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

Walk/Hike
Bike
Kayak
Raft
Stand-Up Paddleboard
Yoga

Rain Forest, Rivers & the Pacific Coast

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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.

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Highlights

  • 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
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Itinerary

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. 

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.

Day 4 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.

Days 5-6 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.

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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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.

2019 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests Guests: from $3,099 pp dbl occ
  • 8-9 Guests: from $3,699 pp dbl occ
  • 2-7 Guests: Give us a call or reach out here!

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Casual & Premiere Hotels*

Rio Perdido, Costa Rica
Río Perdido

Bagaces (2 nights)

Arenal Kioro, Costa Rica
Arenal Kioro

La Fortuna (1 night)

* Casual Plus
El Mangroove, Costa Rica
El Mangroove

Gulf of Papagayo (2 nights)

* Premiere Hotel

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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Casual & 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.

Rio Perdido, Costa Rica

Río Perdido

Bagaces (2 nights)

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)

Arenal Kioro, Costa Rica

Arenal Kioro

La Fortuna (1 night)
* Casual Plus

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

El Mangroove, Costa Rica

El Mangroove

Gulf of Papagayo (2 nights)
* Premiere Hotel

A hip boutique hotel set beside mangrove forests on the chocolate-sand shores of Playa Panamá. (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 1 200
Rafting Tenorio River Class III and IV Rapids (Half Day)
2 Walking/Hiking 3* 200 4 400
3 Biking 7 400 17 1400 22 1700
Walking/Hiking 2 300
4 Walking/Hiking 3 1000 5 1600
Other Cooking Demonstration (2 Hours)
5 Kayaking or Stand-Up Paddleboarding at Papagayo Bay (Half Day)
6 Other Morning Yoga (1 Hour)
 

Note:

* 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 may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies and other external factors.

Meals

All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners

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 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.

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.

Leaders Focused on Families

When everyone's together, there's lots going on; and when kids' and adults' priorities diverge, it can seem like two different trips. That's why our Family Adventures in Costa Rica have three Trip Leaders—including a dedicated Kids Activity Expert who regularly takes younger travelers off to do their own thing. Other companies try to get by with two leaders; we step up and do it right. For more on our family focus, check this out.

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.

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.

Like You, We're Family Experts

At Backroads we've honed our expertise in active family travel over many years and a lot of trips. We host at least 20 times more family guests than any other active company, so we're constantly gaining new insights that make our trips even better. Detailed planning, behind-the scenes logistics, unrivaled support from three Trip Leaders—all backed by a team that proudly creates the kind of experiences we'd want to share with our own families.

Time Together, Time Apart

Backroads is the leader in designing trips that ensure everyone, young and young-at-heart alike, has an amazing time. Your Backroads Family Adventure balances family activities with diversions designed exclusively for the kids—giving the adults a welcome break from making decisions, other than choosing whether to explore a few more miles or just enjoy each other's company. A family vacation where everyone gets to relax, recharge and have fun – what a concept!

We Live in the Neighborhood

Our Trip Leaders in Costa Rica live in the area and are deeply engaged in their communities, giving them unique inside knowledge they're happy to share in making your experience that much richer. They'll introduce you to people, customs and parts of town you'd likely never encounter on your own—and teach you a few local phrases to help break the ice.

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.

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.

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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