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Costa Rica - Pure Nature

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Bridge in Costa Rica

Costa Rica – Pure Nature

Condições Gerais

The present program/online catalog is the informative document in which the current general conditions are included. They constitute, in the absence of a separate document, the travel contract.
The information is binding for the agency, except for some of the present conditions: 
  • If the changes in the following conditions have been clearly communicated in writing to the client before the conclusion of the contract and they are properly provided for in the program;

  • Any changes subsequent to the conclusion of the contract are subject to prior agreement of both the agency and the client, except as provided in the "impossibility of comply" clause.

These general conditions comply with the provisions of Decree-Law 61/2011 of May 6th, as amended by Decree-Law 199/2012 of August 24th.

The general conditions, which refer to an organized trip described in this program, along with the specific conditions provided to the client in the travel documentation at the time of booking, constitute the travel contract that binds the agency and the client.


The technical organization and sale of the activities included on this website are the responsibility of Papa-Léguas, a travel and tourism agency, with home office at Rua Manuel Assunção Mestre, nº22,  7780-199 Castro Verde, registered in the Commercial Registry Office of Lisbon with Taxpayer Identification Number 504163590. It has a share capital of €99,759.60 (ninety-nine thousand, seven hundred and fifty-nine euros and sixty cents). Papa-Léguas is also registered with the National Registry of Travel Agents and Tourism Operators (RNAVT) nº2275 and the National Registry of Tourist Animation Agents (RNAT) nº67/2014.


At the time of registration the client must deposit 30% of the service price, paying the remaining 70% up to 21 days before the service begins. If the registration takes place 21 days or less before the service begins, the total price of the service must be paid at the time of registration. Papa-Léguas, Agência de Viagens e Turismo Lda. reserves the right to cancel any booking that has not been paid for under the conditions mentioned above. Reservations are subject to the obtaining of a confirmation from suppliers for all services.

The prices of tours are presented per person and based on the occupation in a room shared by two people. The organizing agency will group clients who sign up individually for the same tour in pairs, by gender, and in chronological order of registration. Clients who are singled out must pay the respective individual supplement, when required by the service provider.


According to Law No. 144/2015 of September 8th, we inform that the customer may resort to the following Alternative Consumer Dispute Resolution Entities:

           i) Customer Authority of Travel and Tourism Agencies at;

          ii) Arbitration Commission of Tourism in Portugal at;

         iii) Or any of the entities indicated in the list provided by the Directorate-General for Consumer Affairs at, which we recommend consulting. 


Complaints will only be considered if submitted in writing to the agency within a maximum period of 30 days after the completion of the services.

In the event of a complaint regarding non-compliance with contracted services, the customer may activate the Travel and Tourism Guarantee Fund provided for in DL 61/2011 of May 6, in its current wording, by submitting the respective complaint:

i) To the Customer Authority, as Papa-Léguas, Travel and Tourism Agency Ltd., is a member of the Customer Ombudsman for Travel and Tourism Agencies at To benefit from this service, you must submit your written complaint within 20 business days after the end of the trip. Agencies are bound to comply promptly with any decisions issued by this entity.

ii) To Tourism of Portugal I.P. at within 30 days after: (i) the end of the trip; (ii) the cancellation of the trip attributable to the agency; (iii) the date of knowledge of the impossibility of its realization due to the agency; (iv) the closure of the establishment.

iii) To any of the entities listed on the website of the General Directorate for Consumer Affairs at


1) The agency is responsible for the luggage in the legal terms;

2) The Client has the obligation to complain to the service provider at the moment of subtraction, deterioration or destruction of luggage.

3) In international transport, if the luggage is damaged, the complaint must be made in writing to the carrier immediately after the damage is verified, and no later than 7 days after delivery. If the luggage is merely late in delivery, the claim must be made within 21 days from the date of delivery.

4) The presentation of such a claim will be an essential basis for Papa-Léguas, Agência de Viagens e Turismo Lda. to hold responsible the entity providing the service.


The responsibility of the agency will be limited to the maximum amount that can be demanded from the service providers, in accordance with the Montreal Convention of May 28, 1999, on International Air Transport, and the Bern Convention of 1961, on Rail Transport.

Regarding maritime transport, the liability of travel agencies, concerning their clients, for the provision of transport services or accommodation, when applicable, by maritime transport companies, in the event of damages resulting from their willful misconduct or negligence, will be limited to the following amounts:

a) € 441,436, in case of death or physical injury;

b) € 7,881, in case of total or partial loss of baggage or its damage;

c) € 31,424, in case of loss of a motor vehicle, including the baggage contained therein;

d) € 10,375, in case of loss of baggage, whether accompanied or not, contained in a motor vehicle;

e) € 1,097, for damages to baggage resulting from the damage to the motor vehicle.

Where applicable, the liability of travel agencies and tourism for the deterioration, destruction, and theft of baggage or other items in tourist accommodation establishments, while the client is staying there, is limited as follows:

a) € 1,397, in total;

b) € 449 per item;

c) The value declared by the client regarding the items deposited under the custody of the tourist accommodation establishment.

The agency's liability for non-bodily damages may be contractually limited to an amount corresponding to five times the price of the service sold.


For each reservation the following will be charged:

Reservation Expenses:

  • Portugal: 15€ (fifteen euros);
  • Remaining Countries: 30€ (thirty euros).

Alteration Expenses:

For each alteration (names, dates, type of apartment or room, travel, etc) : 50€ (fifty euros). Please note that the acceptance of such changes depends on the acceptance by the respective suppliers.


The client must have their personal or family documentation in good order (identity card, military documentation, authorization for minors, visas, vaccination certificates, and any other documents that may be required). The agency disclaims any responsibility for visa refusal or the client's denial of entry into a foreign country. The client is solely responsible for any costs incurred as a result of such a situation.

Travel in European Union: 

  • Clients (regardless of age) traveling within the European Union must possess the respective civil identification document (passport; ID card, Citizen Card).
  • To receive medical assistance, they must carry the corresponding European Health Insurance Card.
  • Nationals of non-EU countries should consult specific information regarding the necessary documentation for travel with the embassies/consulates of their countries of origin.

Travel outside the European Union:

  • Clients (regardless of age) traveling within the European Union must possess the respective civil identification document (passport) as well as a visa, if necessary (get this information from the agency at the time of booking);
  • Nationals of non-EU countries should consult specific information regarding the necessary documentation for travel from the embassies/consulates of their countries of origin.

If the travel suppliers involved allow it, whenever a customer who is registered for a particular trip wishes to change their registration to another trip or the same trip with a different departure date, or any other changes, they must pay a fee as alteration expenses. However, if the change takes place 21 days or less before the departure date of the trip for which the customer is registered, or if the service providers do not accept the change, the customer will be subject to the expenses and charges specified under the “cancellation (termination)” section.

Once the trip has started, if a request is made to change the contracted services for reasons not related to the agency (e.g., extending the number of nights of stay, changing the flight), the prices of the touristic services may not correspond to those published on the website that prompted the contract.


The customer may transfer their registration by being replaced by another person who meets all the required conditions for the trip, provided that they inform the selling agency at least seven days in advance and such transfer is possible under the applicable air transport regulations. In the case of cruises and air travel, the prescribed period will be fifteen days in advance.

The transfer of the registration makes both the transferor and the transferee jointly responsible for the payment of the trip price and any additional charges incurred.



Whenever there are external reasons that justify it, the organizing agency may change the order of the itineraries, modify the departure times, or substitute any of the planned hotels with others of similar category and location. The agency must inform the client of such changes as soon as they become aware of them.


When the tour is dependent on a minimum number of participants the Agency reserves the right to cancel the organized tour if the number of participants reached is less than the minimum. In such cases, the Client will be informed in writing of the cancellation within 15 (fifteen) days.


The prices in the program are based on the costs of services and exchange rates in effect on the date of printing of the program, and are therefore subject to change resulting from variations in the cost of transportation or fuel, duties, taxes, fees, and exchange rate fluctuations up to 20 days prior to the date of departure.


Once the tour has begun, no refund is due for services not used by the client due to unforeseeable circumstances or for reasons attributable to the client, except for refunds by the respective suppliers. Failure to provide services foreseen in the travel program for reasons attributable to the organizing agency and if it is not possible to replace them with equivalent ones, entitles the client receive a refund for the price difference between the originally anticipated services and the services actually provided.




If, prior to the start of the journey and due to circumstances beyond the control of the organizing agency, it becomes unable to fulfill any essential service included in the travel program, the client has the right to cancel the trip and immediately receive a refund of all amounts paid, or alternatively, accept a modification and possible price variation.

If the aforementioned circumstances beyond the control of the organizing agency result in the cancellation of the trip, the client may choose to participate in another organized trip of equivalent price. If the proposed replacement organized trip is of a lower price, the client will be refunded the price difference accordingly.


The client or their companions are free to cancel the trip at any time.

i) Such cancellation implies that the client is responsible for the payment of all charges arising from the beginning of the fulfillment of the contract and their withdrawal, as well as a percentage that can go up to 15% of the price of the trip.

ii) If applicable, the client will be refunded the difference between the amount paid and the aforementioned amounts.

iii) The cancellation of travel services/organized trips whose reservation has been made using the voucher issued under Decree-Law No. 17/2020 of April 23rd is subject to a cancellation fee equal to the price of the service, in order to prevent simulated or fraudulent reservations made solely with the intention of anticipating the receipt of the voucher-entitled values.


If for reasons not attributable to the client, the agency has to cancel the organized tour before the departure date, the client can choose to:

i) Being immediately refunded all amounts paid;

ii) Optionally, choose to participate in another organized tour and be refunded for any difference in price.


The liability of the travel agency organizing the trips included in this program and arising from the assumed obligations is covered by a civil liability insurance policy with Fidelidade Insurance Company, under policy number 9257343, for an amount of 75,000€ (Seventy-five thousand euros), in accordance with the applicable legislation.

18. VAT

The prices mentioned in this program already include the Value Added Tax at the current rate of 23%


This program is valid from 01/01/2022 to 12/31/2022

  • The remaining special conditions will be included on the page of each destination and trip - in the particular conditions - and they are part of the travel contract.
  • These general conditions may be supplemented by any other specific conditions agreed upon by the agency and the client.
  • The program prices are based on the average exchange rate of the dollar, so any significant deviation from this currency may result in a revision of the travel prices, as stated in the "price alteration" clause.
  • Due to constant fluctuations in fuel prices, there may be changes to the fuel surcharge included in the price, as stated in the "price alteration" clause.
  • The hotel categories presented in this brochure comply with the quality standards of the host country. However, they may be replaced by similar ones if, due to reasons beyond the agency's control, it is not possible to maintain or confirm the existing reservation. The agency will promptly inform the client once they become aware of such situations.

Arrival or departure times:

Departure and arrival times are stated in the local time of the respective country of destination and according to respective airline schedules at the time of printing this program, and may therefore be subject to change.

Hotels / Apartments:

Apartments - In case the accommodation is contracted in apartments, the client is responsible for informing the number of people that will occupy the apartment. If there are more people than booked, the apartments may refuse admittance.

Hotels - The prices shown are per person and are based on double occupancy. Not all hotels have triple rooms and usually an extra bed is placed in the room, which may not be of equal quality. In rooms equipped with two beds or a double bed, the triple may consist only of those beds.

The list of hotels and apartments in the program is indicative, as is their category, which is based on local criteria and classifications that are sometimes different from those used in Portugal.


Unless otherwise indicated, the prices shown for the Half Board and Full Board supplements do not include drinks.

On arrivals at the hotel after 7PM the first meal service will be breakfast the next day, on the last day and except for the possibility of late check-out, the last service of the hotel will be breakfast.

Check-in and check-out times:

The check-in and check-out times on the first and last day, will be defined according to the first and last service. As a rule, without binding character, the rooms can be used from 2PM on the day of arrival and should be left free by noon (12PM) on the day of departure.

In the apartments, the entry takes place generally at 5PM on the day of arrival and must be left free by 10AM on the day of departure.

Special conditions for children:

Given the conditions applied for children (destination and provider) it is recommended to always question the special conditions that may apply to the tour in question.


The agency offers the sale of insurance that can be purchased depending on the tour to guarantee assistance situations and cancellation expenses.

The maximum age limit, for the insurance, is 75 years-old.


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Bridge in Costa Rica

Costa Rica – Pure Nature

Condições Particulares

Due to the limited space in the vehicles used for transportations, only one item of luggage is allowed per person, plus a small backpack.

Líder da viagem

Jorge Duarte Estevão

Tour leader

I am a traveler who enjoys exploring the planet and sharing it with other travellers. I breathe in pure landscapes and feed myself on stories (and on the cuisine I savor). And I never travel without duct tape.

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Details of viagem
  • Conforto
  • Dificuldade
  • Duração 15 dias
  • Inscrições 4 - 12 people
  • Idade 14 - 75
  • Tipo de viagem Nature, Tour leader
  • Destinos Costa Rica
  • Alojamento Guesthouse, Hostal

Uncover the secrets of this sublime country in Latin America! Costa Rica reveals its abundant biodiversity on this journey with active volcanoes and paradisiacal beaches.

It is one of the most beautiful destinations in Central America, with wildlife, tropical forests, and natural resources to explore both on land and underwater. In Costa Rica, we are greeted by friendly and cheerful people, whose hospitality gave rise to the famous greeting often heard and repeated – Pura Vida.

Furthermore, it is from this fertile and blessed land that the most exquisite flavors of fine cocoa and coffee emerge, enchanting and delighting taste buds around the world. Do you still need more reasons to come and discover this brilliant country with Jorge Duarte Estevão?

Why this viagem is a must?
  • Observe the amazing wildlife (sloths, birds, monkeys, cats and others);
  • Walk through lush rainforests;
  • Navigate the channels of Tortuguero;
  • Enjoy the magnificent beaches of the Pacific coast and the Caribbean;
  • Snorkeling on the coral reefs;
  • Tasting the best coffees and cocoa in the world;
  • Relax in the fantastic hot springs;
  • Visit powerful active volcanoes;
  • Discover hidden waterfalls.


  • Guided by a Papa-Léguas' Portuguese leader;
  • Transfers airport-hotel-airport;
  • All transportation on the itinerary (private transport, public transport and boat);
  • Meals: breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners;
  • 10 nights in hotel, in double room;
  • Specified activities, according to itinerary;
  • Entering the hot springs in the Arenal region;
  • Entrance to the national parks, except Tortuguero;
  • Local guide in Manuel Antonio National Park;
  • Travel insurance and assistance.


  • International flights and airport fees;
  • Airport departure tax on leaving the country (30 USD); Expenses resulting from adverse weather conditions Meals not described as included (about 25€ per day);
  • Personal expenses;
  • Optional activities and visits (snorkeling, kayaking, aerial bridges);
  • All personal expenses;
  • Any type of gratuity;
  • Any item not mentioned as included.

Dia 1 Flight from the city of origin - San José

This is the day dedicated to the San José flight. It is very likely that we will arrive towards the end of the day, so there are no activities planned for this day.

Note: If the traveler wishes to purchase the flights themselves, they must be on the same schedule or earlier than the group flights indicated by Papa-Léguas, since the trip leader will be at the airport waiting for the group and, preferably, they should all leave the airport together. Whenever this is not possible, all indications will be given so that the participant can make the transfer to the hotel on his own. The arrival/departure dates may vary, depending on your origin city. If you have any doubts, contact Papa-Léguas for further clarification.

Alojamento: GuesthouseRefeições: Jantar
Conforto: Dificuldade:

Dia 2 San José - Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

We leave the chaotic capital of Costa Rica towards the beautiful Caribbean Sea. Along the drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, we will discover the beautiful mountain scenery.

Upon arrival, we will shiver with the colors and let ourselves be lulled by the Caribbean rhythms. Here, tropical flavors, colorful houses, and a laid-back attitude dominate.

Alojamento: HostalRefeições: Pequeno-almoço
Conforto: Dificuldade:

Dia 3 Puerto Viejo de Talamanca - Manzanillo

With its lush jungle, some of the most beautiful beaches in the country, and a variety of restaurants and nightlife, it's not surprising that Puerto Viejo is a fantastic destination. In addition to exploring the city, relaxing on the beach, or snorkeling, you are free to choose the activity you prefer.

We recommend snorkeling in the Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge, at Punta Uva Arrecife beach, or taking a hike to Punta Mona. There are over 30 different species of coral and over 120 types of fish in this region.

Alternatively, you can spend the day simply relaxing in the shade of a banana tree! In fact, you can relax in the shade of a palm tree on Punta Uva beach!

Learning how to make chocolate, visiting an indigenous community, or exploring the Jaguar rehabilitation center are also excellent ways to spend your time in this area.

Alojamento: HostalRefeições: Pequeno-almoço
Conforto: Dificuldade:

Dia 4 Puerto Viejo de Talamanca - Tortuguero

Today we travel to another amazing place: Tortuguero National Park.

After a few hours of road travel, the road transport drops us off at the "embarcadero" to take the boat to Tortuguero. This trip through the canals, through the forest and muddy river is phenomenal. Along the trip it is common to meet crocodiles and alligators.

After check-in we will continue to look for more of the wildlife that inhabits the park.

Alojamento: HostalRefeições: Pequeno-almoço
Conforto: Dificuldade:

Dia 5 Tortuguero

If you think you've seen it all, be prepared to open your mouth in amazement as you sail through Tortuguero. We will cruise along the canals on a fantastic boat ride.

This area of Costa Rica is often called the Pantanal or the Amazon of Costa Rica.

We can also stroll through the small village of Tortuguero and meet the friendly local people.

Alojamento: HostalRefeições: Pequeno-almoço
Conforto: Dificuldade:

Dia 6 Tortuguero - Arenal

Tortuguero is a region that no one wants to leave, such is its natural beauty, but we have to keep traveling, because Costa Rica still has a lot to show and surprise us.

We get back on the boat and then into a van that will take us to the Arenal Volcano area.

Alojamento: HostalRefeições: Pequeno-almoço
Conforto: Dificuldade:

Dia 7 Arenal volcano - Arenal volcano lake - La Fortuna

In the next two days we will explore the charms of this majestic region of Costa Rica. We will hike a bit in the area to see the fantastic scenery and reach the shores of the Arenal Volcano lake, as well as venture out to discover the La Fortuna Waterfall.

Equipped with our swimsuits, we will refresh ourselves from the tropical heat in the cool waters of the waterfall.

Alojamento: HostalRefeições: Pequeno-almoço
Conforto: Dificuldade:

Dia 8 Celeste river - Volcán Tenório National Park - Baths

Today holds another great adventure for us.

It is on foot that we will discover a fabulous waterfall along the Celeste River - already inside the Volcán Tenório National Park. We will stay there for a few hours, between walking time and contemplation of the luxuriant forest.

However, the day only ends with a trip to new baths. This time, however, it will be bathing in the hot springs.

In the evening, we return to the hotel.

Alojamento: HostalRefeições: Pequeno-almoço
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Dia 9 Arenal - Poás volcano - Manuel Antonio National Park

We awake to another excellent breakfast and set off toward the Pacific. First, you still have to peek into the crater of the Poás Volcano.

We then head to the small town of Quepos to relax and enjoy the sun and the sea. Along the way we will meet giant crocodiles, but we see them from a safe distance.

Within walking distance, Manuel Antonio National Park offers excellent wildlife and beautiful white sand beaches ideal for swimming. But that will be for the next day.

Alojamento: HostalRefeições: Pequeno-almoço
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Dia 10 Manuel Antonio National Park - San José

Sleepless and with expectations, we woke up very early to visit Manuel Antonio National Park and to find... the sloths. These sleepy animals are just a few of the countless species that inhabit the park. With the help of a local guide, we will understand all the biodiversity that exists there.

At the end of the day, we are back in San Jose for the final farewell group dinner and to take stock of a trip full of adventure.

Alojamento: HostalRefeições: Pequeno-almoço, Almoço
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Dia 11 Flight San Jose - Origin city

Depending on the time of the flight back home, we may still have time to walk around San Jose's historic center or just do some last minute shopping.

It's time to say goodbye to Costa Rica and start reliving the incredible memories of the adventure. Pura Vida!

Alojamento: HostalRefeições: Pequeno-almoço
Conforto: Dificuldade:

Dia 12

On this day we land in the city of origin. In luggage certainly will carry memories of an incredible adventure in this magnificent Latin American country and the will to explore other destinations with us.
Note: the arrival/departure dates may vary, depending on your origin city. If you have any doubts, contact Papa-Léguas for further clarification.

Alojamento: HostalRefeições: Pequeno-almoço
Conforto: Dificuldade:

Dia 13

Alojamento: HostalRefeições: Breakfast
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Dia 14

Alojamento: XRefeições: Pequeno-almoço
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Dia 15 Arrival in Origin City

Alojamento: XRefeições: X
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Is this trip for me?

This trip is for lovers of nature, wildlife and heavenly places. If you want to experience Costa Rica in an authentic way, then this trip is for you. Despite staying in nice accommodations, this trip is for travelers who are adventurous and flexible.

Who will guide this trip?

The tour leader is Jorge Duarte Estevão, who knows the country well. He is a very competent, good-natured tour leader who knows the country and has excellent feedback from travelers on previous trips. Sometimes we also have local guides, hired by the tour leader, to share more specific knowledge of the history and culture.

What kind of accommodation do I stay in during this trip?

The accommodations chosen can range from well-located hotels to very comfortable guesthouses in the rest of the country. The rooms will be twin/double rooms with private bathrooms. In extraordinary cases when it is not possible to find double/twin rooms, we may use triple rooms.

What kind of transportation do we use on this trip?

As we will pass by several areas and routes, we have the possibility of trying several means of transport, such as public transportation, private vans, and boats. This way we can reach all the fantastic places we want to visit.

Are arrival and departure transfers included?

Transfers upon arrival and departure from Costa Rica are included, for the flights recommended by Papa-Léguas. We will make the transfer by taxi or private van.

Does Papa-Léguas handle the flights?

Papa-Léguas sends you a flight proposal. Note: the arrival/departure dates may vary, depending on your origin city. If you have any doubts, contact Papa-Léguas for further clarification. After you receive the flight simulation, you can choose to buy from Papa-Léguas or another agency, or online.

If I sign up alone, do I have to pay an individual supplement?

The presented prices of the tours are per person and consider a double room occupation. Travelers are grouped in pairs, by sex, and chronological order of registration if they sign-up individually for the same tour. At the end of the registration period for the tour, if there is an uneven number of travelers, the traveler who stays alone and was the last to sign-up must pay the respective individual supplement - if such is demanded by the service provider. However, most of our travelers travel on their own without any change in price.

Where do I meet the group?

You will meet the group at the airport in your origin city, in case there are more participants departing from the same airport, or upon arrival, at the airport in San Jose. After your registration you will receive more detailed information about the meeting times.

Can I drink tap water in Costa Rica?

No. We don't advise it. Take your own filter or fill your canteen at places that the guides tell you are safe. You can always buy bottled water.

How much money should I bring for my personal expenses?

For basic expenses, such as meals not included in the program, about 300 euros should be enough. However, there are a large number of optional activities you may want to do and, for that reason, you may want to have your bank card handy because the amount may rise to double or more.

Is insurance included in the land program? What does it cover?

Yes it is included. The exception is for those departing from outside of Portugal, whether they are Portuguese citizens or not. The insurance included does not cover Covid-19 but you can activate an optional insurance suggested by Papa-Léguas that covers expenses or cancellation of the trip related to Covid-19. See our policy on the specific insurance page.

What documentation do I need to go on this trip?

Passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of departure from the country visited. Visas may be necessary for entry in the countries where you may layover and the final destination. The necessary documentation may vary, depending on your nationality, the country of origin and the places you will travel to. For further information, consult the relevant embassy websites or contact Papa-Léguas.

What equipment is essential for this trip?

Regarding clothing, it is important to be prepared for hot days and some cold nights. When we depart early in the morning, you may need a jacket. This warm jacket might (will) come in handy on buses where there is a tendency to set the AC at almost subarctic temperatures. It is always advisable to have a sun hat and raincoat - in every tour in Costa Rica it rains at least once . Otherwise, you can travel with shorts, sneakers, and T-shirts. Don't forget flip-flops and swimwear - to go for a swim in the Caribbean beaches - and sunscreen. Both the tour leader and Papa-Léguas are highly environmentally aware, so we ask our groups to, whenever possible, travel with a reusable water bottle. It is also advisable to travel with extra batteries for your camera, and a powerbank.

What are the health restrictions for entering the country?

Health restrictions may vary, depending on various factors, such as your country of origin. We recommend scheduling a Travel Medicine consultation before your trip. For further information, consult the websites of relevant agencies or contact Papa-Léguas.

What vaccines or health care should I consider?

The vaccines that are not mandatory but recommended are: diphtheria, hepatitis A, tetanus, hepatitis B, rabies, and typhoid. A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travelers aged 9 months or older arriving from countries at risk of yellow fever transmission and for travelers transiting for more than 12 hours through an airport in a country at risk of yellow fever transmission. The risk of malaria is very low, so malaria prophylaxis is not recommended. However, it is advisable to have mosquito repellent to prevent unwanted mosquito bites. If you require regular medication, it is advisable to bring an adequate supply for the entire stay, as it may not be easy to find these medications at local pharmacies. It is strongly advised against drinking tap water, but it is possible to refill bottles with potable water at hotels or purchase larger containers to refill your own bottle. Street food sold by vendors should also be avoided, and it is important to wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly. These recommendations do not replace the consultation with a healthcare professional, especially a Travel Health Clinic. This should be done at least one month before the departure date.

How is the climate in the region?

The climate in Costa Rica is predominantly hot. There are two seasons: summer and winter. Summer lasts from November to April, while winter lasts from May to October. Most of the time, you can expect pleasant temperatures and can dress in lightweight clothes. However, it may be necessary to have a sweater or a fleece for cooler evenings or during transportation. The itinerary may be influenced by the weather and rainfall. We will always try our best to visit all the planned attractions—and even more—but the trip may be altered due to factors beyond our control.

Is Costa Rica a safe country?

Costa Rica is probably the safest country in Central America. However, it is still important to be mindful of valuable belongings, as no destination is immune to petty crimes and theft. It is advisable not to display jewelry, large amounts of money, or valuable objects. It is also discouraged for travelers to stray from the group and venture alone to isolated areas, especially at night. In crowded markets and popular areas, it is crucial to be vigilant with backpacks, as well as in beach areas. On any trip, it is essential to carry a copy of your passport (digital copies are even better).

How is access to electricity, Wi-Fi and communications?

A power adapter of the American type is necessary. Sometimes hotels have European outlets or adapters available, but this is not guaranteed. There is mobile network coverage in most areas, but there are also many places where the signal may be weak or nonexistent. It is advisable to check your contract or contact your mobile operator to confirm roaming prices in Costa Rica. You can also purchase a SIM card from one of the local operators. Internet access is available through 3G in major cities throughout the country, including 4G in large urban centers.

Regarding money and bank cards, what should I know?

The local currency of Costa Rica is the Costa Rican Colón. Many payments can be made with credit and debit cards in almost all restaurants, commercial establishments, or any other point of sale. Cash can also be withdrawn from ATMs. Another important piece of information is the card cloning, so caution should be exercised when making payments or withdrawing money.

Other relevant information?

Space may be limited in private vans, public transportation, and boats to Tortuguero National Park (there is a maximum limit of 15 kg of luggage), so we kindly request restraint. We ask that you only use one piece of luggage with the lowest weight possible, along with one personal item (small backpack, laptop bag, etc.). Additionally, there may be moments when it is necessary to drag the equipment for several meters until reaching the lodge or hotel.


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