If variety is the spice of life, then Costa Rica is about as piquant as travel destinations come. Take one of the world's most stunning volcanoes, add in lush rain forest and palm-studded beaches, and sprinkle with barren lava fields and natural hot springs. The finishing touch? A spread of mind-blowing biodiversity. What better way to explore it all than with an action-packed multisport trip that has the kick to keep up with the country? Hiking, biking and boating. Options to surf, horseback ride and zip-line fly. Communing with naturalists, local families and white-faced monkeys. And dousing your casado in salsa Lizano.This vacation is full of zest.
Days 1-2 Gaze at Arenal Volcano as we walk across a barren lava field and through rain forest in Arenal National Park Cruise across Lake Arenal by boat, then explore its lush jungle surroundings by bike The afternoon is yours: explore La Fortuna, fly through the treetops on a zip-line or simply relax by the pool Soak in hot springs hidden in a rain forest oasis.
Day 3 Listen for the call of howler and white-faced monkeys as you walk through primary forest and cross hanging bridges - up to 300 feet long A private charter plane whisks us to the white-sand beaches of the Pacific coast Sit down to a home-cooked casado with a local family Hike through the pristine Savegre Valley and learn the secrets to survival if you're ever stranded in the jungle.
Day 4 Walk through primary rain forest criss-crossed by hanging bridges up to 300 feet long Make a splash during a thrilling white-water rafting excursion on Río Savegre On our naturalist-led walk through Manuel Antonio National Park, white-faced monkeys frolic in the canopy and prehistoric-looking iguanas slither up tree trunks.
Days 5-6 Pedal on the beach, then turn inland through a landscape of banana and African palm trees Spend time with an indigenous Boruca artist and shop for handicrafts Be as active as you like: beach walk, kayak, horseback ride, surf or relax in a hammock or at the spa Rejuvenate with a beachfront yoga class or a morning seaside stroll.
- Bike along Lake Arenal and gaze at majestic Arenal Volcano
- Soak in hot springs hidden in a rain forest oasis
- White-water raft the Río Savegre, one of Central America's most pristine rivers
- Meet experts who intimately know the country's incredible flora and fauna
- Pedal on peaceful Playa Esterillos Este, soothed by the sounds of ocean waves
Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa (2 nights): Take in majestic views of Arenal Volcano while soaking in your suite's private whirlpool. (pool, spa)
Rafiki Safari Lodge (1 night): African-style luxury safari tents offering the ideal setting for enjoying the sights and sounds of the jungle. (pool)
Alma del Pacífico Hotel (2 nights): Spacious private villas at this beachside resort feature large terraces and a mosaic-tiled shower that opens to your own garden. (pool, spa)
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.
Routes For All Abilities
|Daily Route Options|
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|Other||Boat Cruise on Lake Arenal (1 Hour)|
|Other||Optional Zip-Lining, Kayaking or Hiking|
|Rafting||On Río Savegre (2.5 Hours)|
|Other||Optional Horseback Riding, Surfing, Kayaking or Hiking|
|Other||Optional Yoga Class (1 Hour)|
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 40% dirt and 60% paved).
* Includes a shuttle
2015 Dates & Pricing*
*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 from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability.
If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.
Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)
|8 - 9 guests from $4,498 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests from $3,698 pp dbl. occ.|
|10 - 11 guests from $3,998 pp dbl. occ.|
All Private Singles-Solos trips require a minimum of 16 guests.
For groups of 2 to 7 guests, please call for Custom Trip pricing.
Guest Trip Reviews
We're thrilled to add our incredible Costa Rica Multisport adventure to our Family Breakaway roster. Over six incredible days, you and your family will experience Costa Rica's splendor from every perspective - from the seat of your bike as you spin along a volcanic ridgeline, from the edge of your raft as you splash through white water and from the rain forest canopy as you zip through the trees. And don't forget all the time you'll have to relax - and play! - at our jungle lodges and beachfront resort.- Regional Manager, Latin America