With over a quarter of its land protected in parks and preserves, Costa Rica is paradise for anyone who loves wildlife and outdoor adventure. Howler monkeys scamper through the trees, and keel-billed toucans color the sky against a natural backdrop of a majestic volcano, a magnificent lake, flowing rivers and lush greenery. Jungle hikes, mountain biking and a kayaking adventure expose you to the region's incredible biodiversity, from Los Angeles Cloud Forest to Arenal Volcano National Park and the Pacific coast. You and your gang are sure to have fun, relax and learn the true meaning of pura vida!
Day 1 Commune with nature at the tranquil eco-friendly Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel Start the day with an eye-opening tour and tasting at a coffee plantation Walk along peaceful country roads that meander past brilliant-orange poró trees and farmers plying their trade in the Los Angeles Cloud Forest.
Day 2 Soak in the hot springs of a forest oasis while watching for signs of life from Arenal Volcano An interpretive walk through the cloud forest reveals an incredible variety of flora and fauna Pedal along rolling paved roads flanked by plantations of papaya, sugarcane and yucca to La Fortuna, nestled near the foot of Arenal Volcano.
Day 3 An ideal blend of activities makes for an unforgettable adventure Explore the lush rain forest around beautiful Lake Arenal from the seat of your bike, followed by a private cruise on the lake Fly through the treetops on a zip-line or simply relax by the pool.
Day 4 Trek across a lava field in Arenal Volcano National Park Soar above the rain forest on our private charter flight to the white-sand beaches of Manuel Antonio Walk along La Foresta's private jungle trails and keep your eyes peeled for fast-moving basilisk lizards, blue morpho butterflies and endangered squirrel monkeys.
Days 5-6 Spot a wealth of wildlife on a naturalist-led walk in Manuel Antonio National Park, from monkeys, lizards and iguanas to butterflies and toucans Soak up some sun or splash in the Pacific - whatever you decide, it's pura vida! A sea-kayaking excursion in the calm bay off Quepos leads to a secluded beach - ready for one last quick dip?
- Commune with nature at the tranquil eco-friendly Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel
- Relax in the hot springs of a forest hideaway while watching for signs of life from the volcano
- Explore Lake Arenal and the surrounding rain forest by boat and bike
- Observe a stunning variety of wildlife - sloths, monkeys, lizards and more - in Manuel Antonio National Park
- Kayak across crystalline waters to a beautiful remote beach
Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel (1 night): This eco-conscious hotel features charming casitas, each with a splendid view of the cloud forest. (spa)
Hotel Mountain Paradise (2 nights): When skies are clear, relish unobstructed views of Arenal Volcano from this hilltop resort. (pool, spa)
Si Como No Resort (2 nights): Surrounded by rain forest and scenic Pacific beaches, this hotel invites you to experience pura vida through its wealth of amenities. (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|
|Level 1||Level 2||Level 3||Level 4||Level 5|
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|Other||Boat cruise on Lake Arenal (30 minutes)|
|Other||Optional zip-lining and hiking|
|Other||Optional surfing, mangrove tour or horseback riding|
|6||Kayaking||Around Quepos (2 hours)|
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 10% dirt and 90% paved).
* Includes a shuttle
2014 Dates & Pricing*
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
Private Trips Options & Pricing
Guest Trip Reviews
If your family is excited by the prospect of a tropical vacation with lots of opportunities to spot wildlife and be active in the great outdoors (think biking, hiking, swimming, kayaking and even zip-lining), I'm happy to invite you on this Costa Rica multisport trip. You'll learn the true meaning of pura vida as we immerse you in the region's unparalleled biodiversity, from Los Angeles Cloud Forest to Arenal Volcano National Park and the Pacific coast.- Regional Manager, Latin America