Costa Rica Adventure

Spend 10 days visiting the wonder that is Costa Rica! Have you dreamt of waking up in emerald green rainforests? Visiting volcanic hot springs in La Fortuna? Or adventuring out on a night safari? This 10 day action packed tour will have you getting off the beaten path, experiencing the real and rural Costa Rica whilst packing in all the must visit destinations that any adrenaline junkie would have on their bucket list. Pura Vida baby! Zipline through rainforests, visit the arenal volcano and spend your evenings in search of wildlife on night safari. Costa Rica is nature lovers paradise. The only question you should be asking yourself is - When shall I go?


When we say classic, we mean the perfect balance of culture, adventure, beaches and parties. High number of inclusions, low cost. Tru-ly authentic experiences from home-stays & hostels to beach huts, hotels and boats. A classic tour means maximum adventure, minimum hassle. Built for backpackers by backpackers.

What's Included

Local Homestay Night Safari Zip-lining in a cloud forest Volcanic Hot Springs Bike ride in rural Costa Rica El Salto Swimming Hole Yoga class Beach day Waterfalls in Montezuma Beach day trip in Montezuma

Airport Pickup
(up to two days before as long as you are booked into the start hotel)

Travel Ninja
Your Guide! Like travelling with your best friends & one of them happens to know where they're going!

All Transport Included Private Van Transfer

9 Nights Accommodation Twin Share & 4 Bed Room

1 x Breakfast 1 x Lunch 2 x Dinner

San José is the first stop on this 10-day adventure. Our hotel is very central and so is really easily accessible from the airport, meaning it won't be long till you can chill out after your long plane journey! Each room has free wifi and a lovely view of the garden, instantly reminding you that you're in Costa Rican jungle.


All the main San José hotspots are nearby so after you're up for it, you can explore the Metropolitan Cathedral, National Theatre of Costa Rica and Pre-Colombian Gold Museum before you grab some drinks and head off on the most epic 10 days of your life in Costa Rica. (Accommodation is subject to change dependant on season but will be of a similar standard)

Stop numero dos on our Costa Rica Adventure is Coop San Juan, a rural Costa Rican village off the beaten path where we will experience life just as the locals do. A quick scenic drive through the country takes us to a picturesque village where we check into our homestays - we can't wait for you to experience the real Costa Rica!

(Accommodation is subject to change dependant on season but will be of a similar standard)

Located right next to La Fortuna's National Park, our hotel is certified as eco-friendly, so you can be sure that you're travelling sustainably! It also features a large terrace where you can relax or munch on regional specialities from their restaurant with unbelievable views of Arenal Volcano. Obviously, the volcano is the biggest attraction in this area and since it's just a few minutes from La Fortuna Central Park and a 10-minute drive to Arenal Volcano, this hotel is in a prime location.

The spacious rooms are fully air-conditioned and they have an en suite bathroom, cable TV and a minibar.

(Accommodation is subject to change dependant on season but will be of a similar standard)

Located by the Costa Rican jungle, this eco-friendly, self-sustaining hotel is just a 5-minute drive from Monteverde National Park and has nice restaurants and bars nearby so you can easily grab a beer or some Costa-Rican cuisine nearby. Our guesthouse has a lovely garden and a terrace with amazing views of the nearby jungle, which some rooms have views of, and has free wifi throughout.

Every room includes a private bathroom and free toiletries.

(Accommodation is subject to change dependant on season but will be of a similar standard)

The final stop on the best 10 days of your life takes us to Santa Teresa, a place famous for world-class surfing. It's a lucky thing that this hostel is right on the beach then, with easy access to the waves. Surrounded by a broad strip of forest too, this is the pinnacle of Costa Rican accommodation and the best place ever to end your trip. This accommodation is dorm share rooms.

With billiards, a DJ, yoga classes and more on offer at this amazing hostel, you won't want to leave Santa Teresa at the end of your trip.

(Accommodation is subject to change dependant on season but will be of a similar standard)

Bucket List
A couple having a moment on the zip line in Chiang Mai Thailand
Baldi Hotsprings
Night Safari

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10
Day 1

Airport Pick Up

Welcome to the good life! PURA VIDA! That’s Costa Rica’s national tagline meaning ‘pure life’ Today is all about getting situated, meeting the group, and getting your first feel of this amazing country. You did it! You’ll arrive in Costa Rica’s capital of San Jose and we’ll meet you at the airport before we take you to our hotel. Settle in, check out the local city or just sit back and relax as you’re about to start the most epic 10 days of your life. We’ll meet as a group, head out for a welcome dinner, and then follow it up with some drinks in Costa Rica’s largest city. It’s your first night.. Have a cocktail, or 7.. No judgement here.

San Jose
Airport Pick Up
Three young people enjoying a boat ride with a distance view of Costa Rica's green landscape.
Day 2

Local Homestay

Day 2 and we’re straight into Costa Rica’s rich culture, we’re heading to Coop San Juan, a rural Costa Rican village off the beaten path where we will experience life just as the locals do. A quick scenic drive through the country (3 and a half hours) we make it to our picturesque village where we check into our homestays. If you want to get to know the real Costa Rica. This is it. Get to know the families who so kindly let us stay, before they show us a cooking demonstration. Costa Rican food is out of this world. So try to learn a thing or two. Before the sun goes down we head out to explore the area - keeping an eye out for wildlife and getting a true feel for the Costa Rican countryside. Play some games with the local community, watch the sun go down as we gather around the bonfire. Has this been an epic first full day? You better believe it. But hey, start as you mean to go on right?

Coope San Juan
Explore, local homestay & cooking demonstrations
1x Lunch, 1x dinner
Day 3

Arenal Volcano Hotsprings & La Fortuna Hotsprings

Today we head for La Fortuna - ADVENTURE CAPTIAL OF COSTA RICA. A beautiful mountain town sat at the base of the epic Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna is an adrenaline lovers playground. After getting settled into our accommodation we head straight for the town's iconic volcanic hot springs. Get excited guys, because these hot springs are the highlight of La Fortuna and are unlike anything else you’ll probably ever come across. These aren’t your average run-of-the-mill hot springs...We’re talking volcanic hot springs on steroids. Imagine waterslides, swim-up bars, waterfalls, grottos, and restaurants that have you feeling like you’ve taken a wrong turn and found yourself at a luxury resort. Needless to say, we spend as much time here as possible before heading out to experience the town by night.

La Fortuna
Transfer to La Fortuna & Hot springs
1x Breakfast 1x Dinner
View of areal volcano with trees and grass
Day 4

El Salto Swimming Hole

Today is a full day dedicated to exploring La Fortuna and there certainly isn’t a shortage of options. Your travel ninja (that’s your super cool, unbelievably suave, knowledgeable genius of a tour guide by the way) will be taking those looking for a more chilled day down to the local swimming hole called El Salto, and for those who are craving some adrenaline can choose to spend the day as they please. There are a few optional extras. Whether your activity of choice is canyoneering, whitewater rafting, volcano hikes, ATVing, ziplining, rappelling, or something else, La Fortuna will not disappoint. Will excitement be running through your very veins.

La Fortuna
Hang out at El Salto Swimming Hole
Day 5

Monteverde and Night Safari

Today is just as much about the journey as it is the destination. We pack up and begin one of the most scenic journeys of our trip to Monteverde. This route takes us high through the jungle mountains where we cross a scenic lake with panoramic views of the Arenal Volcano. After we make it Monteverde we have time to check in and get settled before heading out for a night safari later in the evening. The diversity of wildlife in Costa Rica is unmatched, and tonight we are going to get a first hand look at the nocturnal nightlife. Sloths, armadillos, vipers, colorful tree frogs and exotic birds are a few of the animals you will likely be lucky enough to come across on the night safari. Just imagine yourself in a David Atteborough documentary, get your TruFam member to film and narrate the whole thing.

Transfer to Monteverde, Night Safari
Day 6


When people mention Costa Rica, ziplining through a cloud forest is likely one of the first images that comes to mind. In the 1970’s, scientists used ziplines to explore the country's rich canopy without disturbing the environment, and from there the idea of using ziplines for recreation was born. If we could travel everywhere by zipline, trust us, we would. As the birthplace of the zipline and hands down one of the most EPIC possible locations to try the activity, it's a no-brainer that we include a day of ziplining in the earth's most famous cloud forest. Not to mention, these are some of the longest and most thrilling ziplines out there, so grab the go pro. It’s a hell of a day!

Day 7

Santa Teresa Bound

We’ve covered the culture, we’ve experienced nature, and now we’ve got our fill of adventure so there’s only one thing left - the beach! Costa Rica is world-renowned for its beautiful coastline and world-class surfing, so today we head to our favorite beach town in the country. SURF’S UP BABY! We love Santa Teresa because it’s got the exact vibe we look for when visiting beach towns on our Tru tours. Beautiful, not too touristy, plenty of fun activities in the area and a fun, young vibe. Today is just a travel day but when we get settled in, we’ll head over to the beach for cocktails and to enjoy our first sunset over the Pacific.

Santa Teresa
Private van transfer to Santa Teresa
Day 8

Beach Day & Yoga Class

Today we chill at the beach, it’s been a crazy few days and we’re all about that Pura Vida lifestyle. Our accommodation is just a short walk from the beach, so spend the day relaxing at the beach or if you’re feeling super energised you can head off on one of the many activities Santa Teresa has to offer. If you are looking to do a bit of surfing while on the trip, today is the perfect chance as there are plenty of great surf schools along the beach. In the afternoon we have a sunset yoga class where you can unwind and get a bit of zen in before another day of adventure tomorrow.

Santa Teresa
Yoga Class
Day 9

Waterfalls & Montezuma town

Not far from Santa Teresa is a lesser known Costa Rica highlight - the Bohemian beach town of Montezuma. We’ll grab transport over to Montezuma where we will grab lunch by the beach before going to see one of Costa Rica’s iconic jungle waterfalls (and hopefully catch a glimpse of some howler monkeys and other wildlife!). After the waterfall we go and explore Montezuma town, a super colorful and chill beach town, filled with local artisans and home to an incredible beach that is not to be missed. Tonight is the last night of our trip, so we head back to Santa Teresa to prepare for a farewell dinner and one last WILD night out with the group.

Santa Teresa
Day trip to waterfall, Montezuma town
Day 10

Chilled Check Out

All good things must come to an end, we’re not are. We’re in one of the best spots in Costa Rica, so hang around town, check out Santa Teresa. Whatever you do, don’t forget us. Your travel ninja is on hand for any onward travel plans you have. Need to get back to San Jose? They can help you. Need a hug because you’re sad about leaving? OK OK GROUP HUG.

*Ready to kick start your travels? Check out our departure dates and get yourself to paradise!*

Santa Teresa
Group cheersing on boat during sunset

Trip Departure Dates

August 2024
DATE: START - END8 Aug 2024 - 17 Aug 2024FullSold Out priceU$1,850.00
September 2024
DATE: START - END19 Sep 2024 - 28 Sep 2024 priceU$1,850.00
October 2024
DATE: START - END17 Oct 2024 - 26 Oct 2024 priceU$1,850.00


Where does the trip start & finish?

The trip starts in San Jose and finishes in Santa Teresa

Which airport do I need to fly into?

Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO)

What's the closest airport to the end destination?

 The tour ends in Santa Teresa, the nearest airport is Juan Santamaría International Airport, San Jose (SJO.) There is a shuttle bus that goes form Santa Teresa to San Jose (SJO) airport. This costs around $50. The Shuttle runs from 06:45am arriving at 2pm and at 2.45pm arriving at 9.30pm. Therefore we recommend not booking a flight earlier than 5pm. Alternatively, while on tour we can provide links to suppliers who can provide a private transfer. Please contact the sales team on if you have any questions or talk to your tour leader nearer the time for advice on how to book this bus.

Are there any flights you'd recommend booking?

Here are a selection of flights from across the UK that work well for the Costa Rica trips*

16th May Tour: Avianca, Departure 15/05/24 22:05pm, stopover in BOG, arrival 16/05/24 9:30am.

*TruTravels are not responsible for the cancellation, delay or other complications that may arise from booking these flights. These are just a guide to make booking your trip more easy.

How do I get back to the start destination and how much will it costs?

It takes approximately 5/6 hours to get back to San Jose by public bus, shared shuttles are $85.

What kind of accommodation is included on this trip?

A mixture of twin bedrooms and dormitories.

What is the currency?

Costa Rican Colón

Where can I find more information about the trip?

Here! Those are our extra information packs! Please be aware slight changes to the itinerary can be made due to the weather etc. Don't worry though the tour will always be 10/10 and filled to the brim with amazing moments :)

What visa do I need for Costa Rica?

You can stay up to 90 days without a visa in Costa Rica.

How much is pre-night accommodation?

Contact our sales team at to find out how much a pre-night will be :)

Are there any COVID precautions in place for my trip?

Yes! We’re doing everything we can to make your trip as safe and stress- free as possible. All trips are run with enhanced safety and hygiene protocols advised by the FCO (Foreign Commonwealth Office) & WHO (World Health Organisation) including only working with partners who uphold the same standard and are taking the maximum amount of precautions. From switching to private transport where possible to offering private room upgrades, we’ve got all areas covered to ensure your trip is an amazing one!

What happens If I can’t travel due to COVID?

We’re only operating in countries that are open without quarantine and are safe and easy to travel in. That being said if you could no longer travel due to COVID or if something were to arise our TruCrew are always here to give you some TLC and to go through your options. Think of us as ya BFF’s, the fun auntie/uncle of the family who loves a drink or your travel guardian angels. We're not fussed.

Is my money protected?

Yep! You’re protected. TruTravels is both ABTA and ATOL registered meaning your money is safe. We also offer 1 free date change before 60 days of your departure date.

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