Costa Rica 2009
WHAT IS COSTA RICA? <ul><li>It is a small country in Central America about the size of West Virginia. </li></ul>
LOCATION
THE CAPITAL IS SAN JOS É
PRIDE OF COSTA RICA <ul><li>Democratic Traditions :  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>no army no wars. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Environ...
LANGUAGE <ul><li>Costa Ricans speak Spanish. </li></ul><ul><li>Many of the people also speak English. </li></ul>
Bring a camera!
Bring something to entertain yourself while on the bus!
Again, bring a book, iPod or something to do while we are traveling!
Bring beach and swim gear!
<ul><li>WILDLIFE IS EVERYWHERE! </li></ul>
 
 
TREE  IGUANA
 
Look for the “snake bird” when we go kayaking!
The Costa Rican national flower La Guaria Morada  (purple orchid)
THE PEOPLE <ul><li>Ticos , as Costa Ricans are commonly known, are a fairly mixed bunch .  </li></ul><ul><li>96 % of the p...
Friendly local soccer match with the “Ticos”
POPULATION <ul><li>Costa Rica has a population of more than three million people. </li></ul><ul><li>The state of Alabama h...
CLIMATE <ul><li>Costa Rica only has two seasons:  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>summer (sunny)  January to April or May  </li></ul...
EF TOURS! <ul><li>EF TOURS uses the best hotels and transportation available </li></ul><ul><li>We will have our own person...
Flight Expectations <ul><ul><li>Europe 2005 Flights: Delta, Continental </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Costa Rica 2007: We fle...
Hotel Expectations <ul><li>All hotel rooms have a private bathroom. </li></ul><ul><li>Rooming will be determined on the tr...
All of our hotels in 2007 had pools!
Hanging in the room
Here we are with our “Kansas group”
FOODS
Typical Lunch on tour
Eating in Costa Rica <ul><li>Gallo Pinto (Spotted Rooster) and Casados (Married.) Gallo Pinto consists of rice and beans s...
Packing Tips, Suggestions <ul><li>We recommend that you pack as light as possible.  About 50 pounds is a good measure for ...
MONEY <ul><li>We suggest taking about $300.00 spending money.  Travelers tend to spend almost as much as they take, keep t...
MONEY <ul><li>US Dollars, Cash—United States dollars are widely accepted (though not universally, always have some colones...
Phone Tree <ul><li>Please fill out the phone tree document before you leave. </li></ul><ul><li>Let Mr. Brannon know if you...
Reminders <ul><li>Passport should be obtained soon.  We suggest getting one over the December break.  See handout for more...
Flexibility is KEY! <ul><li>Remember that our travel departure range is 6-04-2009 to 6-08-09. However, in the past we have...
RULES <ul><li>All regulations are in the EF tour information. </li></ul><ul><li>Some of the most important rules are: Foll...
Deadlines <ul><li>Passport by next meeting </li></ul><ul><li>Payments to EF by 99 days to departure February 25 th , 2009 ...
Special Requests <ul><li>Please let us know if you have any special dietary or medical needs.  </li></ul><ul><li>It is ver...
Next Meeting <ul><li>Next meeting will be late April or early May when we get details for the trip. </li></ul><ul><li>You ...
Hand-outs <ul><li>Passport guide </li></ul><ul><li>Insurance </li></ul><ul><li>Packing List suggestions </li></ul><ul><li>...
PURA VIDA means  “the good life”
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Costa Rica 2009 Fall Meeting

  1. 1. Costa Rica 2009
  2. 2. WHAT IS COSTA RICA? <ul><li>It is a small country in Central America about the size of West Virginia. </li></ul>
  3. 3. LOCATION
  4. 4. THE CAPITAL IS SAN JOS É
  5. 5. PRIDE OF COSTA RICA <ul><li>Democratic Traditions : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>no army no wars. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Environmental Protection : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>30% of the land is preserved for national parks, wild life and forest reserves. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Hospitality of its People </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The people are very friendly. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. LANGUAGE <ul><li>Costa Ricans speak Spanish. </li></ul><ul><li>Many of the people also speak English. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Bring a camera!
  8. 8. Bring something to entertain yourself while on the bus!
  9. 9. Again, bring a book, iPod or something to do while we are traveling!
  10. 10. Bring beach and swim gear!
  11. 11. <ul><li>WILDLIFE IS EVERYWHERE! </li></ul>
  12. 14. TREE IGUANA
  13. 16. Look for the “snake bird” when we go kayaking!
  14. 17. The Costa Rican national flower La Guaria Morada (purple orchid)
  15. 18. THE PEOPLE <ul><li>Ticos , as Costa Ricans are commonly known, are a fairly mixed bunch . </li></ul><ul><li>96 % of the population is white and mestizos (people of mixed Spanish and Indigenous ancestry) </li></ul><ul><li>2% are blacks, mostly of Jamaican origin. </li></ul><ul><li>Less than 1% are Native Indians </li></ul><ul><li>The other 1% come from other parts such as Asia, Europe and other countries in Central America. </li></ul>
  16. 19. Friendly local soccer match with the “Ticos”
  17. 20. POPULATION <ul><li>Costa Rica has a population of more than three million people. </li></ul><ul><li>The state of Alabama has roughly 4.5 Million people </li></ul>
  18. 21. CLIMATE <ul><li>Costa Rica only has two seasons: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>summer (sunny) January to April or May </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>winter (rainy). from April or May to December. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Average annual temperatures range from 89° F on the coast to 62° F inland </li></ul>
  19. 22. EF TOURS! <ul><li>EF TOURS uses the best hotels and transportation available </li></ul><ul><li>We will have our own personal tour guide 24/7 while in Costa Rica. </li></ul>
  20. 23. Flight Expectations <ul><ul><li>Europe 2005 Flights: Delta, Continental </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Costa Rica 2007: We flew to Houston then to Costa Rica on Continental </li></ul></ul>
  21. 24. Hotel Expectations <ul><li>All hotel rooms have a private bathroom. </li></ul><ul><li>Rooming will be determined on the trip. Kids will share rooms of 2-6. Usually rooms of four. </li></ul>
  22. 25. All of our hotels in 2007 had pools!
  23. 26. Hanging in the room
  24. 27. Here we are with our “Kansas group”
  25. 28. FOODS
  26. 29. Typical Lunch on tour
  27. 30. Eating in Costa Rica <ul><li>Gallo Pinto (Spotted Rooster) and Casados (Married.) Gallo Pinto consists of rice and beans seasoned with coriander, onions and Worcestershire sauce usually served for breakfast with scramble or fried eggs and a cup of Agua Dulce (pure sugar cane diluted in hot water) or coffee. Casado consists of white rice, black or red beans served with pork, steak, or chicken, a small portion of cabbage/lettuce & tomato salad, and fried plantains. All is served in one dish for lunch or dinner with a refreshment or coffee. </li></ul>
  28. 31. Packing Tips, Suggestions <ul><li>We recommend that you pack as light as possible. About 50 pounds is a good measure for the amount you pack. We will have you carry this pound amount at one of our next meetings. All travelers will be expected to carry their own bags! </li></ul><ul><li>Many previous travelers choose to pack old undershirts, socks and underwear that can be disposed along the way. Many travelers end up bringing back more than what they leave with. Keep this in mind when thinking about what to bring. </li></ul>
  29. 32. MONEY <ul><li>We suggest taking about $300.00 spending money. Travelers tend to spend almost as much as they take, keep this in consideration. </li></ul><ul><li>A pre-charged ATM or credit cards work great! </li></ul><ul><li>We will collect tip money at our last meeting in May. </li></ul><ul><li>We will help with budgeting money upon request. </li></ul>
  30. 33. MONEY <ul><li>US Dollars, Cash—United States dollars are widely accepted (though not universally, always have some colones, especially for smaller purchases) and sometimes preferred because of colón inflation. </li></ul><ul><li>Check with your bank to find the branch that will do exchanges. About $1=558 CRC </li></ul><ul><li>Travelers checks can be changed at hotels </li></ul><ul><li>CASH SPENDS BEST AND EASIEST! </li></ul>
  31. 34. Phone Tree <ul><li>Please fill out the phone tree document before you leave. </li></ul><ul><li>Let Mr. Brannon know if you would like to be placed last or first on the list. </li></ul><ul><li>We will use the list anytime we land or take off. </li></ul><ul><li>Check with your cell phone provider to see if they serve Costa Rica. </li></ul><ul><li>Travelers will have ample opportunities to call home. </li></ul>
  32. 35. Reminders <ul><li>Passport should be obtained soon. We suggest getting one over the December break. See handout for more detailed information. </li></ul><ul><li>You will need to bring a copy of your passport to the February meeting. </li></ul><ul><li>Mr. Brannon will keep all passports except for when the travelers need them. </li></ul>
  33. 36. Flexibility is KEY! <ul><li>Remember that our travel departure range is 6-04-2009 to 6-08-09. However, in the past we have been only a couple days outside our departure date. </li></ul><ul><li>Also, it is possible although not likely that our tour itself could change. Our first choice is “Coast to Coast”, Our second choice is “A touch of the Tropics” and our third choice is discover Costa Rica. </li></ul><ul><li>“ While we do our absolute best to get you running on your top tour choice and requested departure date, bear in mind that this is a group travel company and we do require date flexibility and alternative tour choices in order to get you the low group raters we offer. Your travelers should be familiar and comfortable with this concept.” From EF tours. </li></ul>
  34. 37. RULES <ul><li>All regulations are in the EF tour information. </li></ul><ul><li>Some of the most important rules are: Following Curfew, girls only in girls rooms, boys only in boys rooms and you should never be alone except when you are in the Hotel! Breaking these rules CAN GET YOU SENT HOME! </li></ul>
  35. 38. Deadlines <ul><li>Passport by next meeting </li></ul><ul><li>Payments to EF by 99 days to departure February 25 th , 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>By 76 days prior to departure, payment for all inclusive insurance plan. </li></ul>
  36. 39. Special Requests <ul><li>Please let us know if you have any special dietary or medical needs. </li></ul><ul><li>It is very important that we are aware of any special needs months before we go on tour. </li></ul><ul><li>ADULTS: You will need to request your own room ahead of time. </li></ul>
  37. 40. Next Meeting <ul><li>Next meeting will be late April or early May when we get details for the trip. </li></ul><ul><li>You will need to bring a copy of your passport and tip money at that time. </li></ul><ul><li>You will need to have the authorization form turned in by this time. </li></ul>
  38. 41. Hand-outs <ul><li>Passport guide </li></ul><ul><li>Insurance </li></ul><ul><li>Packing List suggestions </li></ul><ul><li>Parental authorization form (return to me-if needed, I can have them notarized) </li></ul><ul><li>Fill out information sheet </li></ul>
  39. 42. PURA VIDA means “the good life”

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