Costa Rica Group Travel Dates




Wed, November 13, 2024 – Sun, November 17, 2024



Fri, December 6, 2024 – Tue, December 10, 2024



Sat, December 28, 2024 – Wed, January 1, 2025



Sat, February 15, 2025 – Wed, February 19, 2025



Wed, March 12, 2025 – Sun, March 16, 2025



Sat, November 8, 2025 – Wed, November 12, 2025



Wed, December 10, 2025 – Sun, December 14, 2025




Where We Go

Costa Rica group travel map

La Fortuna/Arenal

Tenorio Volcano National Park

Places Visited

  • La Fortuna / Arenal
  • Tenorio Volcano National Park


  • Feeling the adrenaline rush of class III/IV rapids in a white water rafting excursion
  • Hiking through a gorgeous national park to a stunning turquoise waterfall
  • Experiencing an adventurous zip line course through the forest and over tree tops
  • Relaxing in naturally heated hot springs after a long day (optional)
  • Learning about and seeing the local fauna and flora on a nature walk (optional)

Trip Inclusions

Trip Rankings

Physical Intensity
Medium High
Free Time
Medium Low
Partying / Nightlife
Culture / History
Food / Cuisine

Flight Information

Airfare is not included in the price of our Costa Rica group trip. When purchasing airfare please do so as follows:

  • Arrival: Fly into San Jose (airport code: SJO) by 3pm on the first day
  • Departure: Fly from San Jose (airport code: SJO) after 1pm on the final day

Is This Costa Rica Trip Right for You?

  • There is a strong active component to this trip with several physical activities including white water rafting, hiking and zip lining. While you do not need to live an active lifestyle to enjoy this trip you should have a desire to be active on this vacation!
  • In order to get the most out of the trip the days will start early: daily itinerary beginning around 8am with breakfast being even earlier. But the nights will also end earlier so you’ll still get plenty of sleep.
  • Even though December through April is considered “dry season” in Costa Rica it can still rain for a couple hours in the afternoon everyday.
  • Costa Rica has an abundance of wildlife ranging from birds, monkeys, sloths, and insects! You should be prepared to immerse yourself in nature and all living things that come your way on this trip.

Frequently Asked Questions

The group leader on this Costa Rica group trip will be one of our Americas based group leaders. His/her job is to ensure the safety and well being of everyone on the trip and, of course, to show everyone the most amazing time ever! While he/she will have a basic knowledge of the history, culture and customs of Costa Rica he/she may not be an expert in the matter.

A passport is required for this Costa Rica trip. It is strongly recommended that your passport have at least 6 months validity (from the time you leave Costa Rica) to avoid any problems. If you hold a U.S. passport you will not need a visa for entry to Costa Rica as long as you are not staying more than 90 days.

You will be staying in a simple, eco friendly 2*/3* hotel for the duration of this trip. While the hotel is simple, it has spacious rooms, is in an excellent location (relative to the activities on this trip), and is safe and clean. The hotel will likely have a very different feel than that of similar hotel star rankings in other parts of the world (such as the U.S. or Europe) for seasoned travelers. For example, the infrastructure might seem dated and more simple, there might be less amenities, and services such as housekeeping might be less frequent.

In order to budget properly please consider the following items which are not included in this Costa Rica group trip:

  • Meals: You are responsible for 3 lunches and 2 dinners. Budget around $100 for meals not included.
  • Tipping
    • Local guides and restaurant staff: Tipping is not compulsory but can make a big difference to individuals in the local hospitality industry in Costa Rica. Therefore, we recommend budgeting around $25 for these services.
    • Group leader: Tipping your group leader is completely discretionary. For outstanding service you may consider tipping your group leader ~$10/day.
    • Travel insurance: Travel insurance covering our minimum requirements ($100k+ in medical coverage including emergency evacuation) is compulsory for all participants. Budget anywhere from $50 to $130 for travel insurance (from a 3rd party) depending on your specific coverage inclusions.

The single room supplement on this Costa Rica group trip is $299. Due to the boutique nature of the eco hotel there are limited rooms available and, therefore, a single room supplement is not guaranteed on this trip. If you wish to join this trip and have a single room please contact us for single room availability before applying.

You will meet the group at the airport in San Jose! Your group leader will be waiting for you upon your arrival at San Jose airport (SJO) and, once everyone has arrived, you will take a van to the hotel in La Fortuna. After getting checked-in you will have free time until around 7pm upon which you will meet the group in the lobby of the hotel for dinner nearby as you begin to get to know one another! While you will not physically meet your group mates until the first day you will be in contact with everyone well ahead of time in the group WhatsApp chat and, in addition, we will provide you with everyone’s traveler bios so you’ll already know each other a little before physically meeting!

On days 2 and 4 you will have the opportunity to tailor the trip to your style by selecting an optional excursion. You will be able to select the optional excursion during the application process.


Day 2:

  • Hot springs: $50


Day 4:

  • Wildlife nature walk : $55
You can also read more about the optional excursions here.

We recommend bringing cash for this trip. The U.S. dollar (USD) is accepted virtually everywhere in Costa Rica so it’s very easy to pay for everything using just USD!

You may bring any size luggage that you wish!

Yes, you will have WiFi access at the hotel and most restaurants but please note that the signal might be weak and sporadic at times.

The entirety of this trip is spent in La Fortuna with a resident population of about 15,000. While there are bars in town they are all low key and, further, the focus on nightlife is low on this trip. But, of course, the decision to go out at night or not is completely up to you!

Previous hiking experience is not necessary! As long as you have a desire to hike (and be active on this trip) you will enjoy the experience!

If you’re having a hard time finding a flight that arrives on the first day by 3pm (flying into San Jose airport) we recommend flying in one day early and staying overnight at a hotel in San Jose near the airport. Then you will take a taxi to the airport on the first day of the trip and meet the group there! Further, if you’re having a hard time finding a flight that departs after 1pm on the final day we recommend staying at a hotel in San Jose near the airport and departing a day after the trip ends. On the final day of the trip you will be dropped off at the San Jose airport at approximately 10:30am so you can take a taxi to your hotel at that time. We’d be more than happy to recommend hotels in San Jose near the airport depending on your budget!

Costa Rica Group Travel Itinerary

  • Your amazing Costa Rica group travel trip begins today!  Today you will meet your group and group leader at the San Jose airport (if you are flying in today please be scheduled to land by 3pm) and, after everyone has arrived, you will be picked up and driven to La Fortuna which will be our home base for this action packed adventure trip.  La Fortuna is a small town in the Alajuela region known for its lush countryside, beautiful National Parks, magnificent wildlife and the stunning (passively active) Arenal volcano.


  • Tonight we’ll meet up for a welcome dinner over traditional Costa Rican food – yummy, fresh food all around!


Daily Inclusions:

  • Lodging: 2/3* hotel in La Fortuna (double occupancy)
  • Meals: Dinner
  • Transportation: Private transfer from SJO airport to hotel in La Fortuna
  • Today we kick off our Costa Rica group trip in active, adventurous style with an adrenaline filled white water rafting tour!  We’ll be picked up early at our hotel and taken to the Balsa river where we’ll raft down some seriously fun class III/IV rapids!  Of course we’ll make a stop midway through the tour for some delicious fresh fruit – we’re in Costa Rica after all.  After rafting we’ll replenish ourselves with a traditional Costa Rican lunch before heading back to our hotel in the afternoon.


  • This evening is for you to decompress and relax after an adrenaline filled day.  You could relax in the hotel pool or at a local eco spa with naturally heated pools in an optional excursion.  The decision is entirely up to!


Daily Inclusions:

  • Lodging: 2/3* Hotel in La Fortuna (double occupancy)
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Activities: White water rafting
  • Transportation: Transfer to/from hotel from/to rafting


Optional Excursions:

  • Eco spa (hot springs): $50


You can read more about the optional excursions here.

  • Active adventure day take two today as we’ll be hiking through a stunning National Park to a beautiful waterfall!  Again we’ll start our day early as we head to Tenorio Volcano National Park which is known for an abundance of wildlife, natural hot springs and, most notably, the gorgeous Rio Celeste waterfall!  Our hike will take us through lush greenery, across rivers and through the forest before we finally reach our final destination: the Rio Celeste waterfall.  The waterfall, about 100 feet tall, produces a remarkable beautiful blue color in the water below.  In total the hike is about 3.5 miles and is rated a medium level hike.


  • After the hike we’ll refuel with lunch near the park before making our way back to La Fortuna where you’ll have the evening to relax before meeting up again for dinner tonight in town.


Daily Inclusions:

  • Lodging: 2/3* Hotel in La Fortuna (double occupancy)
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Activities: Rio Celeste hike
  • Transportation: Transportation from/to hotel to/from Tenorio Volcano National Park
  • Other: Tenorio Volcano National Park entrance fee
  • Adventure activity take three today as we zip (line) our way through a rich forest with beautiful (Arenal) volcano views!  The zip line course has over 10 stations each with different lengths offering a variety of different experiences and speeds.  You will literally glide above the trees and possibly make some new monkey friends in the process!


  • This afternoon you’ll have time to relax – you could hang out at the hotel or opt in to an optional wildlife nature walk.  If sloths are your thing we recommend the nature walk – just saying!


  • Tonight we’ll meet up and enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant in town.


Daily Inclusions:

  • Lodging: 2/3* Hotel in La Fortuna (double occupancy)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Activities: Zip lining
  • Transportation: Transportation from/to hotel to/from zip lining course


Optional Excursions:

  • Nature wildlife walk ($55)


You can read more about the optional excursions here.

  • Today, sadly, is the last on our Costa Rica group travel trip for young professionals.  You will be picked up at your hotel early in the morning today and dropped off at the San Jose airport; you are free to depart anytime after 1pm today.  While you will be going home today the experience on the trip and friendships made will last a lifetime!


Daily Inclusions:

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Transportation: Private transfer from La Fortuna hotel to San Jose airport (SJO)
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