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Holiday Overview

Highlights

  • Trek the slopes of Arenal Volcano & visit Corcovado NP by boat
  • Rainforests, waterfalls and beaches on this Costa Rica holiday
  • Walk amongst abundent birdlife, including the elusive quetzal
  • Wonderful wildlife, including coatis, sloth and tapir

Costa Rica is well named the ‘jewel of Central America', with its tropical rainforest, active volcanoes, deserted beaches, colourful wildlife, perfect climate and friendly people; experience it all on this exciting wildlife and walking adventure holiday. We begin our amazing adventure in Costa Rica with some scenic walking beneath Volcan Arenal and on Rincon de la Vieja. We have three days to explore the trails and enjoy the mud pools, hot springs, waterfalls and abundent wildlife. Heading south, we stop off at the Pacific beach town of Dominical, before embarking on a 3-day trip into the Corcovado National Park. Journeying by boat, we will be on the lookout for dolphins, whales and turtles; stopping off for walks and snorkelling opportunities. Our wildlife bonanza holiday is rounded off as we go in search of quetzals and other exotic bird species at San Gerardo de Dota and in the El Copal Reserve. This walking and wildlife holiday is designed to take us to the lesser-known places away from the crowds and main stream tourists, yet allows us to experience the best of this remarkable country.

Leader of the Year Award 2015
One of our leaders on this Costa Rica Walks and Wildlife holiday has recently won the award for the best KE leader in 2015. Joe Bernini says: "I feel honoured, and it's been a unique experience leading KE trips in Costa Rica. I take pleasure in sharing with UK guests and get to know about their culture."

Joe is part of a great team of excellent leaders in Costa Rica who guide our departures. Keep up the good work.

 

Is this holiday for you?

This adventure holiday is designed to provide an insight into the many different elements that define Costa Rica. It is not intended to be a long or continuous walking holiday. We have a couple of days of 6 hour walks, which will be through the forest, and we may experience slippery mud underfoot as rain showers are not unusual in Costa Rica. The main focus during these walks will be looking for wildlife and observing the different climatic zones and types of rainforest. We spend some time on boats admiring the forest, beaches and islands - so you should not have a fear of water! The majority of the holiday is leisurely, with a number of short and longer walks and other activities. We have one night where we have to carry our own belongings to the rustic forest lodge, our main baggage will go with the vehicle.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Arrive in San Jose and transfer to the hotel.
  • Visit Poas Volcano and transfer to Arenal.
  • Arenal Volcano walk to the green crater lake on Cerro Chato (1140m).
  • Pass Arenal lake and transfer to Rincon de la Vieja. Short walk in the forest.
  • Walks in the tropical dry forest of Rincon de la Vieja.
  • Second full day walking in the Rincon de la Vieja National Park.
  • Transfer to the Savegre River, stop to see the crocs, and walk to Los Campesinos.
  • Walk through the Los Campesinos forest. Transfer to Uvita on the Pacific Coast.
  • Transfer by vehicle and boat through the mangroves on the Rio Sierpe to Corcovado National Park.
  • Boat ride, snorkelling and beach. Possibly see dolphins and tropical fish.
  • Walk and exploration of Corcovado National Park forest and its 12 mile untamed beach.
  • Transfer by boat along the Rio Sierpe and take the vehicle back to the Savegre Valley.
  • Resplendent Quetzal bird viewing and rural forest walks.
  • Morning walk in El Copal reserve and transfer to San Jose.
  • Transfer to the airport and depart San Jose.
2016
Sat 23 Jul - Sat 06 Aug Code CWW /03/16/ Adult$2,675 Status Departed
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  • This tour begins on Sat 23 Jul and departs on Sat 06 Aug
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  • Single Supplement $475 - Includes all nights except the 2 nights at Los Campesinos and El Copal. A limited number of singles are available.
Sat 05 Nov - Sat 19 Nov Code CWW /3A/16/ Adult$2,970 Status Available Book now
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  • The departure reference for this tour is CWW /3A/16/
  • This tour begins on Sat 05 Nov and departs on Sat 19 Nov
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $475 - Includes all nights except the 2 nights at Los Campesinos and El Copal. A limited number of singles are available.
Sat 19 Nov - Sat 03 Dec Code CWW /04/16/ Adult$2,675 Status Limited (Only 1 place left) Book now
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  • The departure reference for this tour is CWW /04/16/
  • This tour begins on Sat 19 Nov and departs on Sat 03 Dec
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  • Single Supplement $475 - Includes all nights except the 2 nights at Los Campesinos and El Copal. A limited number of singles are available.
Sat 24 Dec - Sat 07 Jan Code CWW /05/16/ Adult$3,115 Status 2 more to guarantee Book now
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  • The departure reference for this tour is CWW /05/16/
  • This tour begins on Sat 24 Dec and departs on Sat 07 Jan
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $475 - Includes all nights except the 2 nights at Los Campesinos and El Copal. A limited number of singles are available.
2017
Sat 04 Feb - Sat 18 Feb Code CWW /01/17/ Adult$2,820 Status Limited Availability Book now
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  • The departure reference for this tour is CWW /01/17/
  • This tour begins on Sat 04 Feb and departs on Sat 18 Feb
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  • Single Supplement $475 - Includes all nights except the 2 nights at Los Campesinos and El Copal. A limited number of singles are available.
Sat 01 Apr - Sat 15 Apr Code CWW /02/17/ Adult$3,190 Status Available Book now
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  • The departure reference for this tour is CWW /02/17/
  • This tour begins on Sat 01 Apr and departs on Sat 15 Apr
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $475 - Includes all nights except the 2 nights at Los Campesinos and El Copal. A limited number of singles are available.
Sat 29 Jul - Sat 12 Aug Code CWW /03/17/ Adult$3,115 Status Available Book now
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  • The departure reference for this tour is CWW /03/17/
  • This tour begins on Sat 29 Jul and departs on Sat 12 Aug
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $475 - Includes all nights except the 2 nights at Los Campesinos and El Copal. A limited number of singles are available.
Sat 18 Nov - Sat 02 Dec Code CWW /04/17/ Adult$3,115 Status Available Book now
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  • The departure reference for this tour is CWW /04/17/
  • This tour begins on Sat 18 Nov and departs on Sat 02 Dec
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $475 - Includes all nights except the 2 nights at Los Campesinos and El Copal. A limited number of singles are available.
Sat 23 Dec - Sat 06 Jan Code CWW /05/17/ Adult$3,190 Status Available Book now
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  • The departure reference for this tour is CWW /05/17/
  • This tour begins on Sat 23 Dec and departs on Sat 06 Jan
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $475 - Includes all nights except the 2 nights at Los Campesinos and El Copal. A limited number of singles are available.
2018
Sat 03 Feb - Sat 17 Feb Code CWW /01/18/ Adult$3,115 Status Available Book now
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  • The departure reference for this tour is CWW /01/18/
  • This tour begins on Sat 03 Feb and departs on Sat 17 Feb
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $475 - Includes all nights except the 2 nights at Los Campesinos and El Copal. A limited number of singles are available.
Sat 31 Mar - Sat 14 Apr Code CWW /02/18/ Adult$3,190 Status Available Book now
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  • The departure reference for this tour is CWW /02/18/
  • This tour begins on Sat 31 Mar and departs on Sat 14 Apr
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $475 - Includes all nights except the 2 nights at Los Campesinos and El Copal. A limited number of singles are available.
The LAND ONLY dates and prices are for the itinerary joining in San Jose, Costa Rica. For clients making their own flight arrangements, San Jose Airport is the most convenient for transfers to the group hotel. Please refer to the 'Joining Arrangements and Transfers' for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the departure is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.


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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Arrive in San Jose and transfer to the hotel.

    Rendezvous at group hotel. KE Land Only package services begin with the overnight stay at the group hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

  • Visit Poas Volcano and transfer to Arenal.

    After breakfast at the hotel we depart for Poas Volcano National Park. We transfer up to the crater rim for views of the bubbling turquoise crater lake through the steamy mist. The coloured waters are a beautiful contrast to the dense luxuriant forest that surrounds it. We get our first taster of Costa Rican forest by walking to the second crater – Laguna Botos through the cloud forest. This lake contains cold water and flows into the Rio Angel. After returning to our vehicle we transfer to La Fortuna, the small town at the foot of Arenal Volcano. Approx 4 hours transfer.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 280m

    • Distance 4km

    • gps data View now

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 280m

    • Time 2 hrs walking

  • Arenal Volcano walk to the green crater lake on Cerro Chato (1140m).

    Arenal is Costa Rica’s best known volcano, it is a large symmetrical mountain built on layers of ash, rock and lava, almost 2000m high. From 1968 to July 2010 it was an active volcano throwing lava and smoke high into the air. Now we can enjoy the walking trails through the lava strewn slopes in relative peace! Our morning hike takes us on one of these trails through the forest and if the weather conditions are favourable then we can cross Cerro Chato mountain (1140m) to the green crater lake nestled in the forest. There are a variety of trails in the Arenal National Park and we will choose one to suit the weather and under foot conditions. Arenal is very rich in animal life and it is possible that we may see three different spices of monkey, sometimes peccaries, and then the beautiful toucan and numerous other birds. In the afternoon there is an optional visit to the thermal hot springs. Dinner and overnight in Arenal. Apporx 1 hour transfer.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Meals bld

    • Time 4 - 6 hrs walking

  • Pass Arenal lake and transfer to Rincon de la Vieja. Short walk in the forest.

    Leaving Arenal after breakfast we transfer northwards alongside Arenal Lake in the direction of Rincon de la Vieja. We stop at the Las Pumas Rescue Shelter to see several big cats, saved here but close to extinction in the wild, including the jaguar, puma and ocelet. Continuing our journey we pass the town of Liberia before turning off to the dry forest and savannah landscapes of Rincon de la Vieja. Our lodge is close to the park entrance and situated in beautiful grounds. There are many short walks that we can take from the lodge in the afternoon if we have time. Overnight Rincon de la Vieja. Approx 2-3 hours transfer, short walks.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Meals bld

    • Time 1 hr walking

  • Walks in the tropical dry forest of Rincon de la Vieja.

    After breakfast we start our first full day's hike. In the National Park we find tropical dry forest with enchanting waterfalls, steaming vents, hot springs and bubbling mud pools; there are many different walks to choose from and this will be dependent on the weather. We may walk the 3 hour circular Las Pailas Trail (the Caldrons), which offers the best views of the active Rincon de la Vieja Volcano. The forests around us contain a host of wildlife and if we are lucky we may see armadillo, coastis, tapir, sloth and kinkajous. After lunch we may take another 3hr circular walk toward the beautiful La Cangreja Waterfall, where we'll have a chance to swim in its inviting natural pool. Overnight Rincon de la Vieja.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 250m

    • Distance 8km

    • gps data View now

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 150m

    • Time 5 hrs walking

  • Second full day walking in the Rincon de la Vieja National Park.

    Another full day in Rincon de la Vieja National Park. Today we will walk past impressive mud spots and fumarole's spouting hot steam, along the 'hot river' and then through the 'haunted wood' to the Santa Maria ranger station. Throughout our 6hrs walk, we are surrounded by forest full of bird life including toucan, quetzal, parrots and hummingbird. Please note that all walks in the park are subject to weather conditions and may vary.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Meals bld

    • Time 6 hrs walking

  • Transfer to the Savegre River, stop to see the crocs, and walk to Los Campesinos.

    This morning we transfer to the Central Pacific region. At the Tarcoles River we stop and observe the enormous crocodiles basking under the bridge an incredible site. Continuing south we pass Quepos on the coast and a little further (at a town called Londres) we stop and continue on foot along an straight-forward track. We take our overnight belongings (our main luggage remaining with the vehicle) with us as we walk through the farmland to the small community of Quebrada Arroyo. The community originally farmed vanilla but due to devastation from pests, weather and poor soil they have now made the reserve into a conservation area and are working on natural regeneration and environmental monitoring to fight illegal hunting and tree felling. The project has progress very well over the last decade and the forest is now beautiful. We stay in rustic bungalows in dormitory style rooms. The food is all freshly prepared local dishes around the hearth, and being here gives us a true insight to how sustainable tourism can work with the local community. Our lodge is surrounded by extraordinary forest and waterfalls, and we can swim in the natural pools. Approx 5 hours driving.

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

    • Ascent 240m

    • Distance 10km

    • gps data View now

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 240m

    • Time 3 hrs walking

  • Walk through the Los Campesinos forest. Transfer to Uvita on the Pacific Coast.

    This morning we have an interpretive walk through the forest with the local guide. We stop at the lookout points with their fantastic views of the forest, farmland and the Pacific Ocean over to Manuel Antonio. We return to the lodge for lunch and then pack our belongings and walk out to El Silencio, along a dirt track (for less than 1hr) where we meet our awaiting vehicle. From here we transfer to Uvita on the Pacific coast with its tropical sandy beaches. Overnight Uvita. Approx 1 hour transfer.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 120m

    • Distance 4km

    • gps data View now

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 220m

    • Time 2 hrs walking

  • Transfer by vehicle and boat through the mangroves on the Rio Sierpe to Corcovado National Park.

    Leaving Uvita after breakfast we transfer to Sierpe. Here the next section of our adventure begins. We board our private boat, with the personal belongings that we need for the 3 days whilst in Corcovado National Park on the Osa Peninsula. We travel down the Rio Sierpe through wildlife rich mangrove forests before coming out into Drake Bay. Here we experience the expanse of the Pacific as we follow the coastline with the tropical forest falling into the beaches and the ocean. It is possible that we will see much wildlife along the shore before we reach our accommodation for the next few days. Our simple thatched hut lodge accommodation is on a small hill around 100m from the beach. The only way to get here is either by boat (as we have arrived), walk or by light aircraft to Drake Bay and then in a boat to the camp. Here we are truly away from the average tourist and it is a magical experience. The accommodation is simple and remote, and with this comes a feeling of being totally submerged in the wildlife and this pristine environment. We settle into our cabins, which is home for the next three nights, and have the opportunity to relax, swim and relax as we enjoy the peace of this remote and idyllic spot of paradise. Approx 4hours transfer, 45 minute boat ride.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Meals bld

  • Boat ride, snorkelling and beach. Possibly see dolphins and tropical fish.

    On our boat trip today we may see schools of dolphin, and possibly barracuda or manta rays. We have plenty time to stop off and snorkel from the boat before continuing to the beautiful San Josecito beach on the mainland where we have lunch. Here we have further opportunities to snorkel and observe the fantastic underwater life, including sea turtles, a vast array of colourful tropical fish, sea urchins, lobsters and giant conchs. We can also take a short walk on along the coastal path, where we have plenty of opportunity to observe the bird and animal life. We return to our lodge in the late afternoon for a refreshing drink and dinner.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Meals bld

  • Walk and exploration of Corcovado National Park forest and its 12 mile untamed beach.

    This morning we depart by boat along the untamed 12 mile Corcovado beach on the Osa Peninsula. Inhabited by jaguars and not many a human it is considered one of the most intense biological places on earth and we will really feel this today. We disembark on the coast near the Sirena Ranger Station and walk to this research station in the midst of the rainforest. We walk along some of the many trails here with the possible sightings of anteaters, peccary, sea turtles and many birds. In the afternoon we return to the boat and our lodge. (Please note that currently the Sirena Ranger station is being rebuilt, therefore some alternation in the walking route may take place during this period). Approx 3 hours boat ride.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Meals bld

    • Time 3 - 5 hrs walking

  • Transfer by boat along the Rio Sierpe and take the vehicle back to the Savegre Valley.

    Leaving our Corcovado we journey back along the Rio Sierpe along the same route we arrived to our vehicle. We are reunited with our main baggage and transfer to San Isidro del General, the country's highest road crossing the Cerro de la Muerte (3400m) and into the beautiful Savegre Valley. We stop at San Gerardo de Dota (2200m), a world famous place for seeing the Resplendent Quetzal. Overnight hotel. Approx 45 minute boat ride, approx 5 hours transfer.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Resplendent Quetzal bird viewing and rural forest walks.

    We have an exciting early morning walk in the forest to find the Resplendent Quetzal. These birds are bright green and red with tuffy plumage on their heads, and the breeding males have very long tails. After our walk we return to the vehicle and transfer to the Orosi Valley. From Purisil we hike alongside the Tapanti National Park and arrive at the remote and beautiful El Copal Reserve. This reserve was set up by a couple who owned an unproductive sugarcane and cattle farm. In the 1990's they decided to change their ways and conserve the area, now they have a bio diverse reserve with many birds and protect the natural history of their land. The area is also an important corridor between the Tapanti National Park and the Cierra del Muerte valley. The friendly accommodation is a simple rustic eco-lodge with dormitory rooms, run by the couple and serve delicious local, home cooked meals. Overnight El Copal. Approx 2 hours transfer.

    • Accommodation Ecolodge

    • Meals bld

    • Time 2-3 hrs walking

  • Morning walk in El Copal reserve and transfer to San Jose.

    After a relaxed breakfast we have a morning walk of approx 2hrs through the El Copal Reserve with its tropical birds to the village of El Humo. Here we board our vehicle and transfer to Cartago. Here we visit the splendid basilica - The Lady of the Angels. We then continue onto San Jose. Total transfer time approx 3 hrs. We have the rest of the afternoon at leisurely for some souvenir shopping or relaxing, before we have a celebratory final meal with the group.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 420m

    • Distance 8km

    • gps data View now

    • Meals bl

    • Descent 400m

    • Time 2 hrs walking

  • Transfer to the airport and depart San Jose.

    There is a single timed transfer to the airport, where KE group package services end.

    • Meals b

Holiday Information

  • An experienced English speaking local leader
  • A single timed airport transfers
  • Meals as per the Meal Plan
  • All transfers on private vehicle or boat
  • Boat trips in Bahia Drake and Corcovado
  • Entrance fees at the National Parks: Volcan Poas / Volcan Arenal / Volcan Rincon de la Vieja / Isla del Cano and Corcovado
  • Visit of the private reserves at Los Campesinos and San Gerardo de Dota
  • Travel Insurance
  • Departure tax on leaving Costa Rica (if applicable)
  • Meals as per the Meal Plan
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Optional visits (e.g. Thermal hot springs at Arenal and canopy tour)
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc

Costa Rican food is generally flavourful but fairly mild (not too spicey). The most popular dish is ‘gallo pinto’ which is black beans and rice. Main meals are based around beans and rice, and will be accompanied by vegetables or fried plantains, and meat (chicken or beef) or fish. Dessert is usually a selection of fruits. Breakfasts are usually fruit and yogurts and sometimes eggs. Lunch can vary from sandwiches to rice and beans!

All meals are included except for 2 dinners when you are in San Jose at the beginning and the end of the trip. You should budget US$10 - $15 per meal.
A single group transfer will be arranged on day 1 of the itinerary from San Jose Airport. This transfer will normally be in the late evening on Day 1. The KE local guide or a representative of our local agent will assist with the transfers between the airport and the group hotel in San Jose. On the last day of the land only itinerary a transfer is arranged from hotel in San Jose to the airport to coincide with the flights that leave in the early afternoon.

Land Only clients must inform the KE office of their flight details and should let us know if a transfer is not required. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.
During this holiday the group will spend 1 night in a hotel near San Jose Airport, and 1 nights in a centrally located hotel in San Jose. We have 2 nights at lodges in Arenal. On 5 further nights we stay in a selection of small local hotels and lodges, all of which have relatively good facilities. When in Los Campesinos and El Copal we stay in rustic cabins with basic facilities. These 2 nights are in dormitory rooms of 4-6 people per room with shared bathroom facilities. In Corcovado we stay in simple lodge/cabin accommodation. The cabins are clean and have an en-suite toilet & shower. Each cabins accommodates 2 or 3 people. These are located on a small hill approx 100m walk from the beach. There is no electricity here although a generator is switched on every evening for a few hours. When it goes off we experience the total magic of darkness that only such a remote area can have. A torch/flashlight is essential! The showers here at the Corcovado lodge are not heated, but with the warm temperatures in this area this is not a problem for most. The ambience and wildlife surrounding these small simple accommodations in the remote locations far out weighs their rustic nature.

If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. Depending on availability, it may be possible to pre-book single rooms for all nights except at Los Campesinos and El Copal. For additional hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

The group will be accompanied by an experienced English Speaking local guide throughout the trip.

We estimate that US$200 (or equivalent in Sterling or Euros) will be sufficient to cover your spending requirements including the 2 evening meals which are not included, tips for drivers and trek staff, airport tax (on departure from San Jose, it is possible you will be required to pay US$32 airport tax, occasionally this is included in your airline ticket) and other incidental expenses such as snacks and drinks. The optional visit to the hot springs at Arenal is approx US$30. It is not necessary to purchase local currency (Colon) outside the country. You can exchange money at the airport on arrival. Credit and bank cards can be used to withdraw cash at ATMs in San Jose or at the airport and often this is at the most favourable rate of exchange though your credit card company may make a charge for this. Credit cards can also be used at most restaurants in San Jose, and are particularly useful for more expensive souvenirs. US dollars can be used directly to purchase most goods and services in Costa Rica though not necessarily at the most favourable rate of exchange.

Tipping is the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ to you leader and local team. Tipping is entirely voluntary and should be dependent on good service. We advise you to tip as a group.

For the overnight at Los Campesinos (day 7) you will need to carry your personal belongings as there will be no access to your main baggage on this night. When in Corcovado National Park (days 9-12) you will need to consider bringing a smaller/lighter bag. You can bring along your trek bag (if it weighs less than approx 15kg), otherwise you will need to leave your main bag with the driver in Sierpe and take a smaller bag to Corcovado. Bedding is provided, so you do not need to carry a sleeping bag. There is no restriction on the weight of your trek bag other than that imposed by your airline. However, lightweight clothing is the order of the day for the majority of this trip and you will have a more comfortable travel experience if you pack as light as possible.

Our holidays are normally designed with minimal 'down time' at the start of the trip, but having a day or two at the beginning will have the additional benefit of allowing you time to get over the stress of travelling across time zones, leaving you refreshed and ready for your holiday. We can easily arrange for you to have additional nights and airport transfers.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This holiday involves going to moderately high altitude.  During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 2500 metres.  Most people will have no difficulty with this level of altitude but before coming on the holiday, we recommend you read the advice on trekking at high altitude.  You can also talk to one of our trekking experts if you have any concerns about altitude.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

  • Hiking boots

  • Sandals (like tevas suitable to get wet)

  • Socks

  • Trekking trousers

  • Lightweight waterproof overtrousers

  • Underwear

  • Baselayer shirts

  • Shirts or T-shirts

  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper

  • Lightweight waterproof jacket

  • Sunhat

  • Warm hat

  • Sunglasses

  • Daypack 35-45 litres

  • Headtorch and spare batteries

  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)

  • Water bottles 1 Litre (2 pint) x2

  • Washbag and toiletries

  • Antibacterial handwash

  • Small travel towel

  • Small padlock (to lock your KE trek bag)

  • Basic First Aid Kit, including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent (DEET), and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are also a good idea.

The following items are optional:

  • Trekking poles

  • Trainers for travelling in

  • Sheet sleeping bag (although bedding is provided)

  • Mosquito net (in most establishments they are provided or the windows have netting, however it is prudent to bring one as well)

  • Spare laces

  • Shorts

  • Travel clothes

  • Swimwear

  • Binoculars

  • Umbrella

  • Gaiters

  • Pen-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)

  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)

  • Camera

  • Snorkel & Mask – a certain amount of snorkel and masks are available in Corcovado, but if there is a large group then the equipment will need to be shared.

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport for each country that you visit.

Visa Costa Rica

UK and USA passport holders do not require a visa for short stays.

Transit via USA

You will require an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation), and you must get this before boarding any US-bound aircraft or ship, or entering on a land border. The fee is USD$14 and you should apply for it at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/. With the ESTA complete, the majority of British Citizen passport holders can enter the US under the Visa Waiver Programme, VWP. As of 1st April 2016 you will be required to have a passport with an intergrated chip. Note that if you have travelled to Iraq, Syria, Iran or Sudan in the last 5yrs you will have to apply for a visa.

NOTE: This is required if you are transiting through the USA 

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you specific require any vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella), along with hepatitis A and typhoid. A certificate of yellow fever vaccination is required if travelling from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited for more than 12 hrs through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

Zika

Zika virus has been confirmed as active in this country. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes, like dengue and malaria. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. The symptoms are generally mild and self limiting usually lasting 2 - 7 days. 80% of people exposed to the virus for the first time experience no symptoms. Pregnant women are advised to avoid areas where the zika virus is active. For the latest information, please see our 'KE Safe' Updates

The unit of currency in Costa Rica is the Costa Rican colon.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/

It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on an adventure holiday by getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. Regular hiking in hill country is the best preparation but running, cycling and swimming are also good.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: www.fco.gov.uk. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

The months that we have chosen to run this trip usually offer stable weather conditions in Costa Rica. The days are warm and generally sunny with average temperatures between 20 - 30°C. At the high points of the trip, on the crater rim of Poas and Rincon de al Vieja the temperatures will be cooler. Costa Rica is a tropical country and it can rain anywhere at anytime, however there are 2 main seasons. The wet season is generally May to early December, and the dry season during the rest of the year. When it rains it can get humid and muddy very quickly.

Extend Your Holiday

Extensions

When booking your holiday, you will be able to 'add an extension option'.

Once we have received your booking we will contact you to discuss additional services required for the extension and to take any additional deposit.

Pacific Coast Beach Extension

The Pacific coast has a hot and dry climate, and with pristine sandy beaches, palm trees, tropical forest and warm waters for snorkelling, it is the prefect location to relax. The hotels offer watersports including diving and windsurfing. Wildlife is also abundant with monkeys and turtles being the main feature. Samara is a local beach town away from the larger developments, it is amongst one of the best beaches in Costa Rica. Transfers from San Jose are around 5 hrs 30 mins. Additional nights are available.

Pacific Coast Beach Extension

From $540 per person

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Costa Rica's Tortuguero National Park Extension

Tortuguero National Park includes rainforest, beaches, lagoons and swamps. The beaches are nesting grounds for endangered sea turtles, including the Loggerheads, Hawksbill, Green and Leatherbacks. The park is also home to jaguars, three-toed sloths and 4 species of monkey. There are also hundreds of birds like the colourful kingfishers, toucans and parrots. Note: Tortuguero is not a beach resort and swimming is not recommended because of strong currents and large waves.

Costa Rica's Tortuguero National Park Extension

From $555 per person

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