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*SUMMARY* 11B08. MONTEVERDE, ARENAL, TORTUGUERO & OSA PENINSULA (11 Days/10 Nights)
Canopy, Horseback, Nature and Hot Springs Tours, then Lapa Rios Stay
From US$5,280 per person in double occupancy ($480 per person per day), depending on the season and category of rooms booked.*

Drive to Monteverde, stopping en route to experience the Waterfalls Canopy Tour. In Monteverde you will have guided tours to the Cloud Forest Reserve and Frog Pond, and take a sunset horseback ride. In Arenal see the active volcano, soak in a hot springs and walk the Hanging Bridges trails. Fly to Tortuguero for boat tours in the Park, home of the Atlantic Green Sea Turtle (turtle nesting tours Jun-Oct only). End up at Lapa Rios Ecolodge.

Meal codes: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner.

Day 1: Arrival San Jose (No meals.)
Overnight at Grano de Oro Hotel (deluxe room).

Day 2: San Jose / Waterfalls Zip Line / Monteverde (B,L,D)
You will be picked up by a guide and driver for the drive to Monteverde (4-1/2 hours). On the way stop at the Waterfalls Canopy Tour. After the tour, have lunch in a local restaurant and continue to Monteverde. Night visit to the Monteverde Frog Pond. Overnight at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens.

Day 3: Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve / Horseback ride (B,L,D)
After breakfast, join a guided excursion (of up to 10 people) in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. In the afternoon, take a sunset horseback ride. Overnight Monteverde Lodge.

Day 4: Monteverde / Arenal Hanging Bridges / Hot Springs / Tortuguero (B,L,D)
After an early breakfast, depart on a three-hour transfer to Arenal.** Upon arrival, visit with your guide the Arenal Hanging Bridges Project. Afterwards, lunch and a soak in the Hidalgo Family Hot Springs in the shadow of the volcano before catching a Costa Rica Expeditions’ chartered flight to Tortuguero (45 mins). Overnight at Tortuga Lodge & Gardens (deluxe room).

Day 5: Tortuguero National Park (B,L,D)
Breakfast then depart with a local guide for a 3-hour boat tour into the Tortuguero National Park. After lunch a local guide will take you to the village of Tortuguero to learn about the history of the village and visit the Atlantic Green Sea Turtle Museum founded by the Caribbean Conservation Corporation (CCC). Overnight at Tortuga Lodge.

Day 6: Tortuguero / San Jose / Lapa Rios Ecolodge (B,L,D)
Fly to San Jose (35 mins) to meet your one-hour flight to Puerto Jimenez. Overnight at Lapa Rios.

Days 7-9: Lapa Rios Ecolodge (B)
Three full days to explore the area at your leisure or participate in optional activities (at additional cost). Nights at Lapa Rios.

Day 10: Lapa Rios / San Jose (B)
Morning transfer to Puerto Jimenez to board a chartered to San Jose (1 hour). Upon arrival, a guide will take you to your hotel. Overnight at Grano de Oro Hotel (deluxe room).

Day 11: Departure (B)
Transfer to the International Airport, arriving at least two hours before your flight’s scheduled departure time.

*Note: Pricing can vary considerably depending on the number of people in your group and travel dates. Please contact us for an accurate quote on this or any other trip on our web site.

**See Arenal Safety Guidelines.

IMPORTANT: There is a 25-pound weight limit on domestic flights in Costa Rica. Please remember to pack light. If you would like to leave some of your belongings behind, we will do our best to catch it up to you when you arrive at the next destination in your itinerary.

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*DETAILED* 11B08. MONTEVERDE, ARENAL, TORTUGUERO & OSA PENINSULA (11 Days/10 Nights)
Canopy, Horseback, Nature and Hot Springs Tours, then Lapa Rios Stay
From US$5,280 per person in double occupancy ($480 per person per day), depending on the season and category of rooms booked.*

Drive to Monteverde, stopping en route to experience the Waterfalls Canopy Tour near Carara National Park. In Monteverde you will have guided tours to the Cloud Forest Reserve and Frog Pond and take a sunset horseback ride. In Arenal see the active volcano while soaking in a hot springs and walk the Hanging Bridges trails. Then fly to Tortuguero for boat tours into the National Park, home to more than 300 species of birds and the Atlantic Green Sea Turtle (turtle nesting tours Jun-Oct only). End your activity-filled vacation on the beach at the unique Lapa Rios Ecolodge.

Meal codes: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner.

Day 1: Arrival Costa Rica (No meals.)
Arrive at the Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose. After passing through Immigration you will be met by a Costa Rica Expeditions representative who will give you a sticker that will facilitate clearing customs. When you leave the building after customs, look for a sign that says: "Costa Rica Expeditions" with your name on it. A Costa Rica Expeditions guide wearing an orange or yellow shirt is holding the sign. He or she will take you to your hotel. Overnight at Grano de Oro Hotel (deluxe room).

Day 2: San Jose / Waterfalls Canopy / Monteverde (B,L,D)
After breakfast, a Costa Rica Expeditions’ guide and driver will be waiting for you in the lobby of your hotel to join you for the drive to Monteverde (about 4-1/2 hours). On the way, stop at the Waterfalls Canopy Tour, located near Carara National Park in an important ecological transition zone between Costa Rica’s dry northwest and the humid south. Much of the Canopy's 46 hectares of protected area is covered with transitional rainforest growing on steep slopes, and studded with massive trees laden with vines and epiphytes. The Canopy Tour, certified for safety by the American Challenge Course Technologies (ACCT), consists of 13 platforms, seven cables of varying lengths, a three-story tree house, a Tarzan Swing, a suspension bridge and a 90-foot rappel down at the end (optional for the adventure seekers). After the tour, have lunch in a local restaurant and continue to Monteverde.

Monteverde is a peaceful community made up of dairy farmers, naturalists and tourism service providers who have joined together to create a model for sustainable development and protection of the environment that is known throughout the world. Founded in 1954 by a group of Quakers searching for a peaceful place to live, it is the home of Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, the Children's Eternal Rain Forest, and the Santa Elena Reserve.

Night visit to the Monteverde Frog Pond. Learn about species that are unique to the tropics of Costa Rica. Each species is in a terrarium simulating their natural habitat. Species include the large Marine Toad, the colorful Poison Arrow Frog and the Red-eyed Tree Frog. It is best to visit after dark as the frogs are more active and you can hear their calls. Overnight at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens.

Day 3: Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and Sunset Horseback (B,L,D)
After breakfast, join a guided excursion (of up to 10 people) in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Founded in 1972, the Reserve extends down both slopes of the Tilarán Mountains (elevation 2,300 to 5,600 ft.), encompassing six different ecological life zones and protecting more than 100 species of mammals, 400 species of birds and 1,500 species of plants. From January to July, depending upon your luck and patience, you may observe in its natural habitat the Resplendent Quetzal (occasionally a dozen or more individuals at once). Other species include the Three-wattled bellbird, the Emerald Toucanet, and White-faced and Howler monkeys. In the afternoon, accompanied by a Spanish-speaking guide, take a horseback ride through coffee and banana plantations, ending with a view of the sunset over the Gulf of Nicoya. Overnight Monteverde Lodge.

Day 4: Monteverde / Arenal Hanging Bridges Trail and Hot Springs / Tortuguero (B,L,D)
After an early breakfast, depart on an approximately 2 ½-hour transfer in an air-conditioned 4x4 vehicle from Monteverde to the dock at Rio Chiquito, a small town on the shore of Arenal Lake. Board a boat that will take you across the lake (15-30 minutes depending on wind conditions), to Arenal Dam. Total transfer time from Monteverde to Arenal area via Arenal Lake is approximately 3 hours.**

Upon arrival a guide will be waiting to take you to the Arenal Hanging Bridges, a project of eight fixed bridges, ranging in length between 8 and 22 meters, and six hanging bridges, built with the latest techniques and designed with an eye for both beauty and safety. The bridges and trails, which cover a distance of 3 kms, were designed to blend with the natural environment, leaving the forest virtually intact. As you walk, you be able to appreciate the great diversity of flowers and wildlife that are typical of the rainforest, along with the imposing views (weather permitting) of Arenal Volcano.

Afterwards, lunch and a soak in the Hidalgo Family Hot Springs, the ideal alternative to the mass tourism hot springs in the Arenal Area. When we first met the Hidalgo Family in 2000, they were reluctant to open up their family farm to visitors. Finally they agreed to try it by appointment only on a trial basis. They found, perhaps to their surprise, that they enjoyed having foreign guests on this basis and have now put in changing rooms and a restaurant. The Costa Rican home-style lunch will be served in the restaurant, modeled after the first house that the Hidalgos built when they settled on the farm in 1940.

Afterwards you will be driven to the La Fortuna Airstrip to board a Costa Rica Expeditions’ chartered flight to Tortuguero (45 mins). You will be met at the Tortuguero Airstrip by a representative from the hotel and will be taken by boat across the river to the hotel. Overnight at Tortuga Lodge & Gardens (deluxe room).

Day 5: Tortuguero National Park (B,L,D)
After breakfast at the hotel, depart with a local guide for a 3-hour boat tour into the Tortuguero National Park. Originally intended to protect a major nesting beach of the Atlantic green sea turtle, the Park now protects 51,870 acres, one of the last large areas of tropical rain forest in Central America. Eleven habitats are found in the park. Three species of monkeys (Spider, Howler, and White-faced), Three-toed Sloths, and river otters are frequently seen along the natural inland waterways and canals. Caiman, iguanas, river turtles, Basilisk Lizards, and Poison Dart (Dendrobates) Frogs inhabit the area, along with more than 320 species of birds including all six species of kingfishers found in the new world, three species of toucans, eight species of parrots, and other neotropical species such as the Slaty-tailed Trogon, White-collared Manakin, Purple-throated Fruitcrow, and White-fronted Nunbird and many more species which we will have the opportunity to observe during this morning boat ride through the backwater creeks of Tortuguero National Park.

After lunch at the Lodge, a local guide will take you to the village of Tortuguero. Learn about the history of the village and its efforts to get their basic needs met such as running water, medical and dental care, garbage collection and management. Visit the Park headquarters, the general goods store and walk the streets lined with colorful afro-Caribbean homes. Visit the Atlantic Green Sea Turtle museum founded by the Caribbean Conservation Corporation (CCC). The late Dr. Archie Carr began to study and tag the thousands of Atlantic green sea turtles that every year from June through October come to Tortuguero Beach to lay their eggs. The study has continued without fail ever since, under the auspices of the CCC. It is the longest running continuous study of its kind in the world, and it has had a profound effect on the community of Tortuguero. Overnight at Tortuga Lodge.

Day 6: Tortuguero / San Jose / Lapa Rios Ecolodge (B,L,D)
After breakfast, transfer across the river to the Tortuguero Airstrip. Here you will board a chartered flight for the direct flight to San Jose (35 mins). Fly over the Atlantic lowlands and Braulio Carrillo National Park. Upon arrival, a guide will assist you to the correct hangar for your one-hour flight to Puerto Jimenez. A representative from Lapa Rios will drive you to the hotel (1 hour). Overnight at Lapa Rios.

Days 7-9: Lapa Rios Ecolodge (B)
Three full days to explore the area at your leisure or participate in optional activities (at additional cost). Nights at Lapa Rios.

Day 10: Lapa Rios / San Jose (B)
Morning transfer to Puerto Jimenez to board a chartered to San Jose. Upon arrival, a guide will take you to your hotel. Overnight at Grano de Oro Hotel (deluxe room).

Day 11: Departure (B)
Transfer to the International Airport, arriving at least two hours before your flight’s scheduled departure time.

*Note: Pricing can vary considerably depending on the number of people in your group and travel dates. Please contact us for an accurate quote on this or any other trip on our web site.

**See Arenal Safety Guidelines.

IMPORTANT: There is a 25-pound weight limit on domestic flights in Costa Rica. Please remember to pack light. If you would like to leave some of your belongings behind, we will do our best to catch it up to you when you arrive at the next destination in your itinerary.

Grano de Oro Hotel
Located on a residential street in downtown San Jose, there are 35 unique rooms, each with an extravagant bath. Garden suites have Jacuzzi tubs. Meals are inventive and first-rate, served in a lush, outdoor garden patio or in the newly renovated indoor restaurant and bar. A rooftop terrace offers relaxing Jacuzzis and a spot for secluded sunbathing and stargazing. Service is friendly and attentive. Temperate climate.

Monteverde Lodge
Located in the Tilarán Mountain Range at 4,600 ft. above sea level on the edge of the world's best known mid-elevation cloud forest, Monteverde Lodge is the expression of Costa Rica Expeditions' desire to create the ultimate lodging experience for the discerning nature traveler. Owned and operated by Costa Rica Expeditions.

Tortuga Lodge
Named "favorite family resort" in April 2005 by Travel & Leisure Family magazine. Owned and operated by Costa Rica Expeditions. "Situated on 50 acres of private land on Costa Rica's northeast Caribbean coast, Tortuga was our first hotel. It is now our newest hotel. Everything we have learned about designing nature lodges over the last 11 years has gone into the remodelling of Tortuga Lodge. What we learned can be summarized in three words, 'Reflect the place.'" -Michael Kaye

Lapa Ríos Ecoresort
Located on the Osa Peninsula south of Puerto Jimenez, this eco-resort offers 14 luxuriously appointed bungalows with screened windows, hardwood floors, private balconies and both inside and outside private showers. There is a swimming pool with bar and sundeck, and a terraced restaurant hangs over the forest with a view of the sea.
1000 acres of private reserve include a sandy stretch of virgin beach. Hot climate.

INCLUDED:
Accommodations: As featured in the itinerary. Meals: As indicated in the itinerary: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner. Transfers: Included in fixed departure (group) programs, on arrival and departure, when arriving and departing on the first and last scheduled days of the tour. For all other tours, transfers are included as indicated. Porterage: The handling of two bags per person. Baggage and personal effects are at the owner's risk throughout the tour. Taxes & entrance fees: Hotel taxes, entrance fees to National Parks, museums and places of interest in effect at the time of booking are included unless otherwise specified. Sightseeing: As specified in the itinerary.

NOT INCLUDED:
Costs of obtaining passports, visas or tourist cards; excess baggage fees; personal expenses such as room service, beverages and laundry; gratuities for tour escort, guides or driver; personal communications charges; international airfare and airport departure taxes (US$26 per person as of April 2009) excess mileage carried out at the request of the passenger; sightseeing or meals not specified in the itinerary; personal insurance coverage (strongly recommended).

HOLIDAY PAYMENT POLICY: APPLIES TO CHRISTMAS, NEW YEARS, PRESIDENTS WEEK AND EASTER
A non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total trip cost is required to guarantee your reservation upon acceptance of proposal. The balance is due 60 days prior to the start date of departure. Any trips that are reserved less than 90 days prior to arrival must make full payment before hotel reservations can be confirmed. Deposits that are made to secure peak season hotels, guides and services are non-refundable.

PAYMENT POLICY FOR DATES OTHER THAN HOLIDAY DATES:
A deposit of 50% of the total trip cost is required to guarantee your reservation upon acceptance of proposal. The balance is due 30 days prior to the start date of departure. Any trips that are confirmed less than 60 days prior to arrival must make full payment before hotel reservations can be confirmed.

CHANGE POLICY:
Guests occasionally may want to make changes at the last minute, even after having arrived in Costa Rica. These changes involve a considerable amount of extra work requiring a series of phone calls, emails and printed documents. For this reason, Costa Rica Expeditions charges $75.00 for any changes made to the vacation after final services have been confirmed. This fee is in addition to any costs or penalties imposed by the companies impacted by the newly requested or cancelled services.

PRICES CHARGED:
The rates that Costa Rica Expeditions receives from lodging and other suppliers of services may be the same or even higher than the prices that the suppliers offer the public via the Internet or other channels of distribution. The prices we charge reflect our costs and a reasonable profit for our services in planning and operating the trip. We do not claim that individual services that may appear to be or actually be similar to the services we resell can never by obtained for prices lower than ours.

PRICE BREAKDOWNS:
We do not give price breakdowns. The reason is that we have found through the years that, if we do so, we spend so much time having to explain every cost that we would have to charge considerably more for arranging the trips then we do now. Even more important, in almost all cases cost breakdowns would not help our clients choose a better vacation or a better value. The way we see it, our job is to concentrate on all the details and try to give our clients their ideal vacation at the best possible price. The travelers' job is to look at their holiday as a whole and decide whether our proposal will provide the vacation they want at a price they can afford. The best way for us to help travelers make the right decisions is to give them the most accurate descriptions possible of the experience, and a clear explanation of what is and is not included in the cost. A detailed breakdown takes attention away from the overall quality of the experience. We acknowledge that we may occasionally inadvertently over-charge. If the price we are quoting seems excessive, please say so. Someone other than the person who prepared the original quote will recheck it. If there is an error we will make the adjustment. (We have also been known to accidentally leave out charges that should have been included. If we discover that this is the case after the first payment, we will not charge you.) We are also aware of the possibility that the quote may be more than you want to spend. Please let us know if this case and, if feasible, we will quote a more affordable itinerary.

CHANGE POLICY:
Guests occasionally may want to make changes at the last minute, even after having arrived in Costa Rica. These changes involve a considerable amount of extra work requiring a series of phone calls, emails and printed documents. For this reason, Costa Rica Expeditions charges $75.00 for any changes made to the vacation after final services have been confirmed. This fee is in addition to any costs or penalties imposed by the companies impacted by the newly requested or cancelled services.

HOLIDAY CANCELLATION POLICY: APPLIES TO CHRISTMAS, NEW YEARS, PRESIDENTS WEEK AND EASTER.
Deposits that are made to secure peak season hotel, guides and services are non-refundable. In the case of cancellations 90 days or more prior to the start date of the scheduled trip, there is a full refund minus hotel deposits and guide fees, in addition to a cancellation fee of $300 or 15% of the entire cost of the trip, whichever is less. In the case of cancellations received in our office from 89 to 46 days prior to the start date of the trip, there is a 50% refund, minus hotel deposits and guide fees. There will be no refund for cancellations made 45 or fewer days prior to the trip. This policy may not apply to hotels or tours in which Costa Rica Expeditions, S.A., acts only as an intermediary, in which case the individual policies of the suppliers may apply. We strongly suggest that you purchase trip cancelation and travel protection insurance. Given that this insurance is easily available and relatively inexpensive we don’t give refunds for last minute cancelations.

CANCELLATION POLICY FOR DATES OTHER THAN HOLIDAY DATES:
Deposits that are made to secure peak season hotel, guides and service are non-refundable. In the case of cancellations 30 days or more prior to the start date of the scheduled trip, there is a full refund minus hotel deposits and guide fees, in addition to a cancellation fee of $300 or 10% of the entire cost of the trip, whichever is less. In the case of cancellations received in our office from 29 to 15 days prior to the start date of the trip, there is a 50% refund, minus hotel deposits and guide fees. There will be no refund for cancellations made 14 or fewer days prior to the trip. This policy may not apply to hotels or tours in which Costa Rica Expeditions, S.A., acts only as an intermediary, in which case the individual policies of the suppliers may apply. We strongly suggest that you purchase trip cancelation and travel protection insurance. Given that this insurance is easily available and relatively inexpensive we don’t give refunds for last minute cancelations.

INSURANCE: TRIP CANCELLATION & TRAVEL PROTECTION
Costa Rica Expeditions strongly recommends that you buy Trip Cancellation and Travel Protection Insurance. Here are some of the coverage’s:

  • Trip cancellation or interruption because of a covered medical problem that you, your traveling companion, family member or business partner may develop between the time you book and the end of your trip.
  • Trip cancellation or interruption because of burglary of your or your traveling companion’s residence within 10 days of your departure or during your trip.
  • Non-delivery of services bankruptcies or financial defaults of airlines or tour operators.
  • Expenses arising from an accident or sickness during your trip including evacuation or repatriation to a hospital near your home if your situation is acute or life threatening.
  • Payment for lost and delayed baggage. If you do not have this kind of insurance and any one of these or several other situations covered by the policy should arise you would have to cover the expense out of your own pocket.
  • The policy we recommend even covers you for pre-existing medical conditions if purchased within 10 days of the date you pay for or deposit your trip. Our travel insurance contact in the United States is Preferred Adventures Ltd, St Paul, MN. If you wish to purchase insurance, please access their website at the link below. When you purchase Travel Insurance you will need a location number, the location number is 23-0428.

https://www.travelex-insurance.com/consumer/welcome.aspx?location=23-0428

PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS:
All foreign citizens entering Costa Rica must have a passport that is valid for at least six months after the date they enter the country. As of April 2007, Citizens of the United States are required to have a valid passport for at least 30 days after the date they enter into the country.

Please visit

http://www.costarica-embassy.org/consular/travel/documents.htm

Citizens of the United States and many other countries do not need visas to enter Costa Rica. Citizens of countries other than the United States, Canada and the European Economic Community should check with the nearest Costa Rican Embassy or Consulate. Please note effective January 23, 2007 all nationals, including U.S. citizens, will be required to hold a valid passport to enter the United States by air. This also applies when coming from Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Bermuda. The new passport requirement means that all travelers, including U.S. citizens, who are departing the U.S. and intend to re-enter the United States are required to hold a valid passport upon departure from the U.S. A word to the wise: In years past entrance requirements were much less strictly enforced than they have been lately. Airline counter personal in the country of origin are responsible for enforcing entrance requirements. Although they may still occasionally be lax, if you do not have a passport that is valid for at least six months after your date of travel, it is highly probable that they will not let you board the plane.
A pre-paid airline ticket to exit Costa Rica (either to return to your country or to go to another country) a visa (if required) is required for entry as well.

VACCINATIONS:
Regarding malaria, the US Center for Disease Control has a single recommendation for the countries of Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Panama, despite the fact the danger of contracting malaria varies greatly from country to country and from region to region within the countries. The CDC recommends taking Chloroquin, which, if you choose to use it, you should start taking at least 2 weeks before possible exposure. (To cover their backs the CDC says a month to 6 weeks.)

Our Costa Rican doctor, who has no bureaucratic needs to cover his back and whose judgment in these matters we have come to respect, does not agree with the recommendation, He points out that while there is a slight chance of getting malaria in Costa Rica, there is also a slight chance of side effects from Chloroquin, which is at least as serious as the strains of malaria that have been recorded here. What we who live here do, if anything, is use insect repellant that contains DEET (diethylmethyltoluamide) when there is a likelihood of getting bitten.   (Be sure to follow the precautions on the label.)  Not only will this minimize the possibility of getting malaria, but also it will help protect you from getting other insect born diseases---not to mention itchy bites.   While we are talking about prevention of disease, make sure your tetanus inoculation is current. 

This all said, finally you have to make your own decision about whether to use malaria prophylaxis or not.  (The CDC is not the only ones who cover their backs.)

IF YOU ARE COMING FROM THE EASTERN HEMISPHERE, PANAMA OR SOUTH AMERICA:
Although yellow fever is not a disease risk in Costa Rica, the government requires travelers arriving from Click for list of countries:

http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/yellowBookCh4-YellowFever.aspx#667

Countries where yellow fever is present requires to present proof of yellow fever vaccination.  If you will be traveling to one of these countries where yellow fever is present before arriving in Costa Rica, this requirement must be taken into consideration.

As well as countries in the Eastern Hemisphere from which we almost never have arriving guests, among the countries listed are Latin American Countries such as Peru, Ecuador, Panama and Bolivia.  This is very important take into account.  If you are coming from any of the listed countries and do not have a current vaccination certificate they will be denied boarding on flights to Costa Rica. By the way, the same requirement applies for entry in many other countries including the US.

GENERAL TERMS & CONDITIONS RESPONSIBILITY:
Costa Rica Expeditions, S.A., (its owners, associates, agents and employees) give notice that they assume no responsibility for injury, loss or damage to person or property in connection with any service resulting directly or indirectly from acts of God, detention, annoyance, delays and expenses arising from quarantine, strikes, thefts, pilferage, force majeure, failure of any means of conveyance to arrive or depart as scheduled, civil disturbances, government restrictions or regulations, discrepancies or change in transit or hotel service over which it has no control.

Costa Rica Expeditions is not responsible for loss of life, personal injury, cancellations, delays, over-bookings, loss or damage of baggage and/or loss of services as a result of the same caused by any domestic flights within Costa Rica. For an additional charge, when advisable, charter flights may be arranged through Costa Rica Expeditions. Should clients decide to book a charter flight; Costa Rica Expeditions will not assume responsibility for cancellations, delays, over bookings, any loss of services from the same.

Costa Rica Expeditions reserves the right to adjust the U.S. dollar prices without notice, to reflect fluctuations in the Foreign Exchange Markets. Costa Rica Expeditions also reserves the right to withdraw a tour or any part of it, to make such alterations in the itinerary as it deems necessary for the comfort or well-being of the participants and to pass on to tour members any expenditure or losses caused by delays or events beyond its control. With advance deposit to Costa Rica Expeditions or any of its agents, the depositor therefore agrees to be bound by the above recited terms and conditions.

MEDICAL AND HEALTH:
We have a 24-hour medical service. Guests with existing medical conditions should make them known to Costa Rica Expeditions well before their arrival to Costa Rica, given that guests will be, at some time during their trip, in some of the most remote places in Costa Rica. Under certain circumstances, evacuation could be prolonged, difficult, expensive or impossible. Guests should take special care. If they feel sick, they should tell us so we can start making arrangements for evacuation should it become necessary. Leaders on all of our wilderness trips carry a fully stocked first-aid kit. Hospital facilities are excellent in Costa Rica. Costa Rica Expeditions assumes no liability for costs of evacuation or provision of medical care. We strongly recommend that trip participants purchase short-term traveler?s insurance covering baggage, accident/life and trip cancellation.

CONDUCT:
Costa Rica Expeditions and its designated representatives reserve the right to disqualify any person as member of any trip or tour, should such persons actions or general deportment impede the operation of the trip or the rights or welfare or enjoyment of other members of the trip. Refunds are usually not given under these circumstances. In such extraordinary instances when a refund is granted, it is agreed that a refund based on the actual cost of the unused land services is the limit of Costa Rica Expeditions?

LIMIT OF LIABILITY FOR LOST BAGGAGE:
Costa Rica Expeditions makes every possible effort to protect the baggage placed in our care. In the unlikely event that baggage or its content is lost, Costa Rica Expeditions will compensate the owner of said baggage for the value of the baggage and it´s contents or four hundred dollar currency of the United States of America (US$400), whichever is less. Under no circumstances do we make compensation for claims of lost cash or cash equivalents such as traveler’s checks. Alleged verbal representations by employees of Costa Rica Expeditions or any other person to the effect that Costa Rica Expeditions will take responsibility for amounts greater than the limit stated above are not valid.

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