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Gandoca-Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge

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Day 1: Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge Center

  • 1 Lunch
The Gandoca-Manzanillo Refuge is a large protected rainforest and wetland area on 23,000 acres. The refuge is home to some of the best white sand beaches on the Caribbean coast. In addition to over 360 species of birds, the refuge also contains leatherback, hawksbill and green sea turtles. Explore the park with your guide today as you spot manatees, dolphins, Venus sea fans, howler monkeys, sloths, iguanas, snakes, and poisonous frogs. As you continue, you will also see jungle trees covered with moss, lichen, bromeliads and orchids. A full tour of what the Costa Rica Caribbean coast has to offer.

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This Add-on is available only for our travelers extending or customizing their itinerary. Tour starts at 9:00 AM
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  • 1 Lunch, 1 Snacks
  • 1 Day Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Professional, bilingual guide service as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
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  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Local guides full-day tours: $5-$10 per traveler per day
    Local guides 1/2-day tours: $5 per traveler per day
    River guides: $5 per traveler per day
    Support staff: $2-3 per traveler per day
    Drivers: $5 per traveler per day
    Taxi drivers do not expect tips for their normal services
    Baggage Handlers: $1 per bag
    Hotel hospitality (maid service): $1-$1 per traveler per night
    Restaurants: Most restaurants include in their bill a 10% service charge, as well as a 13% sales tax.  If the service charge has been added, no additional tip is necessary; however, the wait staff is happy if the amount is rounded up. 

    USD and major credit cards are commonly used in Costa Rica, and it is very common to see higher cost items priced in USD. It is recommended to carry cash (NEW $20 bills or smaller ONLY) for taxis and restaurants. Most hotels and restaurants will accept major credit cards, as well.

    Colones are the official Costa Rican currency. It is common to receive change in colones if you pay for something in USD cash. Smaller cost items (sodas, metered taxis, etc.) will commonly be priced in colones.

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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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