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On Sunday afternoon, December 31, we experienced an unimaginable tragedy when a Nature Air flight traveling from Punta Islita to San Jose, Costa Rica, crashed in the Guanacaste Mountains. Officials in Costa Rica have confirmed that there are no survivors. Aboard the flight were nine Backroads guests, Backroads Trip Leader Amanda Geissler and two flight crew members.

Amanda was a first-year Trip Leader at Backroads, but despite her short tenure she built strong bonds and community among both fellow leaders and guests alike. As one of our guests offered, "Amanda’s spirit and energy were simply refreshing." Amanda’s passion and ability to genuinely connect with people, in addition to her leadership, made her a rising star at Backroads.

Backroads has been running active travel adventures in Costa Rica for more than 25 years. We are extremely heartbroken over this horrific loss of life and are working with the local authorities to understand the cause of the crash. We have our entire Costa Rica team and a member of our executive team on the ground to assist in this tragedy.

We are all deeply saddened at this tragic loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families impacted by this tragedy.

If you have any immediate questions please contact: PR@Backroads.com

Remembering Amanda Geissler, the Steinberg family and the Weiss family.