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Costa Rica Family Multisport Tour

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Trip Highlights
  • Kids paint their own Boruca masks with an indigenous artist
  • Watch for signs of life from the volcano while hiking, biking and soaking in hot springs
  • Manuel Antonio National Park's wealth of wildlife: monkeys, lizards, sloths, kingfishers and more
  • Sea-kayak across a bay to a beautiful remote beach
  • Befriend furry and feathery critters at a wildlife rescue center

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From the Cloud Forest to Arenal Volcano & the Pacific Coast

With over a quarter of its land protected in parks and preserves, Costa Rica is paradise for anyone who loves wildlife and outdoor adventure. Howler monkeys scamper through the trees, and keel-billed toucans color the sky against a natural backdrop of a majestic volcano, a magnificent lake, flowing rivers and lush greenery. Jungle hikes, mountain biking and a kayaking adventure expose you to the region's incredible biodiversity, from the Los Angeles Cloud Forest to Arenal Volcano National Park and the Pacific coast. Your family is sure to have fun, relax and learn the true meaning of pura vida!

Day 1 Hike through the Los Angeles Cloud Forest, where an interpretive walk showcases a spectacular array of plants and animals Jump-start the day with a tour (and tasting!) at a coffee plantation  Visit a hummingbird sanctuary and perhaps even feed them by hand.

Days 2-3 Hot springs soaking and volcano gazing  Befriend furry and feathery characters at a wildlife rescue center Bike rolling paved roads flanked by plantations of papaya, sugarcane and yucca to La Fortuna, nestled near the foot of Arenal Volcano  Take in scenic lake views on a private cruise on Lake Arenal  Fly through the treetops on a zip-line, indulge in a massage or simply relax by the pool.

Day 4 Kids check out snakes, frogs and butterflies at a serpentarium while adults trek across a lava field in Arenal Volcano National Park  Our private charter plane whisks us to the white-sand beaches of Quepos  Look for fast-moving basilisk lizards, blue morpho butterflies and endangered squirrel monkeys on our walk in La Foresta Reserve.

Days 5-6 In Manuel Antonio National Park, discover white-faced monkeys swinging in the branches and prehistoric-looking iguanas slithering up tree trunks Kids paint their own Boruca masks with an indigenous artist  While away the afternoon soaking up the sun or splashing in the waves of the Pacific Sea-kayak on calm crystalline waters that lead to a secluded beach.

Guests Reviews About This Trip

We had an amazing time! Backroads is seamless in its transition from activity to activity, and really allows one to experience a variety of things in one packed trip, without any stress! It's my favorite way to travel!
Marguerite Lucas - Mountain Brook, AL
This trip is a cultural smorgasborg, full of different interesting ecologic environments, people, and activities. It was a wonderful introduction to Costa Rica.
Patrick Osgood - Reno, NV
This trip was fantastic and executed flawlessly by the Backroads leaders and in-country support team. They made it easy to let go and relax and just enjoy the activities and the amazing beauty of this country. We had great opportunities to see and enjoy the country's wildlife in its natural habitats.
Nancy Boughton - Santa Clara, CA

Casual Inns

Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel & Nature Reserve
Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel & Nature Reserve

Los Angeles Cloud Forest (1 night) This eco-conscious hotel features charming casitas, each with a splendid view of the cloud forest. (spa)

Hotel Mountain Paradise
Hotel Mountain Paradise

La Fortuna (2 nights) When skies are clear, relish unobstructed views of Arenal Volcano from this hilltop resort. (pool, spa)

Si Como No Resort
Si Como No Resort

Manuel Antonio (2 nights) Surrounded by lush tropical jungle above the Pacific Ocean and Manuel Antonio National Park, this inviting boutique hotel has been recognized for its ongoing commitment to sustainability. (pool, spa)

Private Trips Options & Pricing

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 any open date for your group of 8 or more except for trips departing during the last two weeks of December, where a 16 guest minimum is required. Call us for date availability.

Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)

8 - 9 guests $3,698 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests $2,798 pp dbl. occ.
10 - 11 guests $3,398 pp dbl. occ.
Internal flights from $200.

For groups of 2 to 7 guests, please call for Custom Trip pricing.
Youth savings do not apply to Private Trips.

This Trip Is Rated Level 1-3

Routes For All Abilities
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
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
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1 Walking/Hiking 2 100
Walking/Hiking 2 300
2 Biking 6* 800 16* 1500 21 2400
3 Biking 10* 800 17 1700
Other Boat ride on Lake Arenal (30 Minutes)
Other Optional Zip-Lining or Hiking
4 Walking/Hiking 2 300
Walking/Hiking 3 100
Kids Serpentarium Cisit (1 Hour)
5 Walking/Hiking 2 100
Walking/Hiking 4 300
Other Optional Surfing, Mangrove Tour or Horseback Riding
Kids Mask Painting
6 Kayaking Around Quepos (2 Hours)

On this trip, we'll be using titanium mountain bikes that are just right for the non-technical dirt road riding as well as the paved riding. (approximately 10% dirt and 90% paved).

There is a lot to experience in Costa Rica and this trip is nothing short of action-packed! We have kept route distances short to ensure you have plenty of time to take advantage of the multitude of activities available. While distances suggest a Level 1-2 trip, we've rated it 1-3 instead, due to the abundance of activities, as well as the heat, which require a bit more get-up-and-go. Please note that Route Ratings are for single sport activities and may not reflect the level of combined activities.

* Includes a shuttle

For 35 years, Backroads has been perfecting the art of active travel. We are the Costa Rica tour experts. See our award-winning Latin America multisport tours, Latin America biking tours and Latin America walking and hiking tours.


Casual Inns

6 days, 5 nights
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Trip Price**
  • $2,798 to $3,298 pp dbl. occ.
  • (+$520 to $530 for sgl. occ.)
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All meals included except 1 lunch, 1 dinner

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