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Costa Rica Insider Tour
Costa Rica Insider Tour

It's no shocker to hear that Costa Rica is a nature lover's dream. But what makes this tiny nation so extraordinary is that even with all you've heard about it, Costa Rica will still stop you in your tracks. Your first foray into the cloud forest. Your proximity to an active volcano. The sheer abundance of species, from blue morpho butterflies to moss-covered sloths. And the genuine pura vida warmth of the local people. You'll reconsider everything you thought you knew about Costa Rica - and perhaps even change your view of how you fit in the world. And that is what makes Costa Rica so incredible.

Days 1-2 Active PoĆ”s Volcano, one of Costa Rica's most breathtaking natural treasures  Kick-start your journey at a coffee plantation for an up-close look at the entire process "from the seed to the cup" Get acquainted with your new surroundings on a walk to a stunning jungle waterfall Learn about the cloud forest ecosystem from our knowledgeable local guide Visit a nearby farm for perspective on Costa Rica's focus on sustainable farming methods.

Day 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.

Trip Highlights
  • 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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Casual Inns

Xandari Resort & Spa (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 (1 night): Take in majestic views of Arenal Volcano while soaking in your suite's private whirlpool. (pool, spa)

Tortuga Lodge & Spa (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)

2015 Dates & Pricing*

  • 12/25-30 Price: $3398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $890 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $290

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.

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.
Internal flights from $230.

For groups of 2 to 7 guests, please call for Custom Trip pricing.

Guest Trip Reviews

This is the trip if you're looking for leisurely paced, interactive experiences with local experts and naturalists that delve deeper into what makes Costa Rica so special: biological diversity! Explore a variety of Costa Rica's many landscapes, including cloud forest, tropical forests, volcanoes, a coffee growing area and coastal regions.
Pam Fritz- Regional Manager, Latin America