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Jungle in Costa Rica
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Toucan in Costa Rica
Rafting in Costa Rica
Zip-Lining in Costa Rica
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Costa Rica Highlands to Coast Easygoing Multi-Adventure Tour

Dolce Tempo Journey among Cloud Forest, Waterfalls, Volcanoes & Beaches

Couples, Friends & Solos

6 days 5 nights

Premiere Hotels

From: $4,699 pp dbl occ

Plus $550 internal air

($1,100 for sgl occ)

Discover cloud forests and jungles. Rain forests and hidden hot springs. Hike to a plunging waterfall, then lounge in a swaying hammock. In Costa Rica they call this pura vida. Pure life. 

Costa Rica Easygoing Multi-adventure
Costa Rica Easygoing Multi-adventure

Costa Rica

Start/End San José

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.


Refreshingly Active Adventures
A perfect blend of walking, rafting and beach time in a region renowned for active travel. From volcanic craters to hanging bridges and the Río Sarapiquí–take it all in at your own pace.   

Immersive Travel
Learn about the coffee-making process at our favorite estate, then discover the secret to a well-crafted mojito in a local cooking class. Our roots run deep here, and it shows every step of the way.
Unique Hotels & Delectable Dining
Costa Rica is one of the pioneers of eco-tourism. Whether in a cloud forest, at the base of a volcano or tucked away in a pristine ocean cove, we’ve sought out exquisite hotels that redefine green luxury.  

The Backroads Experience
The Backroads Experience
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Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Premiere Hotels*
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2

Start your adventure with an energizing burst of café—not in your cup but on a walking tour of the Espíritu Santo Coffee Estate, which follows the coffee-making process from planting to tasting | Discover a waterfall tucked into the cloud forest | Luxuriate at an eco-retreat set in a 500-acre rain forest reserve | Marvel at Catarata del Toro, the largest waterfall in Costa Rica, and watch the water crash into an ancient volcanic crater on a guided nature walk | A local friend lets us in on the secret to perfect handmade tortillas during an off-the-tourist-trail home visit.

El Silencio
El Silencio
Bajos del Toro
| Premiere Hotel

"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)

Day 3

Float down the Río Sarapiquí and spot wildlife on a slower-paced rafting excursion | Watch for playful monkeys, gentle sloths, green iguanas and colorful toucans | A Costa Rican cooking class is accompanied perfectly by a make-it-yourself guaro mojito.

Arenal Kioro, Costa Rica
Arenal Kioro
La Fortuna
| *Casual Hotel

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

Days 4-6

Cross Lake Arenal by boat | Be immersed in vibrant landscapes colored by palms, ferns, fig trees and bromeliads | Soak in a natural hot spring hidden in a forest oasis | A private plane ride allows us to access our trip’s grand finale on the Pacific coast, home to Costa Rica's most stunning beaches | Visit the Macaw Recovery Network, a Backroads-sponsored conservation program dedicated to reintroducing the scarlet macaw | Choices abound at our oceanfront resort: a horseback ride, a surf lesson, a yoga class… or the bliss of just lounging on the beach | A local guide shows us around the open-air museum of Islita, including a visit to an art gallery.

Hotel Punta Islita
Hotel Punta Islita
Punta Islita
| Premiere Hotel

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

Dates & Prices

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

Click on dates for pricing, itinerary variations and to book your trip. Price is per person, double occupancy.

Dolce Tempo: What to Expect

Our easygoing Multi-Adventure tours make adventuring a breeze—perfect for beginners or occasional bikers/hikers, or anyone who is interested in exploring the world actively. With dedicated Trip Leaders, support vans and GPS-supported routes, the day is yours to decide. Find an unbeatable blend of walking and biking routes (2-4 hours of activity, 10-30 miles of biking, 2-7 miles of walking) with other fun-filled activities such as kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, cultural activities and more. On trips with biking, custom electric-assist bikes allow you to pedal effortlessly!


Route notes

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 walking in Costa Rica more challenging than the mileage may suggest.

What's Included

  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
  • 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

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.


On this trip we travel by air to reach the exclusive areas this destination has to offer. We will be flying by charter with Sansa Airlines aboard turbo-prop planes that seat 10-12 passengers. These flights occasionally experience delays or cancellations due to inclement weather. In the rare instance a flight is canceled we are prepared to travel by land.

Shuttle Time

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.

Service Standards

“Pura vida”, or “pure life”, is not just a Costa Rican greeting – it’s a state of mind. While Costa Rica’s tourist industry is well accustomed to welcoming foreign visitors, you may still notice that service here can lack a sense of urgency, reflecting the slower pace and relaxed approach to life that is typical throughout the region. As such, patience and a sense of humor are always recommended when traveling in Central America. Rest assured that your Backroads leaders will be close by to ease the way.

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.

Peak Season

The holiday and spring break months are a great time to travel; however, with days off and the desire to escape for sunshine many others have the same idea. While we always aim to get off the beaten path, during certain times of the year crowds and delays are unavoidable.

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