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Travel To Costa Rica: From Sloths to Turtles to Volcanoes to lush jungles. We do it all!

Travel To Costa Rica: From Sloths to Turtles to Volcanoes to lush jungles. We do it all!

This beautiful country known as Costa Rica has immense biodiversity. It is a perfect place for anyone who loves water activities especially diving. A wide area on the land of this country is home to wildlife-protected areas, and these include the celebrated Cocos Island National Park, which is also a world heritage site. It was even known as the happiest country in the world in the year 2019. Costa Rica is well-known for striking wildlife, adventure sports, and tropical cloud jungles. Almost one-third part of this country is reserved for wildlife protection, and it is popular for its green and clean environment.

Costa Rica is a paradise to witness natural attractions, with volcanoes, seashores, cloud jungles, and unique flora and fauna. This is a nation that calls for bird-watchers, adventure seekers, give-backpackers, and luxury travelers as in the case of surfers and backpackers. Some of the best museums can be found in the busy city of San Jose, but actual Costa Rica can be explored beyond the cities in the forests and coasts.

With Discover Costa Rica guided tours, your tour guide will take care of your plans completely. A trip to this beautiful place is all you need if you are someone who loves being close to nature and greenery. By booking your Costa Rica package from us we remove the stress of planning your trip, simply book and join this award-winning tour! Our Costa Rica group tours are meant to bring the same explorers of nature together. Let's give you an insight into what this whole adventure travel Costa Rica experience is like. Our tour guide also answers some of the most commonly asked questions about Costa Rica tours by people just like you.

Bamboo currently has 3 tour(s) in Costa Rica:

What are some Costa Rica Travel Tips?

  • Check the weather forecast beforehand as even during the dry months of April and December, it can at times rain unexpectedly. The rainy season, on the other hand, starts in early May.
  • Although there is a big part of the population that speaks English, learning some Spanish phrases and commonly used words can be very beneficial when visiting Costa Rica.
  • You can discover Costa Rica without ever going thirsty on your tour as it is safe to consume tap water. Although one must avoid it in rural areas as water quality can differ.
  • The U.S. dollar is accepted as a method of payment in most places, but you can still consider going for an exchange.

5 Reasons to Travel to Costa Rica

5% of the world's total biodiversity can be found in Costa Rica. It is home to 27 National parks. It includes more than just forests; coral reefs, rainforests, and swamps can also be seen in this country.

  • Trips to Costa Rica offer a great variety of adventure sports like Canyoneering and ziplining to stand-up paddling and ocean snorkeling. It is an adventure lover's dreamland.
  • Costa Rica Eco Tours offers a huge number of beaches to explore, and they look like they are taken straight from paradise.  The vivid turquoise waters look breathtakingly beautiful.
  • The lush terrains of Costa Rica produce some of the most delicious fruits like bananas, mangoes, pineapples, and more. There can be some strange-looking fruits also found like mamon, chino and more.
  • This country has a total of 14 active and non-active volcanos that are standing in the form of a ring that is well-known as the ring of fire, which is a great tourist attraction.

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions about Costa Rica

 The Home to a Huge Biodiversity

The best and most preferred time of the year is from December to April, those are the driest seasons in the year. You can expect to see a lot of sun in these months, and the temperature will be somewhere 70 degrees. The rainy season is when the country looks green and pleasant. On the other hand, you must pick the time for your tour according to the kind of activity you wish to do as there are some adventures and activities that are climate specific like the coming out of turtles and laying eggs and much more this amazing country has to offer.

A citizen of America will not be in need of a visa to visit Costa Rica unless they wish to stay more than 90 days in the country. Along with that, a valid passport is a must. If you want to travel from other countries, then you can check the website of the Costa Rican Embassy to know the requirements.

Yes, Costa Rica is an extremely safe country to visit with anyone, including friends, children, and family. The country got a "Level 1" travel advisory given by the U.S. Department of State, which is lower than the current advisories for most countries. Costa Rica is so often looked upon as the benchmark country in Latin America due to its respected democracy and moderately low poverty rate. Our Costa Rica group holidays are designed to keep the safety of you and our group in mind. You can leave all your worries behind and just enjoy the tour.

Pura Vida translates to "pure" and "simple," which is very apt looking at the lifestyle of this beautiful country that is so close to nature. It is a common greeting that people use or even as a response to "how are you?". People of Costa Rica believe in being appreciative of the small joys in life and live in a very laid-back way. The government, too, has been very active in improving education, healthcare, and retirement plans. All this leads to a happier nation. The beaches of this beautiful country are always clean and provide a soothing experience to anyone who pays a visit.

Most of the tourists in Costa Rica opt to rent a car. This is an easier and budget-friendly way to travel to the large number of wonders of nature that are sure to be on your bucket list while you planned for this trip. After all, national parks and biodiversity are what people come here for. Adventure tours in Costa Rica always include various natural sites. Book a tour with us for the same, and there is nothing you need to worry about.

Tipping people in restaurants and other places is not as prominent as in most countries like the United States. Eateries in Costa Rica typically add a 10-percent service charge to the total bill only. Tourists, however, sometimes tip their travel guides or drivers that take them from destination to destination. For taxi drivers, you can give some extra amount over the total bill to give them some tips. Other than that, if you do not wish to, then also it is completely fine, and it isn't considered rude at all.

Yup! Costa Rica's pledge to being close to nature is something that people all over the world are aware of. The nation aims to become carbon neutral in the coming years, and most of its electrical energy even now comes from natural resources, mostly through hydroelectricity which is a renewable resource.

Making use of water to produce electrical energy has stopped the devastation of Costa Rica's famed forests; as of 2005, deforestation has closely halted completely. Apart from that, 25% of the country's land is covered by national parks, and the rest has a lot covered by biodiversity. Costa Rica trips are sure to mesmerize anyone that is close to nature. Most of its land is covered in greenery, and it is very pleasing to the eye of anyone that visits this country.

Always remember to carry clothes that are light and airy as the weather can get humid sometimes. In some regions, it can get a little cold as well, so remember to carry maybe a jacket or a light sweater for the same. Apart from that, always check the weather forecast for the month you are planning your trip. Book a tour from us, and we are sure to guide you on which months are the best and what the weather is like during that time so you can pack accordingly.

Costa Rica is a great destination for anyone who enjoys bird watching, ecology buffs, natural historiographers, and nature enthusiasts of any kind. Manuel Antonio National Park, for example, is a well-known destination for tourists that come to have a look at the wild monkeys. You can also see the Osa Peninsula, Scarlet macaws, hummingbirds, marine turtles, sloths, toucans, bats, iguanas – and many more, and the list goes on and on.

Plan Your Adventure Tours Costa Rica With Bamboo and be closer to nature than ever before.

Our Costa Rica group vacations are something to consider as you can enjoy with your friends and family. These tours are tailored to fit your traveling needs.

Our Costa Rica tours are suitable for anyone who is either into exploring this land of wildlife for various reasons like wildlife photography, anyone who is an eco-nature lover, Costa Rica is sure to keep you well after your adventure tour is over!

Bamboo currently has 3 tour(s) in Costa Rica:

Costa Rica Travel Hack

THE NITTY GRITTY

Entry Requirements

Not all people who wish to travel to Costa Rica need a tourist visa; this will depend on your nationality, the purpose of visit, country of residence and duration of stay.

Visa requirements are based on international agreements or treaties. However, the visa does not guarantee entry to Costa Rica.
We recommend that you check the following website to check if you require a visa or not.

http://www.costarica-embassy.org/

You will need to be able to prove that you have an exit flight from Costa Rica upon arrival. This must either be printed or available to show upon request. You will not be granted entry without this information to hand.

Travel Insurance

It is essential that you arrange travel insurance providing suitable cover for the duration of your trip before you travel.

Bamboo offers a comprehensive policy through our partners AHI. For more information, click here.

Fact Facts

Native Costa Ricans call themselves Ticos and Ticas.

Costa Rica has a 96% literacy rate. For rural areas where children can't make it to school, lessons are taught over a national radio station


MONEY

The Colón (named after Christopher Columbus, known as Cristóbal Colón in Spanish) is the currency of Costa Rica.

The plural is colones. CRC When it comes to advice on how much money to bring, it’s entirely up to you. All our BamFam members
are very different.

Where some go all out, others are on a budget. You can find both high end and budget restaurants, bars and shops.

ATMs, or cash machines, are prevalent throughout Costa Rica with the exception of when you are volunteering. We recommend that
you bring some currency with you, which you can change before touch down in Costa Rica, or if you prefer at the airport once you arrive. Please remember that ATM machines will charge you for
withdrawals, and you should bear this in mind when budgeting.

As mentioned above you will be issued the local currency called colón. Typical exchange rates are:

$1 - 560
£1 - 748

In the touristy areas of Costa Rica you can spend USD along with colones.

We don’t recommend bringing traveller's cheques with you. The reason is that banks across Costa Rica have odd hours of operating, and it may cause unnecessary hassle finding a bank open when you wish to make a transaction. Major credit cards are widely accepted in Costa Rica.

Larger hotels and restaurants may accept credit cards, but in general cash is king.

FAST FACTS: MONEY
Basic costs of things:

  • Local Meal Casado (rice, beans plantain) $6.00
  • Meal at a mid-standard restaurant $15.00-$20.00
  • Bottle of beer $3.00
  • Bottle of water $1.00
  • Memories - Free of charge

Remember to tell your bank that you are leaving the country to avoid your cards getting blocked.


TRAVEL

Vaccinations

For up to date information about the best travel vaccinations to have before arriving in Costa Rica we urge you to contact your own
GP, travel health clinic or check the World Health Organisations website. Bamboo are not medical professionals and therefore can’t offer you medical advice.

Flights

Thanks to the world wide web we all now have access to great flight deals through websites such as Skyscanner, Google Flights and more. If you’d rather use the services of a booking agent,
the likes of Trailfinders and Flight Centre are available online.

To be eligible for the airport pick-up, please arrange your flight to arrive at San Jose International Airport on the day that your tour
starts between the hours of 8am and 6pm.

The tour ends two weeks later in San Jose. From there you’ll need to make your own arrangements for onward travel.

Important Notice

Once you have booked and confirmed your flight to Costa Rica, please make sure that you have shared your flight arrival time and flight number with our team.

Without those details we will be unable to guarantee your collection on arrival.

FAST FACTS TRAVEL
 
Did you know that?
Costa Rica is the second largest exporter of bananas in the world after Ecuador.
 
Did you know that?
On a flight the bathroom door isn’t really locked when you’re inside. Lavatory doors can be locked and unlocked from the outside for a multitude of reasons. It allows flight attendants quick access to
locked lavatories in case of emergencies. In other instances, it allows the cabin crew to restrict access to bathrooms during takeoff and landing.

ARRIVAL

San Jose International Airport can be a busy airport and also a confusing place. Please read these details carefully so you are prepared on arrival.

You will need to complete an arrivals card when you land in San Jose, before passing through immigration. This will ask for where you are staying in Costa Rica. You will be staying in the Barrio Escalante area of the city. The name and address of the hotel will be confirmed approximately 14 days before your arrival so please make a note of this when you receive it.

Once you have passed through immigration (Passport Control) you’ll need to turn left and collect your luggage from one of the carousels before heading through the exit.

Once through you will enter the busy main arrivals area. You will see a crowd of taxi drivers but go straight through them until you find our Bamboo team member holding a Bamboo sign.

They should be easily recognizable with their Bamboo t-shirts. Once you’ve spotted our team, head over and introduce yourself, you will then receive further instructions.

Please bear in mind that we may be waiting for others to arrive, so your transfer to the hotel may not be immediate.

Once we have you we’ll transfer you to the hotel, help you check in and give you more details of what’s happening.


TRANSPORT

San Jose to Puerto Jimenez

This first trip will take us from the capital city of San Jose to Puerto Jimenez. This will be by public bus with your guide and will take
approximately 6 hours.

We'll be leaving around 8am - 9am and will aim to arrive by 2pm - 3pm.

Puerto Jimenez to Turtle Project

This journey between Puerto Jimenez and the turtle project is much shorter, around just one and a half hours but is along dirt roads through the jungle!

Puerto Jimenez to Manuel Antonio

After the turtle project, we'll head back to Puerto Jimenez for lunch and then continue on to Manuel Antonio. This journey to Manuel Antonio will take around three hours and will be in a private minivan -luxury!

Manuel Antonio to San Jose

The last leg of our trip is back to San Jose the night before your departure. It's approximately three hours drive from Manuel Antonio.

FUN FACTS: TRANSPORT

To cut down on high levels of pollution in San José, Costa Rica, car owners are forbidden to drive into the city one day out of the week. The forbidden day corresponds to the last number on their car’s license plate.

Throughout the tour, you'll be using a combination of private, air-conditioned buses, mini-vans or local public transport to travel overland