2.3.2.Costa Rica cultural adventures

Delve into the impressive biodiversity of Costa Rica and discover the ideal combination of adventure, nature, culture, and well-being. Let yourself be carried away by the trails and turquoise waterfalls of the Bajos del Toro rain forest. See the magical spectacle of a Maleku ceremony, learn about local gastronomy and culture on our La Fortuna farm tour, and admire the great colossus of the Arenal volcano in all its splendor. Learn about the Afro-Caribbean culture of Puerto Viejo, hike through the Cahuita rainforest, and snorkel in its colorful coral reefs. Enjoy like a child, in the most exciting of adventures, descending the fast-paced waters of the Pacuare River. Come to Manuel Antonio to visit its National Park, and to meet its most naughty and cheeky hairy inhabitants. Pura Vida!!!

From € 4254.55: 1 person / double room, in Low Season
From € 4424.16: 1 person / double room, in High Season
From € 4849.16: 1 person / double room, in Peak Season

* 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 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 personal driver-tour leader and on tour concierge services, request a quote. This package is a trip with medium-level rooms, and shared tours. To change the level of services, request a customized quote.

Trip details

Itinerary

Day 1: San José Airport – Bajos del Toro

Day 2: Bajos del Toro

Day 3: Bajos del Toro

Day 4: Bajos del Toro – Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Day 5: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Day 6: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Day 7: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca – La Fortuna

Day 8: La Fortuna

Day 9: La Fortuna

Day 10: La Fortuna – Manuel Antonio

Day 11: Manuel Antonio

Day 12: Manuel Antonio

Day 13: Manuel Antonio – San José Airport

Travel plan

Day 1: Juan Santamaría de San José Airport – Bajos del Toro

– Arrival and reception at the Juan Santamaría International Airport. Get ready to experience your first contact with the rain forests of Costa Rica. A private transfer will take you from the Juan Santamaría Airport to your luxury eco-lodge in Bajos del Toro.

Free afternoon to explore the trails of the reserve, get to know the hotel, and take a relaxing bath in an outdoor heated Jacuzzi. If you feel like it, you can even plant a tree, to leave your grain of sand in place.

-Stay in a luxury eco-lodge, in the middle of the rain forest, on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 2: Bajos del Toro

-Breakfast. Today in the morning, you will go on a hike to visit Toro Falls. After the walk, you will be able to contemplate this huge waterfall, which plunges into an extinct volcanic crater. Tour available only from Monday to Saturday.

-In the afternoon you can choose another activity, between several cultural tours. You can take an organic coffee tour at the Espíritu Santo farm. You can also live a cultural experience with the residents of Bajos del Toro, where you can explore Don Martín’s private orchid garden and learn to pat fresh tortillas at Doña Olga’s house. Or if you prefer, you can learn the traditional decoration of the Costa Rican cart, and take your finished work of art as a souvenir. You are not lacking in options to get to know this incredible place.

-Stay in a luxury eco-lodge, in the middle of the rain forest, on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 3: Bajos del Toro

-Breakfast. Today in the morning, you will go on a hiking tour to visit Las Gemelas Falls. After a demanding walk, you can enjoy one of the most impressive blue falls in Costa Rica. And of course, a refreshing bath awaits you in the turquoise pools of the river. Tour available only from Monday to Saturday.

-Free afternoon to explore the trails of the reserve, rest at the hotel or take a relaxing bath in an outdoor heated Jacuzzi.

-Stay in a luxury eco-lodge, in the middle of the rain forest, on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 4: Bajos del Toro – Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

-Breakfast. Around 08:00, a private transfer will pick you up, to take you to your hotel in Cocles, next to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. To make the trip more enjoyable, halfway through, you will make a stop at the Braulio Carrillo National Park. There you will take a guided tour in an open cable car, through the treetops. Get ready to see the incredible beauty of the tropical forests of this corner of the country.

-Afternoon free to get to know the hotel and visit the paradisiacal beaches of Cocles, Puerto Viejo, and Punta Uva.

-Stay in a luxury hotel, surrounded by tropical gardens, on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 5: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

-Breakfast. Today you will take a combined snorkeling and hiking tour in the Cahuita National Park. After a boat ride, you can enjoy two snorkeling sessions in the longest coral reef in Costa Rica. After a short stop for a fruit snack, you will take a 1.5-hour walk through the tropical forest. After the walk and some sporadic encounters with native animals, a transfer will take you back to your hotel.

-Afternoon free to visit one of the incredible beaches of the South Caribbean.

-Stay in a luxury hotel, surrounded by tropical gardens, on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 6: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

-Breakfast. Today you will take a cultural tour, visiting the indigenous Bri Bri ethnic group. You will learn about the traditions, culture, customs, and beliefs of a typical family of this ethnic group. They will teach you their ancient knowledge about medicinal plants, you will be able to appreciate their eco-construction techniques and delight yourself with the artisan manufacture of chocolate.

-Afternoon free to visit one of the incredible beaches of the South Caribbean or take a tour of the Gandoca-Manzanillo National Refuge.

-Stay in a luxury hotel, surrounded by tropical gardens, on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 7: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca – La Fortuna

-Today you will leave very early to live one of the best adventure experiences in Costa Rica. A transfer will pick you up around 06:00 to take you on your rafting tour on the Pacuare River. Halfway through, you will stop for breakfast at the tour operator’s operations center. The descent of the Pacuare River is famous for its scenic landscapes of rainforest and waterfalls. In addition, the Pacuare is one of the best rivers in the world for rafting. After finishing the tour and enjoying a picnic-style lunch on the river, you will return to the operations center. There, a shared transfer will take you to your hotel in La Fortuna. Free afternoon to walk along the hotel trails.

-Stay in a luxury hotel, located in the middle of the Arenal rain forest, on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 8: La Fortuna

-Breakfast. In the morning, you will take a combined hiking tour in the Arenal Volcano National Park, and in the La Fortuna Waterfall. First, you will visit the trails of the Arenal National Park, taking a walk through the tropical forest. This walk will take you along the slopes of the Arenal Volcano, to the viewpoint of the park, where you can contemplate Lake Arenal and the volcanic remains of the Coladas de Lava 1968 trail.

-Afterwards, your guide will take you to the imposing 70-meter waterfall of the Fortuna River. Where after a short walk, and a descent of more than 480 steps, you can bathe in its refreshing waters. After finishing the tour, you will be returned to your hotel, and you will have the afternoon free.

-Stay in a luxury rural hotel, located in the rainforest with incredible views of the Arenal Volcano, on a bed and breakfast basis.

 Day 9: La Fortuna

-Breakfast. Today in the morning, you will visit the Maleku indigenous reserve. In this reserve, there are 3 different towns, which are called Palenques Margarita, Tonjibe, and El Sol. All within a territory of 2993 hectares and a population of 1000 inhabitants, 80% speak the dialect known as Maleku Jaica. After 1 hour of traveling through the northern plains, you will arrive at Palenque Tonjibe, where you will be greeted by the locals. After a short presentation, you will begin a walk through the town, to learn important details of the place, such as the way in which they bury their dead, the type of palenque that they built in ancient times, crafts as a way of subsistence today, the use of cocoa in their agriculture, and the way they created their clothing. Later, you will continue with a walk along a small path of 600 meters in the forest, to receive information about the medicinal plants and trees that their ancestors used, and which they currently take advantage of. At the end of the tour, you will go to a palenque where you will taste a typical Costa Rican lunch, with a Maleku touch.

-After finishing the tour, you will be returned to the hotel and you will have the rest of the afternoon free.

-Stay in a luxury rural hotel, located in the rainforest with incredible views of the Arenal Volcano, on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 10: La Fortuna – Manuel Antonio

-Breakfast. An eco-transfer with a tour included will pick you up early today to take you to your hotel in Manuel Antonio. As there is a long way, in the middle of the journey, you will make a stop for a crocodile boat tour on the Rio Grande de Tárcoles. This famous river inhabits the largest population of American crocodiles in Central America. Once you have reached your destination, at the beautiful Hacienda Nosavar, you will start a journey in a wagon towed by a tractor, crossing the Hacienda for 20 minutes, until you reach the banks of the Tárcoles River. From there, you will sail for about an hour, in safe and comfortable boats, in mangrove areas near the Carara National Park, which has an important population of Red Limpets. You will navigate through the mouth of the river, and areas near sandbanks, where you can observe aquatic birds such as the Martin Pescador, Herons, Roseate Spoonbills, and incredible crocodiles in their natural habitat.

At the end of the tour, you will taste a delicious typical lunch, and then continue the trip to the beautiful beaches of Manuel Antonio.

-Free afternoon to visit the town and the postcard beaches of the place.

-Stay in a luxury hotel, on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 11: Manuel Antonio

Breakfast. Today they will pick you up around 08:00, to enjoy a 5-hour catamaran tour, along the coastline that goes from Quepos to Manuel Antonio. On the tour, you will see islets, scenic cliffs, and incredible rock formations. The tour includes lunch, and you will have the opportunity to snorkel in the Bay of Biesanz. This activity can be done in the morning and in the afternoon, except in the rainy season, which only operates in the morning.

-Free afternoon to visit the town and the postcard beaches of the place.

-Stay in a luxury hotel, on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 12: Manuel Antonio

-Breakfast. Today you are going to visit the mountains of Santa Juana, to continue knowing the rural heritage of Costa Rica. You will enjoy a guided walk through the forests and jungles of the Cordillera de Talamanca, you will cross palm plantations and you will be able to cool off in its rivers and waterfalls. You will visit a typical village farm, you will learn about its history and you will be able to plant a tree, taking home its adoption certificate. To finish, you will be able to taste a typical peasant lunch, prepared by members of the community, inside the farm.

-Free afternoon to visit the town and the postcard beaches of the place.

-Stay in a luxury hotel, on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 13: Manuel Antonio – San José Airport

Breakfast. Today a private transfer will pick you up at your hotel, to take you to the Juan Santa María de San José airport. Take advantage of the last views and tropical landscapes of this incredible trip, because your epic adventure is already coming to an end !!!

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 door-to-door transfer from the Juan Santamaría de San José airport to Bajos del Toro.

-Private door-to-door transfer, from Bajos del Toro to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

-Private door-to-door transfer from Manuel Antonio to Juan Santamaría de San José airport.

-Shared door-to-door transfers, by minibus/van with A.C, between the hotels of the different destinations, whenever this possibility exists.

Accommodations:

-Accommodation: superior rooms or junior suites in 4 * and 5* boutique hotels or charming rural hotels, 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 luxury 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 kitchen, on a room-only basis.

Meals:

-Breakfasts: 12

-Lunches: 4

-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.

* Bajo del Toro:

-Toro Waterfall tour

-Coffee Tour at Hacienda Espíritu Santo

-Hike to Las Gemelas Falls

*Braulio Carrillo National Park:

-Aerial Tram tour

* Playa Cocles, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca:

-Cahuita snorkelling & Rainforest Hike

-Visit Bri Bri tribe

* Pacuare River:

-Rafting tour

*La Fortuna; Arenal Volcano National Park:

-Combo 2 in 1: Volcano or Bridges + La Fortuna Waterfall

-Maleku Indigenous Reserve

*Manuel Antonio:

-Crocodiles tour by boat in Río Grande de Tárcoles

-Kayaking and snorkeling tour of Quepos de Manuel Antonio.

-Original Santa Juana Mountain Tour.

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 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.

-Costa Rica exit taxes, which are approximately $ 29.00 USD per person.

-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 in the destination.

-If the transfer pick-up time to the airport or to 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:

*Premium car rental for self-guided trips:

-Subject to request and availability, this optional service includes a Premium car rental with Super Cover without excess.

-Type of car: depend of the car rental company and 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 vehicle does not include: Fuel, other additional coverage available at the branch such as personal accident and effects cover, Premium roadside assistance service, out of hours car delivering or picking up, charge for crossing the border, infant/child seats, booster car seats, and GPS. You can hire any of these extras at the branch.

* 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).

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

This is a 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 Spain cities (Islands excluded), 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.

-Service of transport and assistance 24 hours, for emergencies and unexpected health problems, of the customers.

Optional extra activities:

Tours available in 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:

Bajo del Toro:

-Bird watching

-Horse Ride

-Guided walk to El Silencio Waterfalls

-Cultural experience in Los Bajos village.

-Carts decoration

-Coffee tasting (Tuesday and Saturday 4:00 p.m.)

-Wine tasting (only Friday 4:00 p.m.)

-Rum tasting (only Wednesday 4:00 p.m.)

-Craft beer tasting (daily 12: 00h)

-Cooking like a Tico (daily 4:00 p.m.)

-Cocktail classes (only Thursday 4:00 p.m.)

-Sarchi: The way of the carts

-La Tirimbina chocolate tour

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca:

-Half-day tour: Snorkeling and Hiking in Cahuita National Park

-Half-day tour: Trekking and kayaking on the river and the beach of Punta Uva

-Full day tour: Trekking and snorkeling in Cahuita National Park + visit to the Sloth Sanctuary

La Fortuna:

-Combo 2 in 1 Hanging Bridges + La Fortuna Waterfall

-Arenal Volcano 3 in 1 trekking combo + La Fortuna Waterfall + lunch + Hanging bridges

-Combo 4 in 1 trekking Arenal Volcano + La Fortuna Waterfall + lunch + Hanging bridges + Hot springs + dinner

-Tour to Caño Negro by boat

-Trekking tour to the volcanic crater of Laguna de Hule

-Underground experience in Venado Caverns

-Tour to the Cloud Forest of the Juan Castro Blanco National Park

-Children’s Eternal Forest Expedition

-Hike Río Celeste & Tenorio Volcano National Park

* In Arenal there are many additional tours, such as Quads / Buggy tours, rafting, horseback riding, boat tours, mountain bike tours, canyoning, kayaking in Lake Arenal, canopy, etc. We have the same options for private tours. Check rates.

Manuel Antonio:

 -Rafting in the Savegre River

-Rafting in the Naranjo River

-Kayak tour in Damas Island

-Marine kayak and snorkel tour

-Boat tour in Damas Island

-Tour of zip lines

-Surf lesson

-Night walk through the jungle

-Tour to Carara National Park

-Private tour in Eco Reserva Los Campesinos

-Private tour to the Boruca Indigenous Reserve

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, in order 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 55%-60% will be paid to confirm the reservation with the suppliers. The balance or remaining amount of the trip will be paid as follows:

a) 45 days or before to the first day trip, on individual travels.

b) 60 days or before to the first day trip, on group travels. Groups of 7 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 45 days prior to the start of the trip, for individual trips.

b) In reservations requested within 60 days prior to the start of the trip, for group trips. Groups of 7 people or more are considered.

* Important information on rates: The final price indicated on the website is approximate. These rates are subject to 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 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.

* Rates 2020:                               

-Low season: from September 1 to October 31, from May 1 to June 31 and from November 1 to 30.

-High season: from January 11 to February 14, from

-Peak season: Easter, December 20 to 31, January 1 to 10,

Low season:

-From € 4254.55: 1 person / Double room.  of 2pax in Low season.

-From € 3544.50: 1 person / Triple room.  of 3pax in Low season.

-From € 3224.37: 1 person / Quadruple room.  for 4 pax in Low season.

High season:

-From € 4424.16: 1 person / Double room.  of 2pax in high season.

-From € 3653.08: 1 person / Triple room.  of 3pax in high season.

-From € 3322.98: 1 person / Quadruple room.  for 4 pax in high season.

Peak season:

-From € 4849.16: 1 person / Double room.  of 2pax in high season.

-From € 3942.10: 1 person / Triple room.  of 3pax in high season.

-From € 3761.53: 1 person / Quadruple room.  for 4 pax in high season.

 * 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.

Accommodations

* Bajos del Toro:

-Hotel: El Silencio Lodge
-Length of stay: 3 nights
-Meals: breakfast.
-Hotel Category: 4 * Hotel
-Room type: Suite
-Room capacity: 2 persons.
-Other 4 * and 5 * hotels in the area, with different rates: No
-Other 3 * SUP hotels in the area, with different rates: Villa Blanca Cloud Forest

*Puerto Viejo de Talamanca:

-Hotel: Le Caméléon Boutique (Playa Cocles).
-Length of stay: 3 nights
-Meals: breakfast.
-Hotel Category: 4 * – 5 * Hotel
-Room type: Superior Room
-Room capacity: 2 persons.
-Other 4 * and 5 * hotels in the area, with different rates: Aguas Claras (Punta Cocles)
-Other 3 * SUP hotels in the area, with different rates: Almonds and Corals Lodge (Manzanillo); Namuwoki Lodge (Playa Chiquita, Punta Uva)

*La Fortuna:

-Hotel: Amor Arenal
-Length of stay: 4 nights
-Meals: breakfast.
-Hotel Category: 4 * – 5 * Hotel
-Room type: Canyon casita king
-Room capacity: 2 persons.
-Other 4 * and 5 * hotels in the area, with different rates: Tabacón Spa; Springs Resort
-Other 3 * SUP hotels in the area, with different rates: Montaña de Fuego Resort; Arenal Observatory Lodge; Hotel Los Lagos.

 *Manuel Antonio:

-Hotel: Si Pero No
-Length of stay: 3 nights
-Meals: breakfast.
-Hotel Category: 4 * Hotel
-Room type: Deluxe PLUS room
-Room capacity: 2 persons.
-Other 4 * and 5 * hotels in the area, with different rates: Los Altos Resort; Arenas del Mar;
-Other 3 * and 3 * SUP hotels in the area, with different rates: El Faro Beach; Mango Moon Villa; Selina.

Important information

IS THIS ADVENTURE FOR ME?

* Travel style:

-Cultural Adventures 40%: 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 60%: 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:

– 63% 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.

– 37% 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

– 0% Fast travel: from 1 to 2 nights per destination

* Service level:

-Luxury Cat.C: Combine rooms of standard and superior category, 4 * and 5 * hotels, with shared door-to-door transfers, domestic flights, and group tours. The naturalistic experience is prioritized in remote destinations, even if there are not luxury hotels. Private transfers/tours, when there are no shared services in a destination.

*Trip organization:

– Individual tailor-made trip.

*Length of the trip: 12 nights – 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 to 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 4* and 5 * boutique 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 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 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, to 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

-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.

-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 be in possession of 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 exactly 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.

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); With the exception of 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 recommendation, 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 the month of 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 for 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 the months of 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 a 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.

There are studies that show when we increase connection with local communities, and fauna and flora of the place visited, we get an exponential improvement in the customer’s travel experience.

-Ultimate Wild Trip offsets 100% of 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 reward 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.

* This is how we calculate your emissions:

-Total number of trip services = 32

-Total number of sustainable services = 20

-% of sustainable services or % of sustainability of the trip = 62.50%

* CO2 footprint:

-Transport CO2 footprint = 2.94 ton CO2

-Accommodation CO2 footprint = 0.531 ton CO2

-Meals C02 footprint = 0.083 ton CO2

-Tours CO2 footprint  = 0.045 ton CO2

* Total gross CO2 footprint of the trip = 3.60 ton CO2

-The total net CO2 footprint of the trip, after deducting sustainable services = 3.23 ton CO2

-CO2 footprint to offset = 3.23 ton CO2

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

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Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca:

Río Pacuare:

La Fortuna: 

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