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8 nights accommodation
9 nights in Hotel
We always provide comfortable accommodation in a relaxed atmosphere - think comfy twin-share hotels, Special Stay jungle lodges, Rainforest Eco tents. All with bright communal areas for you and your new squad to relax and socialise.
16 included Meals
5 Dinner, 8 Breakfast, 3 Lunch
Fuel up for days of exploring with delicious fresh breakfast daily. We'll also throw in 2 lunches and 5 delicious local meals, designed to get your mouth watering with local favourites that you just have to experience. All other meals are there for you to roam free, follow your nose to a local restaurant or food cart and get even more local.
Team
Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides
A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life. An expert driver who knows foreign roads better than Google Maps. Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do.
Transport
All transport included during the trip
Getting around Latin America is half the fun, and all transport is included for the duration of your trip. Private, air conditioned mini coaches allow you soak up all that scenery in style, but it's our unique, local forms of transport that make the journey all part of the adventure.
Your group
Travel with other 18-35 year olds from around the world
Our trips are exclusively 18-35. This means you'll be travelling with people just like you, from all over the world- laughter and friendships always guaranteed.
Experiences
5 included, 3 optional that you can add
Wildlife boat cruises, guided village tours, and even a chocolate making tourare soon to be yours on this Costa Rican adventure. It's not called Pura Vida for nothing! Meaning 'the good life' this is all about experencing Costa Rica at its best.
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Life is wonderful in Costa Rica, and you’ll see just how good it is with our Pura Vida trip. Meet the local ticas and ticos, and enjoy their laid back vibes and welcoming community. Chill out with spa & mud pool treatments, stay in our unique eco-lodge and chill out on the beach. Or if you don’t want to move at the speed of a sloth, that’s ok too. Canyoneering, white water rafting, abseiling and Canopy adventures are all ready for the taking.
Travel is best shared. This is a small group adventure of 12-30 people, aged between 18-35 exclusively, giving you the perfect balance of new friends to travel with and access to even more authentic experiences.
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Sarapiqui
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Arenal (La Fortuna)
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DAY 1 - Arrive San Jose
San Jose
Hola San José! After greeting your fellow travellers, this afternoon we'll explore the town and dive headfirst into the vibrant electricity of Costa Rica’s capital and cultural heart. Get a taste of street life at the Plaza, food safari through the Mercado Central, and be sure to poke your nose in a few mansions – many have been converted into hip galleries and restaurants. Over dinner tonight the excitement will be at an all time high. With you the entire way is your expert Trip Manager, a naturalist guide who knows everything about this incredible country. You couldn't be in better hands.
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Guided city tour
DAY 2 - San Jose to Tortuguero
San Jose
We leave the city's charms behind and make for Tortuguero, which translates as "Land of the Turtles" - a sun-drenched town in the centre of a river-fed rainforest only accessible by boat or small plane.
Tortuguero
Though tiny, Tortuguero - with its strong Afro-Caribbean influence - bustles with people all year round. Yet despite the hustle, the vibes are chilled. We'll be staying in a jungle lodge tonight and this will be your first enounter with howler monkeys. Yup, and howl they do - your first realisation that you really are now at one with nature. Take a jungle walk, have a swim and kick back, already living that sweet pura vida life.
DAY 3 - Tortuguero Costa Rica
Tortuguero
Wake with the howler monkeys and jump in a boat with your expert guide to explore the snaking canals of Tortuguero National Park. Wildlife is abundant here - expect to spot primates, sloths, reptiles and maybe even a caiman, so don't dangle your legs off the edge just in case. Later, laze on the beach, hike in the jungle or, if the season is right, you may have the privilege of watching nesting sea turtles. After the cruise, the day is yours. Maybe head back into town, take advantage of the spa, or sip a cocktail or the national beer, Imperial, by the pool.
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Visit Tortuguero Village
Wildlife boat cruise with a naturalist guide
DAY 4 - Tortuguero to Sarapiqui
Tortuguero
Jungle to jungle - today we head to lush Sarapiquí for an overnight stay in an Eco Camp.
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Locally guided chocolate tour
Visit the Tirimbina Reserve
Sarapiqui
Sarapiquí is renowned for its rich biodiversity and fertile lands thanks to its river, which descends from clear mountain streams and winds through the county. Relax in the rainforest and indulge in a chocolate tour in the Tirimbina reserve (you can eat everything but the guide, basically) - it's here you will learn literally an A to Z of how it's done. Back at the Lodge, it's all about getting into the outdoors. Take a trail walk through the jungle, cross swing bridges over rivers, or hop in the pool for some group hangs pre dinner (a delicious BBQ feast, in case you were wondering). Tonight's home may be an Eco Camp, but we're not talking back to basics. In your comfy bed, with candlelight, you're sleeping to the sound of the jungle. Bliss.
DAY 5 - Sarapiqui to Arenal via La Fortuna
Sarapiqui
This morning the choice is yours as to how to make the most of the great outdoors. Whitewater rafting on the Saraquipi river, or soaring through the skies on a zipline? The choices are tough when you're living the pura vida life. You're sure to be hungry, so we'll load you up with a delicious local lunch of regional specialities before hitting the road.

Arenal (La Fortuna)
We’ll then head towards one of the most incredible volcanoes in Costa Rica; Arenal. This volcano is near perfectly formed and famed for its hot springs and healing properties so you know what that means – spa times and treatments galore. Later, grab some munch in town with the crew, or continue to kick it in the hotel pool.
DAY 6 - Arenal / La Fortuna
Arenal (La Fortuna)
Rapelling through a rainforest canyon and waterfalls this morning will be the perfect wake up call. This optional activity is one you won't forget, and if you have a bit of a fear of heights, this is the best way to conquer them. Not keen? No problem. Head back to the pool, grab a delicious coffee, keep those eyes peeled for sloths or practice your Spanish on a friendly local. This afternoon you can spend your free time exploring or to really go local by experiencing the traditional "Tico" mentality at a country estate, La Fortuna. Here, you'll meet with school students and local farmers to learn about their way of life, before enjoying a delicious home-cooked dinner washed down with coffee (and a shot or two of coffee liquor) and some singing and dancing.
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Lost Canyon Adventures - Canyoneering (Waterfall Rappelling)
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Casona Rio Fortuna
US$70.00
DAY 7 - Arenal/La Fortuna to Playa Tamarindo
Arenal (La Fortuna)
See you later volcano lands, more of Costa Rica is calling and hell yeah we're listening.
Playa Tamarindo
Playa Tamarindo has the reputation of being Costa Rica's numero uno surf and party destination, and for good reason. This northern beach town boats tasty waves and golden sands dotted with lounge bars and fabulous restaurants. We're staying right by the beach, and loving every second of it.
DAY 8 - Playa Tamarindo
Playa Tamarindo
A bohemian atmosphere permeates every inch of this paradise. Pass the day in the water, snorkelling or scuba diving amongst rainbow fish, or getting amongst the surf. There's an optional catamaran cruise this afternoon, because really who doesn't love getting out there on the water. Whether you opt for this or not, make sure you catch the sunset. Divine. Dinner with the group will top off a perfect day.
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Catamaran Cruise
US$80.00
DAY 9 - Playa Tamarindo
Playa Tamarindo
Wipe away those tears, it's been a short, sweet and amazing Costa Rican adventure. Bid your farewells with no doubt plans already in place to meet up somewhere equally exotic for round two…
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Graham C
Traveled Feb 2019
The trip ended up being a lot more than we thought, once you add the cost of the trip, with flights, insurance, meals not included, add-on activities, drinks, souvenirs, tips, it all adds up. Total trip for 2 of us was maybe $6000 Canadian. But I can't stress enough, it was totally worth it. That's including an extra night at the beginning of the trip in San Jose too.
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Siboniso Bophela
Traveled Dec 2018
Perfectly well-balanced trip to get a wholesome experience of Costa Rica.
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Anonymous
Traveled Nov 2018
Excellent guide, destinations and hotels included.
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Great value for money. The food and accommodation was fantastic.
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Nicole Williams
Traveled Sep 2018
Well, worth the price. Would have like to have the option of staying longer with the others.
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Nicholas Rogers
Traveled Sep 2018
Good accommodations and transportation throughout the trip. Included meals and activities were nice, though add-on activities are a must. Trip manager, Gustavo, really helped make the trip fantastic.
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Tiffany Pifher
Traveled Aug 2018
This trip had the perfect balance of nature, adrenaline filled activities, and night life. I felt extremely safe and the trip manager made our group feel like family. No one got left behind and everyone felt relaxed and ready to embrace the new culture and experiences. Would not have changed a thing about this trip!
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Lindsay Grisebach
Traveled Jul 2018
The experiences that were included were very fun, but there were so many meals and add-ons that weren't included, it felt like I wasn't getting a ton for my money honestly. It ended up being close to $4000 for 8 days which was a fair amount more than I budgeted for.
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Kyle Reynolds
Traveled Jun 2018
Costa Rica is awesome. Pura vida trip gives you everything from jungle boat rides to waterfalls to volcanoes to wildlife to party beaches. We saw so much
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Anonymous
Traveled May 2018
Our local tour guide for the trip, Oli, had so much knowledge about the wildlife, culture, and history of Costa Rica; it really emersed us in the country! The sites were gorgeous, the add ons were a ton of fun, and everyone on the tour was friendly! This is my second trip with Contiki and I couldn't recommend them highly enough. I'm already looking into which one to book next.
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Oezlem Michel
Traveled Apr 2018
Geniale Ausflugsziele, viele schöne und unvergessliche Eindrücke in kurzer Zeit!
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Laurenis Rodriguez
Traveled Apr 2018
I think we got alot for what we paid for. The meals were good and the accommodations for the most part were really nice! The tent in sarapiqui was a little scary with all the bugs, but being a city girl it was a good experience being exposed to the camping world.
Booked from Bronx, New York Traveled Apr 2018

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Anonymous
Traveled Jan 2018
The trip was really well organized and our trip leader Gio went above and beyond! This trip had a good mix of wildlife in the rainforest, adventure, and relaxation at the beach. The optional add-on activities can't be missed!
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Anonymous
Traveled Dec 2017
Tolle Reise, tolles Land, toller Guide, tolle Gruppe.
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Anonymous
Traveled Nov 2017
Nice city to visit. Stay was pleasant.
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Anonymous
Traveled Sep 2017
This was a great experience and I highly recommend it to anyone looking to travel to a new place but is hesitant about going it alone and doing all the planning by themselves. Our your guide was awesome and extremely knowledgeable, and he made the trip that much better. We really packed in a lot during the 9 days we were there which made the trip worthwhile.
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Brittany Bell
Traveled Jul 2017
BEST itinerary. MUST DO THIS TRIP
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Traveled Jul 2017
GIO
See above-GIO is the man!
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Leo Gottlieb
Traveled May 2017
All the locations visited were amazing
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Stephanie Almonte
Traveled Apr 2017
Everything I bought was for someone else.
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