Costa Rica: Raft, Surf & Kayak Costa Rica, Central America

Costa Rica: Raft, Surf & Kayak

Costa Rica, Central America

Kayaking
Rafting
Surfing
Hiking
Ziplining
Wildlife expedition
8 days
Medium
Transfer, Meals, Accomodation, Equipment
Friends, Individuals
2019

Sat, Nov 23

Sat, Nov 30

€1,630

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Overview

  • Quench your wanderlust while sating an appetite for adventure on this active trip through one of the world's greenest countries.
  • Paddle down the Pacuare River by raft for a night in a rainforest eco lodge.
  • Snorkel in the company of turtles, barracuda and reef sharks in Cahuita National Park.
  • Cycle along the Caribbean coastline to the mellow beach refuge of Puerto Viejo and paddle through the waterways of Tortuguero National Park in search of monkeys, toucans and jaguars.
  • Costa Rica is a country where adventure-seekers thrive.

Price Includes

Accommodation
  • Hotel (8 nights), Multishare Cabin (4 nights), Lodge (5 nights).
  • The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline.
  • On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our usual accommodation. A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances.
Meals

17 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 5 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, Shared vehicle, Shared boat, Raft.

Included Activities
  • Pacuare - 2hr. Pacuare River white water rafting - Class 3
  • Pacuare - 2hr. Pacuare River white water rafting - Class 3 & 4
  • Manzanillo - Beginner surf lesson or Independent surfboard rental
  • Gandoca Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge - Leader-led walk (Entrance fee & Transport)
  • Tortuguero - Canals kayak trip
  • Tortuguero - National Park (Entrance Fee)
  • Savegre - Savegre Crossing 4-day Hike
  • Savegre - Rio Naranjo rafting
  • Drake Bay - Zipline
  • Carara National Park - Entrance


Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips.
  • We require that, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation.
  • When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.

Route

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San Jose

Pacuare River

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San Jose

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Itinerary

Day 1San Jose
Hola! Welcome to Costa Rica! Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm on Day 1. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader. With over half the country's population living within its parameters, San Jose is a bustling city with lively markets, intriguing museums and a dynamic atmosphere. A good place to start exploring is the main plaza, a fantastic place to get comfy and do some people watching. Artisan booths are common here and you never know when there'll be a spontaneous art fair. Have a look at the Gold Museum which has an amazing collection of indigenous gold art. If these cultural gems get you in the mood for a bit of shopping head to the out door market in Plaza de la Cultura or the Central Market where you can buy anything from handicrafts to seafood.
Day 2Rafting Pacuare River
Transfer to Pacuare River. From here you'll hit the rapids of the Pacuare River by raft all the way to your rainforest lodge. The next two days involve some incredible white water rafting down the Pacuare River. This river has been rated as one of the ten top best rivers around the world; not only for its rapids, but also its pristine rainforest surrounds and waterfalls. On arrival at tonight's eco-lodge accommodation you'll have time to either chill out or take a self-guided walk along garden trails.
Day 3Rafting Pacuare River / Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Hit the river again as you leave the lodge by raft for more unforgettable white water, and maybe some wildlife-spotting along the way. You'll ride the Class 3 and four rapids for around 2 hours, or 14 kilometres. Around 10 am, travel by private vehicle (approximately 2.5 hours) to Puerto Viejo for a taste of Caribbean seaside: reggae bars and palm-fringed beaches.
Day 4Surfing Manzanillo beach / Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Rise early to take the 8 am public bus (20 minutes) to Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge, an area that encompasses several rare habitats like a lowland rainforest, a wetland, a coral reef and a mangrove swamp. Spend around two hours exploring alongside your leader and keep your eyes peeled for monkeys, reptiles, toucans and macaws. The Refuge is also the nesting area for several species of turtles, manatees, crocodiles, caimans, tarpons and dolphins. There will be some free time for lunch in Manzanillo town before the surf lesson at 2 pm where you'll spend around two hours in the water. Learn some basic pointers to ride a wave, or if you've done this before, grab a board and hang ten! You will be dropped back at the hotel between 4-5pm. 
Day 5Tortuguero National Park
At 8 am, transfer back to Limon and travel by boat to Tortuguero National Park, one of the best places in Costa Rica for spotting wildlife (approximately 3-4 hours depending on the water level).
Day 6Kayaking Tortuguero National Park
Accessible only by plane or boat, Tortuguero National Park is regarded as one of the best places in Costa Rica for spotting wildlife. With this in mind, hop into kayaks and set out on a two-hour journey through the park's canals in search of monkeys, sloths, caiman, jaguars, lizards, bats and a gamut of birdlife. Along the way, learn from a local tour leader about how the jungle's islets, lagoons, wetlands and palm forests functions as an ecosystem.
Day 7San Jose
Travel by boat to La Pavona (1.5-2 hours depending on water level) and continue by road to San Jose (approximately 3.5 hours). Perhaps head out for a final group dinner and become acquainted with the city's buzzing nigh scene.
Day 8San Jose
Your tour comes to an end this morning after breakfast. Please note you are required to comply with the hotel's internal check out rules and time.

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Meeting Point

Autentico Hotel

  • This streamlined modern hotel is a 15-minute walk from Contraloria train station.
  • Unfussy rooms with warm decor offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and coffeemakers, as well as safes and ceiling fans.
  • Breakfast and parking are complimentary.
  • Other amenities include a landscaped garden with an outdoor pool and seating, and an understated restaurant and bar that hosts regular themed buffets.
  • The Provider offers a pre-arranged arrival transfer service from San Jose International Airport [SJO] at an additional fee.
  • If you have pre-booked this service, please ensure you provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel so the transfer can be organised.

Finish Point

Autentico Hotel

  • The shuttle returns to San Jose Downtown or San Jose International Airport by 1 pm on Day 4.
  • There are a number of hotels downtown where you can choose to be dropped off at, otherwise the default hotel is Autentico Hotel.
  • Please do not book a departing flight prior to 16:00 (4 pm) to allow for traffic delays.
  • If you can't arrange a suitable departure flight time, we will be happy to book additional accommodation in San Jose for you (subject to availability). We also offers a pre-arranged departure transfer service to San Jose International Airport [SJO] at an additional fee.
  • If you require this service, please advise your flight arrival details at least 14 days prior to your trip departure.

Group leader

  • This trips is accompanied by one of our group leaders.
  • The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible.
  • We endeavours to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders.
  • Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends.
  • While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.
  • We aim to support local guides who have specialised knowledge of the regions we visit.
  • If you were interested in delving deeper into the local culture at a specific site or location then your leader can recommend a local guide service in most of the main destinations of your trip.

Related Video: Costa Rica

With this video, we would like to show you, how beautiful is Costa Rica. This video may contain locations that this trek not contains.

Feedback

  • After your travels, we want to hear from you!
  • We rely on your feedback. We read it carefully.
  • Feedback helps us understand what we are doing well and what we could be doing better. It allows us to make improvements for future travellers.

Responsible Travel

  • Travelling responsibly is all about making good choices.
  • It's about ensuring you have an incredible trip while also having a positive impact on the local environment, community and economy you're travelling in.
  • How can you be a Responsible Traveller?


See our tips below:

  • Choose to travel with a responsible travel company like us! We've already offset the main carbon emissions of your trip, so your footprint is already lighter.
  • Bring a refillable water bottle and some water purification tablets (or a Steripen) to cut down on plastic bottle waste.
  • Be an animal-friendly traveller.
  • Only go to venues that respect animals by allowing them to live normally in their natural environment. Steer clear of venues that use animals for entertainment or abnormal activities and/or keep animals in poor and unnatural conditions.
  • Eat at local restaurants, buy from regional artists and support social enterprises so you can contribute directly to locals and their economy.
  • Always be respectful of local customs and ask permission if you want to take a photo of someone.
  • Learn a few words of the local language and engage with the people around you.
  • Carry a cloth or re-usable bag so you can avoid plastic bags.

Food

  • While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in this region.
  • Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip.
  • To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price.
  • This also gives you more budgeting flexibility.
  • As a rule our groups tend to eat dinner together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There's no obligation to do this though.
  • Please let us know your diet requirements before your trip starts. Generally speaking, in bigger cities/towns vegetarians can expect a reasonable range of vegetarian venues and/or vegetarian options within tourist restaurant menus.
  • However, vegetarianism is not the norm in this part of the world so options can be limited when eating at homestays, small local restaurants, street stalls, markets, etc.
  • More restrictive diet requirements (vegans, celiac, gluten intolerance, fructose intolerance, lactose intolerance, etc.) can also be accommodated along this trip but you should expect a lesser variety than what you can expect at home.
  • We recommend that, if possible, to bring your own supply of snacks with you.
  • Some of the included breakfasts along this trip can be quite simple: toasts, spreads, juice and coffee or tea.

Communications

  • It is recommended that you download WhatsApp prior to departure.
  • Please validate your phone number before leaving home as you will not be able to do this once you arrive, unless you have international roaming enabled. 
  • WhatsApp is usually the preferred method for your leader to be in contact with you and the rest of the group while on tour.
  • It is also good for sharing information and photos with the group members.

What to take

  • Most travellers prefer to take a small to medium wheeled suitcase, which is a great size for the packing capacity in our private vehicles.
  • Whatever you take, be mindful that you will need to be able to carry your own luggage, handle it at airports, take in/out of accommodation and perhaps even walk short distances.
  • Generally speaking, we recommend you pack as lightly as possible.
  • You'll also need a day pack/bag for activities and day trips. In terms of weight, airlines generally allow a maximum of 15-20kg for check in luggage and a maximum of 5kg for carry on.
  • Other than the items and clothing you always need on a trip, below we have listed packing suggestions specific for this trip:


Essentials:

  • Warm as well as light clothing. Central America is often assumed to have hot weather, but it can get cold in the countryside, mountains and at night in the winter so we suggest you check the expected temperatures en route and bring clothing that you can layer.
  • Closed-in shoes will help to protect your feet from cuts and scratches when walking through cities as well as bush/grass-lands, and will also act as a barrier protection in rare cases against bites or stings
  • Sun protection - hat, sunscreen, sunglasses


Recommended:

  • Soft and/or hard copies of all important documents e.g. air tickets, passport, vaccination certificate, travel insurance etc. and keep the hard copies separate from the originals.
  • While not valid, a copy makes it very much easier to obtain replacements if necessary.
  • Water bottle. We recommend at least a 1.5 litre capacity. 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 end up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments.
  • Electrical adapter plug.
  • Personal medical kit. Your guide will carry a large kit but we recommend you carry items such as mild pain killers, electrolytes and Band-Aids.
  • Watch/Alarm clock or phone that can be used for both.
  • Swimwear
  • Travel beach towel
  • Tissues &/or toilet paper &/or wet wipes
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera with spare memory card, charger &/or batteries


  • Please try to avoid bringing unnecessary valuables, and use your safe if available. It’s also a good idea to purchase a money belt or pouch that is easily hidden.
  • Laundry is available at many hotels and towns during this trip, although you might need to wait for a two-night stop in order to make sure you get it back in time. While laundry at hotels is usually charged by the item, laundromats usually charge by the kilo, which is generally inexpensive (about USD 2 per kilo).

Travel Insurance

  • Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips.
  • We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation.
  • We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
  • When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.
  • If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and credit card details.

Visas

Passports

  • As a general rule most countries expect that your passport has a minimum of 6 months' validity remaining. 
  • Take a copy of the main passport pages and other important documents with you, and leave another copy at home with family or friends.


Visas

  • Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. T
  • he below country specific information was correct at time of writing, however please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality.
  • Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.
  • Also remember to check whether a transit visa is required on route to join this trip or on the way home. If you receive an immigration card upon entry, please ensure you keep this safe as it may be requested at point of exit.
  • Passport holders from Australia, Canada, Great Britain, New Zealand and The United States of America are not required to obtain a visa prior to arrival.
  • Some nationalities will require a visa but be aware that you cannot get it at the border. Contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Costa Rica for the most up to date information.
  • To enter the country visitors are required to have a return or onward travel ticket.
  • Visitors generally get a 90-day stamp in their passport upon entering Costa Rica.

Price Includes

Accommodation
  • Hotel (8 nights), Multishare Cabin (4 nights), Lodge (5 nights).
  • The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline.
  • On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our usual accommodation. A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances.
Meals

17 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 5 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, Shared vehicle, Shared boat, Raft.

Included Activities
  • Pacuare - 2hr. Pacuare River white water rafting - Class 3
  • Pacuare - 2hr. Pacuare River white water rafting - Class 3 & 4
  • Manzanillo - Beginner surf lesson or Independent surfboard rental
  • Gandoca Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge - Leader-led walk (Entrance fee & Transport)
  • Tortuguero - Canals kayak trip
  • Tortuguero - National Park (Entrance Fee)
  • Savegre - Savegre Crossing 4-day Hike
  • Savegre - Rio Naranjo rafting
  • Drake Bay - Zipline
  • Carara National Park - Entrance


Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips.
  • We require that, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation.
  • When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.

Route

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San Jose

Pacuare River

+5 more

San Jose

Costa Rica: Raft, Surf & Kayak Costa Rica, Central America #e089713f-8029-4a60-bcc2-771914289cab
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Itinerary

Day 1San Jose
Hola! Welcome to Costa Rica! Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm on Day 1. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader. With over half the country's population living within its parameters, San Jose is a bustling city with lively markets, intriguing museums and a dynamic atmosphere. A good place to start exploring is the main plaza, a fantastic place to get comfy and do some people watching. Artisan booths are common here and you never know when there'll be a spontaneous art fair. Have a look at the Gold Museum which has an amazing collection of indigenous gold art. If these cultural gems get you in the mood for a bit of shopping head to the out door market in Plaza de la Cultura or the Central Market where you can buy anything from handicrafts to seafood.
Day 2Rafting Pacuare River
Transfer to Pacuare River. From here you'll hit the rapids of the Pacuare River by raft all the way to your rainforest lodge. The next two days involve some incredible white water rafting down the Pacuare River. This river has been rated as one of the ten top best rivers around the world; not only for its rapids, but also its pristine rainforest surrounds and waterfalls. On arrival at tonight's eco-lodge accommodation you'll have time to either chill out or take a self-guided walk along garden trails.
Day 3Rafting Pacuare River / Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Hit the river again as you leave the lodge by raft for more unforgettable white water, and maybe some wildlife-spotting along the way. You'll ride the Class 3 and four rapids for around 2 hours, or 14 kilometres. Around 10 am, travel by private vehicle (approximately 2.5 hours) to Puerto Viejo for a taste of Caribbean seaside: reggae bars and palm-fringed beaches.
Day 4Surfing Manzanillo beach / Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Rise early to take the 8 am public bus (20 minutes) to Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge, an area that encompasses several rare habitats like a lowland rainforest, a wetland, a coral reef and a mangrove swamp. Spend around two hours exploring alongside your leader and keep your eyes peeled for monkeys, reptiles, toucans and macaws. The Refuge is also the nesting area for several species of turtles, manatees, crocodiles, caimans, tarpons and dolphins. There will be some free time for lunch in Manzanillo town before the surf lesson at 2 pm where you'll spend around two hours in the water. Learn some basic pointers to ride a wave, or if you've done this before, grab a board and hang ten! You will be dropped back at the hotel between 4-5pm. 
Day 5Tortuguero National Park
At 8 am, transfer back to Limon and travel by boat to Tortuguero National Park, one of the best places in Costa Rica for spotting wildlife (approximately 3-4 hours depending on the water level).
Day 6Kayaking Tortuguero National Park
Accessible only by plane or boat, Tortuguero National Park is regarded as one of the best places in Costa Rica for spotting wildlife. With this in mind, hop into kayaks and set out on a two-hour journey through the park's canals in search of monkeys, sloths, caiman, jaguars, lizards, bats and a gamut of birdlife. Along the way, learn from a local tour leader about how the jungle's islets, lagoons, wetlands and palm forests functions as an ecosystem.
Day 7San Jose
Travel by boat to La Pavona (1.5-2 hours depending on water level) and continue by road to San Jose (approximately 3.5 hours). Perhaps head out for a final group dinner and become acquainted with the city's buzzing nigh scene.
Day 8San Jose
Your tour comes to an end this morning after breakfast. Please note you are required to comply with the hotel's internal check out rules and time.

Map

Meeting Point

Autentico Hotel

  • This streamlined modern hotel is a 15-minute walk from Contraloria train station.
  • Unfussy rooms with warm decor offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and coffeemakers, as well as safes and ceiling fans.
  • Breakfast and parking are complimentary.
  • Other amenities include a landscaped garden with an outdoor pool and seating, and an understated restaurant and bar that hosts regular themed buffets.
  • The Provider offers a pre-arranged arrival transfer service from San Jose International Airport [SJO] at an additional fee.
  • If you have pre-booked this service, please ensure you provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel so the transfer can be organised.

Finish Point

Autentico Hotel

  • The shuttle returns to San Jose Downtown or San Jose International Airport by 1 pm on Day 4.
  • There are a number of hotels downtown where you can choose to be dropped off at, otherwise the default hotel is Autentico Hotel.
  • Please do not book a departing flight prior to 16:00 (4 pm) to allow for traffic delays.
  • If you can't arrange a suitable departure flight time, we will be happy to book additional accommodation in San Jose for you (subject to availability). We also offers a pre-arranged departure transfer service to San Jose International Airport [SJO] at an additional fee.
  • If you require this service, please advise your flight arrival details at least 14 days prior to your trip departure.

Group leader

  • This trips is accompanied by one of our group leaders.
  • The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible.
  • We endeavours to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders.
  • Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends.
  • While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.
  • We aim to support local guides who have specialised knowledge of the regions we visit.
  • If you were interested in delving deeper into the local culture at a specific site or location then your leader can recommend a local guide service in most of the main destinations of your trip.

Related Video: Costa Rica

With this video, we would like to show you, how beautiful is Costa Rica. This video may contain locations that this trek not contains.

Feedback

  • After your travels, we want to hear from you!
  • We rely on your feedback. We read it carefully.
  • Feedback helps us understand what we are doing well and what we could be doing better. It allows us to make improvements for future travellers.

Responsible Travel

  • Travelling responsibly is all about making good choices.
  • It's about ensuring you have an incredible trip while also having a positive impact on the local environment, community and economy you're travelling in.
  • How can you be a Responsible Traveller?


See our tips below:

  • Choose to travel with a responsible travel company like us! We've already offset the main carbon emissions of your trip, so your footprint is already lighter.
  • Bring a refillable water bottle and some water purification tablets (or a Steripen) to cut down on plastic bottle waste.
  • Be an animal-friendly traveller.
  • Only go to venues that respect animals by allowing them to live normally in their natural environment. Steer clear of venues that use animals for entertainment or abnormal activities and/or keep animals in poor and unnatural conditions.
  • Eat at local restaurants, buy from regional artists and support social enterprises so you can contribute directly to locals and their economy.
  • Always be respectful of local customs and ask permission if you want to take a photo of someone.
  • Learn a few words of the local language and engage with the people around you.
  • Carry a cloth or re-usable bag so you can avoid plastic bags.

Food

  • While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in this region.
  • Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip.
  • To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price.
  • This also gives you more budgeting flexibility.
  • As a rule our groups tend to eat dinner together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There's no obligation to do this though.
  • Please let us know your diet requirements before your trip starts. Generally speaking, in bigger cities/towns vegetarians can expect a reasonable range of vegetarian venues and/or vegetarian options within tourist restaurant menus.
  • However, vegetarianism is not the norm in this part of the world so options can be limited when eating at homestays, small local restaurants, street stalls, markets, etc.
  • More restrictive diet requirements (vegans, celiac, gluten intolerance, fructose intolerance, lactose intolerance, etc.) can also be accommodated along this trip but you should expect a lesser variety than what you can expect at home.
  • We recommend that, if possible, to bring your own supply of snacks with you.
  • Some of the included breakfasts along this trip can be quite simple: toasts, spreads, juice and coffee or tea.

Communications

  • It is recommended that you download WhatsApp prior to departure.
  • Please validate your phone number before leaving home as you will not be able to do this once you arrive, unless you have international roaming enabled. 
  • WhatsApp is usually the preferred method for your leader to be in contact with you and the rest of the group while on tour.
  • It is also good for sharing information and photos with the group members.

What to take

  • Most travellers prefer to take a small to medium wheeled suitcase, which is a great size for the packing capacity in our private vehicles.
  • Whatever you take, be mindful that you will need to be able to carry your own luggage, handle it at airports, take in/out of accommodation and perhaps even walk short distances.
  • Generally speaking, we recommend you pack as lightly as possible.
  • You'll also need a day pack/bag for activities and day trips. In terms of weight, airlines generally allow a maximum of 15-20kg for check in luggage and a maximum of 5kg for carry on.
  • Other than the items and clothing you always need on a trip, below we have listed packing suggestions specific for this trip:


Essentials:

  • Warm as well as light clothing. Central America is often assumed to have hot weather, but it can get cold in the countryside, mountains and at night in the winter so we suggest you check the expected temperatures en route and bring clothing that you can layer.
  • Closed-in shoes will help to protect your feet from cuts and scratches when walking through cities as well as bush/grass-lands, and will also act as a barrier protection in rare cases against bites or stings
  • Sun protection - hat, sunscreen, sunglasses


Recommended:

  • Soft and/or hard copies of all important documents e.g. air tickets, passport, vaccination certificate, travel insurance etc. and keep the hard copies separate from the originals.
  • While not valid, a copy makes it very much easier to obtain replacements if necessary.
  • Water bottle. We recommend at least a 1.5 litre capacity. 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 end up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments.
  • Electrical adapter plug.
  • Personal medical kit. Your guide will carry a large kit but we recommend you carry items such as mild pain killers, electrolytes and Band-Aids.
  • Watch/Alarm clock or phone that can be used for both.
  • Swimwear
  • Travel beach towel
  • Tissues &/or toilet paper &/or wet wipes
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera with spare memory card, charger &/or batteries


  • Please try to avoid bringing unnecessary valuables, and use your safe if available. It’s also a good idea to purchase a money belt or pouch that is easily hidden.
  • Laundry is available at many hotels and towns during this trip, although you might need to wait for a two-night stop in order to make sure you get it back in time. While laundry at hotels is usually charged by the item, laundromats usually charge by the kilo, which is generally inexpensive (about USD 2 per kilo).

Travel Insurance

  • Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips.
  • We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation.
  • We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
  • When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.
  • If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and credit card details.

Visas

Passports

  • As a general rule most countries expect that your passport has a minimum of 6 months' validity remaining. 
  • Take a copy of the main passport pages and other important documents with you, and leave another copy at home with family or friends.


Visas

  • Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. T
  • he below country specific information was correct at time of writing, however please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality.
  • Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.
  • Also remember to check whether a transit visa is required on route to join this trip or on the way home. If you receive an immigration card upon entry, please ensure you keep this safe as it may be requested at point of exit.
  • Passport holders from Australia, Canada, Great Britain, New Zealand and The United States of America are not required to obtain a visa prior to arrival.
  • Some nationalities will require a visa but be aware that you cannot get it at the border. Contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Costa Rica for the most up to date information.
  • To enter the country visitors are required to have a return or onward travel ticket.
  • Visitors generally get a 90-day stamp in their passport upon entering Costa Rica.
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