Entry Requirements—For citizens of the United States and Canada no visas are necessary. With a valid passport, you’re on your way.
Immunizations and Health—No immunizations are required, but it is wise to make sure your tetanus booster is up-to-date.
Exit Requirements—In the past, all tourists were required to pay a departure tax of $29 at the airport. Airlines have slowly been adding this tax into their ticket prices. Hold aside $29 just in case your airline is not one of the ones who pre-pay this tax.
On this tour, international airfare is NOT included. You will need to get your round-trip international air from your home city to San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO). We encourage you to work with Steven Goldberg at Frosch Travel in Chicago, who knows the best flights to get you to Costa Rica.
You will need to arrive in San Jose, Costa Rica by 4 p.m. on November 17, 2017. Departure should be no earlier than 2pm on Saturday, November 25, 2017.
Steven Goldberg / Frosch Travel
Toll-Free in USA: 1-800-323-1276
International guests, please call +1-312-371-9686
When calling, please identify yourself as a Toto Tours participant. If you leave a message on Steven’s voice mail, he will return your call promptly. He will be happy to discuss your travel plans and help you decide when to purchase your ticket for the best rate.
NOTE: The recent trend in travel is for travelers to finalize their plans much closer to departure time than was customary in the past. While we try to be as flexible as possible we often must turn away last minute registrants because we relinquish hotel space and air reservations 8 – 12 weeks prior to departure! Please keep this in mind when making your travel plans.
In November, average daily temperatures in Costa Rica range from 60 to 77 degrees in San Jose, and about 10 degrees warmer in Manuel Antonio. You won’t need a suit jacket or tie, as the tour is informal and dinner attire will be casual. Try to pack light and bring only one piece of luggage plus your carry-on. Create mix and match outfits, and think about layering! Pack any medications you require in a carry-on bag and leave expensive jewelry at home.
The monetary unit is the colon (CRC), pronounced as “co-lone.” Bills come in denominations of 50, 100, 500, 1000 and 5000 colones. Coins are 50 centimos, and 1, 2, 5, 10, and 20 colones. On December 12, 2016, the interbank exchange rate was 539.2 colones to the US dollar. Exchange money only at banks or at your hotel. It is easier at the hotel, but sometimes the cash drawer is low. Never exchange currency with someone on the street. You will get the best exchange rate by withdrawing money from ATMs, which will be available in all but the smallest villages. Credit cards are widely accepted throughout the country. Click here to see the current exchange rate.
Tipping in Costa Rica: A 10 percent service charge is automatically added to restaurant bills, plus another 10 percent tax. Tipping above the automatic charge is at your discretion. Taxi drivers appreciate (but do not expect) tips. Guides and drivers do expect tips. We will offer a group tip to guides and drivers, and more details will be provided before departure.
Toto Tours provides Adventure Travel Experiences as differentiated from tours in the traditional sense. Adventure Travel allows (even encourages) you to be an active participant. Adventurers can be identified by certain traits. They are:
Check off a lot of adventures on your bucket list with this exciting and active tour. If you have any questions, please call us toll-free at: 800-565-1241.
We recommend you purchase travel insurance with Travel Guard to cover for unforeseen events prior to and during your trip. Please follow the link below or call us for more information.