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*SUMMARY* 75C08. TORTUGUERO, OSA PENINSULA & MANUEL ANTONIO (11 Days/10 Nights)
Rainforest Active Adventure on the Atlantic and Pacific with Boating, Hiking, Snorkeling, Kayaking and Canopy Tours
From US$4,380 per person in double occupancy ($400 per person per day), depending on the season and category of rooms booked.*

An active adventure that includes boat tours in Tortuguero, snorkeling on Cano Island, hiking in Corcovado National Park, sea kayaking in Manuel Antonio and a canopy tour. Start on the Atlantic Coast in Tortuguero, where youll venture deep into the rainforst via backwater creeks. While here, you may have the opportunity to see turtle nesting (June-Oct only). Then fly to Drake Bay on the Osa Peninsula on the southern Pacific Coast to snorkel off Cano Island and hike in the remote Corcovado Park as well as in Manuel Antonio. On Day 10, wrap up your adventure gliding through the forest on the Waterfall Canopy tour.

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

Day 1: Arrival San Jose (No meals.)
Overnight at Bougainvillea Hotel (garden view room).

Day 2: San Jose / Tortuguero (L,D)
Drive to the Atlantic lowlands near Limon (2- hours). About midday board a boat with your Tortuguero Guide and depart for the 2-4 hour trip to Tortuguero. Arrive at Tortuga Lodge mid-to-late afternoon. Overnight at Tortuga Lodge & Gardens (deluxe room).

Day 3: Tortuguero National Park (B,L,D)
After breakfast explore the creeks of Tortuguero National Park by boat with a Tortuguero Guide. Overnight at Tortuga Lodge.

Day 4: Tortuguero / San Jose / Osa Peninsula (B,L,D)
Depart Tortuga Lodge to meet your scheduled flight back to San Jos (35 mins). Upon arrival, a Costa Rica Expeditions Guide will be waiting to assist you with your connecting flight to Palmar Sur (45 mins). Once in Palmar Sur, board a boat on the Sierpe River for the one-hour ride to the hotel. Overnight at Aguila de Osa Inn.

Day 5: Drake Bay / Cano Island (B,L,D)
Snorkeling and hiking tour at Cano Island. (The boat ride to the Park entrance takes about 45 mins.) At Cao Island, snorkel in front of the ranger station and take a short hike to see the archeological remains on the island. Tour includes lunch. Overnight at Aguila de Osa.

Day 6: Drake Bay / Corcovado National Park (B,L,D)
After breakfast depart for your Corcovado National Park hike. Lunch and soft drinks will be served at the end of the hike. Overnight at Aguila de Osa.

Day 7: Drake Bay / Manuel Antonio (B)
After breakfast, depart by boat to Sierpe Dock and then by van to Palmar Sur, where you will meet your flight to Quepos (about 20 mins). Upon arrival you will be driven to Manuel Antonio (about 20 mins), located on the Central Pacific Coast. Overnight at Arenas Del Mar Resort (ocean view, superior room).

Day 8: Manuel Antonio / Sea Kayaking (B)
After breakfast you will be picked up in the hotel lobby for a sea kayak tour along the Manuel Antonio Coast. About midway, stop for fresh fruits and snacks at a secluded beach before continuing around Punta Quepos. The tour ends with lunch at a beachside restaurant before returning to your hotel. Overnight at Arenas Del Mar.

Day 9: Manuel Antonio National Park Tour (B)
Meet your local guide in the lobby for the 30-min. drive to the Park, for your half-day excursion. Rest of the day free to relax or participate in optional activities (at additional cost). Overnight at Arenas Del Mar.

Day 10: Manuel Antonio / Waterfall Canopy Tour / San Jose (B,L)
In the morning meet a Costa Rica Expeditions Naturalist Guide and drive to Jaco (about 2 hours) for your Waterfall Canopy Tour. Afterward, continue on to San Jose (2 hours). Overnight at Hotel Bougainvillea (garden view room).

Day 11: Departure (B)
Transfer to the international airport, arriving at least 2-3 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.

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 * 75C08. TORTUGUERO, OSA PENINSULA & MANUEL ANTONIO (11 Days/10 Nights)
Rainforest Active Adventure on the Atlantic and Pacific with Boating, Hiking, Snorkeling, Kayaking and Canopy Tours
From US$4,380 per person in double occupancy ($400 per person per day), depending on the season and category of rooms booked.*

An active adventure that includes boat tours in Tortuguero, snorkeling on Cano Island, hiking in Corcovado National Park, sea kayaking in Manuel Antonio and a canopy tour. Start on the Atlantic Coast in Tortuguero, where youll venture deep into the rainforst via backwater creeks. While here, you may have the opportunity to see turtle nesting (June-Oct only). Then fly to Drake Bay on the Osa Peninsula on the southern Pacific Coast to snorkel off Cano Island and hike in the remote Corcovado Park as well as in Manuel Antonio. On Day 10, wrap up your adventure gliding through the forest on the Waterfall Canopy tour.

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

Day 1: Arrive Costa Rica (No meals.)
Arrival at San Jose's Juan Santamaria International Airport. After passing through Immigration you will be met by a Costa Rica Expeditions' representative who will give you a sticker to facilitate clearing customs. When leaving 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 will be holding the sign. He or she will take you to your hotel. Overnight at Bougainvillea Hotel (garden view room).

Day 2: San Jose / Tortuguero (L,D)
Morning pickup at your hotel by a guide and driver for the transfer to the Atlantic lowlands near Limon (2- hours). About midday board a boat with your Tortuguero Guide and depart for the 2-4 hour trip to Tortuguero. Arrive at Tortuga Lodge mid-to-late afternoon. Rest of the day free to relax or explore the hotels walking trails. Overnight at Tortuga Lodge & Gardens (deluxe room).

Day 3: Tortuguero National Park (B,L,D)
After breakfast explore the creeks of Tortuguero National Park by boat with a local guide to observe wildlife and flora. Originally intended to protect a major nesting beach of the Atlantic Green Turtle, the Park now protects 21,000 hectares of tropical rainforest - one of the last, large areas of tropical rainforest in Central America. Three species of monkeys (Spider, Howler and White-faced), Three-toed Sloths and river otters are frequently seen along the natural inland waterways and creeks. Caiman, iguanas, river turtles, Basilisk Lizards and Poison-Dart Frogs (Dendrobates) 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 Salty-tailed Trogon, White-collared Manakin, Purple-throated Fruit crow, and White-fronted Nun bird. You will view the wildlife from boats, which navigate the tree-lined creeks of the Park. In the afternoon, you have the option to rent the kayaks for a visit to the creeks, which is a great way to access some of the most remote areas of Tortuguero National Park (at additional cost). Overnight at Tortuga Lodge.

Day 4: Tortuguero / San Jose / Osa Peninsula (B,L,D)
After an early breakfast depart Tortuga Lodge to meet your scheduled flight back to San Jose (35 mins). Upon arrival a Costa Rica Expeditions' guide will assist you with your connecting flight to Palmar Sur (45 mins). Once in Palmar Sur, a mini-van will take you on the 15-min. drive through palm oil plantation cooperatives to the dock at Sierpe River. Board a boat for the one-hour ride to the hotel. The first half of the journey includes a scenic float down the Sierpe River, which is lined with towering bamboo trees and mangroves. At the midway point you'll reach the mouth of the Sierpe River where it empties out into the Pacific Ocean. Here you'll turn left and head south along the rugged coast for five miles until you reach Aguila de Osas private dock. Overnight at Aguila de Osa Inn.

Day 5: Drake Bay / Cano Island (B,L,D)
After breakfast depart on a snorkeling and hiking tour at Cano Island, located just 12 nautical miles from Aguila de Osa Inn and which can be seen minutes after leaving the protected cove of the hotel. The boat ride to the Park entrance takes about 45 mins., during which time you might see whales and/or dolphins frolicking in the ocean.

Your tour at Cano Island includes plenty of 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 the Island. The dark, volcanic rock around the Island is home to numerous species of marine life, much of which you'll see just a short swim from the beach. Brightly colored tropical fish, snapper, tuna, grouper, mackerel, jack, shark, trigger fish, barracuda (typically in schools), manta rays, eels, porcupine fish, sea urchins, octopus, lobster, sponges, sea cucumbers, and other marine species can be seen. There are 15 or more types of stony coral species as well as coral eaters such as starfish, mollusks and hermit crabs. Visibility is good-to-excellent year round.

Surface sightings include Olive Ridley Sea Turtles, Whale Sharks, sea snakes and Humpback Whales. This area is a large marine ecosystem comprising more than 100,000 acres of mangrove wetlands and 1,000 miles of fresh and salt water rivers, estuaries and tributaries. You will also have time for 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 your hike. Cano 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 is believed to date back to the days when the island was inhabited by Indians. This tour includes lunch, with tropical fruits and drinks, salad, sandwiches and snacks. The lunch spot has benches and shaded areas and is near the Park Ranger Station with public bathrooms and a freshwater shower. Overnight at Aguila de Osa.

Day 6: Drake Bay / Corcovado National Park (B,L,D)
After breakfast depart for Corcovado National Park, about 20-30 mins. by boat from Aguila de Osa Inn. This Park is known for its rich diversity and scenery. Your Corcovado tour begins with a visit the San Pedrillo Ranger Station, the Park's northern station. From here your guide will lead you up into the dense primary and secondary forest. The trails are clearly marked and easy to walk on, ascending and descending through the rainforest. One particular trail leads to a large waterfall, ideal for photos and/or bathing. Lunch and soft drinks will be served at the end of the hike. Soon after you'll board the boat and return to your hotel. Overnight at Aguila de Osa.

Day 7: Drake Bay / Manuel Antonio (B)
After breakfast, depart by boat to Sierpe Dock and then by van to Palmar Sur, where you will meet your flight to Quepos (about 20 mins). Upon arrival you will be driven to Manuel Antonio (about 20 mins), located on the Central Pacific Coast. Overnight at Arenas Del Mar Resort (ocean view, superior room).

Day 8: Manuel Antonio / Sea Kayaking (B)
After breakfast you will be picked up in the hotel lobby for a sea kayak tour along the Manuel Antonio Coast. The tour begins at the pier in the port of Quepos. You begin by paddling south towards Playa Espadilla. From a vantage point only possible in kayaks, you will see Manuel Antonios cliffs and beautiful rock formations as you follow the coastline.

About midway, stop for fresh fruits and snacks at a secluded beach where you can explore or relax before continuing southward around Punta Quepos. Paddling in proximity to Long Island, you can see shore birds nesting or gliding on the thermals created by the offshore winds that hit this rocky outcrop. This island, as well as other nearby islands like Gemelas and Olinga, is protected and is part of Manuel Antonio National Park. Beyond this point, you will paddle to Playa Espadilla braving the surf as you land ashore. The tour ends with lunch at a beachside restaurant before returning to your hotel. Overnight at Arenas Del Mar.

Day 9: Manuel Antonio National Park (B)
Morning private hike in Manuel Antonio Park, 7 kms south of Quepos Harbor. Meet your local guide in the lobby for the 30-min. drive to the main entrance of the Park. White-sand beaches, cliffs, points, ravines, rivers, rainforests and varied wildlife make this one of the most beautiful seascapes in the world. Considered overdeveloped and crowded by some, Manuel Antonio remains one of Costa Rica's most popular beach destinations.

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 now protected. 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. Rest of the day to explore the area at your leisure or participate in optional activities (at additional cost). Overnight at Arenas Del Mar.

Day 10: Manuel Antonio / Waterfall Canopy Tour / San Jose (B,L)
In the morning meet a Costa Rica Expeditions Naturalist Guide and drive to Jaco (about 2 hours) for your Waterfall Canopy Tour. This tour starts with a short walk, while your local guide describes the area and flora and fauna. Since a part of the forest has been used for agro forestry, a variety of exotic fruit trees and hardwood trees can be found. 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. This Canopy Tour consists of 13 platforms, 7 cables of varying lengths, a three-story tree house, a Tarzan Swing, a suspension bridge and a 90 feet rappel down at the end (optional for the adventure seekers). Lunch will be served en route. Continue on to San Jose (2 hours). Overnight at Hotel Bougainvillea (garden view room).

Day 11: Departure (B)
Transfer to the international airport, arriving at least 2-3 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.

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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.

Bougainvillea Hotel
The Bougainvillea Hotel is an excellent choice if you are looking for a reasonably priced hotel in a quiet residential neighborhood not far from downtown. As you stroll through this hotel's tranquil gardens, you'll easily forget that you're just 15 minutes from San Jos.

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

Aguila de Osa Inn
Located on a bluff overlooking Drake Bay on the Osa Peninsula. The restaurant, with excellent views overlooking the bay, serves simple fare that is tasty and filling, specializing in seafood and local catches. Hiking, diving and sport fishing in state-of-the-art boat available. The Inn's open and spacious rooms have spectacular views of the lush, tropical jungle that surrounds the hotel. Hot 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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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.

MY FAVORITES

Keep a list of favorite trips by clicking the link, "Add to My Favorites" found on all itineraries.

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