Listed below are many of the Frequently Asked Questions we receive. If you have specific questions, please contact us on our contact page. Alternatively, you can email us directly at [email protected] or call us at (801) 896 9490.
We are here to answer any questions you may have. Feel free to ask us anything. We will have the answers for you.
What kind of travel documents do I need?
A passport is required to travel to Costa Rica. All customs forms will be given to you on the airplane. It’s recommended with any international travel that you make a photocopy of your passport and airline ticket and keep it in a separate location. Be sure to check under the Visa Section of the FAQ’s page to see if you need a visa. To expedite a passport, visit: http://www.rushmypassport.com
Is the program safe?
We do our best to ensure the safety of all participants in our program. Each adventure activity is developed by experts in the field and overseen by risk management personnel. All of our guides are trained in Wilderness First Aid, therapeutic de-escalation, and many have other technical rescue certifications.
Pure Life Apsiro follows Utah state regulations regarding safety in the wilderness industry. Additionally, Costa Rica is considered the safest, most stable country in all of Central America and has quality health care should an emergency occur.
What is a cultural homestay?
Our cultural homestays are an opportunity for students to stay in the home of a local Costa Rican family. Usually this means sleeping on the floor with the guides and the rest of the group in a safe and clean environment. All homes are comfortable and provide flushing toilets and clean running water for drinking and bathing. Host families benefit as they are paid for participant’s room and board. All participants will be asked to roll up their sleeves and pitch in with daily chores in and out of the home as most of the families live on farms and there is never a shortage of work to be done.
What airport do we need to fly into?
Students as well as any visitors fly into San Jose, Costa Rica to the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO). Be sure to give yourself plenty of time with layovers. We recommend no less than two hours.
What’s the best way to get a flight?
Unfortunately, there are no secret tricks. Try everything until you find the best price. Kayak.com is a recommended site. If you are using frequent flier miles try to book as early as possible to ensure you get the dates you need.
How do I get a passport?
Check the expiration date of your passport to make sure you don’t need a renewal for the trip. For U.S. passports, visit the following site for more information: http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html
To expedite a passport, visit : http://www.rushmypassport.com
Do I need a Visa?
No visa is required to visit Costa Rica if you are visiting from the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Romania, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican, Venezuela, Yugoslavia. A Visa is required if you are visiting from the following countries: Andorra, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Chile, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Grenadines, Greece, Guadalupe, Guyana, Haití, Malta, Martinique, Morocco, Paraguay, Peru, San Marino, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Saudi Arabia, Surinam, Taiwan, Trinidad, Tobago, Uruguay, Jamaica.
Do I need any immunizations?
All travelers should visit either their personal physician or a travel health clinic before departure. Hepatitis A – Recommended for all travelers Typhoid – Recommended for all travelers Hepatitis B – Recommended for all travelers Yellow fever – Required for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected country in Africa or the Americas Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) – Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given Tetanus-diphtheria – Revaccination recommended every 10 years.
What’s the time difference and will I have jet lag?
That depends on where you’re coming from. Costa Rica is on U.S. Central Time, although it does not follow daylight savings so for half of the year, the time will be equivalent to U.S., Mountain Time. For travel from the U.S. generally jet lag is not a problem.
What’s the weather like in Costa Rica?
The Costa Rican climate doesn’t change much from season to season. The average temperatures of the country range from 21.7˚C (71˚F) and 27˚C (81˚F). The coolest months are usually around November to January, and the warmest from March to May, although it’s never far from paradise. Costa Rica has vastly different topography so temperatures, rainfall, and overall climate differ from region to region. The typical rainy season runs from May to November or December, with the dry season running from January to May. Both seasons offer amazing benefits, so any time is a good time to be in Costa Rica.
How will you find me at the airport?
There is only one place to exit the airport. There will be a Pure Life Aspiro representative holding a sign with our company logo on it and your name. He or she will safely escort you to our base where we will be waiting for you.