Costa Rica Walking & Hiking Tour New!
- Turquoise Río Celeste and its spectacular waterfall
- Get a taste of Tico life on hikes through the countryside and while sharing a meal with our local friends
- A cruise across Lake Arenal, with magnificent Arenal Volcano always on the horizon
- Spot howler monkeys, sloths and toucans as you traverse the rain forest on a network of hanging bridges
- Beautiful beaches and stunning coastline await in Guanacaste Province
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Caribbean Lowlands, Arenal Volcano & Pacific Coast
It’s been called the jewel of Central America—and you should see this gem up close. Admire its colors. The surreal blue of the Río Celeste, with hints of sapphire from motmots in the trees. Deep greens from the lush forests, with glimmers of ruby red from brightly colored hummingbirds. And like the finest jewels, there’s value in its clarity. Clarity that comes during a walk through the rain forest. While taking in the majesty of a steaming volcano. Or soaking in hot springs nestled in a forest oasis. Come discover Costa Rica, a crown jewel.
Straight TalkWe 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. Because of Costa Rica’s rugged terrain and heavy rains, road maintenance is a continual challenge. Please be prepared for shuttling on some bumpy roads and the occasional unexpected delay. Remember, it’s all part of the adventure!
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.
Day 1 Dive right into daily life in rural Costa Rica with a visit to a local dairy farm—and sample the queso fresco! Connect with the friendly and welcoming Costa Rican people on a hike along a local country road Settle in at our secluded hotel, tucked into the lush rain forest.
Day 2 Discover Tenorio Volcano National Park, where monkeys, iguanas, sloths, butterflies and frogs are frequently spotted Trek to Río Celeste and learn the secrets of its distinctive hue Come face-to-face with the jaw-dropping Celeste Waterfall, whose surreal beauty you have to see to believe Get a glimpse into a Tico family’s life with a homemade lunch and a tour of their sugar mill.
Day 3 Hike in the shadow of majestic Arenal Volcano Listen for the call of howler and look for the scamper of white-faced monkeys as you walk through primary forest and cross hanging bridges Take a private boat across Lake Arenal on a cruise that showcases the diversity of the surrounding landscape Downtime at the geothermal hot springs, anyone?
Days 4-6 Join a special cooking class and savor Costa Rican specialties, from ceviche to patacones to flan Weave through 500 pristine acres at El Silencio Reserve Stunning Fortuna Waterfall, where you’re free to take a dip in the emerald water It’s a short flight to the Guanacaste Province and our bohemian-chic hotel Say adiós to Costa Rica with a stroll on the beach or a morning yoga session.
Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel
Tenorio Volcano National Park (2 nights) Nestled near the banks of the milky-blue Río Celeste, this secluded resort features chic casitas and a stylish lounge. (pool, spa)
Nayara Hotel & Gardens
La Fortuna (1 night) Arenal Volcano is on display at this tranquil oasis, whose spacious bungalows each offer a private deck with whirlpool tub and a secluded outdoor shower. A Small Luxury Hotels of the World Member. Travel + Leisure World's Best. (pool, spa)
Papagayo Bay (2 nights) A hip boutique hotel set beside mangrove forests on the chocolate-sand shores of Playa Panama. (pool, spa)
Guest Reviews About This Trip
We're thrilled to add this updated Walking & Hiking trip to our collection of adventures in Costa Rica. We'll trek through rain forests to view incredible wildlife and explore the diverse landscape surrounding Arenal Volcano. You'll have the chance to experience Costa Rican life in depth with visits to local farms - and even a cooking class! And a hike along the Río Celeste is a can't miss, especially for views of the Celeste Waterfall, one of Costa Rica's most spectacular hidden treasures.- Regional Manager, Central America
Trip Dates & Prices
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2015 CLASSIC DATES
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This Trip Is Rated Level 2-4
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.
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|Cruise on Lake Arenal (30 Minutes)|
|Cooking Class (3 Hours)|
|Morning Yoga (1 Hour)|
* Includes a shuttle