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* SUMMARY * 28B09. DRAKE BAY, ARENAL & MANUEL ANTONIO (11 Days/10 Nights)
Reef, Rainforest, Volcano and Waterfalls Canopy Tour
From US$4,510 per person in double occupancy ($410 per person per day), depending on the season and category of rooms booked.*

Head for the Osa Peninsula for three full days to snorkel the marine reserve at Cano Island in Drake Bay and hike with a local guide in the Corcovado National Park. Then you'll travel to the highlands around Arenal Volcano for a float trip on the Peas Blancas River and a hike at the Hanging Bridges Project. Before finishing your Costa Rica trip in Manuel Antonio, you will experience the Waterfall Canopy Tour.

Meal codes: (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner.

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

Day 2: San Jose / Drake Bay (L,D)
Fly to the Drake Bay area on the Osa Peninsula (1 hour) and boat transfer to La Paloma Lodge. Dinner and overnight at La Paloma Lodge.

Day 3: Drake Bay / Cano Island Snorkeling (B,L,D)
Boat transfer to Cano Island (45 mins.), where you will have ample time to snorkel in front of the ranger station. Afterward, take a short hike to observe archeological remains, believed to date back to the days when the island was inhabited by Indians. Return to the hotel in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at La Paloma Lodge.

Day 4: Drake Bay / Corcovado National Park Hiking (B,L,D)
Take a 20-min. boat ride from the Lodge to the northern entrance of the Park for a full-day guided hike, which includes a picnic lunch, transportation to and from the Lodge, and a local guide. Dinner and overnight at La Paloma Lodge.

Day 5: Drake Bay (B,L,D)
Day on your own to relax or participate in optional activities (at additional cost). Overnight at La Paloma Lodge.

Day 6: Drake Bay / San Jose / Arenal (B,D)
Fly to San Jose (1 hour), where you will meet your Spanish-speaking driver for the trip to the Arenal Volcano area** (3-1/2 hours). Night visit to the Hidalgo Family Hot Springs. Overnight at Arenal Manoa Hotel.

Day 7: Penas Blancas River Float & Hanging Bridges Trails (B)
Easy float trip on the Penas Blancas River. While you listen to sounds of nature, your guide will occasionally describe the flora and fauna surrounding you. Before ending the tour, you will hike into the primary tropical rainforest. Afternoon visit to the Arenal Hanging Bridges trails (group tour with a local guide). While you walk, you can appreciate the diversity of plants and wildlife that are typical of the rainforest as well as some imposing views of the Volcano (weather permitting). Overnight at Arenal Manoa.

Day 8: Arenal / Manuel Antonio (B,L)
After breakfast meet a Naturalist Guide and driver and depart to Manuel Antonio (4 -hour drive). On the way you will stop at the Waterfalls Canopy. Overnight at Arenas del Mar Resort.

Days 9-10: Manuel Antonio (B)
Days free to explore the area on your own or participate in optional activities (at additional cost) such as: dolphin watching, birding, horseback riding or hiking in the National Park. Overnight at Arenas del Mar.

Day 11: Manuel Antonio / San Jose / Departure (B)
Morning transfer to the Quepos Airstrip where you will board a chartered flight to San Jose (20 mins.). Upon arrival you will be driven to the International Airport, arriving at least 2-3 hours before your flight's 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 * 28B09. DRAKE BAY, ARENAL & MANUEL ANTONIO (11 Days/10 Nights)
Reef, Rainforest, Volcano and Waterfalls Canopy Tour
From US$4,510 per person in double occupancy ($410 per person per day), depending on the season and category of rooms booked.*

Head for the Osa Peninsula for three full days to snorkel the marine reserve at Cano Island in Drake Bay and hike with a local guide in the Corcovado National Park. Then you'll travel to the highlands around Arenal Volcano for a float trip on the Peas Blancas River and a hike at the Hanging Bridges Project. Before finishing your Costa Rica trip in Manuel Antonio, you will experience the Waterfall Canopy Tour.

Meal codes: (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner.

Day 1: Arrive Costa Rica (No meals.)
Arrival at the San Jose 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 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.

Day 2: San Jose / Drake Bay (L,D)
Morning, transfer to the domestic airport to meet your Costa Rica Expeditions' chartered flight to the Drake Bay area on the Osa Peninsula (1 hour). Please note that you will wet your feet upon arrival to the airstrip as you'll have to take a boat transfer to your hotel. La Paloma Lodge nests atop a high bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and nearby Cano Island, in Costa Rica's isolated Drake Bay. The resort is spread over 12 richly landscaped acres and surrounded by dense tropical rainforest. Scarlet Macaws soar overhead, nesting nearby. Toucans can be heard calling each other from the depths of the rainforest. Hummingbirds feed on the brilliant heliconia. White-faced Monkeys lunch on ripe mangoes and lizards bask in the sun. Optional activities are available at extra cost. Dinner and overnight at La Paloma Lodge.

Day 3: Drake Bay / Cano Island Snorkeling (B,L,D)
Snorkeling trip at Cano Island, 14 nautical miles from the hotel. The boat ride to the Park entrance takes about 45 mins., during which time you may see whales and/or dolphins frolicking in the ocean. Your tour to Cao Island includes ample time to snorkel in front of the ranger station. This will provide snorkelers with an excellent opportunity to familiarize with the underwater terrain and sea life surrounding Cao Island. The dark, volcanic rock is home to numerous species of marine life, some of which you'll see just a short swim from the beach.

You'll have time for a short hike, which begins just behind the ranger station. After an initial climb, the trail tapers off and remains rather flat throughout the remainder of the hike. Cao Island is not known for its prolific wildlife; however, the Park does have rodents, crustaceans, amphibians, birds, lizards, and insects. There are archeological remains on the island, which can be found at the very end of one of the island's trails. Small round spheres can be observed, which are believed to date back to the days when the island was inhabited by Indians. Return to the hotel in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at La Paloma Lodge.

Day 4: Drake Bay / Corcovado National Park (B,L,D)
Corcovado National Park has been cited by National Geographic as "one of the most biologically intense places on earth" and guided tours of the park are sure to prove them right. Bilingual resident guides are well versed about local flora and fauna. Corcovado National Park encompasses more than 100,000 acres of virgin and secondary rainforest. A 20-min. boat ride from the Lodge will put you at the northern entrance to the Park. Trails begin along pristine beaches, wind through deep rainforest, and follow riverbeds to magnificent waterfalls and swimming holes. This is a full-day tour including a picnic lunch, transportation to and from the Lodge, and a local guide. Boas, scarlet macaws, reptiles, and several species of monkeys are creatures you may see. Dinner and overnight at La Paloma Lodge.

Day 5: Drake Bay (B,L,D)
Day on your own to relax or participate in optional activities (at additional cost). Overnight at La Paloma Lodge.

Day 6: Drake Bay / San Jose / Arenal (B,D)
Morning transfer to the Drake Bay Airstrip for your chartered flight back to San Jos (1 hour). Upon arrival, board an a/c van with a Spanish-speaking driver for the trip to the Arenal Volcano area** (3-1/2 hours). An almost perfect cone, Arenal soars 1,633 meters above sea level, and 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. Night visit to the Hidalgo Family Hot Springs, the ideal alternative to the mass tourism hot springs in Arenal. 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 springs consist of five 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 Arenal Manoa Hotel.

Day 7: Penas Blancas River Float & Hanging Bridges Circuit (B)
Easy float trip on the Penas Blancas River. From La Fortuna you will drive 20 mins. to the Penas Blancas River to start the Safari Adventure. The first part of the tour begins here with a two-hour trip on a float boat (no motor). While you listen to sounds of nature, your guide will occasionally describe the flora and fauna surrounding you. It is easy to spot Howler Monkeys, crocodiles, toucans, two species of sloths, and different types of local birds. At the end of the river trip, it is time to put on your long pants and hike into the primary tropical rainforest. Observe trees 100 or more years old and here you will have the opportunity to see the "Blue Jean Frog" (Dendrobates pumilio). Continue floating and admiring the flora and fauna for about 40 minss until Boca Arenal where the bus will pick you up. On the way back to La Fortuna, you will have the opportunity to see the farmlands of San Carlos County.

Afternoon visit to the Arenal Hanging Bridges project (group tour with a local guide). The Arenal Hanging Bridges trails consist of eight fixed bridges (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 entire project was designed to blend with the natural environment, leaving the forest virtually intact. The trails, covering a distance of 3.1 kms are right inside the forest. As you walk, you can appreciate a great diversity of plants and wildlife that are typical of the rainforest as well as some imposing views of the Volcano (weather permitting). Overnight at Arenal Manoa.

Day 8: Arenal / Manuel Antonio (B,L)
After breakfast meet a Naturalist Guide and driver and depart to Manuel Antonio (4 -hour drive). On the way you will stop at the Waterfalls Canopy, a tour certified for safety by the American Challenge Course Technologies (ACCT). You begin with a short walk along a trail leading toward the canopy adventure. As you walk, your guide will point out interesting facts about the flora and fauna you may encounter on the trail, including exotic fruit and hardwood trees, and birds such as toucans, the Aracari and Scarlet Macaw, which can often be seen and heard (especially early in the morning and around dusk). Also look for the stunning Blue Morpho Butterfly, found near the waterfalls, as well as White-faced Monkeys. The walk ends just past the waterfalls, where you will then take to the trees. A three-story, tree house is found at the highest point on the tour, 100 feet above the ground. The Waterfall Canopy includes 13 platforms, seven cables of varying lengths, a tree house, Tarzan Swing, suspension bridge a 990-foot rappel down at the end (optional for the adventure seekers). Continue to Manuel Antonio. Lunch at a local restaurant. Overnight at Arenas del Mar Resort.

Days 9-10: Manuel Antonio (B)
Days free to explore the area on your own or participate in optional activities (at additional cost) such as: dolphin watching, birding, horseback riding or hiking in the National Park. White-sand beaches, cliffs, promontories, ravines, rivers, rainforests, varied wildlife, beautiful seascapes and a hot climate all describe Manuel Antonio National Park. Located on Costa Rica's Pacific Coast 4.3 miles (7 kms) south of Quepos Harbor, some consider the Park to be overdeveloped and crowded. Indeed, Manual Antonio remains one of Costa Rica's most popular beach destinations and is sometimes compared to Key West. The area around the Park is part of an agricultural region based on a plantation economy, which has been extensively altered since the 19th century. The forest, which used to cover vast tracts, was cut down and the few remaining stands are conserved today in a protected wilderness area. The predominant tree species are the Cotonron, Bully Tree, Nargusta, Black Locust, Cow Tree, Santa Maria, and Silk Cotton, with specimens as tall 30-40 meters. The wildlife in the forest habitat consists mainly of White-faced Capuchin, Howler and Squirrel Monkeys, pacas, grey squirrels, raccoons, White-nosed Coaties, and Two- and Three-toed Sloths. Some of the bird species that live in the park are the Brown Pelican, Laughing Falcon, Black-collared Hawk, White Ibis, White-bellied Chachalaca, Blue-crowned Manakin, Fiery-billed Aracari, Green Kingfisher and Jacana. Overnight at Arenas del Mar.

Day 11: Manuel Antonio / San Jose / Departure (B)
Morning transfer to the Quepos Airstrip where you will board a chartered flight to San Jose (20 mins.). Upon arrival you will be driven to the International Airport, arriving at least 2-3 hours before your flight's 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.

La Paloma Lodge
Located on the Osa Peninsula overlooking Drake Bay and Cao Island, this hotel offers five, two-story ranchos and five rooms with private baths, hammocks and views. The restaurant emphasizes fresh seafood (served family style) and every meal includes homemade bread. The swimming pool and deck are perched on the hillside, and offer a stunning view.

Arenal Manoa Hotel
Located 10 mins. from La Fortuna, this hotel has 40 jr suites with volcano views, private bathroom with a small interior garden and balcony. All rooms are equipped with two queen-sized beds, air conditioning, satellite tv, telephone, terrace with views of the volcano, minibar, safe-deposit box and coffee maker. The hotel also features pool with swim-up bar, childrens pool, Jacuzzi and restaurant. Temperate climate.

Arenas del Mar Beach & Nature Resort
Arenas del Mar is a beach and nature resort with 38 upscale rooms and suites, offering a casual beach front caf and an elegant dining facility with views of Manuel Antonio National Park. There are two swimming pools, a small spa, and a gift shop as well as nature trails leading to two beaches. All rooms equipped with cable TV, ceiling fans, air conditioning, Internet, mini-bar, safe deposit box, coffee maker, microwave and iron.

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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