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Starter Costa Rica Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Costa Rica

Price does not include optional activities and subsequent transportation.

  • Arrive at San Jose's Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in Costa Rica before 1:00 pm.
  • Your Trip Leader will pick you up from the airport, and we’ll head to the beach!  (~1.5-hour drive)
  • Make a quick stop at Rio Tarcoles where you can see groups of Costa Rican Crocodiles. These crocs can reach lengths of up to 12 feet!
  • Arrive at Playa Hermosa. A beautiful black sand beach recognized as having one of the most consistent surf breaks in the world. Soak in your first sunset in Costa Rica. Remember to bring your bathing suit!
  • Enjoy your first dinner and drinks right by one of the coolest black sand beaches in the country.
  • Depart for our boutique hotel in Manuel Antonio. (~1-hour drive)
  • Get settled into your hotel and relax after your long travel day.

Day 2

Waterfalls & Costa Rican Culture

  • Have a delicious Costa Rican breakfast.
  • For those craving an even further off-the-beaten-path activity, you can spend your day hiking to epic hidden waterfalls. Even the drive will be an adventure as we traverse through little known dirt roads.
  • Take the local bus to Quepos to explore the fishing town and learn about the ticos daily life.
  • Relax on the promenade with a perfect view of the sun setting over the ocean.
  • Enjoy dinner in town and have an optional night out on the town with your new friends.

Day 3

Explore + Beach + Adventure


  • Enjoy an authentic Costa Rican breakfast right at your hotel.
  • Optional morning of adventure rappelling waterfalls, crossing hanging bridges and climbing trees.
  • Relax at the local beach with your group and soak in the tropical views of Costa Rica.
  • Sip on a coconut cut straight from the tree as you enjoy these special moments in paradise.
  • Enjoy a Costa Rican dinner at our boutique hotel.
  • Optional night out and salsa lessons. ($10 per person + transportation)

Day 4

El Cocal Community Cooking Experience

  • Immerse yourself in the local community of El Cocal by learning how to cook a delicious Costa Rican meal.
  • Learn about Costa Rican culture and traditions from local friends.
  • Have lunch in El Cocal with your new friends.
  • Enjoy local music and dancing with the community.
  • Head to the beach for an optional surf lesson (not included).
  • Learn how to surf from some of Costa Rica’s best surf instructors on one of Costa Rica's best beaches (depending on the tide).
  • Enjoy the last dinner out at Manuel Antonio.
  • Optional night out or star gazing.

Day 5

Relaxation & Departure

  • One final Costa Rican breakfast with your group.
  • Depart for Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) on included transportation. (~2.5-hour drive)
  • Be sure your flight departs after 1:30 pm.

Day 6

Day 7


  • After breakfast in Wanaka, say goodbye to the wonderful little mountain town as you continue your journey toward Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand.
  • On the way, stop at the famous Cardrona hotel and the quirky Arrowtown. You’ll be enchanted by these historic New Zealand treasures and gold rush icons.


  • Grab lunch in Arrowtown and discover the little gems that this town has to offer.
  • Visit Kawarau Bridge where the bravest in your group can take a leap off the World's First Bungee Jump.


  • Arrive in Queenstown in the evening and check into your accommodations located just steps from the city center.
  • Take in the sights and sounds of Queenstown before having an included group dinner at one of the most delicious restaurants in town.

Day 8


  • Enjoy a delicious breakfast steps away from your hotel at a local cafe.
  • Depart for a guided mountain bike adventure taking you from Queenstown city center, through the Queenstown gardens, and around Lake Wakatipu, before ending at beautiful Jack’s Point.
  • This a laid-back bike ride on a mostly flat trail. The bikes also come with an electronic pedal assist option to get up those pesky hills even quicker. It's accessible for anyone who is up to the challenge!
  • Soak in the views from your mountain bike as you stand beneath the jaw-dropping Remarkables Mountain Range and learn about the European and Maori cultural influence of the area from your local guide.


  • Arrive back in Queenstown in the afternoon and take advantage of the rest of the day.
  • Take a leap of faith off a bridge, go skydiving, or take an exhilarating jet-boat ride through Skippers Canyon.
  • If you prefer less adrenaline in the afternoon, hike Bob’s Peak or play a game at Frisbee Park.


  • After a full day of adventure, enjoy a final included dinner with your group where you can humbly brag about your day's adventure.
  • Reflect about your time in one of the most beautiful countries in the world.
  • After dinner, enjoy Queenstown’s famed nightlife for a last night out with your Under30Experiences family.

Day 9


  • Have a final breakfast with your group before you fly back home. Don't forget to grab a few souvenirs to remember this incredible adventure.
    For those staying later, we recommend taking an iconic day trip to Milford Sound where you’ll have a very early morning departure before making your way into the Fiordland National Park
  • Airport transfers are included for your flight departing at anytime today.
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