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Costa Rica Walking & Hiking Tour
Costa Rica Walking & Hiking Tour

It’s been called the jewel of Central America—and you should see this gem up close. Admire its colors. The surreal blue of the Río Celeste, with hints of sapphire from motmots in the trees. Deep greens from the lush forests, with glimmers of ruby red from brightly colored hummingbirds. And like the finest jewels, there’s value in its clarity. Clarity that comes during a walk through the rain forest. While taking in the majesty of a steaming volcano. Or soaking in hot springs nestled in a forest oasis. Come discover Costa Rica, a crown jewel.

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.

Costa Rican Roads

Because of Costa Rica’s rugged terrain and heavy rains, road maintenance is a continual challenge. Please be prepared for shuttling on some bumpy roads and the occasional unexpected delay. Remember, it’s all part of the adventure!

Day 1 Dive right into daily life in rural Costa Rica with a visit to a local dairy farm—and sample the queso fresco!  Connect with the friendly and welcoming Costa Rican people on a hike along a local country road  Settle in at our secluded hotel, tucked into the lush rain forest.

Day 2 Discover Tenorio Volcano National Park, where monkeys, iguanas, sloths, butterflies and frogs are frequently spotted  Trek to Río Celeste and learn the secrets of its distinctive hue  Come face-to-face with the jaw-dropping Celeste Waterfall, whose surreal beauty you have to see to believe  Get a glimpse into a Tico family’s life with a homemade lunch and a tour of their sugar mill.

Day 3 Hike in the shadow of majestic Arenal Volcano  Listen for the call of howler monkeys and look for the scamper of capuchins as you walk through primary forest and cross hanging bridges  Take a private boat across Lake Arenal on a cruise that showcases the diversity of the surrounding landscape  Downtime at the geothermal hot springs, anyone?

Days 4-6 Join a special cooking class and savor Costa Rican specialties, from ceviche to patacones to flan  Weave through 500 pristine acres at El Silencio Reserve  Stunning Fortuna Waterfall, where you’re free to take a dip in the emerald water  It’s a short flight to the Guanacaste Province and our bohemian-chic hotel  Say adiós to Costa Rica with a stroll on the beach or a morning yoga session.

Trip Highlights
  • Turquoise Río Celeste and its spectacular waterfall
  • Get a taste of Tico life on hikes through the countryside and while sharing a meal with our local friends
  • A cruise across Lake Arenal, with magnificent Arenal Volcano always on the horizon
  • Spot howler monkeys, sloths and toucans as you traverse the rain forest on a network of hanging bridges
  • Beautiful beaches and stunning coastline await in Guanacaste Province
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Premiere Inns

Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel (2 nights): Nestled near the banks of the milky-blue Río Celeste, this secluded resort features chic casitas and a stylish lounge. (pool, spa)

Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens (1 night): Arenal Volcano is on display at this tranquil oasis, whose spacious bungalows each offer a private deck with whirlpool tub and a secluded outdoor shower. A Small Luxury Hotels of the World Member. Travel + Leisure World's Best. (pool, spa)

El Mangroove (2 nights): A hip boutique hotel set beside mangrove forests on the chocolate-sand shores of Playa Panama. (pool, spa)

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
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 6 500 9 800
2 4 1000 6 1300
3 6* 800 10* 2000
Cruise on Lake Arenal (30 Minutes)
4 2 300 4 400 7 800
5 2 400 3 700
Cooking Class (3 Hours)
6 1 0
Morning Yoga (1 Hour)

* Includes a shuttle

2015 Dates & Pricing*

  • 12/18-23 Price: $3998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $780 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $390
  • 12/31-1/5 Price: $3998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $780 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $390

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.

2016 Dates & Pricing*

  • 1/10-15 Price: $3598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $780 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $390
  • 1/24-29 Price: $3598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $780 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $390
  • 2/7-12 Price: $3598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $780 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $390
  • 2/21-26 Price: $3598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $780 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $390
  • 12/21-26 Price: $3798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $780 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $390
  • 12/30-1/4 Price: $3798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $780 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $390

*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 $4,398 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $3,598 pp dbl. occ.
10 - 11 guests from $3,898 pp dbl. occ.
Internal flights from $390.

For groups of 2 to 7 guests, please call for Custom Trip pricing.

Guest Trip Reviews

We're thrilled to add this updated Walking & Hiking trip to our collection of adventures in Costa Rica. We'll trek through rain forests to view incredible wildlife and explore the diverse landscape surrounding Arenal Volcano. You'll have the chance to experience Costa Rican life in depth with visits to local farms - and even a cooking class! And a hike along the Río Celeste is a can't miss, especially for views of the Celeste Waterfall, one of Costa Rica's most spectacular hidden treasures.
Pam Fritz- Regional Manager, Central America