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* SUMMARY * 77C08. MONTEVERDE, MANUEL ANTONIO & PEJIBAYE RIVER (10 Days/9 Nights)
Cloud Forest Hiking, Spice Farm and Mangrove Tours in Manuel Antonio and White Water Rafting
From US$2,200 per person based on two adults and two children under 12 years in quadruple occupancy ($220 per person per day), depending on the season and category of rooms booked.*

This is a family nature trip that takes you from the mountains to the coast and down the Pejibaye River. Start the vacation in Monteverde, where several activities are scheduled, including a cloud forest hike and horseback ride. In Manuel Antonio take a boat ride through the mangroves of Damas Island and visit a vanilla farm. You will also visit a Britt coffee plantation outside San Jose. The fun continues through Day 9, when you will experience Costa Rica Expeditions’ one-day Connoisseur white water adventure on the Pejibaye River (min. age 5 years).

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

Day 1: Arrival in Costa Rica (No meals.)
Overnight at Finca Rosa Blanca Inn.

Day 2: San Jose / Monteverde / Frog Pond Tour (B,L,D)
Drive to Monteverde (about 4-1/2 hours) home of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, the Children's Eternal Rain Forest, and the Santa Elena Reserve. In the late afternoon visit the Monteverde Frog Pond. Overnight at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens.

Day 3: Monteverde Cloud Forest (B,L,D)
Join morning excursion (of up to 10 people) to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve accompanied by a Monteverde Guide from the Reserve. Return to the hotel for lunch. In the late afternoon visit the Bat Jungle, a guided walk into the world of bats. Overnight at Monteverde Lodge.

Day 4: Monteverde / Horseback Riding Tour (B,L,D)
Around mid-morning depart for a horseback riding tour through open fields and forests and offers fine views of the area's plantations and the Gulf of Nicoya (Young children may ride with adult). Includes picnic lunch. Overnight at Monteverde Lodge.

Day 5: Monteverde / Manuel Antonio (B)
Drive to Manuel Antonio, located on the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica (about 5 hours). Overnight at Arenas del Mar Resort (suite).

Day 6: Manuel Antonio / Villa Vanilla Farm (B)
Visit the Villa Vanilla Farm for a fun, educational - and flavorful - tour (duration about 2-1/2 hours). Vanilla (the most popular flavor in the world) is the farm’s principal crop. You will also learn about sustainable practices such as composting, mulching, animal husbandry, perma-culture and the farm’s unique aerated compost tea system to prevent plant disease. Overnight at Arenas del Mar.

Day 7: Manuel Antonio (B,L)
Guided boat tour in the estuary at Damas Island, where mangrove canals provide excellent bird watching opportunities (about 20 mins. from Manuel Antonio). Overnight at Arenas del Mar.

Day 8: Manuel Antonio / San Jose / Cappuccino Coffee Tour (B,L)
Fly to San Jose. Upon arrival you will be taken to Britt Coffee Plantation for the half-day Cappuccino Coffee Tour. After lunch return to your hotel. Overnight at Finca Rosa Blanca Inn.

Day 9: Pejibaye Connoisseur River Rafting (B,L)
White Glove Service...White Water Adventure(TM) - On this Connoisseur Rafting trip you are the special guest of Costa Rica Expeditions’ River Guides, who will share with you the history and culture of the people of the mountainous Turrialba region. Includes a gourmet lunch served by your guides at their outdoor “river restaurant.” A trip for families with small children (5 years or older). Midafternoon take-out and drive back to your San Jose hotel (about 2 hours). Photo CD included. Overnight at Finca Rosa Blanca Inn.

Day 10: Departure (B)
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 * 77C08. MONTEVERDE, MANUEL ANTONIO & PEJIBAYE RIVER (10 Days/9 Nights)
Cloud Forest Hiking, Spice Farm and Mangrove Tours in Manuel Antonio and White Water Rafting
FFrom US$2,200 per person based on two adults and two children under 12 years in quadruple occupancy ($220 per person per day), depending on the season and category of rooms booked.*

This is a family nature trip that takes you from the mountains to the coast and down the Pejibaye River. Start the vacation in Monteverde, where several activities are scheduled, including a cloud forest hike and horseback ride. In Manuel Antonio take a boat ride through the mangroves of Damas Island and visit a vanilla farm. You will also visit a Britt coffee plantation outside San Jose. The fun continues through Day 9, when you will experience Costa Rica Expeditions’ one-day Connoisseur white water adventure on the Pejibaye River (min. age 5 years).

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 Finca Rosa Blanca Inn.

Day 2: San Jose / Monteverde / Frog Pond Tour (B,L,D)
After breakfast meet your bilingual Service Guide and driver for the 4-1/2 hour drive to Monteverde. The first 2-1/2 hours are on the Pan-American Highway and the last two are on a winding, gravel road. Upon reaching the turnoff to Monteverde, climb up into the mountains on a gravel road with views of hillside pastures and beyond to the Gulf of Nicoya. 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 the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, the Children's Eternal Rain Forest, and the Santa Elena Reserve.

In the late afternoon visit the Monteverde Frog Pond, home to more than 20 species of frogs, toads and other amphibians. Learn about species that are unique to Costa Rica and see them in terrariums, where their natural habitat is simulated. Species include 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 & Gardens.

Day 3: Monteverde Cloud Forest (B,L,D)
Join morning excursion (of up to 10 people) to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve accompanied by a Monteverde Guide from the Reserve. Originally just 4,000 acres, the Monteverde Reserve now protects an 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 Tilara´n Mountains (elevation 2,300-5,600 ft) 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, a guided walk into the world of bats. 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 4: Monteverde / Horseback Riding Tour (B,L,D)
Around mid-morning depart for a horseback riding tour accompanied by a Spanish-speaking horseman. The tour takes you through open fields and forests and offers fine views of the area's plantations and the Gulf of Nicoya, (Experienced riders and adventurous beginners only.) Stop along the way for a picnic lunch. Overnight at Monteverde Lodge.

Day 5: Monteverde / Manuel Antonio (B)
After breakfast meet with your Costa Rica Expeditions’ Spanish-speaking driver and depart for drive to Manuel Antonio, located on the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica (about 5 hours). White-sand beaches, cliffs, promontories, ravines, rivers, rainforests, varied wildlife, beautiful seascapes and a hot climate all describe Manuel Antonio. Located on Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Coast 4.3 miles (7 kms) south of Quepos Harbor, some consider the Park to be overdeveloped and crowded. Indeed, Manuel Antonio remains one of Costa Rica's most popular beach destinations and is sometimes compared to Key West. The area around the Park is part of an agricultural region based on a plantation economy, which has been extensively altered since the 19th century. The forest, which used to cover vast tracts, was cut down and the few remaining strands are conserved today in a protected wilderness area. Overnight at Arenas del Mar Resort (suite).

Day 6: Manuel Antonio / Villa Vanilla Farm (B)
After breakfast you will be picked up at your hotel and driven to Villa Vanilla Farm, 10 miles east of Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park. The farm is a tropical laboratory for sustainable agriculture with 27 acres of agriculture production and 125 acres of primary and secondary rainforest. The farm has been certified as organic and biodynamic since 1992. This is a fun, educational - and flavorful - tour that lasts about 2-1/2 hours.

Vanilla (the most popular flavor in the world) is the farm’s principal crop. Cultivating vanilla, which is an orchid, however, is demanding - it is the only edible fruit of 35,000 orchid species and the flower must be pollinated by hand. Making matters worse, each blossom lasts only one day! Flavor is developed during the curing process, as the beans have no flavor when picked. Other spices cultivated here include cinnamon, black pepper and allspice.

You will also learn about sustainable practices such as composting, mulching, animal husbandry, perma-culture and the farm’s unique aerated compost tea system to prevent plant disease. Spice treats and the farm’s "Flavors of the World" beverages are provided at the Punta Mira viewpoint during the tour. Overnight at Arenas del Mar.

Day 7: Manuel Antonio (B,L)
Depending on the tide schedule, today you will take a boat tour in the estuary at Damas Island, where mangrove canals provide excellent bird watching opportunities (about 20 mins. from Manuel Antonio). Damas Island fulfills an important role as an ecosystem vital to Costa Rica's rich biodiversity. It is not uncommon to spot herons, sand pipers, egrets and many other endemic or migrant bird species. You may get the chance to see White-faced Monkeys, or even the rare Silky Anteater, caimans and Boa Constrictors. The duration of the tour is about four hours and includes lunch or dinner and the services of a bilingual local guide. Overnight at Arenas del Mar.

Day 8: Manuel Antonio / San Jose (B,L)
Morning transfer to the local airport to meet a domestic scheduled flight to San Jose. Upon arrival you will be taken to Britt Coffee Plantation for the Cappuccino Coffee Tour. This half-day tour begins at an actual coffee plantation. A presentation describes coffee production from the farming of the trees to the eventual production of one of the world's most widely consumed beverages. You will participate in a "coffee-cupping" (tasting session) with experienced coffee cuppers who will explain the different qualities present in a good cup of coffee. The Coffee Tour is packed with tips and tricks that will help make your next cup of coffee your best. Learn how to properly store coffee and brew a perfect cappuccino. After lunch return to your hotel. Overnight at Finca Rosa Blanca Inn.

Day 9: Pejibaye Connoisseur River Rafting (B,L)
White Glove Service...White Water Adventure(TM)
On this Connoisseur Rafting trip you are the special guest of Costa Rica Expeditions’ River Guides, who will share with you the history and culture of the people of the mountainous Turrialba region. Includes a gourmet lunch served by your guides at their outdoor “river restaurant.” A trip for families with small children (5 years or older).

The adventure begins when you meet your bilingual River Guide at your hotel. There will be no more than one other stop en route to a deluxe Costa Rican breakfast on the way to the Pejibaye River. Upon arrival at the put-in, your professional guides will give an orientation and safety talk. You will then proceed down river on a 7-mile run through Class I-II rapids. Strangler figs, Kapok and Poro trees line the riverbank. There will be plenty of time to swim and ride inner tubes along the way. A gourmet lunch will be prepared by your guides turned white-gloved waiters. Midafternoon take-out where towels and a victory cocktail await. Drive back to your San Jose hotel (about 2 hours). Photo CD included. Overnight at Finca Rosa Blanca Inn.

Day 10: Departure (B)
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.

Finca Rosa Blanca Inn
“Imagine if Gaudí and Frank Lloyd Wright had combined their talents and visions. The result would be an architectural stunner as eclectic and electrifying as Finca Rosa Blanca. Finca Rosa Blanca Country Inn is situated above the beautiful Central Valley of Costa Rica. Surrounded by towering “Higuerón” trees and exotic flora.

Monteverde Lodge
Located in the Tilarán 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.

Arenas del Mar Beach & Nature Resort
Arenas del Mar is a beach and nature resort with 38 upscale rooms and suites, offering a casual beach front café and an elegant dining facility with views of Manuel Antonio National Park. There are two swimming pools, a small spa, and a gift shop as well as nature trails leading to two beaches. All rooms equipped with cable TV, ceiling fans, air conditioning, Internet, mini-bar, safe deposit box, coffee maker, microwave and iron.

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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