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  • Encounter a thrilling diversity of wildlife, from monkeys and sloths to brilliantly plumed birds
  • Stroll through a misty cloud forest while a local naturalist provides insight on this fragile ecosystem
  • Savor the tropical waters, from soothing geothermal springs to the spray of spectacular waterfalls
  • Our Costa Rican friends introduce you to their country's unique and vibrant spirit
  • Experience an exotic warm-weather destination refreshingly close and easy to access!

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From Cloud Forest & Volcano to the Caribbean Coast

It's no shocker to hear that Costa Rica is a nature lover's dream. But what makes this tiny nation so extraordinary is that even with all you've heard about it, Costa Rica will still stop you in your tracks. Your first foray into the cloud forest. Your proximity to an active volcano. The sheer abundance of species, from blue morpho butterflies to moss-covered sloths. And the genuine pura vida warmth of the local people. You'll reconsider everything you thought you knew about Costa Rica - and perhaps even change your view of how you fit in the world. And that is what makes Costa Rica so incredible.


Days 1-2 Active Poás Volcano, one of Costa Rica's most breathtaking natural treasures  Kick-start your journey at a coffee plantation for an up-close look at the entire process "from the seed to the cup" Get acquainted with your new surroundings on a walk to a stunning jungle waterfall Learn about the cloud forest ecosystem from our knowledgeable local guide Visit a nearby farm for perspective on Costa Rica's focus on sustainable farming methods.

Day 3 Connect with the friendly and welcoming Costa Rican people  At La Paz Waterfall Gardens, follow a path past five unique waterfalls to the Butterfly Observatory, where butterflies soar freely while you walk amid their natural habitat  Don't miss the Hummingbird Garden, home to more than 24 different hummingbird species The afternoon is yours for the spa, zip-lining or relaxing poolside Tonight, hot springs await!

Days 4-6 Remarkable wildlife viewing on naturalist-led walks  Learn about one of Costa Rica's indigenous cultures from our local friend, a member of the Maleku tribe Life is certainly sweet during a tour and tasting at a cacao plantation It's a short scenic flight to Tortuguero, set on a small island off the Caribbean coast There's wildlife to spot - such as caimans, monkeys, iguanas, river otters and an array of birds - during our scenic cruise on the canals of Tortuguero National Park The proprietress of one of the region's best-known restaurants teaches us a few Caribbean culinary secrets Enjoy one last sunrise photo op on the beach before flying back to San José.

Casual Inns*

Xandari Resort & Spa
Xandari Resort & Spa

Alajuela (2 nights) Stretching across a 40-acre former coffee and fruit plantation that has been restored to its original natural state, this comfortable resort features scenic hiking trails and lush gardens. (pool, spa)

Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa
Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa
* Premiere Inn

La Fortuna (1 night) Take in majestic views of Arenal Volcano while soaking in your suite's private whirlpool. (pool, spa)

Tortuga Lodge & Spa
Tortuga Lodge & Spa

Tortuguero (2 nights) View the wildlife of Tortuguero National Park and explore its labyrinthine waterways by boat while staying at this lodge nestled on 146 acres on Costa Rica's northeast Caribbean coast. (pool)

Guest Reviews About This Trip

This is the trip if you're looking for leisurely paced, interactive experiences with local experts and naturalists that delve deeper into what makes Costa Rica so special: biological diversity! Explore a variety of Costa Rica's many landscapes, including cloud forest, tropical forests, volcanoes, a coffee growing area and coastal regions.
Pam Fritz- Regional Manager, Latin America

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December 2015
January 2016
February 2016
April 2016
July 2016
December 2016

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Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options
1 Organic Farm Tour (1 Hour)
Xandari Plantation Trail Walk (1.5 Hours; 3 Miles)
2 Poas Volcano Walk (1.5 Hours; 1 Mile)
Coffee Tour (1 Hour)
3 La Paz Waterfall & Gardens Walk (2 Hours; 3 Miles)
4 Maleku Living Museum Tour (1 Hour)
Arenal Hanging Bridges Walk (1.5 Hours; 2 Miles)
Rainforest Chocolate Tour (1.5 Hours)
5 Tortuguero Canal Boat Tour (2.5 Hours)
Tortuguero Town Visit (1 Hour)
Coconut Demonstration (1 Hour)
6 Travel Day

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.

You can pick any open date for your group of 8 or more except for trips departing during the last two weeks of December, where a 16 guest minimum is required. Call us for date availability.

Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)


8 - 9 guests from $3,998 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $3,198 pp dbl. occ.
10 - 11 guests from $3,498 pp dbl. occ.


8 - 9 guests from $4,098 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $3,298 pp dbl. occ.
10 - 11 guests from $3,598 pp dbl. occ.
Internal flights from $230.

For groups of 2 to 7 guests, please call for Custom Trip pricing.

For 35 years, Backroads has been perfecting the art of active travel. We are the Costa Rica tour experts. See our award-winning Latin America Insider tours, Latin America biking tours, Latin America walking and hiking tours and Latin America multisport tours.


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