Notes about Money:
We accept payment in the form of a check, Paypal transfer or cash in US Dollars or Costa Rican Colones. Please note that Paypal transfers require a $5 service fee for each transfer.
It is not advised to use traveler’s checks in Costa Rica as many places including us do not take them. Larger places will take credit cards, but cash is the preferred method. Travel with what you feel most comfortable carrying.
** Please be aware that there is NO ATM in Manzanillo and that there are 2 ATMs in Puerto Viejo, as well as two banks and a currency exchange office.
For current exchange rates please check out: http://www.xe.com/ucc/
Note: Costa Rica is a very safe country, but like anywhere theft does happen. Please keep your personal belongings close to you and do not flaunt your camera, money or ipod.
Exit Tax: You will need $26 as an exit tax to leave the country. They accept cash or credit card.
Notes on your Passport:
Please make sure to have a copy of your passport. We will put your passport away in our lock box on the farm and you should keep your copy on you when you venture off the farm.
Notes on Water, Health Matters and Emergency Contact:
Punta Mona has two wells as well as a rain catchment system. Our water goes through a slow sand filter from its collection site. Drinking water goes through a final UV filter to kill microbes for safe drinking. This system will be discussed in greater detail upon arrival. Costa Rica does not have malaria, you will not need a malaria vaccine. There is an occasional bout of Dengue Fever, which is like a very bad flu. In the 15 years at Punta Mona we have not seen very much of it at all. We will be working with an array of tools so we recommend having your tetanus vaccine up to date. Costa Rica has an amazing medical system and there is a clinic in Puerto Viejo and a hospital about an hour away in case of emergencies. Please send us two emergency contacts prior to arrival.
Notes of Feminine Hygiene Products:
Cotton tampons and paper wrappers can be put into the composting toilette system. All plastic must be out into landfill. Please be conscious of waste but be conscious of your personal comfort.
Notes on Internet:
We have solar powered satellite internet at Punta Mona. This is an extremely valuable luxury resource, quite costly and completely dependent on sunshine. We encourage people to reach out to their loved ones to let them know you are safe and sound, though we also encourage limited use of the internet to not overload your already stimulated senses. Internet is $3 per hour of usage, which we will keep track of during your month stay with us to be paid at the end of your time. We have a house computer but you are welcome to bring your own, we have a safe place to keep them. The internet is wifi, your iphone, blackberry or other wifi capable device will work on this system. On cloudy days there will be NO internet usage.
**Please let us know immediately about any health conditions, allergies and other information that may be useful for us to make your stay the best possible at Punta Mona.
**Please also note to accommodate a fully raw diet, please let us know aas soon as possible to make sure you are well fed. We eat a ton of raw fruit, veggies and get as creative as possible, though the conditions of the jungle, many hardier foods need to be cooked.
**At Punta Mona we eat 90% organic, some things are not available organic in Costa Rica, we do the best we can. We also eat organic eggs, catch fish from a kayak and occasionally eat chicken from the farm and neighbors. We always have vegan dishes available, so none go hungry!
**Please make sure to be in contact with your loved ones prior to arriving on the farm. The internet is spotty here and there will be times it will not be available. Please let your loved ones know this. In case of emergencies we have a personal international Blackberry in case your loved ones need to, they can get in touch with you. Have them email in case of emergency only: firstname.lastname@example.org