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Trip Extensions

There are currently no suggested extensions for this itinerary. Please ask the Destination Specialist if you'd like to customize one.

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.

Day 1: arrive san jose

Welcome to Costa Rica! (Photo credit: Wayde Carroll)Welcome to Costa Rica! (Photo credit: Wayde Carroll)

On arrival at the San Jose Airport, after clearing customs and immigration, we'll exit the airport terminal and meet our local representative who will assist with our transfer to the hotel.  Later, we'll join our guide for an overview of tomorrow's activities. This will be a good time to ask any questions you might have.

 *Note - A passport valid for 6 months after your return from Costa Rica is required for entry.

Meals
Dinner available for purchase
Lodging
Hotel Park Inn (or similar)

Day 2: tortuguero national park

Explore the canals of TortugueroExplore the canals of Tortuguero

Today we'll make our way to the Tortuguero National Park area where we will spend the next several days.  Tortuguero N.P. is known as Costa Rica's "Little Amazon". There are no roads - travel is by boat along a series of rivers and canals or by foot on forest paths. This is one of the best places to observe wildlife in Costa Rica and we'll have a good chance of spotting several species of monkeys, iguanas, crested basilisk lizards, sloths, caiman and colorful tropical birds. We'll start out with an estimated one hour drive through the beautiful Braulio Carrillo National Park before arriving at the canals lining the Atlantic Coast. We'll then board a boat for the trip to Tortugeuero, a spectacular 30 mile ride through tropical rainforest.

Upon arrival at the Mawamba Lodge, we'll have time to get settled before heading out on a visit to Tortuguero Village and taking a walk through the private forest trails of our lodge. The Mawamba Lodge is located on a sand bar between the Tortugeuero Canals and the Caribbean Sea on 15 acre beach front property. The lodge offers a swimming pool, frog garden, iguana farm, aquarium, two butterfly farms, and much more.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Mawamba Lodge

Day 3: boat tours

See hundreds of animals from the comfort of your boat. (Photo credit: Wayde Carroll)See hundreds of animals from the comfort of your boat. (Photo credit: Wayde Carroll)

We'll have the morning at our leisure to relax by the pool, hike the forest trails, or just sleep in. After lunch, we'll set off to spot the rich wildlife, navigating the rainforest canals by boat. Get your camera ready for numerous bird species, monkeys, sloths, crocodiles, iguanas, and more. Be sure to bring along your water shoes, insect repellent, sunscreen and a light rain jacket !

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Mawamba Lodge

Day 4: to the volcanic highlands

Beautiful view of Arenal Volcano from your hotel.Beautiful view of Arenal Volcano from your hotel.

After breakfast, we'll board our boat for the estimated one and a half hour ride to the river port at Guapiles where we meet our bus for the rest of today's journey. We drive about an hour through the jungles, wetlands, and rainforests of the lowlands to the town of El Roble where we have lunch at the home of a local family. Then we continue approximately two hours into the scenic highlands, offering spectacular views, where Arenal Volcano is located.

The volcano is a beautiful steaming cone covered in cloud forest full of wildlife.  We'll settle into our beautiful resort for two nights.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Arenal Manoa

Day 5: arenal volcano, zip-line & hot springs

Have fun zip-lining through Arenal N.P.Have fun zip-lining through Arenal N.P.

This morning visit Arenal Vida Campesina, a self-sufficient farm and learning center. Here we'll learn about newer sustainable agricultural techniques, life as a Costa Rican farmer, and common Costa Rican crops such as coffee, bananas, plantains, sugar cane, etc. We'll also see various animals on the farm, which provide organic waste that is converted into fertilizer. At the end of the tour, we'll enjoy a traditional lunch with freshly harvested vegetables and a hands-on demonstration of tortilla making. 

We then move on to Arenal Vida Campesina to teach students the importance of sustainable development and organic agriculture.

Following lunch, get ready for adventure with the Sky Tram, a 20 minute gondola ride up the mountain offering incredible views of Arenal Lake, mountains covered by rainforests, and, of course, Arenal Volcano. We'll come back down via the Sky Trek, a 3,280 foot long zip line system for an exhilarating ride through the rainforest.

To finish the day, we'll visit the Ecotemales Hot Springs. This is a family-run hot springs resort featuring four volcanically heated pools ranging from 91 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Family members personally attend to the needs of visiting guests. After we're done soaking and relaxed, we'll head back to the Arenal resort for some shuteye.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Arenal Manoa

Day 6: tamarindo on the pacific coast

Enjoy the fantastic Costa Rican beach life.Enjoy the fantastic Costa Rican beach life.

Today we'll leave Arenal and travel approximately four to five hours to the Pacific Coast. Our destination is Tamarindo, one of Costa Rica's most popular beach destinations. We'll be staying at the amazing Tamarindo Diria Resort with its multiple swimming pools and fountains. There are lots of fun activities here including swimming, fishing, snorkeling, and watching for seabirds.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Tamarindo Diria

Day 7: tamarindo free day

Sunset in Tamarindo. Sunset in Tamarindo.

We'll enjoy our final full day in Costa Rica at our leisure. There are  many optional activites available to choose from such as surfing, sailing, sports fishing, snorkeling, horseback riding, 4-wheeling, zip-lining, or river rafting. Or you can choose to just spend time just sunning on the beautiful beach, or lounging by the pools.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Tamarindo Diria

Day 8: san jose

Say farewell, or hang around for more time on the beach!Say farewell, or hang around for more time on the beach!

In the morning, we'll transfer to the San Jose Airport (approx. 4.5 hours plus stops along the way) and check-in for our flight back to the U.S. Goodbye, Costa Rica!

Consider adding a few additional days at the beach for more time to relax and enjoy this beautiful country.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
None

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
From
$2,495
International air approx. $600-800 additional
Single Supplement:
$575
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Custom & private on your dates

Need to Know

Duration:
8 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
Unique jungle-lodges to lovely beach resort
Activity Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
Optional hiking
Group Size:
Most custom trips can accommodate groups of any size, from one person to as large of a group as you'd like. Some exceptions apply; ask your Adventure Specialist for details.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

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Welcome to Costa Rica! (Photo credit: Wayde Carroll)
Welcome to Costa Rica! (Photo credit: Wayde Carroll)
Experience the rich and varied wildlife of Tortuguero.
Experience the rich and varied wildlife of Tortuguero.
The flora and fauna are unique and vibrant.
The flora and fauna are unique and vibrant.
Zip lining in Arenal is an incredible experience set against an incredible backdrop. (Photo credit: Wayde Carroll)
Zip lining in Arenal is an incredible experience set against an incredible backdrop. (Photo credit: Wayde Carroll)
See hundreds of animals from the comfort of your boat. (Photo credit: Wayde Carroll)
See hundreds of animals from the comfort of your boat. (Photo credit: Wayde Carroll)
Arenal Volcano at dusk. (Photo credit: Wayde Carroll)
Arenal Volcano at dusk. (Photo credit: Wayde Carroll)
Enjoy the fantastic Costa Rican beach life.
Enjoy the fantastic Costa Rican beach life.
Sunset in Tamarindo.
Sunset in Tamarindo.
Goodbye, Costa Rica! (Photo credit: Wayde Carroll)
Goodbye, Costa Rica! (Photo credit: Wayde Carroll)
Have fun zip-lining through Arenal N.P.
Have fun zip-lining through Arenal N.P.
Beautiful view of Arenal Volcano from your hotel.
Beautiful view of Arenal Volcano from your hotel.
Explore the canals of Tortuguero
Explore the canals of Tortuguero
Say farewell, or hang around for more time on the beach!
Say farewell, or hang around for more time on the beach!

Costa Rica Adventure with Teens

Volcanoes, rainforest hikes, wildlife, ziplining and tropical beaches

overview

So, you want to get away with your teenager(s), and it has to be a dynamic itinerary packed with loads of activities in order to hold their interest. At Journeys, we have teenagers of our own, so we understand precisely how to design a trip that will appeal to yours. Our 8-day Costa Rica Adventure with Teens takes you to a steaming volcano, through exotic rainforest, across zip-lines, in jungle boats, to beautiful beaches and out on the ocean. Learn about sustainable Costa Rican agriculture, visit a school, and enjoy lunch in the home of a local family! This is a seriously action-packed trip that comes to a nice, relaxing close at a favorite Costa Rican beach location.

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overview

So, you want to get away with your teenager(s), and it has to be a dynamic itinerary packed with loads of activities in order to hold their interest. At Journeys, we have teenagers of our own, so we understand precisely how to design a trip that will appeal to yours. Our 8-day Costa Rica Adventure with Teens takes you to a steaming volcano, through exotic rainforest, across zip-lines, in jungle boats, to beautiful beaches and out on the ocean. Learn about sustainable Costa Rican agriculture, visit a school, and enjoy lunch in the home of a local family! This is a seriously action-packed trip that comes to a nice, relaxing close at a favorite Costa Rican beach location.

Continue to detailed itinerary...

itinerary

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.
  • Day 1: arrive san jose
    Welcome to Costa Rica! (Photo credit: Wayde Carroll)Welcome to Costa Rica! (Photo credit: Wayde Carroll)

    On arrival at the San Jose Airport, after clearing customs and immigration, we'll exit the airport terminal and meet our local representative who will assist with our transfer to the hotel.  Later, we'll join our guide for an overview of tomorrow's activities. This will be a good time to ask any questions you might have.

     *Note - A passport valid for 6 months after your return from Costa Rica is required for entry.

    Meals
    Dinner available for purchase
    Lodging
    Hotel Park Inn (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 2: tortuguero national park
    Explore the canals of TortugueroExplore the canals of Tortuguero

    Today we'll make our way to the Tortuguero National Park area where we will spend the next several days.  Tortuguero N.P. is known as Costa Rica's "Little Amazon". There are no roads - travel is by boat along a series of rivers and canals or by foot on forest paths. This is one of the best places to observe wildlife in Costa Rica and we'll have a good chance of spotting several species of monkeys, iguanas, crested basilisk lizards, sloths, caiman and colorful tropical birds. We'll start out with an estimated one hour drive through the beautiful Braulio Carrillo National Park before arriving at the canals lining the Atlantic Coast. We'll then board a boat for the trip to Tortugeuero, a spectacular 30 mile ride through tropical rainforest.

    Upon arrival at the Mawamba Lodge, we'll have time to get settled before heading out on a visit to Tortuguero Village and taking a walk through the private forest trails of our lodge. The Mawamba Lodge is located on a sand bar between the Tortugeuero Canals and the Caribbean Sea on 15 acre beach front property. The lodge offers a swimming pool, frog garden, iguana farm, aquarium, two butterfly farms, and much more.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Mawamba Lodge
    Show on a map
  • Day 3: boat tours
    See hundreds of animals from the comfort of your boat. (Photo credit: Wayde Carroll)See hundreds of animals from the comfort of your boat. (Photo credit: Wayde Carroll)

    We'll have the morning at our leisure to relax by the pool, hike the forest trails, or just sleep in. After lunch, we'll set off to spot the rich wildlife, navigating the rainforest canals by boat. Get your camera ready for numerous bird species, monkeys, sloths, crocodiles, iguanas, and more. Be sure to bring along your water shoes, insect repellent, sunscreen and a light rain jacket !

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Mawamba Lodge
    Show on a map
  • Day 4: to the volcanic highlands
    Beautiful view of Arenal Volcano from your hotel.Beautiful view of Arenal Volcano from your hotel.

    After breakfast, we'll board our boat for the estimated one and a half hour ride to the river port at Guapiles where we meet our bus for the rest of today's journey. We drive about an hour through the jungles, wetlands, and rainforests of the lowlands to the town of El Roble where we have lunch at the home of a local family. Then we continue approximately two hours into the scenic highlands, offering spectacular views, where Arenal Volcano is located.

    The volcano is a beautiful steaming cone covered in cloud forest full of wildlife.  We'll settle into our beautiful resort for two nights.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Arenal Manoa
    Show on a map
  • Day 5: arenal volcano, zip-line & hot springs
    Have fun zip-lining through Arenal N.P.Have fun zip-lining through Arenal N.P.

    This morning visit Arenal Vida Campesina, a self-sufficient farm and learning center. Here we'll learn about newer sustainable agricultural techniques, life as a Costa Rican farmer, and common Costa Rican crops such as coffee, bananas, plantains, sugar cane, etc. We'll also see various animals on the farm, which provide organic waste that is converted into fertilizer. At the end of the tour, we'll enjoy a traditional lunch with freshly harvested vegetables and a hands-on demonstration of tortilla making. 

    We then move on to Arenal Vida Campesina to teach students the importance of sustainable development and organic agriculture.

    Following lunch, get ready for adventure with the Sky Tram, a 20 minute gondola ride up the mountain offering incredible views of Arenal Lake, mountains covered by rainforests, and, of course, Arenal Volcano. We'll come back down via the Sky Trek, a 3,280 foot long zip line system for an exhilarating ride through the rainforest.

    To finish the day, we'll visit the Ecotemales Hot Springs. This is a family-run hot springs resort featuring four volcanically heated pools ranging from 91 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Family members personally attend to the needs of visiting guests. After we're done soaking and relaxed, we'll head back to the Arenal resort for some shuteye.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Arenal Manoa
    Show on a map
  • Day 6: tamarindo on the pacific coast
    Enjoy the fantastic Costa Rican beach life.Enjoy the fantastic Costa Rican beach life.

    Today we'll leave Arenal and travel approximately four to five hours to the Pacific Coast. Our destination is Tamarindo, one of Costa Rica's most popular beach destinations. We'll be staying at the amazing Tamarindo Diria Resort with its multiple swimming pools and fountains. There are lots of fun activities here including swimming, fishing, snorkeling, and watching for seabirds.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Tamarindo Diria
    Show on a map
  • Day 7: tamarindo free day
    Sunset in Tamarindo. Sunset in Tamarindo.

    We'll enjoy our final full day in Costa Rica at our leisure. There are  many optional activites available to choose from such as surfing, sailing, sports fishing, snorkeling, horseback riding, 4-wheeling, zip-lining, or river rafting. Or you can choose to just spend time just sunning on the beautiful beach, or lounging by the pools.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Tamarindo Diria
    Show on a map
  • Day 8: san jose
    Say farewell, or hang around for more time on the beach!Say farewell, or hang around for more time on the beach!

    In the morning, we'll transfer to the San Jose Airport (approx. 4.5 hours plus stops along the way) and check-in for our flight back to the U.S. Goodbye, Costa Rica!

    Consider adding a few additional days at the beach for more time to relax and enjoy this beautiful country.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    None
    Show on a map

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
From
$2,495
International air approx. $600-800 additional
Single Supplement:
$575
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Custom & private on your dates

Need to Know

Duration:
8 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
Unique jungle-lodges to lovely beach resort
Activity Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
Optional hiking
Group Size:
Most custom trips can accommodate groups of any size, from one person to as large of a group as you'd like. Some exceptions apply; ask your Adventure Specialist for details.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

Trip Extensions

There are currently no suggested extensions for this itinerary. Please ask the Destination Specialist if you'd like to customize one.

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Choose accommodations and amenities that fit your personal style
●○○○○ Simple
Our most natural accommodations. Bath facilities often shared, sometimes rustic.
●●○○○ Delightful
Comfortable and especially personal. Small to mid-sized lodges, typically with private bath.
●●●○○ Superior
Lodges and hotels with additional amenities, refined artistry, or extra-special settings.
●●●●○ Deluxe
Exclusive or luxury lodges, hotels, or safari camps with fine dining options.
●●●●● Uncommon
The most indulgent accommodations arranged specially for private trips.
× activity level
Match the trip’s intensity to your ability and motivation.
●○○○○ Gentle
Easy walking, with opportunities for low-key physical activity.
●●○○○ Active
Energetic exploration with optional day hikes, leisurely cycling, or light canoeing.
●●●○○ Vigorous
Day-long active excursions and options for demanding activity in varied environments.
●●●●○ Challenging
Strenuous hiking or other intense activity that may be at high altitude or over rough terrain.
●●●●● Demanding
Multi-day trekking and other activities requiring endurance or strength. Steep trails. No technical expertise necessary.
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