Wild Costa Rica Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailor Made Adventures
Destinations:
Costa Rica
Programmes:
Wildlife
Trip Code:
WUP
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Leisurely / Moderate

You are reasonably fit, enjoy the outdoors and are looking for some exercise. Some previous experience is preferable for activity based trips.

13 Days Flight Inclusive
12 Days Land only
Min age: 16

Trip Overview

An absurdly colourful country with the faunal volume turned up - this tour will captivate, offering an earful of the exotic. Capuchin monkeys rustle the dense jungle canopy as Green macaws squawk overhead and an army of leaf-cutter ants patrol the forest floor. Come and discover why the world is ‘wild’ about Costa Rica.

At a Glance

  • Travel by air conditioned bus, 4WD and boat 
  • Group normally 6 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 years
  • 11 nights in comfortable hotels and eco-lodges (some Premium)

Trip Highlights

  • Visit the rainforest, cloud forest and coastline of this ecological paradise 
  • Boat safari's and nature walks through pristine wilderness 
  • Corcovado National Park - the 'most biologically intense place on Earth'
  • Comfortable or Premium accommodation throughout in eco-lodges and hotels 
  • Unrivalled wildlife viewing and birds - visit the habitat of the endangered Green macaw and the Scarlet macaw 

Is This Trip for You?

This trip has been graded 2 (Leisurely/Moderate) with a safari rating of 4.

Driving distances are reasonable and most of the roads that we travel on are of good quality, although there is an unpaved road into Boca Tapada. Corcovado National Park on the Osa Peninsula is the most remote area that we visit on this itinerary - there are very limited road access or facilities in this area and we must access via 4WD on a rough track.  

There are several included and optional walks on the itinerary which occasionally involve walking on rough paths. These are suitable for most levels of fitness and usually last from two to three hours. During times of heavy rain, trails can be muddy and slippery and extra care should be taken. Many of the areas visited on the trip are hot and humid and there is the chance of heavy rain year-round - this is why Costa Rica is so green!

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Adult min age:
16
Min group size:
6
Max group size:
16

Itinerary

Land Only

Start City:
San Jose
End City:
San Jose Airport

Flight Inclusive

Start City:
London
End City:
London

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start San Jose.

    The group flight usually arrives into San Jose this afternoon/evening. Land Only clients can arrive at the hotel from around 2pm. Free transfers are available for all clients. This evening is the perfect opportunity to meet your guide and get to know your fellow travellers.

    Accommodation: Bougainvillea Hotel (or similar)
    Comfortable Hotel

  • Day 2

    To Boca Tapada in the Northern Lowlands; nocturnal wildlife walk.

    Our adventure begins early this morning, leaving San Jose behind as we travel to the Northern Lowlands of Costa Rica and our destination: Boca Tapada. Located on the San Carlos River, this area is highly regarded for its tranquillity and beauty. Our eco-lodge is nestled amongst the Maquenque National Wildlife Refuge and has just 15 bungalows, each with a balcony overlooking the large lagoon. The surrounding rainforest and wetlands have been designated as a biological corridor and provide habitat for sloths, Howler monkeys, White-faced Capuchin monkeys and over 500 bird species, of which the endangered Great Green macaw is one and has an important nesting site here. This afternoon is at leisure to settle into the eco-lodge, before joining a night walk on private trails to see a different side to the forest. 

    Accommodation: Maquenque Ecolodge (or similar)
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Nature walk through San Carlos Rainforest; afternoon boat safari on the San Carlos River.

    After breakfast we set off on a nature walk in the San Carlos Rainforest on one of the trails surrounding our eco-lodge. Our naturalist guide will help interpret the fauna and flora found in this area. There is also a botanical garden and medicinal garden located in the grounds of our eco-lodge, which are very interesting to visit. In the afternoon we take a boat safari on the San Carlos River. During this 3-hour excursion we travel downstream, towards the Nicaraguan border, where there is a chance to stop and visit the small town of Boca San Carlos. During the tranquil boat safari it’s likely to see crocodiles, tortoise, herons, kingfishers and possibly even sloths, monkeys and hawks. 

    Accommodation: Maquenque Ecolodge (or similar)
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 4

    To Los Angeles Cloud Forest Reserve near San Ramon; afternoon nature walk.

    From the steamy rainforest around Boca Tapada we transfer to the cooler climate found in the area of San Ramon, where the Los Angeles Cloud Forest Reserve is located. This area is regarded as one of Costa Rica’s best kept secrets! Located on land once owned by a former president, this mostly private park offers the chance to visit a serene and peaceful cloud forest with low visitor numbers – it’s common to spot more wild animals than other tourists here. Howler monkeys, coatimundi and an impressive bird list of 258 species are just some of the wildlife found here amongst the mist. This afternoon we enjoy a nature walk in our new surroundings.

    Accommodation: Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Resort and Nature Reserve (or similar)
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 5

    To the Central Pacific Coast; discover the transitional forest of Carara N.P.

    Today we travel towards the Central Pacific of Costa Rica - our destination is just moments from Carara National Park and the mangroves of the Tarcoles River, a wildlife haven around the otherwise developed area of Jaco. Carara is a transitional forest where species of dry and tropical forest meet, resulting in a wonderful diversity of fauna and flora – White-faced Capuchin monkeys, sloths, peccaries, agoutis and coatis are just some of the species we may encounter here. As one of Costa Rica’s most popular national parks, Carara is a favourite with bird watchers – see if you can spot a Scarlet macaw. Its position in the transition zone means that species of both dry forest and tropical forest are likely to appear. Being located near Tarcoles River and its mangrove system also provides a lot of diversity and there are some of the tallest rainforests in the country found here. With our guide we discover some of the walking trails in Carara today, before continuing to our eco-lodge resting amongst the hills and forests of Cerros de Turrubares.

    Accommodation: Macaw Lodge (or similar)
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
  • Day 6

    Guacalillo Estuary and Tarcoles River boat safari; afternoon spent on private nature trails surrounding our eco-lodge.

    This morning we take part in the Guacalillo Estuary and Tarcoles River boat safari, a tour designed to introduce you to the incredibly bio-diverse mangrove system found in this part of the Central Pacific. One of the largest populations of crocodiles – some measuring up to five metres in length – can also be found here. This mangrove and river system is a very important habitat for birds, with kingfishers, heron, Roseate spoonbills and Scarlet macaw often sighted here. In the afternoon we enjoy a birdwatching walk on the private nature trails surrounding our lodge. Set between the humid tropical forest and pre-montane forest this area has an abundance of bird species which your guide will help locate and identify. 

    Accommodation: Macaw Lodge (or similar)
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
  • Day 7

    Rainforest nature walk at Hacienda Baru; to Puerto Jimenez; 4WD to the Osa Peninsula.

    The day begins with a rainforest nature walk at Hacienda Baru National Wildlife Refuge - 330 hectares of wetlands, secondary rainforest in the lowlands and primary rainforest in the highland costal ridge. There are numerous walking trails and 3kms of pristine beach to be discovered. We’ll spend around two hours at Hacienda Baru with our naturalist guide, before transferring to Puerto Jimenez, the largest town on the Osa Peninsula. From here we are met by 4WD vehicles to transfer to our eco-lodge in the wilderness, near the captivating Corcovado National Park. This region is very remote with limited road access. 

    Please note that there is a luggage allowance of 25lbs per person for the 4WD transfer. We suggest that you repack on the evening of Day 6 for your 3 night stay at Luna Lodge. Luggage can be stored with the main vehicle until Day 10. 

    Today's travel time will be in the region of 6.5 hours. 

    Accommodation: Luna Lodge (or similar)
    Premium Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
  • Day 8

    Discover the 60 acres of tropical wilderness surrounding our eco-lodge in the heart of the rainforest.

    Today is free to discover the enchanting and pristine environment of our wonderful eco-lodge in the heart of the rainforest. Luna Lodge is adjacent to Corcovado National Park and is set within 60 acres of private tropical wilderness – from here you’re completely surrounded by nature. The remote beaches of the Osa Peninsula are also major nesting sites for sea turtles (Olive Ridley, Green turtles, Hawksbill and Leatherback). We recommend joining one of the local excursions available directly from Luna Lodge, or simply relax, awaken your senses and discover why the world is wild about Costa Rica! 

    Accommodation: Luna Lodge (or similar)
    Premium Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 9

    Full day to discover Corcovado N.P. the most 'biologically intense place on Earth.'

    When National Geographic describes an area as ‘the most biologically intense place on earth’ it has to be worthy of investigation! This morning we leave the lodge by vehicle to Carate and then walk on the beach for 30 minutes to our entrance point to Corcovado National Park. This is undoubtedly Costa Rica's most secluded and tranquil region. Protecting around one third of the Osa Peninsula (some 164 square miles), Corcovado is Costa Rica's largest national park and encompasses 13 major ecosystems across various elevations, with montane forest, cloud forest, freshwater and mangrove swamps being just some of these. Scientists have recorded half of all of the species in Costa Rica on this peninsula alone. On today's hike along the parks trails we may see all four of Costa Rica's monkey species (Squirrel, Howler, White-faced Capuchin and Spider monkeys), tamandua (anteater), two and three-toed sloths, peccary, tapirs (including the endangered Baird's tapir) and of course many reptiles, insects and amphibians. Puma and jaguar are known in this area but very difficult to see. With over 500 tree species, the bird count stands at an impressive 365 and the park protects the largest population of Scarlet macaws in the country, which can frequently be seen and heard flying overhead. 

    Accommodation: Luna Lodge (or similar)
    Premium Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 10

    To Savegre Cloud Forest, home of the Resplendant Quetzal.

    After breakfast we depart towards San Gerado de Dota and Savegre Cloud Forest. This is said to be one of the best places in the whole of Costa Rica to see the beautiful, colourful and notoriously shy Resplendant Quetzal and we have two nights here to discover the region. These endangered birds rely on the cloud forest for their habitat - the males in particular are striking with a green crest, red breast and tail feathers that can reach a metre in length. A good pair of binoculars will be helpful for quetzal spotting as these birds camouflage themselves well amongst the wet leaves of the forest! 

    Accommodation: Savegre Hotel Nature Reserve & Spa (or similar)
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
  • Day 11

    Free day to discover the walking trails and waterfalls of Savegre.

    Today is free to relax and explore Savegre Valley. Bring your binoculars to spot some of the 170 bird species, trek through the tropical cloud forest or simply relax in the grounds of the lodge. For those who are passionate about trekking, an optional tour to Los Quetzales National Park can be arranged to admire the tropical cloud forest and sub-Andean vegetation. Birds that may be seen in this area include hummingbirds, colibri, tanagers and trogons, whilst tapirs, sloths and Squirrel monkeys may also be seen.

    Accommodation: Savegre Hotel Nature Reserve & Spa (or similar)
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 12

    To San Jose; end San Jose.

    After breakfast we transfer to San Jose Airport where our adventure comes to and end and it's time to bid Costa Rica and the rest of the group goodbye. 

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

Post-trip Extensions

Tamarindo Beach Extension Costa Rica

Extend your stay in Costa Rica with a few nights of rest and relaxation at Tamarindo on the Pacific Coast. Once a sleepy fishing village, Tamarindo was discovered by surfers in the late 1980's and has steadily grown its reputation as one of Costa Rica's best beach destinations. Located in Guanacaste Province, known for its good weather and predictable sunshine, Tamarindo has a great mix of facilities and retains an authentic laid-back atmosphere. The town has accommodation catering to all budgets, from high-end boutique hotels to smaller, comfortable and characterful properties. Its big draw is the long expanse of beach, with a curved bay backed by palm trees, cafes and restaurants. The waves are strong and loved by surfers, with swimmers mostly staying to the shallow surf breaking on the shore. Facing west, the sunsets in Tamarindo are dramatic and not to be missed! There are plenty of excursions that can be organised locally if you want to discover the surrounding area. Or simply sit back and soak up the laid-back beach life, which is a real contrast from the other areas you will have visited in Costa Rica.  

We have hand-picked a selection of properties in Tamarindo and selected transport options to suit all budgets and group sizes - all that's left for you to decide is how long you want to go for, and we'll do the rest! 

ACCOMMODATION:

Please note that rates shown below are per room (not per person) and all hotels include breakfast 

Capitan Suizo Hotel: This beachfront boutique hotel is set in a privileged location to the south of the bay, with rooms surrounded by tropical gardens. Thoughtfully designed accommodation with excellent dining options, wonderful service and a friendly team waiting to welcome you. Just away from the main town, it has a lovely pool area and private loungers on the beach. Prices from £245 per room per night for a Superior Room.   

Cala Luna Boutique Hotel: This luxurious hotel is nestled in native trees and lush vegetation, just a short walk from the beach of Playa Langosta which is around the headland from Tamarindo's main beach. Consistently rated as one of the Top 10 hotels in Costa Rica by Trip Advisor! Elegant accommodation and surroundings with every need catered for, this is pure R&R. Prices from £225 per room per night for a Deluxe Room. 

Tamarindo Diria Hotel: Located right in the middle of the beach, this is one of Tamarindo's original hotels and has the most spectacular palm tree-lined view from its pool/dining areas. It is split into different areas, with the majority of rooms located away from the beachfront. Prices from £145 per room per night for a Standard Room.  

Wyndham Esplendor Hotel: One of the best infinity pools we've seen with extensive views across Tamarindo bay, thanks to it's hillside location above Tamarindo. Elegant rooms and facilities, but a fair walk from the beach and Tamarindo town - there is a free shuttle transfer provided at set times. Prices from £140 per room per night for an Ocean View Room.  

Arco Iris Hotel: A great option for value, with comfortable rooms surrounded by lush tropical gardens. A tranquil location set back from the street, around 500 metres to the beach. Prices from £100 per room per night for a Bungalow Room. 

Pasatiempo Hotel: A small, intimate property with real character and comfortable rooms. We think Pasatiempo is a hidden gem and it is our preferred choice if you are looking for great value and don't mind being located a short 5 minute walk to the beach. There are some great restaurants and shops nearby. Prices from £90 per room per night for a Standard Room or £95 per room per night for a Deluxe Room.  

How to reach Tamarindo?

There are three options to reach Tamarindo from San Jose, depending on your budget and how much time you have:

Shuttle bus: This is the most economical way to reach Tamarindo, particularly for solo travellers. The shuttle bus system is easy, safe and reliable and will drop you directly at your hotel. Shuttles usually pick up from hotels in San Jose at 7:15am or 2:30pm. From Tamarindo the departure times back to San Jose are usually 8am or 2pm. The journey takes approximately 4-5 hours. You can also leave or return by shuttle directly from the airport - please specify at the time of booking and double check timings with your sales consultant as schedules may change depending on the season. Prices from £45 per person, each way. 

Private transfer: If you would prefer to travel in your own vehicle (seating up to 6 people), or need transfers timed perfectly with your international flights, we recommend a private transfer for the journey. You can either take this as a return or for just one leg of the journey. By private transfer the journey takes approximately 4 hours. Prices from £280 for a private transfer seating up to 6 people, each way. 

Flight: Perfect if you are short of time, you can take an internal flight from San Jose to Tamarindo Airstrip. During high season (Dec-Apr) there are usually 4 flights during the day in each direction. Outside of high season there are usually 2 flights in each direction. Flights usually take under 1 hour. With this service we will also arrange a vehicle transfer between your Tamarindo hotel and the airstrip. Luggage weight and size restrictions apply (30lbs, 114cm). Prices from £170 per person, one way.

There is also the option to arrange your return flights from Liberia airport, around 1 hour 30 minutes from Tamarindo, with a private transfer to Tamarindo. Please speak to your Sales Consultant to discuss this option. 

We recommend visiting Tamarindo for at least 3 nights. Please speak to your Sales Consultant for more details, to check hotel availability or to make a reservation. You may need additional hotel nights in San Jose depending on the end date of your trip and your flight schedule. Also please note that some hotels in Tamarindo are not available in September. 

Accommodation

Hotels and Eco-Lodges

11 nights in comfortable hotels and eco-lodges (some premium). 

The accommodation chosen is sure to be one of the highlights of this holiday. 

In San Jose we stay at the Hotel Boungainvillea, a property with lovely views and lush botanical gardens, yet within easy reach of the city and international airport. The Macquenque Eco-Lodge is our accommodation in Boca Tapada - a wilderness retreat set within the tropical rainforest and bordering the San Carlos River. Our bungalows all have their own balcony. At Villa Blanca we also stay in bungalows, but these come with fireplaces and traditional folklore decoration to fit in with the cloud forest surroundings. Macaw Lodge is an eco-resort that is completely off grid and uses solar power to generate all of its electricity. Made of sustainable wood, it fits beautifully with its forest surroundings.

Probably the biggest highlight of this holiday will be our three nights at the Premium Luna Lodge - nestled amongst the trees, this secluded resort can only be reached by 4WD vehicle and is a real oasis bordering Corcovado National Park and set within 60 acres of its own private, tropical wilderness. After this, we have a further 2 nights at the Savegre Hotel Nature Reserve and Spa, which is a lovely property in the heart of Savegre Valley, with a wonderful collection of trails and gardens full of hummingbirds.  

Single supplements are available - please see Dates & Prices for more information.

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single only guarantees a room for single use. It does not always mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Single supplement from £1,195.00

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 7 dinners are included.

Hotel breakfasts are normally buffet style. Vegetarians are well catered for but please inform us before departure of any special dietary requests.

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.

Transportation

We travel in a private, air-conditioned minibus suitable for the size of our group: usually a 16 seater Coaster minibus. We also use 4WD vehicles to access our eco-lodge on the Osa Peninsula and small motor boats for some of the activities.

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Information

Costa Rica is located 10º north of the equator and has a tropical climate. The average temperature range is 10ºC - 13ºC in the highlands, and from 22ºC - 26ºC 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.

Weather Charts

Joining Instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 13 days 

The group flight from London is a daytime flight departing on Day 1 of the itinerary.

Flights from London

We normally use the scheduled services of Iberia or British Airways (depending on availability). As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up‐to‐date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure.

Travelling land only: 12 days starting in San Jose and ending at San Jose Airport  

Your trip normally starts at our accommodation in San Jose in the evening of Day 1 of the itinerary. Details of how to reach the start point are provided in the Final Joining Instructions ‐ sent approximately two weeks before departure.

As advice about luggage allowances for both hand and hold luggage is subject to change, we suggest you check the airline's website for the latest information prior to your departure. The usual, standard check-in baggage weight allowance is 20kg.

In the unlikely event of any of your luggage being misplaced or damaged, a Property Irregularity Report (PIR) must be filed with the appropriate airline if you subsequently wish to make a claim against the airline or on your travel insurance. This must be done at the airport where your baggage arrived, or should have arrived.

Regional Flights

The Flight Inclusive price is based on a London departure, but we are happy to tailor this to your local or regional airport. Please ask about flights from local or regional airports.

If booking regional flights other than with Exodus, you must allow a minimum connecting time (in addition to the international check-in time) of 1 hour at Gatwick, and 1.5 hours at Heathrow; this is longer than the official minimum, but baggage handling is known to be subject to delays.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Transfers Details

Exodus offers FREE airport arrival transfers on any flight for this trip, so no matter which flight you choose to arrive on you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

All land only clients taking advantage of the free airport transfer must provide full flight details for their arrival in advance; unless specified otherwise, the transfer will be to the Exodus start (or pre-tour) hotel; transfers to other hotels in the same city may attract an extra charge; transfers may be shared with other Exodus customers on the same flight, or on a flight with similar arrival times.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The trip ends at San Jose airport in time for the departure of the group flight.

Location start:
San Jose
Location end:
San Jose Airport

What to Take

Essential Equipment

Sunglasses, sunhat, sunscreen, waterproof poncho or waterproofs, warm sweater (for cloud forest), long trousers (for hikes in rainforest areas like Corcovado and Carara), short trousers, hiking boots, swimming gear, insect repellent. 

Water Included

Plastic bottles are a big issue in many countries where recycling isn’t yet widely available; they often end up in landfill sites or get burnt, both processes are harmful to the environment and we would like to reduce our impact here. For your trip we provide an alternative to single-use plastic bottles in order to reduce the amount of plastic used. This means that safe drinking water will be available throughout so all you need to do is bring a bottle to re-fill along the way. Please add this to your packing list!

Optional Equipment

Umbrella, camera, binoculars, torch, small daypack for walks. We also recommend bringing a re-usable fabric tote bag so that you can avoid using unnecessary plastic bags whilst in Costa Rica.

Practical Information

Passport

Costa Rica

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Visa

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. 

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

Vaccination

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. 

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

Local Time

Costa Rica's Timezone:
America/Costa_Rica CST (GMT -06:00)

Electricity

Costa Rica's Electricity:

120 volts AC, 60Hz. 

Money

Costa Rica's Currency

The national currency of Costa Rica is the Costa Rican Colon (CRC), with an exchange rate at the time of publication of approximately 800 to the UK£ and 620 to the US$.

It is best to take US dollars to Costa Rica, as sterling is difficult to exchange and the rate can be poor. In practice, US dollars are widely accepted as payment in Costa Rica.

ATM Availability

ATMs are widely available in Costa Rica, particularly in the main tourist areas. A flat fee of up to USD3 and a small commission usually applies with debit card withdrawals. MasterCard and Visa are quite widely accepted in the bigger hotels, restaurants and tourist shops, though not, of course, in rural areas. Always check the handling fee when paying by credit card as it can be high. It is certainly much more convenient to carry as much of your money in cash as possible, so long as you are security conscious. We recommend that you bring some small denomination notes (USD1 and USD5 notes) since getting change is often a problem when paying for small items.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

US dollars are widely accepted as payment in Costa Rica, however change will likely be given in local currency and the exchange rate will fluctuate. We suggest taking some US dollars with you but then using ATM's to withdraw the rest of your money in local currency whilst you're there. 

You should allow extra to cover the cost of meals not included in the price of the holiday. Snack lunches are approximately USD15-18 and evening meals USD25-32 per meal (excluding drinks).
Average costs for drinks are USD1-2 for mineral water or soft drinks, USD3-4 for a bottle of beer and USD4-5 for a glass of wine. 

Tipping

Our local staff are paid well and fairly for their work with Exodus. However, it is usual for groups to tip guides and drivers and it would be reasonable for each group member to contribute approx. USD3-5 per day for each staff member for this purpose, although you may wish to tip more if travelling in a small group. Porters at the airport and hotels are normally tipped about USD1 per piece. Occasionally the tour leader will organise a tipping kitty to facilitate these and other tips (such as waiting staff in restaurants) which will be collected in advance at the start of the trip.  

Responsible Tourism

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Exodus Community

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In the Community Travel Forum you'll find the Departure Lounge where you can discuss your trip with fellow travellers before you depart. When you get back from your holiday remember to upload your images to the relevant trip page on our website. This helps other people see what our holidays are really like and you'll be entered automatically into our monthly photo competition.

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Important Information

On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 16 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

On all trips

In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.

In an emergency, please contact our 24 hour out of hours service on +44 (0) 844 326 7041.

Every time that you travel abroad you should take the time to read the warnings in the essential information in the brochure.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

As fuel prices, airport taxes and exchange rates fluctuate, and airlines manage their rates to match demand, it is proving harder than ever to guarantee our Flight Inclusive prices. Although we endeavour to keep our website as accurate as possible, daily fluctuations mean that our Flight Inclusive price may be out of date. For accurate prices we recommend that you contact one of our Travel Experts, or your Travel Agent.

TRAVEL AWARE –STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD

 

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the NHS have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information, see https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk/

Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/

Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

For all latest travel information about your holiday, please visit our Travel Safety Advice page.

How to Book

1. Check availability

Go online to check availability, or contact us by phone or email.

2. Secure your place

You can provisionally hold a place on this trip, usually for between three and seven days.

3. Complete your booking and payment

When you're ready to book, go to www.exodus.co.uk for online booking, book over the phone or you can complete a booking form (available online or on request by calling us). We accept all major credit and debit cards, or you can pay be cheque. Book with confidence: Exodus is fully licensed and bonded as a tour operator. We hold Air Traffic Organisers Licence (ATOL) number 2582 issued and bonded with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We are also bonded to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and we are members of the Federation of Tour Operators (FTO) and ABTA ‐ The Travel Association. This means you can book your Exodus holiday with confidence, as all monies paid to us for your trip are fully protected.

TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.