Costa Rica’s small size doesn’t let its territory from being overgrown with luxurious flora and fauna fostering the perfect “pura vida” (pure life) vacation. Comparable to the size of Vermont, this eco-diversity destination is filled with beaches, national parks, animals, volcanos, hot springs and so much more. Join us as we explore this region including the Arenal area surrounded by rain forest and overlooking the miraculous Arenal volcano. Gorgeous waterfalls, amazing hikes and rivers offer an adventures paradise. Enjoy the beautiful beaches of the Pacific Ocean and the waters as we take time to relax here and get out on the water.
Day 1: November 10, 2023 Friday – Arrival into Liberia, Costa Rica airport (LIR)
Upon arrival you will be transferred to our hotel in the beautiful high-end area of the Papagayo Penninsula in Guanacaste. After check in at our beach front hotel enjoy some time at your leisure on the beach. Monkeys are known to jump through the trees here. Paddle boarding, Kayaking is available. Welcome dinner tonight at the hotel. (D) Golden Palms in Papagayo for 1 night.
Day 2: Nov 11 – Depart for Arenal
After breakfast we depart for our journey to the Arenal Area. Along the way we will first stop at the Hornillas at volcán miravalles there we can enjoy the waterfall hike over 3 Hanging bridges, enjoy swings at the springs in the mineral River. After a lunch stop, we continue to our hotel in the Arenal area with direct views of the Arenal Volcano. Each distinctive Junior Suite comes with direct views to the beautiful Arenal Volcano. You have your own private jacuzzi in the rooms. Our hotel has a swimming Pool, Spa and Hot Springs ranging in temperatures which are 100% natural and rich in mineral as they come from the underground sources of the Arenal Volcano. Due to high mineral concentration, while soaking in these waters, your skin is moisturized and refreshed. Dinner at the hotel this evening. Arenol Kiora resort and spa for 3 nights. (B,L)
Day 3: Nov 12 – Adventure Day
We begin our day with a White-Water Rafting trip. This tour is easy for anyone. Using Class II – III rapids your adventure takes you down the clear river waters as we get pumped full of adrenaline. Each boat has its own guide and this is both fun and safe. The ride along the waters is very scenic and there is also time to swim. After our trip we are treated to a special homemade Costa Rican lunch.
Our next adventure is and ATV ride through the Costa Rican landscape. Imagine an ATV ride right next to the Arenal Volcano, where you can find volcano history, crazy trails and a lot of excitement! After an instructional time, you will start in open planes to warm up for the trip. The 100% off road and muddy trails are made to create adventure meanwhile you enjoy the amazing panoramic views on your extraordinary experience. On the journey you will find the old impact craters of the Arenal Volcano last eruption in 1968, also you will discover a river with volcanic mud, our guide will explain about the benefits of this natural exfoliant. We will go through a small viewpoint to see the beautiful Arenal Lake. At the farm there are traditional crops of the area, here you will receive an explanation about La Fortuna´s agriculture. Back at the resort enjoy some leisure time for the Spa, pool and Hot Springs. Dinner is at your leisure tonight. (B,L)
Day 4: Nov 13 – Tenorio Volcano Park
Our first excursion is Zip Lining through the Jungles. This safe yet adrenaline pumping experience is one not to be missed. Our next excursion today takes us to the Tenorio Volcano Park where we take a hike to see the serenity of the turquoise waters and waterfalls. This color is the result of a chemical mixture of sulfur and carbonate, which originates in the Tenorio Volcano. The hike continues along the banks of the river and eventually passes hot springs, waterfalls and past the most unique site where the turquoise waters and brown river waters meet up and create a natural line in water. After the hike you have the chance to swim in the beautiful clear turquoise waters. We will enjoy lunch and then head towards our hotel with a stop at the largest tree in Costa Rica. It takes 20 people to stand around the tree it is so big. After some time to relax back at the hotel, you may opt for a spa treatment, relax in the hot springs or pool. Later we will head into the town of La Fortuna tonight to enjoy some shopping and dinner. (B,L)
Day 5: Nov 14 – Transfer to Monteverde
Today we transfer to the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Our journey takes us on a scenic drive through the mountains and past the coffee plantations. Upon arrival we will have lunch and then head to the Monteverde Cloud Forest for a hike and to experience the suspension bridge (Hanging Bridges). Being in this high elevation above and within the clouds, the view from within the rain forest will be amazing. Keep a look out for the many birds, monkeys, sloths and various wildlife that abounds. Dinner will be at a unique local restaurant. El Establo Hotel for 1 night. Onsite pool and Spa (B,D)
Day 6: Nov 15 – Transfer to the Tamarindo Area
We depart the Monteverde area and head to the Pacific coastline. Making some scenic stops along the way. Upon arrival check into your beach front hotel and enjoy the remaining part of the day and evening at leisure. You may opt to enjoy some water sports, the beach or walk to town. Hotel Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort for 2 nights(B,L)
Day 7: Nov 16 – Catamaran Tour
Our day today on the water will be spectacular. We head out on a Catamaran excursion taking us sailing over the beautiful Pacific Ocean. There will be time for swimming and snorkeling as well as lunch as we sail the waters. Perhaps a dolphin sighting is in the plans for today. After we return and freshen up it’s time for a night on the town of Tamarindo. The lively town has many shops, restaurants and bars for you to enjoy this evening. (B,L,D)
Day 8: Nov 17 – Departure Day:
Transfer to the Liberia (LIR) for your return flight home. One included transfer is offered for the group. The time will be dependent on when most flights depart. Earlier or later flights will require a private transfer for an additional $ (B)
Visitors from the US, Canada need a valid passport, Visas are not required for Americans or Canadians visiting for less than 3 months. If you are a citizen of another country you need a passport and should check any Visa requirements for your country of residency. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the date you intend to leave your home country. Make sure you check your passport expiry date at least 2 months prior to travel. Before traveling abroad it’s a good idea to make two photocopies of your passport, driver’s license and credit cards. Leave one copy at home with a friend or family member and another bring with you.
Costa Rica observes Central Standard Time all year. There are no Daylight-Saving Time clock changes.
The western and central regions of Costa Rica have nearly no rain and mostly sunny weather. The little rain falls that usually come are in the afternoon or evening and most people are surprised to find that Nicoya and Guanacaste are more reminiscent of the Arizona desert than a jungle. Weather at this time of year is from the high 60’s at night to the low to mid 80’s for day in the Arenal area. For the Pacific region it will be from the high 70’s at night to the high 80’s in the day. Rainfall is shorter if at all usually short and scattered through the day in the Arenal area.
The local Costa Rica currency is the Colon. Both the Colon and US currency are widely acceptable. It’s worth noting, however, that bills larger than $20 may not be taken by some businesses. Also, when paying for goods and services in dollars, you’ll more than likely get your change in colones. The best way to get cash in the local currency is from an ATM. Keep in mind that most banks impose a fee every time a card is used at another bank’s ATM, and that fee can be higher for international transactions ($1 – $3) so try and withdraw as few times as possible. Credit cards are accepted by most shops and restaurants however check with your credit card company regarding foreign exchange fees. You will also have a better chance making deals at local shops if paying with cash.
Costa Rica uses 110 volt, 60 cycle electricity, same as the US. Plugs are typically the 2-pronged flat type so US travelers will not typically need a converter or adapter.
Costa Rica, the sales tax rate is 13% a tax charged to consumers based on the purchase price of certain goods and services.
Your health insurance provider may not cover you while traveling to Costa Rica so it is best to check with them prior to travel. It is always advisable to purchase a travel insurance plan while traveling abroad. This way you will be covered for accidents, injury and illness. No vaccines are required for Costa Rica and Malaria if any is low. However check with your personal doctor first.
This is a fairly active tour with activities like hiking, zip lining, horseback riding, swimming, white water rafting and more. At each stop we will be walking/hiking quite a bit. To be able to fully enjoy the tour and participate in scheduled activities, you need to be able to walk, at a leisurely pace, up to 3 or 5 or so miles on some days. You should be able to stand unassisted for up to 30 minutes at times during the tours. You will need be able to keep up with the group without any assistance. At times you will need manage your own luggage. This trip is pretty easy for the average person however if you can’t or choose not to participate in certain activities this is at your own discretion. However, it cannot affect the groups participation nor can any tours or activities or refunds be offered or changed due to an individual not being able or not wanting to participate.
The following items are suggested to help make your tour run smoothly. Good walking shoes, hiking shoes or hiking sandals. (Hiking boots not needed) Travel purse with a shoulder strap, small backpack to use during the day for hikes or a Camelback. Refillable Water Bottle, Sports bras, P. J’s, Light weight sweater or jacket for cool evenings. Rain jacket with hood.
All toiletries needed to a minimum. Hotels provide hair dryers, soap, shampoo, sometimes conditioner. Clothing needs to be cool/warm weather clothing, Evenings are cooler. For Day yoga pants, leggings, shorts, long and short sleeved tops. Many days you are hiking/walking so bring comfortable stretchy clothes and layers to protect against bugs or scraps. Bathing suite, cover up. Evening is casual with pants, jeans, long or short sleeved tops. Dressing in layers is always good.
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Current tour prices are listed on the page corresponding to each tour. Due to currency fluctuations, cost increase and situations out of our control tour prices may change without notice at any time. Tour participants who already registered for a tour will not be affected by any price changes.
Included in the price of the tour:
A full-time tour leader/guide with 6 or more clients and licensed in-country tour guides are used for tours.
Any tours, meals, activities or otherwise stated for each individual tour.
Any tours, meals, activities or otherwise stated for each individual tour.
Tour prices DO NOT INCLUDE: airfare (unless noted) and airport/departure taxes (unless stated as such in the tour), other transportation to the tour location, laundry charges, telephone calls, room service charges, mini-bar charges, all items of personal nature. Travel, accident, baggage, health, or life insurance policies. Gratuities for guides and drivers are not included in the itinerary. Passport and/or visa when applicable. Additional tours or activities not listed in the itinerary.
In the case of computer or human billing error we reserve the right to re-invoice Participants with correct billing.
ADDITIONAL EXPENSES INCURRED AS A RESULT OF DELAY, CHANGE OF SCHEDULES, ILLNESS, WEATHER, STRIKES, HOSTILITIES, QUARANTINE, GOVERNMENT REQUISITION OF HOTEL SPACE, OR ANY OTHER REASONS BEYOND THE CONTROL OF WTTW, SHALL BE BORNE BY THE PARTICIPANT.
Single supplements are available on a limited basis at additional cost. The actual cost of a single supplement for each tour is listed on the Tour Details page for each tour.
Roommates: The Tour Organizers will attempt to match you with a roommate based on age/smoker or not. If the Tour Organizers match the Participant with a roommate whom the Tour Participant deems unsuitable, then the Tour Participant must either change roommates on her own or simply accept the current roommate and make the best of it. There will be no refunds for complaints about roommates, and if any Tour Participant departs the tour because of a roommate, there will be no refund. We try to match you up the best we can but cannot promise a guarantee as to companionship. If WTTW cannot find a roommate due lack of enough participants wanting a roommate then a single supplement will be charged.
Baggage: We recommend that Tour Participants take a carry-on bag as per airlines restrictions and include any needed toiletries, medications a change of clothes or anything else you simply can’t’ live without for 24-48 hrs in case of baggage loss or delay. Baggage is carried at owner’s risk and baggage insurance is strongly recommended. We are not responsible for baggage loss/delay due to airline error.
Health: Woman traveling the World tours includes a lot of walking, stairs, hiking, and standing while sightseeing. All Tour Participants should be prepared to walk at least three miles a day on uneven surfaces, including steps, during days on which excursions are scheduled. If you have any concerns regarding your physical ability to participate in the tour, we strongly recommend that you consult your physician before signing up. Any pre-existing physical, mental, or emotional disability that may require attention or treatment must be reported in writing prior to the beginning of a tour. Tour Participants who require any form of assistance must be accompanied by a helper who is capable of and totally responsible for providing such assistance. The group’s itinerary will not be adjusted for people who are not able to keep up with the rest of the group. All Tour Participants are required to complete and sign a Medical Release and Waiver Agreement. On the day the tour begins, or any day thereafter, if you leave the tour for an, unforeseen medical or family emergency, money will be refunded, “ONLY” if you have purchased “trip insurance” then the terms of that policy will apply and the insurance company would be responsible for any refund as per the policy. Woman Traveling the World is not responsible for any refunds for a trip interruption or delay of your own cause. The minimum age for participants is 18. There is no maximum age, however you must be able to keep up with the pace of the group. Smokers may smoke only outdoors and downwind from the group – never in hotel rooms or during group meals or activities. Smokers will stay in a single room, unless they share a room with another smoker.
Travel Insurance: Not included in the tour price. We highly recommend obtaining individual travel insurance for the duration of the tour (trip cancellation, foreign medical, flight delays and cancellations, medical evacuation). For an overview of available options in travel insurance coverage please contact us. You acknowledge that trip insurance has been presented to you in the Tour Booking form if you decline to purchase trip insurance then you are on your on for any cancellations of your own doing or non covered issues as mentioned herein.
Travel documents and Visas: Tour Participants are required to have a valid passport and a visa, if necessary. Incomplete documentation will result in the airline and airport authorities refusing permission to enter the country. The Tour Organizers will not arrange for passports or visas and will not be held liable for any irregularities caused due to improper documentation. Each Participant is responsible for determining specific passport and visa requirements in the Participant’s country of origin and for obtaining the necessary documents prior to departure. Passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the anticipated tour date. It is suggested that all Participants check with the appropriate Consulate regarding their visa requirements.
Tour itineraries are subject to change: Due to unexpected circumstances, we reserve the right to cancel, change or substitute an activity or a service. During local or national holidays abroad, certain facilities such as museums, sightseeing tours, and shopping may be limited. Uncompleted portions of the tour itinerary are not cause for refund.
Waiver of responsibility: Women Traveling the World and its representatives (“Tour Organizers”) are making all ground arrangements pertaining to the Tour, including, but not limited to, hotel and restaurant reservations, sightseeing and side trips, subject to the condition that the Tour Organizers will not be held liable to injury, death, delay, theft, damage, or irregularities, however caused. Tour Organizers will take no responsibility or liability for: 1. injury, loss, or damage to persons or property, including luggage. 2. Additional expenses resulting from changes in exchange rates, tariffs, or schedule. 3. The act or default of any company or person engaged in conveying the Tour Participants, or in carrying out the arrangements of the Tour, or otherwise. 4. Additional expenses incurred or due to sudden sickness, weather conditions, strikes, or other causes or acts of God. 5. Losses due to cancellations.
Travel: Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from the tour location. Please note that some tours start and end in different cities and an “open jaw” or “Multi City” air ticket is required. This is noted in each itinerary.
Tour Payments: To reserve space on any tour, a deposit of $500.00 per person per tour is required at the time of booking. Some tours require a higher deposit and this is noted in the tour details.
No reservation is considered confirmed until the deposit is received by Women Traveling the World. The deposit is part of the final payment which must reach us no later than 60 days prior to the start of the tour. Returned checks will incur a fee of $50.00 For all deposits and tour payments, we accept personal checks, Visa, Master Card, bank wires, Zelle. Missing the final payment deadline may result in being removed from the tour.
Cancellations and refunds: The tour deposits are not refundable if you cancel for a non insured reason. All cancellations must be sent in writing via email. Do not consider a cancellation received and effective until you get a cancellation confirmation from us.
Tour Cancellation: Although we do our best to avoid this, it may occasionally become necessary for Women Traveling the World to cancel any tour due to insufficient sign-ups or any other cause. We recommend NOT to purchase your air until 60 days prior to departure unless you have been informed otherwise that the tour is a definite go. If a tour is cancelled due to low enrollment, you will be notified at least 60 days in advance of the tour departure date. In this case, your entire payment will be refunded to you within fourteen days after the tour cancellation. Refund of payments made constitutes full settlement, and releases Women Traveling the World from any further liability. We are not responsible for any additional expenses incurred by tour members preparing for a canceled tour, such as nonrefundable airline tickets, travel insurance cost or passport fees. If a tour is cancelled due to a natural disaster, strike, or other event outside our control, we cannot guarantee the 60 days notice.
Loss & Liability: Women Traveling the World strongly encourages all tour Participants to purchase Travel Insurance to cover additional costs (airline tickets, loss of luggage, trip delay or tour cancellation, personal accident, medical evacuation, etc.). We assume no liability for the safety of any Participant while in transit or during the tour. Women Traveling the World is not responsible or liable for loss, damage or theft of luggage or personal injury, accidents, or illness while on tour nor for any type of trip interruption.
Photographs: Representatives of the Tour Organizers may photograph the Tour. The Tour Organizers reserve the right to publish any such photographs without obtaining further consent from any Participant. Each Participant releases the Tour Organizers and their representatives from any liability in connection with any such use of such photographs.
Leaving the tour: The Tour Organizers reserve the right to accept, decline, or retain any person as a Participant on the Tour at any time without liability and without any obligation to pay a refund or any other amount whatsoever. The Tour Organizers take no responsibility or liability for any Participant who leaves the Tour prior to its conclusion or for any activity undertaken by any Participant that is not included on the Tour itinerary. There will be no discounts or refunds for any Tour Participant who temporarily leaves the Tour and then returns to the Tour later.
Unruly guest. We at WTTW ask all our clients to conduct themselves in a mature and courteous manner while on tour. If a client becomes unruly, argumentative or drunk beyond control and interrupts the tour or other clients in any way it is our right to call this person aside and issue a formal warning. If this behavior becomes consistent and creates a problem for other clients WTTW reserves the right to ask the participant to either leave the tour early, get her own room at her own cost if she has a roommate who has been interrupted due this behavior or take any and all necessary action to protect the health, safety and well being of the other travelers. Any such action taken that results in additional cost shall be the sole responsibility of the client who has created the issue. This is to protect all clients and assure them of a comfortable and enjoyable travel experience.
Special Requests: We will advise hotels of any special requests of Tour Participants provided we receive the request at the time of booking. However, we cannot guarantee all requests.
Allergies/Dietary Restrictions: Please answer these questions on the booking form so we can advise the restaurants for the included meals.
Payment of deposit or full payment shall be deemed as consent by the Tour Participant to the above Terms and Conditions.
PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY: I am entirely responsible for my own personal safety, physical and health mental and general well-being during and after the Tour. I release Women Traveling the World LLC and its representatives and any of their employees, assistants, and affiliates of any liability for any injuries or damages mentally or physically I or any of my family members might incur during or after the Tour. I understand that no health insurance or travel insurance will be provided by the Tour Organizers, and, if I wish to be insured, I must do this myself.
Women Traveling the World is registered with the state of Florida as a seller of travel, Registration No. ST38808. We are also bonded.