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Have a question about the Under30Experiences Costa Rica Rainforest trip?

What activities are optional? And how much do they cost?

We’ve included many activities in the price of the trip giving you plenty to do. However, we pride ourselves in helping you make the trip perfect for you. Therefore we’ve sought out the best activities and vendors to help you have the experience you want.

And don’t worry, your trip leader can help set up any of the following optional activities for you so you can sit back and enjoy your trip.

-White Water Rafting: $99 (less than 10 people) or $89 (more than 10 people)
-Zip-lining: $81
-Kayaking: $55
-Hot Springs: $8
-La Fortuna Waterfall: $16

Will we be going to the beach?

Not on the Costa Rica Rainforest trip but we do go to the best beach in Costa Rica on our Starter Costa Rica trip!

If you want to combine the rainforest and the beach, we highly recommend checking out our Costa Rica Extended trip – it has the best of both worlds.

What type of weather should I expect in the Costa Rican rainforest?

The average temperature in Arenal is 75-85 degrees fahrenheit during the day and 65-75 degrees at night.

Please expect showers and thunderstorms most days that pass through the rainforest.

I’m arriving a few days before the trip starts, any recommendations?

Activities near San Jose we recommend are La Paz Waterfall Gardens and Doka Estate Coffee Tour in Alajuela. If you have more than one day we recommend visiting the Poas or Irazu Volcanoes.

Alajuela Backpackers is our favorite budget hostel close to the airport.  The most convenient places to stay are the Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn, or Courtyard by Marriot, although we recommend staying at locally owned places whenever possible.  If you want to stay in the San Jose city center, 30-60 minutes from the airport, check out Hostel Casa del Parque. It’s near the Barrio Escalante/La California neighborhoods, which are known for their nightlife.

Selina’s Hostels offer good vibes throughout the country and have hip co-working spaces in case you need to get a little work done.

How long are the hikes?

The hikes are optional and will depend on your pace but are no longer than 1.5 hrs.

What kind of food can I expect in Costa Rica?

Costa Rica is home to some of the best tropical fruit in the world! You don't want to miss trying a mango, pineapple, papaya, guanabana, or a lychee. They taste very different from your local grocery store in the United States - trust us.

Costa Rica is also famous for its delicious, fresh seafood! And their traditional dish, gallo pinto. The daily diet is primarily based on wholesome ingredients like rice and beans, meats, vegetables, and fruit.

What is the nightlife like?

There will be a bar at the hotel. Otherwise, we will be staying in the rainforest removed from most towns and nightlife.

There is the option to go out in La Fortuna, but keep in mind that it is a 40 min cab ride.

Please drink responsibly and remember you’ll need to be up at a reasonable hour the next morning to join the group.

Will I get to see a sloth?

We can’t guarantee wildlife sightings, but you may have the chance. Keep your eyes out in the trees on the ride from Alajuela to La Fortuna.

Sloths are more commonly seen on our Starter Costa Rica trip.  We recommend booking the nine-day Costa Rica Extended trip and increasing your chances.

Is laundry available?

Laundry is available at the hotel for an additional fee. Ask your Trip Leader for details.

What is the bug situation like?

We are staying in the jungle so expect to see some of the best biodiversity on the planet - including some bugs.

Costa Ricans prefer not to kill insects as they understand we are a visitor in their environment.  

Long sleeves and pants are a good idea at dusk to protect from mosquitos.  Please opt for eco-friendly, non-aerosol insect repellents.

What are the accommodations like? How do I request a roommate?

We will stay in boutique bungalows in the heart of the rainforest for the duration of the trip.

Solo travelers will be paired with someone of the same gender.

You can request a friend to be your roommate upon checkout.

If you'd prefer not to have a roommate, private room options are available upon request, subject to hotel availability for an extra charge.  Please contact for more details.

Can I opt out of an included activity?

Of course! This trip is your trip, and you don’t have to participate in anything you don’t want to. Just be aware that opting out of included activities will not change the price of your trip.

What is the physical activity level of this trip?

Moderate. Some travelers will find the hills on the hikes challenging, while more athletic people will not find them particularly difficult.  

Weather conditions like heat, humidity, and rain can change trail conditions and the intensity of the activity. If you work at a desk all day, expect to do a lot more physical activity than normal.  

Our Trip Leaders are great at challenging you while keeping you safe and waiting for hikers who like to take their time.

How much should I budget for food and activities?

Bring cash with you! We recommend to have at least $300 USD cash on you during the trip for lunches, snacks, optional activities, souvenirs, etc.

All places accept USD so you do not need to convert to the local currency.

What type of luggage is best?

We recommend using a backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer.

A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on our transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage.

Are the outlets compatible with American plugs, or should we bring adaptors?

Costa Rica uses 110 volt, 60 cycle electricity, just like in the US. Plugs are typically the 2 pronged flat type so US travelers will not typically need a converter or adapter.

Do I need to worry about a visa in Costa Rica?

When traveling with a passport, citizens of the United States, Canada, and most Latin American and European countries are entitled to stay in Costa Rica for 90 days. They must enter the country with a departure ticket and a valid passport that does not expire within 30 days of their arrival in Costa Rica.

To find specific visa requirements or restrictions for your home country, visit the
Costa Rican embassy page.

What languages are spoken in Costa Rica?

Spanish is the official language of Costa Rica. English is widely spoken in many tourist areas and hotels. Knowing Spanish is not required to enjoy this trip.

Can I drink the water?

The local authorities state that the drinking water in Costa Rica is perfectly potable. Your Trip Leader will let you know if it is better to drink bottled water in certain areas.

We encourage our travelers to travel sustainably. Please bring a reusable water bottle.

Do you have last-minute deals?

Yes! When travelers take advantage of our “Switch Your Trip” program last minute slots open up on sold out trips. Visit our Trips On Sale page for the latest last-minute deals.

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