The jewel of Central America, Costa Rica’s environment is world-renowned as one of nature’s most diverse, vibrant and healthy. If you’re short on time but want a taste of this country’s unique sights then jump onboard this express trip through San Jose’s colonial streets, La Fortuna’s emerald green countryside, Monteverde’s lush cloud forests and Manuel Antonio’s turquoise seas. With abundant wildlife, intense volcanic landscapes and superb Pacific beaches, this comfortable adventure is sure to be a trip to remember.
We will be visiting Costa Rica in September of 2012. The cost of this 8 day trip is $1650, based on double occupancy. Should you be interested in our single rate, be sure to request that rate and information when you email to reserve your spot. A $250 deposit is required to hold your spot, and it must be in no later than 60 days before departure. To make your reservation or ask any questions about this trip, please contact [email protected]. Additionally, ask about our group discounts and rates for the trip as well assistance on airfare deals, etc.
- Orientation walk, San Jose
- Irazu Volcano, San Jose – USD43.00
- Butterfly Farm, San Jose – USD27.00
- Rafting (full day), La Fortuna – USD75.00
- Hanging bridges, La Fortuna – USD57.00
- River Safari float, La Fortuna – USD50.00
- Volcano hike, La Fortuna – USD49.00
- Tabacon Hot Springs (entrance, dinner and transport), La Fortuna – USD99.00
- Baldi Hot Springs, La Fortuna – USD20.00
- Canyoneering, La Fortuna – USD75.00
- Fortuna Waterfall, La Fortuna – USD10.00
- Cloud Forest Reserve
- Serpentarium, Monteverde – USD8.00
- World of Insects, Monteverde – USD10.00
- Night walk, Monteverde – USD22.00
- Coffee tour, Monteverde – USD25.00
- Horseback riding, Monteverde – USD30.00
- Manuel Antonio National Park
- Rafting (Savegre), Manuel Antonio – USD80.00
- Surf/boogie board rental, Manuel Antonio – USD10.00
- Mangrove tour by kayak (with lunch), Manuel Antonio – USD65.00
- Dolphin watch / sunset sail, Manuel Antonio – USD75.00
US$100 bills with serial number CB or BE and any other US$ bills that are old, torn, written or stamped on will not be accepted by local banks.
Costa Rica has done a great job of looking after its natural wonders yet maximising their potential as tourist attractions. As a result, you should expect to pay for nearly every optional activity available. This allows everyone to individually have the choice of deciding on which activities they particularly want to participate in – from white water rafting to hiking. This also means high standards of service, well maintained gear, clear paths and signalling and well trained local guides that allow you to make the most of every activity.
Please note that Hurricane season in this region is June to November, when landslides, mudslides, flooding and disruptions to essential services can occur. Intrepid monitors any situations that arise, and may need to change itineraries or activities in response to these natural weather occurrences.
Australia: Not required
Belgium: Not required
Canada: Not required
Germany: Not required
Ireland: Not required
Netherlands: Not required
New Zealand: Not required
South Africa: Yes – in advance
Switzerland: Not required
United Kingdom: Not required
USA: Not required
Temperatures can be low in the winter months, especially at altitude, so bring a set of warmer clothes including thermal underclothes and a fleece jacket.
During our trip there will be many opportunities for you to meet and talk with locals. One way to start any conversation is with pictures. We recommend that you bring some photos / postcards of your family, home, city or country where you live, animals peculiar to your country etc.
Consider bringing your own water bottle to refill along the way. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion ends up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments. Although it can be difficult to avoid bottled water when travelling, please consider water purification techniques such as iodine or micropur and use the water dispensers which are provided at some of our accommodation.
The World Health Organisation has countries in Latin America registered as zones affected by hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, cholera, rabies and malaria.
A valid international certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever is required in many countries. You may need to present this on arrival at the airport or border crossing. Some countries will refuse entry if you are unable to present your certificate. It’s also quite common for your home country to request a Yellow Fever certificate on your arrival back home.Please check with your doctor before leaving home about the Yellow Fever requirements for the countries you’ll be visiting.
Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home. Be aware!
Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in the western world or from your home country and not all the transport which we use provides seat belts.
Due to safety concerns, we don’t use ‘chicken buses’ (i.e. repainted US school buses) in Guatemala and Honduras – inter-city coaches are used instead.
While travelling in this part of the world there is the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.
On this trip you will be staying in some heritage hotels and traditional guesthouses, and these are one of the charms of this trip, but occasionally staircases, balconies and passages etc don’t always comply with western safety standards. Please don’t expect elevators in these properties as they are preserved to their original state.
Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms.
While life jackets are generally available on water craft, there may be occasions where they are not provided and child size life jackets are not always readily available. If travelling with children and this safety issue concerns you we will be able to advise alternative methods of transport (where available) for you to travel to the next destination. You can choose to travel independently for this leg of the journey. This would be at your own expense.
Please take care when taking part in any activities in the ocean, river or open water, where waves and currents can be unpredictable. It’s expected that anyone taking part in water activities is able to swim and have experience in open water. All swimmers should seek local advice before entering the water.