Costa Rica with Andrew Lovesey

RCGS: Costa Rica Volcanoes and Beaches with Andrew Lovesey

8 days
from
£1,699
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Culture
Suitable for:
Age 16+
Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Trip code: 
AUTS
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Mixed-Activity
Group size:
9–16
Min age:
16

An adventure travel legends are made of…

Jump into ‘Pura Vida’ with this epic journey through the crown jewel of Central America, Costa Rica, led by the Manager of Editorial and Travel Partnerships for Canadian Geographic and the RCGS, Andrew Lovesey. Whether he’s coordinating expeditions across the globe or off on his own adventures, Andrew is a modern explorer with more than a few stories to share (ask him about the Order of The Star of Honour of Ethiopia) as you make your way through the Costa Rican rainforest.

Go tubing along the magnificently turquoise waters of the Rio Celeste, have a go at surfing on the renowned Tamarindo Beach, fly through the rainforest canopy on a zip-line adventure, and enjoy some well-deserved relaxation with mineral-rich hot springs and mud baths. Home to some of the diverse wildlife in the world, cruise alongside playful dolphins on a catamaran ride and spot nocturnal creatures on a night walk through the forest. Spend your final evening taking in a blockbuster sunset from the sun-soaked Pacific Coast before heading home relaxed and recharged.

Highlights

  • Sunbathe on Tamarindo Beach or opt to take a surfing lesson. 
  • Go tubing on the Rio Celeste, Costa Rica’s famously bright turquoise river.
  • Cruise alongside playful dolphins on a catamaran ride.
  • Relax in hot springs and mud baths in Rincon de la Vieja.
  • Fly through the treetops on a zip-lining adventure.

Key information

  • 7 nights accommodation in comfortable hotels 
  • Free arrival transfers for everyone 
  • Group normally 9 to 16 including RCGS guide plus local leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Countries visited: Costa Rica

What's included

  • All breakfasts and 1 dinner 
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout & RCGS guide
  • Tubing adventure on Rio Celeste, hike to Rio Celeste Waterfall, night hike in Tenorio, hike in Rincon de la Vieja and hot springs at Rincon de la Vieja
  • Zip-line canopy tour and Catamaran tour to see dolphins

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas or vaccinations 
  • Tips for leaders and staff
  • International flights 
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Sustainable Travel

Tourism can be a real help to local communities, providing income, positive cultural exchanges and a financial incentive to protect their natural environment. Ours is a 'total approach' to responsible tourism, covering everything from the way we plan and operate our trips to the practices of Exodus as a company. 

Learn more about what sustainable travel means to Exodus Edits here…

Live Adventure, Give Adventure.

Each time you book an adventure with Edits, we’ll contribute £15 to the Inspiration Project. That’s enough money to fund a day trip for a local child. Since 2017, our guides have been taking disadvantaged children to see their country’s famous sights and you’ll help us do this more in 2020.

Itinerary

San Jose
to
Liberia
  • Day 1

    Explore San Jose in your own time

    On arrival at San Jose airport, you’ll be met and taken to your hotel, Studio Hotel in Santa Ana. The rest of the day is yours to shake off the flight and venture out to San Jose (or Chepe, as the locals call it) at your own pace. 

    Accommodation: Studio Hotel or similar 

  • Day 2

    Experience the vitality of the Rio Celeste on a river tubing adventure

    You’ll travel 125 miles this morning, headed to the Celeste River in the Tenorio Volcano National Park. Its rainforest and the magnificently blue river are highlights of Costa Rica’s natural phenomena.

    Now the adventure begins. Brace yourself: you’ll be river tubing, hurtling downstream through Grade I and II rapids, flanked on each side by tropical rainforest. All to a soundtrack of monkey calls and birdsong. It’s exhilarating stuff and the perfect intro to this untamed wilderness.

    Tonight, you’ll stay at Rio Celeste Hideaway, a small eco-friendly resort on the slopes of Tenorio Volcano. 

    Accommodation: Rio Celeste Hideaway or similar 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Marvel at the incredible Rio Celeste Waterfall

    After breakfast, you’ll venture further into the ecosystem on a four-hour hike in Tenorio Volcano National Park. You’ll spot exotic plants and wildlife before you reach the magnificent Rio Celeste waterfall and the place where the river acquires its vivid turquoise colour.

    Later, when the sun goes down, you’ll follow a forest trail by torchlight to witness some nocturnal species emerging. 

    Accommodation: Rio Celeste Hideaway or similar 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Rincon de la Vieja

    After breakfast, you’ll head to Rincon de la Vieja, home to two volcanoes and 32 rivers. Alive with geothermal energy, Rincon de la Vieja effervesces with fumaroles, warm springs and mud pots.

    You’ll check into Hacienda Guachipelin. Near to the hotel is a crystal clear river that feeds ten riverbank pools with thermal, mineral-rich water. Soak in the pools, then apply a volcanic mud masque and let it dry before leaping into the cool stream. And repeat. And repeat. And repeat… 

    Accommodation: Hacienda Guachipelin or similar 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Swing through the tree canopy on a white-knuckle adventure, then hike to the Cauldrons

    Carb-load at breakfast. You’ll need the energy for a zip line tour, where you’ll fly through the trees on zip lines, rappelling, climbing and swinging. You’ll cross hanging bridges over a narrow river canyon. Proper exhilarating stuff.

    Feet back on solid ground, you’ll hike to the aptly named Cauldrons, where steam and sulphur belch from the fumaroles.

    Accommodation: Hacienda Guachipelin or similar 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Join pods of dolphins on the Pacific Ocean

    After breakfast, you’ll head south-west to the paradisiacal coast today. You’re bound for Tamarindo on the Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica’s renowned surf spot.

    The afternoon is yours to explore your new digs – the beachfront Tamarindo Diria hotel. Take a swim in one of the pools or take a stroll on the beach. Late afternoon, you’ll board a catamaran to explore some of the bays. With a suitably tropical drink in hand, scan the sea for dolphin pods and sea turtles. Perhaps even the odd whale if you’re particularly lucky. You’ll drop anchor for a snorkel or explore a deserted beach while the crew prepare a BBQ feast. 

    Accommodation: Tamarindo Diria Hotel or similar 

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 7

    Free day in Tamarindo

    Today is a free day to enjoy Tamarindo's beachfront utopia before your thoughts turn to packing up ready for your departure tomorrow.

    Enjoy swimming or relaxing by the sapphire waters! Or why not take a surfing or SUP lesson (optional activites- extra cost). The barrel curls will beckon experienced surfers, but the instructors are there to guide beginners in riding their very first wave. Fancy another watersport instead? A Stand Up Paddleboarding lesson is an alternative choice - a growing phenomenon that’s easy to get the hang of.

     Don’t miss the final sunset – they’re truly out of this world in these parts. 

    Accommodation: Tamarindo Diria Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Head to Liberia Airport and wave goodbye to Costa Rica

    After a final breakfast, one group transfer will be arranged to Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia.  Alternatively ask us about extending your stay in Tamarindo and spending a few more days enjoying all that Costa Rica has to offer.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Costa Rica

Holders of British, US, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and most EU passports can enter Costa Rica for a stay of 90 days without a visa. Proof of onward travel may be required when entering Costa Rica - we suggest you take a print out of your flight details in case officials ask to see them. All passengers flying via the USA will have to clear immigration during transit. Prior to travel you must apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (USD14) under the Visa Waiver Programme. Please see here for more information. The same applies to travel via Canada which also requires an Electronic Travel Authority. If you are not a UK citizen please check with your local U.S. Embassy. 

Vaccinations

Costa Rica

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements, however, if you have travelled to a country at risk of Yellow Fever prior to arriving in Costa Rica you will be required to have a valid Yellow Fever Certificate with you. Recommended vaccinations are: Hepatitis A.

The risk of malaria is slight but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice.

Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available, we therefore strongly recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

Eating and Drinking

  • All breakfasts and one dinner included
  • Vegetarians are well-catered for, but let us know of any special dietary requirements before departure
  • Costa Rican specialities include 'Gallo Pinto', a black bean and rice dish considered to be a staple part of the local diet. Soups and stews are also common, and fresh fruit is abundant and will no doubt be one of the highlights of your time in the tropics.

Weather

Costa Rica is located 10º north of the equator and has a tropical climate. The average temperature range is 10ºC - 13ºC/50ºF - 55ºF in the highlands, and from 22ºC - 26ºC/71ºF - 79ºF in the lowlands. There is a rainy season from May to November when there are daily downpours, though these are usually quite short and there is still plenty of bright sunshine, so midsummer is not necessarily a bad time to go. December to April is the driest time of the year but you should still expect some rain.

Is this trip for you?

  • This trip is graded leisurely/moderate (Activity Level 2) 
  • The nature walks occasionally involve walking on rough paths. During times of heavy rain, trails can be muddy and slippery and extra care should be taken
  • The trip may not be suitable for those with reduced mobility. However, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your requirements
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels

Studio Hotel

An elegant hotel in Santa Ana, about seven miles from the centre of San Jose. If you’re fatigued from your flight, there’s a rooftop pool for a few restorative laps before turning in.

Rio Celeste Hideaway

Surrounded by rainforest, this eco-principled hotel is a collection of bungalows. There’s a freeform pool for relaxing after jungle adventures.

Hacienda Guachipelin

Comfortable rooms with air conditioning and free Wi-Fi. Perfectly positioned for adventures in the Rincon de la Vieja National Park.

Tamarindo Diria Hotel

A beachfront resort with lagoon-style pools and tropical gardens. Rooms are typically Costa Rican in style, with all the amenities you’d expect from a resort hotel.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros  Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros  Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros  Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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