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Costa Rica Unplugged (Until August 2016)

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This tiny country is a haven for discovery, so get ready to go in-depth on this 12 day trip. From jungles & rainforests, to volcanoes, beaches, cool coffee plantations & even cooler locals, it’s the perfect way to uncover amazing Costa Rica.

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  • Brian
  • Booked from United States
  • Traveled August 2014
  • Level 2 Traveller
  • 2 Contikis
  • 2 Countries

Awesome!!!

Costa Rica was awesome!!!! Olivier better know as Oli was great and very knowledgable about his country!!!! The day life was great just be sure to wear great shoes for rough terrain and have a poncho or rain jacket at all times for the rain. The night life was ok, but with the group of friends we had it made it even better!!! The groups are small so it is easy to get to know everyone. Something's you need to know!! -the trip would be easier with a hiking backpack vs luggage -bug spray (Bens bug spray 100) works great!! -itching cream/allergy meds/triple antibiotic ointment -sunscreen -money half in Costa Rica colon and half in US dollars, most everyplace takes US dollars, but it is cheaper if you use colon -bring a pair of jeans for the cloud forest it gets cold -waterproof camera if you want pics -every activity was fun except for the ATV (very restrictive on everything) and the horses on the beach (the trail was through the jungle and was pretty intense even for and experienced rider, one of the horses kicked my wife's leg and broke her fibula and hairline fracture to her tibia and the hospitals were fun) thankfully it was on the second to last day when it happened!! -last you have to pay a exist tax that is 30 US dollars, once you get into the airport for departure it is to the right, and you will have to fill out the back the the paper they give you so have a pen ready. Pack light!!! Lots of walking!!! Have a great time!!!

My Contiki was: Coffee-Rice & Beans-Awesome

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9 August 2014 - 20 August 2014

  • Explorer1824772
  • Booked from Canada
  • Traveled February 2013
  • Level 1 Traveller
  • 1 Contikis
  • 1 Countries

Great Destination

You have to do Costa Rica at least once in your life. In terms of adventure the country really has it all. Every day there was something to look forward to. Unbelievable accomodations and the activities are top notch. The only thing that was missing was nightlife. Costa Rica has some good bars, but we were not given the option to go out or encouraged by our tour guide to go out. We were tired as hell some days, so we couldnt go out every night, but we should be given the option. Other than that, great trip. Many memories I'll never forget.

My Contiki was: Adventure-Costa Rica-

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16 February 2013 - 27 February 2013

  • Lauren
  • Booked from United States
  • Traveled June 2013
  • Level 1 Traveller
  • 1 Contikis
  • 1 Countries

Unforgettable Trip!

This trip was amazing! The Accommodations The accommodations were way better than expected. The special night stays were great. In Tortuguero the lodge is in the rainforest. There is a lot of wildlife you can experience just walking around the lodge including howler monkeys, parrots and toucans. The tent special stay lodge was also really neat. You sleep in tents but they have queen size beds and a bathroom with running water. Some of the accommodations had AC but not all of them, however this was never a problem. It seemed to cool off enough at night that heat was not an issue, and with the amazing sounds of the wildlife I got some of the best nights of sleep in my life. Most accommodations had hot water. The only time I had an issue with this was in the tent suites...but you only stay there one night so it wasn’t a huge deal. Excursions In Sarapiqui, you get to choose from rafting, ziplining, or rappelling free of charge. My entire group opted for the rafting which I would highly recommend. This was the only opportunity for rafting and there is better ziplining and rappelling in other areas of Costa Rica. The optionals that I participated in were canyoneering in La Fortuna, ziplining in Montverde, and kayaking and the catamaran cruise in Manuel Antonio. I would recommend all of these activities, especially if you are into adventure sports. The catamaran cruise was the last night of the trip which made it a great way to say goodbye to our group. The alcohol is free and there are snacks on board. There is an opportunity to snorkel, and ride a slide down into the water. What to Pack Clothing wise I would recommend a combination of adventure/workout clothes and a few nicer pieces of clothing (for nights out). A rain coat is a must and I would recommend a poncho as well. When it rains in Costa Rica it pours and even expensive rain coats got wet quickly. Once something gets wet it won’t dry for days due to the humidity. I packed a newspaper to help keep my shoes dry when there was no AC or hair dryer in the room. Water shoes are another must. I brought a pair of crocs along which worked great for canyoneering. During that excursion you walk through water constantly so a quick drying waterproof shoe is necessary. Bug spray and sun screen were also a must. Some people on my trip were bitten often so I would recommend bringing some sort of ointment to treat bug bites. I would also recommend packing a few general medicine items such as cough drops or cold/flu medicine. I had a head cold for a few days and having the medicine allowed me to fully participate in all the activities. Camera A waterproof camera is a must for this trip. Not only can you take great pictures in the rain, but can take it along on all the excursions such as canyoneering and ziplining. I invested in a cheap one right before I left and am glad I did. Those who did not have waterproof cameras were able to get some pictures but missed out on taking it along on many of the excursions. Money/Passports There are plenty of ATM’s throughout Costa Rica so accessing money was not an issue. The only days ATM’s are not available are during the time in Tortuguero so make sure you have enough cash to get you through the first few days of the trip. All of the hotels had safes, except for Arenal but the hotel has a safe at the front desk you can use. In Monteverde you have to give them a deposit to use the safe in your room but as long as you return the key you get all of your money back. Overall this trip was unforgettable and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a great combination of adventure and relaxation. Most of the adventure activities are optional so even if you are not looking for that type of activity I would recommend this trip. Not only do you get to see wildlife like monkeys, sloths, toucans, and dart frogs, but there are plenty of days at the beach. Our tour group was great. The guide was knowledgeable and a lot of fun. This trip was truly an experience of a lifetime!

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22 June 2013 - 3 July 2013

  • Elizabeth
  • Booked from United States
  • Traveled July 2015
  • 31
  • Level 3 Traveller
  • 3 Contikis
  • 6 Countries

Great Trip!!!

It was my first solo and first Contiki trip, and I was a bit scared of what to expect. Let me just say that It has been one of the best trips I've ever had!! Friendly tour manager Gustavo was great. Always felt safe and best of all felt like a local and not like a tourist. Loved the resort we stayed in Tortuguero in the middle of the rainforest. My favorite optional activity was the turtle laying eggs, which I recommend to do. I would recommend this trip to everyone!

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25 July 2015 - 5 August 2015

  • nbuchok
  • Booked from Canada
  • Traveled February 2015
  • 25
  • Level 1 Traveller
  • 1 Contikis
  • 1 Countries

Time of my life

If you're thinking about going on this trip, just do it. What an amazing experience. We were a group of 21- not too big, not too small, all on the trip for pretty well the same reasons- a mix of adventure, relaxation, and to make new friends. Me-time optionals: Our group pretty much all opted in for the exact same Me-time-optionals, and I think most of us were pretty happy with everything. No one did the ATVing or horseback riding though, because of past reviews or because it was too much activity for the end of the trip, but ziplining and canyoneering were amazing, the optional dinners were fantastic, and the kayaking, snorkeling, and kayaking was good too. The nature walks/tours were great- we saw a ton of wildlife and the weather was great for them. If you like nature, wilderness, and wildlife, you'll be pretty happy. We didn't have crazy luck with our wildlife tours, but that's the luck of the draw so I can't be angry. It was still great to be out there enoying the beautiful scenery. Weather: The weather varies tremendously depending on where you are in the country- from hot and dry, to warm and humid, to cool/windy/dry, to crazy hot and humid lol... We had pretty well perfect weather, so I can't complain. Just bring a variety of clothes. I brought a lot of quick dry active shorts/shirts to keep myself as dry and cool as possible. Food: If you're worried about culture shock regarding food, don't be... the food is amazing throughout the country- no complaints from me. Try food you've never had before because you won't likely be disappointed. Budget: I brought $1000 USD with me and that just about covered me for everything including tips and the optional activities. I paid for a few things by VISA, but the 1000 seemed to pretty much cover it. There were lots of ATMs around, but they seemed to be finnicky for almost everyone at some point (particularly the Canadians due to our chip cards). Almost everything can be paid for by credit card though. Safety: I felt safe at all times. The bus driver Felix was amazing, tolerant, and friendly. Some of the terrain is poor or very scary looking and challenging, but we got to each place safely and in good time. Our Tour Manager, Gio, was unreal- what a great guy. He had only our best interest in mind at all times, making sure we were safe, relaxed, comfortable, and having a good time. Both of them took the planning and worrying out of the equation and allowed us all to just have a good time. Accommodations: I had no problem at all with any of the places we stayed. Clean, comfortable, safe, beautiful. They were all excellent, and while some of them had spotty WiFi, that is not a reason to complain- we shouldn't have been on our phones anyway haha. Best moments: Hard to say, I loved everything- the scenery, the culture, the wildlife, and the activities. I had to write out what we did each day on my phone because there was so many great moments and I didn't want to forget them. The beautiful beach days at Manuel Antonio were a great way to end off a busy holiday though, so maybe that would be near the top of the list. Would I change anything? Nah. It was an amazing trip. Pura Vida! -Nick Buchok, Kincardine, ON, Canada

My Contiki was: Beautiful-Active-Fantastic

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28 February 2015 - 11 March 2015

  • Teija
  • Booked from Canada
  • Traveled March 2014
  • 28
  • Level 1 Traveller
  • 1 Contikis
  • 1 Countries

Incredible Experience!

From start to finish, Costa Rica Unplugged and my first Contiki experience were awesome! I went solo, and got really lucky with my fantastic and friendly group. Overall the tour was well-organized and action-packed. Highlights: boat ride in/out of Tortuguero and the whole Tortuguero experience. Ziplining in Monteverde. Hanging out at the beautiful beach in Manuel Antonio. Hot springs in La Fortuna. Night out in Monteverde. Waterfall stop near La Fortuna. The accommodation were great - better than expected, including the tent suites. I had envisioned spiders creeping down the walls, and instead the tents were bug-proof (as long as you are diligent about keeping the screens zipped) and cozy. The hot water worked at all of our hotels. Probably the only shocking thing I encountered was a huge bat flapping around my bathroom at the La Fortuna hotel at 3am.... must've gotten in with the cleaners. Many of the rooms had mini-fridges and air-conditioning (but not all). Our tour guide, Allan, and driver, Felix, were friendly, knowledgeable and reliable. Allan was hilarious - and has a great knowledge of the plants & animals of Costa Rica. For the most part, I enjoyed the ME Time Optionals and found them to be worth the money. In particular, the canyoneering and zip-lining were great! The sea-kayaking was fun, and the catamaran booze cruise can't be missed (although the drinks are watered down). The whitewater rafting was disappointing, perhaps just because I've rafted way better rivers before.... the water level was quite low and we spent way too much time getting stuck on rocks in lame Class 2 rapids. But it's included, so enjoy the float down the river! The ATVs were fun, but too many rules - they don't let you break out of line or go very fast. Throughout the trip I was impressed at how much was included - meals, activities, etc. The food was delicious. Sure it's beans & rice a lot, but the food is nicely prepared and there are plenty of fresh fruits and veggies. The travel days are not overly arduous. They make frequent stops for food/bathroom breaks, and I think the longest haul on the bus was about 4 hours from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio...and honestly by then we enjoyed the nap time. This trip is good value for money and it's certainly never boring. You see so much of this beautiful country in just 12 days, and you really get a sense of what Costa Rica is all about, how people live and the culture. Loved every moment! :)

My Contiki was: Adventurous-Fun-Unforgettable

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1 March 2014 - 12 March 2014

  • Monique
  • Booked from Canada
  • Traveled September 2014
  • 23
  • Level 3 Traveller
  • 3 Contikis
  • 5 Countries

Magical Country

What can I say? Costa Rica is a beautiful place to experience! My trip was in late September, also known as the "rainy season", however the majority of the trip, the weather was absolutely perfect. I went zip-lining, rafting, hiking, repelling, horseback riding, and SO much more. The sunsets in Costa Rica are breathtaking, especially in Manuel Antonio. The Costa Rican people are all very hospitable and welcoming, I felt very comfortable and safe everywhere I went. My favorite part of the trip (besides the unreal sunsets and food) was going to the Elementary School and watching the local school children perform a dance for us. Edward was our tour guide, and he was great! It seemed like everyone knew him everywhere we went, and so that made for a smooth transition into each city. Our coach driver was really nice too. I left feeling like I got a true taste of all Costa Rica had to offer, and I can't wait to go back one day. You must do this tour, you will be so happy you did!! Pura Vida!

My Contiki was: Culture-Beautiful-Pure Life

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27 September 2014 - 8 October 2014

  • Gen
  • Booked from Canada
  • Traveled August 2013
  • 22
  • Level 1 Traveller
  • 1 Contikis
  • 1 Countries

Amazing First Trip

This was my first big trip and I went alone. I have to say that everything about this trip exceeded my expectations. I love sports and this trip offered so many awesome things to do, all in a beautiful country; surfing, atv in the jungle, ziplining, etc! I took almost all of the optional activities and they were all so much fun and definitly worth the couple extra bucks. My favorites were the canyonneering and the atv. We got super lucky weather-wise, saw plenty of wildlife and the food was delicious, as well. It's nice to see so much of Costa Rica, every place has something different to offer. Also, Andres, our tour manager was absolutely amazing. He knows so much about nature and wildlife and he definitly teaches you a lot. He really cares about the group and our happiness and that definitly makes him someone special to pass the tour with. Also, having come alone, it was so nice making new friends from all over the world. All in all, I had a blast and I would definitly recommend this tour to everyone.

My Contiki was: Exhilarating-Adventurous-Special

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31 August 2013 - 11 September 2013

  • Stephanie
  • Booked from United States
  • Traveled June 2016
  • Level 1 Traveller
  • 1 Contikis
  • 1 Countries

Horrible tour guide great adventures

I have done Contiki before and absolutely loved it and had absolutely no complains regarding the itinerary or tour guide he was fun, full of knowledge, made us feel welcomed, showed us the best spots possible and took care of us, made sure we had everything we needed, went out with us and made sure everyone was safe and having fun. However, this trip was the complete opposite. I did enjoy most places we went and most activities we did. The me time were extremely fun and the reason why I chose Costa Rica in the first place. I chose it to escape work and home to make great friendships and have a fun time without having to worry about planning. This is the reason why I chose a group vacation. Our tour guide never answered any questions we had about anything he talked around them and seemed annoyed at everyone. The second our activities were over with he was nowhere to be found. You could not reach him in his room or through phone. One morning due to the lack of sleep and early check out I forgot a drawer full of clothes wishing the buddies I realized what had happened and told him to please make sure to contact the hotel and get my belongings to me ASAP and that I was willing to pay for shipping cost. It took him 2 days to even contact the hotel after me asking over and over again for it he finally said that the hotel had them stored and that everything is okay. He never asked for my creditcard or any payment so after a day or two I asked about them again and he said that I needed to conatct the hotel to give them my Creditcard info. I am in a country with no phone so I messaged someone back at home to do it for me. I'm on day 3 of calling the hotel and then telling me they never found anything until now he hasn't responded to my phone calls. Not only did he make us feel uncomfortable whenever he was around he also hasn't done his job as a tour guide. I pay extra for contiki in case things like this happens. I would not recommend this trip to anyone. And I am very disappointed for contiki for even considering he fit to do this job. Due to this experience I am hesitate of ever taking a contiki again.

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4 June 2016 - 15 June 2016

  • Sahar
  • Booked from United States
  • Traveled August 2013
  • 22
  • Level 2 Traveller
  • 2 Contikis
  • 6 Countries

Insanity!

Wow, I had the most incredible adventure! I experienced so many things and met a bunch of cool people! I highly recommend this trip to everyone! We saw animals everyday, even just walking down the street or on our way to restaurants. We also got to go on a boat tour and see more wildlife. We saw sloths, monkeys, turtles (got to watch them lay eggs), butterflies, hummingbirds, crocs, beavers, and very interesting birds. Be prepared to be woken up to birds every morning. We also got to see some cool volcano's, rivers, and waterfalls. The hikes were pretty cool, although I'm not much of a hiker. The accommodations were better than I expected. Our view from La Fortuna was of the volcano! The hotel at Manuel Antonio was a block away from the beach. The pool by Tortuguero and La Fortuna were awesome. I really enjoyed Tortuguero because you had to take a water taxi everywhere. And watching turtles lay eggs at night was an incredible experience. The night at the tents were pretty interesting, no amount of zipping up will get those bugs away. I learned a lot about the culture of Costa Rica through the chocolate and coffee tours, as well as the visit to the school (Jova and Fernando <3) and the visit to the sweetest family who taught us how they make moonshine and sang to us. In terms of actives, you are never bored! The whole group decided to do water rafting and although I fell into the water and got pushed off a cliff at some point, I would not change that experience for anything! I also did canyoneering which is not to be missed! I definitely faced my fears with that one. Ziplining through the rainforest is another unforgettable experience, especially the Tarzan swing towards the end. The kayaking optional was alright, very exhausting (although everyone like to remind me that I barely did any paddling) and the water was too murky to dive into but the views were amazing as always. ATVing is another must. At the halfway point they take you to a waterfall where you can dip in for a bit. Trust me, you need it! The ATV's get you super muddy. The sunset cruise was another great experience. We actually got to see whales while on it. And who would turn down an open bar? I think my favorite experience throughout the whole trip would have to be the night we went to watch the Costa Rica vs USA soccer game. Tico's live and breathe soccer. The Americans inthe group took white shirts and drew American flags on them to represent our country. We definitely got stared at by the people at the bar but it was so much. Luckily, USA lost and the bar turned into a huge dance party! I don't think I could have enjoyed the trip even half as much as I did if it wasnt for Andres, out tour manager. He eats, lives, and breathes Costa Rica. Multiple times on the trip he got calls from people asking about specific animals or plants. He knows everything about anything that has to do with Costa Rica! I seriously don't know how any of us could have experienced Costa Rica without him. Thank you Andres for everything! I had a blast and it was all thanks to you. I also need to give a special shout out to our bus driver, Wilbert (or Billy but he only let's his friends call him that :) ). He knows his way around every street in Costa Rica and you could tell he really got attached to and cared for all of us. I will keep in touch with my 'Las Contegas' for a long time to come! I miss you already!

My Contiki was: Insane-Amazing-Unforgettable

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