Costa Rica Mountain and Sea Adventure

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Costa Rica Mountain and Sea Adventure

  Jan 21, 2023 - Jan 29, 2023 ( 8 Days )
The Price :   $2,395.00
Spots Remaining  8/10
Travel Date :  2023-01-21 - 2023-01-29

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Costa Rica all inclusive tour packages 2023

Join us for this adventure-packed tour where you will have opportunities to visit volcanoes, hike beautiful trails with hanging bridges and waterfalls, and over & under water expeditions. Can’t miss activities include chocolate and coffee tastings, mineral spring baths and volcanic mud exfoliation, and even a cooking class. Join us!

We begin the week in this tropical paradise with a hike through the Rincon de la Vieja National Park, appreciating the volcanic landscapes and wildlife before cooling off in the pool beneath a magical waterfall. Our adventure continues with snorkeling (with the optional upgrade to SCUBA dive) off the coast of the Catalina Islands, rich in aquatic life including manta rays, dolphins and sea turtles. The following day brings our cultural tour of Nicaragua, a country rich in history, and also known for its fresh water crater lakes.

Next, we are back in the water with an exciting white water rafting trip that concludes with a 12 foot drop, “Cascabel Falls,” that will definitely get your adrenaline pumping! Our first day to sleep in, the next morning will begin with a leisurely brunch and some time on the beach before boarding a catamaran for a private tour of the Costa Rican coastline. Our final day will be a return to the canopies of the rainforest for ziplining, rushing down a water slide, horseback riding, and finally sinking into a pool of rejuvenating warm mineral waters. Our trip will include daily breakfasts prepared by our chef, as well delicious meals at local restaurants.

Our all-inclusive means that everything – yes everything – is included. Just bring tip money and money for souvenirs.

Costa Rica Escorted Tours

We will be staying in a private 5 bedroom beach front villa in Coco, a small town on the western coast of Costa Rica. Our villa is within walking distance of restaurants and other amenities.

Costa Rica Guided Tours

  • Explore the Rincon de la Vieja National Park
  • White water rafting
  • Catalina Island snorkeling/diving
  • Visit Nicaragua
  • Visit a volcano

Costa Rica Adventure Tours

Day 1, Saturday: Arrival

We take a morning flight, arriving in Costa Rica late afternoon of the same day.

 Once we land in Liberia, the closest airport, we will be driven to our villa, which is less than an hour away. After settling in and maybe taking a walk down the beach, we will share a meal prepared by our private chef on the patio.

Day 2, Sunday: Rincon de la Vieja National Park

After an early breakfast at our villa, we will drive to Rincon de la Vieja National Park for a day of volcanic landscapes, a 2.5 mile scenic trail hike along the Las Pailas trail complete with mini-geysers, iguanas, and spider monkeys. We will cool off in a pool at the foot of the Oropendola waterfall and then warm up in the Rio Negro mineral hot springs.  Our tour will end with a late lunch at a local restaurant in Curubande Village before returning to our villa. In the evening we will take a short walk to downtown Coco for dinner.

Day 3, Monday: Catalina Islands Snorkeling/Diving Day

Today we make the short drive to Tamarindo to meet our captain at the Tamarindo Diving Center so that all equipment can be checked and loaded.  Spot dolphins, puffer fish, sea turtles, manta rays, and other marine life while either snorkeling or SCUBA diving.  We will visit two sites with fresh fruit and relaxation in between. Upon our return to Coco, we will have lunch at Pico Bistro Tamarindo before heading back to the villa. After some free time, we will be joined by a local chef for a cooking class  where we will learn to prepare a traditional Costa Rican 3 course tasting dinner.

Day 4, Tuesday – Nicaragua

This privately guided tour into Nicaragua will be well worth the very early start to the day!  We will visit the active Masaya Volcano and the extinct Apoyo Volcano, hop on a small boat for a tour of small islands on Lake Nicaragua, and then tour Granada, one of the oldest Spanish colonial cities in central America.  While there, we will stop at a chocolate museum where we will indulge in a chocolate and liquor tasting while learning about local chocolate history. Before spending some free time shopping, we will get to dip our toes in the biggest warm freshwater crater lake of Central America, Laguna de Apoyo before having a traditional meal in Granada.

Day 5, Wednesday – White Water Rafting

For the bravest of our bunch, this white water rafting adventure will bring heart stopping and adrenaline pumping fun. In between navigating class III and IV white water rapids, we can also try to spot tropical birds, iguanas, monkeys, and other wildlife along the river.  The tour ends with “Cascabel Falls,” a thrilling twelve foot drop waterfall. Following our 2 ½ hour rafting adventure, we will enjoy a traditional Costa Rica style lunch called a Casada before heading back to Coco. Afternoon free time will conclude with an upscale dinner in Coco or a nearby town. 

Day 6, Thursday – Beach and Catamaran

Today, we sleep in and then have a leisurely brunch prepared by our chef, complete with mimosas, fresh fruit, and local delicacies. Then we will head down to the beach to meet our captain for a relaxing afternoon on a 40 ft catamaran. Our only job will be to take in the coastal landscape and watch for dolphins, whales, and sea turtles. Upon our return to Coco, we will have dinner at one of the local restaurants and have an opportunity to enjoy the nightlife.

Day 7, Friday – Rincon de la Vieja volcano

Our last day in Costa Rica takes us back to the rainforest for a final taste of culture, adventure, relaxation. After breakfast, we will drive to the slopes of Rincon de la Vieja volcano for an early morning coffee and chocolate tasting, along with samples of natural sugar juice squeezed directly from the cane using an ox. A little while later, we will be zip-lining above rivers and canyons, even seeing the top of the volcano, before cooling off by literally sliding down a 1200 foot long water slide.  We will then be treated to a freshly made lunch with local organic produce.  After lunch, we will take a short horseback ride through the forest filled with monkeys and other residents of the jungle. After our ride, we will arrive at the hot springs where we can relax in the rejuvenating mineral water and receive a volcanic mud exfoliation treatment. There is even the option of a massage for an extra charge.  Our final meal will be prepared by our chef in our villa, and we will share our celebratory meal together.

Day 8, Saturday – We’ll rise early for our transfer back to the airport.

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F.A.Q

Is a passport required for U.S. citizens to travel to Costa Rica?

Yes, all U.S. citizens are required to provide a current passport and also confirmed reservations for leaving Costa Rica upon arrival.

What is the currency used in Costa Rica?

The official currency of Costa Rica is the Colón named after Christopher Columbus.

To get the most accurate exchange rate before you visit Costa Rica, it is worth checking online or with a bank, as the rates can fluctuate from day to day.

As a general rule, carrying cash is better than relying on credit cards. This is so all your Costa Rica adventures run as smoothly as possible, as more remote locations may not have ATMs or the electricity required to accept cards.

Most tourist areas in Costa Rica also accept US dollars. However, bills over the value of $20 may not be accepted.

Is tipping expected?

If this is your first Costa Rica trip, you may be wondering how much to tip in restaurants or bars.

Tipping is not a normal part of local Costa Rican culture and is not usually expected. It is however highly appreciated. This may be one way for us to give back to the local community.

As a tourist, 10% is a standard tip for good service. This can be applied during Costa Rica guided tours and excursions at your discretion.

Costa Rica travel restrictions and requirements

In order to ensure a smooth Costa Rica family trip, you should follow their guidance on requirements and restrictions. You must have your passport and proof that you will leave before your visa or entry stamp runs out. A return flight ticket is the best method of proving this.

Usually, you should plan your return flight within 90 days of you entering Costa Rica. Your country of origin will impact how long you can stay as a tourist.

When you are out on Costa Rica adventure tours or exploring on your own, have either a photo or a copy of your passport with your entry stamp on your person at all times.

Your Costa Rica travel agency can highlight any extra requirements you may need to take into consideration.

What are the electrical outlets in Costa Rica?

Nothing could be more frustrating than going on a Costa Rica tour, only to find you cannot charge your phone or camera to capture each magical moment.

The electrical outlets in Costa Rica are typically the same as those used in the US. If you are using a converter, ensure there are 2 prongs that are the flat type. This should mean you can charge and use electrical appliances when needed.

Costa Rica language

The official language of Costa Rica is Spanish. It is spoken in a Costa Rican dialect and a few changes may take a little getting used to if it is your first visit.

Other languages, including English, are likely to be spoken on Costa Rica escorted tours, attractions, and in areas with a lot of tourist trade.

If you are on one of the Costa Rica tour packages, you can speak to your guide if you need help understanding Spanish.

A lot of phones are now equipped with translation apps or websites that can help as well.

Costa Rica health pass requirements

Initially, health passes were required for Costa Rica tourism in response to the COVID pandemic, but from April 2022, this is no longer needed to visit the country. While health insurance is always recommended for travel, you no longer have to prove it if you are unvaccinated.

When on Costa Rica excursions, wearing a mask is no longer mandatory. It is recommended that you wash your hands regularly and take your temperature.

Each tourist activity may have its own health protocols that you should follow in order to enjoy your trip fully. You may be refused entry to certain venues if you do not comply with the protocols they have in place.

In brief, Visitors to Costa Rica are no longer required to present proof of vaccination status or a negative COVID test.

Travel to Costa Rica from US

If you are travelling from the US, there is a restriction on how much cash you can carry when you enter and leave the country. At both points, you should have no more than 10,000 US dollars on your person.

Some incidents occurred against tourists in Costa Rica. To tackle this, the Costa Rican government provides additional security in tourist areas. To be on the safe side, never carry more cash than you need to get by on any given day of your trip. In case of an emergency, dial 911.

If you are travelling from certain countries in South America, you may need a yellow fever vaccination prior to travelling.

Travel to Costa Rica from UK

As with any holiday, the UK government recommends getting travel insurance to cover your trip.

There has been increased volcano activity which has led to some airport and national park closures, so be aware of this before you travel. You should also take care when swimming as there can be dangerous currents in the water.

Incidents of violent crime against tourists occur at times, so dial 911 in an emergency and opt for an English operator.

Costa Rica weather

It is warm all year long in Costa Rica, with temperatures on average sitting between 80 and 90 Fahrenheit.

Between December and April, the weather is at its driest and brightest, making it a popular time to travel.

Green season is usually in May and June when the national parks are quieter. This is great if you want to explore without too much to distract you.

Hurricane season is normally between June and November, so take this into account when planning your trip. Hurricane season can cause closures at attractions and airports.

What is Costa Rica’s time zone?

Costa Rica uses Central Standard Time (GMT-6) all year round, and the country does not observe daylight saving time.

If you are traveling from London, Costa Rica is 7 hours behind.

If you are traveling from Washington DC in the US, Costa Rica is 2 hours behind.

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What's Included

  • Assistance with flight choices, but airfare is not included in our pricing
  • All inclusive, 3 meals per day
  • Accommodations for 8 days/7 nights
  • All tickets and passes for all tours and activities
  • Airport Transfers to/from Liberia Airport according to our pickup schedule

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Trip Information

  • Activity Level: 4/5 (see rating)
  • Trip Curator: Dianna Germany
  • Trip Leader/CSR: TBA
  • Giving Back: Costa Rica has a lot of needs. We will decide as a group how we want to make a difference.

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