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Costa Rica Family Insider Tour New!

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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

Discover together. Let your kids see your eyes grow wide for a change as you wander past a waterfall, in a jungle, in the rain forest. It's not often that your entire family witnesses something for the first time together. Explore a Hummingbird Garden. Spot caimans, monkeys, iguanas and river otters. Search for the perfect shell on a vast beach. Learn about the traditions, nature and creatures of Costa Rica from the locals and the experts. Breathe in the pura vida lifestyle of the Tico culture and let it change the way you see the world. You'll bring back memories, photos and an appreciation of Costa Rica, and that "wide-eyed" feeling you had when you were a kid.


Day 1 Active Poás Volcano, one of Costa Rica's most breathtaking natural treasures  Kick-start your journey with a visit to a coffee plantation and learn about Costa Rica's java Get acquainted with your new surroundings on a walk to a stunning jungle waterfall  Follow our knowledgeable local guide through a cloud forest oasis  Visit a nearby farm for perspective on Costa Rica's focus on sustainable farming methods - and to meet the animals!

Days 2-3 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.

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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

Delve deeper into what makes Costa Rica so special: biological diversity! This is the trip if you're looking for a leisurely paced family adventure featuring loads of interactive experiences with local experts and naturalists. You'll explore a variety of Costa Rica's many landscapes, including a cloud forest, tropical forest, an active volcano, a coffee growing area and coastal region. Kids will really love the wildlife viewing opportunities as well as the chance to get to know lots of our longtime Costa Rican friends.
Pam Fritz- Regional Manager, Latin America

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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 $290.

For groups of 2 to 7 guests, please call for Custom Trip pricing.
Youth savings do not apply to Private Trips.

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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