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Costa Rica Geology Tours - Rocky Costaline


What are the trips like?
In general, we are up and at ‘em. Being an equatorial country, the sun rises at 6:00 a.m. and sets at 6:00 p.m. so we have to make the most of the daylight. Our days will start with an early breakfast, and departure around 7:30 a.m. On many of the days the geologic interpretation will occur while we are in route and be continued once we meet our local guide. After our morning excursion we will have lunch (included, except for free day). The evening will end at a resort-style hotel where we will be visited by a local geologist for a guest lecture. Then, you are free to have dinner on your own at an on-resort or off-resort restaurant. Many of the resorts will have swimming pools, hot tubs, bars, and restaurants on sight.

As a tour company, we value offering a full agenda and we try our very best to stick to the timeline provided to you at the start of the trip. However, weather can be variable causing road closures, etc. that may cause us to reroute or change the schedule completely. Additionally, we want to cater to the experiences of our participants as best we can! So, this might mean shifting around a field experience so that we can watch soccer at a local pub. Just know that Costa Rica Geology Tours is 100% committed to providing you with a great experience.

How much does it cost?
Contact us for the latest pricing information.

Our mostly-inclusive 8 day excursion includes:

  • 7-nights in resort-style accommodations with private bathrooms and breakfast included
  • 5 traditional Costa Rican-style lunches
  • All in-country transportation
  • Geology interpretation at field sites
  • 3 lectures on Costa Rica Geology by local professional geologists
  • 2 social reception with beverages
  • Adventure Geology Tours – Costa Rica t-shirt, fancy logo water bottle, and stickers
  • Color printed field guide
  • Paid admission to:
      • Parque Nacional Volcan Poas
      • Arenal National Park
      • Arenal Hanging Bridges
      • Lake Arenal Boat Cruise
      • La Fortuna Waterfall
      • Cavernas de Venado and Guided Tour
      • Monte Verde Biological Reserve and Guided Tour
      • Manuel Antonio National Park and Guided Tour
      • Parque Nacional Volcan Irazu

    *per double occupancy; airfare not included

    After booking through the contact form, you can use this PayPal link to securely submit your deposit or full payment. Please add 5% to your balance for money transferred by PayPal. If you’d rather avoid this fee, a check can be mailed.

    Are there additional costs we should anticipate?

    The airfare to and from San Jose airport is not included. If we know your arrival time we will meet you at the airport.

    As you will see from the itinerary, we allow you some space to dine on your own. These meals are not included in the price. Although we will provide you with some snack/lunch options you may also want to plan to supplement with items purchased at grocery stores, gas stations, etc.

    Also, additional excursions in your free time will be at your expense.

    Is college credit available?

    The content of the trip can be altered for school or university groups who are interested in learning advanced concepts. Contact us for other educational opportunities.

    Do I need to have knowledge of geology?

    Nope. These tours are intended for people who are interested in learning about the formation of the many unique landscapes found on the island. A background in geology is not necessary to participate.

    What is the required activity level for this trip?

    To enjoy the trip we recommend that you be in good physical condition. Ideally, you should be able to walk 100 yards on uneven surfaces and have the ability to move your own luggage if needed.

    Is there a discount for 3 or more people?

    Discounts may apply according to group size and needs. We can accommodate groups of 16 easily, but can alter our transport (and schedule in some cases) to meet the needs of a larger group.

    Do you accommodate dietary needs and/or restrictions?

    Yes, we pride ourselves on being a service-based company and we strive to accommodate all needs with advanced notice.

    Is there an age minimum?

    Due to the rigor of the hiking we do not recommend that children under the age of 12 participate in this tour.

    What is the bathroom availability?

    Typically, there is not a bathroom on the bus. However, we plan for a bathroom break at least every three hours.

    What is your refund policy?

    If you cancel within a month of your trip departure date we are only able to return 25% of your total booking cost. If you cancel within 6-weeks we are able to return 50% of your total booking cost.

    What to pack?

    Upon trip payment we will send a detailed itinerary and a recommended packing list.

    What is your Covid policy?

    We will follow in-country CDC mandates unless the group majority request otherwise. If a person contracts Covid while on the trip, they will need to quarantine from the group at their own expense. For this reason, we strongly recommend that trip participants acquire travel insurance.

    What excursions are included?

    Most tours charge extra for admission. But we include paid admission to:

    • Parque Nacional Volcan Poas
    • Arenal National Park
    • Arenal Hanging Bridges
    • Lake Arenal Boat Cruise
    • La Fortuna Waterfall
    • Cavernas de Venado and Guided Tour
    • Monte Verde Biological Reserve and Guided Tour
    • Manuel Antonio National Park and Guided Tour
    • Parque Nacional Volcan Irazu

    Costa Rica Geology Tours supports diversity in the outdoors, international travel, and in the sciences. Unique life experiences and perspectives have a positive impact on our group travels. We do not tolerate racism, homophobia, transphobia, or xenophobia of any kind. We strive to foster inclusive and welcoming environments on all of our trips. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns as unlearning privilege and learning equity is a lifelong journey.

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