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.
Rating (4.97)
Program No. 8577RJ
Length
9 days
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4.97 Average
Bob
(5)
At times the language Barrie was problematic but the experience was delightful. Our driver was very special.
Harry
(5)
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.
Lynne
(5)
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.
Susan
(5)
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.
Linda
(5)
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.
Carol
(5)
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
Larry
(5)
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!
Ricki
(5)
"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.
Sandra
(5)
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.
Jo
(5)
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.
Dawn
(5)
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.
Lawrence
(5)
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.
Cheryl
(5)
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.
Lorraine
(5)
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!
Lenore
This reviewer did not give a star rating.
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.
Barbara
(5)
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.
Robin
(5)
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!
Charles
(5)
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.
Martha
(5)
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!
Roberta
(5)
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!
Jessica
(5)
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!
Edith
(5)
everything about this trip met or exceeded my expectations. i'm looking forward to the next trip with road scholar.
Forrest
(5)
It would be nice to be able to review one's answers and comments, and make any needed changes, before submitting the evaluation.
Linda
(5)
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!
Carol
(5)
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.
Nancy
(5)
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.
Tim
(5)
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.'
Patricia
(5)
This program exceeded my expectations in every way!
Mary
(5)
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!
Maurice
(5)
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.
Thorana
(5)
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!
Patricia
(5)
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.
Linda
(5)
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?
Brid
(5)
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)!
Marion
(5)
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
John
(5)
What an amazing adventure, my expectations were exceeded.
Deborah
(5)
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.
Howard
(5)
Exceeded expectations on many levels, including amount of activity and quality of lodgings.
Ruth
(5)
Great introduction to Costa Rica. Road Scholar never disappoints. This was our thirteenth trip and we are looking forward to many more.
Deborah
(5)
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!
Charles
(5)
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.
Richard
(5)
"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.
Samuel
(5)
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.
Patricia
(5)
It's just what it says -- a taster tour: tasting both the country and the products of the country.
Beverly
(5)
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.
Barbara
(5)
The "Taste of Costa Rica" tour was excellent. It exceeded my expectations. Pedro Bosques, our tour leader, was excellent and made the trip special.
Mary Jo
(5)
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!!
Jacqueline
(5)
Trip was great and I highly recommend it. It was my first road scholar trip and I loved it. Will definitely do another one.
William
(5)
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!
Linda
(5)
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!!
Kathryn
(5)
I was absolutely thrilled with this experience. I will definitely use Road Scholar in the future.
Bonnie
(5)
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
Thomas
(5)
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.
Salpi
(5)
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!
David
(5)
If you are thinking about doing this, just do it.. you won't be sorry
Joanne
(5)
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.
JoAnn
(5)
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.
Rita
(4)
"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.
Sandra
(5)
Loved our first Road Scholar experience and are confident it won't be our last!
Judith
(5)
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!
Barbara
(5)
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.
Suzanne
(5)
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.
Elizabeth
(4)
This was my first Road Scholar tour. The Taste of Costa Rica tour was excellent! Good educational value, fun, and excellent value for the cost. I plan to tour again with Road Scholar.
Francine
(5)
Road Scholar's A Taste of Costa Rica exceeded my expectations! The trip took our group from the city of San Jose to Sarapiqui and the Braulio Carrillo National Park where we got to hike view birds and wildlife, to the Sarapiqui River where we were able to white water raft, then to the Arenal Mountain area where learned about and viewed a volcano. Along the way we had two wonderful river boat rides, great accomodations along with enjoying wonderful Costa Rican food. We hiked and saw so many beautiful places and learned so much about Costa Rica guided by the best tour guide I have ever encountered. This trip is an amazing adventure that I highly recommend.
Cynthia
(5)
This trip is fantastico!
Margaret
(5)
Cristian did a wonderful job introducing my husband and me to Costa Rica. It is a lovely country, and he was a super representative of his land and his culture. We both were glad that we went on the trip. Our traveling companions were delightful. I miss the rice and beans already! Margaret and Martin Ackerman
Wayne
(5)
Excellent way to learn about Costa Rica and its environmental values. While the trip was only 8 days long, there was a wide range of interesting activities, and a number of terrific speakers and guides. The lodging/hotels were quite comfortable, much better than I expected. I also actually started to enjoy rice and beans as a side dish with (almost) every meal! Finally, the group dynamic was great; everyone was friendly and helpful.
Teresa
(5)
This was a wonderful experience! Great guide, excellent traveling companions, good food, good accommodations and a beautiful and fascinating country to experience. NO MOSQUITOS! No problems of any kind. We loved every minute and will remember it for the rest of our lives. Highly recommend it.
Beth
(5)
This was an excellent program that I thoroughly enjoyed. The program provided a variety of activities that were all interesting and worthwhile. The accommodations were all great and in beautiful locations. The food was very good and plentiful. The program is very well organized and our tour leader made sure everyone was well taken care of and had a great time. Our bus driver was very good and always had a smile on his face. Costa Rica is a beautiful country with many highlights. My favorite parts of the trip were staying at Selva Verde Lodge (what a wonderful rainforest setting); seeing so many different birds, animals and tropical foliage around our lodgings and on hikes through the forest at Arenal Hanging Bridges and Monteverde; the special Sarapiqui River wildlife cruise; the pineapple plantation tour (one of the best farm tours I have been on), the farm tour with dinner in Monteverde and driving the back roads over the mountains to and from Monteverde. Our speakers were all very informative and fun as well. The people on the group were a pleasure to be with and so nice to get to know. I can't imagine someone not enjoying this trip, I highly recommend!
Alison
(5)
What a wonderful trip! The circuit that we traveled took us to several different areas of Costa Rica, but we spent long enough in each to settle in a bit. Edwin, our tour guide was an amazing fountain of knowledge, helpfulness and humour. The activities and lectures were very enlightening and the participants were a pretty copacetic bunch.
Al
(5)
This trip makes it easy for you to get close to nature without having to take long hikes before you reach an area of natural beauty. You don't have to rough it in a tent. Our tour leader was an expert on local birds and owned a fine spotting scope that he used to give us close up views of wild birds. The river rafting trip included the finest safety instruction that I have ever received, and I have been on a half dozen rafting trips. It helps a lot that this is a small group trip. We had 19 participants. I have been on trips with 50 participants, and on these trips you spend a lot of extra time just getting that many people on and off the bus.
Robert
(5)
Fantastic first Road Scholar experience for me, in my first time in Costa Rica. A wonderful combination of visits, lectures, amazing landscape, and encounters with animals and birds. I would be honored to share another Road Scholar experience with our guide Edwin and with our group.
Susan
(5)
Great program, the best one I have been on because of the variety of experiences, which really did give a taste of Costa Rica. The tour guide, Edwin, was OUTSTANDING!
Kenneth
(5)
I can highly recommend "A Taste of Costa Rica." It was well organized with excellent guide and resource persons along the way.
Phil
(5)
This was the best trip, overall, we have been on.
Karen
(5)
Do not miss the opportunity to enjoy Costa Rica for its history, environment and culture. Between the lakes, volcanoes, mountains, mammals, plantations, birds and just nature in general, I experienced marvel and joy. Road Scholar makes it easy to see and enjoy it all .
Louise
(5)
This was a wonderful program with a fantastic, informative, and enthusiastic guide. We enjoyed learning about CR, enjoying its natural wonders, good food, beautiful vistas, and humorous presenters. Too bad we didn't stay longer!
Herb
(5)
This was another wonderful program. We had great guides and speakers on the whole trip. Though it was not a birding trip, we saw a lot of birds that our guide identified for us. There was a good balance of education and activities. The food was very good. We felt like we got a great taste of Costa Rica and would like to go back for more! It is a wonderful country and seemed very peaceful.
Jo
(5)
This trip to Costa Rica was Pura Vida, as they say in the country. The scenery, the wildlife, the flora, the culture, the food - I could find NO fault with the entire trip (except that I hated to have to leave!). Great guide, informative and interesting lectures. CR is a world leader in many ways (environmental, relaxed and peaceful culture) that I never knew about. What a journey, literally and metaphorically!
Isabel
(5)
Exactly as advertised - a taste, focused on nature but with some history lectures, cultural events, and whitewater rafting thrown in (rainforest canopy ziplining an optional extra, but worth the effort). Plan for hot and humid conditions, don't bother packing anything dressy, and prepare for a wonderful time! Every Costa Rican we met was extraordinarily friendly; our lecturers were knowledgeable and good presenters; our program lead was a delight.





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