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18 to 30’s Costa Rica Waves and Sunsets 8 Days with G Adventures

18 to 30’s Costa Rica Waves and Sunsets 8 Days with G Adventures

From $819 From $639 / per person
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Description

This 18 to 30-something tour is designed by G-Adventures to deliver exactly how you would like to experience of Costa Rica as you can handle in just 8 days! Immersive action in the form of canyoning, kayaking, rafting, rapelling, surfing and cycling…with so many more activities, available as optional extras. Or just take it easy with gorgeous beach stretches to sprawl out on, waterfall swimming, volcanoes and rainforests to wander around. Choose your own style of adventure on this flexible tour with all transport, accommodation, fine details taken care of. Book through Twister Travel for fast confirmation. Only a deposit is needed.

Setting the scene are backdrops of some of the most lush, green jungles filled with exotic wildlife, perfect beaches, ever-changing natural landscapes. Your journey will also allow appreciation how much it is worth preserving  this environment. Experience why this country frequents world’s most beautiful country lists.

  • Prices subject to availability and dates. There may be fluctuations at some times, including further discounts. Feel free to contact us here at Twister Travel for the best possible deals!
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Start/Finish City: San José Costa Rica
  • Service Level: Basic. Simple and clean hotels and hostels; affordable public and private transport; lots of optional activities.
  • Physical Grading: 2 – Light. Light walking and hiking, suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
  • Travel Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings. Fast, fresh, and fun adventures that never slow down, made for young, budget-minded travellers.
  • Trip Type: Small Group. Small group experience; Max 18, avg 14.
  • Age Requirement: 18 to 39

Features

  • La Fortuna with Arenal Volcano views
  • Optional group nights out
  • Santa Teresa beaches
  • Cabo Blanco nature reserve

What’s Included

  • Beach time in Santa Teresa
  • Free time in La Fortuna
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodation Supplied

Simple hotels (3 nights), hostels (4 nights, multi-share)

Couples may be split in multi-share hostel rooms into same sex dorms. Pending availability, couples may be able to pay extra while on tour to have their own room in some destinations.

Meals

No meals included
Allow US$280-365 for meals not included.

Further Information?

Just ask us about booking extra tours and adventure add-on packs to secure your place in some of these experiences, before embarking on your tour!

Tour Bookings and Enquiries

Interested in this tour?

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  • Departure
    San Jose Costa Rica

Tour Plan

1

Day 1 San José

Arrival at hotel to check in, then feel free to explore the city of San Jose with it's beautiful parks, museums, and lively central plaza. Be ready to connect with the group and your G-Adventures CEO (Chief Experience Officer) at 6pm, you will only need to see our hotel reception for time and place info. After the meeting there is an option to share a local meal and night out with the group.
  • Accommodation: Hotel Lluvia de Oro (or similar)
2

Day 2 San José to La Fortuna

We travel together by local bus for a 3 to 5 hour journey to La Fortuna, the town that bows to Arenal Volcano.
An adventurer's playground, with a range of optional extra activities, day and night. Go for some hardcore action such as full day Class 3 and 4 white water rafting on the Balsa or Toro Rivers, mountain biking, or canyoning and caving, then immerse into the Baldi natural thermal baths after your efforts. Or take a mesmerising night hike around the base of the volcano, tuned into the sounds of monkeys and other wildlife, the volcano eerily rumbling a deep bass.
A journey that includes entertaining segments, as we take organised taxis into San Jose for the bus station, then a lively local bus for the 150km to our next destination.
We will be ushered to the bus station in a taxi, then jump on the bus to La Fortuna.
Optional Extra Activities:
  • La Fortuna Waterfall Swim Access a waterfall close to La Fortuna via a jungle walk, a taxi or horse ride to the gates. There is a fee before reaching the falls 500 steps below. Immerse into cool waters and sounds of nature. Be sure to look out for the irridescent blue morpho butterflies here. (Approximately US$15)
  • Baldi Hot Springs Awaken your senses and let the naturally heated outdoor pools soak your muscles while, you kick back doing little but breathing the pure rainforest air. (Approximately US$64)
  • Accommodation - at Selina Hostel La Fortuna (or similar)
3

Day 3 La Fortuna

Flexy free day with more exhilarating experiences to choose from, or other outdoor pursuits which allow you to take in, wonder at and photograph the abundant flora and fauna in their natural settings.
Optional Extra Activities:
  • Whitewater Rafting Arenal In the hands of expert leaders, command the rushing rapids as they pull the raft in a wild ride through unbelievable scenery. Classified Level 2 - 4 rapids, make sure you are ready for this! (Approximately US$61-86)
  • Lost Canyon Adventures - canyoning tour of waterfalls, swimming, trekking through rivers, daring hanging bridges. See the environment from a viewpoint just as the local wildlife do! (Approximately US$90)
  • La Fortuna Waterfall Swim Access a waterfall close to La Fortuna via a jungle walk, a taxi or horse ride to the gates. There is a fee before reaching the falls 500 steps below. Immerse into cool waters and sounds of nature. Be sure to look out for the irridescent blue morpho butterflies here. (Approximately US$15)
  • Baldi Hot Springs Awaken your senses and let the naturally heated outdoor pools soak your muscles while, you kick back doing little but breathing the pure rainforest air. (Approximately US$64)
  • Kayak Lake Arenal La Fortuna Admire Arenal Volcano as you kayak the pristine blue-green waters of Lake Arenal. An opportunity to see some of the bird species of over 300 located here, listening out for howler monkeys. Relax back in your kayak, bathing in the beauty of surrounding rolling hills, secret coves and sky that stretches on forever. (Approximately US$65)
  • Gravity Falls Waterfall Jumping Descend deep into a canyon, in a secured harness. Throw yourself into the raw nature just as a skillful thrill-seeking monkey would! Trek through rivers, and cross a daring hanging bridge. (Approximately US$125)
  • Venado Caves Exploration La Fortuna The Venado Caves are a natural exhibition of stalactites, stalagmites, underground rivers, and caverns. Inhabited by bats, frogs, and spiders. (Approximately US$78)
  • Hanging Bridges Tour (around 2 hours) A 3km trek through winding trails at the foot of the Arenal Volcano. The adventure incorporates 16 bridges of varying lengths and heights. Suspended high in the rainforest canopy, there are advantageous angles for a long lens to reach out to the exotic birds, monkeys and sloths hanging high above gorges, and cascading falls. (Approximately US$66)
  • Accommodation: Selina Hostel La Fortuna (or similar)
4

Day 4 La Fortuna to Santa Teresa

Costa Rica's Pacific coastline is a haven to blissed out surfers and contented sunbathers. Allow yourself to chill here after all the action so far, exploring the beaches and towns of Playa Santa Teresa, Malpais, and Secret Beach. Grab a surfboard, or some snorkel gear for full immersion. Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve offers another chance of checking out more of the captivating plantlife and animals, of the land and sea.
Climb aboard a local van for the 3 hour journey from La Fortuna to Puntarenas, catching a ferry here to Paquera. Onto Santa Teresa for the remaining 1 1/2 hours in a private vehicle.
  • Check in to Selina Santa Teresa Hostel (or similar)
5

Days 5–6 Santa Teresa

Extended stay in Santa Teresa will allow more waves to ride, or to learn how. A vast range of things to see and do in the southern area of the Nicoya Peninsula. Cabo Blanco National Park presents endless experiences in the wild. Cool down in the local waterfalls falls or swimming hole. A day trip to the beautiful Isla Tortuga offers snorkelling along it's volcanic rock reef. Surf the breaks at Mal Pais and Santa Teresa beaches. If learning to surf in Costa Rica is a wish you envision fulfilling, you can pre-book the Santa Teresa Surf Lesson as an addon when you book this tour.
Any additional questions please go ahead and contact us here at Twister Travel.
If your urge for action is ever insatiable, take your pick of optional extra activities - ziplining, riding, diving, boogie boarding are just some. Hit the local night life like you deserve.
A relaxed pace is also allowed. Opt for a yoga class, or go for an orchid searching adventure.
Optional Extra Activities:
  • Cabo Blanco Boat Ride Malpais A protected area since 1963, the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula offeres the chance to spot an array of wildlife at home in the tropical forest. Wonder at the sights of spot white-tailed deer, anteaters, armadillos, plus howler and capuchin monkeys, with seabirds circling the scene. (Approximately US$180 - 210 per group)
  • Swimming Malpais Ask your G-Adventures Chief Experience Officer advice on the best places for swimming. (Free!)
  • Snorkelling Malpais Manta rays, dolphins, sea turtles, spotted eagle rays, amongst a wide variety of exotic sealife to see, cushioned by warm waters, winding through enchanting marine gardens. Take a tour or jump in from the beaches with a snorkel set for all the underwater action!
  • Montezuma Day Tour Montezuma Hitch a ride to Montezuma and go on an effortless hike to the waterfalls. Spend time visiting the town, and enjoy a picnic on the beach before heading back to Santa Teresa. (Approximately US$55)
  • Sunset Grill Party Santa Teresa Indulge in a sunset BBQ with an open campfire. (Approximately US$35)
  • Santa Teresa Surf Lesson Santa Teresa Surfing the beach at Santa Teresa. Take a lesson, learn tips and techniques to get on top of the waves and flow.
  • Staying again at Selina Santa Teresa (or similar)
6

Day 7 Santa Teresa to San José

Make some time to enjoy your last beach bliss in the morning, before embarking on a local bus ride from Santa Teresa. After around 8 hours, landing back in the captial San Jose in the evening at approximately 9pm. Just enough time to get ready for a final night out on the town with the group, the new best friends you have spent such an amazing week with!
  • Staying at the Hotel Lluvia de Oro (or similar)
7

Day 8 San José

Depart at any time.

Further Info

It is recommended to use a medium sized  backpack for your convenience, as there are some short moments during this tour when you will be required to carry your own luggage. A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage. Some suggested items to take include: Essential Items
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Camera/ or phone with camera
  •  Cash, credit and debit cards
  •  Day pack
  •  First-aid supplies
  •  Torch
  •  Hoodie or sweater
  •  Footwear
  •  Hat
  •  Moneybelt
  • Outlet adapter
  •  Personal entertainment
  •  Reusable water bottle
  •  Small travel towel
  •  Sunglasses
  •  Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable)
  •  Watch or alarm clock
  •  Waterproof backpack cover
  • Windproof rain jacket
  •  Swimwear
  • Costa Rica Water Activities:
  •  Drybag (Will help keep cameras and essentials dry)
  •  Sport Sandals or Water Shoes (if you plan to do waterfall rappelling and/or rafting)
Documents
You need to keep hold of:
  • Flight info - Costa Rica will not permit entry into the country without proof of a departure ticket to next destination. If you are travelling through a few countries in Central America, you will need to show proof of your itinerary and a departure ticket from your last destination. Please print the itinerary and voucher and bring it with you.
  • Insurance details
  • Passport
  • Vaccination certificates
  • Visas - currently no visa is required for up to 90 days for Costa Rica if travelling from Australia, please check locally or just ask us if you are unsure for your country of origin.
Contact us at Twister Travel if any assistance is required with visa applications.
Local Culture
Costa Rica is as friendly as it is scenic. Take normal precautions in cities, particularly when out at night.
For Your Health
  • Take along some Mosquito repellant for your own convenience - natural organic products may be better, and are available for purchase locally.
  • Any regular medications, asthma inhalers, vitamins.
  • Yellow Fever - It may be required to show a Yellow Fever certificate upon entering Costa Rica and Nicaragua if you have travelled to certain countries with Yellow Fever risk prior to arriving.
Check your personal vaccination requirements lists and dates which renewals may be needed!
  •  For in-depth health and safety data, (including up to date vaccinations info) please visit https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/destinations/americas/costa-rica                                                                                                                     Or your local equivalent.
Random Potential Hazards
Take normal precautions in cities when out at night, changing money, carrying your valuables around monkeys in some places, and any other imagined potential hazard. Be particularly aware of potential drink spikings. Stay with group members, avoiding isolated backstreets at night due to the incidence of express kidnappings. Listen to your G-Adventures guide's advice for drinking water.
Insurance
Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate in any G Adventures tour. Minimum coverage is US$200,000. Some tours may include activities where extra coverage is required. We can assist you in adding insurance or advising you on insurance group choices upon booking with Twister Travel.
Age Requirements
18 - 39 years only.
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