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Costa Rica Extended

Duration:

9 Days / 8 Nights

early signup:

$1,395

(60+ days before departure)

regular:

$1,595

Never any hidden fees!

Is This Trip For You?

We'll visit the best beaches in Costa Rica, experience the local culture,
stay at an eco-lodge in the heart of the rainforesteat, eat meals grown right on site,
hike though the costa rican jungle,  and let you choose plenty of other adventures:
kayaking, surfing, ziplining, rafting, and much more.

Time Magazine calls Costa Rica the happiest country in the world & it is home to 5% of the the world's biodiversity – a place where monkeys, jaguars, and panthers can be found throughout the rainforest.

Start

Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO)
To ensure included transportation:
Plan to arrive Day 1 by 1:00 PM
**This trip may run in reverse order Beach/Rainforest or Rainforest/Beach. Arrival/departure is always SJO**

Finish

Juan Santamaria international airport (SJO)
To ensure included transportation: 
Plan to depart Day 9 after 1:30 PM
**This trip may run in reverse order Beach/Rainforest or Rainforest/Beach. Arrival/departure is always 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

**This trip may run in reverse order Beach/Rainforest or Rainforest/Beach. Arrival/departure is always SJO**

Arrive at San Jose International Airport (SJO) before 1:00 PM and be shuttled to Playa Hermosa. Watch the locals surf one of the most famous waves in the world.

Enjoy a delicious Costa Rican dinner and a beautiful sunset as you get to know your new friends. Perhaps even enjoy a refreshing beer or cocktail right on the beach.

Then we head to Manuel Antonio to settle into your hotel conveniently located minutes from the beach and the National Park.

Unwind in the pool or relax in your villa and get ready for tomorrow’s adventure.

Day 2

Explore + Beach + Adventure

Wake up by the sound of birds and enjoy your first Costa Rican breakfast right at the hotel.

The adventure begins, this morning rappel down waterfalls and zip line in the forest as one of our optional activities, if you are not interested, do not worry, you can hang out at Playa Espadilla or by the pool at the hotel.

In the afternoon, head to our favorite secret beach and enjoy an untouched slice of paradise.

You can also create your own adventure or relax for the rest of the afternoon at Playa Espadilla, laying under an almond tree and listening to the waves.

After dinner, make your way to the local bar for salsa lessons and get to know your peers over drinks in paradise.

Day 3

Costa Rican Culture

Enjoy some Costa Rican coffee and a home cooked breakfast to start your day off on the right foot.

The adventure continues. There are several different optional activities to choose from, and we highly recommend spending the day at the hidden waterfalls in the area. 

After returning from the waterfall, catch the sunset from the marina and then head to the local farmer’s market in the nearby fishing town of Quepos. Shop for unique artisan gifts, try local fruits, cheeses, ceviche, or homemade ice cream.

Enjoy dinner at the hotel while you continue to get to know your peers over delicious food and meaningful conversations.

Day 4

El Cocal Community Cooking Experience

Start your day with an optional yoga class.

After breakfast, walk through the town of Quepos and into the island of El Cocal for a cooking experience. Many different families from El Cocal have welcomed us into their community and offered to teach us how to cook delicious traditional food. Learn how to cook a delicious traditional meal and of course, taste the fruits of your labor.

Enjoy the block party as you sip on a coconut straight from the tree, dance to Latin music, and listen to stories from your new local friends.

In the afternoon the adventure continues with optional activities. Paddle out to the waves like a true Costa Rican and take an optional surf lesson, or take a sunset boat ride on a catamaran.

Kick off the last night with a delicious meal before hitting the town for a fun night out.

Day 5

Relax & Depart to La Fortuna

On our final day in Manuel Antonio, depart for the airport to drop off travelers who won't be joining us for the full 9 days, and head to La Fortuna to stay at a famous Eco-Lodge.

On the way, tour the suburban town of Alajuela to see how Costa Ricans live in this part of the country.  Learn some history and see Juan Santamaria Park or Museum.

Stop at La Casona for a cultural activity at a former president's house and learn about sugarcane, medicinal plants, coffee, and make homemade tortillas for a delicious dinner.

Arrive at the eco-lodge and get to know the other like-minded travelers you'll bond with throughout the next five days.

Relax in the eco-lodge's natural pools or chill out over tropical drinks at the bar.

Day 6

Eco-Lodge Tour & Adventure

Start your morning with optional yoga and then enjoy a healthy organic breakfast with fresh ingredients locally sourced and grown on site.

Hike to El Mirador lookout point or visit the town of El Castillo and enjoy breathtaking views of the Arenal Lake or fly through the treetops at one of the World’s best Zip Lining tours at Sky Trek.

Tour the permaculture farm located on the property where all the food is grown. In true ecotourism fashion, you will learn about green initiatives, sustainability, and regeneration.

Day 7

La Fortuna

Depart to La Fortuna after a satisfying breakfast and explore the beautiful and friendly rainforest town.  

Today in your Costa Rican rainforest adventure, you will travel like a local, explore Arenal Lake with a fun pedal board activity, visit a local and beautiful waterfall, and explore La Fortuna town.

Relax and wind down by visiting local hot springs and feeling the geothermal energy that warms the water at the base of the Arenal Volcano

Day 8

Rainforest Adventure

Make your own rainforest adventure: Go hiking, kayaking on Lake Arenal, or feel the rush of a whitewater rafting adventure.

Hike to a stunning viewpoint in the afternoon. Catch a beautiful sunset overlooking Lake Arenal before returning to the lodge for dinner.

Spend the evening relaxing on one of the many hammocks or getting to know your peers over drinks at the bar.

Celebrate on your final night with your new relationships you’ve built over the past several days in paradise.

Day 9

Relaxation & Departure

Wake up early for an optional morning hike and reflect on the experience over an organic breakfast.

Say goodbye to the amazing new friends you've made and keep in touch back home through Under30Experiences’ vibrant community.

Enjoy the scenic ride back to the San Jose airport for departing flights or stay in Costa Rica and continue the adventure on your own.

*Flights should be scheduled after 1:30 PM

**This trip may run in reverse order Beach/Rainforest or Rainforest/Beach. Arrival/departure is always SJO**

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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 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

(60+ days before departure)

regular:

$1,595

Never any hidden fees!

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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