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Costa Rica Adrenaline Trip Details

Introduction

Welcome to Costa Rica Adrenaline!

Adventure through Costa Rica’s remote Central Caribbean and experience the best adrenaline-inducing activities the country has to offer.

Stay in the heart of the Turrialba farmlands where you will experience an exhilarating two-day whitewater rafting trip on the world famous Pacuare River. You'll get your adrenaline pumping, go rappelling down waterfalls, mountain biking, and canyoning through the jungle.

Hike to one of the most beautiful and hidden waterfalls, unknown to most tourists.

And experience the importance of farming in the community while learning about Costa Rica’s most famous crop, coffee.

Duration: 7 days, 6 nights

Start:  Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) -- San Jose, Costa Rica
To ensure included transportation: plan to arrive before 1:00 pm on Day 1.

Finish: Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) -- San Jose, Costa Rica
To ensure included transportation: plan to depart after 5:00 pm on Day 7.

Airfare booking details will be sent after registration – please wait to book your flight until you receive further instructions.

What's Included

  • 7 days / 6 nights shared accommodations in a guesthouse, rustic river eco-lodge, & a boutique hotel
  • 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 6 dinners
  • A two-day whitewater rafting experience
  • Certified rafting guides for two days
  • Costa Rican coffee tour
  • Mountain bike untouched rainforest
  • Rappelling and canyoning experience
  • Hidden waterfall hike
  • Zip-lining through the jungle
  • Costa Rican sustainability & rural farming educational activity
  • Visit Virgen de Los Ángeles Basílica Church in Cartago
  • Entrance to Cahuita National Park
  • Relax on the beaches of Puerto Viejo
  • Ground transportation and entrance fees to all included activities
  • Airport pick-up upon arrival
  • Airport drop-off upon departure
  • Under30Experiences Trip Leader
  • Personal recommendations for optional activities
  • The chance to meet some kick-ass people
  • Access to the Under30Experiences community
  • Taxes always included, never hidden fees, & NO blackout dates

Travelers are responsible for international airfare to and from Costa Rica

Highlights

  • A two day whitewater rafting adventure
  • Canyoning, rappelling, and zip lining in an action-packed day
  • Mountain bike through untouched rainforest
  • Hike to hidden waterfalls
  • Support ecotourism with a visit to a local farm
  • Visit the Caribbean coast and relax on the beaches at Puerto Viejo

Is this Trip for You?

This will be a fast-paced trip designed for thrill seekers who want to experience some of the country’s best adrenaline-inducing activities, pristine nature, and Costa Rican culture.

A reasonable level of fitness is required, as we’ll be biking, rappelling, and rafting for sustained periods of time through the jungles of Costa Rica.

-Age requirement:  21+
-Group Size:  8-16 travelers
-Physical Rating:  High physical activity. This trip is designed for an active lifestyle and includes hiking, rafting, rappelling, and mountain biking.

Community

Travel connects us. Community keeps us connected.

Once you come on a trip, you become part of our Travel Community forever.

From U30X Alumni resources (and a secret group) after your trip, to custom Facebook groups before your trip, to meetups around the world, you will have the opportunity to meet and stay connected to other like-minded adventurers.

More than 70% of our travelers come solo but they all leave with friends.

Whether you have joined us on a trip or are looking for a group of like-minded people, we welcome you to the Under30Experiences Travel Community.

Itinerary Disclaimer

Travel can be unpredictable. Our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience.

While it is our intention to adhere to the itinerary, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into it and on occasion, it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations.

Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Meals

Breakfast and dinners will be enjoyed at our guesthouse and river lodge. Lunches will be enjoyed at local restaurants with recommendations by your Trip Leaders.

Sample Breakfast Menu:

  • Fresh fruit, delicious coffee, of gallo pinto, eggs.

Sample Dinner Menu:

  • Casados
    A casado is a typical Costa Rican lunch consisting of: rice, beans, plantains, veggies or salad and chicken, fish, beef or pork. Paired with salads and smoothies or local juices.

We do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions. Most meals can be modified for special requests and food allergies.

Transport

You will be traveling by private ground transportation throughout your trip.

  • Private ground transportation to and from the airport (Included)
  • Private ground transportation to all activities in Turrialba (Included)

Accommodation

You will be staying in a shared boutique hotel and in a shared eco river lodge for the duration of your trip.

Accommodations may vary but will be the same quality.
Solo travelers are paired with someone of the same gender.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is mandatory in order to participate on any of our trips.

When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that all travelers must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please ensure that all the activities you plan on participating in are covered by your travel insurance. For World Nomads, the “Explorer Plan” will cover all of the included activities on U30X trips.

If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt or credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.

Our suggested travel insurance vendor is World Nomads.

Cancellation Policy

Very Flexible

Give us at least 30 days notice and you can switch your trip for free, or we'll hold your Experience Credits for future use.

If you have an emergency cancellation that is less than 30 days before your trip, please refer to your travel insurance company as they may cover you for some expenses. 
We are not able to transfer trips or hold experience credits within 30 days of the trip because we have already secured reservations on your behalf.

Trip Leader Expectations

All Under30Experiences trips are accompanied by experienced Trip Leaders.

The goal of the Trip Leader is to facilitate an awesome experience and help our travelers have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends.

You can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.

Packing List

Please be eco-friendly
  • Bring a reusable water bottle.
  • Use as little plastic as possible by declining straws and plastic bags at restaurants and when shopping.
  • Please avoid aerosol bug sprays as they negatively affect the environment.
  • Bring "reef safe" sunscreens that do not contain oxybenzone and octinoxate because they kill coral.

We recommend using a travel 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 transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage.

Below includes our staff picks of the best items on the market that we travel with!  All products selected are 3 ounces or less to comply with TSA carry-on size and organically inspired when possible.

Some of the links on this page are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you Under30Experiences will earn a small commission if you make a purchase.

Passport & Visas

Guidelines for U.S. Passport Holders

Make sure you have an updated passport with you. Your passport must be valid for 60 days after your trip. Under30Experiences recommends that your passport be valid for at least 6 months after your trip.  Please consult the U.S. Department of State with any more questions.

Make sure there is no damage to your passport. Conditions that may constitute damage requiring you to replace your passport include water damage, a significant tear, unofficial markings on the data page, missing or torn out visa pages, a hole punch, or other injuries.

Health & Insurance

The tap water in Costa Rica is safe to drink. Please bring a reusable water bottle and join us in our efforts to be environmentally friendly and keep Costa Rica beautiful.

Our suggested travel insurance vendor is World Nomads and has a minimum of $200,000 USD coverage.

Please consult with your doctor before traveling in regards to physical activity and vaccinations.

No inoculations are required to enter Costa Rica from the United States but the Center for Disease Control suggests vaccinating for Hepatitis A and Typhoid.

If you are traveling to Costa Rica from South America you will be required to present proof of Yellow Fever Vaccine.

Mosquito borne viruses exist in most of Latin America.  Please cover exposed skin and use mosquito repellent.

Money & Currency

We suggest bringing USD $300 in cash to be used at establishments that do not accept credit cards.

This is not a total cash amount that you should expect to spend on your trip. Please consider your own spending habits for additional expenses such as snacks, souvenirs, and optional activities.

The official currency of Costa Rica is the Costa Rican Colon (CRC)

All businesses accept USD so you do not need to convert to Costa Rican Colones before arriving.
If you’d like a better exchange rate call your bank and order Colones before your trip.

In Costa Rica, a 23% charge is added on to almost every meal (13% tax, 10% tip).

Further tipping for wait staff is appropriate in the case of excellent service. When in doubt, ask your Trip Leader for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture.

Remember to call your bank and credit card company to let them know you will be traveling overseas.

For an up-to-date exchange rate, download the app XE.

Please be advised that US Dollar notes that are slightly torn, heavily marked, or faded may be difficult to exchange. It is best to bring notes in fairly good condition, in denominations lower than $100USD.

Safety & Security

Always carry a copy of your travel insurance, health insurance and passport with you. A photo of these items on your phone is also a good backup.

Keep your passport and any valuables locked in the safe at the hotel.

Don’t leave valuables unattended.

Leave flashy jewelry at home.

US Citizens please consider registering with US State Department's “SMART Traveler Program” who can contact your family in case of emergency.

Weather

The average temperature in Costa Rica’s Central Caribbean is 75-85 F during the day and 60-75 F at night.

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

cultural information

Pura Vida is a lifestyle in Costa Rica that literally translates to "Pure Life". It's also a very common phrase that means hello, thank you, and much more.

Costa Rica is a very eco-conscious country. Please do not disturb the natural environment by feeding animals, removing shells, or littering.

Smoking is prohibited in public areas.

To say "you're welcome" we use “con gusto” instead of “de nada”.

Key Phrases
  • Hello -- Hola!
  • How are you? -- Como estás?
  • Please -- Por favor
  • Thank you -- Gracias!
  • Qué chiva! or Qué tuanis! -- How cool!
  • A cachete explotado! -- Everything is great!
  • Pure Life (Costa Rica’s mantra) -- Pura Vida

Optional Activities

The activities below will be paid in USD or Costa Rican Colones. All amounts are approximate prices in US dollars.

Turrialba
  • Horseback riding: USD$35-$50
    Discover the breathtaking views of the Reventazon River basin, Turrialba volcano and the large stretches of meadows, forests, and coffee plantations.

While your Trip Leader will assist you with optional activities available, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of the Under30Experiences itinerary. We offer no guarantees on the safety or standard of the activity.

General Rules

Respect the people around you and the environment in which you’re traveling. This includes, but is not limited to fellow travelers, Trip Leaders, the local community, nature, wildlife, and yourself.

Do your best to keep yourself and fellow travelers out of harm’s way.

It’s important to obey local laws and customs while on our trips. This includes, but is not limited to wearing appropriate clothing while visiting certain communities, refraining from taking photos of people without asking, avoiding the use of illegal drugs, having weapons, and soliciting prostitution. If you’re not sure about something, take time to educate yourself, or ask.

Travel involves contact with new cultures. When confronted with a different way of living than you’re used to, do your best to understand that neither way is better or worse. They’re simply different ways of life.

Know your limits! This applies to physical ability, emotional space, social situations, and alcohol consumption. If you can’t participate in something, be upfront about it. If you need a break from people, take it. Stop drinking before you get too drunk.

Trip Leaders are working in the travelers’ best interest. If they say something or ask you not to do something it’s not because they’re tyrants, but because they want you to have a good time!

Lying or withholding information about any physical or mental condition that might affect your ability to participate in any of the activities may be grounds for removal from your trip with no refund.

Staying longer or arriving early?

Come with us to the Pacific Beach Coast of Costa Rica!

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