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Costa Rica Family Breakaway Multisport Tour New!

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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 and your gang are sure to have fun, relax and learn the true meaning of pura vida!

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 Walk along La Foresta's private jungle trails and keep your eyes peeled for fast-moving basilisk lizards, blue morpho butterflies and endangered squirrel monkeys.

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?

Guests Reviews About This Trip

If your family is excited by the prospect of a tropical vacation with lots of opportunities to spot wildlife and be active in the great outdoors (think biking, hiking, swimming, kayaking and even zip-lining), I'm happy to invite you on this Costa Rica multisport trip. You'll learn the true meaning of pura vida as we immerse you in the region's unparalleled biodiversity, from Los Angeles Cloud Forest to Arenal Volcano National Park and the Pacific coast.
Michelle Muench - Regional Manager, Latin America

Casual Inns

Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel
Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel

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)

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a Custom Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities. Please call for date availability and pricing.

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
2 Biking 6* 800 16* 1500 21 2400
Walking/Hiking 2 100
3 Biking 10* 800 17 1700 31 2400
Other Boat cruise on Lake Arenal (30 minutes)
Other Optional zip-lining and hiking
4 Walking/Hiking 2 300 4 100
Walking/Hiking 3 100
5 Walking/Hiking 2 100
Walking/Hiking 4 300
Other Optional surfing, mangrove tour or horseback riding
6 Kayaking Around Quepos (2 hours)
 
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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. (approximately 10% dirt and 90% paved).

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

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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6 days, 5 nights
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Trip Price**
  • $2,798 to $2,998 pp dbl. occ.
  • (+$520 to $530 for sgl. occ.)
  • Internal Flights:
    $180

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San José, Costa Rica

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2014 Family Breakaway Dates
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All meals included except 1 lunch, 1 dinner

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