Backpacking Tour in Costa Rica

Trip code: CRBC

Trip Highlights

  • Savor the awesome flavors of the Afro-Caribbean cuisine.
  • Lay back and relax in the hot spring of Arenal Volcano.
  • Surf the amazing swells of Montezuma.
  • Hangout like a hippie in the Nicoya Peninsula.
  • Get your adrenaline pumping rappelling down a waterfall.

Tour Details


All you perky 20-somethings and swaggy 30-somethings, if you’re looking to add an extra zing to your Central American adventure (mind it-on a budget) let us swoop in and bring Costa Rica to you in a nutshell! This week-long trip certainly goes right by its name as it covers all the highlights of Costa Rica, from the neoclassical city of San Jose to the looming Arenal Volcano in La Fortuna. In the final leg of the trip, things will get hotter as we head to the boho-chic beach town of Montezuma and experience its artsy-rootsy beach culture. From amazing beach parties to hangouts with Rastafarians- “there’s no better ting mahn” than getting your Rasta swag on with these cool localities! Adventure is a word that synonymizes with the country of Costa Rica and adventure will always find you in every nook and corner of the country, no matter where you’ve set your eyes on! Get-set-go Costa Rica and add another notch to your travelogue with an amazing Latin adventure!


Day 1 - Kickoff from San Jose

Arrive in San José at any time and head out on your own to explore this uber cool city. San Jose has lots to offer, so buckle up and get to exploring! Check into the hotel and work off your jet lag, the adventure begins tonight with a welcome meet with the group in the evening.

Day 2 - Head out to La Fortuna

Gear up adventure seekers for you’re off to the base of adventure today. This town near the Arenal Volcano offers a wide spread of adventure activities that give you more than your fix of adrenaline. Swim in the chilly La Fortuna waterfall or go for a thrilling night hike around the foot of the volcano. 

Day 3 - Fun time in La Fortuna

You’ve got the entire day to yourself to experience all that La Fortuna has to offer! From plenty of adventure activities like Canyoneering, Volcano Park hikes to relax-session in hot springs and soothing swims in waterfalls! You’re all set to have an amazing day out in La Fortuna!

Day 4 - Travel to Montezuma

Travel out to the Nicoya Peninsula and make your way to the endearing beach town of Montezuma!

Day 5 - 6 All about Montezuma

Fell the boho vibe in the beach haven of Montezuma, stroll along the rugged coastline, and live it up with the eccentric locals and the neo-Rastafarians on the amazing beaches! Try your hands at surfing the amazing swells or get your tan on, Montezuma is going to be your paradise for the next 2 days. 

You can also head out to the Cabo Blanco National Park to experience the amazing wildlife or even opt to a day trip out to the beautiful Isla Tortuga and get your thrill on with activities like Boogie-boarding, scuba-diving, ATV etc. Make the best of your free time here and keep ticking things off your wanderlist!

Day 7 - Make your way back to San Jose

Bid goodbye to the hippie-paradise of Montezuma and get ready to travel back to the capital city. Once there, gear up for a fun night of partying and an amazing last night out in San Jose.

Day 8 - Depart from San Jose or embark on another adventure

Every good thing comes to an end and so has this trip! You can depart at any time and hop on your homebound flight. But if you’re not ready to leave yet, you can simply choose from any of our trips or talk to your trip coordinator to help make arrangements for your journey ahead! 

For those who are leaving, Adios, we’ll miss you!

Dates & Cost

Price Includes
  • Accommodations in hotels/hostels
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Price Excludes
  • International/Domestic Airfare.
  • Visa Fees.
  • Insurance expenses (can be purchased from us at minimal cost).
  • Cost of Vaccinations.
  • Additional tours and activities (not included as paid for in the itinerary).
  • Airport transfers (available at extra cost). 
  • Meals



Accommodation - Hotels (11 nts), rustic jungle lodge (2 nts).

Hotels vary greatly throughout Central America and even within Costa Rica depending on the location. We do our best to pick comfortable accommodations, but in popular locations options can be limited and we often use various different hotel depending on seasonality. It also is important to remember that hot water shortages and power outages can be fairly common, even in upgraded hotels. We appreciate your patience and understanding that these occurrences are outside of our control. In Tortuguerro National Park we stay in a remote jungle Lodge that is only reachable by boat. Rooms are simple, with ensuite, electricity and hotel water, but due to this remote location, there can sometimes be interruptions to services. There is no A/C but each room has large-screened windows and ceiling fans to catch the breeze off the Caribbean Sea. While at the lodge during your downtime, you can enjoy the pool, bar or beach. The stunning location, wildlife and natural beauty of the location more than makes up for a few minor inconveniences. Please also note that La Fortuna and Monteverde have fairly small centres with shopping and some great restaurants, but most of the upgraded accommodations in these areas are located outside of the main town centre - to take better advantage of the natural beauty of these areas. Taxis are readily available in both areas.


Meals Included - 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with Go Discover Abroad you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. The above information applies to Go Discover Abroad group trips. Please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.