COSTA RICA - 14 Days

SUMMER TEEN TOURS

COSTA RICA – 14 DAYS

Get ready to experience Costa Rica through the eyes of The Wild Traveler. On our teen tour we’ll visit La Fortuna, home of Volcan Arenal, whitewater raft down the Pacuare River, and surf for three days on Costa Rica’s west coast.  We’ll travel through mountains, quintessential Costa Rican villages, soak in hot springs, practice Spanish, learn how to salsa dance, and more. No experience required.

EXPLORE LA FORTUNA AND VOLCAN ARENAL

Arenal was erupting almost daily from 1968 until it ended in 2010. Arenal has retained its picture-perfect conical shape despite its volcanic activity.  We’ll take a day hike near the volcano, check out waterfalls, relax in Baldi hot springs, get un-relaxed on Baldi’s awesome watersides, take salsa dance lessons (Costa Rican’s love salsa!), and prepare for our raft trip!

 

The Wild Traveler
The Wild Traveler

WHITEWATER RAFT THE PACUARE RIVER

Our 3 day whitewater raft trip takes us down Costa Rica’s Pacuare River.  This portion of our Costa Rican teen tour will teach us how to work as a team and learn how to read the river as we navigate the class III rapids of this truly marvelous river.  We’ll spend two nights at our riverside eco jungle lodge – complete with zip lines, swimming holes, and waterfalls.

The Wild Traveler
The Wild Traveler

SURF COSTA RICA

For 3 full days we’ll do what surfers do; surf! We have a morning and afternoon surf session each day. Our instructors will teach us everything we need to know including ocean safety, surf etiquette, and surf technique. In the evenings we’ll watch surf movies like “Endless Summer” and “Point Break” (the original not the remake).

COSTA RICAN HOMESTAY

An adventure deep into the Costa Rican rain forest to the fully sustainable remote village of Piedras Blancas. Your arrival will be well earned, it takes a two hour 4×4 jeep ride and a four hour hike through the rain forest to make it to the village. This is truly off the beaten-path. This is Costa Rica. This is pura vida.

COSTA RICA ITINERARY

 

DAY 1 – ARRIVAL DAY

You have the option to fly from the USA to and from Costa Rica with one of your Wild Traveler leaders from Los Angeles International Airport. If you choose to fly by yourself, your leaders will meet you at the airport in San Jose, Costa Rica.  Once we have our group we’ll load our microbus where our Costa Rican driver will take us La Fortuna, home of famous Volcan Arenal.

 

DAY 2 – 4 – LA FORTUNA / ARENAL

Arenal was erupting almost daily from 1968 until it ended in 2010. Arenal has retained its picture-perfect conical shape despite its volcanic activity.  We’ll have time to explore this unique town, visit museums, and take evening salsa lessons (Costa Rican’s love salsa!).  We’ll take a day hike near the volcano, check out waterfalls, relax in Baldi hot springs, get un-relaxed on Baldi’s awesome watersides, and prepare for our raft trip!

 

DAY 5 – 7 – RAFT THE PACURE RIVER

The Pacuare River (class III-IV whitewater) is located on Costa Rica’s Caribbean slope, home to an incredible variety of wildlife, including parrots, toucans, deer, jaguars, ocelots, monkeys, butterflies, and more. It’s rated in the world’s top 5 commercial rafting runs by National Geographic Magazine (I personally rate it #1). We’ll complete a 19 mile stretch in 3 days. We’ll spend two nights and a day at our riverside eco lodge surrounded by jungle. We have the opportunity to visit a local village and volunteer with on an ongoing reforestation project. OR we can take a day hike, zip on the lodges zip lines, swim in some awesome swimming holes, and relax with our group. On the last day, we’ll raft the other half of the river to the take out. In the afternoon we’ll take a shuttle from take out to Manzanillo on the coast in southeastern Costa Rica.

 

DAY 8 – 10 DAY – COSTA RICAN HOMESTAY

An adventure deep into the Costa Rican rain forest to the fully sustainable remote village of Piedras Blancas. Your arrival will be well earned, it takes a two hour 4×4 jeep ride and a four hour hike through the rain forest to make it to the village. This is truly off the beaten-path. This is Costa Rica. This is pura vida.

 

DAY 11 – 13 – SURF COSTA RICA

For 3 full days we’ll do what surfers do; surf! We have a morning and afternoon surf session each day. Our instructors will teach us everything we need to know including ocean safety, surf etiquette, and surf technique. In the evenings we’ll watch surf movies like “Endless Summer” and “Point Break” (the original not the remake).

After our last surf session, we’ll take our shuttle back to San Jose where we’ll have time to visit colorful street markets, people watch on the pedestrian promenade, shop for souvenirs and eat dinner at Train Tracks, your Wild Traveler leader’s favorite pizza place in all of Central America.

DAY 14 – DEPARTURE DAY

After breakfast, we will debrief our trip, exchange instas and take our shuttle to San Jose’s International airport for our flight back to the states.  Participants are welcome to fly back with their leaders to Los Angeles International Airport. If you choose to fly by yourself your Wild Traveler leaders will check you into your flight.

 

 

Costa Rica GEAR LIST

Getting your gear together (either borrowing/renting/buying) is a fun and exciting time. All of the items listed below are important and will be used sometime during our summer teen tours, so please pack EVERYTHING on the list. With that in mind please limit additional items -space is limited. Everything must fit in your large backpacking pack and your day pack. If you have any questions about gear or clothing, email or give us a call, we can help!

 

GEAR

  • 1 backpacking backpack
  • 1 day pack

 

CLOTHING

  • 1 breathable, waterproof rain jacket
  • 2 pair shorts
  • 5-7 t-shirts
  • 5-7 pair underwear
  • 5 sports bras
  • 1 pair athletic shoes
  • 1 pair hiking sandal (eg. Tevas, Chacos, must have heal strap)
  • 1 pair flip flops
  • 3-4 pair jeans or other cotton pants
  • 4 pair socks
  • 2 swimsuits
  • 1 light jacket/ fleece/ sweatshirt
  • 2 bandanas

 

ACCESSORIES

  • 2 one liter water bottles
  • 2 large tubes sunscreen (SPF 25 minimum)
  • 1 pair sunglasses – dark lens, UVA/UVB protected
  • 1 sunglass strap (eg. Croakies, Chums)
  • 1 toiletry set (toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, deodorant, feminine hygiene items)
  • 1 bath towel
  • 1 wash cloth
  • 1 laundry bag
  • 1 small insect repellent
  • 1 journal w/ pens
  • 1 bowl
  • 1 hot/ cold cup
  • 1 fork, spoon, knife (Lexan is best)
  • 1 headlamp w/ extra batteries
  • 1 large brimmed hat/ baseball hat to block sun
  • 4 trash bags
  • 5 zip-lock bags (1 gallon)

 

OPTIONAL

  • 1-2 waterproof cameras
  • 1 watch
  • 1 set stationary, envelopes, stamps
  • 1 paperback
  • 1 musical instrument

COSTA RICA

 

COMMON QUESTIONS

Find out what you can expect with a trip with The Wild Traveler. Below are some of the more commonly asked questions regarding different aspects of our trips. Have more questions? Give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

WHERE DO WE SLEEP?

We will be staying in hotels, eco lodges, and youth hostels for the entire trip.

 

WHEN WILL I SHOWER?

Whenever you want.  There are showers at each eco lodge, hotel, and hostel.

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?

The Wild Traveler provides all of your gear except for a backpack and a day pack. Check out your gear and clothing list specific to your trip. Please pack only the items on the list. Everything must be able to fit into your backpack and daypack. Space is limited.

WILL I BE ABLE TO CALL FAMILY DURING THE TRIP?

You will have a chance to call your family as soon as you meet your Wild Traveler leaders at your arrival airport, and again on departure day. Your trip leaders will update a travel journal throughout your trip. Your family will be able to see pictures and read about your trip as it happens.

HOW IS THE FOOD?

Our participants and staff really like the food. We have no problem accommodating vegetarian diets. Any other dietary restrictions need to be approved by our office staff prior to your trip.

HOW WILL WE TRAVEL?

During your trip you’ll travel by shuttle bus, ferry, foot, and boat. Traveling is fun! Your leaders have traveled all over the world and will give you all the help you need to make you comfortable.

WILL I MAKE FRIENDS?

You’ll leave with some of the strongest friendships you will have ever made. Living close to fun, like minded individuals, while sharing an experience of a lifetime – Not only will you make new friends – these friends will last a lifetime.

 

WHAT WILL GROUPS BE LIKE?

Your group is made up of 6-8 enthusiastic, positive, fun individuals (like yourself ) ready for an experience of a lifetime. They come from all over the country, and in many cases, from all over the world. Our groups are created with attention to age and a balance of male/ female participants in order to ensure the best possible individual and group experience possible. Your group will be led by 3 experienced and knowledgeable Wild Traveler leaders. Click to learn more about Our Leaders.

 

WHAT WILL OUR DAYS BE LIKE?

Each day has been scheduled with a variety fun and adventurous activities. Those activities include hiking, ziplining, whitewater rafting, traveling to and staying in small villages, surfing and more. Each evening, your trip leaders will run one of our popular evening programs where your group talks, play games, tell stories, play music, and a whole lot of other fun stuff.

 

Still have questions? Let us know!

THE WILD TRAVELER REVIEWS

Check out our Wild Traveler’s trip reviews. We have references available. Give us a call and we can get you in contact with the parents of past participants.

What did your child gain or take away from their experience with The Wild Traveler?

“Our daughter gained more confidence within herself to socialize and deal with others especially within a group.”

“Independence and a real sense of accomplishment. He loved the scuba diving, and also hiking volcanoes. And of course, the warm water!”

“Confidence!”

From talking with child, what do you feel was the highlight of their experience?

“The scuba diving and surfing were the most fun when we asked. Then it was the beautiful views and atmosphere of the whole experience.”

“It is so hard to say! She loved it all! One day I ask her her favorite part and she says Volcanoes National Park, the next she says scuba, the next surfing.”

“She made great new friends and had an awesome adventure! She learned that she can navigate through an airport on her own. She learned how to become a team with a bunch of people that she had never met before.”

“She gained some new skills and happy memories”

How was The Wild Traveler at preparing you and your child for our program?

“We were very prepared for the experience that was about to come our way.”

“Everything was very well laid on on the web site!”

“Great, we would do it again in a minute!”

“Great, anytime I would call or email I would promptly get a reply!”

How was The Wild Traveler at answering your questions and addressing your concerns before and during our trip?

“I could not have been happier with the info I needed to make me feel at ease.”

“Ryan was fantastic, kept me at ease from day one all the way through.”

What did you think about our travel journal?

“I looked forward to it and was very thankful it was in place. As a parent it made me feel that my child was safe and in good hands. I loved to actually see what they were doing.”

“I checked it often and really enjoyed seeing the photos and hearing about the days!”

“Fun! Loved it, kept me feeling good about it all, especially being so far away.”

“Awesome! I felt like I knew what was going on all of the time! The trip log was so helpful! I must have checked it five times a day just waiting for new updates”

Why did you choose “The Wild Traveler” over another outdoor company?

“Olivia found the site and convinced us it was the best fit for her.”

“Great value as well as the variety of activities. Most of the places I looked had a scuba trip, or a hiking trip, or a community service trip. Your trip was the only one that had a great mix of different activities.”

“Looked like fun, Ryan was reassuring and I trust him.”

“We really liked the choices of activities!”

Any comments or suggestions?

“You have exceeded our expectations! Thank you for taking care of our daughter and sharing such a wonderful time with her.”

“The trip was everything I hoped it would be for him.”

“I am so happy with the whole trip, Anna had the most awesome time, she lights up when she shares her experiences, its has given her so much confidence, and she loved all the different aspects of the trip, from scuba diving, surfing, hiking to beautiful waterfalls, seeing lava light up the night sky, camping on awesome beaches, Ryan did an awesome job choosing many great places to visit and stay!”

“Just keep doing what you are doing! It was a great trip. Aspen was happy to be home for about a day. Then she wanted to go back! 🙂 ”

 

 

Read The Wild Traveler reviews. Would you like to get more reviews? Give us a call and we can put you in contact with parents from all over the country (and other parts of the world) who have sent their children on one of our teen tours! Click to contact us.

TRIP DETAILS

DESTINATION: COSTA RICA
LENGTH: 14 DAYS
ARRIVE / DEPART: Los Angeles, CA
TUITION: $5495 – ALL INCLUSIVE
AGES: 14 – 17
DATES:
AUGUST 1 – 14, 2018
AUGUST 17 – 30, 2018

TRIP DETAILS

INTRODUCTION TO SPANISH LANGUAGE
3 DAY RAFT TRIP DOWN THE PACUARE RIVER
SURF COSTA RICA’S WEST COAST
VISIT SAN JOSE’S STREET MARKETS
RAINFOREST VILLAGE HOMESTAY
SLIDE INTO LA FORTUNA’S HOT SPRINGS
LEARN HOW TO SALSA DANCE

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IT’S ALL INCLUDED

Round trip flights Between LAX and Costa Rica
Ground transportation (private shuttle and bus)
2 experienced Wild Traveler trip leaders with 24 hour supervision
Hotels and hostels
National Park entrance fees
All meals and snacks
All activities
All equipment
Professional instruction
And more!

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