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Costa Rica 'on a Shoestring'

the volcanoes are active, but you don’t have to be!

Book from € 1,249.-
GROUP SIZE: 8-24 | 14 DAYS


This tropical country with its enormous variety of animals and plants is known as the garden of Central America. A large part of Costa Rica remains impenetrable jungle, wherein probably lies the reason why so many species thrive there. But responsibly-managed tourism now allows you to observe smoking volcanoes and enjoy beautiful palm beaches on a journey that is becoming widely regarded as the ultimate experience for nature-lovers.

Travel documents

Travelling with the correct travel documentation is your own responsibility. Please ensure your passport is valid for a minimum of 6 months beyond the finish date of your trip.

Many nationalities do not need a visa in order to gain entry to Costa Rica. Please check this information in good time before your trip commences as this information is always subject to change. You can check this information through a site such as this one. To arrange your visa, you should either contact your nearest Costa Rican embassy or use an agency such as CIBT.



Accommodation and transport

During the tour you will have access to a good private air-conditioned bus, so that stops can be made at beautiful places along the route. The bus is not available to the group during the free day in Playa Samara. The transfers to and from the airport are not included.


During the tour you'll stay in a range of accommodations. In San Jose, you have a charming hotel, other hotels along the coast have beautiful gardens and sometimes a pool. These are simple, but comfortable hotels where overnight stays in 2-person rooms include a private bathroom. In Rincón de la Vieja you sleep in a cosy hacienda.
Travellers who, as many do, book alone, will share a room with another participant. We keep in mind to pair people of the same sex. It is possible to have a single room for the whole trip. For this a single supplement should be added to your booking.
A triple room is sometimes available on request. Keep in mind that it is a normal 2-person room with two double beds, which means that the beds are shared.


Our tours are led by trained, local English speaking tour leaders. We know that our travellers appreciate being accompanied by these local tour leaders who, compared to their counterparts (living outside of the destination) have more detailed knowledge of their country. He/she knows the area well, can provide background information and ensure that the trip goes smoothly. He/she knows what to do if something were to go wrong, but is not a "walking encyclopedia". Therefore we would like to refer you to study a good travel guide (book) in advance of travel.

Your tour leader understandably expects a tip at the end, if she/he has completed the job well. Shoestring pay the tour guides a wage which is higher than that of most adventurous travel companies. Our guideline for tipping is between € 1, - and € 2, - per passenger per day (the equivalent thereof).


This tour is classified as Category A

The difficulty of our travels varies greatly. Added to this is the fact that travel difficulty is a very personal perception. To give an impression of the difficulty of a particular holiday we have developed a classification system.

Category A: Light travel for everyone to do. Short distances, good hotels, travel at a slow pace.
Category B: For everyone to do as well. Sometimes long distances. Good hotels and camping facilities, sometimes an adventurous overnight experience, travel at a normal pace.
Category C: Good to do for anyone who prepares themself well and is flexible. There are tougher parts of the journey, such as longer distances or walking tours. Several nights can be spent in basic accommodation.
Category D: A relatively difficult journey, travelling long distances, often primitive accommodation or tents, and challenging walking tours.

The Costa Rica trip falls under category A. Any healthy person can make this trip; the travel distances are average and most hotels comfortable. We overnight in middle class hotels, but take into account that you travel in a developing country, which means a much lower standard of living, than your are used to at home. A flexible and positive attitude is much more important than physical fitness.

Nature of the trip
This tropical country accommodating an enormous diversity of animal and plant life is also called the garden of Central America. Although large parts of the country are covered by jungle, there are smoking volcanoes and stunning palm beaches to be explored. This trip is a real must for nature-lovers.


We know that travelling to remote corners of this planet has its effects. At Shoestring we really try to make an effort to keep our impact to a minimum. We try to avoid the use of plastic water bottles on our treks through Nepal and we do not dump our litter during our trips through Africa. All of our staff have been trained to take special care to ensure we make as little impact on the environment as possible. 

Furthermore we support a lot of local projects which are mostly related to clean drinking water or making sure that children get vaccinated against illnesses such as tuberculosis. On most tours you will be able to visit some of the projects we support through our local agents. Find out more about the different projects Shoestring are involved with, how you can make a difference and our environmental policies here


Travel insurance, including medical repatriation insurance, is mandatory. It is not included with our packages and it is your responsibility to purchase suitable travel insurance. Make sure that it covers all the activities that you are likely to undertake, such as rafting and trekking. Many ‘free’ insurances that come with banking packages, credit cards etc, are quite often inadequate to cover you on our tours, so make sure you check the policy before you travel. You should enter your travel insurance details via your my.shoestring account and you are required to give a copy of your insurance policy to your tour leader upon arrival. Without proper insurance like this, you will not be allowed to join the tour as we will not be able to respond adequately in case of an emergency if you do not have the right insurance.


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Entrada 223
1114 AA Amsterdam-Duivendrecht, The Netherlands.                    

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