Discover the Arenal Volcano, Cloud Forest and Pacific Coast
Duration: 6 Days & 5 Nights
Exotic, beautiful and exhilarating, our Costa Rica multisport bike tour features tropical rides with exciting stops along the way. You’ll begin your week with a rafting trip down the incredible Rio Balsa. As the week goes on you will discover the ancient secrets of chocolate on a rainforest chocolate tour, enjoy a boat cruise across Lake Arenal, hike and zip line through the Cloud Forest, take a surfing lesson and watch a Pacific Ocean sunset from the back of a horse. All this in addition to a variety of rides that get you up close to the Costa Rican countryside. Join us for an unforgettable week in one of the most diverse and picturesque places on earth.
Day 1 Whitewater rafting on the Rio Balsa
Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Hampton Inn & Suites at 8:45 AM on the first day of the trip. You’ll transfer one and a half hours to Bajo Rodriguez where, once at the river, you’ll meet your unforgettable raft guides, who’ll show you the ropes of rafting before putting on the water. Please have your rafting day bag easily accessible, separate from your luggage (non-cotton clothing and water shoes that will stay on your feet); you will have the opportunity to change into your rafting clothes once you arrive at the put-in. There are no dull moments today, as you will experience an exciting variety of Class II and Class III rapids in 9.5 miles as you pass through a tropical wilderness on a river fed by waters flowing from the Poás Volcano. There will be stops along the way to swim in the river’s calmer sections. Afterwards, you’ll enjoy an authentic Costa Rican lunch at a local organic farm, where your raft guides become your farm guides and show you what ecotourism means to them. After this exhilarating adventure you will take a final brief shuttle to your hotel, where you can relax in the pool or jacuzzi while taking in stunning views of the Arenal Volcano (please note that the Alternate Property used on the March 15th departure, Brisas Arenal, does not have a pool or jacuzzi ). Reconvene with your companions for a social hour and dinner as your guides fill you in on the details of the adventures to follow.
Whitewater Rafting on the Rio Balsa
Casa Luna Hotel & Spa
Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner
Day 2 Sonafluca loop, rainforest chocolate tour and private boat cruise across Lake Arenal
After breakfast, your Trek Travel guides will fit you to your bike for the week and describe what to expect on today’s ride. Then you’ll hop on the bikes and ride to the small pueblo of Sonafluca, crossing over a few beautiful rivers along the way, while Arenal Volcano looms behind you. After the bike ride, you will have time to shower and change before checking out of the hotel. A visit to Rainforest Chocolate is up next, where you’ll take part in a tour to learn about the origin and history of the cacao tree, from the harvesting of the fruit to the drying and grinding of the seed. You will discover the ancient secrets of chocolate and of course, enjoy high-quality organic chocolate followed by a picnic lunch provided by your Trek Travel guides. Then, after a brief shuttle, you will board a private boat and cruise across beautiful Lake Arenal toward your next hotel, nestled high in the Monteverde Cloud Forest (a two hour shuttle follows the boat ride- this shuttle is on winding dirt roads into the mountains). Tonight, you’ll savor a special dinner at the hotel, admiring views of the distant Gulf of Nicoya from the deck of the Celajes Restaurant
Approximately 15 miles with 815 feet of climbing
Rainforest Chocolate Tour
Lake Arenal Boat Transfer
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Day 3 Enjoy a natural history hike and take a canopy zip line through the Cloud Forest
The sky is the limit today, as you begin your morning with a guided natural history hike in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Learn what makes Costa Rica one of the most biologically diverse countries on earth as a local guide leads the way through this unique ecosystem. After the hike, reset and refuel at a lunch spot of your choosing in downtown Santa Elena and take a little time to explore this small mountain town. Then we’ll head on to an adrenaline-filled afternoon at one of Costa Rica’s longest zip lines, through the beautiful canopy of the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve. This world-famous area is 90% virgin forest. After your zip lining adventure, you’ll shuttle back to the hotel, which offers a complimentary yoga class mid-afternoon to guests of the hotel. Tonight, you may dine at your leisure at the hotel in the Celajes Restaurant (the dinner is included in the price of your trip, but you are free to eat at the time of your choosing). For this portion of the trip it is advisable to pack long pants and rain jacket for the daytime activities and a sweater or jacket for the evenings, as the temperatures can be quite cool in the evenings and the weather is often intermittently rainy.
Monteverde Cloud Forest Guided Natural History Hike Approximately 2.5 hours
Canopy Tree Zip line & Tarzan Swing
Breakfast | Dinner
Day 4 Get to know one of Costa Rica’s best-kept secrets: the beachside paradise of Nosara and Playa Guiones
After another truly memorable Costa Rican breakfast on the terrace of Hotel Belmar, your destination today is the Pacific coast. The day begins with a 3.5-hour shuttle down from the mountains into the warmer, dryer Guanacaste Peninsula (this shuttle begins and ends on dirt roads, with a bit less than half of the drive on paved roads). The shuttle ends at your next hotel, The Gardens, where we’ll enjoy lunch on the open terrace and then change into cycling gear. From Playa Guiones you can pedal north along the coast past small communities along a rural dirt road to Playa Ostional, a protected black-sand beach known around the world for it’s nesting sea turtles. You’ll then turn back south to Guiones, the vibrant beachside community of the Nosara area where you’ll spend the next two nights. This evening is yours to explore and your guides will have some recommendations to help you choose the best spot to suit your tastebuds!
Playa Guiones to Ostional Return
Approximately 14 miles with 835 feet of climbing
The Gardens Hotel
Breakfast | Lunch
Day 5 Enjoy a surfing lesson on Playa Guiones and a sunset horseback ride on Playa Pelada
Relax poolside over another fresh breakfast including “gallo pinto,” or rice and beans–a Costa Rican breakfast staple which may be one of your favorites by now. Then it’s time to head down to Playa Guiones for a surfing lesson at one of the most consistent and best ‘beach breaks’ a beginner could ask for. If surfing isn’t up your alley, you can choose to sign up for a yoga class at one of Nosara’s renowned studios (not included in the price of the trip), stroll along the beach, or simply lounge by the saltwater pool at our hotel. The day is yours to enjoy and explore how you would like. This afternoon you’ll have the option to get back on the saddle – but this time on horseback – as our friends from Playa Ponies guide you through lush jungle trails and along the Nosara River as you head to your final destination, the pristine beach of Playa Pelada. Here, you’ll admire the sunset while celebrating the last night of your Costa Rican adventure at La Luna, the best beachfront restaurant in town.
Enjoy the waves at Playa Guiones
Sunset Beach Horseback Ride
The Gardens Hotel
Breakfast | Social Hour | Dinner
You will say farewell to your guides at 7:00 AM at The Gardens Hotel. From here, you may extend your stay in the Nosara area or return to San José via flight or shuttle. Trek Travel will provide one shuttle to the Nosara Airport, arriving around 7:15 AM or you can take our shuttle all the way back to Alajuela/San José. This shuttle can take from 4 to 6 hours. Sansa is an in-country airline that offers daily flights from the Nosara Airport to San José, departing at 8:00am and 5:00pm. Visit www.flysansa.com for more details and to book your flight. Book far in advance as flights sell out and be sure to check the baggage restrictions. If you chose to take the Trek Travel shuttle back to Alajuela, we strongly suggest spending the night near the airport and booking a flight for the following morning. It is very risky to book an evening flight from San José, as traffic and road conditions on the drive back from Nosara are unpredictable.
Feb 16-21/2020 Guaranteed $2999 USD/person, double occupancy
Feb 23-28/2020 Guaranteed $2999 USD/person, double occupancy/Hotel Variation: The Living Hotel
You will stay here in place of The Gardens Hotel on a select 2020 date.
Mar 1-6/2020 Guaranteed $2999 USD/person, double occupancy
Mar 8-13/2020 Guaranteed $2999 USD/person, double occupancy
Mar 15-20/2020 Guaranteed $2999 USD/person, double occupancy/Hotel Variation: Brisas Arenal
You will stay here in place of the Casa Luna Hotel & Spa on a select 2020 date.
Mar 22-27/2020 Guaranteed $2999 USD/person, double occupancy
Single Occupancy from: +$500 USD
- 5 nights of accommodation at handpicked hotels
- Two experienced guides to provide local knowledge, support, and camaraderie
- Daily route support with both guides and our support van
- Daily breakfast, 3 lunches and 4 dinners
- 2 social hours of drinks and hors d’oeuvres
- Ride a Trek X-Caliber 9 mountain bike
- Snacks and drinks for each day’s ride
- Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey to keep
- Trek Travel water bottles to keep
- Each offers something special and unique. Rest your head in a spacious room in the shadow of Arenal Volcano; a family-owned eco-friendly hotel on a mountaintop near the Monteverde Reserve; and a comfortable retreat in the heart of Guiones.
Trek X-Caliber 9
- Trek X-Caliber 9 mountain bike
- Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey to keep
- Trek Travel water bottles to keep
- Bontrager helmet and saddle
- Flat pack
- Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Your coupon will be delivered via email prior to your trip.
- You may bring your own pedals and saddle on the trip. Your guides will install your gear on the first day during your bike fit.
What’s Not Included
Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. We recommend tipping 7.5-10% of your trip price for the guide team. Local currency is preferred and unless you want to tip separately, guides will divide tips amongst themselves. Getting cash from ATMs can sometimes be a challenge in Costa Rica, so you may consider bringing along cash for this purpose, or using an alternative method such as PayPal or Venmo. Please tip your guides at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care and service.
- Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
- Lodging before and after the trip
- Personal items purchased during the trip
- Optional activities not scheduled by provider
On select trips some meals are not included explore the local cuisine at your leisure.