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Backroads Family Costa Rica holiday trips


August, 2013
A Better Way to See the World
Is a Backroads Trip on Your Holiday Wish List?


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  It's been more than three decades since we first resolved to explore the planet actively—and to share that passion with our guests. And during the past 34 incredible years, we've kept our promise of redefining what a family vacation can be and bringing you a better way to discover and connect with the world.
  Dear Traveler,

Ahhh...August. Long sunny days and warm lazy evenings. Picnics and pool parties. Beaches and barbecues. Bike rides and hikes with the kids. As the easygoing days of summer fly by, it's almost hard to imagine what's just around the corner: winter holidays. It's not too early to start planning your family's perfect winter escape!

While the holiday season can provide a wonderful opportunity to bond as a family, it can also be a pretty stressful time of year. Especially if you've waited until the last minute to nail down your travel plans. So this year, set yourself up for a carefree active family vacation by joining one of Backroads' unparalleled holiday trips. We'll take care of all the logistics and details while you and your gang set off on an awesome Backroads adventure. So kick back, relax and focus on having the time of your lives!

And you still have time to make this happen because there's space available on select December family departures to Costa Rica, Ecuador, Panama, New Zealand, Thailand and Hawaii. With our special blend of exhilarating activities, inspiring scenery and rich cultural encounters (not to mention plenty of downtime for relaxing by the pool or on the beach), it's easy to turn holiday dreams into reality.

We hope to see you out there!
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Alison Iles
Family Trips Manager, with Backroads since 1990

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Costa Rica Multisport
Family Adventures in Paradise

• A perfect line-up of activities makes for great family adventures throughout the country
• Spot amazing wildlife—sloths, monkeys, lizards and more—at Manuel Antonio National Park
• Make a splash on a thrilling white-water rafting excursion
• Relax in a hammock or frolic on a beautiful white-sand beach

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Galápagos and Andes
Ancient Culture & Wondrous Wildlife in Ecuador's Islands & Highlands

• Hike in the Andes with spectacular views of snowcapped mountains
• Bike through highland villages where Otavaleño Indians continue centuries-old traditions
• View wildlife up-close in the Galápagos with a naturalist guide
• Snorkel and kayak with tropical fish, sea lions and white-tipped reef sharks

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Hawaii's Big Island Multisport
Big-Time Fun on the Big Island from Coast to Crater

• The Waipio Valley, where cliffs are blanketed by greenery and strung with waterfalls
• Bike on Crater Rim Drive before a huge descent to the stunning Kau Coast
• Plenty of quality beach time—and canoeing if you like
• Snorkel with sea turtles and tropical fish, and hike across a caldera with a volcanologist

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New Zealand Multisport
Family Fun on the North Island

• Bike past Rotorua's fascinating geothermal elements to hot springs perfect for a soak
• Experience traditional Maori customs and foods at a marae (ceremonial meeting place)
• Stroll past giant tree ferns and hanging vines to a secret valley
• Kayak on Lake Rotoiti to a small hot spring accessible only by boat

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Panama Multisport
Tropical Fun from the Canal to the Highlands & Islands

• Admire the awesome Panama Canal, an engineering marvel of epic proportions
• Discover Panama's enthralling history and gloriously rich indigenous cultures
• Savor Boquete's cool highland air as you hike in the realm of mighty Barú Volcano
• Snorkel on the second largest coral reef in the Pacific and luxuriate at tropical retreats

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Thailand Biking
A Cultural Odyssey in the Golden Triangle

• Bike backcountry lanes through remote villages, where school kids rush out to say hello
• Jungle trek aboard an elephant—hold on!—and give it a bath in the river
• Intriguing interactions with Buddhist monks at ornate temples
• A fascinating convergence of Thai, Laotian, Burmese and Chinese cultures

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