Trip Overview

Travel with your daughter to Costa Rica and zip-line through lush rain forests, search for sea turtles, ride horses, go rafting, and wake daily to a vibrant chorus of wildlife calls at this exotic tropical jungle paradise!

A mere 117 miles wide east to west, Costa Rica is a spectacular diversity of animals, ecosystems, and plants with over 800 miles of beaches, 12 climate zones and contains more butterflies than the entire continent of Africa. Throughout your Costa Rica adventure, you’ll stay in plush bungalows and jungle lodges while enjoying fresh cuisine of local fruits, seafood, and produce.

In the beautiful capital of San José, gather to meet the other mothers and daughters who’ll venture through Costa Rica with you and take in city sights before the evening’s welcome dinner.

Tortuguero National Park to Kioro Hot Springs

Water will play a vital role in your Costa Rican adventure with your daughter. Grabbing a paddle and navigating your sea kayak, you’ll travel by water along the bayous of Tortuguero National Park.  Here, in the “Venice” of the rainforest, explore forested canals and blue lagoons in search of southern river otters, caiman, and other coastal creatures. The next day, raft with your AdventureWomen friends on the Sarapiqui River’s Class II-III (easy to moderate) rapids. Then, hike to a 200-foot waterfall where you can swim in its emerald pool. Afterward, drift and relax in the sun, tubing through a canyon, and say “ahhhh” as steamy water tumbles onto your shoulders in Kioro Hot Springs. At the day’s end, you’ll catch uninterrupted views of the majestic Arenal Volcano rising high above the rainforest.


In Guanacaste, walk the dry tropical rainforest and white sand beaches while staying at Rio Perdido.  Rio Perdido is a  private Costa Rican reserve with sun-filled treehouse bungalows, a thermal river, hanging bridges, and the heart-pumping Canyon Adventure – zip lining through the rainforest! At the Anita Rainforest Ranch, learn about cacao, how to make chocolate, and of course, enjoy a chocolate tasting followed by a Costa Rican cooking class using locally grown, organic produce.

Return to the hotel for a farewell dinner to share reflections and the ways that this adventure in Costa Rica has created lifelong memories for both of you.

Main Attractions

  • Find some quality time with your daughter sharing adventure from rafting to kayaking, hiking to swimming, horseback riding to zipling!
  • Paddle through the waterways of Tortuguero National Park while scoping for marine life
  • Learn about the diverse ecosystems and rich wildlife populations of Costa Rica
  • Dive into Costa Rican culture as you learn how to make chocolate and Costa Rican cuisine in a cooking class

What You'll See and Do

  • Birding
  • Boat Cruising
  • Canopy Ziplining
  • Hiking
  • Hot Springs
  • National Parks
  • Natural History
  • Photography
  • Sea Kayaking
  • Swimming
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Wildlife Viewing

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in San Jose
Upon arrival at the Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose, Costa Rica, your guide will be waiting outside the Customs exit doors to meet you and transfer you to the hotel.

Enjoy a lively welcome dinner as you get to know your fellow travelers this evening. Share stories and learn about why each woman on your trip is excited to explore Costa Rica!
Welcome Dinner

Overnight: Hotel Costa Rica

Day 2

San Jose
Rise and shine early today and depart the hotel at 7:00am for a visit to the Feria Verde, an organic Farmers’ Market, which has much more than fruits and vegetables. There are local artisans with hand-made clothes, artisanal jewels, medicinal herbs, hand-made aromatherapy oils, musicians, and plenty of places to eat. The majority of vendors are women, and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to talk with them and find out about their businesses and crafts. Enjoy breakfast at the market.

Start your adventure with a walking tour of the city of San José, visiting the National Theater and either the Gold or the Jade museum.

There’s free time in the afternoon to do some exploring on your own. This is a perfect time for souvenir shopping, to enjoy the sights and sounds of San José or simply to do some people-watching.

Enjoy a cooking demonstration by a master chef this evening.

NOTE: There is a limit on luggage of 25 pounds per person when traveling on local boats while visiting the Tortuguero National Park. Please take only what you will need for the next two days. Bring light clothes, bathing suit, hat, insect repellent, sunblock. It will be hot and humid weather! Your driver will take the rest of your luggage and you will get it back on the way to Arenal on Day 5.
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Overnight: Hotel Costa Rica

Day 3

San Jose to Tortuguero National Park
Breakfast will be at the hotel before the drive and boat ride today.

Set out very early for our destination, Tortuguero National Park, the “Venice” of the rainforest. Drive through Braulio Carrillo National Park, seeing the vegetation change from rainforest to cloud forest and back to rainforest again. Reaching the riverside village of Caño Blanco, board your boat to Tortuguero for a 90-minute ride on the Parismina river and on some man-made canals.

One of the few Costa Rican National Parks where walking isn’t necessarily the best way to see things, you get to tour the lagoons and jungle waterways of Tortuguero National Park this afternoon by sea kayak. The extensive network of freshwater creeks and lagoons behind the beaches of Tortuguero are home to seven species of river turtles, spectacled caiman, southern river otters, a number of crustaceans, and more than 50 species of freshwater fish. You might also see spider, howler, and capuchin monkeys and dozens of species of birds. If you are really lucky, you might spot an endangered West Indian manatee.

Relax at your lodge this evening and enjoy dinner as a group.
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Overnight: Aninga Lodge

Day 4

Explore the park’s verdant landscape after a hike to a terrific vantage point or traverse the winding jungle waterways by boat, looking for monkeys, sloths, crocodiles, and more.

After lunch at the lodge, spend the afternoon visiting Tortuguero Village and enjoy a quick but informative visit to the Sea Turtle Conservancy. Tortuguero beach is the most important nesting site of the endangered green turtle in the Western Hemisphere. Giant leatherback, hawksbill, and loggerhead turtles also nest here.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Overnight Aninga Lodge

Day 5

Tortuguero to Arenal
Leave Tortuguero by boat on your way to Arenal, stopping in Caño Blanco, where your driver will be waiting (with the rest of your luggage) to take you to the Arenal Volcano area.

Before arriving in Arenal, stop at the Sarapiqui River for an exciting guided whitewater rafting trip! This Class II – III rafting adventure takes you through more than 20 rapids in about three hours. You will be briefed on safety, and wear a helmet and life jacket.

Originating from clear mountain streams, the Sarapiqui River runs from the Central Mountain Range just north of San Jose to the San Marcos River which runs along the shared border between Costa Rica and Nicaragua. The river is considered a national monument because of the vital service it provided in transporting arms, goods, and soldiers in the 1856 war against the filibusters.

Finishing your adrenaline-packed raft trip, continue to the spectacular Volcán Arenal area and Hotel Arenal Kioro, with its hot springs and uninterrupted views of the volcano.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight Hotel Arenal Kioro

Day 6

Arenal to Guanacaste
Stop to swim in the emerald pools beneath La Fortuna waterfall. You can choose to horseback ride or hike to the falls. La Fortuna waterfall emerges from dense jungle greenery before plummeting some 200 feet into a pool below. Bring your bathing suit!

Head to the Guanacaste region in the Northwestern province in Costa Rica. Arriving late afternoon at Rio Perdido, there is time to enjoy a massage or spa treatment and spend some time relaxing and soaking in the surroundings.
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Overnight: Rio Perdido

Day 7

Begin a full day of adventure at Rio Perdido by floating down the river in a modified inner tube, through a gorgeous narrow canyon with the rainforest canopy above. Some parts of the river are very calm and slow, others are faster and very exciting! Sometimes you will need to carry your tube for a little while in order to get over rocks to the other side. Make sure to wear water shoes, sneakers, or Teva sandals. No flip-flops! Life vests and helmets are provided.

In the afternoon there will be a zip-lining/canyoning tour. While Costa Rica has dozens of “canopy tours,” with hundreds of zip-lines, Rio Perdido has truly innovated with their Canyon Adventure. Under the guidance of renowned adventure designers, they have created a sequence that will please and surprise. Inspiring Rio Blanco canyon is the
main stage for the awesome cable-based zip-line experience. Good walking shoes are a must! The adventure includes 15 platforms, six of which are rock-based and nine of which are suspended on the canyon walls, as well as zip lines of varying lengths from 260 to over 800 feet.

Share stories of today’s adventures this evening with your group over dinner.
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Overnight at Rio Perdido

Day 8

Begin the day at Anita Rainforest Ranch where you will meet the owners, Pablo and Ana, and spend time with Ana as she gives you a private tour of the property. Learn how they grow and harvest their crops, especially cacao, and how it is transformed from dry beans to paste and on to artisan chocolate. Of course, you get to try some too!

In a short cooking class, you’ll enjoy delicious food – heart of palm ceviche, taro chips, beef in red wine and rosemary sauce, and fresh produce from their organic gardens finished off with homemade ginger spiced lemon and natural fruit juices.

Continuing to the small town of Colonia Libertad, meet Aracely, a neighbor in the village, where she will share a wonderful and special dessert treat in her home.

Have a farewell dinner with your new AdventureWomen friends. Reminisce over all of the
memories you have made and celebrate the end of an amazing journey through this truly spectacular country.
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Overnight at Rio Perdido

Day 9

Guanacaste and Depart
Enjoy one last morning in Guanacaste before heading home.

Say goodbye to your new AdventureWomen friends as you transfer to the airport for your flights home.

Please note: AdventureWomen will attempt to adhere to the itinerary as much as possible. However, certain conditions (political, climatic, environmental, and cultural) may necessitate changes in the itinerary. AdventureWomen reserves the right to alter any itinerary at any time, if necessary. We will attempt to notify participants of changes as far in advance as possible. Costs incurred by such changes will be the responsibility of the participants. 

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Traveling to Costa Rica

Arrival and Departure Information

June 25, 2022 Departure

Arrive: Arrive in San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO) before 4:00 pm on June 25, 2022.

Depart: Depart Liberia Airport (LIR) after 12:00pm July 3rd, 2022.

We are happy to help you make your flight and travel arrangements. If you’d like to do anything prior to or following the AdventureWomen trip, we’d be delighted to help you arrange any trip extensions you’re interested in.

Note: The recent trend in travel is for travelers to finalize their plans much closer to departure time than was customary in the past. While we try to be as flexible as possible booking last-minute registrants, we must release hotel rooms two to three months prior to departure! Please keep this in mind when making your travel plans.

Preparation and Packing  

Please use the following guides as a reference when preparing for your adventure. We also encourage you to adapt the guides to your travel style as well as the destination’s forecasted weather.  


Gratuities are highly trip-dependent and details will be provided to you prior to departure. As a general reference, AdventureWomen suggests $200-250 (or more) for gratuities on most trips. As always, tipping is at your discretion. 

Passports and Visas

Citizens of the United States must have a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates with at least two blank-facing pages. If you do not have a passport, please apply now!

Activity Level

We rate this trip as Active. Our Active adventures at AdventureWomen get you on your feet! You should be in good physical condition for these trips and comfortable walking on uneven surfaces, such as cobblestone streets, biking well-maintained paths and natural trails, or kayaking in calm waters. Please note that this is a general description of what you might encounter; for specific details about your trip, please consult the itinerary.

We recommend training before your trip (with your doctor’s permission!) to make the most of your adventure. We have a partnership with FitForTrips, a company that will design an individualized fitness plan for you with this itinerary in mind. Best of all, AdventureWomen guests get a 25% discount with the code FITWOMEN. Learn more here.

You should come with a flexible, adventurous, and enthusiastic spirit, and a wonderful sense of humor that adventure travel requires.

Health Considerations

Make an appointment with a travel clinic. There are no immunization requirements for travel to Costa Rica, however, your local travel clinic may have recommendations for you based on your age, health, and past vaccination history.

For more health information, go to and navigate to the page about Costa Rica.

How to Register

Call the AdventureWomen office at (800) 804-8686 to determine space availability and register for this trip. We can complete your registration, including taking your credit card deposit over the phone.

If you prefer, you can register online by clicking “Sign Up for this Trip” on the trip page.

Please be sure to read the AdventureWomen policies before registering!

Forms and Final Payment

The deposit for this trip is $800 and is nonrefundable and nontransferable.

Once you book, you will need to fill out and return to AdventureWomen:

  • Information Form
  • Booking Conditions Form
  • Copy of Flight Information
  • Copy of Issuing Page of Passport (photo page)
  • Supplemental Release for COVID

Final payment is due to AdventureWomen in a cash form (check, money order, or wire transfer). A maximum of $1,500 per person can be put on a credit card, which includes your deposit.

Final Payment Date: March 27, 2022

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

What's Included


  • All hotel accommodations throughout the trip
  • All meals as listed in the itinerary
  • All ground transportation
  • Fully-guided sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary
  • Professional English-speaking naturalist guide throughout the trip
  • Entrance fees
  • Drinking water
  • Gratuities for maids, porters, and local guides
  • One AdventureWomen Ambassador

Not Included

  • International airfare to and from Costa Rica
  • Optional activities as listed in the itinerary
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Fees for passports, visas, or immunization
  • Cost of hospitalization or evacuation
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities for head guide and driver

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686


Hotel Costa Rica
This hotel combines the essence of Costa Rican friendly and caring hospitality with a vast array of facilities and services. The hotel’s central location offers unmatched access to local attractions, shopping, dining, and nightlife.

Aninga Lodge
Set on the edge of the main canal and surrounded by lush rainforest and howler monkeys, Aninga has 33 bungalows all with comfortable beds and ceiling fans. The bungalows, restaurant, and walking trails are all set on stilts about five feet from the ground to bring you into the canopy of trees and to protect the wildlife’s natural habitat. Enjoy the pool and spa!

Hotel Arenal Kioro
Sandwiched between two streams – La Palma and Kioro – Hotel Arenal Kioro provides a breathtaking natural view of Arenal Volcano. The hotel’s setting is a perfect representation of what makes Costa Rica so special, with two nature paths alive with myriad species of plants, as well as private thermal springs surrounded by flourishing gardens.

Rio Perdido
Rio Perdido, meaning “Lost River,” is truly a hidden gem, situated in a protected dwarf forest that even many Costa Ricans have never seen. The property pays respect to its amazing environment, using wells and natural springs for water and taking 100% of its electrical energy from the Miravalles Geothermal Power Plant, among many other sustainable practices. The hotel’s bungalows – suspended above the ground by columns and accessed by elevated pathways connecting to hiking trails – each offer a unique experience.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

What to Bring

Packing Considerations: There is a limit on luggage of 25 pounds per person when traveling on local boats while visiting the Tortuguero National Park. You will want a small spare bag to pack just the essentials for those few days.

You should expect pleasantly warm and sunny to hot and humid weather. Choose casual, comfortable, and breathable clothing. Lightweight pants and shorts are fine for daytime wear, but you may prefer to wear long pants and long sleeves for protection from sun and insects.

Clothing and Gear

  • Duffel bag
  • Daypack and rain cover
  • Light-weight hiking boots or walking shoes (make sure they are broken in!)
  • 1 pair sandals/water shoes for rafting (must stay on your feet - no flip flops!)
  • Comfortable shoes for evenings
  • Rain jacket or poncho
  • 4-5 short sleeve shirts (quick dry recommended)
  • 1-2 long sleeve shirts for sun/insect protection
  • 2 pairs of quick dry shorts for water sports
  • 2 pairs of shorts (not too short)
  • 1-2 pairs of pants (light-weight recommended)
  • 1-2 casual outfits for evenings
  • Light fleece jacket
  • 1-2 bathing suits
  • Underwear & bras
  • Socks
  • Hat for sun protection
  • Sleepwear

AdventureWomen Essentials

  • Travel documents (passport, airline tickets, money)
  • 2-3 spare passport photos (in case of lost passport)
  • Write down/print out travel insurance number
  • Locks for your suitcase/duffel bag
  • Travel alarm clock with spare batteries or cell phone
  • Headlamp or small flashlight with spare batteries
  • Binoculars (8x40/42 models are excellent choices; center focus models are easiest)
  • Digital camera, memory cards, battery charger
  • Power adapters/power bank
  • Sunglasses, case, and strap
  • Spare glasses, contact lenses, cleaner, saline, etc.
  • Money belt or neck pouch
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Hand wipes/hand sanitizer
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Soap, shampoo, and conditioner
  • Small packet of tissues
  • Tampons and panty liners (avoid plastic applicators)
  • Earplugs: we recommend silicone earplugs
  • Assortment of stuff sacks and bags (please consider bring reusable or silicone bags to reduce the use of disposable plastics)
  • 1-2 bandanas/Buff
  • Reading material/journal and pens

Personal First Aid Kit

  • Prescription medicine you usually take
  • Personal epi pen (if you need one, don’t forget to pack it!)
  • Bandages, Gauze, Ace bandage, blister prevention
  • Antiseptic wipes/spray
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Cotton-tipped applicators
  • Oral rehydration tablets/packets
  • Antidiarrheal medication
  • Mild laxative
  • Antacid
  • Cold remedies
  • Ibuprofen/acetaminophen
  • Eye drops
  • Tweezers, scissors (travel size), safety pins

If you prefer to buy a complete kit, we recommend the Smart Travel first aid kit.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686