This trip is currently not available. For a similar trip, see Costa Rica Multisport.
Hidden Gems from Cloud Forest to Volcanoes & the Pacific Coast
Costa Rica or Nicaragua. Nicaragua or Costa Rica. Which was more awe-inspiring? The steaming volcano or the three waterfalls in the cloud forest? Which was more delicious, the fresh roasted coffee from the plantation or the chocolate you learned how to make at our treehouse resort? Was it the biking or the walks? The volcanic mineral springs or the rain forest? The monkeys, the iguanas or the sloths? Which was the funniest to see? Opinions will vary. But this adventure will give your family plenty of stories and lots to debate.
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 one of Costa Rica’s favorite activities, zip-lining. This activity is often a highlight for those who choose to do it, but as it’s not to everyone’s liking it’s not included in the cost of the trip and participation is at your own risk.
Adventures in an Emerging WorldNicaragua has emerged as an exciting new destination, but travel here can be challenging. Our itineraries and Trip Leaders remove as many obstacles and inconveniences as possible, making your next extraordinary encounter always within reach. But it’s important to remember that even all the efforts of your Trip Leaders can’t replace a poorly maintained road or revolutionize service standards. If you can be flexible and approach the region with an open mind, you’ll enjoy your trip to the fullest!
Days 1-2 Soak up views of Poás, Irazú and Barva Volcanoes as we journey through Costa Rica's fertile Meseta Central Stroll on a coffee estate and observe the coffee-making process Walk in the cloud forest near our hotel to discover three beautiful waterfalls Rafting on the Sarapiquí River, there's no telling what you might spot - sloths, iguanas, crocodiles, monkeys and numerous bird species make their homes here Hike at Tirimbina Reserve, where you can cross what's reputed to be one of the longest suspension bridges in Costa Rica.
Day 3 Bid <i>adiós</i> to Costa Rica and fly to Ometepe Island, a World Biosphere Reserve in the middle of Lake Nicaragua Bike around the island, with Concepción Volcano looming in the distance and lush flora greeting you at every turn Kick off your shoes at the lakeshore or journey into the tropical forest for a soak in a volcanic mineral spring Ferry to San Jorge on the mainland, where our ocean-view hotel awaits.
Day 4 Enjoy a boat ride up the coast, stopping to swim in the Pacific along the way Take a peek into Nicaraguan agricultural life at a working farm - collect eggs, milk cows and pound corn for fresh tortillas! Walk in a tropical dry forest, watching and listening for its avian residents Explore your surroundings at our treehouse-style hotel.
Days 5-6 Traverse coastal hills dotted with white plumeria, Nicaragua's national flower Kids delve into the secrets of one of the world's favorite treats - chocolate! Ease into your morning with yoga before embarking on a hike Enjoy an afternoon of leisure or optional activities like horseback riding or golf Learn how to make your own souvenirs from the gourds of the jicaro tree Take a walk through a village, where fishing, farming - and now surfing - are a way of life.
- It's all amazing - steaming volcanoes, dense jungle, cool cloud forest and one of the world's largest lakes
- Listen for the roar of howler monkeys and keep your eyes on the trees for a glimpse of parrots and sunbathing iguanas
- Beautiful hikes and rides through nature reserves, then idyllic beach time by the Pacific Ocean
- Kids learn how to make chocolate - and sample the goods along the way!
- Perfect the art of relaxation at three atmospheric eco-lodges
El Silencio Lodge & Spa (2 nights): "When you're sitting on a lookout deck with a whirlpool, perched high above the forest, it's a blissful reminder of how precious el silencio can be," said Travel + Leisure about this 500-acre sanctuary. (spa)
Pelican Eyes Resort & Spa (1 night): Settle into your beautifully appointed room at this hillside resort and savor panoramic views of San Juan del Sur and the Pacific Ocean beyond. (pool, spa)
Aqua Wellness Resort (2 nights): A luxury resort with modern treehouse-style accommodations, a private white-sand beach and yoga classes with a view. (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|
|miles||feet gain||miles||feet gain||miles||feet gain||miles||feet gain||miles||feet gain|
|Other||White Water Rafting (2 Hours)|
|Other||Optional Zip-Line Canopy Tour (1 Hour)|
|Kids||Farm Visit (1 Hour)|
|Other||Yoga (1 Hour)|
|Kids||Chocolate Tour & Tasting (1.5 Hours)|
|Other||Jicaro Workshop (1 Hour)|
|Other||Optional Kayaking, Sportsfishing or Golf|
|6||Other||Yoga (1 Hour)|
|Other||Playa Gigante Visit (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 25% dirt and 75% paved).
Recommended Kids Ages
- Recommended minimum age for the trip: 9 years
- Minimum age restriction to ride own bike: 9 years
- Minimum age restriction to kayak: 6 years
- No Burleys available on this trip
General Info on Minimum Ages:We strongly encourage families to join our Family Trips, designed with kid- and adult-friendly features. Please note that we have a minimum age requirement of 1 year for all Inn trips and 2 years for all Camping Trips. Other than that, we do not restrict trips to a minimum age except in the rare case of a hotel age restriction. We do, however, recommend minimum ages based on the following criteria:
- 12+ cultural appreciation, difficulty/restrictions of activities and route
- 9+ several long adult dinners; difficulty/restrictions of activities and route
- 6+ several long adult dinners; parent may not be able to pull a Burley and/or there may be multiple activity restrictions
Private Trips Options & Pricing
Guest Trip Reviews
Take a white-water rafting excursion through a tropical wonderland in Costa Rica. Mix in a flight to a volcanic island in the middle of Lake Nicaragua. Add a trip to a working farm, a treehouse hotel, the chance to learn how to make chocolate and endless opportunities to experience the best of two incredible countries this Costa Rica & Nicaragua trip is the perfect recipe for creating family memories that will last a lifetime.- Regional Manager, Latin America