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
1. Our contract
All bookings are made with Intrepid Travel Pty Ltd (ABN 35 007 172 456) (us/we) trading as Peregrine Adventures. Intrepid US Inc acts as an agent on our behalf. By booking a trip with us you are deemed to have agreed to these Booking Conditions (which constitutes the entire agreement between you and us) and your booking will be accepted by us on this basis. The services to be provided are those referred to in your booking confirmation invoice.
Cost is valid for travel during 2017/2018 only. Dates and itineraries are valid for travel between March 5-18, 2018.
3. Deposit requirement
You are required to pay a non-refundable deposit of $600 per person per trip for your booking to be confirmed. If your booking is made within 85 days of the departure date then the full amount is payable at the time of booking.
4. Acceptance of booking and final payments
If we accept your booking we will issue a confirmation invoice. A contract will exist between us from the date we issue the confirmation invoice or if you book within 7 days of departure the contract will exist when we accept your payment. Please refer to your booking confirmation invoice for details regarding final payments. Payment of the balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. If this balance is not paid on or before the due date we reserve the right to treat your booking as cancelled.
5. Prices & surcharges
All rates are per person, based on indicated numbers of passengers travelling together as one movement. Changes to the total number of passengers traveling outside of 85 days prior to departure, will result in a revision of price based on the rates listed for the number of passengers traveling.
Prices are based on currency exchange rates as of June 2016; note that prices may vary depending on which currency the booking is made.
We reserve the right to impose surcharges up to 85 days before departure due to unfavorable changes in exchange rates, increases in airfares or other transportation costs, increases in local operator costs, taxes, or if government action should require us to do so. In such instances, we will be responsible for any amount up to 2% of the trip price and you will be responsible for the balance. If any surcharge results in an increase of more than 10% of the trip price you may cancel the booking within 14 days of notification of the surcharge and obtain a full refund. We will not surcharge any booking for travel within the validity of this brochure once paid in full. Air Passenger Duty is included in the price of your air inclusive trip. Please note that a surcharge may be applied to all purchases made by credit card.
6. Your details
In order for us to confirm your travel arrangements you must provide all requested details with the balance of the trip price. Necessary details vary by trip; they include but are not limited to full name as per passport, date of birth, nationality, passport number, passport issue and expiry date and any pre-existing medical conditions you have which may affect your ability to complete your travel arrangements. On some more demanding trips we also require you to complete and forward a Self-Assessment form. Failure to provide requested details may result in additional charges or non-refundable cancellation of your trip.
7. Cancellation by the traveler
If you cancel some or all portions of your booking cancellation fees will apply. A cancellation will only be effective when we receive written confirmation of the cancellation. If you cancel a trip:
You are strongly advised to take out cancellation insurance at the time of booking which will cover cancellation fees. If you leave a trip for any reason after it has commenced we are not obliged to make any refunds for unused services. If you fail to join a tour, join it after departure, or leave it prior to its completion, no refund will be made. The above cancellation fees are in addition to fees which may be levied by accommodation providers, travel agents or third party tour and transport operator fees.
8. Cancellation by us
We may cancel a trip at any time up to 90 days before departure, subject to item 14. We may cancel a trip at any time prior to departure if, due to terrorism, natural disasters, political instability or other external events it is not viable for us to operate the planned itinerary. If we cancel your trip, you can transfer amounts paid to an alternate departure date or receive a full refund. In circumstances where the cancellation is due to external events outside our reasonable control refunds will be less any unrecoverable costs. We are not responsible for any incidental expenses that you may have incurred as a result of your booking including but not limited to visas, vaccinations, travel insurance excess or non-refundable flights.
9. Booking amendments
If you wish to transfer from one trip to another or transfer your booking to a third party you must notify us at least 85 days prior to the proposed departure date. A fee of $200 per person per change will apply (in addition to any charges levied by hotels, ground operators or airlines). If you notify us less than 85 days prior to the proposed departure date the refund policy applicable to cancellations will apply. Transfers to a third party are only permitted where the transferee meets all the requirements in relation to the trip, and transfers to another departure can only be made to a departure within the current validity period.
Amendments to any other arrangements made in conjunction with your trip will incur an $130 administration fee per booking per change. This fee is in addition to any charges levied by hotels, ground operators or airlines. No amendments are permitted to your booking within 10 days of departure.
The land price of your trip includes:
The land price of your trip does not include:
12. Included Arrival and Departures
Included transfers are only applicable if you arrive on the first day of your Peregrine trip or if transferred to pre-tour accommodation booked through Peregrine. Please advise flight arrival details (flight number and arrival time and date) at least 30 days prior to departure if you wish to have this transfer provided. There is no guarantee we can arrange this transfer if we receive these details within 30 days of departure.
13. Age & Health requirements
Minimum Age: For the majority of our trips the minimum age is 15 at the time of travel. All travelers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian, or in lieu of a legal guardian, by an escort over the age of 18, appointed by their legal guardian. The legal guardian or their designee will be responsible for the traveler under the age of 18’s day to day care. If a legal guardian elects to designate an escort in their lieu, they will be required to complete and sign a relevant document, to delegate their authority.
Please note we cannot guarantee triple or adjoining rooms for families; accompanying adults may be required to share with others in the group on a twin share basis.
Maximum Age: For the majority of our trips we have no upper age limit though we remind you that our trips can be physically demanding and passengers must ensure that they are suitably fit to allow full participation. We are able to provide details on mandatory health requirements; however, we are not medical experts. It is your responsibility to ensure that you obtain proper and detailed medical advice at least two months prior to travel for the latest health requirements and recommendations for your destination.
14. Group Size & Minimum number of Passengers
Our trips are guaranteed to depart once the minimum number of passengers agreed upon by the organizing party of travelers and Peregrine, have place deposits. For this itinerary, the minimum number of passengers is 10. If the minimum number of travelers has not reached 10 passengers, then Peregrine reserves the right to cancel the departure.
15. Passport and visas
You must carry a valid passport and have obtained all of the appropriate visas, permits and certificates for the countries which you will visit during your trip. Your passport must be valid for 6 months beyond the duration of the trip. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of the correct visas, permits and certificates for your trip; please refer to the Essential Trip Information for details. We are not responsible if you are refused entry to a country because you lack the correct passport, visa or other travel documentation.
16. Travel insurance
Travel insurance is mandatory for all our travelers and should be taken out at the time of booking. Your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses and emergency repatriation with a recommended minimum coverage of US$200,000 for each of the categories of cover. We also strongly recommend it covers cancellation, curtailment, personal liability and loss of luggage and personal effects. You must provide proof of your travel insurance on the first day of your trip; you will not be able to join the trip without it. If you obtain travel insurance through us you acknowledge that you are satisfied with the level of insurance we have arranged.
You appreciate and acknowledge that the nature of this type of travel requires considerable flexibility and you should allow for alternatives. The itinerary provided for each trip is representative of the types of activities contemplated, but it is understood that the route, schedules, itineraries, amenities and mode of transport may be subject to alteration without prior notice due to local circumstances or events.
18. Change of itinerary
While we endeavor to operate all trips as described we reserve the right to change the trip itinerary. Rates and itinerary are subject to availability of accommodation, transport, leaders and other suppliers at time of booking. We reserve the right to amend and requote itinerary if such suppliers are not available. By making your payment, you are agreeing to the most recent itinerary and price quote. Any changes requested by the organizing party of travelers to the itinerary will require a re-quote. Any changes within 45 days of departure will be subject to a fee of $150 per change (in addition to any charges levied by hotels, ground operators or airlines). No additional changes are permitted within 30 days prior to departure.
Before departure: If we make a major change we will inform you as soon as reasonably possible if there is time before departure. The definition of a major change is deemed to be a change affecting at least one day in five of the itinerary. When a major change is made you may choose between accepting the change, obtaining a refund of money paid on the land portion of the trip only or accepting an alternative tour offered.
After departure: We reserve the right to change an itinerary after departure due to local circumstances or events outside of our control. In such emergency circumstances the additional cost of any necessary itinerary alterations will be covered by you. Please note we are not responsible for any incidental expenses that may be incurred as a result of the change of itinerary such as visas, vaccinations or non-refundable flights.
19. Authority on tour
Our group trips are run by a group leader. The decision of the group leader is final on all matters likely to affect the safety or well-being of any traveler or staff member participating in the trip. If you fail to comply with a decision made by a group leader, or interfere with the well-being or mobility of the group, the group leader may direct you to leave the trip immediately, with no right of refund. We may also elect not to carry you on any future trips booked. You must at all times comply with the laws, customs, foreign exchange and drug regulations of all countries visited, and you also agree to travel in accordance with our responsible travel guidelines.
20. Acceptance of risk
You acknowledge that the nature of the trip is adventurous and participation involves a degree of personal risk. You will be visiting places where the political, cultural and geographical attributes present dangers and physical challenges greater than those present in our daily lives. We use information from government foreign departments and reports from our own contacts in assessing whether the itinerary should operate. However, it is also your own responsibility to acquaint yourself with all relevant travel information and the nature of your itinerary. You acknowledge that your decision to travel is made in light of consideration of this information and you accept that you are aware of the personal risks attendant upon such travel.
21. Limitation of liability
We contract with a network of companies, government agencies and individuals to assist in the running of our trips as agent for these third parties. We are not responsible for the acts and omissions of these third parties.
To the fullest extent permitted by law:
- any liability for any loss, death, injury or damage which you may suffer (directly or indirectly) in connection with or arising out of your participation in a trip, or any breach of the Booking Conditions, is excluded;
- you release us and our officers, employees, agents and representatives from any liability and expressly waive any claims you may have against us arising out of or in connection with your participation in a trip; and
- any condition or warranty which would otherwise be implied by law into these Booking Conditions (Implied Warranty), is excluded.
To the extent an Implied Warranty cannot be excluded, our liability in respect of the Implied Warranty is limited to (in our absolute discretion): (i) the provision of a similar trip to an equivalent value; or (ii) a refund of the total amount received by us from you in connection with your booking.
Any claim by you is excluded to the extent that it is for indirect or consequential loss, loss of profits or economic loss, however it arises, or for indirect, special, punitive or exemplary damages.
22. Optional activities
Optional activities not included in the trip price do not form part of the trip or this contract. You accept that any assistance given by your group leader or local representative in arranging optional activities does not render us liable for them in any way. The contract for the provision of that activity will be between you and activity provider.
23. Claims & complaints
If you have a complaint about your trip please inform your group leader or our local representative at the time in order that they can attempt to rectify the matter. If satisfaction is not reached through these means then any further complaint should be put in writing to us within 30 days of the end of the tour.
In the event that any term or condition contained in these Booking Conditions is unenforceable or void by operation of law or as being against public policy or for any other reason then such term or condition shall be deemed to be severed from this contract or amended accordingly only to such extent necessary to allow all remaining terms and conditions to survive and continue as binding.
25. Photos and marketing
You consent to us using images of you taken during the trip for advertising and promotional purposes in any medium we choose. You grant us a perpetual, royalty-free, worldwide, irrevocable license to use such images for publicity and promotional purposes.
27. Financial protection
Intrepid Travel is a registered seller of travel in the following states: Washington (WST 602852695); Nevada (NV SOT#240000003); Florida (Fla. Seller of Travel Ref. No. ST37370); and California (CST 2090988-40). Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the state of California.
28. Applicable law
The laws of Victoria, Australia govern these Booking Conditions to the fullest extent allowable. Any disputes in connection with a trip or these Booking Conditions must be initiated in the courts of Victoria, Australia
29. Registered address
Level 7, 567 Collins St, Melbourne VIC, 3000, Australia (from Nov 2016)