come visit the incredible biodiversityCosta Rica is a small country with an extensive national parks system that covers 25 percent of the land, and an incredible biodiversity: tropical rain forests, dense cloud forests, and active volcanoes. It also has beautiful beaches on its two coasts: the Caribbean and the Pacific. Costa Rica is basically where eco-tourism began, and it stands as the most visited nation in the region. Explore Arenal Volcano and Manuel Antonio National Park, and fine resorts amid incredibly varied topography—cloud forests, volcanoes, hot sandy beaches and more.
Be in the know before you go
A valid passport is required to travel and should have at least 6 months’ validity after your return home. You should have at least 2 blank pages per country that you are visiting. If your passport does not meet this requirement at the time of departure, you can be denied boarding for your international flight and may consequently incur additional expenses. You do not need a visa to enter Costa Rica as a tourist with a US passport. However, we always recommend that you double check this for last minute changes with your local consulate.
The government of Costa Rica requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. This does not include the US. If you are traveling from a country other than the US, check this list to see if you may be required to get the yellow fever vaccine. For up to date information on recommended and required vaccinations and general health travel tips for Costa Rica please visit the CDC Website, then use the drop down menu to select the countries you are visiting. Please consult with your physician for clarification or concerns regarding recommended or required vaccinations. There is no risk of yellow fever in Costa Rica. For those arriving via Norman Y. Mineta San José International Airport, you can find detailed information about their services on their website.
What Our Clients Are Saying
"I recently took the most unforgettable trip to Costa Rica and Yampu Tours made it one of the best experiences of my life! Every little detail was thought of from the thorough itinerary to the unique hotels chosen, to the extraordinary daily adventures!!! We enjoyed hikes, hot springs, the amazing wildlife, and even zip lining on our seven day trip! The trip was adventure packed and we didn’t have to think or plan for ourselves, which was SO appreciated! The team at Yampu had wonderful communication with us and were always quick to answer any questions we had via email. I highly recommend Yampu Tours for your next adventure! You won’t regret it!!"
"We have used Yampu for a total of 4 international trips to date. We just returned from Costa Rica (July 2021) and it was an incredible adventure-filled vacation. From zip-lining across the canopies to RainForest tours, to rappelling off waterfalls, and even ATV excursions down rural paths, this was our most thrilling family vacation. Yampu, as always, provided reliable and wonderful service. They were with us every step of the way. That is why they are the only company we will use for our international travel! As they say in Costa Rica, “Pura Vida“!"
"In May five of us traveled privately with Yampu to Costa Rica for just under a week. Yampu did a fine job of arranging transportation, guides, hotels and tours. Originally the adventure was scheduled for 2020 and then rescheduled for 2121 because of the pandemic. Yampu was generous with travel refunds for the cancelled trip and inventive in rescheduling all this year and making changes because of the pandemic. The highlight of the excursion was seeing a male quetzal near Monteverde, an experience I had waited 61 years for. I would certainly recommend Yampu and travel with them again."
"Costa Rica was my second trip with Yampu Tours; a graduation gift for my daughter (and me!). Five years ago I used Yampu for a spectacular trip with MY mom to Peru, Machu Picchu, and Iguazu Falls. The pre-travel communication and assistance (for both trips ) was terrific and put me at ease. Once at our destinations (for both trips) the accommodations, organization of our drivers and tours was amazing. Even when there were small glitches, all was handled professionally and without hesitation by the staff in the locations we were visiting. I have already recommended this outstanding company and its staff to other travelers and will continue to do so, without hesitation. Thank you, Yampu Tours! I have many wonderful memories with my mom and now my daughter because of you. I WILL be back. :)"
"Had a great time in Costa Rica. We did get stuck in San Jose for a few hours when that volcano erupted, but that just adds to the story. The sloth sanctuary was amazing. What wonderful people with such a wonderful story. Doing the insiders tour was the way to go, getting to go behind the scenes into the nursery with all the baby sloths. I would not recommend any other tour to anyone. When the people who ran the facility found out it was Nicole's birthday, they gave us both t-shirts that we picked out from the gift shop. I also really enjoyed the two people that transferred us to the sanctuary and back to San Jose! I also enjoyed the day in Manual Antonio. By far El Remanso was the highlight. I am glad Wendy recommended it when Bosque del Cabo could not fit us in. The owners make it a point to get to know you, and the staff was top notch and knew what we liked and our names quickly. The food was some of the best I have had at a lodge! That is a property you should recommend again and again!! Nicole also really enjoyed the whale watching. She had never seen a whale before and being in such a small boat the whales came right up. The captain also worked hard to find them for us! We did not end up doing the wildlife sanctuary because even though we did not sign up for a private tour, because we were the only tourists that had planned to go that day, the owner decided we should pay 100 dollars to get in. I thought (as well as El remenso) that was super shifty and she should not be able to do that to tourists, so we cancelled. It just gave us more time with the whales. We also ended up changing our tour to Corcavado to where we flew into Sirena Station,. Our guide at El remanso use to work there and knew that was the spot for tapirs (one of my main targets). He found me 3 within 50 minutes. That was also the most wildlife rich part of the trip. They told me doing the beach walk that we were signed up for, there would be a slim chance of tapirs."
"Thank you for the thoughtful fruit plate that was awaiting us here at the Hotel Belmar. What a treat. Everything is going well, and we are having a great time. We appreciate the attention to detail by you and your colleagues in preparing and implementing such a nifty itinerary. Just about time for the night walk... hope the mosquitoes have gone to bed."
"My son and I, no strangers to travel (South America, the Middle East, Iceland, etc.) enjoy hiking and photography in "off-the grid" locales that are as comfortable and safe as they are exotic. The more remote, the better; the more animal life, the better. So our travel company Yampu arranged a week in Costa Rica that packed a lot into our six days, which provided us with more of a "jungle punch" than, ironically, any of our other jungle experiences--Ecuadorian, Peruvian and Brazilian Amazon jungles. This is because the company's co-owner, whom we met in the Peruvian Amazon, makes it a point of business and honor to travel herself to check out the lodges and hotels. We were confident that wherever we ended up would be perfect for us. So we left everything to her and we were not let down. Every place was wonderful. "