For most of the trip, you will be staying in a remote boutique lodge in the city of Turrialba. The rooms will be doubles with ensuite bathrooms.
We'll stay in double accommodations at our white-water rafting river eco-lodge for 1 night.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Laundry is available at the hotel for an additional fee. Ask your Trip Leader for details.
We are staying in the jungle so expect to see lizards, frogs, or bugs. Most Costa Ricans prefer not to kill insects as they understand we are a visitor in their environment, and bugs are part of life.
Long sleeves and pants are a good idea at dusk to protect from mosquitos. Please opt for eco-friendly, non-aerosol insect repellents.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The average temperature in Costa Rica’s Central Caribbean is 75-85 F during the day, and 60-75 F at night. Please expect showers and thunderstorms some days that pass through the rainforest.
You will be traveling by private ground transportation, public bus and taxi throughout your trip.
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.
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.
Surf Lessons ~ $65 USD: This is a “must do!” Learn the art of surfing in one of the most popular surf towns of the Caribbean Coast.
Jaguar Rescue Center ~ $30 USD: The Jaguar Rescue Center is a temporary or permanent home for ill, injured and orphaned animals. With a focus on monkeys, sloths, other mammals, birds and reptiles, the JRC provides veterinary services, round-the-clock care and comfort to animals that would otherwise be unable to survive in the rainforest or the waters of the Caribbean.
Rent a bike ~ $10USD: The main town of Puerto Viejo is an eclectic vibrant beach town with a relaxed atmosphere, the Puerto Viejo area boasts a flat 12km stretch of lush tropical coastline which goes all the way from Playa Negra to Manzanillo. The perfect way to discover and explore the area is by bicycle!
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.
Puerto Viejo 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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