2.1.2.a.Remote paradises of Costa Rica: Central and north zone

 

From 2077,15€: 1 person/double room for 2 people

From 1668,39€: 1 person/triple room for 3 people

From 1617,52€: 1 person/quadruple room for 4 people

*Ultimate Wild Trip sells mostly, tailor-made trips. The final price of the trip is subject to the following variants: the seasonal rates of each service, the availability of transport and activities, the minimum number of people to operate each tour, and the type of accommodation available at the time of the reservation. Trips are operated 365 days a year. Some of the tours included in this trip may only be operated in some seasons of the year. Request seasonal activities, according to the dates of the trip. Some hotels may close on certain dates, due to maintenance tasks or weather conditions in Rainy Season. This trip includes a combination of private and shared transfers. To add all private transfers, rental car, or private transport with a personal driver-tour leader and on-tour concierge services, request a quote. This package is a trip with standard-level rooms, and shared tours. To change the level of services, request a customized quote.

Trip details

Itinerary

Day 1: San José Airport – Tirimbina Biological Reserve

Day 2: Tirimbina Biological Reserve

Day 3: Tirimbina Biological Reserve

Day 4: Tirimbina Biological Reserve – Boca Tapada

Day 5: Boca Tapada

Day 6: Boca Tapada

Day 7: Boca Tapada – Rincón de la Vieja

Day 8: Rincón de la Vieja

Day 9: Rincón de la Vieja

Day 10: Rincón de la Vieja – Manzanillo, Puntarenas

Day 11: Manzanillo, Puntarenas

Day 12: Manzanillo, Puntarenas

Day 13: Manzanillo, Puntarenas – San José Airport

Travel plan

DAY 1: JUAN SANTAMARÍA DE SAN JOSÉ AIRPORT – TIRIMBINA BIOLOGICAL RESERVE

Accommodation. Pick up the 4WD rental vehicle and drive to the first destination, the Tirimbina Biological Reserve. Once there, in the evening, you will enjoy a night hike through the reserve, which is dedicated to the sustainability and preservation of the rainforest and the wildlife of the Sarapiquí area. You will be able to observe the nocturnal fauna of the place, where stand out hundreds of species of frogs and amphibians.

DAY 2: TIRIMBINA BIOLOGICAL RESERVE

Bed and breakfast. In the morning, a guided walk through the reserve so as not to miss the beauty of the place in the sunlight, as well as its daytime flora and fauna. In the afternoon, bat tour. In this reserve, they do a special work of conservation of the various species of bats, among which the white bat stands out.

DAY 3: TIRIMBINA BIOLOGICAL RESERVE

Bed and breakfast. In the morning, rafting on the Sarapiquí River where the adventure will be combined with its spectacular scenic views. Free time in the afternoon.

DAY 4: TIRIMBINA BIOLOGICAL RESERVE – BOCA TAPADA

Bed and breakfast. Today you will drive to your next destination, Boca Tapada. In the afternoon, you will be able to choose whether to take a 1-hour guided walk in the forest or plant a tree. You can also have free use of canoes in the lagoon of the reserve.

DAY 5: BOCA TAPADA

Bed and breakfast. In the morning, a Safari Float tour in Raft or Kayak on the Tres Amigos River, where a guide will explain to you the history of the place and provide useful information about the local species. Free time in the afternoon.

DAY 6: BOCA TAPADA

Bed and breakfast. In the morning, birdwatching tour to observe some of the more than 400 endemic and migratory species such as Toucans, Lapa Verde, Mieleros, Jacamar, etc of the tropical rain forest in the area. In the afternoon/evening, a night walk in the hotel gardens and forest where you can meet and explore the nocturnal wildlife of the area.

DAY 7: BOCA TAPADA – RINCÓN DE LA VIEJA

Bed and breakfast. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a relaxing experience at the Simbiosis Spa, a spa in the middle of gardens and nature, in the open air with volcanic mud, sauna, and hot springs.

DAY 8: RINCÓN DE LA VIEJA

Bed and breakfast. Throughout the day, visit the Rincón de la Vieja National Park**, with the “One Day Nature Pass” tour, which includes a walk to Pailas Trail, a visit to the Oropendola waterfall, Río Negro hot springs, and lunch.

DAY 9: RINCÓN DE LA VIEJA

Bed and breakfast. In the morning, hike to La Cangreja Waterfall in Rincón de la Vieja National Park, a 40-meter waterfall that forms an impressive turquoise pool in the heart of the forest. Free time in the afternoon.

DAY 10: RINCÓN DE LA VIEJA – MANZANILLO, PUNTARENAS

Bed and breakfast. During the morning, you Will drive to Manzanillo, Puntarenas. In the afternoon, you will take a horseback ride at the Ensenada Lodge National Wildlife Refuge, where a local guide will take you to enjoy the trails and landscapes.

DAY 11: MANZANILLO, PUNTARENAS

Bed and breakfast. In the morning, a tractor tour will show you an important part of the Refuge, where a local guide will take you to know the salt flats, the lagoon area, and the viewer to contemplate the imposing Nicoya Gulf.

DAY 12: MANZANILLO, PUNTARENAS

Bed and breakfast. In the morning, boat tour to Isla Chira, a paradisiacal island where you Will enjoy free time to relax and discover the nature and people of this magical place.

DAY 13: MANZANILLO, PUNTARENAS – SAN JOSÉ AIRPORT

Breakfast. During the morning, you will drive to the San José airport, where you will return the rental car. Here, your epic adventure comes to an end. See you soon!

**Tours are available only on some weekly days.

Inclusions / Exclusions / Optional extras

INCLUSIONS:

Insurance:

-Includes cancellation insurance, luggage insurance, and basic medical assistance insurance, which only covers some adventure activities at the destination.

-The providers of adventure activities include accident insurance and R.C insurance, to be able to operate their tours safely.

Transport:

-Private transfer: Rent a car 12 days Daihatsu Bego “Mid Sixe 4×4”

*Rental car for self-guided trips:

-Subject to request and availability, this optional service includes a car rental with Super Cover without excess.
-Type of car: Daihatsu Bego “Mid Sixe 4×4” or similar, subject to availability.
-The Super Cover and vehicle warranty includes Total Collision Damage and theft protection without excess (CDW + SC), additional driver (some rental car companies), unlimited kilometers, airport service charge, road tax, fees, and local taxes (VAT).
*The Super Cover warranty does not cover damages caused by improper use of the car, such as damage to tires, glass, the interior of the car, loss or damage to car keys, and misuse during refueling. If you have an accident and do not submit the police report to the insurance, the Super Cover warranty does not cover the damages caused.
*It is mandatory: Be at least 25 years old, and showing in the branch a driving license with at least 1 year of validity. At the time of rental, the driver must be in possession of a NOT electronic credit card (NOT prepaid).

Accommodations:

-Accommodation: Standard rooms in 2*, 3*, 3*SUP, charming hotels, or eco-lodges in rural destinations, subject to availability. Meals included: breakfast.
-The category of the hotel and the rooms will be always subject to availability. In remote areas and natural parks, where there are no 3* hotels, we will book the best option available in terms of comfort and service.
-Some destinations could include half-board or full-board meals. This will be mentioned in the “Accommodations” tab.
-Subject to availability of the accommodations and the client’s choice, the trip could exceptionally include mountain apartments or cabins with kitchens, on a room-only basis.

Meals:

-Breakfasts: 12
-Lunches: 0
-Dinners: 0

Tour guides & Tour leaders:

-This trip does not include a daily tourist guide on travel.
-All tours and activities included in the trip, have a local Spanish-speaking and English-speaking guide. These guides are for activities only. In some destinations, there is the possibility of renting private guide services, for half-day or a full day.

Tours and activities:

-Tours and activities according to the itinerary, detailed below and included in the “travel plan”. Tours include certified guides, with door-to-door transfers and material, when specific equipment is necessary. Some tours may include snacks, appetizers, or lunch/dinner.

IT’S NOT INCLUDED:

-Any other service not mentioned in the “Inclusions” section.
-Meals and drinks not mentioned as included.
-Tips and personal extras.
-Personal medical expenses
-Visits and excursions are not mentioned as included in the Travel plan.
-Extension of assistance insurance coverage: it is recommended to take out comprehensive adventure assistance insurance, with rescue and coverage for 100% of the adventure activities of the trip.
-International / domestic flights, from the country/place of residence to the holiday destination, and international/domestic flights back to the country/place of residence. Check rates with us.
-For Christmas, New Year, and Easter seasons and special events, there may be minimum stays and/or mandatory supplements for dinners in some of the hotels. Check rates with us.
-Local taxes or eco-taxes charged by certain tourist areas are not included unless otherwise specified. These amounts will be paid directly to the destination.
-If the transfer pick-up time to the airport or the hotel is too early or too late, and you can not enjoy some part of the meal board included in the trip, this part will not be refunded.

OPTIONAL EXTRAS:

*Private transportation service with driver-guide and concierge service:

This is comfortable private service, for VIP clients, with a professional driver and guide at your service, for the entire trip.

The service includes:
-Rental of Premium vehicles, sedans, station wagons, or vans, with the driver, included.
-The fuel of the car.
-Professional driver-guide in private service throughout the trip, with a good level of Spanish and English.
-Transport of luggage.
-Pick up and drop off transfers to the airports and hotels in the main Costa Rica cities, on the first and the last day of the trip.
-The driver will be the tour leader. He will offer to the client optional guided experiences in his spare time, such as cultural visits and community tours. The clients could choose every day if they want a free afternoon or explore the área with a local expert.
-Pick up and drop off transfers to the meeting point of all daily tours and experiences booked, with the local tour companies of the visited destination.
-Concierge service during the trip, daily reservations in restaurants and events, and pick up and drop off transfers to the restaurants chosen by the clients.

Optional extra activities:

Tours are available in the private version and shared version. Minimum of 2 people to operate any shared tour, or pay the difference until the minimum group price is completed. Some tours may require a minimum of 3 to 6 people to be operated. Any addition or change of the services will produce a variation in the final price of the trip:

Tirimbina Biological Reserve:

-Guided daytime hiking walk.
-Guided night hiking hike.
-Bats program.
-Bird watching tour.
-Chocolate tour.

Boca Tapada:

-Night walk.
-Tour through the tropical rain forest.
-Bird watching tour.
-Visit Don Eduardo’s farm.
-Half-day boat tour.
-Kayak safari tour
-Raft boat safari tour.

Rincón de la Vieja:

-One Day Adventure Pass (Includes: Canopy, Tubing, Río Negro Hot Springs, Horseback Riding, and Lunch)
-One Day Nature Pass (Includes: Hike to Pailas, Oropendola Waterfall, Rio Negro Hot Springs, and Lunch) *Does not include entrance to the Park.
-Combo Tour # 1 (Lunch + Rio Negro Hot Springs)
-Combo Tour # 2 (Lunch + Oropendola waterfall)
-Combo Tour # 3 (Lunch + Oropendola waterfall + Rio Negro Hot Springs)
-Canyon Canopy Half Day Tour (Canyon Canopy Tour + Buffet Lunch + Rio Negro Hot Springs)
-River Adventure Half Day Tour (Tubing Adventure + Buffet Lunch + Rio Negro Hot Springs)
-Waterfall Cañoning Half Day Tour (Cañoning waterfall Tour + Buffet Lunch + Rio Negro Hot Springs)
-Tubing (Includes horseback riding and adventure on the river)
-Tubing without horseback riding.
-Canyoning at La Victoria waterfall.
-Canyon Canopy Tour.
-Iron Horse- Mountain Bike Tour (Includes: Guided tour of Mountain bike Canopy, tubing, horseback riding, Rio Negro hot springs, Lunch)
-Tropical Trails Single Track Mountain Bike Tour.
-Rio Negro hot springs and mud baths (Entrance)
-Simbiosis Spa (Entrance)-Includes Volcanic mud, sauna, and hot springs.
-La Cangreja waterfall National Park (Includes Box Lunch and Transportation to the National Park)
-Walk to Sector Las Pailas P.N. (Includes Transportation to the National Park)
-A Waterfalls Day Expedition (Includes bilingual guide and lunch)
-Private Bird Watching Tour (Includes bilingual guide, park entrance, and lunch)
-Bird Watching Tour (Includes bilingual guide)
-Las Chorreras waterfall.
-Las Chorreras waterfall + Victoria waterfall.
-P.N. Pailas + Oropendola waterfall.
-P.N. Pailas + Rio Negro Hot Springs and mud baths.
-P.N. Pailas + Oropendola waterfall + Rio Negro Hot Springs-Oropendola + Symbiosis Spa.
-P.N. Pailas + Symbiosis Spa.
-P.N. Pailas + Oropendola waterfall + Symbiosis Spa.

Payment conditions, departures, and rates

*Payment conditions: A minimum deposit of 5% of the total amount of the trip will be paid, after accepting the quotation, as a mandatory step, to request availability from the suppliers. In group trips, the initial deposit will be 10% of the total amount of the trip.

After confirming the availability of the travel services, and depending on the organization of the trip, the balance or remaining amount will be paid, as follows:
In a 3-5 days period, after confirming the availability of the travel services, and depending on the organization of the trip, a deposit of 35% will be paid to confirm the reservation with the suppliers. The balance or remaining amount of the trip will be paid as follows:

a) 25 days or before the first day trip, on individual travels.
b) 45 days or before the first day trip, on group travels. Groups of 8 people or more are considered.

*Exceptions: After accepting the budget, 100% of the total amount of the trip will be paid, in the following cases:

a) In reservations requested within 25 days before the start of the trip, for individual trips.
b) In reservations requested within 45 days before the start of the trip, for group trips. Groups of 8 people or more are considered.

*Important information on rates: The final price indicated on the website is approximate. These rates are subject to the availability of a certain type of room in each hotel and on the availability of transport services and activities. As in any tailor-made trip, this price must be quoted exactly, after confirming availability with all the trip providers. After confirming the availability of services, there may be increases or decreases of the initial quotation, subject to the availability of the providers.
-In case of an increase in the total price of the trip, after confirming the availability, the deposit must be recalculated with the new total price of the trip, and the difference must be paid.
-It is mandatory to pay the deposit and the balance of the trip, or the total amount as appropriate, before the deadlines mentioned here. In case of delay or non-payment by the client, Ultimate Wild Trip is not responsible for the expenses caused by changes, modifications, or cancellations, which may occur as a result of the release and cancellation of the booked services, by the providers. If the traveler does not comply with the payment schedule, Ultimate Wild Trip may consider the reservation as canceled by the traveler. In this cancellation, the conditions established in the Contract Conditions will be applied, in the section “Cancellation of the trip by the traveler before the trip departs.”
-Regardless of the rates shown below, if a travel package is booked in a period that includes different seasons, it would be quoted each day of the package, with the rate corresponding to its respective season.

*Departures: There are departures 365 days per year. It is recommended not to visit the South Pacific area, in September and October. If you do, it is advisable to be properly prepared for the rains.

*Request a quote and availability without hesitation to calculate the exact rate depending on the season, the category of the room, the number of people, the type and number of activities, the type of transfer and its dates, and defining if it will be a private or shared services trip.

From 2077,15€: 1 person/double room for 2 people

From 1668,39€: 1 person/triple room for 3 people

From 1617,52€: 1 person/quadruple room for 4 people

Accommodations

*Tirimbina Biological Reserve:

-Hotel: Tirimbina Biological Reserve Lodge

-Length of stay: 3 nights

-Meals: bed and breakfast.

-Hotel category: 3 * SUP

-Room type: Deluxe, subject to availability

-Room capacity: Double occupancy

*Boca Tapada:

-Hotel: Maquenque Eco-Lodge

-Length of stay: 3 nights

-Meals: bed and breakfast

-Hotel category: 3*

-Room type: Bungalow (3 pax); tree house (4 pax), subject to availability

-Room capacity: Double occupancy.

*Rincón de la Vieja:

-Hotel: Hacienda Guachipelín

-Length of stay: 3 nights

-Meals: bed and breakfast

-Hotel category: 3*

-Room type: Standard (single, double, triple and 4 pax, two doubles), subject to availability

-Room capacity: Double occupancy.

*Manzanillo, Puntarenas:

-Hotel: La Ensenada Lodge

-Length of stay: 3 nights

-Meals: bed and breakfast

-Hotel category: 2* – 3*

-Room type: Simple, double, triple, or quadruple, subject to availability

-Room capacity: Double occupancy

Important information

IS THIS ADVENTURE FOR ME?

*Travel style:

-Cultural Adventures 15%: This style of travel, can include cultural visits such as visits to monuments/towns/museums/monasteries/ghost villages/castles and visits to heritage and various historical remains. Some excursions may also include visits to environmental conservation projects, gastronomic tours, wineries tours, tours of artisan trades, peasant tours, etc.

-Multi-adventure 85%: This style of travel includes varied adventure activities and tours. Multi-adventure trips can include activities such as snorkeling, diving, kayaking, caving, hiking of all levels, mountaineering, zip lines, climbing, canyoning, quad tours, helicopter tours, ultralight flights, paragliding, parachuting, bungee jumping, etc.

*Physical requirements:

-70% Moderate: Short hikes from 2 to 4 hours, cultural tours, snorkeling and diving activities, etc. It is not required to be fit, but to be in good health.
-30% Active: It is required to be fit, playing sports frequently, and being in optimal health. Hikes from 4h to 6h, rafting tours with class III-IV rapids, kayak tours in lakes and rivers, etc.

* Travel speed:

-100% Slow travel: from 3 to 5 nights per destination

*Service level:

-Standard: Combines rooms of standard level, in 3 * hotels and rural eco-lodges, with shared door-to-door transfers, shared domestic flights, and shared tours. The naturalistic experience is prioritized in less touristy and remote destinations, even if it is necessary to reserve lower category hotels. Private transfers, when there is no shared transport in a destination. To change the level of services, request a tailor-made quote.

*Trip organization:

-Individual tailor-made trip.

*Length of the trip: 13 days

ESSENTIAL TRIP INFORMATION:

-This product is a tailor-made trip. After confirmation of the quote, the final reservation may include different services to the initial trip, with their respective variations in the rates, and the contracting conditions.
-The tailor-made trips are journeys designed carefully from scratch. Availability in hotels and services is not guaranteed until the first deposit or trip payment is done. Essentially clients must have a good attitude, flexibility, and ability to adapt, to possible variations.
-Some flight companies, taxi boats, cruise ships, or land transfers, may charge a supplement for check-in excess baggage. The scheduled flight times can be modified by the airlines.
-Luggage weight on Fly Sansa and Aerobell flights: These companies with the reservation of a Premium ticket, allow up to 18kg in checked luggage and 4.54kg in hand luggage. Always subject to space and availability. With higher weights apply additional charges.
-Some water transfers by boat have a weight luggage limit of 12kg. Example: the boat from La Pavona to Tortuguero.
-It is recommended to bring flexible backpacks with handles for the back or backpacks and waterproof open shoes, to get on the taxi boats.
-In tailor-made trips with a rental car, it is recommended to rent 4×4 all-wheel-drive vehicles with high wheels. There are some destinations and hotels, with only access by unpaved roads, in mountain areas.
-The price of the trip does not include local taxes or eco-taxes charged by certain tourist areas unless otherwise specified. These amounts will be paid directly to the destination.
-If the transfer pick-up time to the airport or the hotel is too early or too late, and you can not enjoy some part of the meal board included in the trip, this part will not be refunded.
-There may be additional costs in some local airports, only payable at the destination. For Example: At La Fortuna airport, they request to pay an additional supplement of $ 8.
-The total price of the trip and all its services may vary depending on the season and some variants, such as the price of fuel.
-This trip is a tailor-made travel package, with 2*, 3*, and 3*SUP standard hotels and charming rural hotels, private and shared door-to-door transfers, shared activities, without tour leader, and daily departures. It is an exclusive service for adventurers, comfortable, operated between rural areas of great beauty, and with scheduled times.
-Private transportation with personal driver-tour leader or rental cars, can be booked as an additional service, with the other package services.
-When the trip includes transfers: If the arrival and departure flight times do not match with working hours, the transfers provider may charge an additional fee for night transfer or private transfer.
-The order and schedule of the visits may vary according to the season, river flow, events, regional festivals, etc. It will be reported at the destination.
-Some National Parks close one day a week and may close in certain periods, due to the rainy season. Example 1: Corcovado closes in October; Example 2: Manuel Antonio National Park is closed every Monday. Ask for advice previously.
-In some places may be necessary to pay additional fees at the destination, as access tickets to natural attractions, museums, events, and National Parks, or bus tickets to access the surroundings. For example) Entrance ticket to national parks as Tortuguero.
-Most shared tours are operated with a minimum of 2 or 3 people. Some tours may require a minimum group of between 4 and 8 persons or a private service.
-Some activities are only operated on certain dates or times of the day, due to the weather, the season, or the migratory season of the animals. For example, whale watching tours, sea turtle nesting, paragliding tours, trekking or horseback riding in the rainy season, etc. Ask for advice previously.
-In hard weather conditions, for security reasons, the order and duration of the activities included in the trip could be subject to changes and even cancellations without prior notice.

*Important information about Hotels:

-Some accommodations can be found in the middle of the wild, and outside the urban centers. Ultimate Wild Trip prioritizes sustainable accommodation in rural areas, whenever possible, and these hotels keep minimum standards of comfort and service.
-Some hotels may close temporarily in the low season, or to carry out maintenance tasks, at certain times of the year. Consult previously.
-In Costa Rica there is no official category of stars, we are governed by the valuation that local travel agencies configure, according to their quality standards.
-In some hotels, triple and quadruple occupancy is based on 2 Queen size beds in the same room. If privacy or single beds are required, request separate rooms or other options.
-Single travelers have important additional fees to book a single room.
-Once the reservation is made, if some hotel does not have availability, a hotel with similar characteristics will be offered, subject to the availability of the hotels in the area. If there are no available rooms or hotels of the same category, alternatives with similar characteristics will be sought, in nearby destinations, or destinations with similar attractions and leisure options.
-When you also book international flights, with Ultimate Wild Trip: After the air voucher issue, international flights will be non-refundable and changes, when allowed, will have management fees imposed by the airlines. Remember to download your electronic ticket, reconfirm the schedules, and check in on the airline’s website, or directly at the airport check-in counter.
-When the trip includes transfers: When transfers pick up the client before the hotel breakfast time, there is the possibility of requesting a takeaway breakfast the night before.

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTATION AND VISAS

-To travel to Costa Rica, an identity document and a passport with a minimum validity of 6 months are required.
-It is the client’s responsibility to check the entry and visa requirements of the countries to which they are traveling or through which they are passing.
-Spanish citizens do not require a visa to enter Costa Rica and are allowed to enter the country for 90 days, without doing any paperwork.
-Pay special attention to flight stopovers in other countries, as they could be detained at customs and not arrive in the destination country on time. This could lead to loss of services already paid, without being able to opt for a refund.
-We remember that to visit the United States, it is necessary to have a digitized electronic-readable passport.
Since January 2009, travelers with flights with a stopover in the United States have been required to have Electronic Travel Authorization (ESTA). The airlines do not allow name changes, so it is very important to verify that the names provided are the same as those reflected in the passport.
*In addition, recently, the US authorities have changed the regulations for the entry of tourists, so that all those who have traveled to Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Yemen, or Syria since March 2011, must apply for a visa at the embassy (even if they have the ESTA previously granted) and will not be eligible for the tourist visa exemption program. This includes passengers traveling to other destinations, with a technical stopover in the United States.
On flights to or via the USA, it is mandatory to carry a smartphone or tablet charged.
It is the traveler’s responsibility to confirm this information with that provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on its website.

-Citizens with passports of non-Spanish nationalities: Contact the respective Consulates and/or Embassies to find out the entry formalities required by the countries visited on the trip. Tourists from some countries must obtain a visa in transit to make a stopover in the United States.
-Ultimate Wild Trip recommends always using direct flights or flights with stops in countries without visa restrictions.

Important information about COVID19:

-To travel to Costa Rica, an online health form must be completed before the flight, if you have not been vaccinated. On this form, proof of travel medical insurance must be uploaded with a minimum coverage of USD 50,000 for medical expenses in case of Covid-19 illness, as well as coverage of USD 2,000 for any quarantine costs.

-At the end of the health form, a QR code is generated that the client can save on their mobile phone or print. This QR code must be presented when entering the country.

-The health form also must be presented at the time of check-in. Otherwise, some airlines refuse to board.

-Anyone who has symptoms of Covid-19 before departure should not travel.

-Before traveling, pay special attention to the entry and exit policies of each country, due to the COVID19 pandemic. Ultimate Wild Trip, is not responsible for the services not enjoyed, due to delays or retention of clients, in customs or stopovers in other countries, due to COVID19.

Vaccines and health information:

Spaniards do not need any vaccinations to visit Costa Rica.

Vaccine requirements for other countries:
Yellow Fever vaccination certificate (2016) is required for travelers over 9 months of age from areas at risk of yellow fever transmission (with the addition of Eritrea, São Tomé and Príncipe, Somalia, Tanzania, and Zambia in Africa); except Argentina, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay and Suriname in South America, and those travelers who have made transits of more than 12 hours at airports in countries with risk of yellow fever transmission. Yellow Fever Vaccination Recommendations: No. The yellow fever vaccination certificate is valid for life.
*For more information visit the website of the Ministry of Health and Consumption
For any health recommendations, consult a medical professional.

Weather:

In Costa Rica we can distinguish two seasons:
-Rainy season or wet season: It is in winter from May to November.
-Dry season: It is in summer, from December to April.
Although there are great variations between different regions. The Caribbean slope has more rains during the year. The Pacific area, especially Guanacaste, is much drier. The temperature remains fairly constant throughout the year (between 23ºC and 30ºC) and with a high degree of humidity.
In rainforests such as Monteverde and El Arenal, there is a particular microclimate where rains are present throughout the year.
During the rainy season, the worst months to visit the Pacific area, especially the southern area, are September and October. In fact, the Corcovado National Park closes throughout October and is when the most torrential rains occur. It is also when the country is greener and its fauna and flora most spectacular.
However, in the Caribbean area, in September and October, the rains are reduced and a dry season microclimate is created. In the same way in the Arenal Volcano area during those 2 months.
Climate information: Info World Meteorological Organization

What to bring:

-Comfortable clothes with short and long sleeves and shorts and long pants for hiking (fresh and easy-drying fabric).
-Sweatshirt or light jacket. Some warm clothes for visits to volcanoes and mountainous areas. In areas such as the top of Monte Chirripó or volcanic peaks, at more than 3000m, temperatures easily drop below 10º and there are strong winds. In all mountainous areas over 700m, including San Jose, the nights are cool.
-Waterproof jacket or raincoat.
-Comfortable footwear for general use and footwear suitable for hiking in the mountains (non-slip sole).
-Swimsuit, bath towel.
-Plastic/leather sandals with foot and ankle support straps. Essential to get on the water boats.
-Flexible suitcase or mountain backpack and small daily backpack (20l-25l) for walks.
-Insect repellent and a small first-aid kit with the usual medication.
-Sun protection: cap/visor, sunglasses, sunscreen with a high protection factor.
-Flashlight or headlamp. Essential for shared mountain lodges or refuges and night hiking tours.
-Binoculars: Optional. On naturalist tours, the guides always carry.

*Currency: The official currency is the Costa Rican colón. But it is possible to pay in US dollars USD. They are accepted almost everywhere. Keep in mind that the amount to be paid in dollars can always be significantly higher, due to rounding up. Credit/debit card payments are accepted in most shops and restaurants.

*Time: GMT-6 time zone

*Electricity: 120V American-type plugs. Bring an adapter.

*Sea turtle nesting season:

-Tortuguero: Leatherback turtle, Green turtle, and Hawksbill turtle. Leatherback turtle and green turtle from March 1 to October 31. Leatherback and green turtle hatchlings are from April 1 to December 15. Tours operated from July to September
-Ostional Wildlife Refuge: Olive Ridley Turtle. All year-round, with a higher concentration from August to September. From January to April 15,000 turtles are concentrated in a space of 3 days a month, while from July to December the number of turtles increases to about 200,000, and the duration of the arrival to 5 or 6 nights.
-Las Baulas Guanacaste National Marine Park, in Playa Grande, Tamarindo: Leatherback Turtle. From October 20 to February 15, with a higher concentration in December to January.
-Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge: Leatherback Turtle, Green Turtle, and Hawksbill Turtle. From March to June, with the highest concentration of nests between April and May.
-Nancite Biological Station, Santa Rosa sector, Guanacaste: Lora Turtle. Spawning from July to November. They can arrive between 5000 and 8000 turtles per night.

*Whale watching season: The best place for observation is the part of the Pacific, and the areas with the most possibility of seeing whales are the Marino Ballena National Park in Uvita, and the Osa Peninsula area, in places like Corcovado, Drake Bay, and Golfo Dulce. They can also be seen in Quepos, Manuel Antonio, Tambor, and Peninsula Papagayo, in the Murcielago Islands sector. Humpback whales migrate through the region between July and November and then again between December and March. In Uvita, the reserve is full between August and October and between December and April.

Sustainability

Ultimate Wild Trip is committed to sustainable and ecological luxury tourism, which promotes the development of rural tourism. Our vision is to offer unique naturalistic experiences with low environmental impact, combined with great community and cultural immersion.
When booking this trip, you are collaborating on the progress of rural economies, environmental protection, and the preservation of the local culture and its heritage.
Some studies show when we increase connection with local communities, and the fauna and flora of the place visited, we get an exponential improvement in the customer’s travel experience.

-Ultimate Wild Trip offsets 100% of the CO2 footprint produced, both by our office and by our clients’ trips.

-We are the first tour operator to calculate and show you the CO2 footprint of all our tour packages during the booking process. And additionally, we allow you to offset it in different reforestation projects, in the neediest rural areas on the planet.
-In addition, we are committed to rewarding your environmental responsibility. If you voluntarily offset the CO2 footprint of your trip, Ultimate Wild Trip will donate the same amount to conservation projects, humanitarian causes, and community projects, of the destinations you visit.

Do you know the important benefits of planting trees?

-Your offset not only reduces polluting emissions, and slows down catastrophic climate change.
-By reforesting, you return the home to fauna and flora, which are in danger of becoming extinct in many ecosystems.
-The danger of flooding is reduced, due to the absorption of water from the roots of the trees, soil erosion is improved, and landslides are avoided.
-By planting trees, you stop the risk of desertification and avoid land degradation.
-In countries with famine and chronic malnutrition, food products derived from trees are a complement to agricultural crops and provide important micronutrients. Fruit trees are much more resistant to drought than agricultural crops.
-2.7 billion people live on less than $ 2 a day. Agroforestry and reforestation increase the productivity of the land, creating jobs and a secure and diverse source of income. Preserving the productivity of the land is key to avoiding massive migrations, economic crises, and humanitarian crises.

What C02 footprint does my trip produce?

To calculate the CO2 footprint of a trip, we first calculate the percentage of sustainability of the trip, based on the environmental responsibility of their suppliers. To this percentage of sustainability, we assign a coefficient or numerical value, previously reduced. Subsequently, we multiply this coefficient by the total gross emissions, and we obtain the calculation of the final net emissions.

-CO2 footprint to offset = 3.23 ton CO2

-Cost of offsetting the footprint in certified reforestation projects: approximately 34 euros.

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