14 Mar 2018
18 Mar 2018
Start: San Jose, Costa Rica
Finish: San Jose, Costa Rica
Country: Costa Rica
How to book
Booking as part of a Private Departure is a two-step process.
Step 1. Please submit your information in the form below. Once the information has been received you will be tentatively booked onto the trip for a period of 5 days. We will email you a booking link where you can securely pay your deposit via the Peregrine Adventures website.
Step 2. To finalize your booking, you must log in to the Peregrine Adventures website and pay your deposit. Your place on the trip is only confirmed once a deposit has been paid. If a deposit has not been received within 5 days, the hold on your place will expire. Please follow the instruction in the email to log into the Peregrine website, pay your deposit, and update your personal information.
If you have any questions or need assistance, please call Peregrine Custom and Private Groups at 855-394-3021. We are available Monday – Friday from 8:00am – 8:00pm EST.
On arrival at San Jose airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel located in the heart of the city. If you are already in San Jose at the hotel, then you can relax until the tour briefing. In the evening, you will meet your tour leader for a pre-tour briefing.
(Breakfast with Main trip)
Hotel Presidente –
This morning you will be transferred San Jose airport for a short flight (approx. 45 min) to the Caribbean lowlands. After transfer to your hotel and time to settle in a local guide will take you through the park within the lodge to explain about the local flora and show you the butterfly and frog gardens.
In the afternoon embark on a 2-hour boat tour through the canals of Tortuguero National Park, keeping eyes peeled for aquatic birds, monkeys, caimans, iguanas and bats. You will also visit the Sea Turtle Conservancy Museum to learn about the sea turtle conservation efforts in Tortuguero. Lunch and Dinner are included today at the lodge.
Tortuguero National Park is home to 13 of Costa Rica’s 16 endangered mammals. Among them are manatees, ocelots and jaguars, as well as over 300 bird species. First and foremost, however, it is the nesting ground of the green turtle, which comes ashore between July and October to lay its eggs on the sandy beaches. Lesser numbers of the critically endangered hawksbill turtle, plus loggerheads, and giant leatherback turtles also nest within the park at different times of year.
- Sea Turtle Museum Conservancy
- Mawamba Park Visit
- Canals boat trip
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
Hotel Manatus –
Set the alarm clock early because today you'll be visiting Sarapiqui after breakfast. It is located in the heart of Costa Rica's banana growing region. To get there you'll transfer to the port by boat (approximately 1.5 hours) and then continue to Sarapiqui by private minibus (approximately 3 hours).
On the banks of the Puerto Viejo River and next to the Braulio Carrillo National Park, Sarapiqui is surrounded by virgin forests, banana and pineapple plantations. Sarapiqui is also known as one of the richest areas in Costa Rica for bird watching. The diversity of lowland bird life is impressive. A biological research station and several nearby forest lodges have made this undisturbed habitat accessible to scientists and travelers.
Visit La Sevla Bioalogical Station, a field station of the Organization for Tropical Studies, today one of the most important sites in the world for research on tropical rain forest. Over 240 scientific papers are published yearly from research conducted at the site. Lunch is included today.
Visit Selva Biolangical Station guided
Hotel Selva Verde Lodge - Sarapiqui Rooms
Begin your second day after breakfast in Sarapiqui searching for some of the rainforest's 215 colourful bird species on a guided birdwatching tour. In the afternoon, learn about one of humankind's tastiest obsessions during a chocolate tour in La Tirimbina Biological Reserve (2.5 hours). The production of cacao plays an important role in preserving this ecological site and supporting the local community. Lunch is included today.
- Guided Bird watching Tour
- Chocolate Tour at Tirimbina
Hotel Selva Verde Lodge - Sarapiqui Rooms
Travel back to San Jose after breakfast for your departure (approximately 3-4 hours). You will have the option of being dropped off at the airport or at Hotel Presidente. We advise not to book flights departing before 3pm local time.
There are no activities planned for the final day.
More about your trip
Hotel 2 Nights
Lodge 2 Nights
Per Daily Itinerary
English Speaking Leader throughout
Where applicable with included activities
Luggage porter fees and tips are included at accommodations from Day 2-5
Physical rating 2/5
Some included (and optional) activities in this trip require walking (or being on your feet) from one to to five hours at a time - sometimes in hot weather. While no particular level of fitness is required, a certain degree of fitness and agility is best and you should be in good health.
Before you travel please download our pre-departure checklist to make sure you are fully prepared for your trip: http://www.peregrineadventures.com/pre-departure-travel-checklist
Passport and visas
Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveler. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. As a general rule most countries expect that you will have at least 6 months' validity on your passport. On arrival visitors may be asked to present return tickets and evidence of means to cover your intended stay. We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change - it's important that you check for yourself. Residents from other countries must consult the relevant embassies or your travel agent.
Australians, Americans, Canadians, British and New Zealanders do not currently require a visa for Costa Rica. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent.
Medical and health information
Vaccinations may be required or recommended for this trip so you should consult with your travel doctor to obtain the latest up-to-date information. It is your responsibility to ensure that you obtain any vaccinations or preventative medicines for the countries you are visiting – or any which may be required by your home country upon your return.
Some vaccines require more than one dose, so arrange for your visit at least 4-6 weeks before you travel.
Food and dietary requirements
While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in this region. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip.
Please let us know your diet requirements before your trip starts.
Private vehicle, Boat, Shuttle bus
When it comes to money matters on the trip, every traveler is a little different. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget a sensible amount for things like drinks, shopping, optional activities, tipping and laundry. It’s always better to bring a little more than you think you’ll need.
Also make sure you’ve read your trip details thoroughly so you know what’s included in the trip price and what isn’t. This should make budgeting a little easier. You’ll find this info in the Inclusions section of your Essential Trip Information (that’s this document).
We try to plan for every eventuality, but there are still some things beyond our control. Please make sure you bring an extra USD500 for emergencies (e.g. natural disasters or civil unrest). Sometimes these things necessitate last minute changes to our itineraries, and we can’t guarantee there won’t be some extra costs involved.
CREDIT CARD & ATMS
Credit cards are generally accepted in tourist shops and restaurants. Visa and Mastercard are generally preferred over American Express, Diners, etc. Smaller venues take cash only.
ATMs are widely available in major towns and cities, credit and debit cards are the best way to access money throughout this trip (note though that charges are made for each transaction). Check with your bank before departure that your card is accepted in the countries you are travelling to. Also ensure your bank is aware of your travel plans as - suspecting fraud - they may cancel your cards after the first few international transactions. Be aware that your withdrawing limit may vary from country to country (regardless of your withdrawing limit in your home country) and it can be as low as the equivalent to USD100 per day.
Traveler checks have become less accepted and generally quite cumbersome to exchange. The best “Plan B” is to carry USD100 – USD200 in small notes in case of an eventuality (your bank card doesn’t work, you are unable to withdraw funds, etc.)
If you're happy with the service you receive, providing a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many destinations.
Luggage porter fees and tips have been included but we recommend you set money aside for tipping your leader, driver and local guides.
The following amounts are per person suggestions based on local considerations and feedback from our past travelers:
Restaurants: Local markets and basic restaurants - round your bill up. More up-market restaurants we suggest 10% to 15% of your bill.
Local guides: We suggest USD$3-5 per passenger per day.
Drivers: We suggest USD$3-6 per day for drivers.
Your Tour Leader: You may also consider tipping your tour leader for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline USD$5-7 per person, per day can be used. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.
All Peregrine group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Intrepid endeavors to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders.
While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.
Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
When traveling on a group trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.
All costs are per person in American Dollars based on 14 passengers traveling. If passengers are booking the extension package in combination with the 10 day package no additional deposit is required. If passengers wish to only book the extension package a deposit of USD 600/person is required. The remaining balance needs to be submitted 90 days prior to departure. If the trip does not reach full capacity by 90 days prior to departure, the final booking price will be adjusted based on the total number of passengers traveling.
Pricing per person (twin share basis)
Based on 10 people traveling together: $ 2,135.00
Based on 11 people traveling together: $ 2,070.00
Based on 12 people traveling together: $ 2,015.00
Based on 13 people traveling together: $ 1,975.00
Based on 14 people traveling together: $ 2,045.00
Want a single room?
*Single rooms are based on availability only. $ 220.00 Supplement
Individual Departure Transfer (Price per vehicle):
1-3 Passengers: $60 4-6 Passengers: $110