Activity Level

Moderate to Active. You must be able to hike 5 miles of hills easily several times a week. In addition, you will need to do core and upper body strengthening. Due to the remote area where we are traveling, this trip is not recommended for those that have any major medical issues. The closest clinic is 35 minutes away, and the closest hospital is approx. 2 hours away.

Excursions/Activities:

Tree Climb/Waterfall repelling - high intensity/very active

Kayaking -medium intensity/ moderately active

Lapa Rios waterfall hike - rigorous hike up the waterfall

Surfing - medium intensity

Yoga - mild

Massage - rejuvenating

Local Guides

Eddie grew up in this forest and knows it intimately. His knowledge of the local flora and fauna is amazing. He also has an eagle eye and spots animals that you would never see otherwise. Eddie is extremely friendly and helpful and is one the best tour guides that we have ever had! He truly depicts Pura Vida!​

Andy is a talented and extremely educated guide that makes your hikes in the rain forest super fun! He has been voted one of the top guides for our retreats year after year!​

Pollo, our surf instructor, is the very best! He was also born and raised here in Cabo Matapalo and he knows his stuff! It is so exhilarating to watch these ladies get up on the board for the very first time!

Other Info

You will fly into San Jose, Costa Rica and then the next morning you will take a domestic  50 minute “hopper” flight to Pt. Jimenez. These are not included in the price. We are not responsible for any delay or cancellation of flights and/or weather. Itineraries are subject to change due to things beyond our control. There is a 25-40lb. baggage limit on these smaller flights.

 

If you choose to drive from San Jose instead, it will be an approximate 8 hour drive to Pt. Jimenez, and then another 45 minutes on a dirt road. In addition, you will be driving through streams and small river beds to enter into the Cabo Matapalo area. This is an option, but keep in mind that a 4x4 rental car with a driver are already included in your package once you are in Pt. Jimenez.

Travel Insurance and Covid-19

Pre-flight Testing Requirement for Entry to The United States

On Jan 12, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control in the United States issued an order effective January 26, 2021 requiring all incoming airline passengers to the United States to provide documentation (paper or electronic) of a negative COVID-19 test.

  • The test must be administered within 3 calendar days prior to the flight’s departure;

  • The order applies to all passengers 2 years of age and older;

  • The test must be a viral test;

Alternatively, travelers may provide documentation of a prior COVID-19 infection along with a letter from a health professional clearing them for travel. The date of the infection must be within 90 days of the flight’s departure.

If you have specific questions not addressed here, you can review the CDC FAQ or check with your airline. Airlines are charged with enforcing the order, and there may be some variability in procedures and implementation.

Travelers to destinations other than the United States may also have testing requirements, and guests are encouraged to review those requirements with their airline. Your concierge will assist you with the testing requirements regardless of your destination.

Quarantine requirements are evolving as health authorities cope with new variants and rising infection rates. Your return destination might have mandatory or recommended requirements. As authorities make these decisions, we will update the information we share here. There is no federal mandatory quarantine when entering the US right now.

These are the most current requirements. They could change or be eliminated at any time;

  • Fill out the electronic HEALTH PASS form, available at https://salud.go.cr

  • Present proof or acquire travel insurance that covers medical care and an unexpected extended hotel stay. Your own personal insurance may cover this requirement, but written proof is needed.

  • If you need a source, here are two different companies in Costa Rica that provide this coverage. They can provide the minimum coverage for medical expenses in the event of becoming ill with the pandemic COVID-19 virus while in Costa Rica, for $20,000 USD and for lodging expenses incurred as a result of the pandemic (this can be waived with proof of ownership of a home in Costa Rica).

  • For tourists using their own medical insurance policies, you must request a certification from your insurance company, issued in English or Spanish, verifying the following three conditions. (This certification must be uploaded when filling out the electronic HEALTH PASS):

    • Effectiveness of the policy during the visit to Costa Rica.

    • Guaranteed coverage of medical expenses in the event of becoming ill with the pandemic COVID-19 virus while in Costa Rica, for at least USD $50,000 (this higher limit is required for using an insurance company not located in Costa Rica)

    • Includes minimum coverage of USD $2,000 for lodging expenses incurred as a result of the pandemic (this can be waived with proof of ownership of a home in Costa Rica).

 

Due to the remote area where we are traveling, the Covid test will need to be administered in San Jose, CR. Therefore, you will need to plan on 2 additional nights in San Jose before you fly back to US. This situation is very fluid and it is likely that this will change before January 2022. However, we can adjust accordingly. Talk to Ann Lara directly to explore different options.

 

In addition, you will need to purchase travel/medical evacuation insurance. You will need to send me proof of insurance, and print a copy to bring with you on the trip with the international phone number.

**All Covid-19 testing and insurance as well as travel/medical insurance will be at your own expense.

 

Your Wellness Adventures, Inc. tour will start in the Osa Peninsula on January 15th, 2022. You will be flying into San Jose International Airport on January 15th and staying one night in San Jose. We will help you with the information you will need to arrange your domestic flight from San Jose to Pt. Jimenez and back.

Please Note

You need a U.S. passport to travel to Costa Rica (no visa required). Be sure it is valid at least 6 months AFTER your return or they will not allow you to travel to Costa Rica! You can call the Costa Rican Consulate at (202) 328-6628 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM, EST with any official questions. You can also try the Costa Rican Tourist Board at 800-343-6332, www.costarica.com, although the Consulate has the final word.

 

You will also need to check with your doctor and the CDC to see if there are any recommended vaccinations.

http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/costa-rica

Price

Casa Marmaris $4,000 for a double occupancy/shared room. This is an all-inclusive price for 8 nights with all excursions, massage, yoga, delicious meals prepared at the Casa, transfers, 4x4 vehicle for the group, on-site host and the BEST local expert guides!

Not Included:

  • Airfare to San Jose, Costa Rica

  • Domestic hopper flight from San Jose to Pt. Jimenez

  • 2 Dinners at restaurant in the Osa

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Excess baggage charges

  • Travel insurance(mandatory)

  • Airport departure taxes

  • Tips

  • Covid 19 insurance and testing (if needed)

Reservations:

We are currently taking deposits for reservations now. It will be on a first come, first serve basis. Space is very limited so if you are interested, book now! We will accept cash, check or Credit Cards/Paypal (there is a 3% surcharge on all credit card transactions). The deposit will be $800.00. Final payment will be due 120 days prior. Please DO NOT purchase your flights until we have confirmation that the trip is full. When we receive your deposit, we will send you a confirmation, trip contract, along with a liability waiver form, and information on where to purchase the mandatory travel/medical insurance.

Event Refund/Cancellation Policy:

 

Event Cancellation by Wellness Adventures:

  • Wellness Adventures reserves the right to cancel an event due to low enrollment or other circumstances which would make the event non-viable.  If Wellness Adventures cancels an event, registrants will be offered a full refund.

 

Event Registration Cancellation by Participant:

  • Cancellation Policy:  A participant CANNOT cancel their registration once the deposit and contract have been processed.

  • Transfer Policy: A participant may transfer their spot to a new participant as long as the proper documentation has been completed.  The original participant is responsible for the full amount until the new participant has made their payment.  If the new participant does not make the necessary payment, the original participant is responsible for the remainder.  After a full payment is received, any refunds will be administered at that time.

January is the Costa Rican summer and is generally drier,  temperatures in the low 70's and highs in the low 90's, giving plenty of sun filled days on the beach, and calmer waters for kayaking, surfing, swimming, and fishing. This gives you a general idea but, of course we are talking about weather, so it is subject to change.

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