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Costa Rica: Animal Rescue Project

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. 

14 & 21-Day Flight Requirements:
  • Fly into and out of the airport in San Jose, Costa Rica (Juan Santamaría International Airport, airport code: SJO)
  • Arrive anytime on the day your program starts
  • Depart between 7 AM and 9 PM the day your program ends 
    • While you can arrive in San Jose, Costa Rica anytime, we suggest trying to arrive before 2pm to avoid inclement weather, typical in the afternoons.
  • Please note there is a $29 USD airport tax upon exiting Costa Rica. 
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.



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)


Recommended Travel Agencies

If you are looking for some guidance in booking flights, GLA has partnered with two travel agencies in order to simplify the process for families. Smart Fares and STA Travel are familiar with our programs and our approved flight windows.

While you are welcome to book flights on your own, use accrued airline miles or credit card points, we encourage you to work with our flight partners as they have proven to be extremely helpful in ensuring that families book within the guidelines and find the best solution for their needs. 

SmartFares.comImmediately see quotes for different routes and airlines, and book quickly online without contacting a live agent. You can also call their office directly if you need assistance with the online booking. 

  • ONLINE PORTAL: Click HERE to access SmartFares and GLA's web portal
  • ONLINE BOOKINGS: Available 24/7
  • CALL: 833-734-5277
  • PHONE HOURS: Monday-Friday 8am - 6pm PST; Saturday 10am - 3pm PST
STA TravelSubmit an online form HERE with your contact information to get started using STA to book your flights. After this form is completed, a live agent will reach out to you within 48 hours with flight options. You can also call their office directly. STA can let you know of other students on your flights; they also provide a 24/7 support hotline. 

CALL: 877-211-4351
EMAIL: GLA@STATRAVEL.COM
OPEN: Monday-Saturday 6am - 7pm (Arizona time zone); Sunday 7am - 4pm (Arizona time zone)