Costa Rica: Protecting the Pacific
IMPORTANT: If you are 14 years old or younger at the time of your GLA program, then you will be required to travel as an unaccompanied minor. Read about these specific airline policies here.
- Fly into and out of the airport in San Jose, Costa Rica (Juan Santamaría International Airport, airport code: SJO)
- Arrive at any time on the day your program begins
- 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.
- Depart before 14:00 (2pm) on the day your program ends
- Please note there is a $29 departure tax when exiting Costa Rica. Many airlines incorporate this into the price of the ticket; however, some do not. Please check with your airline.
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.
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Recommended Travel Agency Partners
If you are looking for some guidance in booking flights, GLA has partnered with two travel agencies in order to simplify the process. Regardless of how you plan on booking your flights, we recommend you speak to one or both of our travel agency partners first to ensure that you are getting the best deal and that you are booking the correct itinerary per GLA requirements and airline policy.
STA Travel - Work with a live agent. Submit an online form with your contact information to get started using STA Travel. After this form is completed, a live agent will reach out to you within 48 hours with flight options.
SmartFares.com - Work with a live agent and/or see quotes online for different routes and airlines.
- ONLINE PORTAL: Click HERE to access SmartFares and GLA's web portal
- ONLINE BOOKINGS: Available 24/7
- CALL: 833-734-5277
- HOURS: Monday-Friday 8am - 6pm PST; Saturday 10am - 3pm PST
Please do NOT book your flight until your Travel Coordinator has given you the go ahead! This will come either in the email titled, "Welcome Aboard! Save this Email!" or in a subsequent email.