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* SUMMARY * 13B09. CARARA, MONTEVERDE, ARENAL & TORTUGUERO (11 Days/10 Nights)
Guided Nature Exploration with Canoeing, Hiking, Biking, Zipline and Kayaking Tours
F From US$6,600 per person in double occupancy ($600 per person per day), depending on the season and category of rooms booked.*

This is an active and engaging itinerary that takes you to both coasts as well as to the highlands. During the trip you will be accompanied by a professional, Naturalist Guide, who will introduce you to the beauty and complexity of the rainforest and help you to see some of the worlds most exotic tropical animals and plants. The trip starts with a coastal outrigger canoe tour along Pacific beaches and a canopy tour. Then head to the Monteverde Cloud Forest and Arenal, where you will bike under the shadow of the Volcano and soak in a natural hot springs. Finally, in Tortuguero, on the Atlantic, you will kayak the backwater creeks of the National Park and observe turtle nesting (Jun-Oct only).

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

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

Day 2: San Jose / Outrigger Canoe Tour (B,L,D)
After breakfast meet your private, Naturalist Guide in the hotel lobby and depart for Carara (2-hour drive). In the afternoon take an outrigger canoe tour near Jac. Overnight at Villa Caletas Hotel.

Day 3: Carara / Waterfalls Canopy Tour (B,L,D)
After breakfast visit the Waterfalls Canopy Tour with your Guide. After the tour, lunch at a local restaurant. Overnight at Villa Caletas.

Day 4: Carara / Monteverde / Horseback Riding (B,L,D)
After breakfast your guide and driver will take you on the approx. 2 -hour drive to Monteverde. In the afternoon, take a horseback ride through coffee and banana plantations and enjoy the sunset over the Gulf of Nicoya. Overnight at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens.

Day 5: Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve / Butterfly Gardens (B,L,D)
After breakfast visit the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve with your guide. After lunch, a visit the Monteverde Butterfly Gardens is planned. Overnight at Monteverde Lodge.

Day 6: Monteverde / Arenal Hanging Bridges Trails (B,L,D)
After breakfast depart to Arenal, first in air conditioned 4x4 vehicle, then by boat across Arenal Lake, and finally in van to the hotel. (Total transfer time: 3 hours.) After lunch, afternoon visit to Arenal Hanging Bridges Trails, to observe the diversity of plants and wildlife typical of the rainforest, along with the imposing views (weather permitting) of Arenal Volcano. Overnight at The Lost Iguana Resort.

Day 7: Arenal Volcano Bike Tour (B,L,D)
After breakfast join your guide for a half-day biking tour. The Volcano is visible during most of the ride and you may hear volcanic activity as you bike. In the evening, visit the Hidalgo Family Hot Springs. Overnight at The Lost Iguana Resort.

Day 8: Arenal / Tortuguero National Park (B,L,D)
After breakfast you will drive to the La Fortuna airstrip (30 mins.) to meet your chartered flight to Tortuguero. Your guide will accompany you. After lunch at Tortuga Lodge in Tortuguero, depart with your guide for a 3-hour kayak tour on Tortuguero National Park's jungle creeks. Overnight at Tortuga Lodge & Gardens (deluxe room).

Day 9: Tortuguero Village and Turtle Museum (B,L,D)
Depart with your guide for a 3-hour boat tour on the creeks in Tortuguero National Park. After lunch at the Lodge, your guide will take you to the village of Tortuguero and the Atlantic Green Sea Turtle Museum. Overnight at Tortuga Lodge.

Day 10: Tortuguero / San Jose (B,L)
Boat transfer to Cao Blanco where your driver will be waiting to take you and your guide back to San Jose (4 -hours). En route stop at the Rainforest Aerial Tram. Overnight at Grano de Oro Hotel (deluxe room).

Day 11: Departure
A Costa Rica Expeditions transfer guide will meet you for the transfer the airport. You will arrive at the airport at least two hours before your flights scheduled departure.

*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 * 13B09. CARARA, MONTEVERDE, ARENAL & TORTUGUERO (11 Days/10 Nights)
Guided Nature Exploration with Canoeing, Hiking, Biking, Zipline and Kayaking Tours
From US$6,600 per person in double occupancy ($600 per person per day), depending on the season and category of rooms booked.*

This is an active and engaging itinerary that takes you to both coasts as well as to the highlands. During the trip you will be accompanied by a professional, Naturalist Guide, who will introduce you to the beauty and complexity of the rainforest and help you to see some of the worlds most exotic tropical animals and plants. The trip starts with a coastal outrigger canoe tour along Pacific beaches and a canopy tour. Then head to the Monteverde Cloud Forest and Arenal, where you will bike under the shadow of the Volcano and soak in a natural hot springs. Finally, in Tortuguero, on the Atlantic, you will kayak the backwater creeks of the National Park and observe turtle nesting (Jun-Oct only).

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

Day 1: Arrival Costa Rica (No meals.)
Arrive at San Joses Juan Santamara International Airport. 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 clearing customs, look for a sign that says, "Costa Rica Expeditions" with your name on it. A Costa Rica Expeditions guide wearing an orange 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 / Outrigger Canoe Tour (B,L,D)
After breakfast meet your private, Naturalist Guide in the hotel lobby and depart for Carara (2-hour drive). In the afternoon take an outrigger canoe tour near Jac. Outriggers have been plying the warm waters of the world for centuries, long before the Columbus, the Vikings and the Polynesians were paddling to discover new worlds. The craft they invented remains basically unchanged, and you will get a bit of that exploratory feel as you paddle to the most beautiful beaches in the area. Overnight at Villa Caletas Hotel.

Day 3: Carara / Waterfalls Canopy Tour (B,L,D)
After breakfast visit the Waterfalls Canopy Tour with your Guide. Waterfalls Canopy Tour is located just outside Jac and only 10 kms from Carara National Park. It is part of an important ecological transition zone between Costa Ricas dry northwest and the humid southern zone. 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 consists of 13 platforms, 7 cables of varying lengths, a 3-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, lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon free with your guide. Overnight at Villa Caletas.

Day 4: Carara / Monteverde (B,L,D)
After breakfast, your guide and driver will take you on the approximately 2 -hour drive to Monteverde, a peaceful community made up of dairy farmers, naturalists and tourism service providers who have joined together to create a model for sustainable development known throughout the world. Founded in 1954 by a group of Quakers searching for a peaceful place to live, Monteverde has three important protected forests: the Cloud Forest Reserve, the Children's Eternal Rainforest, and the Santa Elena Preserve. In the afternoon, accompanied by a Spanish-speaking guide, take a horseback ride through coffee and banana plantations and end up with a view of the sunset over the Gulf of Nicoya. Overnight at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens.

Day 5: Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve (B,L,D)
After breakfast at Monteverde Lodge, you will visit the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve with your guide. Founded in 1972, the Reserve extends down both slopes of the Tilarn 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.

After lunch visit the Monteverde Butterfly Gardens, which include a nature center, four gardens, a 500-square-meter netted flyway, three greenhouses, a gift shop and botanical gardens. Founded in 1991 by biologist Jim Wolfe and his wife Marta Iris Salazar, the main focus of the project is environmental education. In the nature center, guests learn about the complexities of the butterfly life cycle and can see live eggs, caterpillars and chrysalids. In addition, there are demonstrations of other live, local insects. Expect to see the flashy Blue Morpho Butterfly, and the Owl Butterfly, the largest in the country. Overnight at Monteverde Lodge.

Day 6: Monteverde / Arenal Hanging Bridges Trails (B,L,D)
After breakfast, depart on an approximately 2 -hour drive 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 the Lost Iguana Hotel, via Arenal Lake is approximately 3 hours.) The Arenal Volcano** is an almost perfect cone, which soars 1,633 meters above sea level, has a crater 140 meters deep formed over an ancient caldera. From time to time loud explosions are heard and a mushroom cloud of gray, brown, orange or blue smoke billows out of the top. Although the volcano is capable of inspiring intense fright and awe in visitors, inhabitants of nearby Fortuna, San Carlos and the dairy farms at its base seem to live with relative peace of mind. If you ask, they will tell you with surprising tranquility about the time it erupted.

After lunch, afternoon visit to Arenal Hanging Bridges Trails, a project that consists 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. Overnight at The Lost Iguana Resort.

Day 7: Arenal Volcano Bike Tour (B,L,D)
After breakfast join your guide for a half-day biking tour. The ride takes you on the old road connecting Arenal Dam with the main entrance to Arenal Volcano National Park. From there go toward the Arenal Observatory Lodge and the village of El Castillo. Youll be biking on a quiet lane surrounded by dense forest and a few cattle farms. Along the way, look for Howler Monkeys, coatis and birds like toucans, egrets and kingfishers. Picnic on the shore of Lake Arenal where its possible to swim. The Volcano is visible during most of the ride and you may hear volcanic activity as you bike.

In the evening, a visit to the Hidalgo Family Hot Springs is planned. The Hidalgo Hot Springs are the ideal alternative to the mass tourism hot springs in the Arenal Area. When we first met the Hidalgos 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 springs consist of 5 free-flowing pools set in a natural river gorge. Water temperature ranges from 100F (38C) to 109F (43C) depending on the pool. A Costa Rican home-style meal in the restaurant, modeled after the first house that Don Manuel and Dona Hortemida Hidalgo built when they settled on the farm in 1940, is included. Overnight at The Lost Iguana Resort.

Day 8: Arenal / Tortuguero National Park (B,L,D)
After breakfast you will drive to the La Fortuna airstrip (30 mins.) to meet your Costa Rica Expeditions chartered flight to Tortuguero. Your guide will accompany you. After lunch at Tortuga Lodge in Tortuguero, depart with your guide for a 3-hour kayak tour on the Tortuguero National Park jungle creeks.

Originally intended to protect a major nesting beach of the Atlantic green sea turtle, Tortuguero National Park now protects 51,870 acres, one of the last large areas of tropical rainforest 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 6 species of kingfishers found in the new world, 3 species of toucans, 8 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 you will have the opportunity to observe during this morning boat ride through the back water creeks of Tortuguero National Park. Overnight at Tortuga Lodge & Gardens (deluxe room).

Day 9: Tortuguero Village and Turtle Museum (B,L,D)
Today after breakfast at the hotel, depart with your guide for a 3-hour boat tour on the creeks in Tortuguero National Park. After lunch at the Lodge, your 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 through down the paths lines 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 come yearly from June through October 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 10: Tortuguero / San Jose (B,L)
Boat transfer to Cao Blanco where your driver will be waiting to take you and your guide back to San Jos (4 -hours). En route stop at the Rainforest Aerial Tram, a unique ecotourism and research facility in Sarapiqu. The tram takes visitors on a 90-minute excursion through the rainforest canopy and its hanging gardens of plants and animals. Home of two-thirds of all rainforest species, the canopy is a little-known world of beauty and biological diversity. The site, next to the northern border of Braulio Carrillo National Park, possesses one of the richest canopy communities in the world. Overnight Grano de Oro Hotel (deluxe room).

Day 11: Departure
A Costa Rica Expeditions transfer guide will meet you for the transfer the airport. You will arrive at the airport at least two hours before your flights scheduled departure.

*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.

Villas Caletas Hotel
Located 4 kilometers from Herradura beach, and 11 km from Carara Biological Reserve, this hotel offers 5 standard deluxe rooms (with queen-sized bed), as well as 13 villas, 7 junior suites, and 3 master suites, all with cable TV and air conditioning. Some of the suites have private jacuzzis or pools. Guests will enjoy a spectacular 360-degree panoramic view of the Nicoya Peninsula, gulf islands, the beaches of Jaco, as well as distant mountains.

Monteverde Lodge
Located in the Tilarn 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.

Lost Iguana Resort
"This hotel offers large and luxurious rooms with great views of the volcano...All rooms feature a private balcony or porch." -Frommers.com (2006) From your terrace, soak in a jacuzzi while listening to the sounds of toucans and Howler Monkeys. Amenities include: A/C, Jacuzzi baths, kitchenettes, safe deposit box, satellite TV and hair dryer in all rooms.

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

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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As you search for your ideal trip in the custom itineraries section of our web site, you may wish to create a list of favorite trips. To do so, click on the link above each itinerary, Add to My Favorites. Each itinerary you chose will be added to a personalized list of trips. You can add as many trips as you want to your list and refer back to them by clicking on the link, "See My Favorites," which will appearin the right column once you have selected a favorite.

Your list of favorites will follow you as you surf the site, allowing you to refer back to selected itineraries at any time. On your next visit to our web site, the list will reappear by clicking the link, See My Favorites.

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