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Costa Rica Multi-Adventure Tour

Walk/Hike
Bike
Raft

From Highlands & Rain Forests to the Nicoya Peninsula Beaches

From $4,198 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

(+$1,200 for sgl. occ.)

Internal air: $480


What's the best way to experience Costa Rica? How about jungle hiking, back road biking, surfing, Class III river rafting, toucan watching, blue morpho butterfly viewing, mojito tasting, Costa Rican coffee sipping, Pacific breeze feeling, national park strolling, catch-of-the-day indulging, and deep deep sleeping. But that's just a suggestion. 

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Costa Rica

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Highlights

  • Pamper yourself at the luxurious Hacienda Alta Gracia next to Chirripó National Park
  • Hike to one of Costa Rica's most beautiful waterfalls and spot sloths, monkeys, lizards and more in Manuel Antonio National Park
  • White-water rafting on the Río Savegre, one of Central America's most pristine rivers
  • Sublime white-sand beaches on the Nicoya Peninsula are great for swimming and surfing
Costa Rica

Start/End San José

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Itinerary

Days 1-2 Fly over Costa Rica's valleys and mountains to San Isidro | Bike past lush green hillsides, fertile farmland and historic sugarcane plantations on the flanks of Cerro Chirripó, Costa Rica's highest mountain | Watch for white-faced monkeys, butterflies and countless species of birds in a private biological reserve | Spend the afternoon however you choose: relax at the spa, enjoy a mountain biking excursion or go horseback riding.

Day 3 Hike through a rain forest to one of Costa Rica's most picturesque waterfalls | Get an inside look into life in the rural village of Santo Domingo in the Savegre River Valley | Kick back on your private deck in our blissfully secluded safari jungle lodge.

Day 4 Make a splash during a thrilling white-water rafting excursion on Río Savegre | Spot a wealth of wildlife with a local naturalist in Manuel Antonio National Park, from monkeys and lizards to iguanas and butterflies | Enjoy a toucan's-eye view during a scenic flight to the Nicoya Peninsula | Luxuriate at remote Hotel Punta Islita, an Andrew Harper favorite and heavenly tropical escape. 

Days 5-6 Time by the pool, at the spa or on a surfboard? Up to you! | Or if you're craving a new perspective, opt for a zip-line adventure through the jungle canopy | Hike up to a mirador for stellar vistas of the ocean | On a visit to the Ara Project, learn about Backroads' contributions and efforts to restore macaw populations to their historic range in Costa Rica | View works by Costa Rican and international artists at Latin America's first open-air museum—a great spot to buy local crafts | Swap stories over a festive barbecue dinner on the beach.

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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Prices

From $4,198 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

(+$1,200 for sgl. occ.)

Internal air: $480


Premiere Hotels*

Hacienda AltaGracia
Hacienda AltaGracia

Pérez Zeledón (2 nights)

Rafiki Safari Lodge
Rafiki Safari Lodge

Savegre (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.

Hacienda AltaGracia

Hacienda AltaGracia

Pérez Zeledón (2 nights)

Surrounded by 350 lush hectares, this Auberge resort is an incredible mountain retreat with luxurious comforts and extraordinary views. (pool, spa)

Rafiki Safari Lodge

Rafiki Safari Lodge

Savegre (1 night)
* Casual Hotel

African-style luxury safari tents offer the ideal setting for enjoying the sights and sounds of the jungle. (pool)

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 Biking 8 100 18 1800
2 Walking/Hiking 3 500
Other Optional Zip-Lining, Horseback Riding or Hacienda Hike
3 Walking/Hiking 2 500 7 800
4 Walking/Hiking 2 100 3 800
Rafting on Río Savegre (2.5 Hours)
5 Walking/Hiking 1 100 3 600
Other Optional Surfing, Kayaking or Golf
6 Other Islita Pueblo Guided Walk (1 Hour)
 

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.

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

Oh, the Places You'll Go!

Backroads has been welcoming guests on multi-adventures in Costa Rica for two decades. Our Regional Expert has lived here for more than half that time, designing and leading trips – and raising a family near Manuel Antonio National Park. We've found the best hiking and biking routes, forged relationships with the most accomplished local guides and basically become part of the community – all so we can take you off the beaten path to discover the real 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.

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.

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.

The Right Local Pairings

Our Trip Leaders combine deep local expertise with a firm grasp of North American expectations around quality of service. By the same token, we pair experienced Backroads leaders with local guides who know how to cater to your needs while cracking open the culture or natural history in ways that are meaningful, memorable and often magical.

Choose Your Fellow Travelers

With Backroads you won't end up with kids on what you thought was an adult trip; we have exclusive departures for families, so they're off having their own adventures. As you browse our unrivaled selection of trips and dates, you can count on finding a trip in Costa Rica that's geared exclusively to your choice of traveling companions.

We Know Where We're Going

Tom Hale has been keeping Backroads on track, with one eye on the horizon, since 1979. His passion for active travel, and for ensuring the highest-quality travel experience, is evident in every detail we add to make a guest's trip unforgettable—and the fact he's right there in the office, making it happen. To hear Tom describe his vision, watch our video.  

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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.

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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