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Bank or ATM

For anyone that has taken Surcos Tours with Nito or the other guides how did you handle your payment?

I was told to pay in cash to the tour guide in US dollars. I am a little worried because we arrive in PJ on a Saturday afternoon. I assume the banks will be closed. Where is a recommended place to get cash? What is the ATM withdrawal amount limit in town?

I don't want to carry all that cash before heading into town.

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1. Re: Bank or ATM

I would not count on a ATM in Pt Jimenez working, it could be out of cash, it could be off line, maybe your card wont work, electricity is spotty, bad storms, who knows. Bring the Cash, Pt Jimenez is safe as anywhere, I would not worry about that...

cant you wire to his bank account?

Edited: 08 January 2013, 02:50
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2. Re: Bank or ATM

I would bring the cash, and I would pay on the day of the trip. Many things can happen in a day (or even in a night) and thus you might avoid some hassle. Puerto Jimenez is as safe as any other town in Costa Rica. If not flashing your $ bills, who would know what are you carrying around?

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3. Re: Bank or ATM

The ATMs work just fine in Puerto Jimenez. There are two, both across the street from the other. Banco Nacional and Banco de Costa Rica.

Other options would be to deposit the funds into Nito's account on Friday (direct deposit, not wire transfer). You would need his account number and name of his bank. Just visit the same bank, make your deposit, keep the receipt and then share the receipt with Nito when you meet up. This way there are no fees.

It's unfortunate that some people continue to comment on facts that they don't know about first hand, but the ATMs in Puerto Jimenez are up and running fine.

And Rob, have a great time with Nito. He's a great guide and a really nice person. Enjoy your time in the jungle!

Pura Vida,


Edited: 08 January 2013, 15:02
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