2.1.5.b.Remote paradises of Costa Rica: Central and South Pacific

 

From 2770,61€: 1 person/double room for 2 people

From 2392,10€: 1 person/triple room for 3 people

From 2198,70€: 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 – Monteverde

Day 2: Monteverde

Day 3: Monteverde

Day 4: Monteverde – San Gerardo de Dota

Day 5: San Gerardo de Dota

Day 6: San Gerardo de Dota

Day 7: San Gerardo de Dota – Guadalupe de Puerto Jiménez

Day 8: Guadalupe de Puerto Jiménez

Day 9: Guadalupe de Puerto Jiménez

Day 10: Guadalupe de Puerto Jiménez – Corcovado National Park. Sirena Station

Day 11: Corcovado National Park. Sirena Station – Drake Bay

Day 12: Drake Bay

Day 13: Drake Bay – San José Airport

Travel plan

DAY 1: JUAN SANTAMARÍA DE SAN JOSÉ AIRPORT – MONTEVERDE

Accommodation. Pick up the rental 4WD vehicle and drive to the first destination, Monteverde. In the afternoon, a typical Trapiche tour, where you will learn about the production process, the history and tasting of sugar cane, coffee, and chocolate, as well as how they were transported. Snack/dinner included.

DAY 2: MONTEVERDE

Bed and breakfast. In the morning, tour the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, the mountain where you can touch the clouds. This reserve was created in 1972 by scientists and Quakers from the local community to protect one of the last spots of pristine cloud forest in Central America. Free time in the afternoon.

DAY 3: MONTEVERDE

Bed and breakfast. In the morning, Canopy tour through a huge private reserve, where you can discover the wonders of the forest from above. Free time in the afternoon.

DAY 4: MONTEVERDE – SAN GERARDO DE DOTA

Bed and breakfast. Today you will drive to San Gerardo de Dota. Halfway through, you will make a stop in Manuel Antonio to receive a surfing lesson at these paradisiacal beaches.

DAY 5: SAN GERARDO DE DOTA

Bed and breakfast. In the morning, a Quetzal tour to meet these mythical birds and their distinctive song, as well as being able to observe other species of birds, as this is an area very rich in fauna. Free time in the afternoon.

DAY 6: SAN GERARDO DE DOTA

Bed and breakfast. In the morning, a hiking tour on the Buena Vista hill, also known as the Hill of the Death, is almost 3,500 meters high.

DAY 7: SAN GERARDO DE DOTA – GUADALUPE DE PUERTO JIMÉNEZ

Bed and breakfast. In the morning, you will drive to Guadalupe de Puerto Jiménez. In the afternoon/evening, kayak and dolphins tour at sunset in Golfo Dulce, an area where there is great biodiversity of cetaceans, as well as spectacular landscapes.

DAY 8: GUADALUPE DE PUERTO JIMÉNEZ

Bed and breakfast. In the morning, tour to Dos Brazos de Río Tigre. After a short walk, bordering the Tigre River, we arrive at Dos Brazos, a small community in El Tigre. From there, you will enjoy a guided tour to the mountains to learn about the flora and fauna of the Corcovado tropical rain forest until reaching a viewpoint where you Will discover the best views of the day. Free time in the afternoon.

DAY 9: GUADALUPE DE PUERTO JIMÉNEZ

Bed and breakfast. In the morning, a gold craft tour at Rancho Quemado. At night, “Mangroves Sunset & Bioluminescence kayak tour”. In it, you will enjoy a kayak tour through the mangroves at sunset and snorkel at night to observe the impressive lighting of the waters caused by bioluminescent organisms.

DAY 10: GUADALUPE DE PUERTO JIMÉNEZ – CORCOVADO NATIONAL PARK. SIRENA STATION

Bed and breakfast. In the morning, you will return the rental car in Puerto Jiménez and the 2-day, one-night “Peninsula Side by Side” tour will begin. It will take you from Puerto Jiménez, in the east of the peninsula, to Drake Bay, in the west. This first day, you will hike from La Leona to La Sirena Station, in Corcovado National Park, one of the most biodiverse places on the planet. You will enjoy a unique experience sleeping in the middle of the jungle protected by a mosquito net.

DAY 11: CORCOVADO NATIONAL PARK. SIRENA STATION – DRAKE BAY

Bed and breakfast. In the morning, you will explore the surroundings of Sirena, and at 12:30 p.m. a boat will take you to Drake Bay. Enjoy the amazing views of Corcovado and the Pacific Ocean!

DAY 12: DRAKE BAY

Bed and breakfast. In the morning, a snorkel tour in Caño Island. This natural reserve is known to be one of the best places to see marine life and dive in Costa Rica. In the afternoon, free time.

DAY 13: DRAKE BAY – SAN JOSÉ AIRPORT

Breakfast. During the morning, domestic flight to the San José airport. Here, your epic adventure comes to an end. See you soon!

**Some destinations close in September &/or October

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 9 days Daihatsu Bego “Mid Sixe 4×4”
-Shared transfer: to Corcovado National Park (included in the private tour)
-Shared transfer: to Bahia Drake (included in the tour)
-Private transfer: Taxi Bahia Drake – Bahia Drake airport (the other way around too)

*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*, 2* SUP, 3*, 4*, 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:

Monteverde:

-Canopy tour
-Superman Air and Underground.
-Super Tarzan Swing.
-Bungee Jumping.
-Tour Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve.
-Night Tour Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve Reserve Tour -Santa Elena Cloud Forest.
-Birdwatching Tour.
-Tour of El Tigre waterfalls.
-Night Tour.
-Horse Tour.
-Butterfly Tour.
-Typical Tour of Trapiche.
-Coffee, Cane & Chocolate Tour.
-Milking Tour Terra Viva-Tour de Puentes Colgantes.
-Tour of Frogs.
-History of the Arrival of the Quakers in Monteverde.
-Tour of Bats.
-Children´s Eternal Forest DAY Tour.
-Children’s Eternal Forest NIGHT Tour.
-Orchid Tour.
-Snake Tour.
-Ecological Sanctuary DAY Tour.
-Ecological Sanctuary NIGHT Tour.
-Curi-Cancha DAY Tour.
-Curi-Cancha NIGHT Tour.
-Farmer’s Fair visit.
-Cooking lessons.
-Family and Sustainable Farm experience.
-Monteverde´s footprints tour (Traveler’s Philanthropy)

San Gerardo de Dota:

-Quetzales tour.
-Bird watching tour.
-Hiking Cerro Buena Vista.
-Highland Birds & Paramo.
-Horse ride.

Bahía Drake:

-Diving tour in Caño Island.
-Corcovado National Park tour, Sirena station (min 4pax)
-Mangrove tour (min 4 pax)
-Dolphin and whale watching tour (min 4 pax; only in season)
-Bird watching tour.
-Tour of zip lines.
-Night tour.
-Guided walking tour to San Josecito beach.

Puerto Jiménez / Golfito / Corcovado:

-One day tour in La Tarde ecotourism project (without transportation)
-Artisan gold tour in La Tarde ecotourism project (without transportation)
-Medicinal tour in Alto Laguna ecological project (without transportation)
-Craft workshop in Alto Laguna ecological project (without transportation)
-Milking classes and curd making at Finca La Balsa (without transportation)
-Class of trapiche, in Finca La Balsa (without transportation)
-Trekking tour to La Leona (transfers from / to Puerto Jiménez)
-Trekking tour to Brazos de Río Tigre (transfers from / to Puerto Jiménez)
-Kayak tour in Golfo Dulce (without transportation)
-Bioluminescence kayak tour in Golfo Dulce (without transportation)
-Snorkeling/dolphin and whale watching boat tour in season (without transportation)

*Due to the remoteness and difficulty of access between hotels in the Osa Peninsula, most tours in this area do not include door-to-door transportation from the hotel. This transport has to be hired additionally.

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 2770,61€: 1 person/double room for 2 people

From 2392,10€: 1 person/triple room for 3 people

From 2198,70€: 1 person/quadruple room for 4 people

Accommodations

*Monteverde:

-Hotel: Cloud Forest Lodge

-Length of stay: 3 nights

-Meals: bed and breakfast

-Hotel Category: 3*

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

-Room capacity: Double occupancy

*San Gerardo de Dota:

-Hotel: Savegre Hotel

-Length of stay: 3 nights

-Meals: bed and breakfast

-Hotel Category: 4*

-Room type: Standard, subject to availability

-Room capacity: Double occupancy

*Guadalupe de Puerto Jiménez:

-Hotel: Danta Corcovado Eco-Lodge

-Length of stay: 3 nights

-Meals: bed and breakfast

-Hotel Category: 2*

-Room type: Bungalow, subject to availability

-Room capacity: Double occupancy

*Parque Nacional de Corcovado. Sirena station (Night included in the tour with bed and breakfast)

*Bahia Drake:

-Hotel: Jacamar Hotel

-Length of stay: 2 nights

-Meals: bed and breakfast

-Hotel Category: 2* SUP

-Room type: Double with king bed (1-2 pax; 3-4 pax 2 bedrooms), subject to availability

-Room capacity: Double occupancy

Important information

IS THIS ADVENTURE FOR ME?

*Travel style:

-Multi-adventure 100%: 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*, 2* SUP, 3*, 3*SUP, 4* 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 = 3.21 ton CO2

-Cost of offsetting the footprint in certified reforestation projects: approximately 33,8 euros.

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