Need to Know - Costa Rica + Guatemala Adventure

This tour starts in San Jose, Costa Rica and finishes in Guatemala City, Guatemala. 

 

Joining Instructions:

Joining airport: Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO), is near the capital of Costa Rica, San Jose.

*Each year 2 people confuse San Jose, Costa Rica with either San Jose, California or San Juan, Puerto Rico and end up having way less fun...don't be that person .  ;)

Location of Jungle Lodge: Cabuya, Costa Rica.

 

Included in your retreat package is an internal flight between SJO and Tambor Airport (TMU), the closest domestic airport to our jungle lodge.

Steps you need to take:

1) Book your flight to arrive at the SJO (San Jose) airport to arrive no later than 2pm on the start date of your retreat (this is to ensure that you are able to catch your domestic fight on the same day).

2) Catch your domestic flight to Tambor airport. Upon arrival in SJO, transfer to your flight at the domestic flight terminal (don't be afraid to ask for directions!) This 25-min flight is included in your retreat package, and will be arranged by the retreat booking coordinator, Britt, once you have booked your international flights.

3) Upon arrival in Tambor, Origin Travels will arrange transportation from Tambor Airport (TMU) to the Jungle Lodge. Look out for the driver in the airport parking lot holding a sign with your name on it (the airport is tiny, you won't be able to miss it!).

Lodge address:

Wild Sun Jungle Resort
Del Super Chicho
100m al sur, 700m al oeste
Cabuya

We recommend that you arrive at least 2 hours before your connecting domestic flight. Sansa air has a 30lb. baggage weight limit for all flights.

SPENDING MONEY

All travellers are different! As some food and drink is included on this tour, we recommend bringing about $500 USD for extra activities and food costs.


WHAT TO PACK

  • t-shirts/tank tops
  • shorts 
  • light sweater
  • 1 pair of yoga tights
  • sleepwear
  • hat
  • breathable, moisture-wicking active wear for hikes (it can get very hot and humid!)
  • comfortable, breathable shoes or sport sandals for hiking/walking
  • dry bag (optional)
  • day pack (to hold your camera, towel, snacks on day hikes)
  • beach/pool wear (swimsuit, flip flops, travel towel)
  • binoculars (optional)
  • camera
  • sunglasses
  • reusable water bottle
  • snacks (energy bars, trail mix)
  • outlet adaptor (sockets are 110 volts, type A + B.)
  • first-aid kit
  • waterproof rain cover + backpack cover (we recommend a light-weight rain shell, as it is often humid)
  • personal entertainment (books, music etc.)
  • If you are surfing in Costa Rica, be sure to pack a long sleeve shirt or rash guard to wear during your lesson (to protect you from the sun and chaffing from the surf board!)

VISAS AND ENTRY/DEPARTURE REQUIREMENTS

All countries require a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity). Contact your local embassy, or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent. IT'S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO HAVE THE CORRECT TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION.

You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information well before departure.

The Costa Rica government requires those entering Costa Rica from certain countries in South America and Sub-Sahara Africa, to have an International Certificate of Vaccination against Yellow Fever. Those affected countries are: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, French Guiana and Venezuela. 

No visas are required for entry into Guatemala. Important: Ensure that your passport is stamped on entry. When entering Guatemala by land or sea, you may have to seek out the immigration official to stamp your passport. Those who fail to present an entry-stamped passport when departing Guatemala will incur delays and fines.

 

TRAVEL + MEDICAL INSURANCE

Adequate traveller insurance and medical coverage (minimum USD $200,000 for repatriation and emergency medical coverage) is mandatory when travelling on an Origin Travels Inc. retreat. Origin Travels Inc. local staff have the authority to deny services to registered travellers without proof of insurance. You will be required to show proof of insurance upon arrival, so please make sure you have this covered!

HEALTH AND SAFETY INFORMATION

Consult your travel clinic doctors for updated information on health concerns in the area and recommended vaccines. Helpful links:

https://www.passporthealthglobal.com/ca/destination-advice/guatemala/

As of July 25, 2018 the Public Health Agency of Canada has issued advice for travellers on the Zika virus, recommending that Canadians practice special health precautions while travelling in affected countries. Pregnant women and those considering becoming pregnant should avoid travel to Guatemala. 

EMERGENCY CONTACT

In case of emergency when in Guatemala, please be prepared with information for your local embassy. Your local emergency contact information is as follows:

In case of emergency when in Costa Rica, please be prepared with information for your local embassy. Your local emergency contact information is as follows:

Contact: Jeremy

Del Super Chicho
100m Sur, 700m Oeste
Cabuya, Puntarenas
Costa Rica 60111

Cell: +506 8884-8444
Office: +506 2642-1319

In Antigua, Adra Hostel: +(502) 7797-1111

In Lake Atitlán, Maya Moon Lodge: (502) 4486-3521.

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