Group of Backroads guests rafting in Costa Rica
Red parrot in Costa Rica
Jungle in Costa Rica
Monkeys, Costa Rica Rainforest
Jungle volcano in Costa Rica
Backroads leaders in Costa Rica in front of a waterfall
Sloth hanging from a branch in Costa Rica
Costa Rica Family Multi-Adventure Tours - Older Teens & 20s
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Costa Rica Family Multi-Adventure Tour – Older Teens & 20s

Rain Forest, Rivers & the Pacific Coast

Come play with us in Costa Rica! On this action-packed journey, you'll experience many of this nation's precious ecosystems firsthand. Marvel at a unique volcano, bask on sandy beaches, venture through lush jungles, dip your toes in a natural hot spring, encounter wildlife at every turn and enjoy a rich array of activities, from rafting to hiking and kayaking.

THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights

ACCOMMODATIONS: Casual Plus & Premiere Hotels*

FROM: $4,599 pp dbl occ
Plus $210 internal air
($830 for sgl occ)

Special Kids Prices
Stand-Up Paddleboard

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Start/End Liberia

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

  • Raft the white-water rapids of the thrilling Río Tenorio and discover the region's magnificent flora and fauna
  • Hike to a viewpoint above Río Perdido and gaze over Miravalles, Rincón de la Vieja and Tenorio Volcanoes
  • Bike around tranquil Lake Arenal and then soak in our hotel's natural thermal pools surrounded by jungle
  • Learn the secrets to perfecting delicious Costa Rican cuisine in an exclusive hands-on cooking class
Costa Rica Multi-Adventure Tour
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Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Casual Plus & Premiere Hotels*
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2

Discover the volcanic and rain forest wonders of Costa Rica's Guanacaste province | Make a splash in white-water rafts on a thrilling Class III–IV trip down the Río Tenorio | Hike to a viewpoint showcasing the region's magnificent volcanoes | Soak in the healing waters of natural spring-fed thermal baths | Feel as though you have the forest all to yourself at our chic jungle oasis. 

Rio Perdido Hotel, Costa Rica
Rio Perdido
| Casual Plus Hotel

Tucked away in the forest on a peninsula between Río Blanco and Río Perdido, this hotel offers chic and modern bungalow-style room as well as unparalleled access to nature adventures. (pool, spa)

Day 3

Bike a picturesque route around Lake Arenal's lush northeasten shore | From palms and ferns to jungle critters and toucans, this ride has no shortage of incredible flora and fauna | Gaze at Arenal Volcano's majestic peak as you pedal (clouds permitting!) | Hike through the forest canopy on a series of hanging bridges and experience the rain forest with a bird's-eye view | Unwind in our hotel's inviting geothermal pools.

Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel
Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel
Rio Perdido

Nestled near the banks of the milky‐blue Río Celeste, this secluded resort features chic casitas and a stylish lounge. (pool, spa)

Days 4-6

Venture through the lush habitat of sloths, monkeys, toucans and lizards | Hike to the emerald pools of stunning La Fortuna waterfall | Master local specialties like ceviche and patacones in a hands-on cooking class | A private charter plane whisks us to the beautiful beaches of the Pacific coast | Enjoy sunset views and a beachfront meal of exceptional Latin-fusion delicacies | Grab a paddle and sea kayak or paddleboard and explore the coastline on calm crystalline waters | Optional on-your-own activities abound! Soak up some sun, learn how to surf, zip-line through a forest or swim in the Pacific | Rejuvenate with a yoga class or a morning stroll down to the sea.

El Mangroove, Costa Rica
El Mangroove
Gulf of Papagayo
| *Premiere Hotel

A hip boutique hotel set beside mangrove forests on the chocolate-sand shores of Playa Panamá. (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.

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Activity Level: 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. LEARN MORE.

Day 1
on the Tenorio River (half day)
Day 2
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles | 200 ft. gain
Level 2 | 4 miles | 400 ft. gain
On-Your-Own Activities in Río Perdido (half day)
Day 3
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 3 miles | 800 ft. gain
Level 2 | 4 miles | 1000 ft. gain
Day 4
Level 1 | 17 miles* | 1400 ft. gain
Level 2 | 22 miles | 1700 ft. gain
Flight & Shuttle to Papagayo Bay (1.5 hours)
Day 5
(2 hours)
Animal Sanctuary Visit (45 minutes)
Day 6
(1 hour)
*Includes shuttle.

What's Included

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.

Touring Bike

A proven classic, our most popular custom-designed titanium bike is suited for a wide range of cyclists. It features a comfortable ergonomic seat and a long wheel base that add to the bike’s control and stability.

Also Included

  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 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 8-14 passengers. These flights occasionally experience delays or cancellations due to inclement weather. In the rare instance a flight is cancelled we are prepared to travel by land.

Easygoing Adventure

Costa Rica is world-renowned for numerous ecoadventures; however, due to the tropical climate and under-developed infrastructure road maintenance is a continual challenge and options for bike routes are limited. As a result, we've paired our core activities with ones that are suited to this destination, such as zip-lining and rafting. The level of these activities combined with enough downtime to relax and take advantage of the hotels, will be the ideal way to experience la pura vida.

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.

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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