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Frequently Asked Questions

What is included?

Prices you will find on this web site include private and comfortable transportation with air conditioning and experienced driver during all the excursions. Remember the "Odyssey regulation" about do not gather more that 16 people per group, in order to please customers we guarantee comfortable room and good space for bags, keeping it always with you. Total insurance coverage.
Resident bilingual and naturalist tour guide who will accompany the group throughout the excursion.
All accommodations are reasonable hotels, comparing quality and cost, between three and four stars, always air conditioned and located close to the main attraction of each town.
Meals: All breakfasts, America or Costa Rican style. Some lunches and dinners at specific places with great service!. Farewell dinner at the most beautiful view point of San José city, and one of the top famous restaurant.
Local bilingual guides, all internal transportation, cold bottle of water and beverages in vehicle. transportation and suggestions to your free times. Note (no further that 30 miles and between 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) We will make sure that the group agree on every extra activity.

What is not included?

Prices you will find on this web site does not include airfare, extra activities, extra beverages and extra meals, laundry service, and tipping for the tour guide and driver.

What to bring and wear?

You can leave behind your winter clothes and just pack a sweater if you are visiting an highland area, but don't forget your sunscreen, light and loose-fitting shirt and trousers or shorts, insect repellent, a raincoat with a hood, your hiking shoes and camera.

How much do they charge for meals?

With many years of experience, the tour guide have a capacity to suggest good restaurants at each location helping you to save money and guarantee excellent food, and prices whitch is around 15 USD with appetizer, entree, natural juice and dessert. Meals that Odyssey Tours and Travels include are in the most expensive towns.

Extra activities?

These packages are designed to show you the best of Costa Rica and still give you some free times to enjoy. but in case you love to try any extra tours such as canopy tour, rafting, dolphin´s sailing, aerial trams or other tours during your time here. Just talk to your tour guide and he will do everything to accommodate your wishes. Please Note: Extra activity not included.

Do I need a passport to go to Costa Rica?

A valid passport is mandatory to enter Costa Rica. It should be valid during the following 6 months from the entry date to Costa Rica..

Is a visa required to go to Costa Rica?

USA, Canada and most European countries do not need a visa to enter Costa Rica. It is always advisable to check in advance.

Can I enter Costa Rica with a one way ticket?

All visitors must have a round trip ticket as an entry requirement.

What is the currency in Costa Rica?

The Colon is the national currency; dollars can be exchanged at banks and hotels. The exchange rate fluctuates in small increments daily. Bills come in denominations of 1000, 2000, 5000, 10,000 colones, and coins are minted in 5, 10, 20, 25, 50, 100 and 500 colon pieces. Traveler's checks in dollars can be changed at any bank and at most hotels.

Are credit cards accepted in Costa Rica.

Major international credit cards (Master Card/Visa/AMEX) are accepted at most hotels, stores, restaurants and car rental agencies -- at smaller businesses be prepared to pay in local currency.

Is Costa Rica a safe destination?

Costa Rica has been the most politically stable country in Central America for many years. Unlike many other countries in the region, Costa Rica has enjoyed over one hundred years of democracy.
In Costa Rica it is a safe destination, without serious problems that plague poorer nation. However, it would be naive to think that crime does not exist and it is always a good idea to exercise caution as anywhere in the world, especially in big cities.

What kind of inoculations do I have to take to Costa Rica?

There are no required inoculations for Costa Rica, but it is a good idea to check with your physician for recommendations of optional inoculations and health precautions.

What taxes should I expect to pay in Costa Rica?

13% sales tax and 3.39% tourism tax at hotels, 10% gratuity and a 13% sales tax at restaurants.

Is Costa Rica an island?

Costa Rica is not an island and it is located in Central America. Its natural boundaries are: North-Nicaragua, South-Panama, East-Caribbean Sea, West-Pacific Ocean.

What is the weather in Costa Rica?

Conditions are moderate all year around and the main influence on temperature is altitude. The average temperature is 70ºF (21ºC) in the highlands and from the high 70´s to the low 90´sºF (21ºC to 32ºC) in the lowlands. The green season (wet season) goes from May to November, and the dry season from December to April. However, even during the green season, the mornings are likely to be bright and sunny. Temperature vary little between seasons.

Are the national parks wheelchair accessible?

The Poas Volcano National Park is the only one that offers access to wheelchairs.

Always remember the following recommendations:

Keep your airline ticket, important documents, cash and traveler checks in the hotel safe. Do not wear valuable jewelry on the street and carry only the amount of money you will need for the day. Change your money at the bank or at the hotel, never on the street. Carry a photocopy of your passport and leave the original in the safe at the hotel. Guard valuable items you are carrying, such as cameras or video cameras. If you are going out at night, ask a bellboy at the hotel to get you a taxi.

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