Get your adrenaline flowing with a group of fellow adventurers in Costa Rica! Zipline through the Cloud Forest, whitewater raft the exotic Pacuare River, rappel down waterfalls and surf at world-famous Tamarindo Beach on this Costa Rica adventure travel tour for teens. Led by outstanding summer program leaders, this is a truly unforgettable small-group experience in a beautiful country. After this incredible experience, you’ll bring home the “Pura Vida” lifestyle along with memories that will last a lifetime!
Experience new cultures and thrilling activities in a smaller, tight-knit travel group.
This program requires an open mind towards a different culture, new foods and comfortable hotels.
A professional guide accompanies the group to assist, educate and immerse the students into the local culture.
Hotels & lodge.
Includes three meals daily.
Includes all recreation & activities listed.
Chartered deluxe, air conditioned motor coach with a professional driver.
Up to 24 participants.
ON TOUR Available
ON TOUR departures offer more independence and age-appropriate activities for older teens currently completing 11th or 12th grade.
• Whitewater raft thrilling rapids on the Pacuare River.
• Zip-line and hike through the Monteverde Cloud Forest.
• Learn to surf with professional instructors at Tamarindo Beach.
• Experience waterfall rappelling & canyoning by Arenal Volcano.
• Horseback ride through a Costa Rican forest.
• SCUBA dive or snorkel near Las Catalinas Islands.
• Taste the famous and delicious local coffee at Café Britt.
• Relax in all 25 thermal water pools at Baldi Hot Springs.
• Taste traditional Costa Rican dishes like Gallo Pinto.
• Enjoy a volcanic mud bath.
• Marvel at the night sky during a beach bonfire.
• Hike the Las Pailas Trail to a volcano crater.
Fly to San Jose and head to the Central Valley, where your orientation officially begins with some of our favorite icebreakers and “get to know you” activities.*
Kick off the summer with a thrilling whitewater rafting adventure on the Pacuare River!
*Note the ON TOUR departure follows this itinerary in a modified order. Fly to Liberia, and start in Flamingo beach.
Explore Rincon de la Vieja National Park by horseback and hike near the volcano crater. Cover yourself at the natural mud baths and enjoy some downtime by the pool at our eco-resort.
Get set for professional surf lessons at Tamarindo Beach, where you’ll be catching waves in no time! Hop back in the water and SCUBA dive or snorkel near Las Catalinas Islands. Enjoy an evening of karaoke and a beach bonfire with new friends.
Experience a waterfall rappelling & canyoning adventure in Arenal Volcano National Park. Relax in the Baldi Thermal hot springs after an exciting day.
There is no better way to experience the unique wildlife in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve than with a thrilling zip-line excursion! Your adventure continues with a hike through the Reserve - how many sloths can you spot? End your exciting day making local cuisine at a Tico cooking class.
Taste the famous and delicious Costa Rican coffee at Café Britt while learning how it’s grown. End the day with a night of Latin dancing.
Return Flight Home From San Jose
Say farewell to your new friends as you part ways for your return home. The summer might be over, but all the memories you’ve made will last a lifetime!
Central Valley, Costa Rica
Our groups will be staying at a few carefully selected hotels in the Central Valley. Properties include Hotel Autentico, Hotel Bristol Aeropuerto, Hotel Adventure Inn, La Rosa de America and Hotel Aeropuerto. Amenities at all hotels include air conditioning, internet access and a swimming pool to enjoy.
Rincon de la Vieja, Costa Rica
Hacienda Guachipelin is an eco-resort set atop the mountains with an open-air restaurant overlooking the valley. Facilities include a pool, patio with hammocks, air-conditioned rooms, Wi-Fi, and recreation space.
Flamingo Beach, Costa Rica
Our group will be staying at one of the following carefully selected hotels near Flamingo Beach: Hotel Casas del Toro Hacienda, Hotel Cabinas Isolinas or Seis Playas Hotel. Amenities at all hotels include air conditioning, internet access and a swimming pool to enjoy.
Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica
Your group will stay at one of the following hotels near Arenal volcano: Hotel San Bosco, Hotel Montechiari, Lavas Tacotal, or Lavas del Arenal. All of the hotels offer great views of Arenal Volcano. Rooms are air-conditioned, Wi-Fi enabled and have refreshing swimming pools.
Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica
While staying in Monteverde at either Hotel Poco a Poco, the Monteverde Country Lodge, Hotel Fonda Vela or Monteverde Rustic Lodge enjoy incredible views of the Cloud Forest. All rooms have Wi-Fi.
Flight to Costa Rica
Participants on this program have the option of joining us on a chaperoned flight to Costa Rica. The chaperoned flight will be from either a NY/NJ area airport and/or Miami, determined in the spring. Our staff will be with you from the time you check-in onward. For our many travelers from outside these areas, you can choose to join the chaperoned flight and we are happy to assist you with arranging connecting flights at suitable times. If you prefer, you may meet us in Costa Rica and we will help you coordinate your flight and times and greet you as you come through immigration and customs.
Return Flight Home from San Jose, Costa Rica
For the return flight from San Jose, our leaders help you to check-in and remain in the airport until flights in designated times have departed. They continue in Costa Rica for the duration of the longer 21-day program and chaperone that group flight home. Depending on the number of students departing after 14 days, one staff may chaperone this flight as well.
Meals & New Cuisines
Part of your travel experience will be immersing yourself in the local cuisine and culture, so please bring with you an open mind and a willingness to try new things. For example, Costa Rican traditional cuisine offers plenty of rice, beans, meat dishes and tons of fresh fruit, but don’t worry, they also have North American style options on the menu.
We have satisfied the choosiest of eaters and gladly accommodate most special dietary requests including vegetarian, anaphylactic food allergies, lactose intolerance, celiac disease, and kosher style. We welcome discussing your individual requirements with you and have extensive experience in this area.
It’s generally okay to drink tap water in Costa Rica, except for a few select areas. As a precaution, we will provide purified drinking water in large containers so that travelers can fill up their reusable water bottles as needed.
We recommend you follow the advice of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and consult with your physician for current immunizations and medication required for travelers to Costa Rica. These recommendations may change from time to time. We will send you detailed information in March (or upon enrollment if later) regarding the current recommendations for this itinerary.
You will only need one week’s worth of clothing as outlined in the packing list that will be sent to you prior to departure. Every week you may drop off your laundry at a local wash and fold service and then pick it up clean, folded and ready to go.
Included in your program tuition is all lodging, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, recreation & entertainment listed, airport transfers in designated times, gratuities & taxes.
Not included is transportation to and from the program, snacks, personal spending money for souvenirs, and laundry. We also make available optional travel insurance that is not included, but highly recommended.
Please contact us with any questions. We are happy to hear from you!