Pura vida! Not just a greeting in Costa Rica but a way of life. Pure life. Enthusiasm for adventure. Seize it all, from cloud forests and jungles to rain forests with hidden hot springs and plummeting waterfalls. Howler monkeys and iguanas. Zip-lines, white-water rafting, biking, hiking and hammocks. Embrace the pure life in Costa Rica.
1-2 Start your Costa Rican adventure with a hike on the grounds of the Espíritu Santo Coffee Estate Learn about the entire coffee-making process, from planting to tasting Hike through a cloud forest to a private waterfall Luxuriate at an eco-retreat set in a 500-acre cloud forest reserve Ride to Cataratas del Toro, the largest waterfall in Costa Rica, and watch the water crash into an ancient volcanic crater Visit a local home and discover the secret to perfect handmade tortillas.
3 Make a splash during a thrilling white-water rafting excursion on the Río Sarapiquí on the Caribbean slope Watch for playful monkeys, gentle sloths, green iguanas and colorful toucans Surrounded by lush rain forest, soak up the views of majestic Arenal Volcano.
4 Cross Lake Arenal by boat, then explore its lush jungle surroundings by bike Ride through a vibrant landscape colored by palms, ferns, fig trees and bromeliads Soak in a natural hot springs filled with geothermal water and hidden in a forest oasis A private plane whisks us to the the Pacific coast Lounge by an infinity pool at the secluded Punta Islita.
5-6 Venture into a tropical dry forest and explore some of Costa Rica's most stunning beaches and hidden trails Visit the Ara Project, a Backroads-sponsored conservation program dedicated to reintroducing the scarlet macaw Relax or play at our oceanfront resort—ride horseback, take a surf lesson, lounge on sublime white-sand beaches or indulge in a massage Join a guide for a cultural walk and a visit to the local art gallery in the charming town of Islita.