Costa Rica Teen Adventure

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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. Our Costa Rica family vacations are the perfect place for teens to play hard and show their parents what they’re made of.

Your family will discover a variety of wildlife, explore Corcovado National Park on the Pacific coast, the lush mountain landscape and fertile soil of Turrialba and the cloud forest around Cerro de la Muerte, one of the highest mountain peaks in Costa Rica. As we explore all these areas, we will be mixing in activities like whitewater rafting, hiking and an exhilarating canyoning tour.

Along the way we'll meet a few of our Costa Rican friends, admirable people who honor, respect and work to maintain a harmonious relationship with nature. Meeting the locals to share stories and backgrounds always seems to be a trip highlight for teenagers and is a great way to round out our Costa Rica family vacation for teens.

2015 Dates
Dates 10 or more
6 to 9
2 to 5
Internal Air
12/20 - 12/28 $3,890 $4,090 $4,290 $300
2016 Dates
Dates 10 or more
6 to 9
2 to 5
Internal Air Special
03/26 - 04/03 $3,590 $3,790 $3,990 $300
04/02 - 04/10 $3,890 $4,090 $4,290 $300

Jr. Suites at Casa Corcovado

06/25 - 07/03 $3,590 $3,790 $3,990 $300
08/20 - 08/28 $3,590 $3,790 $3,990 $300
12/23 - 12/31 $3,890 $4,090 $4,290 $300
12/26 - 01/03 $3,890 $4,090 $4,290 $300
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.

Prices are based on the number of people in your party.

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Day 1 – Depart U.S. / Arrive San Jose
Days 2-3 – Turrialba

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


  • Irazu Volcano National Park
  • Pacuare River whitewater rafting
Day 4 – Turrialba/ Cerro de la Muerte

Cerro de la Muerte is one of the highest peaks in Costa Rica, and the area around the mountain is a fascinating cloud forest with many species of plants and animals found nowhere else.


  • Canyoning (rappelling down cliffs & waterfalls) 
  • Biking (canyoning alternative)
  • Optional night hike -- discover nocturnal wildlife
Days 5-7 – Cerro de la Muerte/ Corcovado

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


  • Boat transfer
  • Snorkel a reef off Caño Island
  • Corcovado National Park hike
Day 8 – San Jose

Welcome back to San Jose! The capital of Costa Rica offers rugged landscape, perfect weather and world class theaters and museums.


  • Doka coffee tour and tasting
Day 9 – Depart San Jose / Arrive U.S.

Optional Community Service Extension

Have an extra week, and interested in community service?
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!