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Natural Costa Rica

Embark on an unforgettable Costa Rica guided tour, exploring rainforests, volcanoes, waterfalls, and abundant wildlife. Discover the beauty of a nature-blessed country!

  • Costa Rica

  • 15 nights
  • Half Board + three Lunches
  • Worldwide Journeys

    Landscape

    Wildlife & Nature

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  • Average group size: 12-14

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Grade 4

This is a Grade 4 holiday which mixes active sightseeing and nature watching with countryside walks. The climate is warm and humid so we will always walk at a gentle pace. Walks are accompanied by our RWH Travel tour guide and our Costa Rican national guide so there is some flexibility in arrangements. Please see the Itinerary section for more information on these walks.

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Meticulously curated, guided walking holiday itineraries that delve into the culture, wildlife, cuisine, and rich history of the world.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Trek through the Enchanting Monteverde Cloud Forest on Foot.
  • Discover abundant wildlife and enjoy a refreshing swim at Manuel Antonio National Park.
  • Get up close with sloths, exotic brdlife, and playful monkeys with our expert local guide.
  • Witness the breath taking beauty of blue morpho butterflies in Cahuita.
  • Embark on an unforgettable journey with our knowledgeable local guide.

Costa Rica is an enlightened natural paradise. More than a quarter of the country’s landscape is protected, and a variety of distinct climatic zones caused by high mountains separate its Pacific and Caribbean coasts. 

Pura Vida - Pure Life

We have developed this holiday over twenty years to encapsulate the country’s diverse natural ecosystems perfectly. Steamy jungle, mysterious cloud forest, the white-sand beaches of the Pacific & Caribbean coasts, volcanoes and thermal areas, mangrove swamps, waterfalls, coffee plantations, lazy rivers… this is an itinerary which has it all.

Our knowledgeable Costa Rica tour guides help us spot and enjoy the endless array of exotic birds and wildlife… white-faced Capuchin Monkeys, the Resplendent Quetzal, hummingbirds, sloths, caiman and crocodiles, sea turtles and Scarlet Macaws. 

With walks taking us further into Costa Rica’s natural riches than most visitors to the country have the opportunity to do, we will get to experience exclusive sites. 

  • Return flights from London to San Jose.
  • Half board accommodation in good tourist class hotels.
  • Dinners taken at the hotel or local restaurants.
  • Three lunches.
  • Services of an English speaking local naturalist guide
  • All local transport required for the itinerary by private coach.
  • A 'Water to Go' filter bottle posted to you before departure
  • Services of a Discover Tour Leader
  • Entrances to all sites specified in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

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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Tour Codes

45700

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

San Jose

Accommodation

You fly to Costa Rica. On arrival in San Jose in Costa Rica’s high central meseta, travel about 30 minutes to arrive at the hotel for a night. Your Discover leader will arrange and pay for a snack for those who would like it.

Transfer Time = 30 minutes

Day 2

Cahuita National Park

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

You have a morning's drive down to the east coast at Cahuita to stay for two nights. This is a laid-back Caribbean town more like a Caribbean island than the other places we will visit; the perfect place to unwind and relax. In the afternoon you will stroll around town to soak up the atmosphere with the local guide.

Day 3

Cahuita National Park

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    6.2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    301/276m

Today you walk in the Cahuita National Park through lush rain forest and along tropical white sand beaches – this is scenery straight out of Pirates of the Caribbean. Listen out for Howler monkeys, as well as spotting white capuchins. Watch out for sloths and toucans in the treetops and on the water ibis, herons and kingfishers. Our sharp-eyed guide should be able to spot a variety of tropical frogs, spiders and insects. Everyone will notice the enormous blue Morpho butterflies, perhaps the most distinctive wildlife you will see the Costa Rica. There are two rivers to cross on the way, one shallow and one often knee deep, so be prepared to take your boots off. Later in the day there will be free time to take a dip in the Caribbean.

Day 4

Sarapiqui

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

After breakfast, depart to Sarapiqui, for a one night stay, in the heart of the former chocolate growing area. The cacao tree, from which the raw material for chocolate comes, is a rainforest tree. You walk into Sarapiqui’s classic rainforest to a former cacao-tree plantation. During the tour you will learn the natural and cultural history of the cacao tree and the secrets of transforming cacao fruit into chocolate.

Day 5

La Fortuna

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Don’t be surprised if a Collared Aracari (a small toucan) provides breakfast entertainment. The hotel sets up a feeding table which this and many other exotic birds visit. Today’s tropical adventure starts with a hike in the forest of La Selva Biological Station. This is one of the world’s most important sites for tropical ecosystem research, holding over 450 bird species and 70 species of bats. Later in the day, we head northwest through the Central Tableland into coffee plantation country. After various stops during which we should see tree dwelling iguanas, we arrive at La Fortuna, spectacularly situated under the imposing silhouette of Arenal volcano. La Fortuna is an excellent place to shop for brightly coloured ethnic artifacts.

Day 6

Rio Celeste

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    120m

This morning you walk on the slopes of Arenal. The volcano has only recently become dormant and signs of volcanic activity are everywhere. You walk up to the edge of lava fields with plenty of stops to learn about the flora and fauna from the local guide. The walk takes about 2 ½ hours. In the afternoon transfer to Tres Rios by the Rio Celeste. On arrival at the hotel at Rio Celeste (2nts) take time to relax in these peaceful surroundings.

Day 7

Rio Celeste

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    1.5 hours

  • Distance

    2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100m

The Rio Celeste is one of Costa Rica’s natural highlights. Natural mineral deposits give the river a bright turquoise colour, made only more spectacular as it runs through lush green vegetation. You walk to a beautiful waterfall and also to where the turquoise waters meet clear river water. Later we enjoy a stroll through the extensive hotel grounds’ beautiful primary forest to enjoy the ambience. 

Day 8

Rincon de la Vieja National Park

Meals

Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Today you continue northwest to Rincón de la Vieja passing more volcanic scenery en route. There will be a stop in Liberia for lunch to get a taste of an authentic Costa Rican colonial town. Early afternoon finds you at the hotel. The Cañon de la Vieja where we normally stay is the perfect place for a free afternoon. It has the best swimming pool of the holiday, a spa, a suspension bridge and offers various activities.

Day 9

Rincón de la Vieja National Park

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

This morning the walk is along the Las Pailas Trail visiting assorted volcanic activity areas of steaming sulphuric hot rocks and bubbling mud pools.  The terrain undulates with various streams to cross and some muddy sections.  The walk takes about 2 ½ hours.  In the afternoon you visit Santa Rosa National Park on the Pacific Coast which contains some of the last remaining tropical dry forest in the world and offers a home to spider monkeys amongst many other creatures.

Day 10

Monteverde

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

You travel southeast to Monteverde (2 nights), settled relatively recently, in 1951, by a group of 44 Quakers. Monteverde, 'Green Mountain' in Spanish, is nestled high in the Tilaran mountain range and is one of the most beautiful areas of Costa Rica, with large tracts of forest still untouched. An amazing 50% of the county’s flora and fauna can be found here.

Day 11

Monteverde

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

A morning visit to the 26,000 acre Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, preserved and protected as a result of the Quakers' foresight. The forest is home to a myriad of plants, insects and over 400 species of birds - a birdwatcher's paradise. The park authorities control the number of hikers on the forest trails to minimise the impact of visitors, which may affect the direction, routes taken and start times of walks within the reserve. During the afternoon we can enjoy a coffee tour. It includes an overview of the history of Costa Rican coffee and its importance in the development of the country. During the tour, you will learn about other aspects of Costa Rican culture and its traditions.

Day 12

Manuel Antonio National Park

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

You depart for Manuel Antonio National Park (2 nights), on the Pacific coast, with a cruise on the Tarcoles River en route. The cruise offers excellent viewing of crocodiles, hawk-like caracaras and osprey as well as the mangrove swamps.

Day 13

Manuel Antonio National Park

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today we have a day to relax after some busy times. You might enjoy a day by the pool with a good book, a stroll to the beach or a visit to Quepos, the local town. For the more adventurous all manner of wildlife and adventure tours are available.


Day 14

San Jose

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

You spend the morning in Manuel Antonio National Park on the central Pacific Coast, the smallest and possibly the most beautiful in the park system and take the opportunity to enjoy the diverse wildlife and the tropical white sand beaches. There are kingfishers, five species of monkey and iguanas amongst many other creatures in this Garden of Eden. The 'Third (or Gemelas) Beach' with its coconut palms and white sands is almost exactly how you imagine a tropical beach should look. You will spend the morning in the park and later go back to the hotel to check out for your transfer to San Jose. You will arrive back in the capital later in the day.

Day 15

In flight

Meals

Breakfast

After breakfast, you have a walking tour of San Jose city with a local guide. You pass the Gold Museum, National Theatre and Jade Museum. Entrance fees are not included but there will be plenty of time to go back and visit any attractions you might choose. Later we transfer to the airport for the flight home.

Day 16

Travel

Arrive UK.

Departure dates for your selected tour

9th Nov 2024 - 24th Nov 2024 (15 Nights)

21st Dec 2024 - 5th Jan 2025 (15 Nights)

18th Jan 2025 - 2nd Feb 2025 (15 Nights)

25th Jan 2025 - 9th Feb 2025 (15 Nights)

8th Feb 2025 - 23rd Feb 2025 (15 Nights)

3rd May 2025 - 18th May 2025 (15 Nights)

8th Nov 2025 - 23rd Nov 2025 (15 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Arrival transfer by road (c30mins).
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. 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.

Radisson Hotel San Jose or similar

Radisson San Jose-Costa Rica is centrally located in San Jose. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Gold Museum and Mercado Central. Rooms are air-conditioned with refrigerators, free Wi-Fi. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. The hotel has an outdoor and indoor pool.

Atlantida Lodge or similar

The perfect place to capture the peaceful Caribbean atmosphere, Atlántida Lodge is a wonderful place to experience Costa Rica. It has an amazing pool, restaurant “El Tucan” and tropical gardens surrounded by a forest. Facilities include bar, restaurant, frog observation centre, pool and massage room.

La Quinta Inn or similar

La Quinta Sarapiquí Lodge is a simple, pleasant hotel. It combines a tremendous biological diversity with comfortable accommodations, easy access and personalized Costa Rican hospitality. It is an ideal base for both casual and avid birders. The 35 rooms are in bungalows, complemented by a roofed porch with a hammock and rocking chairs. Rooms are surrounded by tropical gardens rich in heliconias, gingers, palms and flowering trees, which are home to hundreds of different species of flora and fauna. On site features include a butterfly house, a frog land, lush tropical gardens, two swimming pools, reforestation area, vegetable gardens, animal production units and pathways along the riverside. La Quinta Inn is one of the very few Costa Rican hotels certified with 5 leaves in sustainable tourism.

Volcano Inn or similar

The Arenal Volcano Inn is 6 km from the entrance to Arenal Volcano National Park, 9 km from La Fortuna Waterfall and 11 km from the Arenal Hanging Bridges. Featuring modern touches, the pleasant rooms provide Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minifridges and coffeemakers, plus terraces with volcano and garden views. Amenities include an outdoor pool, hot tub, lush gardens, bar and a restaurant offering outstanding volcano views.


Celeste Mountain Lodge or similar

The Celeste Mountain Lodge is a beautifully designed hotel offering views over a valley of rainforest, and the Tenorio and Miravalles volcanoes. The bright and clean rooms take advantage of the magnificent views and come with en-suite facilities. The hotel comes with free Wi-Fi throughout.

Canon de la Vieja Lodge or similar

Surrounded by beautiful gardens, Canon De La Vieja Lodge offers easy access to the natural beauties of the area. The hotel offers rooms with a small front terrace, air conditioning, private bathroom, hot water and amenities.

Mar Inn or similar

Located at just 5min from Santa Elena downtown, the Monteverde Mar Inn is an excellent base for discovering Monteverde. Managed by a local family, it offers a warm and personalised service. The hotel offers a wonderful view to the Gulf of Nicoya, private parking and rooms with all the facilities that will make your stay a pleasant and memorable experience. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi.

Hotel San Bada or similar

A 3-minute walk from the entrance of Manuel Antonio National Park, the San Bada Hotel is also a 4-minute walk from Manuel Antonio Beach on the Pacific Ocean. Refined rooms with wood ceilings offer Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minifridges, and tea & coffeemaking facilities, as well as balconies. Bathrooms have rainfall showers. A breakfast buffet is served in an open-air restaurant. Other amenities include a snack bar, 2 outdoor pools, a spa and a fitness room.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This is a Grade 4 holiday which mixes active sightseeing and nature watching with countryside walks. The climate is warm and humid so we will always walk at a gentle pace. Walks are accompanied by our RWH Travel tour guide and our Costa Rican national guide so there is some flexibility in arrangements. Please see the Itinerary section for more information on these walks.

Walks & Excursions

There is a reasonable amount of travelling on the holiday, and the programme usually consists of a mixture of half-day walks in diverse landscapes and sightseeing activities to give you a full flavour of the country.   

Walks will usually proceed at a pace to allow you to observe the local wildlife – of which there is a lot to be seen (you’ll find yourself scanning the trees and understorey as a matter of habit after a very short time!). 

Wildlife

Get closer to nature with holidays that veer on the wild side of life.

From safaris in Africa, to sea lion spotting on the Galápagos Islands and visits through tropical rainforests alive with bird song and frog chorus; we share our planet with some of the world’s most magnificent animals. Who wouldn’t want to see elephants trumpeting, lion’s prowling and buffalo’s bathing around the waterholes of the African plains?

Without being designated as specialist wildlife holidays intended specifically for wildlife enthusiasts, these holidays will appeal to the traveller who likes to see wild birds, mammals and reptiles up close in their natural environment. Some holidays will have naturalist guides, others will simply be escorted by non-specialist tour leaders with an interest in the natural world.

Costa Rica has a world-renowned and well-deserved reputation for protecting its natural wonders. Every stop on this holiday will reveal new wildlife experiences. Rules are strict on guide qualifications. Rest assured you will be in excellent hands with our National Guide. Flora and fauna will be easily identified and any conversation from the reproductive cycles of ants to the state of the Costa Rican national football team will be willingly joined in. These guys will make sure you get the most from your holiday!


Local Transport Costs

In the holiday cost, we've included all local transport expenses related to the advertised activity programme for your convenience. If there are additional visits or excursions to enrich your experience, you can choose to participate and cover the costs locally. Depending on the itinerary, local transport may involve a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses, and ferries.

Optional Excursions

At your destination, you may have the option to book various local excursions and activities through a local operator. It's important to note that we are not involved in these activities or excursions, and we do not operate, supervise, or control them in any way. Your contract will be directly with the local activity supplier, and we bear no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

As you plan your holiday budget, it's essential to account for expenses such as drinks, meals not covered in the holiday price, entrance fees not included, optional local excursions, and any souvenirs or additional services like laundry. For a rough estimate, budgeting around £10-£20 per person per day for lunches and drinks is a helpful guideline.

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

In your holiday price, we've included tipping for our local suppliers, covering hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers. Should you wish to make an extra contribution for a specific service, this should be given directly to the recipient at your discretion.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organised they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations.  Your tour leader takes care of all the local administration, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the programme for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organised group programme, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

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 prefer to arrange your own flights from a non-UK or regional airport or travel to your holiday destination by rail or car, you may qualify for 'land only' reductions, and we can provide details upon request. Feel free to reach out to us for more information.

Before finalizing any independent travel arrangements, especially if you're doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended travel date, please check with us first to ensure your holiday has been cleared to operate. If you plan to join your holiday locally, kindly inform us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you're joining and leaving your holiday overseas, we assume, unless you specify otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making independent travel arrangements, you may have the option to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time. If interested, contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.

Please be aware that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be eligible for the group transfer. Additionally, we'll need your flight number, arrival time, and departure point to ensure the group leader can meet up with you. If you have a mobile, please ensure we have the number, and it is turned on while you are traveling for effective communication.

Hotel Transfers

When you book a Flight-Inclusive holiday, transfers between the airport and hotel and back are included. On some holidays, where we offer various flight options, the transfer vehicle may wait for all flights to land before transferring to the hotel.  

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

If you're booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, rest assured that details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be clearly outlined in your 'Final Travel Documents'. These will be sent to you approximately 10 days before your departure, ensuring you have all the necessary information for a smooth and well-prepared journey.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Passports and Visas

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. 

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.

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.

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

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWH17 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

  • Costa Rica Insight Guides (APA Publications)
  • Costa Rica The Rough Guide Jean McNeil (The Rough Guides)
  • Costa Rica Carolina Miranda (Lonely Planet Publications)
  • Costa Rica (Travellers’ Wildlife Guide) Les D. Beletsky (Interlink Books)

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Weather

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

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements in destination can change, and it's crucial for you to take responsibility in staying informed. Ensure that you consult a professionally qualified source and comply with any health requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Your GP can provide advice on vaccinations. Stay proactive about your health preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

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

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is your go-to for the latest info on security, local laws, and the nitty-gritty of passports and visas at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Make sure to take a quick peek at the current advice for your upcoming destination—it'll only take a few minutes.

When you're out and about, stay aware of your surroundings. Take smart precautions with your credit cards and passport, and maybe tone down the flashy accessories. Less is more, especially when it comes to carrying cash—just enough for the day will do. Consider using a money belt for that extra layer of security. Stay alert, stay safe, and make the most of your travels!

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritise the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The primary focus of our Trust's financial support is directed towards Britain's premier walking charity, The Ramblers. They play a crucial role in advocating the benefits and significance of walking to the British public. Additionally, our Trust invites applications for small grants from local organizations in the UK that require support for walking-oriented activities. This encompasses initiatives such as establishing footpaths and bridleways, funding for the reconstruction of bridges and refurbishing huts, and bursary funding for organisations that support individuals to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors..

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

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.

Pack for a Purpose

Our trusted ground agent in Costa Rica holds environmental impact and sustainability very high on their agenda when operating holidays. Not only in nature but also with projects designed to assist the most vulnerable in their country. Camino Travel has partnered with Pack for a Purpose, an organisation that encourages travellers to use empty space in their luggage to take supplies to the communities they visit such as clothing, toiletries, reading books, and soft toys , which can make such a big difference to a local community.

Ramblers Walking Holidays staff led charity venture, Heart & Sole, provides our group leaders with funds to purchase items to support the Hogar Brotes del Olivo children's foster home, one of Camino Travel's community projects. In addition, you will have the opportunity to visit the project when you are in San Jose.

If you wish to use any spare space in your luggage, the foster home will be happy to receive donated items. Please see the Pack for a Purpose website at www.packforapurpose.org/destinations/central-america/costa-rica/camino-travel for a list of the most needed items. In addition, if you have reading books, jigsaws, baby toys etc you want to donate, they will be gratefully accepted.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Kindly share a mobile phone contact number with us. We'll utilize this solely for crucial communication pertaining to your holiday arrangements.

Ensure your mobile phone remains switched on and easily accessible when en route to the airport or during transit delays. This way, we can promptly reach you with any last-minute updates concerning your travel plans.

In consideration of others, we request that you switch off your mobile phone during walks or make an effort to limit its usage. Additionally, during group meals, please minimize the use of mobile devices. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable experience for everyone on the journey.

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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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