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Costa Rica Family Multi-Adventure Tour – Older Teens & 20s

Walk/Hike
Bike
Raft

Costa Rica's Cloud Forest to Pacific Coast

From $3,998 - $4,798 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

(+$1,300 to $1,750 for sgl. occ.)

Internal air: $360


If variety is the spice of life, then Costa Rica is as piquant as travel destinations come. One of the world's most epic volcanoes. Lush rain forest and palm-studded beaches, lava fields and natural hot springs. You and your family will hike, bike, paddle and explore it all on a vacation that has the kick to keep up with this incredible country. This trip is full of zest!

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Start/End San José

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Highlights

  • Hike through the cloud forest to Costa Rica's largest waterfall, Cataratas del Toro, which plunges into an ancient volcano crater
  • White-water raft the Río Sarapiquí, looking for toucans, iguanas, sloths and other jungle dwellers
  • Bike along Lake Arenal and gaze at majestic Arenal Volcano, which rises from the rain forest
  • Experience sublime white-sand beaches ideal for swimming, surfing or just kicking back and soaking up the rays

Start/End San José

Costa Rica Map

Itinerary

Days 1-2 Start your adventure with a hike on the grounds of the Espíritu Santo Coffee Estate | Learn about the coffee-making process, from planting to tasting | Hike through a cloud forest to a 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.

Day 3 Buckle up for a white-water rafting excursion on the Río Sarapiquí | Watch for playful monkeys, gentle sloths, green iguanas and colorful toucans | Surrounded by lush rain forest, soak up the views of imposing Arenal Volcano.

Day 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 hidden in a forest oasis | A private plane whisks us to the Pacific coast.

Days 5-6 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 at our oceanfront resort—ride horseback, take a surf lesson or lounge on sublime white-sand beaches | Join a guide for a cultural walk and a visit to the local art gallery. 

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.

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2018 June
2018 July

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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.

2018 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $3,998 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $4,398 pp dbl occ

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Prices

From $3,998 - $4,798 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

(+$1,300 to $1,750 for sgl. occ.)

Internal air: $360


Traveling with Kids

Premiere Hotels*

El Silencio
El Silencio

Bajos del Toro (2 nights)

Arenal Kioro
Arenal Kioro

La Fortuna (1 night)

Hotel Punta Islita
Hotel Punta Islita

Punta Islita (2 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 1-2

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Costa Rica

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Premiere Hotels*

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

El Silencio

El Silencio

Bajos del Toro (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)

Arenal Kioro

Arenal Kioro

La Fortuna (1 night)
* Casual Hotel

Take in majestic views of Arenal Volcano while soaking in your suite's private whirlpool. (pool, spa)

Hotel Punta Islita

Hotel Punta Islita

Punta Islita (2 nights)

This eco-friendly resort is tucked away between an ocean cove and the forest on the pristine Nicoya Peninsula. (pool, spa)

This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-2

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.

Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

Daily Route Options
Day Activity EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
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 Walking/Hiking 2 300 3 700
2 Biking 5* 100 10 1000
Walking/Hiking 1 300
3 Rafting on Río Sarapiquí (2.5 Hours)
4 Biking 10* 1000 20 1600
Other Boat Cruise on Lake Arenal (1 Hour)
5 Walking/Hiking 1 100 3 600
Other Optional Zip-Lining, Horseback Riding, Surfing or Spa
6 Walking/Hiking 2 0
Other Cutural Tour
 

Note: On this trip, our routes are designed to be easygoing, with relatively little elevation gain or loss. However, rough terrain, heat and humidity can make biking in Costa Rica more challenging than the mileage may suggest. Liberal van shuttling is incorporated into the itinerary to facilitate our activities and mileage is kept moderate to enable you to spend more time exploring on your own.

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Meals

All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day’s ride is a bike that’s perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip or view our full bike fleet in further detail.

Backroads Titanium Bikes (Included in your trip price)

Our custom-built titanium bikes are specially designed for you—and we offer different models for varied terrain so your bike is ideally suited to the region. Our custom-made bikes are included in your trip price.

Touring Bike (Included)

For trips departing before 4/15/18, please see available bike options here.

Also Included

  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

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.

Terrain & Climate

Due to Costa Rica's tropical climate and infrastructure, road maintenance is a continual challenge and options for bike routes are limited. Be prepared for unexpected potholes (huecos—pronounced "waycos") and sections of rough roads with narrow shoulders. Also note there may be more traffic if you are traveling over the very popular holiday periods.


Shuttle Distances

In order to bring you to diverse and unique regions, we spend more time shuttling on this trip than on many other Backroads trips. Our time in the shuttles will allow us to experience the incredible variety of ecosystems, scenery and activities that Costa Rica has to offer.

On-Your-Own Activities

During 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 due to liability issues and because they're not to everyone's liking they're not included in the cost of the trip and participation is at your own risk.

Why Travel with Backroads in Costa Rica

The Best Leaders in Costa Rica

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Costa Rica, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

Get the Most Out of Each Day

Coordinating multiple activities throughout a single day can be tricky, but with Backroads you'll never know it. When you explore Costa Rica with us, you switch activities seamlessly without missing a beat. We invented the multi-adventure concept, and we're constantly adding new dimensions and fine-tuning the experience to make it even more enjoyable.

We Stand Behind Our Trips

Most companies' trips in Costa Rica are run by local operators. At Backroads we manage our own trips; we would never subcontract your precious vacation to a third party. So as you enjoy the support of your seasoned Trip Leaders, along with our expert local guides and drivers, you have the confidence of knowing we're with you every step of the way.

Our Superb Bikes Included

A great bike is obviously critical for a great multi-adventure trip; you don't want to gamble on one that's been sourced locally to trim costs. This trip features our acclaimed Backroads Custom Titanium bikes, expertly tuned and fitted, and included in your trip price. Learn why our titanium bikes are ideal for most riders.

Experts with Secrets to Share

In choosing the ideal experts to enrich your travel experience, we look for people with a wealth of local knowledge, but also the ability to convey their insights in English. Too often travelers find themselves smiling politely, not quite understanding what they're being told. Our experts share intriguing facts, anecdotes and inside stories that stay with you forever.

Kids Who Aren't Kids Anymore

Only Backroads offers active trips in Costa Rica designed for families with older teens and 20s. These trips are aimed at you and the amazingly grownup members of your clan—whether they're almost high school grads, already in college or further along. Find out more in this blog post.

Our Cultural Roots Run Deep

Thanks to our extensive connections in Costa Rica, Backroads takes you off the beaten track and deep into the region's culture in ways that traditional travel can never hope to do. We know the people and their customs, the legacy of art and architecture, the complex history and politics – and if we're not sure, our amazing local experts can fill in the blanks.

Your Hotels Are Locked In

It may seem obvious to say the great hotels we tell you about are the ones you'll actually stay in. But the fact is many companies haven't even booked the places they promise and are later forced to settle for inferior alternatives. We book our hotels and exact rooms long in advance—often over two years—so you stay where you expect to stay.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Costa Rica trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

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Straight Talk

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.

Terrain & Climate

Due to Costa Rica's tropical climate and infrastructure, road maintenance is a continual challenge and options for bike routes are limited. Be prepared for unexpected potholes (huecos—pronounced "waycos") and sections of rough roads with narrow shoulders. Also note there may be more traffic if you are traveling over the very popular holiday periods.


Shuttle Distances

In order to bring you to diverse and unique regions, we spend more time shuttling on this trip than on many other Backroads trips. Our time in the shuttles will allow us to experience the incredible variety of ecosystems, scenery and activities that Costa Rica has to offer.

On-Your-Own Activities

During 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 due to liability issues and because they're not to everyone's liking they're not included in the cost of the trip and participation is at your own risk.
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