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¨TRAVEL IS THE ONLY THING YOU BUY THAT MAKES YOU RICHER¨

- Anonymous

 

Take some time for yourself, your family and friends and come to Costa Rica to enjoy an adventure that you will never forget. Banana Adventure Tours offers different tour packages for a wide range of budgets and requirements; customer tailor adventure is our specialty! Traveling is something that will give you the best memories to remember good times and great experiences. Choose a combination of adventure tours and relaxing places to experience nature in its purest state.

Costa Rica is definitely your best travel destination this year!

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In order to enjoy your vacations in Costa Rica it is important to be prepared for you days full of adventures. Costa Rica has many nice hikes and for sure during your trip you will enjoy some of the best. Among the top ten hikes in Costa Rica are:

  1. Chirripo National Park: It is one of the toughest hikes in Costa Rica. You need at least 4 days to enjoy this hike and  get the most out of it.
  2. Tenorio National Park: Hike along the border of Rio Celeste, and visit the sky blue waterfall. The hike is around 7 km.
  3. Cerro Chato: Located on La Fortuna, Alajuela, it is a nice hike to the top of an extinct crater, which is now a small laggon.
  4. Toro Amarillo Waterfall: It is a tough hike because of the terrain, but it is not to long in distance. You get to see this wonderful waterful from its bottom up.

There are many others, some are national parks trails and others are local hikes where you will see natural wonders as well.

 

When you choose a hike, please take into consideration the following tips:

  • Nice water supply: It is essential that you are prepare with pure and fresh water before you begin. Hydratation beverages are overrated, so water is the best!
  • Comfortable socks and shoes: This is something very important to have a happy hike. Choose some shoes that are specially for hiking. Avoid heavy boots or tennis that will make difficult your hike.
  • Use Nylon hiking pants, some basic model with the extra pockets only. Avoid using jeans which are heavy and when they get wet they are unbearable.
  • Nourishment: Always take some food along. It is important to keep your energy level high and you wont go hungry on the middle of the hike. 
  • Before leaving for your hike use sun block and repellent, so you will enjoy your hike with no mosquito bites or insolation.

 

Written by Caro Goodfellow

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Planning an adventure to Costa Rica! There are many things you can do to be prepared and get the most out of this incredible experience. You may choose to do the same many other visitors do when they arrive to Costa Rica, or you can inform yourself to choose other destinations in Costa Rica that will be more authentic and not so known by the common tourist.


So, what can you do to prepare for an adventure in Costa Rica:

  1. Stay Flexible – Plans can change, transportation may be late, luggage can get lost, a place may be different from what you expect…but if you keep flexible you can enjoy everything to its fullest and still get your money worth. So the first advice is Roll with it!
  2. Know the customs/culture of your destination - It will be great if you read a little more about Costa Rica so you know what you want to do and know what to expect in terms of cultural and costumes. Read more about Costa Rica Culture.
  3. Be respectful and humble – Every culture has something different to teach you, every country has something beautiful to show you. Let us show you the wonderful things Costa Rica hides; let us show you how friendly and open Costa Ricans can be.
  4. Know your strengths and limitations – Decide to do only what you can, don’t over do it. Costa Rica has a little of everything for everyone. You may try soft adventures or hard extreme experiences in nature. Just decide what are your strengths and limitations so that you don’t waste a day resting in bed because of sore muscles or a senseless accident.
  5. Document the trip – Take pictures, write a journal, document the details and you will get something unexpected out of it.
  6. Security – Stay safe. Costa Rica is a safe country for the most part, but please uses your common sense. There are also other things you can do to stay safe, such as call your bank before leavening home so that they know you will be abroad, and carry at least two copies of your passport.
  7. Packing – Brig what you need, and no more. Please check our Travel Checklist article and the 5 Things you DONT need to pack, for a full description.

 

Written by Caro Goodfellow

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Mature Travel in Costa Rica

People who have retire and would like to dedicate their time to travel, are very welcome to Costa Rica. It is a safe country that offer all the commodities for mature travelers. We understand that mature travelers would like to enjoy time doing fun things, learning and relaxing with nature. However, there are always some tips that should be followed so that the vacation becomes a dream come true:

 

1. Debit cards vs credit card – The big question when you come to Costa Rica is if you need to exchange currency or if you pay in dollars. Moreover, the question about what is better, to pay with debit card or to pay with credit card. The answers to these questions are pretty simple. You may come to Costa Rica and manage yourself only with dollars if you want; the exchange rate at stores is pretty much the same as if you go to an official place to get colones. It is also better to use debit cards than to use credit cards because of the fee that is charge by your bank back home. Almost every place accepts credit or debit cards. It is a bad idea to get cash from the ATM since the commission to withdraw money is pretty high ranging from $5 to $10 every time you get out cash, no matter the amount.

2. Travel checks are not use anymore in Costa Rica. Cashing a travel check in Costa Rica is almost impossible, most banks do not recognize them and if there is one that does you will spend lots of time trying to cash it. It is better to bring a credit card or cash from back home.

3. Also, try to bring small bills. Most $50 or $100 bills are not accepted in any store. Also, broken bills or bills that are missing a corner are not accepted either, so sometimes it can be difficult to pay with cash if your bills are not in good condition.

4. Inform yourself before traveling. There are agencies such as Banana Adventure Tours that will take the time to answer all your questions and give you as much information as you need for all the activities and places that you are visiting.

5. A good thing to know is what holidays coincide with your trip. Although tours and activities run 365 days a year in Costa Rica, you may experience some holiday activities that will show a little more about the local culture of the place. In some places, stores will be close on January 1, December 25, and Holy Thursday and Friday.

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6. Make a list of everything that you need to bring when you travel to Costa Rica and check it twice. We do have a resource that you may use in order to avoid forgetting important things. Please visit our Travel Checklist page.

7. Cellphone Coverage. Most cell phone providers offer international calling plans, but before purchasing one make sure that you truly need it because they are pricy. In Costa Rica many places offer free Wi-Fi, and you can connect to them and send messages through whatsapp, Skype, Viber, or Tango, among others.

8. Remember to notify your local bank about your trip. You don’t want to be in another country and don’t be able to pay with your credit card because it is blocked. For security reasons your credit card will block if it is use in another place far from where you live. Just call your local bank and let them know about you upcoming trip.

9. Make photocopies of important documents. You don’t need to carry your passport or any other important document during your tour activities or when visiting new places in Costa Rica. It is safer to leave it on the safe at your hotel room and just carry a photocopy of your passport. Also, if your credit card gets lost you need to have the cancellation numbers found on the back of the credit card.

10. Before booking make sure you know about the visa requirements that you need. That way you will not be stressed by the normal paper work that has to be done in case you need a visa. For visa requirements to come to Costa Rica, please check out the following page.

 

Written by Caro Goodfellow

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Costa Rica Health Information

Important Costa Rica Health Information for travelers

Vaccines

All travelers should be up to date on routine vaccinations while traveling to any destination. Some of these routine vaccines are: measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and the yearly flu shot.

 

Yellow Fever Vaccine

If you are coming from a country in Africa or in South America, such as Colombia, Venezuela, Peru or Brazil), as well as Panama, you need a Yellow Fever vaccine shot to enter Costa Rica. This shot has to be at least two weeks old. There is no risk of yellow fever in Costa Rica. The government of Costa Rica requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. This does not include the US.

Remember to bring proof for your Yellow Fever Vaccination. For more information about vaccines please visit the official site.

 

Health system in Costa Rica

Costa Rica has a pretty good health care reputation. Actually, Costa Rica has lots of people coming from the US and Canada each year to undergo medical procedures, including dentistry, ophthalmology and plastic surgery. One of the main reasons is its quality versus its price. There are very good private clinics that offer a top nudge service. However, we do recommend to have health insurance while traveling to Costa Rica so that you are completely safe and do not expend more money that you should in case of a health emergency.

 

Tips to stay health while traveling to Costa Rica

Learn actions you can take to stay healthy and safe on your trip.

  • Get vaccinated
  • Eat and drink safely, avoid street food.
  • Prevent bug bites with repellent.
  • Reduce your exposure to germs washing your hands as much as you can, and use hand sanitizer.
  • Bring your prescription medicines you take for existing conditions. Also bring copies of all your prescriptions.
  • Reduce you unsafe exposition to sun. Sun burns can be something that would damage your vacations.

 

Some of the Over-the-country medicines sold in Costa Rica are:

  • Antacid
  • Diarrhea medicine (for example, loperamide [Imodium] or bismuth subsalicylate [Pepto-Bismol])
  • Antihistamine
  • Motion sickness medicine
  • Cough drops
  • Cough suppressant/expectorant
  • Decongestant
  • Medicine for pain and fever (such as acetaminophen, aspirin, or ibuprofen)
  • Mild laxative
  • Mild sedative or other sleep aid
  • Saline nose spray
  • Condoms

We highly recommend travel insurance to protect your investment and to provide yourself with international emergency medical coverage. For an estimated cost please ask. Click here for complete information of the coverage!