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* SUMMARY * 05B09. ARENAL, TORTUGUERO, SAVEGRE VALLEY & OSA (11 Days/10 Nights)
Wildlife Tours in the Arenal Volcano Area, Tortuguero Jungle, and Savegre, then an Ecolodge Stay
From US$4,862 per person in double occupancy ($442 per person per day), depending on the season and category of rooms booked.*

Walk the Hanging Bridges trails, soak in a natural hot springs and view the active Arenal Volcano. Then explore the backwater creeks of Tortuguero, home to monkeys, otters, caiman and myriad tropical bird species. In the cloud forests of Savegre Valley, you will have the opportunity to observe the rare Resplendent Quetzal (Jan. to July only) and other highland birds. Your last days will be on the Osa Peninsula at the renowned Lapa Rios Resort, an upscale ecolodge.

Day 1: Arrive San Jose, Costa Rica / Arenal** (No meals.)
Arrival at San Jose's Juan Santamara International Airport. You will be driven to the Arenal Volcano area (about 3- hours). Overnight at The Lost Iguana Resort.

Day 2: Arenal Hanging Bridges Trails (B,D)
Morning tour of the Arenal Hanging Bridges Project, designed to blend with the natural environment, leaving the forest virtually intact. Midday return to the hotel. In the late afternoon, transfer to the Hidalgo Family Hot Springs. Overnight at The Lost Iguana Resort.

Day 3: Arenal / Tortuguero (B,Box Lunch,D)
Drive to Cao Blanco near the Atlantic coast. At mid day, board a boat with a local guide and depart for the 2- to 3-hour trip to Tortuguero. Arrive and check in at Tortuga Lodge. Overnight at Tortuga Lodge & Gardens.

Day 4: Tortuguero National Park (B,L,D)
After breakfast explore the creeks of Tortuguero National Park by motorboat with a local guide to observe wildlife and flora. Afternoon free. Overnight at TortugaLodge.

Day 5: Tortuguero / San Jose / Cerro de la Muerte (B,L,D)
In the morning cross the river to the Tortuguero Airstrip to meet your chartered flight to San Jose. Upon arrival a Costa Rica Expeditions van and Spanish-speaking driver will meet you for the trip to Cerro de la Muerte, 3,353 meters (11,000 feet) above sea level. Overnight at Savegre Lodge.

Day 6: Cerro de la Muerte Birding (B,L,D)
With a local guide set out to observe birds in the bio-rich environment that makes this region a paradise, and where more than 170 species of birds peacefully coexist with man. Various migratory species arrive throughout the different seasons of the year, joining the native species to add still more colorful views. Return for lunch at the hotel. Overnight at Savegre Lodge.

Day 7: Cerro de la Muerte / Puerto Jimenez and Lapa Rios (B,L,D)
Morning transfer to Palmar Sur airstrip (about 2- hours from Savegre). Arrive on time for your Costa Rica Expeditions chartered flight to Puerto Jimenez. Upon arrival, a Lapa Rios representative will drive you on an unpaved road to the hotel (1 hour). Overnight at Lapa Rios Ecoresort.

Days 8-9: Lapa Rios Ecolodge (B,L,D)
For most of our guests, the main attraction at Lapa Rios is the rainforest and wildlife. You will have two full days to relax or participate in optional activities (at additional cost), including: the Rainforest Waterfall Hike, horseback riding and the Osa Trail Jungle Walk. Overnight at Lapa Rios.

Day 10: Lapa Rios / San Jose (B)
Mid-morning transfer back to Puerto Jimenez Airstrip to meet your chartered flight back to San Jose. Transfer to your hotel. Overnight at Grano de Oro Hotel.

Day 11: Departure (B)

*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.

**Please 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 * 05B09. ARENAL, TORTUGUERO, SAVEGRE VALLEY & OSA (11 Days/10 Nights)
Wildlife Tours in the Arenal Volcano Area, Tortuguero Jungle, and Savegre, then an Ecolodge Stay
From US$4,862 per person in double occupancy ($442 per person per day), depending on the season and category of rooms booked.*

Walk the Hanging Bridges trails, soak in a natural hot springs and view the active Arenal Volcano. Then explore the backwater creeks of Tortuguero, home to monkeys, otters, caiman and myriad tropical bird species. In the cloud forests of Savegre Valley, you will have the opportunity to observe the rare Resplendent Quetzal (seasonal) and other highland birds. Your last days will be on the Osa Peninsula at the renowned Lapa Rios Resort, an upscale ecolodge.

Day 1: Arrive San Jose, Costa Rica / Arenal (No meals.)
Arrival at San Jose's Juan Santamara International Airport. After passing through Immigration you will be met by a Costa Rica Expeditions' representative who will give you a sticker that will facilitate clearing customs. When you leave the building after clearing customs, look for a sign that says, Costa Rica Expeditions, with your name on it. A Costa Rica Expeditions' guide is holding the sign, he or she will drive you to the Arenal Volcano area** (3- hours). Arrive and check in at The Lost Iguana Resort and enjoy your rooms view of the Arenal Volcano and surrounding rainforest. Overnight at The Lost Iguana Resort.

Day 2: Arenal Hanging Bridges Trails (B,D)
Morning pickup by a local guide for a tour of the Arenal Hanging Bridges Project, with its eight fixed bridges (8 to 22 meters long), and six hanging bridges (between 48 and 98 meters long), built with the latest techniques and designed with an eye for both beauty and safety. The project was designed to blend with the natural environment, leaving the forest virtually intact. The trails, covering a distance of about 3 kms, are right inside the forest. As you walk, appreciate the great diversity of plants and wildlife that are typical of the rainforest, as well as imposing views of the Volcano (weather permitting). Midday return to the hotel.

Late afternoon transfer to the Hidalgo Family Hot Springs. We first met the Hidalgo family in 2000 when we were looking for an alternative to the mass tourism overcrowded hot springs in the Arenal Area. At that time they were reluctant to open up their family farm to visitors. Finally they agreed to try it by appointment only on a trial basis. They found, perhaps to their surprise, that they enjoyed having foreign guests on this basis and have now put in changing rooms and a restaurant. Over the years the hot springs have grown in hospitality and the Hidalgos have increased the number of reservations they accept. Now, although they do not provide the private experience that they did at the beginning, the Hidalgo Hot Springs is not nearly as crowded as the others in the area. The springs consist of five free-flowing pools set in a natural river gorge. Water temperature ranges from 100F (38C) to 109F (43C) depending on the pool. A Costa Rican home-style meal in the restaurant, modeled after the first house that Don Manuel and Dona Hortesmida Hidalgo built when they settled on the farm in 1940, is included. Overnight at The Lost Iguana Resort.

Day 3: Arenal / Tortuguero (B,Box Lunch,D)
Early morning pick up by a service guide and drive to Cao Blanco near the Atlantic coast. Midday board a boat with a local guide and depart for the 2- to 3-hour trip to Tortuguero. Arrive and check in at Tortuga Lodge. Remainder of the day is free to explore the Lodges gardens or swim in the award-winning pool before dinner. Overnight at Tortuga Lodge & Gardens.

Day 4: Tortuguero National Park (B,L,D)
After breakfast explore the creeks of Tortuguero National Park by motorboat with a local guide to observe wildlife and flora. Originally intended to protect a major nesting beach of the Atlantic Green Sea Turtle, Tortuguero National Park now protects 51,870 acres, one of the last large areas of tropical rainforest in Central America. Three species of monkeys (Spider, Howler and White-faced), Three-toed Sloths, and River Otters are frequently seen along the natural inland waterways and canals. Caiman, iguanas, river turtles, basilisk lizards, and poison-dart (Dendrobates) frogs inhabit the area along with more than 320 species of birds including all six species of kingfishers found in the new world, three species of toucans, eight species of parrots, and other neotropical species such as the Slaty-tailed Trogon, White-collared Manakin, Purple-throated Fruitcrow, and White-fronted Nunbird. Return for lunch at the Lodge. Afternoon free for optional activities (at additional cost). Overnight at TortugaLodge.

Day 5: Tortuguero / San Jose / Cerro de la Muerte (B,L,D)
In the morning cross the river to the Tortuguero Airstrip to meet your chartered flight to San Jose. Upon arrival a Costa Rica Expeditions van and Spanish-speaking driver will meet you for the trip to Cerro de la Muerte, 3,353 meters (11,000 feet) above sea level - the highest point on the Pan-American Highway. Afternoon free to explore the hotels surroundings and cloud forest on your own. Overnight at Savegre Lodge.

Day 6: Cerro de la Muerte Birding (B,L,D
With a local guide set out to observe birds in the bio-rich environment that makes this region a paradise, and where more than 170 species of birds peacefully coexist with man. Various migratory species arrive throughout the different seasons of the year, joining the native species to add still more colorful views. Among the visitors are the Orioles, Warblers, Tennessees and Raptors - while their native hosts include Long-tailed Silky-Flycatcher, Yellow-winged Vireo, the Flame-throated Warbler, Black-cheeked Warbler, Yellowish Flycatcher, Barred Becard, Tufted Flycatcher, Silvery-fronted Tapaculo, Zeledonia, Torrent Tyrannulet, Collared Trogon, Scintillant Hummingbird, Volcano Hummingbird, Fiery-throated Hummingbird, Spotted Wood-Quail, and the rare and beautiful Resplendent Quetzal. Return for lunch at the hotel. Afternoon free. Overnight at Savegre Lodge.

Day 7: Cerro de la Muerte / Puerto Jimenez and Lapa Rios (B,L,D)
Morning transfer to Palmar Sur airstrip (about 2 hours from Savegre). Arrive on time for your Costa Rica Expeditions chartered flight to Puerto Jimenez. Upon arrival, a Lapa Rios representative will drive you on an unpaved road to the hotel (1 hour). Rest of the day is free. Overnight at Lapa Rios Ecoresort.

Days 8-9: Lapa Rios Ecolodge (B,L,D)
For most of our guests, the main attraction at Lapa Rios is the rainforest and wildlife. You will have two full days to relax or participate in optional activities (at additional cost), including: the Rainforest Waterfall Hike, horseback riding and the Osa Trail Jungle Walk. Overnight at Lapa Rios.

Lapa Rios Beach: The bungalows are about 300 feet above the ocean and it is about a 7-min. walk down to the beach. The return is uphill and steep and takes about 15 min. The beach is normally deserted and offers good walking and exploring. There are no rip tides or undercurrents so swimming is safe, although waters are not as clear as the Caribbean. You will probably encounter more hermit crabs crawling on the beach than you have ever seen in any one place before and occasionally there are sand fleas and "no-see-ems. Mosquitos are rare, however, both at the Lodge and along the beach.

Day 10: Lapa Rios / San Jose (B)
Mid-morning transfer back to Puerto Jimenez Airstrip to meet your chartered flight back to San Jose. Upon arrival a Costa Rica Expeditions van and driver will meet you and take you to your hotel. Overnight at Grano de Oro Hotel.

Day 11: Departure (B)
You will be picked you up at your hotel for the transfer to the International Airport, arriving at least two hours before your international flights scheduled departure.

*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.

**Please 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.
Lost Iguana Resort
"This hotel offers large and luxurious rooms with great views of the volcano...All rooms feature a private balcony or porch." -Frommers.com (2006) From your terrace, soak in a jacuzzi while listening to the sounds of toucans and Howler Monkeys. Amenities include: A/C, Jacuzzi baths, kitchenettes, safe deposit box, satellite TV and hair dryer in all rooms.

Tortuga Lodge
Named "favorite family resort" in April 2005 by Travel & Leisure Family magazine. Owned and operated by Costa Rica Expeditions. "Situated on 50 acres of private land on Costa Rica's northeast Caribbean coast, Tortuga was our first hotel. It is now our newest hotel. Everything we have learned about designing nature lodges over the last 11 years has gone into the remodelling of Tortuga Lodge. What we learned can be summarized in three words, 'Reflect the place.'" -Michael Kaye

Savegre Mountain Lodge
Set in a valley so spectacular that a postcard photographer might pass it up because nobody would believe it was true. Twenty cabins at 7,200 feet above sea level on a family farm with a clear trout stream running through it, surrounded by one of the finest examples of highland cloud forest on the planet.

Lapa Ros Ecoresort
Located on the Osa Peninsula south of Puerto Jimenez, this eco-resort offers 14 luxuriously appointed bungalows with screened windows, hardwood floors, private balconies and both inside and outside private showers. There is a swimming pool with bar and sundeck, and a terraced restaurant hangs over the forest with a view of the sea.
1000 acres of private reserve include a sandy stretch of virgin beach. Hot climate.

Grano de Oro Hotel
Located on a residential street in downtown San Jose, there are 35 unique rooms, each with an extravagant bath. Garden suites have Jacuzzi tubs. Meals are inventive and first-rate, served in a lush, outdoor garden patio or in the newly renovated indoor restaurant and bar. A rooftop terrace offers relaxing Jacuzzis and a spot for secluded sunbathing and stargazing. Service is friendly and attentive. Temperate climate.

INCLUDED:
Accommodations: As featured in the itinerary. Meals: As indicated in the itinerary: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner. Transfers: Included in fixed departure (group) programs, on arrival and departure, when arriving and departing on the first and last scheduled days of the tour. For all other tours, transfers are included as indicated. Porterage: The handling of two bags per person. Baggage and personal effects are at the owner's risk throughout the tour. Taxes & entrance fees: Hotel taxes, entrance fees to National Parks, museums and places of interest in effect at the time of booking are included unless otherwise specified. Sightseeing: As specified in the itinerary.

NOT INCLUDED:
Costs of obtaining passports, visas or tourist cards; excess baggage fees; personal expenses such as room service, beverages and laundry; gratuities for tour escort, guides or driver; personal communications charges; international airfare and airport departure taxes (US$26 per person as of April 2009) excess mileage carried out at the request of the passenger; sightseeing or meals not specified in the itinerary; personal insurance coverage (strongly recommended).

HOLIDAY PAYMENT POLICY: APPLIES TO CHRISTMAS, NEW YEARS, PRESIDENTS WEEK AND EASTER
A non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total trip cost is required to guarantee your reservation upon acceptance of proposal. The balance is due 60 days prior to the start date of departure. Any trips that are reserved less than 90 days prior to arrival must make full payment before hotel reservations can be confirmed. Deposits that are made to secure peak season hotels, guides and services are non-refundable.

PAYMENT POLICY FOR DATES OTHER THAN HOLIDAY DATES:
A deposit of 50% of the total trip cost is required to guarantee your reservation upon acceptance of proposal. The balance is due 30 days prior to the start date of departure. Any trips that are confirmed less than 60 days prior to arrival must make full payment before hotel reservations can be confirmed.

CHANGE POLICY:
Guests occasionally may want to make changes at the last minute, even after having arrived in Costa Rica. These changes involve a considerable amount of extra work requiring a series of phone calls, emails and printed documents. For this reason, Costa Rica Expeditions charges $75.00 for any changes made to the vacation after final services have been confirmed. This fee is in addition to any costs or penalties imposed by the companies impacted by the newly requested or cancelled services.

PRICES CHARGED:
The rates that Costa Rica Expeditions receives from lodging and other suppliers of services may be the same or even higher than the prices that the suppliers offer the public via the Internet or other channels of distribution. The prices we charge reflect our costs and a reasonable profit for our services in planning and operating the trip. We do not claim that individual services that may appear to be or actually be similar to the services we resell can never by obtained for prices lower than ours.

PRICE BREAKDOWNS:
We do not give price breakdowns. The reason is that we have found through the years that, if we do so, we spend so much time having to explain every cost that we would have to charge considerably more for arranging the trips then we do now. Even more important, in almost all cases cost breakdowns would not help our clients choose a better vacation or a better value. The way we see it, our job is to concentrate on all the details and try to give our clients their ideal vacation at the best possible price. The travelers' job is to look at their holiday as a whole and decide whether our proposal will provide the vacation they want at a price they can afford. The best way for us to help travelers make the right decisions is to give them the most accurate descriptions possible of the experience, and a clear explanation of what is and is not included in the cost. A detailed breakdown takes attention away from the overall quality of the experience. We acknowledge that we may occasionally inadvertently over-charge. If the price we are quoting seems excessive, please say so. Someone other than the person who prepared the original quote will recheck it. If there is an error we will make the adjustment. (We have also been known to accidentally leave out charges that should have been included. If we discover that this is the case after the first payment, we will not charge you.) We are also aware of the possibility that the quote may be more than you want to spend. Please let us know if this case and, if feasible, we will quote a more affordable itinerary.

CHANGE POLICY:
Guests occasionally may want to make changes at the last minute, even after having arrived in Costa Rica. These changes involve a considerable amount of extra work requiring a series of phone calls, emails and printed documents. For this reason, Costa Rica Expeditions charges $75.00 for any changes made to the vacation after final services have been confirmed. This fee is in addition to any costs or penalties imposed by the companies impacted by the newly requested or cancelled services.

HOLIDAY CANCELLATION POLICY: APPLIES TO CHRISTMAS, NEW YEARS, PRESIDENTS WEEK AND EASTER.
Deposits that are made to secure peak season hotel, guides and services are non-refundable. In the case of cancellations 90 days or more prior to the start date of the scheduled trip, there is a full refund minus hotel deposits and guide fees, in addition to a cancellation fee of $300 or 15% of the entire cost of the trip, whichever is less. In the case of cancellations received in our office from 89 to 46 days prior to the start date of the trip, there is a 50% refund, minus hotel deposits and guide fees. There will be no refund for cancellations made 45 or fewer days prior to the trip. This policy may not apply to hotels or tours in which Costa Rica Expeditions, S.A., acts only as an intermediary, in which case the individual policies of the suppliers may apply. We strongly suggest that you purchase trip cancelation and travel protection insurance. Given that this insurance is easily available and relatively inexpensive we don’t give refunds for last minute cancelations.

CANCELLATION POLICY FOR DATES OTHER THAN HOLIDAY DATES:
Deposits that are made to secure peak season hotel, guides and service are non-refundable. In the case of cancellations 30 days or more prior to the start date of the scheduled trip, there is a full refund minus hotel deposits and guide fees, in addition to a cancellation fee of $300 or 10% of the entire cost of the trip, whichever is less. In the case of cancellations received in our office from 29 to 15 days prior to the start date of the trip, there is a 50% refund, minus hotel deposits and guide fees. There will be no refund for cancellations made 14 or fewer days prior to the trip. This policy may not apply to hotels or tours in which Costa Rica Expeditions, S.A., acts only as an intermediary, in which case the individual policies of the suppliers may apply. We strongly suggest that you purchase trip cancelation and travel protection insurance. Given that this insurance is easily available and relatively inexpensive we don’t give refunds for last minute cancelations.

INSURANCE: TRIP CANCELLATION & TRAVEL PROTECTION
Costa Rica Expeditions strongly recommends that you buy Trip Cancellation and Travel Protection Insurance. Here are some of the coverage’s:

  • Trip cancellation or interruption because of a covered medical problem that you, your traveling companion, family member or business partner may develop between the time you book and the end of your trip.
  • Trip cancellation or interruption because of burglary of your or your traveling companion’s residence within 10 days of your departure or during your trip.
  • Non-delivery of services bankruptcies or financial defaults of airlines or tour operators.
  • Expenses arising from an accident or sickness during your trip including evacuation or repatriation to a hospital near your home if your situation is acute or life threatening.
  • Payment for lost and delayed baggage. If you do not have this kind of insurance and any one of these or several other situations covered by the policy should arise you would have to cover the expense out of your own pocket.
  • The policy we recommend even covers you for pre-existing medical conditions if purchased within 10 days of the date you pay for or deposit your trip. Our travel insurance contact in the United States is Preferred Adventures Ltd, St Paul, MN. If you wish to purchase insurance, please access their website at the link below. When you purchase Travel Insurance you will need a location number, the location number is 23-0428.

https://www.travelex-insurance.com/consumer/welcome.aspx?location=23-0428

PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS:
All foreign citizens entering Costa Rica must have a passport that is valid for at least six months after the date they enter the country. As of April 2007, Citizens of the United States are required to have a valid passport for at least 30 days after the date they enter into the country.

Please visit

http://www.costarica-embassy.org/consular/travel/documents.htm

Citizens of the United States and many other countries do not need visas to enter Costa Rica. Citizens of countries other than the United States, Canada and the European Economic Community should check with the nearest Costa Rican Embassy or Consulate. Please note effective January 23, 2007 all nationals, including U.S. citizens, will be required to hold a valid passport to enter the United States by air. This also applies when coming from Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Bermuda. The new passport requirement means that all travelers, including U.S. citizens, who are departing the U.S. and intend to re-enter the United States are required to hold a valid passport upon departure from the U.S. A word to the wise: In years past entrance requirements were much less strictly enforced than they have been lately. Airline counter personal in the country of origin are responsible for enforcing entrance requirements. Although they may still occasionally be lax, if you do not have a passport that is valid for at least six months after your date of travel, it is highly probable that they will not let you board the plane.
A pre-paid airline ticket to exit Costa Rica (either to return to your country or to go to another country) a visa (if required) is required for entry as well.

VACCINATIONS:
Regarding malaria, the US Center for Disease Control has a single recommendation for the countries of Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Panama, despite the fact the danger of contracting malaria varies greatly from country to country and from region to region within the countries. The CDC recommends taking Chloroquin, which, if you choose to use it, you should start taking at least 2 weeks before possible exposure. (To cover their backs the CDC says a month to 6 weeks.)

Our Costa Rican doctor, who has no bureaucratic needs to cover his back and whose judgment in these matters we have come to respect, does not agree with the recommendation, He points out that while there is a slight chance of getting malaria in Costa Rica, there is also a slight chance of side effects from Chloroquin, which is at least as serious as the strains of malaria that have been recorded here. What we who live here do, if anything, is use insect repellant that contains DEET (diethylmethyltoluamide) when there is a likelihood of getting bitten.   (Be sure to follow the precautions on the label.)  Not only will this minimize the possibility of getting malaria, but also it will help protect you from getting other insect born diseases---not to mention itchy bites.   While we are talking about prevention of disease, make sure your tetanus inoculation is current. 

This all said, finally you have to make your own decision about whether to use malaria prophylaxis or not.  (The CDC is not the only ones who cover their backs.)

IF YOU ARE COMING FROM THE EASTERN HEMISPHERE, PANAMA OR SOUTH AMERICA:
Although yellow fever is not a disease risk in Costa Rica, the government requires travelers arriving from Click for list of countries:

http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/yellowBookCh4-YellowFever.aspx#667

Countries where yellow fever is present requires to present proof of yellow fever vaccination.  If you will be traveling to one of these countries where yellow fever is present before arriving in Costa Rica, this requirement must be taken into consideration.

As well as countries in the Eastern Hemisphere from which we almost never have arriving guests, among the countries listed are Latin American Countries such as Peru, Ecuador, Panama and Bolivia.  This is very important take into account.  If you are coming from any of the listed countries and do not have a current vaccination certificate they will be denied boarding on flights to Costa Rica. By the way, the same requirement applies for entry in many other countries including the US.

GENERAL TERMS & CONDITIONS RESPONSIBILITY:
Costa Rica Expeditions, S.A., (its owners, associates, agents and employees) give notice that they assume no responsibility for injury, loss or damage to person or property in connection with any service resulting directly or indirectly from acts of God, detention, annoyance, delays and expenses arising from quarantine, strikes, thefts, pilferage, force majeure, failure of any means of conveyance to arrive or depart as scheduled, civil disturbances, government restrictions or regulations, discrepancies or change in transit or hotel service over which it has no control.

Costa Rica Expeditions is not responsible for loss of life, personal injury, cancellations, delays, over-bookings, loss or damage of baggage and/or loss of services as a result of the same caused by any domestic flights within Costa Rica. For an additional charge, when advisable, charter flights may be arranged through Costa Rica Expeditions. Should clients decide to book a charter flight; Costa Rica Expeditions will not assume responsibility for cancellations, delays, over bookings, any loss of services from the same.

Costa Rica Expeditions reserves the right to adjust the U.S. dollar prices without notice, to reflect fluctuations in the Foreign Exchange Markets. Costa Rica Expeditions also reserves the right to withdraw a tour or any part of it, to make such alterations in the itinerary as it deems necessary for the comfort or well-being of the participants and to pass on to tour members any expenditure or losses caused by delays or events beyond its control. With advance deposit to Costa Rica Expeditions or any of its agents, the depositor therefore agrees to be bound by the above recited terms and conditions.

MEDICAL AND HEALTH:
We have a 24-hour medical service. Guests with existing medical conditions should make them known to Costa Rica Expeditions well before their arrival to Costa Rica, given that guests will be, at some time during their trip, in some of the most remote places in Costa Rica. Under certain circumstances, evacuation could be prolonged, difficult, expensive or impossible. Guests should take special care. If they feel sick, they should tell us so we can start making arrangements for evacuation should it become necessary. Leaders on all of our wilderness trips carry a fully stocked first-aid kit. Hospital facilities are excellent in Costa Rica. Costa Rica Expeditions assumes no liability for costs of evacuation or provision of medical care. We strongly recommend that trip participants purchase short-term traveler?s insurance covering baggage, accident/life and trip cancellation.

CONDUCT:
Costa Rica Expeditions and its designated representatives reserve the right to disqualify any person as member of any trip or tour, should such persons actions or general deportment impede the operation of the trip or the rights or welfare or enjoyment of other members of the trip. Refunds are usually not given under these circumstances. In such extraordinary instances when a refund is granted, it is agreed that a refund based on the actual cost of the unused land services is the limit of Costa Rica Expeditions?

LIMIT OF LIABILITY FOR LOST BAGGAGE:
Costa Rica Expeditions makes every possible effort to protect the baggage placed in our care. In the unlikely event that baggage or its content is lost, Costa Rica Expeditions will compensate the owner of said baggage for the value of the baggage and it´s contents or four hundred dollar currency of the United States of America (US$400), whichever is less. Under no circumstances do we make compensation for claims of lost cash or cash equivalents such as traveler’s checks. Alleged verbal representations by employees of Costa Rica Expeditions or any other person to the effect that Costa Rica Expeditions will take responsibility for amounts greater than the limit stated above are not valid.

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