Costa Rica

Costa Rica Teen Adventure

  • Overview
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    9 days

    Activity Level


    Active trips revolve around multi-sport activities that keep your family outside and having fun! Your family will spend more time interacting with the elements and exploring than sitting on a beach or inside of a museum. These activities are not always physically demanding but they can be and do require a basic level of fitness.

    8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners

    This Costa Rica family vacation is the perfect way for teens to play hard and share an adventure with their parents. Teens today know all about environmental awareness and that knowledge is greatly appreciated in Costa Rica. Mix that with adventures from hiking to whitewater rafting and canyoning, and this is the family vacation of a lifetime! 

    Recommended Age: 12+

    Whitewater Raft the Pacuare River

    The Pacuare River is a stimulating and challenging river that will keep you on your toes, is full of excitement, and will give you a deserved sense of accomplishment back on shore.

    Hike Irazú Volcano

    Hike among the coffee fields on the slopes of the Irazú Volcano that reaches an elevation of 11,260 feet above the region’s gorgeous landscape.

    Go on a Canyoning Adventure in Turrialba

    Rappel down a set of waterfalls, zip-line across a jungle canopy, and walk across a hanging bridge stretching further than 100 feet, all in a day’s adventure.

    Explore Corcovado National Park

    With thousands of different species from mammals and reptiles to birds and butterflies, there is always something to search the jungle for at each twist and turn of every hike.

    Snorkel in the Pacific Ocean

    Explore the underwater world of the Pacific Ocean and the gorgeous reef off of the coast of Corcovado National Park finding colorful tropical fish and aquamarine plant life.

  • Itinerary

    Day 1

    Fly to San Jose, Costa Rica

    Days 2-3


    Irazu Volcano National Park

    Enjoy a scenic drive past quaint farm houses and potato fields toward Irazu Volcano National Park (Parque Nacional Volcán Irazú.), where you’ll experience a spectacular, above-cloud view from the volcano’s 11,260-foot summit.

    Turrialba Transfer and Farmer's Market

    Take a short drive to the Turrialba region, known as “Little Switzerland” for its lush, mountainous landscape, fertile soil and raging rivers. Get a taste of this agricultural haven by visiting a farmer’s market featuring specialties like Araìbica coffee, sugar cane and “Turrialba” cheese.

    Pacuare River Whitewater Rafting

    We’ll whitewater raft on the Pacuare River, whose class III and IV rapids take us through some spectacular scenery, like lush canyons where waterfalls cascade into the river and expanses of rainforest!

    Day 4

    Cerro de la Muerte


    Rappel down waterfalls, zip-line through a jungle canopy, and walk across a hanging bridge that’s over 100 feet long and feel your adrenaline pump through every different moment of this adventure!

    Optional Night Hike

    We’ll meet our guide for a night hike in the cloud forest after dark to discover the nocturnal creatures. Experience the nighttime chatter of tree frogs and insects in the forest under a starlit sky—an unforgettable adventure. Oh, and don’t forget your flashlights and bug spray!

    Days 5-7


    Caño Island

    Snorkel around Caño Island, home to crystalline waters filled with marine life, pristine beaches, magnificent cliffs and pre-Columbian artifacts.

    Picnic Lunch, Swimming & Nature Walk

    Have some time to truly get to know the wilderness of Costa Rica with a picnic lunch, refreshing swim in the warm waters of the Pacific, and a quiet nature walk.

    Full Day Corcovado National Park Excursion

    Take an entire day to explore the eco-diverse Corcovado National Park. Hike through lush rainforest trails teeming with unforgettable wildlife including monkeys—howler, spider and white-faced—sloths, coatis and tapirs, and tropical birds!

    Day 8

    San Jose

    Zip-line - San Jose de la Montana

    We’ll take to the sky for an adrenaline rush while we complete a high-flying zip-line circuit, located north of San Jose in the mountain village of San Jose de la Montaña.

    Day 9

    Depart / Arrive home

  • Dates & Prices

    2018 Dates


    Adult $4590PP
    Teen $4590PP
    Internal Air $200

    2019 Dates


    Call for Availability
    Adult $4290PP
    Teen $4290PP
    Internal Air $200


    Adult $4240PP
    Teen $4240PP
    Internal Air $200


    Adult $4590PP
    Teen $4590PP
    Internal Air $200

    Additional Info

    Smart Traveler Advantages

    Book a trip 9 months ahead of the day that you want to leave and get free flight insurance, free cancellation insurance, and a GoPro Hero Session!


    Traveling in a party of six or more friends or family members? Call us about our large group discounts.

    Alumni Discount 

    If you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices.

    Price includes

    All entrance fees, accommodations based on two to a room, land transportation, private bilingual guide throughout, all meals, bottled water & snacks in the vehicle, Comprehensive Travel Insurance.

  • Hotels

    Hotel Bougainvillea

    The Hotel Bougainvillea is located only 20 minutes from San Jose Airport in the province of Alajuela. Set on a gorgeous landscape of 10 acres of lush gardens, the hotel features 80 comfortable rooms, each with a balcony and an amazing view. Other highlights include a pool, a tennis court, a gift shop, a restaurant, free Wi-Fi, hair dryers, laundry service, and a business center. Note that Bougainvillea does not have connecting rooms.

    Hotel Casa Turire

    Located on the shores of Angostura Lake, this hacienda-style hotel offers 12 rooms and 4 spacious suites. Surrounded by mountains and well groomed gardens, the hotel has a swimming pool and laundry services are available but there is no air conditioning. Expect limited Wi-Fi service in the main lobby. Note that Hotel Casa Turire does not have connecting rooms.

    Trogón Lodge

    Trogón Lodge is located near Cerro de la Muerte, one of the highest mountain peaks in Costa Rica. The views in the area are astounding, with lush and rugged countryside, carrot and potato plantations, and fertile valleys. This simple, secluded lodge sits among colorful flowers and centennial oak trees, surrounded by mountains and green forest. All the lodge’s comfortable rooms have a private bathroom and heating unit, and all feature a view of either the Savegre River or the forest. Amenities include laundry services, conference room, internet, and bar. Note that Trogón does not have connecting rooms.

    Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge

    Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge, tucked away in the trees and cooled by the Pacific Ocean, is a 170 acre private reserve bordering Corcovado National Park. Carefully designed and built by an American naturalist, this hilltop jungle lodge has it all: a prime location on the edge of Corcovado National Park, resident naturalists, luxury accommodations and first-class service and food. Spanish colonial style cabins are spread around a garden for maximum privacy. Guest rooms have elegant furniture, four-poster beds, and huge tile bathrooms. The sunset margarita bar at the top of the hill has excellent views. A tractor-towed cart transports guests and luggage. The restaurant serves upscale dinners and packs picnic lunches. Laundry services are available. Hair appliances, such as hair dryers, are not allowed. Note that Casa Corcovado does not have connecting rooms.

    Thomson Family Adventures will attempt to adhere to this itinerary and its hotels as much as possible. However, certain conditions (political, climatic, environmental, cultural, or availability) may necessitate changes in the accommodations.

  • Why Thomson

    Smart Traveler Advantages

    Book your trip 9 months in advance and get access to all of the advantages that come with being a smart traveler from free flight insurance and trip cancellation to a brand new GoPro.

    Guaranteed Departures

    No matter what happens, once your family books a trip you’re going.


    Be accompanied for your entire trip by an expert local in-country guide who will know all of the ins and outs of the adventure and destination.

    Small Groups

    With a small group you’ll have plenty of time for spontaneity and to develop a connection with your fellow travelers and guide.

    Travel Insurance

    Every Thomson Family Adventures trip comes with travel insurance for your entire family at no extra cost.