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Costa Rica Walking & Hiking Tour New!

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Trip Highlights
  • 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 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

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.

Costa Rican Roads

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!

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.

Costa Rican Roads

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!

Itinerary

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.

Premiere Inns

Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel
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
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)

El Mangroove
El Mangroove

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.
Pam Fritz- Regional Manager, Central America

Trip Dates & Prices

Please click on a date below for specific pricing and possible itinerary variations.

2015 CLASSIC DATES
December 2015
2016 CLASSIC DATES
January 2016
February 2016
December 2016

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 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.

Daily Route Options
Day 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 6 500 9 800
2 4 1000 6 1300
3 6* 800 10* 2000
Cruise on Lake Arenal (30 Minutes)
4 2 300 4 400 7 800
5 2 400 3 700
Cooking Class (3 Hours)
6 1 0
Morning Yoga (1 Hour)
 
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The terrain on this trip features gravel and dirt roads through villages and farmland, rain forest paths and some brick trails.

* 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)

2015

2016

2 - 3 guests from $6,298 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $4,598 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $5,798 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $4,298 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $4,998 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $3,798 pp dbl. occ.
Internal flights from $390.

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

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San José, Costa Rica/Liberia, Costa Rica

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All meals included except 1 dinner

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