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What are the accommodations like?

You will stay in boutique hotel rooms for the duration of your trip. Solo travelers are paired with someone of the same gender.  You can request a friend to be your roommate upon checkout. If you'd prefer not to have a roommate, private room options are available upon request, subject to hotel availability for an extra charge.  Please contact for more details.

Is laundry available?

Laundry is available at the hotel for an additional fee. Ask your Trip Leader for details.

What is the bug situation?

We are staying in the jungle so expect to see lizards, frogs, or bugs. Costa Ricans prefer not to kill insects as they understand we are a visitor to their environment.
Long sleeves and pants are a good idea at dusk to protect from mosquitos. Please opt for eco-friendly, non-aerosol insect repellents.

What type of wildlife can I see in Costa Rica?

We can’t guarantee wildlife sightings, but the most commonly seen wildlife are White Face Capuchin Monkeys, Squirrel Monkeys, Sloths, Scarlett Macaws, Iguanas, and Toucans.

What type of luggage is best?

We recommend using a backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer.
A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on our transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage.

Are the outlets compatible with American plugs, or should we bring adaptors?

Costa Rica uses 110-volt, 60-cycle electricity, just like in the US. Plugs are typically the 2 pronged flat types so US travelers will not typically need a converter or adapter.

Can I drink the water?

The local authorities state that the drinking water in Costa Rica is perfectly potable. Your Trip Leader will let you know if it is better to drink bottled water in certain areas.
We encourage our travelers to travel sustainably. Please bring a reusable water bottle.

What kind of food can I expect in Costa Rica?

Costa Rica is home to some of the best tropical fruit in the world! You don't want to miss trying a mango, pineapple, papaya, guanabana, or lychee. They taste very different from your local grocery store in the United States - trust us.
Costa Rica is also famous for its delicious, fresh seafood! And their traditional dish, gallo pinto. The daily diet is primarily based on wholesome ingredients like rice and beans, meats, vegetables, and fruit.

What type of weather should I expect?

The average temperature in Manuel Antonio is 80-90 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and 75-80 degrees at night.  

What type of transportation will we be taking?

You will be traveling by private ground transportation, public bus and taxi throughout your trip.Private ground transportation to and from the airport (Included).

Public bus and taxi around Manuel Antonio & Quepos (Not Included).

Some optional activities like do not include transportation.

What is the physical activity level of this trip?

Hike lengths:
Secret Beach Hike
A moderate to intense 1.5 miles hike one way to Under30’s favorite beach. Enjoy a half day adventure swimming and sunbathing in an untouched jungle paradise. The hill is well worth it.

Los Campesinos Hike
This includes 100 to 600 meters of relaxed hiking trails, access to the waterfalls, natural swimming lagoons and the 127 meters long and 40 meters high suspension bridge, plus parking service. The estimated walking time is 30 to 40 minutes, but you can stay as long as you want in the pools.

Physical activity level: Moderate. Some travelers will find the hills on the hikes challenging, while more athletic people will not find them particularly difficult.Weather conditions like heat, humidity, and rain can change trail conditions and the intensity of the activity. If you work at a desk all day, expect to do a lot more physical activity than normal.Our Trip Leaders are great at challenging you while keeping you safe and waiting for hikers who like to take their time.

What activities are optional? And how much do they cost?

We’ve included many activities in the price of the trip giving you plenty to do. However, we pride ourselves in helping you make the trip perfect for you. Therefore we’ve sought out the best activities and vendors to help you have the experience you want.  And don’t worry, your trip leader can help set up any of the following optional activities for you so you can sit back and enjoy your trip.
-Surf Lessons: $65 per person
-Salsa Lessons: $10 per person (cash only)
-Yoga: $15 per person (cash only)

Can I opt out of an included activity?

Of course! This trip is your trip, and you don’t have to participate in anything you don’t want to. Just be aware that opting out of included activities will not change the price of your trip.

What is the nightlife like?

Manuel Antonio and Quepos have several nightlife options.  Most of our trips fall on Wednesday to Sunday and coincide with Friday and Saturday nights.  Keep in mind it is a small town so don’t expect Miami Beach. 
Nightlife in the high season, Christmas until Easter, is much more lively than other times of the year.Please drink responsibly and remember you’ll need to be up at a reasonable hour the next morning to join the group.

What languages are spoken in Costa Rica?

Spanish is the official language of Costa Rica. English is widely spoken in many tourist areas and hotels.
Knowing a second language is not required to enjoy this trip.

Is tipping customary in Costa Rica?

Tipping is not expected though it is greatly appreciated, especially since tourism and hospitality are one of the leading industries in Costa Rica. Adding 10% gratuity at restaurants, local guides and drivers is a suitable tip.

How much should I budget for food and activities?

Bring cash with you! We recommend you have at least $300 USD cash on you during the trip for lunches, snacks, optional activities, souvenirs, etc.All places accept USD so you do not need to convert to the local currency.

Do I need to worry about a visa?

When traveling with a passport, citizens of the United States, Canada, and most Latin American and European countries are entitled to stay in Costa Rica for 90 days. They must enter the country with a departure ticket and a valid passport that does not expire within 30 days of their arrival in Costa Rica.
To find specific visa requirements or restrictions for your home country, visit the Costa Rican embassy page.

What type of luggage is best?

We recommend using a backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer.

A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on our transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage.

Do you have last-minute deals?

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