what you need to know for your trip » Nicolás Larenas

Today we are going to go over the requirements, documents, visa, useful data and everything you need to know if you are planning a trip to Costa Rica.

If llegaste a esta página y piensas encontrar la gran guía de viaje para el pequeño gran país de Costa Rica, déjame decirte que no lo encontrarás, pero si te offerco information útil desde el point de vista de un turista que pudo estar 4 días en este nice country.

Thanks to the invitation of Avianca and the Costa Rican Institute of Tourism, I arrived in San José to visit some of the many natural attractions that this country has. Undoubtedly, it took a long time to find out more, but it was enough time to be able to provide you with timely information for your next trip.

What you need to know about Costa Rica for your trip

First of all you should know that Costa Rica is a country of almost 5 million people and even before the pandemic it was visited by more than 3 million tourists, so here we start the recommendations for your next visit in a country that is worth it It is worth going there at least once in your life.

It’s not noticeable, but it’s a sloth bear and his son :O


With so many tourists, you have to understand that cultures from all over the world come together in one space, which enriches the experience, but there could be cultural conflicts, for example in the use of a mask or other customs, so we must be tolerant, as always in Pas la vie?

costa rica white water rafting sarapiqui river

Rafting is an experience that I recommend.

Entry requirements

Since we are talking about the mask and the pandemic, it must be understood that its use is not compulsory and that all health requirements for Covid-19 have been lifted since March 31, 2022, so tourists are welcome without any restrictions. . I leave these recommendations:

  • Always travel with international health insurance (you never know what can happen on a trip).
  • Vaccination against yellow fever may be required, so be sure to carry or have the certificate on hand.

Passport and visa

  • The passport must have a minimum validity of 6 months upon arrival at the immigration checkpoint.
  • Some countries require a visa to enter Costa Rica, which must be processed directly in the country of origin.
  • Travelers will need to present a round-trip air ticket to enter.
A green and black poison dart frog.

Credit cards and change

The local currency is the colone, but debit or credit cards are accepted without problem. You can even pay for everything directly in dollars, but change will be given in Colones.

Today, 1 dollar is equivalent to 655 colones.

travel cost

This is a big concern for everyone given the rumors that it is an expensive country. Well, the answer is yes, Costa Rica is a more expensive country than many others in our region, even though they compare to Chile in terms of price, but it all depends on what they are comparing. Here are some examples for your reference:

  • Personal water bottle: $1.40.
  • Personal Coke: $1.50.
  • Combo at McDonald’s: $7.
  • Meal for two in an average restaurant: average $60
  • Fresh cheese: $5.60.
  • 1 kilo of rice: $1.30.
  • 1 kilo of bread: $1.51.

Another good benchmark for prices are hotels that have high year-round occupancy, so a 3-star hotel has an average value of $70 per night per person or per room.

The Irazú Volcano is one of many active volcanoes in Costa Rica. The download has a cost of $5 for foreigners.


In San José, the public transport system works very well, but it is recommended to use a shuttle or bus service that will take you around the city or even to the different tourist attractions you want to visit. In this way, they will even gain a guide and a friend who will provide them with very good data and information.

  • For this case, I recommend the service of Edgar Cuadra:


In general, it is a very safe country for tourists, even the environment is pleasant for sightseeing without major worries. Even if that’s the case, it never hurts to be careful with these recommendations:

  • Avoid the crowds.
  • Avoid walking alone at night.
  • Do not take out cameras or cell phones in crowded areas.
  • Do not leave the tourist areas to unfamiliar neighborhoods.
  • Hire excursion or transport services at official centers or those recommended by your hotel.
A howler monkey welcomes us. They travel in groups of at least 10 members.

type of tourism

For me, Costa Rica is an adventurous and physically demanding destination. Of course, everyone plans what they want to see and do, but what I experienced was not necessarily a relaxing destination. Beach and sun, adventure, ecotourism and even medical tourism are at the top in this country.

What did I visit during the trip?

For this point, I have prepared a detailed video for you to better understand what I did during my visit to Costa Rica:

Tours included the Irazú Volcano (one of Costa Rica’s 120+ volcanoes), Hacienda Orosi Hot Springs, rafting with the Aguas Bravas company on the Sarapiquií River, visiting the town of Hormigas, the delicious Palmitour restaurant cuisine and more. .


Now that we talk about what I did during my trip, we can talk about the weather, which is very particular. With around 50 microclimates ranging from cold, temperate, to tropical heat, it’s safe to say you have to be prepared for anything.

There are two general seasons: the dry season from December to May and the rainy season from July to November.

When to plan a trip to Costa Rica?

From what I have seen and asked all year round is good because the weather does not change much from season to season and it can rain even in the dry season or it even depends a lot on the region you are visiting.

What to bring?

In Costa Rica you can spend a day in a volcano with a temperature of 5 degrees, then totally wet rafting and the next day on the beach, so you have to pack everything:

  • Shoes that can get wet
  • Dirty sports or walking shoes
  • Comfortable and light clothes (always carry a change of clothes in a backpack)
  • windbreaker
  • Solar cream
  • Mosquito repellent (important)

For the rest, I leave you this list so that you do not miss anything for your trip:

Checklist to make sure you don’t forget anything before the trip

Do you need to know other information about Costa Rica? Leave it in the comments to help you 🙂

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