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* SUMMARY * 76C09. CORCOVADO, SAN RAMON & ARENAL VOLCANO (10 Days/9 Nights)
Explore the Remote Osa Peninsula, Highland Cloud Forests and Arenal Volcano
From US$2,890 per person in double occupancy ($290 per person per day), depending on the season and category of rooms booked.*

Hike in Corcovado on the Osa Peninsula and observe life in the rainforest. Head to the highlands and walk in the cloud forests of San Ramon, habitat of the Resplendent Quetzal, which nests here between February and June. Then drive to Arenal to see the active volcano, hike the Hanging Bridges trails, take a river float safari, and soak in a natural hot springs.

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

Day 1: Arrive Costa Rica (No meals.)
Overnight at Parque del Lago Hotel (superior room).

Day 2: San Jose / Carate / Corcovado (B,L,D)
Early morning pickup at your hotel for the drive to the domestic airport where you will take a chartered flight to Corcovado (1 hour). Upon arrival you will be driven to Laguna Vista Villas (10 mins.), nestled on a hill behind the Pejeperrito Lagoon. Overnight at Laguna Vista Villas.

Day 3: Corcovado National Park Hike (B,L,D)
Depart Laguna Vista Villas around 8:00 a.m. for the drive to Carate with your guide (10 mins). From Carate, walk 40 mins. to the Park entrance at La Leona Ranger Station. After a 15-min. briefing, start off on the Madrigal River Trail. Once you reach the Madrigal, there will be time to eat a box lunch and swim in a fresh water swimming hole. Return to Laguna Vista, arriving at about 3:30 p.m.

Day 4: Corcovado (B,L,D)
Walk Laguna Vista's trails on your own or participate in optional activities (at additional cost), such as horseback riding, lagoon fishing or kayaking. Overnight at Laguna vista Villas.

Day 5: Corcovado / Carate / San Jose / San Ramon (B)
Return to the Carate airstrip to catch your chartered flight to San Jose (one hour). Upon arrival, a Spanish-speaking driver will be waiting to take you on the one-hour drive to San Ramon. Overnight at Villablanca Cloud Forest Hotel (deluxe casita).

Day 6: San Ramon / Cloud Forest Walk (B)
Search for the elusive Resplendent Quetzal during this half-day hike, which begins with a scenic 45-min. drive to the summit of Azahar Peak, located near La Paz de San Ramon. Overnight at Villablanca.

Day 7: San Ramon / Arenal** (B)
After breakfast meet your Spanish-speaking driver and depart for the one-hour drive to Arenal (approx). Afternoon walk on the Arenal Hanging Bridges trails. As you walk, you be able to appreciate the great diversity of plants and wildlife that are typical of the rainforest, along with the imposing views (weather permitting) of Arenal Volcano. Overnight at Arenal Manoa Hotel (junior suite).

Day 8: Arenal / Peas Blancas River Safari / Hidalgo Hot Springs (B,D)
Morning pickup for the drive to the river. The first part of the tour begins on a float boat (no motor). While you enjoy sounds from nature your guide will occasionally describe the plants and animals found in this area. After about two hours, your guide will stop the boat so that you can change into long pants and get ready to hike into the primary tropical rainforest. After, continue floating toward Boca Arenal (40 mins) to the take-out. Return to your hotel. In the evening visit the Hidalgo Family Hot Springs. Overnight at Arenal Manoa.

Day 9: Arenal / San Jose (B)
Drive to San Jose (3-1/2 hours). Overnight at Parque del Lago Hotel.

Day 10: Departure (B)
Transfer to the international airport, arriving at least 2-3 hours before your flight's scheduled departure time.

*Note: Pricing can vary considerably depending on the number of people in your group and travel dates. Please contact us for an accurate quote on this or any other trip on our web site.

**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 * 76C09. CORCOVADO, SAN RAMON & ARENAL VOLCANO (10 Days/9 Nights)
Explore the Remote Osa Peninsula, Highland Cloud Forests and Arenal Volcano
From US$2,890 per person in double occupancy ($290 per person per day), depending on the season and category of rooms booked.*

Hike in Corcovado on the Osa Peninsula and observe life in the rainforest. Head to the highlands and walk in the cloud forests of San Ramon, habitat of the Resplendent Quetzal, which nests here between February and June. Then drive to Arenal to see the active volcano, hike the Hanging Bridges trails, take a river float safari, and soak in a natural hot springs.

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

Day 1: Arrive Costa Rica (No meals.)
Arrive at San Joses Juan Santamara International Airport. After passing through Immigration you will be met by a Costa Rica Expeditions representative who will give you a sticker to facilitate clearing customs. When leaving the building after customs, look for a sign that says, Costa Rica Expeditions, with your name on it. A Costa Rica Expeditions guide wearing an orange shirt is holding the sign. He or she will take you to your hotel. Overnight at Parque del Lago Hotel (superior room).

Day 2: San Jose / Carate / Corcovado (B,L,D)
Early morning pickup at your hotel for the drive to the domestic airport where you will take a chartered flight to Corcovado (1 hour). Upon arrival you will be driven to Laguna Vista Villas (10 mins.), nestled on a hill behind the Pejeperrito Lagoon. After lunch walk on the lodges trails through the surrounding forest. Through vegetation that has never felt a frost, take in views of the Pacific Ocean below. Possible wildlife encounters include coatimundis (a relative of the raccoon), tayras (a dark, bushy-tailed weasel), Amazon Parrots, parrotlets, Poison Dart Frogs, Scarlet-Rumped Tanagers, several species of snakes, agoutis (which look like a large, long-legged guinea pig), and Hermit Hummingbirds, to name a few. You also may come face to face with the monkeys common to the Osa Pennsula: Spider, White-Faced and Howler. Overnight at Laguna Vista Villas.

Day 3: Corcovado National Park Hike (B,L,D)
Depart Laguna Vista Villas around 8:00 a.m. for the drive to Carate with your guide (10 mins). From Carate, walk 40 mins. to the Park entrance at La Leona Ranger Station. Here you will have a 15-min. briefing before starting off on the Madrigal River Trail. You will walk with your guide for about two hours until you reach the river. It is not unusual to spot White-faced Monkeys, Tamandua and Red-capped Manakins along the way. Once you reach the Madrigal, there will be time to eat a box lunch and swim in a fresh water swimming hole. Afterward, continue another hour to La Chancha Point, with panoramic views of this remote area. After a rest, return to Carate to meet your ride back to Laguna Vista, arriving at about 3:30 p.m.

Day 4: Corcovado (B,L,D)
Walk Laguna Vista's trails on your own or participate in optional activities (at additional cost), such as horseback riding, lagoon fishing or kayaking. Overnight at Laguna vista Villas.

Day 5: Corcovado / Carate / San Jose / San Ramon (B)
Return to the Carate airstrip to catch your chartered flight to San Jose (one hour). Upon arrival, a Spanish-speaking driver will be waiting to take you on the one-hour drive to San Ramon. Overnight at Villablanca Cloud Forest Hotel (deluxe casita).

Day 6: San Ramon / Cloud Forest Walk (B)
Full day at San Ramon. Today you have a Cloud Forest Nature Walk and Quetzal tour. Departing at 7 a.m., the search for the elusive Resplendent Quetzal begins with a scenic 45-min. drive to the summit of Azahar Peak, located near La Paz de San Ramon. Prior to beginning your nature walk, you will be served a light breakfast at a private family farm where Quetzals nest. Once on the trail, you may observe footprints of wild boars and cats that inhabit this higher elevation area - along with a variety of higher altitude birds (1,400 meters), including the rare Quetzal, which nests in this area between February and June every year. Overnight at Villablanca.

Day 7: San Ramon / Arenal (B)
After breakfast meet your Spanish-speaking driver and depart for the one-hour drive to Arenal (approx). Arenal Volcano** fulfills the volcano stereotype with its perfectly conical shape emerging from Alajuela's gentle green hills. From time to time loud explosions are heard and a mushroom cloud of grey, brown, orange or blue smoke billows out of the top. Although the volcano is capable of inspiring fright and awe in visitors, inhabitants of nearby Fortuna de 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.

Afternoon visit to the Arenal Hanging Bridges trails, with eight fixed bridges, ranging in length between 8 and 22 meters, and six hanging bridges, built with the latest techniques and 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 plants and wildlife that are typical of the rainforest, along with the imposing views (weather permitting) of Arenal Volcano. Overnight at Arenal Manoa Hotel (junior suite).

Day 8: Arenal / Peas Blancas River Safari (B,D)
After breakfast join a local guide for a Peas Blancas River Safari float tour. From La Fortuna you will drive 20 mins. to the river to start the adventure. The first part of the tour begins on a float boat (no motor). While you enjoy sounds from nature your guide will occasionally describe the plants and animals found in this area. It is easy to spot Howler Monkeys, crocodiles, toucans, sloths and different types of local birds. After about two hours, your guide will stop the boat so that you can change into long pants and get ready to hike into the primary tropical rainforest. In the forest you'll find trees that are 100 or more years old, and you may have the opportunity to see the "Blue Jean Frog" (Dendrobates pumilio). After the hike, continue floating and admiring the flora and fauna for about 40 mins. toward Boca Arenal. Return to your hotel.

Evening visit to the Hidalgo Family Hot Springs, the ideal alternative to the mass tourism hot springs in Arenal. When we first met the Hidalgos 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 no longer provide the private experience they once did, the Hidalgo Hot Springs is still not nearly as crowded as others in Arenal. The springs consist of five free-flowing pools set in a natural river gorge. Water temperature ranges from 100-109F (38-43C), 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, is included. Overnight at Arenal Manoa.

Day 9: Arenal / San Jose (B)
Today you will meet your Spanish-speaking driver in the hotel lobby for the 3- hour drive to San Jose. Overnight at Parque del Lago Hotel.

Day 10: Departure (B)
Transfer to the international airport, arriving at least 2-3 hours before your flight's scheduled departure time.

*Note: Pricing can vary considerably depending on the number of people in your group and travel dates. Please contact us for an accurate quote on this or any other trip on our web site.

**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.

Parque del Lago Hotel
Just 15 minutes from the international airport and across the street from San Joses largest park, La Sabana. Parque del Lago has 30 rooms and nine suites. Airport transportation, laundry and room service are available. Facilities include a gym, spa and restaurant. Popular with business travelers looking for value, comfort and service, the hotel also has complementary Internet, a business center, and meeting and event rooms.

Laguna Vista Villas
Located in Carate and set between the rainforest, a bay and the Pacific Ocean, this lodge has five double bungalows (one king bed and an optional sofa bed) and two family villas (two king beds). There are walking trails on the property, lookout decks and a dining and bar areas for guests. Near Corcovado National Park, one of the most bio-diverse places on Earth, according to National Geographic. Hot climate.

Villablanca Cloud Forest Hotel
Located on a hilltop an hour from the San Jose International Airport, Villablanca is in the elite group of Green Hotels of Costa Rica. It has 34 spacious casitas, nicely decorated and many with fireplaces to combat the cool, mountain climate. The restaurant serves traditional Central American food as well as salads and other healthy choices. Facilities include a lounge, entertainment room with games for children, spa, gift shop with quality handicrafts, conference room, and a 34-seat multimedia theater featuring nightly movies. Nature trails on the property and birding and other tours offered. Cool climate.

Arenal Manoa Hotel
Located 10 mins. from La Fortuna, this hotel has 40 jr suites with volcano views, private bathroom with a small interior garden and balcony. All rooms are equipped with two queen-sized beds, air conditioning, satellite tv, telephone, terrace with views of the volcano, minibar, safe-deposit box and coffee maker. The hotel also features pool with swim-up bar, childrens pool, Jacuzzi and restaurant. 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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