are packed into a day. When we weren't in the forests, we visited coffee and pineapple plantations as well as a bat and butterfly garden. Our guide was wonderful and always made sure we had everything we needed. My friendly and interesting fellow travelers made for a cohesive and fun group.
Great trip to Costa Rica. It was like we had known all the people in the group forever! The food was wonderful, we had 3 large meals a day. All the activities were fun and interesting. Now I know why everyone loves Costa Rica
My wife and I just completed, "A Taste of Costa Rica." It was great in so many ways. We had a fantastic tour guide. The lectures and lecturers were mostly great. We got to see a few key areas of the country. I think the group of 17 mostly fell in love with Costa Rica!
"A Taste of Costa Rica" was the most amazing and stress-free trip I have ever taken. The scheduling was pure genius -- a mix of exercise/hiking, lectures, fabulous culinary experiences, and having fun with new friends. Our group leader was incredible. My husband and I learned so much about this nation that really has their priorities right. Road Scholar took the stress out of navigating the sometimes precarious roads of Costa Rica and led us through amazing natural sites.
Taste of CR is good for people that are short on time, would like a good general overview of the country, and don't mind full days with lots of planned activities.
I would highly recommend the trip "A Taste of Costa Rica!" I was apprehensive before going but it was absolutely a fulfilling experience. We learned so much, had a water rafting experience, and met some very interesting Costa Ricans through tours, home visits, and restaurants. The tour guide was excellent! The fellow travelers were an interesting group and each had a good sense of humour.
The "Taste of Costa Rica" tour will exceed all of your expectations for an incredible experience. Our guide and our program driver were the best. If you want to experience real Costa Rican life, this is the tour for you.
The Road Scholar Costa Rica tour was an amazing experience that totally exceeded all my expectations. I recommended this tour as something not to miss. Costa Rica and her citizens is one of the true treasure of our planet. A joy to experience.
A Taste of Costa Rica was a wonderful trip! Our guide, Jorge Mario, was patient, accommodating, kind, humorous, prepared and organized. I have health related dietary restrictions, sodium, and Mario was most attentive to this. The accommodations were excellent. They ranged from the rustic to the regal! Road Scholar offers what other groups do not.... This special touch makes all the difference!
Amazing experience in Costa Rica with Road Scholar!!! The experiences and friendships will last a lifetime and I look forward to many more wonderful adventures with fellow Road Scholar's as we expand our knowledge of other cultures and enrich our lives.
I loved the trip! Our driver and guide were wonderful- I really enjoyed the insights into the daily life of the local people, the non- tourist off the beaten track information. The smaller size of the group allowed for flexibility, as well as the general mix of ages. The only real negative was the airline (American) - trying to get to Costa Rica -freq delays/ canceling flights, lost /missing luggage, then deliberately leaving it in Miami overnight instead of putting it on the next flight. Then on departure- they CANCELED my reservation- and once I proved I had a reservation and I did not need to re purchase, I had to ARGUE at the airport to have my already PAID for upgrade reinstated- which I nearly did not get, as the flight was "full" / overbooked. The agent actually started to blame me, despite me pulling my email documents PROVING I had my reservations as far back as Jan/ Feb. I got stuck in a window seat, which I do not like. I hope to NEVER fly American again if I can help it.
This was a great trip to sample so much of the country. It also has a double meaning as we tasted pineapple, coffee, cacao, sugar cane and juice from many of the fruits they grow. If you really want to learn about the country, see wildlife and birds, see the types of agriculture they have, raft easy but exciting rapids, hike in the forest-this is the trip for you. Javier was a great leader and took care of us very well. We also had a great bus driver who knew how to navigate some of the mountain roads extremely well.
This was a wonderful experience that exceeded my expectations in every way. The degree of organization was so high that everything went--or seemed to go--very smoothly. Our guide was an educator, friend, advisor, and companion. Discovering the wonders of Costa Rica was exciting and elevating--both literally and figuratively. I can't wait for my next Road Scholar trip!
The Taste of Costa Rica program is excellent, with a good mix of activities and free time. Javier, the guide, is very knowledgeable and expert at his job. The instructors were very educational and entertaining. We got a good overview of the interior of Costa Rica.
Our "Taste of Costa Rica" trip was outstanding and a terrific value! It exceeded my expectations in every way. There is no way a self-planned trip could have achieved the extensive overview we received as we traveled with confidence under the excellent leadership of our guide. Neither could we have orchestrated these experiences independently for the reasonable cost of the program. I highly recommend this trip!
My first Road Scholar trip to Costa Rica was sublime! Our guide was outstanding ~ so kind and knowledgeable. I can't wait to take another Road Scholar trip!
This tour was everything I could have wished for and more. Our tour leader, Jorge Mario, was fabulous. Costa Rica is so beautiful, go now, you know you want to!
everything about this trip met or exceeded my expectations. i'm looking forward to the next trip with road scholar.
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This is an exceptional trip, and in addition to showcasing the truly beautiful country and wildlife, it opens a window on what it means to be a country passionately involved in preserving its unique heritage, environments and ecosystems. We can learn a lot from them. Gilberth (Chito) is a gifted and accomplish leader, and together with his sidekick Carlitos they are an exceptional and fun team. Go!
Great program. I can not imagine a better way to get a taste of Costa Rica. I would highly recommend this to a first time visitor who wants an introduction to the people, wildlife and even a little history.
I strongly feel if you want to visit Costa Rica and understand what Costa Rica is all about this is the trip you should take. From one end to the other it is so diverse and interesting. The people are warm and friendly and appreciate tourism for what it has done for their economy. I felt very safe in this country and never worried about my belongings, but then again I had Road Scholar there with me. My first experience with Road Scholar and believe me it won't be the last, excellent value..awesome experience.
This program exceeded my expectations in every way!
This was an excellent introduction to Costa Rica's history, flora, fauna and countryside. The guide was knowledgeable, passionate about the subject matter and a lot of fun to travel with. I highly recommend this trip to anyone seeking an easy, active and educational introduction to Costa Rica. I am impressed with how well the program accommodated our diverse group so that all had a 'personal experience.'
This was a trip of a lifetime. We woke up to howler monkeys, rafted, hiked, tasted chocolate, coffee and pineapples and saw new birds, reptiles and mammals every day. Every day included enough activities for a week. Go!
A Taste of Costa Rica was both delightful and informative. The flora and fauna of Costa Rica are beautiful, and interactions with the people of Costa Rica were educational. I would highly recommend this tour for anyone who enjoys the outdoors and has an interest in and concern for the environment.
I've been on two Road Scholar trips and highly recommend them. Both had fabulous Group Leaders, knowledgeable lectures, and lots of good experiences with local interests. All I had to do was show up!
What a wonderful experience this program was. We learned so much about Costa Rica, the people, and the culture. The presentations of the experiences of the local people helped to increase our knowledge of this wonderful country. The variety of experiences from rafting to touring a pineapple plantation made the trip interesting and active.
Costa Rica came alive for me during my 9-day tour with Road Scholar. The tour far exceeded my expectations. Our guide was exceptional in her knowledge, skills, and warmth. She tended to our every need and everyone had a great time. While being educated I also had fun and made new friends! What more could you ask for?
Skip the beaches tours, take this one see the real Costa Rica. Saw sloths, 3 kinds of monkeys, toucans, macaws, green parrots, toads, bats and only one snake. February was 60 to 85 degrees, dry cool lovely. Zipline in Monte Verde awesome. No mosquitos anywhere. Bring good camera. Hit the hot springs. River raft then swim with parhannas (they don't bite, unless you are a pineapple)!
Costa rica program was mostly outdoors. W white waterm rafting was a first the food was plentiful. Plenty of water was supplied. I felt very much in touch with the Costa Rica people. The program is informative about agriculture and growing vegetation. I be k I eve it appeals to most
What an amazing adventure, my expectations were exceeded.
One of the best tours I've taken. I would like to take other programs conducted by Mario - he was outstanding. The people in the country are lovely; the scenery beautiful' excellent food and good accommodations.
Exceeded expectations on many levels, including amount of activity and quality of lodgings.
Great introduction to Costa Rica. Road Scholar never disappoints. This was our thirteenth trip and we are looking forward to many more.
This was a wonderful trip with a good variety of activities, from nature to cultural. The rain forest accommodations at Selva Verde were particularly interesting, even without air conditioning. I would recommend this trip to anyone who wants to sample what Costa Rica has to offer, which is a lot!
This tour, A Taste of Costa Rica, is a top notch tour. It was packed with information, varied experiences. Road Scholar has once again presented an outstanding window on the world, on humanity. Sign up now. You won't be disappointed.
"A Taste of Costa Rica" is an excellent tour of a very interesting and beautiful country. Lecturers were very knowledgeable and entertaining and the Road Scholar guide assured a wonderful educational experience. I hope to go back to Costa Rica for another Road Scholar tour as there is much more to this fascinating country.
This tour was a wonderful introduction to Costa Rica -- the country, the people, the wildlife, the food and more. Our guide, Gloriana Sanchez, was very knowledgeable and her great sense of humor helped make the trip more fun. Gloriana took care of all the details and was always happy to help with special requests, like finding a zipline tour for us, even though it was not part of the scheduled tour.
It's just what it says -- a taster tour: tasting both the country and the products of the country.
A wonderful sampling of a beautiful country. Physical activity is a bit more than "active," particularly for the hanging bridges and walking to/from accommodations.
The "Taste of Costa Rica" tour was excellent. It exceeded my expectations. Pedro Bosques, our tour leader, was excellent and made the trip special.
This trip was phenomenal. We had so much fun doing so many different things. It was a great introduction to Costa Rica and I would highly recommend it to anyone. Pura Vida!!
Trip was great and I highly recommend it. It was my first road scholar trip and I loved it. Will definitely do another one.
An excellent learning experience. Very knowledgeable guide. Saw more wildlife and birds than I expected. Particularly enjoyed taking pictures. The four rafting/boating experiences were a highlight, as were the rain forest walks. Didn't see any mosquitos!
Just arrived home from our Costa Rica trip. It was an amazing experience. Jimmy, our leader and Enrique, our driver were wonderful. They were like family and it was sad to leave them. Our group was small and it was especially fun to get to know everyone. Our speakers and field trips were exceptional. Accommodations were fine and in great locations. Food was wonderful. Couldn't have asked for a better trip!!
I was absolutely thrilled with this experience. I will definitely use Road Scholar in the future.
I recently returned from the Road Scholar "Taste of Costa Rica" program. It was wonderful having a small group experience( only 18 travelers) which allowed us to get up close & personal with all that Costa Rica has to offer. As a zoologist by education and a botanist by avocation I can say that the variety of flora & fauna that we saw was truly amazing. The icing on the cake was learning about "ecotourism" and how we can all participate in helping preserve endangered areas of our planet. Gilberth, our leader, was not only knowledgeable but lots of fun besides. He & our bus driver Carlos could spot wildlife everywhere we went and made sure we all saw it too. Thanks guys for a great trip! Bonnie
This program had a lot of variety and activity. We had 4 nature excursions (including the canopy walk), 3 farm/factory tours, 4 lectures on history and current topics, 3 boat excursions, 3 museums/natural displays, 3 interactions with local families and 3 visits to local stores. Somehow, we also had 2 partial free afternoons to enjoy the sun. The program leader was top-notch. It was hotter than I expected so bring lots of t-shirts.
This is a wonderful first introduction tour of Costa Rica. I particularly liked it because it toured the heart of the Country, not the touristy overdeveloped Coastal 'resorts'. I felt that I got to know the real Costa Rica; and hope to go there again with Road Scholar in the near future!
If you are thinking about doing this, just do it.. you won't be sorry
This is a wonderful trip! Costa Ricans are friendly people and most speak English. The food, hotels, activities, animals and birds were all awesome! There were only 2 days that we got out and walked as much as the program specified, however, so be prepared for a somewhat sedentary experience.
Our small group hiked in the rain forest, rafted through river rapids, soaked in hot steaming pools and viewed shockingly beautiful flowers and birds through sweet cedar and hanging moss. We learned about the nation’s history, its pineapple and coffee plantations and the commitment of its people for peace and the ecological value of their land. We explored a volcanic mountain and tropical flora and fauna in the lowlands and the cloud forest. We met farmers and others who shared their experiences and dreams for their country. With the logistics of transportation, food and lodging expertly arranged for us we were free to become first time road scholars taking full advantage of all of the activities and lectures offered to us on this fantastic trip.
"A Taste of Costa Rica" was my first Road Scholar trip, and I found the experience very educational and personally rewarding. The lecturers were excellent, well chosen for their expertise, passion for their work, and ability to communicate it. Our guide was very knowledgeable and without him, I would have missed the flora and the fauna on our walks. The activities highlighted the richness of the region. The one caution I would have for potential travelers on this trip is that they know each day is packed with activities, and you would be on the go from 8 in the morning (one day started at 7) until about 7 at night. There is one day at a hotel in Arenal that has thermal pools, though, and it was very relaxing to soak in one! Our group was small - 16 -, and I really enjoyed getting to know them on this trip. I will savor my tastes of Costa Rica for a long time to come.
Loved our first Road Scholar experience and are confident it won't be our last!
One of the best trips we have ever taken with Road Scholars! Costa Rica is a beautiful country full of a diverse and beautiful people and wonderful natural sights. This program gave us a taste of some of the best it has to offer. Pura Vida!
With a totally dynamic leader, A Taste of Costa Rica was even better than I expected. The nature walks and field trips to pineapple and coffee farms and the Butterfly Garden and the Bat Jungle were all fascinating and the white-water rafting was an exhilarating new experience.I am so glad I went.
This "taste" of Costa Rica certainly whet my appetite for another course. This country is fascinating on every level; the new and delicious fruits, the amazing mammals, massive rainforest trees, colorful birds, and friendly people. It is certainly a world unto itself.