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Teens today know all about environmental awareness and most have profound respect for nature and knowledge of ecological issues. Nowhere is that respect and knowledge better appreciated than in Costa Rica. While this friendly, tropical nation is a living, breathing science lesson, it’s also an adventure lover’s paradise with a mix of activities from hiking to whitewater rafting and canyoning. Our Costa Rica family vacations are the perfect place for teens to play hard and share an adventure with their parents.

2017 Dates
Dates Adult/Teen Internal Air
12/23 - 12/31 $4,490 $200
2018 Dates
Dates Adult/Teen Internal Air
03/24 - 04/01 $4,290 $200
06/16 - 06/24 $4,240 $200
12/23 - 12/31 $4,590 $200
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!
Groups: 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 bi-lingual guide throughout, area specialists, all meals except 1 dinner, bottled water & snacks in the vehicle, Comprehensive Travel Insurance.


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Day 1: Depart Home / Arrive San Jose

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel, where your Costa Rica family vacation begins!

Days 2-3: Hike Irazu Volcano / Whitewater Raft on the Pacuare River / Visit a Local Farmer's Market

The Turrialba Region is an area known as 'Little Switzerland' for its lush mountainous landscape, fertile soil and raging rivers. 

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The Irazu Volcano inside of Irazu National Park rises 11,260 feet above a picturesque landscape. On the slopes of the volcano grows the rich and delicious Arabica coffee beans. Taking on the class III and IV rapids on the Pacuare is exciting and will get everyone’s blood pumping!

Day 4: Go Canyoning/ Cross the Pan-American Highway / Discover Nighttime Wildlife 

Explore the Cerro de la Muerte region with its dazzling array of plants, animals, and bird species found nowhere else in the world. 

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Cerro de la Muerte is one of the highest peaks in Costa Rica and offers amazing views. The area around the mountain is a fascinating cloud forest with many species of plants and animals found nowhere else. Driving through the Talamanca Mountain range will bring you to the highest point on the Pan-American Highway. Take the opportunity to rappel down waterfalls and zip-line through canyons on a canyoning adventure or take a bike ride through an agricultural research and learning center. 

Days 5-8: Boat Ride on the Pacific / Snorkel a Reef / Hike in Corcovado National Park

Corcovado is the experience of a lifetime for those who crave untamed wilderness and spectacular wildlife viewing. 

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Washed by warm Pacific waters on three sides, almost half of the peninsula is protected within Corcovado National Park, the largest of the parks and reserves that make up the Corcovado Conservation Area. The range of natural diversity in the park is spectacular with thousands of different species from mammals and reptiles to birds and butterflies. Travel back to San Jose where your adventure first began. 

Day 9: Depart San Jose / Arrive Home

Head to the airport for your flight home! While you travel you can look back at the exciting and unforgettable memories you’ve just made with your family!


Optional Community Service Extension

Have an extra week and interested in community service?

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Add a week or more to your adventure and deepen your understanding of the lives of the people who live here. We’ll use our partnerships with the local community to connect you to their sustainable projects. Depending on the specific need at the time you might paint, build, plant, or simply read aloud. This is a great opportunity for our children to gain a sense of giving back to others, and to see that those who seem different can be very much the same. We've found that you need to devote at least a week to be even a small help to the sustainable project.

Hotel Bougainvillea

The Hotel Bougainvillea is a small hotel only 20 minutes from the airport. It’s located in Heredia, which is a province of San Jose. 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, internet access, and a business center.

Hotel Casa Turire

Located on the shores of Angostura Lake, this hacienda-style hotel offers 12 rooms and 4 spacious suites, mountain scenery, well-groomed gardens, and a swimming pool. This rustic lodge is the perfect spot for a real jungle experience; it's nestled amid thick tropical rain forest, so you'll probably encounter rain and humidity, but you'll also see and hear some amazing wildlife just outside your room! 

Trogon Lodge

Trogon 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. The 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.

Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge

Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge, located on the Osa Peninsula, borders Corcovado National Park. Casa Corcovado sits on a 170 acre private reserve and can only be reached by boat. The grounds here are beautiful gardens, and a main focus of the lodge is conservation. There is a small, spring-fed swimming pool as well as a larger pool and a restaurant and bar. The tiled rooms feature beautiful views and a hammock just outside the door; they come with mosquito nets, ceiling fans and lovely stained glass doors.

Why Costa Rica?

The ultimate eco-adventure
Costa Rica is home to spectacular rain forests and wildlife and a global leader in protecting its natural resources. You and your family will experience a once-in-a-lifetime adventure in this eco-friendly paradise.
Over 850 species of birds and hundreds of species of animals
Costa Rica’s lush, diverse ecosystems, pristine waterways and volcanic sandy beaches are home to a staggering amount of plant and animal life. From the largest butterfly garden in the world to sea turtles, howler monkeys and tapirs, you will not soon forget the beauty and serenity of a Costa Rican adventure.
Peaceful, stable and safe
Costa Rica is a serene, peaceful country with a long history of being a peacemaker in Central America. During the 19th century, the country invested in healthcare and education, rather than the military, and has a stable, well-established infrastructure and no standing army.

Why with Thomson?

Whitewater raft on the Pacuare River
Once you’ve been outfitted with life jackets, helmets and paddles, it’s off to shoot the rapids of the Pacuare River. This rafting trip is first timer-friendly but offers plenty of excitement with the river’s rolling rapids.
Easy to get to!
Costa Rica is easy to get to, with direct flights from several airports, including Newark, New Jersey. From Houston, Miami and Dallas, flying time is less than three hours. A great destination for families who want to start their adventure as soon as possible!