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Costa Rica Multisport Tour

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Trip Highlights
  • Commune with nature at the tranquil eco-friendly Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel
  • Relax in the hot springs of a forest hideaway while watching for signs of life from the volcano
  • Explore Lake Arenal and the surrounding rain forest by boat and bike
  • Observe a stunning variety of wildlife - sloths, monkeys, lizards and more - in Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Kayak across crystalline waters to a beautiful remote beach

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From the Cloud Forest to Arenal Volcano & the Pacific Coast

With over a quarter of its land protected in parks and preserves, Costa Rica is paradise for anyone who loves wildlife and outdoor adventure. Howler monkeys scamper through the trees, and keel-billed toucans color the sky against a natural backdrop of a majestic volcano, a magnificent lake, flowing rivers and lush greenery. Jungle hikes, mountain biking and a kayaking adventure expose you to the region's incredible biodiversity, from Los Angeles Cloud Forest to Arenal Volcano National Park and the Pacific coast. You're sure to have fun, relax and learn the true meaning of pura vida!

Straight Talk We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception. Read the Straight Talk

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We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

On-Your-Own Activities

During the trip there's time for you to enjoy some of Costa Rica's favorite activities, such as zip-lining, horseback riding and surfing. These activities are often a highlight for those who choose to do them, but as they're not to everyone's liking they're not included in the cost of the trip and participation is at your own risk.

Day 1 Commune with nature at the tranquil eco-friendly Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel  Start the day with an eye-opening tour (and tasting!) at a coffee plantation  Walk along peaceful country roads that meander past brilliant-orange poró trees and farmers plying their trade in the Los Angeles Cloud Forest.

Day 2 Soak in the hot springs of a forest oasis while watching for signs of life from Arenal Volcano An interpretive walk through the cloud forest reveals an incredible variety of flora and fauna  Pedal along rolling paved roads flanked by plantations of papaya, sugarcane and yucca to La Fortuna, nestled near the foot of Arenal Volcano.

Day 3 An ideal blend of activities makes for an unforgettable adventure Explore the lush rain forest around beautiful Lake Arenal from the seat of your bike, followed by a private cruise on the lake  Fly through the treetops on a zip-line or simply relax by the pool.

Day 4 Trek across a lava field in Arenal Volcano National Park Soar above the rain forest on our private charter flight to the white-sand beaches of Manuel Antonio Take a stroll through a butterfly garden or walk down to the beach for sunset.

Days 5-6 Spot a wealth of wildlife on a naturalist-led walk in Manuel Antonio National Park, from monkeys, lizards and iguanas to butterflies and toucans Soak up some sun or splash in the Pacific - whatever you decide, it's pura vida! A sea-kayaking excursion in the calm bay off Quepos leads to a secluded beach - ready for one last quick dip?

Casual Inns

Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel & Nature Reserve
Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel & Nature Reserve

Los Angeles Cloud Forest (1 night) This eco-conscious hotel features charming casitas, each with a splendid view of the cloud forest. (spa)

Hotel Mountain Paradise
Hotel Mountain Paradise

La Fortuna (2 nights) When skies are clear, relish unobstructed views of Arenal Volcano from this hilltop resort. (pool, spa)

Si Como No Resort
Si Como No Resort

Manuel Antonio (2 nights) Surrounded by lush tropical jungle above the Pacific Ocean and Manuel Antonio National Park, this inviting boutique hotel has been recognized for its ongoing commitment to sustainability. (pool, spa)

Guest Reviews About This Trip

For a country so small, we experienced strikingly different climates in our 6 days. The trip was a nice mix of biking, hiking and kayaking.
Donald Hinkle - Indianapolis, IN
First let me say how impressed I am with your organization. Pulling all of this off in the United States, let alone Costa Rica, would have been a major feat - the organization, thought, and planning that went into this trip were incredible. Thank you!
Ellen Matloff - Branford, CT
This was the most well organized, truly seamless vacation experience I have ever had. Our leaders were absolutely incredible. They were knowledgeable, helpful, enthusiastic and went FAR beyond the call of duty on their jobs. Above all, their attitudes and the fact that they were truly having FUN meant everything in terms of maintaining the group dynamics to ensure that everyone had a pleasurable experience.
Lori Robinson - Alexandria, VA

Trip Dates & Prices

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2014 CLASSIC DATES
December 2014
2015 SINGLES-SOLOS DATES
February 2015
April 2015
December 2015
2015 CLASSIC DATES
January 2015
February 2015
March 2015
December 2015

Don't see your ideal travel date? Call us at 800-462-2848 for Private Trip date availability.

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This Trip Is Rated Level 1-3

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
Day Activity EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 Walking/Hiking 2 300 5 800
Walking/Hiking 3 500
Other biking and hiking
2 Biking 6* 300 16* 500 21 1400
Walking/Hiking 2 100
Other biking and hiking
3 Biking 10* 800 17 1700 31 2100
Other Boat Cruise on Lake Arenal (30 Minutes)
Other Optional Zip-Lining and Hiking
4 Walking/Hiking 3 100 4 100
5 Walking/Hiking 2 100
Walking/Hiking 4 300
Other Optional Surfing, Mangrove Tour or Horseback Riding
6 Kayaking Around Quepos (2 Hours)
 
note:

On this trip, we'll be using titanium mountain bikes that are just right for the non-technical dirt road riding as well as the paved riding.

There is a lot to experience in Costa Rica and this trip is nothing short of action-packed! We have kept route distances short to ensure you have plenty of time to take advantage of the multitude of activities available. While distances suggest a Level 1-2 trip, we've rated it 1-3 instead, due to the abundance of activities, as well as the heat, which require a bit more get-up-and-go. Please note that Route Ratings are for single sport activities and may not reflect the level of combined activities.

* Includes a shuttle

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)

2014

8 - 9 guests from $3,698 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $2,798 pp dbl. occ.
10 - 11 guests from $3,398 pp dbl. occ.

2015

8 - 9 guests from $3,598 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $2,798 pp dbl. occ.
10 - 11 guests from $3,098 pp dbl. occ.
Internal flights from $200.

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 multisport tours, Latin America biking tours and Latin America walking and hiking tours.

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San José, Costa Rica

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All meals included except 1 dinner

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