Costa Rica Adventure Trip Details

Introduction

Welcome to Costa Rica Adventure!

Adventure through Costa Rica’s remote Central Caribbean and experience the best adrenaline-inducing activities the country has to offer.

Stay in the heart of the Turrialba farmlands where you will experience an exhilarating two-day whitewater rafting trip on the world-famous Pacuare River. You'll get your adrenaline pumping, go rappelling down waterfalls, and canyoning through the jungle.

Hike to one of the most beautiful and hidden waterfalls, unknown to most tourists.

And experience the importance of farming in the community while learning about Costa Rica’s most famous crop, coffee.

Duration: 7 days, 6 nights

Start: Trip begins at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) at 3:00 pm.

Finish: Trip ends at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) at 11:30 am.

Airfare booking details will be sent after registration – please wait to book your flight until you receive further instructions.

What's Included

  • 7 days / 6 nights shared accommodations in a guesthouse and rustic river eco-lodge
  • 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 5 dinners
  • 4 upgraded dinners*
  • A two-day whitewater rafting experience
  • Certified rafting guides for two days
  • Costa Rican coffee tour
  • Rappelling and canyoning experience
  • Zip-lining through the jungle
  • Costa Rican sustainability & rural farming educational activity
  • Visit Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge
  • Visit Cahuita National Park 
  • Relax on the beaches of Puerto Viejo 
  • Ground transportation and entrance fees to all included activities
  • Airport pick-up upon arrival
  • Airport drop-off upon departure
  • Over30Experiences Trip Leader
  • Personal recommendations for optional activities
  • The chance to meet some kick-ass people
  • Access to the Over30Experiences community
  • Taxes always included, never hidden fees, & NO blackout dates


Travelers are responsible for international airfare to and from Costa Rica.
*Exclusively for this Over30Experiences itinerary

Highlights

  • A two-day whitewater rafting adventure
  • Canyoning, rappelling, and zip lining in an action-packed day
  • Support ecotourism with a visit to a local coffee farm
  • Relaxation on the beach in Puerto Viejo 
  • Visit Cahuita National Park 
  • Explore Gandoca Manzanillo National Refuge

Is this Trip for You?

This will be a fast-paced trip designed for thrill-seekers who want to experience some of the country’s best adrenaline-inducing activities, pristine nature, and Costa Rican culture.

A reasonable level of fitness is required, as we’ll be walking, rappelling, and rafting for sustained periods of time through the jungles of Costa Rica.

-Age requirement:  21+, recommended age 30s and 40s

-Group Size:  8-16 travelers

-Physical Rating:  High physical activity. This trip is designed for an active lifestyle and includes hiking, rafting, rappelling, and mountain biking.

Travel Community

Travel connects us. Community keeps us connected.

Once you come on a trip, you become part of our Travel Community forever.

From O30X Alumni resources (and a secret group) after your trip to custom WhatsApp groups before your trip, to meetups around the world, you will have the opportunity to meet and stay connected to other like-minded adventurers.

More than 70% of our travelers come solo but they all leave with friends.

Whether you have joined us on a trip or are looking for a group of like-minded people, we welcome you to the Over30Experiences Travel Community.

Itinerary Disclaimer

Travel can be unpredictable. Our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience.

While it is our intention to adhere to the itinerary, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into it and on occasion, it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations.

Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.


Meals

Breakfast and dinners will be enjoyed at our guesthouse and river lodge. Lunches will be enjoyed at local restaurants with recommendations by your Trip Leaders.

Sample Breakfast Menu:

  • Fresh fruit, delicious coffee, Gallo pinto, eggs.

Sample Dinner Menu:‍

  • Casados
    A Casado is a typical Costa Rican lunch consisting of rice, beans, plantains, veggies or salad and chicken, fish, beef or pork. Paired with salads and smoothies or local juices.

We do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions. Most meals can be modified for special requests and food allergies.

Transportation

You will be traveling by private ground transportation throughout your trip.

  • Private ground transportation to and from the airport (Included)
  • Private ground transportation to all activities in Turrialba (Included)

Accommodation

You will be staying in a shared boutique lodge in Turrialba and in a shared eco river lodge for the duration of your trip.

Accommodations may vary but will be the same quality.

Solo travelers are paired with someone of the same gender.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance with at least $200,000 USD in medical coverage is required to participate on our trips. This must include coverage for repatriation.

Please note that travel insurance covers trip related issues such as trip interruption, lost luggage, theft, etc. Travel medical insurance covers things like repatriation, medicine, ambulance rides, and hospital visits/stays. 

We strongly suggest that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please ensure that all of the activities you plan on participating in are covered by your travel insurance.

Here are a few options for travel insurance that meet our minimum medical coverage requirements: Wanderwell, SafetyWing, and World Nomads. Some plans do not cover certain “high-risk” activities. Please make sure to read your plans coverage and make a selection based on your planned trip.

Wanderwell donates at least one percent of your insurance purchase to Explore Austin, a sustainable youth outdoor education program, via 1% for the Planet, selected by Under30Experiences.

We receive a fee if you purchase products through links on this page, at no extra cost to you.

We receive a fee when you get a quote from World Nomads using our affiliate links. We do not represent World Nomads. This is not a recommendation to buy travel insurance.

Cancellation Policy

Very Flexible

Give us at least 30 days notice and you can switch your trip for free, or we'll hold your Experience Credits for future use.

If you have an emergency cancellation that is less than 30 days before your trip, please refer to your travel insurance company as they may cover you for some expenses. We are not able to transfer trips or hold experience credits within 30 days of the trip because we have already secured reservations on your behalf.

Trip Leader Expectations

All Over30Experiences trips are accompanied by experienced Trip Leaders.

The goal of the Trip Leader is to facilitate an awesome experience and help our travelers have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends.

You can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.

Packing List

Please be eco-friendly
  • Bring a reusable water bottle.
  • Bring a reusable straw to limit the amount of single-use plastic waste.
  • Use as little plastic as possible by declining straws and plastic bags at restaurants and when shopping.
  • Please avoid aerosol bug sprays as they negatively affect the environment.
  • Bring "reef safe" sunscreens that do not contain oxybenzone and octinoxate because they kill coral.

We recommend using a travel backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer. A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited to transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage.

Below includes our staff picks of the best items on the market that we travel with!  All products selected are 3 ounces or less to comply with TSA carry-on size and organically inspired when possible.

Some of the links on this page are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you Under30Experiences will earn a small commission if you make a purchase.

Passport & Visas

Guidelines for U.S. Passport Holders

Make sure you have an updated passport with you. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the last date of your trip. Please consult the U.S. Department of State with any more questions.

Make sure there is no damage to your passport. Conditions that may constitute damage requiring you to replace your passport include water damage, a significant tear, unofficial markings on the data page, missing or torn out visa pages, a hole punch, or other injuries.

Health & Insurance

Check out our Travel Alerts Page for up-to-date COVID requirements.

The tap water in Costa Rica is safe to drink. Please bring a reusable water bottle and join us in our efforts to be environmentally friendly and keep Costa Rica beautiful.

Please consult with your doctor before traveling in regards to physical activity and vaccinations.

No inoculations are required to enter Costa Rica from the United States but the Center for Disease Control suggests vaccinating for Hepatitis A and Typhoid.

If you are traveling to Costa Rica from South America you will be required to present proof of Yellow Fever Vaccine.

Mosquito borne viruses exist in most of Latin America.  Please cover exposed skin and use mosquito repellent.

Money & Currency

The official currency of Costa Rica is the Costa Rican Colon (CRC)

Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to additional expenses such as snacks, alcoholic drinks, souvenirs, and optional activities.

We suggest bringing at least $300 USD in cash for the duration of the trip

Please be advised that US Dollar notes that are slightly torn, heavily marked, or faded may be difficult to exchange. It is best to bring notes in fairly good condition, in denominations lower than $100USD.

All businesses accept USD so you do not need to convert to Costa Rican Colones before arriving.

If you’d like a better exchange rate call your bank and order Colones before your trip.

In Costa Rica, a 23% charge is added on to almost every meal (13% tax, 10% tip).

Further tipping for wait staff is appropriate in the case of excellent service. When in doubt, ask your Trip Leader for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture.

Remember to call your bank and credit card company to let them know you will be traveling overseas.

For an up-to-date exchange rate, download the app XE

Safety & Security

Always carry a copy of your travel insurance, health insurance and passport with you. A photo of these items on your phone is also a good backup.

Keep your passport and any valuables locked in the safe at the hotel.

Don’t leave valuables unattended.

Leave flashy jewelry at home.

US Citizens please consider registering with the US State Department's “SMART Traveler Program” who can contact your family in case of an emergency.

Weather

The average temperature in Costa Rica’s Central Caribbean is 75-85 F during the day and 60-75 F at night.

Please expect showers and thunderstorms some days that pass through the rainforest.

cultural information

Pura Vida is a lifestyle in Costa Rica that literally translates to "Pure Life". It's also a very common phrase that means hello, thank you, and much more.

Costa Rica is a very eco-conscious country. Please do not disturb the natural environment by feeding animals, removing shells, or littering.

Smoking is prohibited in public areas.

Key Phrases
  • Hello -- Hola!
  • How are you? -- Como estás?
  • Please -- Por favor
  • Thank you -- Gracias!
  • Qué chiva! or Qué tuanis! -- How cool!
  • A cachete explotado! -- Everything is great!
  • Pure Life (Costa Rica’s mantra) -- Pura Vida
  • To say "you're welcome" we use “con gusto” instead of “de nada”.

Tipping Customs

While tipping isn’t customary, it is certainly appreciated especially when you have received great service.  Be sure to tip in the local currency (colones) to ensure the recipient does not have to pay additional fees when exchanging.  Here are some common guidelines to follow:

  1. Dining at a sit down restaurant = 3,000 colones per person
  2. Bell boy = 2,000 colones per piece of luggage
  3. Hotel cleaning staff = 5,000 colones per night spent at the hotel
  4. Tour guide (non U30X activity leaders)  = 10,000 colones for a day tour 

Optional Activities

Please bring cash with you. It will be helpful to have at least USD $300 in cash.

Surf Lessons ~ $65 USD: This is a “must do!” Learn the art of surfing in one of the most popular surf towns of the Caribbean Coast.  

Jaguar Rescue Center ~ $30 USD: The Jaguar Rescue Center is a temporary or permanent home for ill, injured and orphaned animals. With a focus on monkeys, sloths, other mammals, birds and reptiles, the JRC provides veterinary services, round-the-clock care and comfort to animals that would otherwise be unable to survive in the rainforest or the waters of the Caribbean.

Rent a bike ~ $10USD: The main town of Puerto Viejo is an eclectic vibrant beach town with a relaxed atmosphere, the Puerto Viejo area boasts a flat 12km stretch of lush tropical coastline which goes all the way from Playa Negra to Manzanillo. The perfect way to discover and explore the area is by bicycle!

While your Trip Leader will assist you with optional activities available, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of the Under30Experiences itinerary. We offer no guarantees on the safety or standard of the activity.

General Rules

Respect the people around you and the environment in which you’re traveling. This includes, but is not limited to fellow travelers, Trip Leaders, the local community, nature, wildlife, and yourself. 

Do your best to keep yourself and fellow travelers out of harm’s way. 

It’s important to obey local laws and customs while on our trips. This includes, but is not limited to wearing appropriate clothing while visiting certain communities, refraining from taking photos of people without asking, avoiding the use of illegal drugs, having weapons, and soliciting prostitution. If you’re not sure about something, take time to educate yourself, or ask.

Travel involves contact with new cultures. When confronted with a different way of living than you’re used to, do your best to understand that neither way is better or worse. They’re simply different ways of life. 

Know your limits! This applies to physical ability, emotional space, social situations, and alcohol consumption. If you can’t participate in something, be upfront about it. If you need a break from people, take it. Stop drinking before you get too drunk. 

Trip Leaders are working in the travelers’ best interest. If they say something or ask you not to do something it’s not because they’re tyrants, but because they want you to have a good time!

Lying or withholding information about any physical or mental condition that might affect your ability to participate in any of the activities may be grounds for removal from your trip with no refund. 

Staying longer or arriving early?

Come with us to the Beach or Rainforest of Costa Rica!

Recommended hostel in San Jose:

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