What's the best way to experience Costa Rica? May we suggest: jungle hiking, mountain biking, surfing, Class III river rafting, toucan watching, howler monkey spotting, blue morpho butterfly viewing, fresh pineapple tasting, Costa Rican coffee sipping, Pacific breeze feeling, national park strolling, catch-of-the-day indulging, breathtaking vista gazing and deep deep sleeping. But that's just a suggestion.
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.
Mountain BikingCosta Rica is a world-renowned destination for numerous eco-adventures. However, due to Costa Rica’s tropical climate and under-developed infrastructure, road maintenance is a continual challenge and options for bike routes are limited. We’ve chosen the best route for your trip, with a combination of quieter dirt roads and more traveled paved options.
On-Your-Own ActivitiesDuring 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 as they’re not to everyone’s liking they’re not included in the cost of the trip and participation is at your own risk.
Days 1-2 Grab your paddles and explore the coastline in your sea kayak As you glide through the calm waters, soak up the gorgeous views of rock faces and lush forests Spot a wealth of wildlife with a local naturalist in Manuel Antonio National Park, from monkeys, lizards and iguanas to butterflies and toucans Craving a new perspective? Opt for a zip-line adventure through the jungle canopy.
Day 3 Put your legs in four-wheel drive for an epic hike off the beaten path In the beautiful Savegre Valley, a local friend invites us home for a Costa Rican snack Stop to visit a community project and cool off in a hidden cascade-fed swimming hole 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 Enjoy a toucan's-eye view during a scenic flight to the Nicoya Peninsula Bike along some of Costa Rica's most beautiful beaches and dramatic coastline Luxuriate at remote Hotel Punta Islita, an Andrew Harper favorite and heavenly tropical escape.
Days 5-6 Time by the pool, at the spa, on horseback or on a surfboard? Up to you! Hike up to a mirador for stellar vistas of the ocean On a visit to the Ara Project, learn about 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.
- Sea kayak along the Pacific coast, enjoying rain forest and mountain views
- Spot wonderful wildlife (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 great for swimming and surfing
- The secluded Hotel Punta Islita, an Andrew Harper favorite
Parador Resort & Spa (2 nights): A Spanish-style resort with peaceful views of the Manuel Antonio rain forest and the azure Pacific. (pool, spa, tennis)
Rafiki Safari Lodge (1 night): African-style luxury safari tents offer the ideal setting for enjoying the sights and sounds of the jungle. (pool)
Hotel 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, tennis, golf)
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.
Routes For All Abilities
|Daily Route Options|
|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|
|2||Kayaking||Around Quepos (2 Hours)|
|Other||Optional Zip-Lining, Surfing or Mangrove Tour|
|Rafting||On Río Savegre (2.5 Hours)|
|Other||Optional Surfing, Horseback Riding or Golf|
|6||Other||Islita Pueblo Guided Walk (1 Hour)|
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 20% dirt and 80% paved).
* Includes a shuttle
2015 Dates & Pricing*
- 8/17-22 Price: $3898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $950 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $560
- 12/18-23 Price: $3898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $950 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $560
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
2016 Dates & Pricing*
- 1/3-8 Price: $3698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $950 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $560
- 1/17-22 Price: $3698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $950 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $560
- 1/31-2/5 Price: $3698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $950 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $560
- 2/16-21 Price: $3698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $950 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $560
- 2/28-3/4 Price: $3698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $950 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $560
- 4/5-10 Price: $3698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $950 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $560
- 8/14-19 Price: $3698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $950 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $560
- 8/21-26 Price: $3698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $950 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $560
- 12/16-21 Price: $3698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $950 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $560
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
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 from $4,498 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests from $3,698 pp dbl. occ.|
|10 - 11 guests from $3,998 pp dbl. occ.|
|8 - 9 guests from $4,598 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests from $3,798 pp dbl. occ.|
|10 - 11 guests from $4,098 pp dbl. occ.|
For groups of 2 to 7 guests, please call for Custom Trip pricing.
Guest Trip Reviews
A magical journey exploring the extraordinary splendor of green and lush Costa Rica with kindred spirits...our fellow Backroaders! The story of this place, a natural, peaceful and biodiverse wilderness with beautiful vistas, protected rain forest canopies, river currents and azure seas plus the brilliant color of creatures and flora was impeccably presented by our exceptional leaders. Backroads is the essence of unsurpassed quality in their planning, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution of an adventure. Around every bend with Backroads there is consistently a sense of respect for our Earth and the warm hospitality of cultures with a true sense of community. Our highest commendation to everyone at Backroads!- Huntersville, NC
Fantastic trip. The best word is "seamless." Considering being in a foreign country, having to take plane rides, and multiple destinations and activities, things moved along like they were following a French train schedule. The accommodations were great; I loved the locales. I've already highly recommended Backroads to several people.- Lafayette, LA
This was simply the best vacation that I have taken to date, and it will be difficult to match or surpass it. The activities were challenging and fun; the location was beautiful; the group was wonderful; and the leaders were first-rate. Thank you!- Chicago, IL
A fantastic trip. The group was great and everything worked beautifully. To hike into Rafiki, and then to trudge down through the mud to the river where rafting guides are waiting, and then to get off the river and onto planes which take you to an unpaved airstrip on the beach where you can literally see your bikes from the air, lined up and waiting - that is vacation nirvana. And arranging a soccer game with the local kids was genius. When we were flying home, my kids said "Dad, I really feel like I 'get' what Costa Rica is all about from this trip." What could be better?- Beverly Hills, CA
It was really a fantastic trip for so many reasons. The people were fantastic. I loved how well organized the organization is in terms of trip planning and taking care of luggage and even daypacks. It was a real treat to really only have to think about what to wear that day. I loved all of the activities and what a great mix of activity and relaxation! Keeping busy by day and being at the pool by 4 or 5 for Happy Hour and dinner...! It almost made it all go by too fast. Backroads is definitely a quality organization and it is very impressive how many repeat vacationers there are - with good reason.- New York, NY
This trip was amazing! We especially loved the attention to detail, the outstanding service and fantastic itinerary!- Seattle, WA
Another outstanding Backroads experience - flawlessly executed by your amazing leaders. You guys pack more into five or six days without ever making guests feel rushed - including cultural contacts with the locals that would be impossible to arrange on one's own.- Raleigh, NC
It was great for our family! Wonderful guides, great staff everywhere, good fellow travelers, really lovely. Thank you!- Berkeley, CA
For a family of 22 individuals with ages spanning from 10 to 77, I can't believe EVERYONE had such a great time. So much so, that Grandpa has already okayed the planning for another family trip with Backroads for Christmas 2008. To put together a family trip like this where we have 3 generations and different levels of fitness and expectations and have everyone happy at the end of it is - well, it just blows my mind. I can't thank everyone at Backroads enough.- Old Greenwich, CT