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.
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.
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.
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.
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.