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Walking And Wildlife In Costa Rica

Immerse yourself in Costa Rica’s wild side with a wonderful blend of walking, nature and animal sightings and local guide throughout.

From£3,099

  • Costa Rica

  • 12 nights
  • Sightseeing

    Wildlife

  • Jul

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    Oct

Moderate

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Tour codes: 45750

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Moderate

Grade 4 Sightseeing

Full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain. Half day walks will probably involve about 3 hours of walking, with full day walks having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to 600m. Some days of this holiday will be dedicated solely to sightseeing (or include an element of sightseeing). To enhance your experience, a knowledgeable local guide will accompany your small group for part (or the majority) of the holiday.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Opportunities to watch turtles nesting or hatching in Tortuguero National Park.
  • Superlative birding at Rancho Naturalista.
  • Visit stunning Ballena Marina National Park covering land and sea.
  • Local naturalist guide throughout for expertise and knowledge.

Lauded as one of the world's more enlightened countries, Costa Rica has an enviable reputation for protecting its ecosystems. As one of the most bio-diverse countries on earth it has much to protect. Perhaps most famous of its treasures are the beaches at Tortuguero National Park. The name means ‘Turtle Hunter’ in Spanish but the days of hunting are long over. The four main species to nest hear are Hawksbill, Loggerhead, Green and Leatherback. The sight of turtles nesting or hatching and making their way down to the water is a moving experience and savoured for those early morning and late evening.From the Costa Rican capital San Jose, we head to Sarapiqui. Our private tour leads us across the famous Selva Verde hanging bridge, through some of the best-preserved rainforest of Costa Rica and into an ecosystem supporting many bird species. The local guide will have a telescope on hand to help with spotting bird life.From there we travel to Tortuguero National Park by boat along the snaking canals. Here we may encounter turtles, monkeys, sloths and an array of fascinating birds such as the beautiful toucan.Next we reach Rancho Naturalista, one of the finest birding resorts in Central America. Our final centre is located on the Pacific coast. Having crossed the isthmus we can enjoy beautiful beaches and an amazing variety of wildlife like the crocodiles on the Tarcoles River.Costa Rica’s wildlife is stunningly diverse, throughout walks we hope to tick off as many of these wonderful creatures as possible.

  • Flights from Gatwick to San Jose (British Airways) returning to Heathrow via Madrid (Iberia)
  • Airport transfers
  • Half board accommodation
  • Dinners taken in the hotel or local restaurants
  • Twelve lunches
  • English speaking local guide throughout
  • All entrance fees
  • All local transport costs.
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Heredia

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Arrive at San Jose's Juan Santamaría International Airport. After passing through Immigration you will be met by a representative who will give you an introductory briefing about Costa Rica, and then you will be transfer to your first hotel's destination.

Day 2

Sarapiqui

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Today morning your private guide and driver will meet the group in order to start todays journey to your first destination: Sarapiqui. On the way, you will stop for some birding in the area of Cinchona and lunch. In the evening you can explore the gardens of the lodge looking for nocturnal species.

Day 3

Sarapiqui

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Today you will have a birding experience at following research station. La Selva Biological Station run by the Organization for Tropical Studies is a primary destination for several universities research around the World, thanks to its massive diversity, the varied heights and consequential different climates and ecosystems. Start exploring the access road to the station until you get to the reception area to be ready for the guided walk in the early morning. As part of the stations regulations one of their resident guides will accompany you, and of course your private group guide will go with you too. Afterwards return to the lodge and enjoy some time at the pool or relaxing at your room before lunch. In the afternoon we have a private hike at Selva Verde Lodges Private Reserve. This is a great opportunity to live the wonder of the rainforest at its best. As you start the tour you will go across the famous Selva Verde hanging bridge and into the 500 acre private reserve where one of the most beautiful and popular rainforests of Costa Rica. A life system that holds several different species of mammals, hundreds of bird species and dozens of frog species. You may get to see white faced and howler monkeys, two or three species of poison dart frogs and birds like mot-mots and toucans. The dinner takes place at the hotel.

Day 4

Tortuguero

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

After breakfast you check out of Selva Verde and travel to the area of Siquirres. Your journey will then continue, traversing a road between large banana plantations (you may have the chance to witness the banana packing process along the way), until you reach La Pavona (or Cano Blanco) river dock for Tortuguero National Park. 

On reaching the pier we board a small motorboat for the one hour fifteen-minute journey to Laguna Lodge, which is nestled on a small strip of land between the Caribbean Sea and the main lagoon, arriving around 1pm. Our afternoon is spent exploring Tortuguero village where it’s possible to visit the Sea Turtle Museum, and you can observe the life of the local inhabitants.

Tortuguero is world famous as a nesting site for the endangered Green turtle which can be spotted arriving sneaking up the beach to lay eggs from late July to October. Hawksbill, Loggerhead and Giant Leatherback turtles also nest in this region and from November to January can be spotted starting to hatch and make their way towards the ocean.

Day 5

Tortuguero

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

This day starts with the Awakening Tour. During this tour, you will participate in a boat outing first thing in the morning. From Laguna Lodge, you will head to the docks and take a boat ride through Tortugueros canals. These north to south waterways were engineered to connect the meandering rivers and the lagoons of the area. The canals are teeming with fauna and early morning is the perfect time for wildlife spotting, especially bird watching. This tour includes transportation and guide. Once you are back at the lodge you may enjoy a healthy breakfast buffet served in the restaurant by the river, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Afterwards, we will go on a guided tour of Tortuguero National Parks canals. During this tour, you will be able to witness and enjoy the exuberance of the tropical rainforest. The park is one of the most important nesting sites of Chelonia Midas, the green sea turtle, whereas its forests and waterways are home to endangered mammals such as sloths, monkeys, agoutis, coatis, and manatees. It also boasts abundant bird species, such as toucans, trogons, egrets, herons, and anhingas. Additionally, it is home to crocodiles, turtles, and countless colorful butterflies, including the blue morpho. This tour makes for splendid wildlife spotting opportunities. You will return to Laguna Lodge lunch. In the afternoon, you will be taken on a guided visit to the hotels Botanical Garden. At Laguna Lodge, you can also enjoy the exclusive use of the hotels facilities; these include a frog garden, a botanical garden, swimming pool, bars, and the different areas of the hotel. Also, you can enjoy walks on the nearby beautiful Caribbean beach and witness the green turtles nesting season (from June to October), a huge attraction that brings tourists from all around the world to these shores.

Day 6

Turrialba

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

After breakfast, you will head back to Siquirres, leaving by boat approximately at 9:30 am. You will reach the shipping port around 11:00 am, where the bus will be waiting. Lunch will be provided at Selva Tropical Restaurant, which will be the meeting point with your private coach. After lunch you will continue your journey and you will arrive to Turrialba in the afternoon.

Day 7

Turrialba

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Rancho Naturalista is famous for its warm, relaxed, friendly atmosphere, brilliant birding and delicious food served with the best fresh local ingredients. You will have the opportunity to enjoy all of this today- Meals are served family style where guests share stories of their day on the trail. Over 450 species of birds have been recorded in its private forest reserve and within the local area. Some of the specialty birds you may look for include the Snowcap hummingbird, the hite-crowned Manakin, and White-throated Flycatcher, among others.

Day 8

San Gerardo de Dota

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

After breakfast, get ready to depart for your next destination in the Savegre Valley. Enjoy the scenic drive as you go from the lowlands of Turrialba up to the Cerro de la Muerte mountains, and then descend to San Gerardo, with birding opportunities along the way. You will stop at a local restaurant for lunch.

Day 9

San Gerardo de Dota

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Bird watching is one of the fastest growing pastimes, acquiring more and more enthusiasts worldwide. The neighbour Hotel Savegre offers superlative birding in its private reserve, so much so that San Gerardo de Dota is mentioned in the book: Fifty Places to Go Birding Before You Die. Morning birdsong heralds the start of an unforgettable experience in the cloud forest. The local bird list has more than 170 species, some endemic in the area. Along the trails, you will be able to find the most elusive and hard-to-spot species, real trophies for birders who want to increase their life list. Return to your hotel for lunch and explore the surroundings in the afternoon.

Day 10

Dominical

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

During the morning, get ready to depart for your next destination on the coast. You will stop for lunch
along the way. Free afternoon to enjoy the hotels facilities.

Day 11

Dominical

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Ballena Marine National Park covers both land (109ha/270acres) and sea (5382ha/13300acres). It is located in the South Pacific region of Costa Rica, approximately 230kms/143miles from San Jose (around a 4 hour drive). Established in 1990, it protects the largest coral reef in Central Americas Pacific coast. As its name indicates, its waters are the ideal place to view migrating humpback whales (from December to April) that come from as far as Alaska and Hawaii. With around 14.5kms/9miles of coastline, the park also serves as a nesting site for endangered Olive Ridley and hawksbill sea turtles from May through November. The beaches of the park are rarely visited and are blissfully empty of crowds. A network of crescent-shaped reefs and scattered rocky islands (called Las Tres Hermanas – the Three Sisters) form shoals that protect the parks beaches. They provide shelter from large ocean swells and dangerous surf, making them safe to swim in. During low tide, visitors who stop by Uvita Beach can walk out unto one of the parks most famous features: The Whales Tail. This is a famous reef and rock formation (connected to the mainland by a sand bar) that takes the shape of its name. The park has four beach entrances: Uvita Beach, Playa Colonia, Ballena Beach, and Pinuelas Beach. Toilets and picnic facilities can be found at each ranger station.

Day 12

In flight

Meals

Breakfast

At a convenient time, according to the groups departure flight, you will be transferred to the international airport. Please remember that check in for international flights is required 3 hours prior the flight departure time.

Day 13

Travel

From (GBP)£3,099

Departure dates for your selected tour

26th Sep 2020 - 8th Oct 2020 (12 Nights)

10th Oct 2020 - 22nd Oct 2020 (12 Nights)

10th Jul 2021 - 22nd Jul 2021 (12 Nights)

7th Aug 2021 - 19th Aug 2021 (12 Nights)

9th Oct 2021 - 21st Oct 2021 (12 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Flights from Gatwick to San Jose (British Airways) returning to Heathrow via Madrid (Iberia)
  • Airport transfers by road c.45mins
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights Premium Economy, Business or First Class and most low-cost carriers have extra legroom seats. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Bougainvillea Hotel

One of the few independent hotels left in the Central Valley in Costa Rica, this well-located place overflows with personality. Bougainvillea Hotel provide ten acres of botanical gardens, art, rocks and minerals, a restaurant, fitness centre, free Wi-Fi (in public areas) and swimming pool.

Selva Verde Lodge

Selva Verde is more than a lodge and more than a rainforest reserve. It is your gateway into a magical world of towering Almendro trees, Mantled Howler Monkeys, and Keel Billed Toucans. Immerse yourself in tropical nature as you hike through deep green forest or reflect quietly in a comfortable hammock. The abundant biodiversity, comfortable rainforest lodge, and exciting activities are ideal for wildlife seekers. Amenities include dining, bar and a refreshing pool.

Laguna Lodge

Laguna Lodge is an eco-touristic lodge, located in Tortuguero in the northern Caribbean of Costa Rica. The area has amazing rivers, lakes and wetlands that shelter a lush jungle of primary forests and exotic plants. The lodge is built on a narrow strip of land, 650 feet wide, between Tortuguero´s main lagoon and the Caribbean Sea. Offering a garden and year-round outdoor pool, Laguna Lodge is set in Tortuguero, 800 metres from the National Park. Free Wi-Fi is available. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant.

Rancho Naturalista

The premier birding lodge in Costa Rica, Rancho Naturalista is among the finest in Central America. There are plentiful hummingbirds on the large, open upstairs balcony where you can view the distant smoking volcano. Over 430 species of birds have been recorded in the area. You can hike and bird the trails on your own, and excellent guides are available as well. At Rancho Naturalista the atmosphere is warm and relaxed, and the staff are friendly and welcoming. This comfortable lodge is famous for its excellent food, well prepared, and made with the best fresh local ingredients (buffet style).

Suria Mountain Lodge

Amid a forest is located Hotel de Montaña Suria, a property that offers free Wi-Fi connection throughout and complimentary breakfast with your stay. The place also has terraces to enjoy the views of Los Quetzales National Park.

The rooms are simple decorated and feature wooden furniture and a private bathroom with shower and free toiletries. The on-site restaurant serves typical local dishes and overlooks the gardens.

Villas Rio Mar Hotel

A quality restaurant, spacious tropical gardens and an outdoor pool are available at Hotel Villas Río Mar, situated amidst a tropical garden, right on the banks of River Baru. All rooms a terrace, patio with seating area and private bathroom, offer AC, ceiling fans, TV, free Wi-Fi and refrigerators. This eco-hotel resort also has an outdoor pool.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This Grade 4 moderate holiday includes full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain and is likely to include an element of sightseeing as well. Half day walking will probably include about 3 hours of walking, with full days having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to about 600m. See the 'Proposed Itinerary' section for more information.

Walks & Excursions

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Optional Excursions

A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

Currency in Costa Rica

Colon (plural: Colones). US Dollars are also widely accepted . 
ATMs are available in most towns and cities and are the most convenient way to obtain cash. It is however advisable to carry a small supply of US Dollars for emergencies. Currency can also generally be exchanged in hotels. Credit cards are widely accepted throughout Costa Rica. 
Mobile phones on most networks should work in most places in Costa Rica. Please be aware that making credit card telephone calls from Costa Rica can be extremely expensive.

Tipping

Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high.  In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff & to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.

Local Guides

To enhance your experience, as well as your tour leader, each holiday will be accompanied by a well qualified and knowledgeable English-speaking local guide.

Your Travel Details

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?

If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.

Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details. 

Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.

Personal Details Check

To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passports and Visas

General Passport Advice

It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country.

Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.

General travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/travel and at www.gov.uk/travelaware.

Passport Information for Costa Rica

Passports should be valid for at least one day beyond the date you will be leaving Costa Rica. 
You are required by law to carry your passport in Costa Rica. 
British nationals don't need a visa to enter Costa Rica for visits of up to 3 months. 
Entry to Costa Rica may be denied to persons of unkempt appearance. 
If transiting the United States en route to or from Costa Rica you will also need to comply with the entry requirements for the US.

Meals

Breakfasts and dinners are provided and included in the holiday charge. Breakfasts will be taken in hotels and dinners either in hotels or in local restaurants. Lunches are taken in restaurants or as packed lunches. Meals are included from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 15.

Costa Rican specialities include the omnipresent Gallo Pinto (seasoned rice and black beans), and Casado (including Gallo Pinto, fried plantain, vegetables and meat). The meals are generally good, plentiful and interesting throughout the holiday. Some meals will consist of two courses rather than three (but are equally good and filling), and it's worth checking whether coffee is included in the meal before ordering as this varies between the various hotels and restaurants.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks. 

Footwear As Hand Luggage

We recommend that you either wear your walking boots or shoes or pack them and some waterproofs in your hand luggage as in the unlikely event that your hold luggage is delayed, you will still be able to participate in the holiday programme.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Country Specific Kit

Wildlife and scenery viewing experiences are always improved with binoculars. For seeing a bird in the treetops or picking out some detail on the horizon they are invaluable. If you have a pair, please bring them with you on your holiday. On some holidays it will be appropriate to have them with you all the time. Sometimes you might prefer to avoid carrying the extra weight. Your tour leader will always be happy to advise which days it will be particularly useful to take them.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Costa Rica

Electricity is supplied at 110 Volts at 60Hz. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a two pin North America style adaptor with flat pins. (Supplies in some places can be at 220V).

More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

The Map Shop

Maps and guidebooks relating to the areas you will be walking in may be bought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

Health Advice for Costa Rica

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Costa Rica.

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.

Hepatitis A immunisation is recommended.

You might also like to consider immunisations against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Rabies.

There is a risk of Malaria in Costa Rica's Limon Province and a very low risk in other parts of the country.

A Yellow Fever immunisation certificate is required for travellers coming from areas with a risk of Yellow Fever transmission or who have transited for more than 12 hours through an airport in a country with a risk of Yellow Fever transmission.

Dengue fever, Zika virus and Chikungunya virus also exist in Costa Rica; please take normal precautions against mosquito bites. Seek pre-travel Zika virus advice from your health care provider 6-8 weeks in advance of travel, particularly important if you are pregnant or planning pregnancy.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

You must be adequately insured to join our holidays. We do not insist that you insure with us but we require that you are adequately insured for the nature of your holiday. You will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.

Please ensure that as a minimum your travel insurance policy covers you for travel to your holiday destinations (country and geographical region) and for medical expenses, mountain rescue (including helicopter rescue) and emergency repatriation to your home country in the event of illness or injury. Your policy should also provide adequate cover for the activities, included and optional, you are likely to participate in during your holiday.

See our brochure or website for further advice regarding holiday insurance.

Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.

Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.

Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.

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Costa Rica

  • Capital

    San Jose

  • Currency

    Colon

  • Language

    Spanish

  • Time Difference

    UTC -06:00

  • Flight duration

    11.5hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No visa required for a stay of up to 90 days

Average weather

  • January

    24°C

    Avg. Rain: 87mm

  • February

    25°C

    Avg. Rain: 59mm

  • March

    25°C

    Avg. Rain: 58mm

  • April

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 109mm

  • May

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 278mm

  • June

    25°C

    Avg. Rain: 301mm

  • July

    25°C

    Avg. Rain: 288mm

  • August

    25°C

    Avg. Rain: 305mm

  • September

    25°C

    Avg. Rain: 342mm

  • October

    25°C

    Avg. Rain: 354mm

  • November

    24°C

    Avg. Rain: 239mm

  • December

    24°C

    Avg. Rain: 143mm

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