On this holiday you will be staying in luxurious eco-friendly countryside lodge-style resorts with extensive grounds and on site adventure activities. Throughout Costa Rica accommodation is of a high standard.
We carefully select our local partners, some of whom we have worked with for over 25 years. Their English-speaking guides understand the expectations of our clients very well, and are consistently singled out for praise by clients on their return.
Summary of nights
8 days, 7 nights: San José 1; Pacuare 3; Bajos del Toro 3; Rio Perdido 2.
Included in the journey price
• Services of our team of experts in our London office.
• Services of Journey Latin America local representatives and guides.
• All land transport within Latin America.
• Accommodation as specified.
• Meals as specified.
• White water rafting to and from Pacuare Lodge
• Full access to all hiking trails and thermal pools at Rio Perdido
• Self-guided activities at the lodges (other activities may be charged for locally)
Not included in the journey price
• Tips and gratuities.
• Meals other than specified.
• International flights from the UK.
• Airport taxes, when not included in the ticket.
• Excursions and activities from the lodges.
To help you plan ahead, here is a list of just some of the experiences available from the lodges, with approximate prices:
• Horse riding with
naturalist guide US$80 per person
• 90 minute hike to
visit local indigenous Indian reserve US$55 per person
• Abseil into a deep
canyon and hike US$65 per person
• Spa treatments vary
but average cost US$100 per person
El Silencio Lodge
• Exhilarating zip line
• Community food shop and cook up US$85
• Guided waterfall Hike US$85
Rio Perdido Lodge
• Mountain Biking – different levels US$25 per hour , per person 2 hours minimum
• Canyon Adventure US$60
The unit of currency in Costa Rica is the colón.
It is very difficult to give a guideline for essential expenses but a budget of around US$75 per person per day should cover the cost of meals not included in the holiday itinerary, drinks and the odd souvenir. See what's included for additional tour costs.
How to take it
Cash machines are available in San José taking a debit or credit card with a PIN number is the most convenient way of withdrawing money while on your trip. However, since cards can get lost, damaged, withheld or blocked, you should not rely exclusively on a card to access funds.
We recommend that additionally you take a reasonable quantity of US dollars cash (no more than is covered by your insurance), which you can exchange into local currency at San José airport. Dollar bills should be in good condition, soiled or torn bills may be refused. You can exchange sterling but the rate may be unfavourable and there are fewer outlets providing this service.
At the lodges you can pay for extra services including meals buy credit card or in US dollars cash.
Tips are expected and local guides often rely on their tip as a significant proportion of their income.
Most service industry workers will expect a tip of some kind and so it is useful to have spare change for guides, chambermaids, taxi drivers etc. It is common practice to leave 10 - 12%.
Travel insurance is essential.
Details of our recommended policy can be found on our Travel Insurance
If you have purchased your flights through Journey Latin America, the international departure tax is usually included in the ticket.
Generally this holiday is suitable for all able, reasonably fit visitors, including families with children.
Transport is by private road transfer.
The rafting is appropriate for beginners but bear in mind that you must obey the instructions of the pilot at all times and should have reasonably quick reactions.
Activities at the lodge are geared for participants of all skills and levels, Bear in mind the properties you stay at have active adventures at their heart and you will get more out of your experience if you participate, although nothing is compulsory.
The trip covers climates ranging from tropical lowland to more temperate zones in the highlands. Those travelling between May and October journeys should encounter high temperatures (around 35°C) and high humidity in the lowlands. The ‘official’ rainy (green) season is May to November.
December to April visitors will still encounter high temperatures in lowland areas, but cool evenings around San José with temperatures falling to around 5°C. Rainfall and humidity will be much lower at this time.
If you opt for the beach wind-down extension on the Pacific coast good weather is a priority, so most visits are in the dry season December to April when there is plenty of sun. It’s hot all year round (often over 30°C). The busy times for visitors are the dry season months, especially weekends and Easter week. The green (i.e. rainy) season is much quieter.
Clothing and special equipment
Bring plenty of light cotton clothing and good, comfortable walking shoes. A waterproof jacket and/or umbrella are also advisable. We suggest that you plan to ‘layer’ your clothing; it is easier and more efficient to put on a couple of light layers than one thick jumper, and sensible to have long sleeves for areas where mosquitos may be lurking. Sandals are a good informal option for evenings. Protection against the sun (sunblock, sun hat) and mosquito repellant are essential and you should bring swimwear. A daypack is useful for carrying sunblock, guidebook, water and any extra layers. Although guides may carry binoculars we recommend you take your own.
Please get in touch with the office before departure if you have any doubts.
Preventative vaccinations are recommended against the following; typhoid; polio; tetanus; hepatitis A. For specific requirements you must consult your GP.
You can also find helpful information on the Masta Travel Health
APIS and ESTA - important flight information:
ESTA - if flying to, or via, the USA, you will need to fill in your application to ESTA online
. This costs $14 per person, and must be done by you personally.
Passports must also be machine-readable (MRP). Avoid locking suitcases if transiting the USA, as their customs authorities retain the right to break into them.
APIS - Many countries now oblige airlines to provide additional information about passengers prior to the flight departure. This Advance Passenger Information (APIS) must be supplied to us promptly in order to issue tickets and avoid fare increases. We will provide the airlines with the relevant details if we are booking your international flights. If the information is not provided you may be denied boarding.