What's the best way to experience Costa Rica? May we suggest: jungle hiking, mountain biking, surfing, Class III river rafting, toucan watching, howler monkey spotting, blue morpho butterfly viewing, fresh pineapple tasting, Costa Rican coffee sipping, Pacific breeze feeling, national park strolling, catch-of-the-day indulging, breathtaking vista gazing and deep deep sleeping. But that's just a suggestion.
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.
On-Your-Own ActivitiesDuring the trip there’s time for you to enjoy some of Costa Rica’s favorite activities, such as zip-lining, horseback riding and surfing. These activities are often a highlight for those who choose to do them, but as they’re not to everyone’s liking they’re not included in the cost of the trip and participation is at your own risk.
Days 1-2 Grab your paddles and explore the coastline in your sea kayak Spot a wealth of wildlife with a local naturalist in Manuel Antonio National Park, from monkeys, lizards and iguanas to butterflies and toucans Craving a new perspective? Opt for a zip-line adventure through the jungle canopy.
Day 3 Put your legs in four-wheel drive for an epic hike off the beaten path In the beautiful Savegre Valley, a local friend invites us home for a Costa Rican snack Stop to visit a community project and cool off in a hidden cascade-fed swimming hole Kick back on your private deck in our blissfully secluded safari jungle lodge.
Day 4 Make a splash during a thrilling white-water rafting excursion on Río Savegre Enjoy a toucan's-eye view during a scenic flight to the Nicoya Peninsula Bike along some of Costa Rica's most beautiful beaches and dramatic coastline Luxuriate at secluded Hotel Punta Islita, an Andrew Harper favorite and heavenly tropical escape.
Days 5-6 Time by the pool, at the spa, on horseback or on a surfboard? Up to you! Hike up to a mirador for stellar vistas of the ocean On a visit to the Ara Project, learn about efforts to restore macaw populations to their historic range in Costa Rica View works by Costa Rican and international artists at Latin America's first open-air museum - a great spot to buy local crafts Swap stories over a festive barbecue dinner on the beach.
- A perfect line-up of activities that make for great adventures throughout the country
- Spot wonderful wildlife (sloths, monkeys, lizards and more) in Manuel Antonio National Park
- White-water rafting on the Río Savegre, one of Central America's most pristine rivers
- Sublime white-sand beaches great for swimming and surfing
- The secluded Hotel Punta Islita, an Andrew Harper favorite
Parador Resort & Spa (2 nights): A Spanish-style resort with blissful views of the Manuel Antonio rain forest and the azure Pacific. (pool, spa, tennis)
Rafiki Safari Lodge (1 night): African-style luxury safari tents offer the ideal setting for enjoying the sights and sounds of the jungle. (pool)
Hotel Punta Islita (2 nights): This eco-friendly resort is tucked away between an ocean cove and the forest on the pristine Nicoya Peninsula. Travel + Leisure World's Best. (pool, spa, tennis, golf)
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|
|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||Kayaking||Around Quepos (2 Hours)|
|Other||Optional Zip-Lining, Surfing or Mangrove Tour|
|Rafting||On Río Savegre (2.5 Hours)|
|Other||Optional Surfing, Horseback Riding or Golf|
|6||Other||Islita Pueblo Guided Walk (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.
* 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 Breakaway roster. The itinerary highlights some of the country's most incredible scenic wonders, and it offers an unbeatable blend of activities - biking, hiking, river rafting, sea kayaking, surfing - that let you experience Costa Rica's splendor from all perspectives.- Regional Manager, Latin America