Private Journeys

Luxury adventures in Costa Rica

8 days from £4,000pp

(based on two people sharing & excluding flights)

Costa Rica

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Essentials

Transport

4 road journeys.

Accommodation

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.

Meals

Breakfast daily; lunch & dinner on days 2 and 3.

Summary Of Nights

8 days, 7 nights: San José 1; Pacuare 2; Bajos del Toro 2; Rio Perdido 2.

Trip Suitability

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.

Guides

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.

Daily Spend

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.  

Currency

The unit of currency in Costa Rica is the colón.

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.

Tipping

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%.

Insurance

Travel insurance is essential.

Details of our recommended policy can be found on our Travel Insurance page.

Airport Taxes

If you have purchased your flights through Journey Latin America, the international departure tax is usually included in the ticket.

Climate

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.

Vaccinations

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 website.

Visas

Holders of a full British passport do not require a visa, although passports must be valid for at least 6 months after the trip begins. Anyone with a different nationality should enquire with us or check with the relevant consulate.

If flying to the US, or via the US you will need to fill in your online ESTA application.

Country info

When is the best time to visit Costa Rica?

Despite its small size, Costa Rica has a number of distinct microclimates. The best time for wildlife lovers to visit Costa Rica's Caribbean coast may be from July-Aug to watch nesting turtles. However, the direst months are September to October. The rest of the country experiences a dry season from Dec-Apr, when there is plenty of sun and temperatures are high, and a rainy season from May-Nov. However, this is not a hard-and-fast rule for all regions: for example, the rainy season starts a month earlier in the south Pacific, while the northern areas, including the Guanacaste coast, are not as affected by the seasons and are generally much drier. The highlands and cloud forests have warm temperatures during the day but the high altitude means evenings are much cooler.

For more detailed information on the best time to visit Costa Rica, go to our When To Go section.

What is the official language of Costa Rica?

The official language of Costa Rica is Spanish.

What is the national currency of Costa Rica?

Colón is the national currency of Costa Rica. Notes can be withdrawn from the many ATMs using a UK credit or debit card. There is at least one in most main towns. You may have to authorise your bank first, and withdrawals may be limited to amounts lower than in the UK. US dollars cash can be exchanged in banks too. US dollars themselves are widely accepted.

What is the time difference between Costa Rica and the UK?

The time difference between the UK and Cosa Rica is GMT -5 hours.

What places combine well with Costa Rica?

A visit to neighbouring Nicaragua or Panama pairs well with Costa Rica holidays. There are land crossings to both, as well as international flights.

How do I get to Costa Rica?

To get to Costa Rica there are flights from London to San José via US and European hubs.

What are the cultural and sport events in Costa Rica?

The cultural events that take place in Costa Rica are:

International Arts Festival in San José in March. There is music, dance, and film art exhibitions.
Monteverde Music Festivaltakes place in Monteverde between Jan - Feb.

What's included in the 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 payable locally)

What's not included in the 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

What's included in the 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 payable locally)

What's not included in the 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

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