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Costa Rica: The Initiative for Children

IMPORTANT: Please be advised that United Airlines is now requiring that travelers who are 15 years old or younger travel as Unaccompanied Minors. You can read more about their specific policies here. 

Suggested Route:

The suggested route - usually the most direct, least number of stops, and always leaving from a US gateway airport. Often times, multiple students from the same program will be on this flight, simply because it is a popular route to take. We cannot guarantee that other students will be on this flight, but very often, there are. You do not have to take the suggested route, it is just one option. You may take any flight you wish that falls within the flight parameters above.

NOTE: Contact STA Travel to confirm the most updated route information, 877-211-4351 


14-Day Program 

Flight Requirements:
  • Fly into and out of the airport in San Jose, Costa Rica (Juan Santamaría International Airport, airport code: SJO)
  • Arrive any time on the day your program starts
  • Depart after 11:00 (11am) the day your program ends
  • While you can arrive at anytime, we suggest trying to arrive before 3pm (15:00) to avoid - inclement weather, typical in the afternoons.
  • Please note there is a $29 USD airport tax upon exiting Costa Rica. 

Suggested Route - Getting there:
  • OPTION ONE
    • American Airlines
    • Miami, FL (MIA) to San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO)
  • OPTION TWO
    • Delta Airlines
    • Atlanta, GA (ATL) to San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO)
Suggested Route - Coming home: 
  • OPTION ONE
    • American Airlines
    • San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO) to Miami, FL (MIA)
  • OPTION TWO
    • Delta Airlines
    • San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO) to Atlanta, GA (ATL)
21-Day Program


Flight Requirements:
  • Fly into and out of the airport in Liberia, Costa Rica (Liberia International Airport, airport code: LIR)
  • Arrive between 10:00 (10am) and 16:00 (4pm) the day your program starts
  • Depart after 11:00 (11am) the day your program ends
  • Please note there is a $29 USD airport tax upon exiting Costa Rica. 
Suggested Route - Getting there:
  • OPTION ONE
    • American Airlines
    • Miami, FL (MIA) to Liberia, Costa Rica (LIR)
  • OPTION TWO
    • Delta Airlines
    • Atlanta, GA (ATL) to Liberia, Costa Rica (LIR)
Suggested Route - Coming home: 
  • OPTION ONE
    • American Airlines
    • Liberia, Costa Rica (LIR) to Miami, FL (MIA)
  • OPTION TWO
    • Delta Airlines
    • Liberia, Costa Rica (LIR) to Atlanta, GA (ATL)