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* SUMMARY * 59B08. SARAPIQUI, ARENAL & MONTEVERDE (12 Days/11 Nights)
Roots of Costa Rican Culture & Nature Discovery for Families
From US$3,000 per person in double occupancy based on a family of two adults and two children under the age of 12 years in a quadruple room ($250 per person per day), depending on the season and category of rooms booked.*

Activity-filled trip for families interested in Costa Ricas agricultural roots and natural ecology. First go to Sarapiqui for a boat tour and visit to a working dairy farm and cacao processing center. Then head to La Selva Biological Station in the Caribbean lowlands to walk in this extraordinary bird and wildlife sanctuary. In the highlands near the Arenal Volcano, visit a sugar mill and walk the Hanging Bridges trails. Here you will also take a half-day bike ride and soak in a natural hot springs. The last days of your trip are in Monteverde, where you will walk in the Cloud Forest Reserve, visit a bat jungle and frog pond, and learn about coffee production on a family farm.

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

Day 1: Arrival in Costa Rica (No meals.)
Overnight at Bougainvillea Hotel.

Day 2: San Jose / Sarapiqui Boat Tour (B,L,D)
Drive to Sarapiqui (about 2 hours). A boat trip down the Sarapiqui River is scheduled. Overnight at Selva Verde Lodge (bungalow).

Day 3: Sarapiqui / Pozo Azul Ranch & Cacao Processing Center (B,L,D)
After breakfast, depart with your guide for the dairy tour at Hacienda Pozo Azul. In the afternoon depart for a chocolate tour at Tirimbina Rainforest Center. Youll see the chocolate making process firsthand and even have the opportunity to treat your taste buds to organic rainforest chocolate. Overnight at Selva Verde.

Day 4: Sarapiqui / La Selva Biological Station (B,L,D)
Visit La Selva Biological Station to learn about the biodiversity of the lowland tropical rainforest at this internationally renowned research station. Overnight at Selva Verde.

Day 5: Sarapiqui / Arenal Volcano** (B)
Drive to the Arenal Volcano area (about 2 hours). Afternoon free. Overnight at Mountain Paradise Hotel.

Day 6: Arenal / Burio Farm Tour / Hanging Bridges (B,L)
Morning visit to Finca Burio for a tour of the farms fields, where fruits you may have never seen grow. The farm also offers a trapiche (sugar mill), where you will learn to process sugar cane. A healthy organic lunch will be offered. (Tour lasts about 2-1/2 hours.) Afternoon visit to the Arenal Hanging Bridges trails. Overnight at Mountain Paradise.

Day 7: Arenal / Half-Day Biking Tour (B,D)
Easy to moderate riding on a gravel road at the base of Arenal Volcano. Picnic stop is scheduled. Evening visit to the Hidalgo Family Hot Springs. Dinner included. Overnight at Mountain Paradise.

Day 8: Arenal / Monteverde (B,L,D)
Transfer by boat and van to Monteverde (about 3 hours). You will stop at a farm on the way for a picnic lunch. Overnight at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens.

Day 9: Monteverde Cloud Forest / Bat Jungle (B,L,D)
Morning visit to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve accompanied by a Naturalist Guide. In the late afternoon visit the Bat Jungle. Overnight at Monteverde Lodge.

Day 10: Monteverde Sugar Mill Tour (B,LD)
Morning tour of the Santamaria family farm and sugar mill (about 2 hours) in the Las Canitas community near Monteverde. During the tour youll have the opportunity to meet most of the family members that run the farm. Return to Monteverde Lodge for lunch and a soccer match with local kids. Nighttime visit to the frog pond. Overnight at Monteverde Lodge.

Day 11: Monteverde / San Jose (B)
After breakfast drive to San Jose (about 4-1/2 hours). Overnight at Bougainvillea Hotel.

Day 12: 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.

**See Arenal Safety Guidelines.

IMPORTANT: There is a 25-pound weight limit on domestic flights in Costa Rica. Please remember to pack light. If you would like to leave some of your belongings behind, we will do our best to catch it up to you when you arrive at the next destination in your itinerary.

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* DETAILED * 59B08. SARAPIQUI, ARENAL & MONTEVERDE (12 Days/11 Nights)
Roots of Costa Rican Culture & Nature Discovery for Families
From US$3,000 per person in double occupancy based on a family of two adults and two children under the age of 12 years in a quadruple room ($250 per person per day), depending on the season and category of rooms booked.*

Activity-filled trip for families interested in Costa Ricas agricultural roots and natural ecology. First go to Sarapiqui for a boat tour and visit to a working dairy farm and cacao processing center. Then head to La Selva Biological Station in the Caribbean lowlands to walk in this extraordinary bird and wildlife sanctuary. In the highlands near the Arenal Volcano, visit a sugar mill and walk the Hanging Bridges trails. Here you will also take a half-day bike ride and soak in a natural hot springs. The last days of your trip are in Monteverde, where you will walk in the Cloud Forest Reserve, visit a bat jungle and frog pond, and learn about coffee production on a family farm.

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

Day 1: Arrival in Costa Rica (No meals.)
Arrive at San Jose Costa Rica'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 you leave the building after 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.

Day 2: San Jose / Sarapiqui Boat Tour (B,L,D)
After breakfast meet your Naturalist Guide and depart for the drive to Sarapiqui (about 2 hours). This region is one of the most geographically diverse in Costa Rica, with a mosaic of mountains, plains, lakes, rivers, forests, fruit farms and cattle ranches. A boat trip down the Sarapiqui River is scheduled to search for caiman, Howler Monkeys, iguanas, birds, and other tropical wildlife. Boats are covered and have quiet electric motors. The local boatmen are expert animal spotters. Overnight at Selva Verde Lodge (bungalow).

Day 3: Sarapiqui / Pozo Azul Ranch & Cacao Processing Center (B,L,D)
After breakfast, depart with your guide for the dairy tour at Hacienda Pozo Azul. Hacienda Pozo Azul is a model ranch of agro-activities in complete harmony with nature, giving visitors a unique experience in sustainable principles. At the 200-cow dairy, all waste is processed in a bio-digester to produce an organic fertilizer to produce the food for the cows and methane as fuel to produce the electricity need to keep these European cows comfortable in the hot tropical rainforest, under a controlled temperature, with mechanical cooling. Return to the hotel for lunch.

After lunch depart for a chocolate tour at Tirimbina Rainforest Center to discover the wonders behind one of the worlds most tantalizing foods - chocolate! The cacao tree originated in Mesoamerica and has a rich and extraordinary history, being one of the most important products for Mayan and Aztec civilizations, as well as other Central American cultures. The discovery of the Americas led European explorers to introduce chocolate to Europe, which transformed it into the delicious product known today. The tour begins at the Centers suspension bridge to a former cacao-tree plantation (Theobroma cacao). During the walk you will be exposed to the natural and cultural history of the cacao tree and, upon reaching the plantation, a Tirimbina Guide will reveal the secrets of transforming cacao fruit into chocolate. Youll see the chocolate making process firsthand and even have the opportunity to treat your taste buds to organic rainforest chocolate. After the tour, you can visit the Tirimbina gift shop to purchase organic cacao chocolate bars made by a group of local women from Pueblo Nuevo de Guacimo. Overnight at Selva Verde.

Day 4: Sarapiqui / La Selva Biological Station (B,L,D)
After breakfast depart with your guide for a visit to La Selva Biological Station, located in the lowlands of Sarapiqui, on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica. This station is owned and administered by the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) a consortium of U.S. and Costa Rican institutes of higher learning. Discover the biodiversity of the lowland tropical rainforest at this internationally renowned research station. With its laboratories, online geographic information system, extensive trails, and large forest reserve bordering Braulio Carrillo National Park. La Selva is one of the worlds most important sites for tropical ecosystem research, with more than 250 scientists from some 25 countries coming here to study tropical ecology every year. La Selva is located in the Caribbean lowlands and comprises 1,513 hectares (3,739 acres) of old growth and disturbed tropical wet forests. There are more than 1,900 species of plants, 330 species of trees, 436 species of birds, and 450 species of ants. Showy birds, such as toucans, parrots, trogons and hummingbirds are seen frequently. So are mammals such as monkeys, peccaries, agoutis and coatis. Overnight at Selva Verde.

Day 5: Sarapiqui / Arenal Volcano** (B)
After breakfast depart with your guide for the drive to the Arenal area (about 2 hours). Arenal Volcano has an almost perfect cone, which soars 1,633 meters above sea level, and a crater 140 meters deep formed over an ancient caldera. From time to time loud explosions are heard and a mushroom cloud of gray, brown, orange or blue smoke billows out of the top. Although the Volcano is capable of inspiring intense fright and awe in visitors, inhabitants of nearby Fortuna, San Carlos and the dairy farms at its base seem to live with relative peace of mind. If you ask, they will tell you with surprising tranquility about the time it erupted. Overnight at Mountain Paradise Hotel.

Day 6: Arenal / Burio Farm Tour / Hanging Bridges (B,L)
Morning visit to Finca Burio, located 5 mins. from Fortuna, owned by Don Juan, the real Costa Rican farmer. Don Juan will give you a tour of his farms fields, including fruits you may have never seen at the supermarket. Learn about the preparation, health benefits and industrial uses of the products he has available in his plantations. This is a paradise for birds since the land and the plantation attract them in a natural way. The farm also offers a trapiche (sugar mill), where you will learn to process sugar cane. A healthy organic lunch made by Dona Yamileth, Don Juans wife, will be offered. (Tour lasts about 2-1/2 hours.)

Afternoon visit to the Arenal Hanging Bridges project, with eight fixed bridges, ranging in length between 8 and 22 meters, and six hanging bridges, designed with an eye for both beauty and safety. The bridges and trails, which cover a distance of 3 kms, were designed to blend with the natural environment, leaving the forest virtually intact. As you walk you be able to appreciate the great diversity of flowers and wildlife that are typical of the rainforest, along with the imposing views (weather permitting) of Arenal Volcano. Overnight at Mountain Paradise.

Day 7: Arenal / Half-Day Biking Tour (B,D)
Easy to moderate riding on a gravel road at the base of Arenal Volcano; flat with a few short hills. The tour includes a Cannondale or Kona mountain bike with front suspension (custom fitted to your size), helmet, gloves, water bottle, bilingual guides and mechanic. A choice of different kinds of saddles and pedals is available. Support vehicle equipped with first aid kit, rain ponchos, spare bikes, spare parts and complete tool kit. Picnic stop is scheduled, including water, fruits and snacks.

Evening visit to the Hidalgo Family Hot Springs, the ideal alternative to the mass tourism hot springs in the Arenal area. When we first met the Hidalgo family in 2000, they were reluctant to open up their family farm to visitors. Finally they agreed to try it on a trial basis. They found, perhaps to their surprise, that they enjoyed having foreign guests and have now put in changing rooms and a restaurant. Although they do not provide the private experience that they once did, the Hidalgo Hot Springs is still not nearly as crowded as others in the area. The springs consist of five free-flowing pools set in a natural river gorge. Water temperature ranges from 38 to 43 degrees (, depending on the pool. A Costa Rican home-style meal in the restaurant, modeled after the first house that Don Manuel and Dona Hortemida Hidalgo built in 1940 when they settled on the farm, is included. Overnight at Mountain Paradise.

Day 8: Arenal / Monteverde (B,L,D)
After breakfast, transfer to boat launch at the Arenal Dam (15-30 mins. depending on wind conditions). The boat will dock at Rio Chiquito, a small town on the shore of Arenal Lake, where you will board an air-conditioned van for the 2- hour ride to your hotel in Monteverde. Total transfer time from Arenal to Monteverde via Arenal Lake is about 3 hours. You will stop at a farm on the way for a picnic lunch. Monteverde is 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 protection of the environment that is becoming known throughout the world. Founded in 1954 by a group of Quakers searching for a peaceful place to live, it is the home of Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, the Childrens Eternal Rainforest, and the Santa Elena Reserve. Overnight at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens.

Day 9: Monteverde Cloud Forest / Bat Jungle (B,L,D)
Morning visit to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve accompanied by your Naturalist Guide. 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, allow visitors to enjoy a rich diversity of flora and fauna with relatively little and easy walking.

The Reserve was founded in 1972 and extends down both slopes of the Tilaran Mountains (elevation 2,300 to 5,600 ft.). It encompasses six different ecological life zones and 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). Other species include the Three-wattled Bellbird, the Emerald Toucanet, and White-faced and Howler Monkeys. Return to the hotel for lunch.

In the late afternoon visit the Bat Jungle. The tour is a guided walk into the world of bats, including a variety of stationary and interactive exhibits. In the live bat exhibit there are as many as 11 species of live free-flying tropical bats from the Monteverde area. With the aid of a special "bat detector" and speaker system set up in the fly-way area, real-time bat echolocation sounds can also be heard. The Bat Jungle is the first of its kind in Latin America. One of its main objectives is to promote public awareness of the ecological importance of bats, thereby helping to conserve bat populations throughout the world. Overnight at Monteverde Lodge.

Day 10: Monteverde Sugar Mill Tour (B,LD)
Morning tour of the Santamaria family farm and sugar mill (about 2 hours) in the Las Canitas community near Monteverde. Walk through 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 a Tilapia fish farm and a small-forested area where it is possible to see flora and fauna typical of the Monteverde area. During the farm tour you will collect coffee, transport it to the grinding machines and see how coffee is made. Afterward, ride in an oxcart to the sugarcane mill, where you will witness the process of making brown sugar and other types of products made from sugarcane. You may also walk to the mill (about 175 meters), passing vegetable gardens with chayote, nampi, herbs and tobacco. You will also try guaro, Costa Rican alcohol made from sugarcane and 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 Monteverde Lodge for lunch.

In the afternoon a soccer match with local kids is planned at Monteverde soccer field. Nighttime visit to the frog pond. Over 20 species of frogs, toads and other amphibians are found in the pond. Learn about species that are unique to Costa Rica, such as the large Marine Toad, the colorful Poison Arrow Frog and the Red-eyed Tree Frog. It is best to visit after dark as the frogs are more active and you can hear their calls. Overnight at Monteverde Lodge.

Day 11: Monteverde / San Jose (B)
After breakfast drive to San Jose (about 4-1/2 hours). Overnight at Bougainvillea Hotel.

Day 12: 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.

**See Arenal Safety Guidelines.

IMPORTANT: There is a 25-pound weight limit on domestic flights in Costa Rica. Please remember to pack light. If you would like to leave some of your belongings behind, we will do our best to catch it up to you when you arrive at the next destination in your itinerary.

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.

Selva Verde Lodge
Founded in 1985, Selva Verde Lodge, is located in the lush lowlands of northeastern Costa Rica on a very large, private tract of virgin tropical rainforest and rich second-growth habitats. It is adjacent to Braulio Carrillo National Park and the Organization for Tropical Studies' field station, La Selva.

Mountain Paradise Lodge
The hotel offers 15 rooms, including junior suites and two-bedroom master suites, restaurant, adult and child swimming pools, jacuzzi and wet bar. All 15 rooms are equipped with a king size bed, fine wood furniture, flat screen cable tv, wireless Internet, telephones and jacuzzi. Cool climate.

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.

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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