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Costa Rica Extended

Duration:

9 Days / 8 Nights

Early Signup: $1,395

Regular: $1,595

THE EXPERIENCE

Combine two of our most popular trips into one with this AMAZINGLY affordable, diverse, epic experience in Costa Rica. You'll not only see the best beach in the country but get immersed in the rainforest and stay at a famous eco-lodge where your food is grown right on site!

Plus, choose plenty of other adventures: kayaking, surfing, zip-lining, rafting–-your trip leader will help you organize everything. See the best Costa Rica has to offer on one amazing trip!

Start

San Jose Costa Rica International Airport (SJO)
To ensure included transportation:
Plan to arrive Day 1 by 1:00 pm
**The September 11, 2019 trip runs in reverse order, beach to rainforest. Arrival and departure is SJO**

Finish

San Jose Costa Rica International airport (SJO)
To ensure included transportation: 
Plan to depart Day 9 after 1:30 pm
**The September 11, 2019 trip runs in reverse order, beach to rainforest. Arrival and departure is SJO**

Physical Activity:

Light

This trip is relaxing and includes light activities with optional moderate activities.  Participants can decide how much time they spend being active. No physical preparation is required to make the most of the experience.

Physical Activity:

Moderate

This trip is a good mix of activity and relaxation and includes moderate physical activities.  Participants should expect to be active 3-4 hours most days. An active lifestyle is helpful though not required to enjoy the trip.

Physical Activity:

High

This trip is for those who enjoy being physically challenged and reaping the rewards. It includes moderate to intense physical activities and participants should expect to be active 6-8 hours most days. Participants should have an active lifestyle.

Trip Overview

Day 1

Arrival in Costa Rica

Arrive at San Jose International Airport (SJO) before 1:00 PM and depart for the rainforest.

Stop at a former president's home for a cultural activity. Learn about sugarcane, medicinal plants, and make homemade tortillas for dinner at La Casona.

After checking into your eco-lodge, listen to the sounds of nature in one of the most biodiverse places on the planet. Enjoy a piña colada at the bar while you get to know other like-minded travelers.

Day 2

Eco-Lodge Tour & Adventure

Eat a healthy breakfast with locally sourced ingredients grown just outside your bungalow.

Tour the permaculture farm and see exactly where breakfast came from. Learn about green initiatives, sustainability, and regeneration at the world-class eco-lodge.

Hike to El Mirador lookout point or visit a small Costa Rican town to enjoy breathtaking views of Lake Arenal. Have the option to fly through the treetops on one of the world’s best zip-line canopy tours.

Day 3

La Fortuna

Depart to the rainforest town of La Fortuna after enjoying breakfast and a fresh cup of Costa Rican coffee.

On today's rainforest adventure, explore this Costa Rican town, take a pedal board onto Lake Arenal, or visit a local waterfall.

Relax in the hot springs at the base of the Arenal Volcano and feel the geothermal energy warm the water.

Look out for sloths, monkeys, and tree frogs--three of the coolest jungle creatures in this region.

Day 4

Rainforest Adventure

Today, you'll have the option to hike, kayak Lake Arenal, or go whitewater rafting. You decide how you want to spend your last full day in the jungle. Costa Rica is guaranteed to get your adrenaline pumping.

Catch a beautiful sunset over Lake Arenal before returning to the lodge for another homegrown dinner. Soak in the natural warm pools and listen to the rainforest come alive.

Spend the evening relaxing in a hammock before heading to the other side of Costa Rica tomorrow.

Day 5

Depart to the Beach

Wake up early and opt for a morning hike to spot a toucan in a country world-renowned for birdwatching.

Depart the rainforest to drop-off travelers at the airport who won't be joining us for the full 9 days. Pick-up several new friends who'll be joining you at the beach.

Tour the suburban town of Alajuela.  Learn some history and see Juan Santamaría Park or Museum.

On the way to the beach, stop to see crocodiles before arriving at Playa Hermosa. Watch the locals surf one of the most famous waves in the world.

Enjoy a Costa Rican dinner and a beautiful sunset on the black sand beach.

Head to Manuel Antonio and settle into your hotel nearby both beach and town.

Day 6

Explore + Beach + Adventure

Wake up to the sound of toucans or scarlet macaws and get to know your new surroundings.

All activities on this half of trip are optional, but we suggest you rappel down a waterfall on a canyoning tour today. Alternatively, lay under an almond tree at Playa Espadilla, consistently ranked one of the best beaches in the world.

Look out for three types of monkeys and two types of sloths on the hike to our secret beach and enjoy an untouched slice of paradise.

After dinner, make your way to the local bar for salsa lessons.

Day 7

Waterfalls and Costa Rican Culture

Enjoy some Costa Rican coffee and a gallo pinto breakfast to start your day off right.

Today's optional adventure is a hike to a waterfall guaranteed not to disappoint. Swim in the lagoon and take a shower provided by mother nature.

Catch sunset from the beach and head to the farmers market on the bus like a local. Shop for artisan gifts, try local fruits, cheeses, ceviche, or homemade ice cream in the fishing town of Quepos.

Day 8

Cocal Community Cooking Experience

Start your day with an optional yoga class in the jungle.

Take a short ferry ride to the island of Cocal for a truly unique community outreach project exclusive to Under30Experiences travelers.

Families from El Cocal have welcomed us into their community center to teach us how to cook a traditional meal. Hand roll tortillas with local señoras, fry your own plantains, and drink from a coconut straight off a tree.

In the afternoon, paddle into the Pacific Ocean and catch waves like a Tico during an optional surf lesson.

Kick off the last night with dinner and a night out on the town.

Day 9

Relaxation & Departure

Wake up early for a delicious breakfast and reflect on the week’s adventures.

As our experience comes to a close, we hope you are feeling rejuvenated after spending nine-days as part of our Under30Experiences family.

Transportation is provided back to San Jose International Airport (SJO). Be sure your flight departs after 1:30 PM.

*The September 11, 2019 itinerary visits the beach first and then rainforest. The order of the days is reversed.

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What's Included

We've got you covered:

-9 days / 8 nights in double accommodations
-8 Breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 8 dinners
-Airport transportation to and from San Jose Costa Rica International Airport (SJO)
-3 round trip shuttles to La Fortuna
-Tour of permaculture farm
-El Cocal community cooking experience
-Under30Experiences Trip Leader
-The chance to meet some kick-ass people
-Taxes always included, never hidden fees, & NO blackout dates
-Book with confidence: it's free to switch your trip more than 30 days out

*Travelers responsible for international airfare to and from Costa Rica
*Accommodations can vary but will be the same quality

When should I book my flight?

Plan to arrive Day 1 by 1:00 PM and to depart Day 9 after 1:30 PM local time from SJO
*Please wait to book your flight until you receive an email from us with more details

Duration:

9 Days / 8 Nights

Early Signup: $1,395

Regular: $1,595

OUR travelers LOVE US

Costa Rica Extended Trip Reviews

"I truly amazing experience. I just came from the Costa Rica extended trip and loved every minute of it. Learning and experiencing the culture and meeting each individual really made an impact on my life. I went in to this hoping and expecting a lot (though I didn’t know what), and the entire experience exceeded all my expectations. The experiences on the trip were truly amazing, though the real satisfaction, for me, is the lasting impact each thing and person made in my life. I would be disappointed in myself if this were the last one I did." -Thomas A.

"My 9 day trip to Costa Rica with Under30experiences was an amazing experience! The trip leaders Haylie and Adrian were so knowledgeable and went above and beyond to make sure we had an amazing trip. It was clear from Day 1 that this is more than just a job for Haylie and Adrian and that they truly love what they do and care about their travelers. The trip was well-organized and incorporated many different types of activities. I was nervous about traveling without anybody I knew, but everybody was so eager to make friends and enjoy the trip together. I'm so glad that I took the risk, and I can't wait to take my next trip!" -Melissa B.

"I just returned from the 9 day trip to costa rica and I cannot say enough incredible things about the entire experience. Under30 took all the stress out of travel with rides to and from activies, fees paid for. etc., all the while making sure it was affordable and ensuring we saw all of the most beautiful places in the country. Our guides were incredible and truly made the experience better than I ever could have asked for. To anyone who is even questioning to travel with Under30 JUST DO IT. Life begins at the end of your comfort zone and I can thank this trip for showing me how true that statement is! PURA VIDA - buy the ticket, take the ride." -Eric C.

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