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* SUMMARY * 58C08. RINCON DE LA VIEJA, MONTEVERDE & PACUARE RIVER (11 Days/10 Nights)
Volcano and Waterfall Hikes, Horseback Rides, Cloud Forest Birding, Canopy Tour and 2-Day Rafting Adventure
From US$2,035 per person based on two adults and two children over 12 years in a quadruple room ($185 per person per day), depending on the season and category of rooms booked.*

An activity-filled family vacation that begins in Guanacaste's La Vieja Volcano area. Youll hike in the shadow of the Volcano and take a scenic horseback ride. On this tour, the whole family can cool off at one of the falls you will visit. Then head to the Monteverde Cloud Forest to look for the stunning Quetzal, which resides here from Jan to July. Also visit a typical Costa Rican farm and sugar mill, where you'll see sugarcane turn into brown sugar and other products. Return to San Jose after stopping en route to take a zip-line tour. On Day 9, a new adventure awaits: the two-day Pacuare White Water Rafting trip. Experience the thrill of rafting Class III-IV rapids through a scenic natural gorge. This trip includes a one-night campout on the river as well as a candlelight dinner for adults and campfire for kids.

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

Day 1: Arrival Liberia, Costa Rica / Rincon de La Vieja (No meals.)
Arrive at the Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia, Guanacaste, then you will be driven to Rincon de La Vieja (1 hour). Overnight at Borinquen Mountain Resort (bungalow).

Day 2: Rincon de La Vieja National Park / Hot Springs (B)
Discover the natural beauty of Rincon de La Vieja Volcano National Park on a this full-day tour. Includes a visit to an area near the volcano with pits of boiling water and grey mud (where you can make yourself a rejuvenating face mask). Also soak in hot sulfur springs and swim in a stream nearby. Overnight at Borinquen Resort.

Day 3: Rincon de La Vieja / Horseback Riding Tour (B)
Take a horseback riding tour up the mountain and over plains, with views of Guanacastes Pacific coast. Then hike to Hidden Falls and Mystery Waterfall. Duration of tour: 2-4 1/2 hours. Overnight at Borinquen Resort.

Day 4: Rincon de La Vieja (B)
Full day free to continue exploring the area with your children. Optional activities (at additional cost) include: rock climbing, river tubing and others. Overnight at Borinquen Resort.

Day 5: Rincon de La Vieja / Monteverde (B,D)
Drive to Monteverde (about 5 hours). Overnight at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens.

Day 6: Monteverde Cloud Forest (B,L,D)
Join a morning excursion (of up to 10 people) to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve accompanied by a specialist guide. So many habitats in such a small area, along with extensive trail improvements, will allow your family to enjoy a rich diversity of flora and fauna with relatively easy walking. Return to the hotel for lunch. Overnight at Monteverde Lodge.

Day 7: Monteverde / Santamaria Family Farm and Horseback Ride (B,L,D)
Morning tour of the Santamaria's farm and sugar mill (about 2 hours). You will also visit a Tilapia fish farm and forest to see flora and fauna typical to Monteverde. Afterward the family can ride in an oxcart or walk to the sugarcane mill to witness the process of making brown sugar and other sugarcane products. Parents can try guaro, a Costa Rican alcohol made from sugarcane, and vegetable-eating family members can try picadillo de arracache, a traditional vegetable dish. Return to the Lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, saddle up for a sunset horseback riding tour. Overnight at Monteverde Lodge.

Day 8: Monteverde / Rio Barranca Canopy Tour / San Jose (B,L)
Depart for Rio Barranca (about 3 hours) near Puntarenas on the Central Pacific Coast. Parque Aventura Rio Barranca is an exciting (and safe) canopy tour for the whole family featuring views of the Barranca River and Gulf of Nicoya. This tour takes between 1-1/2 to 2-1/4 hours. Continue your drive to San Jose (about 1-1/2 hours). Overnight at Grano de Oro Hotel.

Day 9: San Jose / 2-Day Pacuare River Rafting (Class III-IV) / Min. age 12 years (B,L,D)
Drive to put-in on the river (3-1/2 hours.). After an orientation, proceed down river while soaking in the Pacuare Gorges beauty. Water level permitting, one of your guides will lead you on a hike up one of the many creeks that spill into the Pacuare. Picnic on the riverbank. Later continue floating downriver to the campsite, where you'll spend the afternoon and night. Overnight camping on the riverbank.

Day 10: Pacuare River / San Jose (B,L)
An early put-in means that you are virtually alone on the river for the first part of the day. Mid afternoon take-out. Return to San Jose (2-hour drive). Overnight at Grano de Oro Hotel.

Day 11: Departure (No meals.)
Transfer to the international airport, arriving at least two hours before your flight's scheduled departure time.

*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 * 58C08. RINCON DE LA VIEJA, MONTEVERDE & PACUARE RIVER (11 Days/10 Nights)
Volcano and Waterfall Hikes, Horseback Rides, Cloud Forest Birding, Canopy Tour and 2-Day Rafting Adventure
From US$2,035 per person based on two adults and two children over 12 years in a quadruple room ($185 per person per day), depending on the season and category of rooms booked.*

This is an activity-filled family vacation that begins in Guanacaste's La Vieja Volcano area. Youll hike in the shadow of the Volcano and take a scenic horseback ride. On this tour, the whole family can cool off at one of the falls you will visit. Then head to the Monteverde Cloud Forest to look for the stunning Quetzal, which resides here from Jan to July. Also visit a typical Costa Rican farm and sugar mill, where you'll see sugarcane turn into brown sugar and other products. Return to San Jose after stopping en route to take a zip-line tour. On Day 9, a new adventure awaits: the two-day Pacuare White Water Rafting trip. Experience the thrill of rafting Class III-IV rapids through a scenic natural gorge. This trip includes a one-night campout on the river as well as a candlelight dinner for adults and campfire for kids.

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

Day 1: Arrival Liberia, Costa Rica / Rincon de La Vieja (No meals.)
Arrive at the Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia, Guanacaste. After passing through Immigration you will be met by a Costa Rica Expeditions representative, who will accompany you on the one-hour drive to Rincon de La Vieja. Overnight at Borinquen Mountain Resort (bungalow).

Day 2: Rincon de La Vieja National Park / Hot Springs (B)
Discover the natural beauty of Rincon de La Vieja Volcano National Park on a this full-day tour. On the way to the Park, cross rivers, hills and drive through small towns. Upon arrival you may choose between two trails, one to the main crater, Las Pailas, and the other, Volcancito, to the small volcano. You will also have the opportunity to hike to waterfalls. This Park is one of Costa Rica's richest, most varied and seldom-visited. Volcanologists say that the Rincon de La Vieja Volcano, although active, is unlikely to erupt because the geysers and mud pots in the area help it "let off the steam. Rincon's most recent violent activity occurred in 1966 and 67. The volcano erupted frequently, destroying trees and land. Some of the rivers that spring from the volcano's slopes were polluted by poisonous gases. La Vieja Volcano Park is a watershed for 32 rivers, many of which empty into Guanacaste's major river, the Tempisque. This area is home to some 300 species of birds, deer, Collared Peccaries, pacas, agoutis, raccoons, jaguars, Two-toed Sloths, Coatimundis and three species of monkeys.

Kids will enjoy observing "Las Pailas" (The Cauldrons), an area with several pits of boiling water and vapor geysers that stain the rocks around them red, green and yellow due to the iron, copper and sulfur in the steam. Youll also find bubbling pots of grey mud where you can make yourself a rejuvenating face mask. On the eastern side of the Park are Los Azufrales, hot sulfur springs at bathtub temperature. The springs are next to a cold stream where you can swim. Overnight at Borinquen Resort.

Day 3: Rincon de La Vieja / Horseback Riding Tour (B)
Take a horseback riding tour up the mountain and over plains, with views of Guanacastes Pacific coast. Then hike to Hidden Falls and Mystery Waterfall. Duration of tour: 2-4 1/2 hours. Overnight at Borinquen Resort.

Day 4: Rincon de La Vieja (B)
Full day free to continue exploring the area with your children. Optional activities (at additional cost) include: rock climbing, river tubing and others. Overnight at Borinquen Resort.

Day 5: Rincon de La Vieja / Monteverde (B,D)
After breakfast, drive to Monteverde (about 5 hours), a peaceful community made up of dairy farmers, naturalists and tourism service providers who have joined together to create a model for sustainable development and environmental protection. Founded in 1954 by a group of Quakers searching for a peaceful place to live, it is the home of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, the Children's Eternal Rainforest, and the Santa Elena Reserve. Overnight at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens.

Day 6: Monteverde Cloud Forest (B,L,D)
Join a morning excursion (of up to 10 people) to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve accompanied by a specialist guide (elevation 2,300 to 5,600 ft). Originally just 4,000 acres, the Monteverde Reserve now includes a protected area of approximately 25,000 acres, comprising six different life zones. So many habitats in such a small area, along with extensive trail improvements, will allow your family to enjoy a rich diversity of flora and fauna with relatively little and easy walking. This is home to more than 100 species of mammals, 400 species of birds and 1,500 species of plants. From January to July, depending upon your luck and patience, you may observe the Resplendent Quetzal (occasionally a dozen or more individuals at once). Return to the hotel for lunch. Overnight at Monteverde Lodge.

Day 7: Monteverde / Santamaria Farm and Horseback Ride (B,L,D)
Morning tour of the Santamaria family farm and sugar mill (about 2 hours) in the Las Canitas community near Monteverde. Walk the farm and learn about the production of sugarcane, coffee, and the traditional ways of cultivating bananas, arracache (a local legume), avocado, macadamia nuts as well as other products. You will also visit the Santamaria's Tilapia fish farm and a small-forested area to see flora and fauna typical to Monteverde. During the farm tour you will collect coffee, transport it to the grinding machines and see how coffee is made. Afterward, the family can ride in an oxcart or walk to the sugarcane mill to witness the process of making brown sugar and other sugarcane products. Parents can try guaro, Costa Rican alcohol made from sugarcane, and vegetable-eating family members can try picadillo de arracache, a traditional vegetable dish, accompanied by a cup of coffee or lemonade. During the tour youll have the opportunity to meet most of the family members that run the farm.

Return to the Lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, saddle up for a sunset horseback riding tour (accompanied by a Spanish-speaking horseman) that takes you through open fields and forests and ends with a fine view of the sunset over the Gulf of Nicoya from atop a hill. This ride is for experienced riders and adventurous beginners, children included. Overnight at Monteverde Lodge.

Day 8: Monteverde / Rio Barranca Canopy Tour / San Jose (B,L)
Depart for Rio Barranca (about 3 hours) near Puntarenas on the Central Pacific Coast. Parque Aventura Rio Barranca is an exciting (and safe) canopy tour for the whole family featuring views of the Barranca River and Gulf of Nicoya. With experienced guides, glide through this tropical dry forest from tree to tree and platform to platform on a circuit of eight zip lines and 14 platforms. Walk the project's ecological trails in the middle and end of the trip. Fruits and bottled cold water will be served. This tour takes between 1-1/2 to 2-1/4 hours. Continue your drive to San Jose (about 1-1/2 hours). Overnight at Grano de Oro Hotel.

Day 9: San Jose / 2-Day Pacuare River Rafting (Class III-IV) / Min. age 12 years (B,L,D)
Early morning pick-up by your River Guide at your hotel in San Jose. Stop en route for a typical Costa Rican breakfast. Afterward we will pick up dry bags for your gear and continue to Finca La Cruz where, depending on road conditions, you may have to switch to a 4x4 shuttle to take you down to the put-in. Depending on the road conditions, you may need to walk for less than one mile. (Driving time to put-in: 3-1/2 hours.)

After an orientation and safety talk by your professional River Guides, proceed down river on continuous Class III-IV rapids. Soak-in the Pacuare Gorges beauty as you raft deep into the heart of primary and secondary rainforest. Water level permitting, one of your guides will lead you on a hike up one of the many creeks that spill into the Pacuare. Upon your return to the riverbank, you will find a picnic lunch prepared by your guides. Float and paddle downriver to the campsite, where you can spend the afternoon relaxing. Tonight your family will be served a candlelight dinner (that includes wine for the adults and a campfire for the kids). Overnight camping on the riverbank.

Day 10: Pacuare River / San Jose (B,L)
An early put-in means that you are virtually alone on the river for the first part of the day. Experience the canyon, Dos Montanas, the rapids and the side hikes that have made the Pacuare River famous. River time: about 4 hours. Mid afternoon take-out. Return to San Jose (2-hour drive). Overnight at Grano de Oro Hotel.

Day 11: Departure (No meals.)
Transfer to the international airport, arriving at least two hours before your flight's scheduled departure time.

*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.

Borinquen Mountain Resort
Secluded and unique property located in Guanacaste, near Rincon de La Vieja Volcano. The resort has 33 ample bungalows that combine a rustic design with modern conveniences. For visitors with special needs, the resort offers 3 handicap rooms. All villas have private decks or terraces with mountain views. Hot springs, hiking, canopy and horseback tours nearby.

Monteverde Lodge
Located in the Tilarn Mountain Range at 4,600 ft. above sea level on the edge of the world's best known mid-elevation cloud forest, Monteverde Lodge is the expression of Costa Rica Expeditions' desire to create the ultimate lodging experience for the discerning nature traveler. Owned and operated by Costa Rica Expeditions.

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.

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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