Costa Rica Adventure Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Costa Rica

  • Arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) before 1:00 PM.
  • Your Trip Leader will be waiting for you at the airport welcoming you to Costa Rica.
  • After meeting your new friends, take included transportation to a remote mountain lodge in Turrialba, located about 2 hours away from San Jose.
  • During the drive, stop in the town of Cartago, visit the famous Basilica of Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral and enjoy Costa Rican coffee & ice cream.
  • Check into your beautiful rustic hotel.
  • Try your first traditional Costa Rican meal, a Casado, with your new friends at the hotel’s restaurant.

Day 2

Rappelling, Canyoning & Coffee

  • This morning is all adrenaline! Start your day rappelling down stunning waterfalls hidden in the rainforest.
  • Trek across hanging bridges as your guide spots toucans, poison dart frogs, and other wildlife native to Costa Rica.
  • Next, zip line through the jungle on multiple canopy lines and admire the beautiful greenery surrounding you.
  • For lunch, enjoy a traditional included meal provided by your adventure guides.
  • Spend the afternoon learning how people live off the land on the outskirts of Turrialba. 
  • Learn about what it means to be sustainable in Costa Rica and take an interactive tour through a local coffee plantation.
  • Enjoy another traditional dinner at our mountain lodge.
  • Opt for drinks in town or relax on a hammock before tomorrow’s big day.

Day 3

Waterfall Excursions & Mountain Biking

  • Get ready for another full day of adventure!
  • First, we’ll hike through the Caribbean farmlands to a beautiful secluded waterfall.
  • Take the time to relax and go for a swim in the waterfalls’ natural swimming holes.
  • Take included transportation into town for some lunch and souvenir shopping.
  • The adventure continues in the afternoon as you take a mountain bike tour through coffee plantations.
  • Challenge yourself as you cruise through the Costa Rican rainforest in a unique way.
    Please note: There will be a safety vehicle following behind our mountain bikes in case you need to stop and take a break.
  • Stay in for a relaxing night in or enjoy a night out in the town of Turrialba. 
  • Tomorrow our big rafting adventure begins!

Tonight you’ll need to pack an overnight bag that you’ll bring with you for the next two days of rafting. The rest of your luggage will remain in the hotel which we’ll return to at the end of day 5.

Day 4

Rafting the World Famous Pacuare River

  • Fuel up at our lodge with a hearty breakfast before traveling down to the Pacuare River where our rafting adventure begins.
  • Meet your rafting guides, learn the basics and safety protocols, and begin day 1 of your 2-day journey.
  • Today is about learning the ropes as you whitewater raft through Class II and Class III rapids.
  • Arrive at your remote eco-lodge located right on the river and check into your bungalow.
  • Opt for a walk along the property exploring the many hikes and swimming holes nearby, or relax in a hammock with a book and a view.
  • In the evening, join your rafting guides for happy hour cocktails or coffee in the jungle.
  • Enjoy an open-air dinner and get to know your local raft guides over drinks and card games.

Day 5

Continue Rafting through the Rainforest

  • Wake up to the sounds of the rainforest and head down to breakfast with your group.
  • Enjoy your last moments in the lodge before heading back out on the river. Walk over to the hanging bridge, or hike to the natural waterslides.
  • Continue rafting down the river as the rapids become more powerful and fun with Class III and IV rapids.
  • Feel the refreshing river hit your smiling face as you paddle hard through the big waves.
  • End your rafting adventure at the headquarters with a shower and a tasty meal.
  • Drive to the beautiful beach town of Puerto Viejo on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica
  • Spend your free afternoon relaxing at the hotel or in town doing some last-minute shopping.
  • Enjoy dinner in town and reminisce about your adventure on the river over a traditional Caribbean dinner.

Day 6

Relax in Puerto Viejo

  • Wake up for a delicious Costa Rican breakfast
  • Visit the Cahuita National Park well known for its part in preserving the coral reef on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast 
  • Spend your afternoon swimming and relaxing in the crystalline water of Puerto Viejo.
  • As an optional activity, you can rent a bike and explore the local town.
  • Dance to Caribbean soca music with your friends on your last night in paradise.

Day 7

Relaxation and Departure


  • Wake up early for an optional stroll around town.
  • Take the scenic way back to San Jose Airport with included transportation, or stay and continue the adventure on your own.
  • Say goodbye to the new friends you’ve made and officially become an Under30Experiences alumni.
  • Be sure your flight back home departs after 5:00 pm.

*Select dates can be extended to our Starter Costa Rica adventure.

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