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Family: Costa Rica Multisport

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Family: Costa Rica Multisport

Multisport Coast to Coast Adventure

Not your typical family time.

Exotic, beautiful, and exhilarating, our Costa Rica multisport family bike tour is full of tropical rides with thrills and surprises for the whole family. You'll pedal along the Caribbean, play wtih monkeys, pet a three-toed sloth, learn to surf, and zip-line in the Cloud Forest. There's so much to see. And so much to discover as a family.

From

$3499PP

Group Discounts [?]

Rider Type [?]

2

Recreational

Hotel Style [?]

Explorer

 

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Duration

7 days | 6 nights
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Start | End

Alajuela, Costa Rica | Nosara, Costa Rica

Dates

2015
Mar

Daily Itinerary


Day

1

Today's Activity:

Whitewater Rafting
Reventazón or Pacuare River (age dependent)

Description:

You'll shuttle to Siquirres for your first “Tico"-style breakfast before driving to the banks of the Rio Pacuare. You’ll raft the Class II-IV rapids of the Pacuare with river guides, finishing with a Tico lunch at an indigenous site on the banks of the river and then a hike to a nearby waterfall where you can go for a swim and maybe catch a monkey or sloth in action. Later you'll have a chance to relax and freshen up before being shuttled to our hotel further along the Caribbean Coast, where you'll reconvene with your family and new friends for dinner as your guides fill you in on the details of the adventures to follow.

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Hotel:

Le Caméléon Hotel
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Included Meals:

Lunch | Social | Dinner


Day

2

Today's Ride:

Playa Cocles to Playa Manzanillo Return
Approximately 12 miles

Avid Option:

Playa Cocles to Playa Manzanillo to Puerto Viejo Return
Approximately 17 miles

Today's Activity:

Jaguar Rescue Center | Guided Hike to "secret" local's point

Description:

After a "gallo pinto" breakfast, your guides will fit you with your bike, then it's a short ride to the Jaguar Rescue Center, a foundation for the rehabilitation and reintroduction of animals to their natural habitats. Play with monkeys, pet sloths, admire the wild cats, check out the size of the venomous snakes and more. You'll hop back on your bikes for a ride to Playa Manzanillo, where a gourmet Trek Travel lunch awaits. Then, head out on a hike over mud-covered coconuts with mind-blowing views. Spend the afternoon on our exclusive beach before enjoying an evening that is yours to explore.

Hotel:

Le Caméléon Hotel
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch


Day

3

Today's Ride:

La Fortuna to Arenal Dam
Approximately 11 miles

Today's Activity:

Private Charter Plane Limon to Arenal | Boat Cruise across Lake Arenal

Description:

This morning you'll bid farewell to the Caribbean in style as a private charter plane whisks you to the home of the Arenal Volcano. You'll stop in La Fortuna for a lunch of your choice before riding toward Arenal Dam, a hydroelectric project run by the Costa Rican government which once provided electricity to the whole country. Enjoy breathtaking views dominated by the imposing (and sometimes active) Arenal Volcano in the distance. After the ride you'll leave the bikes to hop on a boat and cruise across Lake Arenal toward your next hotel, nestled high in the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Tonight, you and your family will enjoy dinner at the chalet with views of the Pacific.

Hotel:

Hotel Belmar
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Dinner


Day

4

Today's Ride:

Monteverde Loop
Approximately 5 miles

Today's Activity:

Canopy Zipline & Tarzan Swing | Don Juan's Coffee, Chocolate & Sugarcane Tasting & Tour

Description:

The sky is the limit today - with an adrenaline-filled Cloud Forest canopy tour on Costa Rica's longest zipline, stretching 2 miles over the dense forest. After your zip-lining adventure, you’ll stop with your companions at "Sabor Tico," our favorite locals spot for lunch, before heading off to learn and taste your way through a coffee, chocolate and sugarcane tour. You’ll then put that sugar-high energy into the bikes and explore the rugged beauty of Monterverde. Tonight, Mom and Dad have the night off to enjoy a date in the town while the kids enjoy a pizza party with the guides.

Hotel:

Hotel Belmar
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch


Day

5

Today's Ride:

Las Rocas to Playa Garza
Approximately 18 miles

Short Option:

Playa Samara to Playa Garza
Approximately 10 miles

Description:

Your destination today is Guanacaste, starting with a shuttle to our friend Adrian's family-owned "soda", Las Rocas, where you'll grab a snack and change into cycling gear. You’ll pedal to the sea through small villages, and descend to the coast into Playa Garza, a small fishing village. You’ll then meet Pilo, a local fisherman, and his family who will host a beach cookout of just-caught fish and the freshest ceviche you'll ever taste. While the children bodysurf, you can sit back in the hand-carved wooden lounge chairs made by Pilo and enjoy an ice cold Imperial beer or "pipa." After, the cookout, you'll head to the next hotel where you and your family can make the evening your own.

Hotel:

Living Hotel
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch


Day

6

Today's Activity:

Surf Lessons | Yoga | Sunset Horseback Riding

Description:

The day is yours and your family's to enjoy and explore as you'd like. Choose to start your day with a private family surfing lesson at one of the most consistent and best 'beach breaks' a beginner could learn to "hang ten" at, or sign up for a family fun yoga class by one of Nosara's renowned instructors. Explore the village of Playa Guiones and indulge in a well-deserved lunch from Beach Dog Cafe or Robin's, to name a few favorites. This evening you'll have the choice to get back in the saddle - but this time on horseback - as our friends from Playa Ponies guide you through lush jungle trails and along the river as you head to the pristine beach of your final destination, Playa Pelada, where we'll convene with the group. Here, while the children admire the purple crabs that emerge in the night, you'll celebrate the last night of your Costa Rican adventure at "La Luna", the best beachfront restaurant in town.

Hotel:

Living Hotel
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Social | Dinner


Day

7


Description:

This is your last day with newfound friends to enjoy your hotel's specialty breakfast and take one more splash in the Pacific Ocean.

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Included Meals:

Breakfast



Dates & Pricing

CURRENT PRICING AVAILABLE UNTIL OCTOBER 1ST

We reward our guests with lower pricing and more dates to choose from the earlier you book. Rest assured, once you book your price and date are guaranteed.

2015


Mar
15th - 21st / 7 days / 6 nights
$3499 / Person, $850 / Single OCC. / Children 9-12 $2,799 / 13-18 $3,150
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Hotels

co-cameleon

Le Caméléon Hotel

Cocles, Costa Rica

Le Caméléon hotel lies where the forest meets the sea. This fabulous boutique hotel looks out over Cocles beach, one of the area´s most beautiful sea views of golden sand surrounded by lush vegetation. Le Caméléon has modern rooms, crafted in pure whites with vibrant touches of color, offering a sleek design that is as stylish as it is comfortable. Sit on your terrace overlooking the jungle foliage and listen to the distant sounds of howler monkeys or take a walk in the immaculately manicured tropical gardens.
Hotel Belmar on Trek Travel Costa Rica bike tour

Hotel Belmar

Monteverde, costa rica

Located in Costa Rica's lush Cloud Forest amid the mountaintops of the Monteverde Reserve, Hotel Belmar offers guests a truly unique experience rich in natural wonder and elegance. Surrounding the two charming Chalets that compose the hotel you will find naturally landscaped gardens with luscious native plants, a vegetable and herb garden and a beautiful swan lake complete with sun deck. Perched in the Cloud Forest but enjoying views of the Pacific Ocean in the horizon, the Hotel Belmar is situated in a truly privileged location.
co-living

Living Hotel

Nosara, Costa Rica

Settled in the lush jungle of Nosara, the unique architecture of Living Hotel is a blend between a historical wooden ranch and contemporary boutique style. The clean white walls, rustic living area, and decorative intrigue combines with the beauty of a tropical garden in an unbeatable location. Stroll to the beach with the kids and dive into some waves or relax by the pool while enjoying the calls from Howler Monkeys.

What's Included

We Include More

Every moment of a Trek Travel bike trip has more than you could have ever dreamed. More romance. More scenery. More choice. It's the little additions to every Trek Travel cycling vacation that make it truly special. And that’s how we help you create more memories. See more

  • Gratuities for all scheduled special events, restaurants, hotels, local guides and transportation during your trip.
  • Private tours
  • Entrance fees to all group events/activities
  • All transportation during the trip, including private coaches
  • 6 nights of accommodation
  • In every region we travel, we uncover the area’s best, and most delightful accommodations. On our Costa Rica trip, you will stay in accommodations selected for their character, location and family-friendliness. Each has something special - from a boutique hotel with it’s own private beach on the Caribbean to a hotel in the hilltops of the Cloud Forest offering endless views, to a hotel blended between a historical wooden ranch
  • Daily breakfast, 4 lunches, 2 social hours, 3 dinners, and all snacks and drinks for each day
  • On our Costa Rica Family trip lunches vary by region, and often feature "Tico" specialties with locally grown, seasonal produce. Dinner is a semi-casual affair with emphasis on local food, with some options for international cuisine. Trek Travel ensures there is something for kids' palates, too.
  • The knowledge, support, and camaraderie of experienced guides
  • Daily route support
  • Paper route guides
  • All luggage transfers
  • All transportation during the trip, including private coaches
  • Comprehensive trip literature and complimentary Trek merchandise
  • The use of a Trek 69-er or Trek 6000 mountain bike
  • Trek Travel t-shirt and cycling socks
  • The use of Trek bike helmets and other gear and equipment to make your ride comfortable
  • Trek Travel water bottles
  • $300 Discount on a 5 or 6 series Trek Domane or Madone, or Project One purchased at your local Trek dealer

Thank your Guides, by tipping

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. Industry standard is 5-­10% of the trip price which will be divided by your guide team. 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 Trek Travel
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.
  • Gratuities for your Trek Travel Guides may be given at your discretion in response to their professionalism and leadership.Industry standard is for each individual guest to tip the guide team 5-10% of the trip price.

FAQs

Trip Changes

Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer each and every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.

  • Rider Type | 2
  • Average Daily Mileage | 15
  • Terrain | Hilly

On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Costa Rica is best suited for our Type 2 Riders. Our Trek Travel guides can also easily accommodate Type 1 Riders, who seek less mileage or fewer uphills, with a boost in the van. Type 3 Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer. The terrain is mostly non-technical on rough roads, trails and pavement, with some steep grades. Hiking trails are narrow with some steep grades. We'll enjoy rafting on a wilderness river, and surfing or stand up paddle on gentle ocean waves. See Itinerary for specific daily ride distance and elevation options

On most Trek Travel trips, we offer non-riding options for riders who want to take the afternoon off, or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip–please contact one of our Trip Consultants for more information. Expenses and/or related transportation to these activities may not be included in the trip price. See Included In The Trip Price for more information. Some non-riding options on this trip are:

  • Whitewater rafting
  • Zip-line tour in the Cloud Forest
  • Hiking
  • Surfing
  • Play with monkeys, pet sloths, and see exotic wildlife at Jaguar Rescue Center
  • Coffee, Chocolate, & Sugar Cane Tasting & Tour
  • Swimming in the Caribbean & Pacific Ocean
  • Spa Day

Daytime temperatures are typically in the 70's and 80's, but can drop considerably in the mountains. At night on the coast temperatures are typically in the 60's. Bring layers, as well as a rain jacket, to be prepared for possible rain.

We understand things happen in life and sometimes you have to cancel or change your bike tour. We want to make it as easy as possible to do so and below you will find our timeline. If you ever have a question, just give us a call, 866 464 8735. Read our cancellation policy.

Didn't find what you were looking for? Check out our General FAQs section. You will find answers to all the most common questions that don't necessarily pertain to a specific trip.

Travel Services

How to get there

We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend that you fly into Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO), which is located in the town of Alajuela.

Taxis are readily available at the airport. Our meeting location, Hampton Inn & Suites, is just under a mile from the airport and offers a free shuttle if you choose to stay there an evening. Alternatively, a 20-minute ride takes you to downtown San José, costing around $12 USD, for those arriving early to explore.

Hampton Inn & Suites | Alajuela, Costa Rica

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Hampton Inn & Suites (Hwy 1 Airport Blvd, Alajuela, Costa Rica 1017) at 6:00 AM on the first day of the trip. You’ll transfer to Siquirres for your first “Tico” style breakfast before driving to the banks of the river. Here, you’ll meet your river guides and you’re off, paddling deep into the heart of one of Costa Rica’s most impressive primary rainforests. Please have your day bag including any essentials for rafting easily accessible, separate from your luggage and be dressed in rafting attire.

If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Le Caméléon Hotel (+506 2272 7036), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details. First, contact your Trek Travel guides to see what plan will work best. If you miss the rafting entirely, you will need to take a shuttle from Alajuela to the first night’s hotel in Cocles (Puerto Viejo). Interbus offers one-way travel for approximately $50 for the 5 hour trip (+506 40 31 0888).

Living Hotel | Nosara, Costa Rica

From here, you may extend your stay or return to San José via shuttle or flight. Trek Travel will provide one shuttle to the Nosara Airport at 8:00 AM and another shuttle to the village of Playa Guiones at 9:00 AM, or you can always continue your adventures on your own. We recommend a 45-minute flight from Nosara to San Jose on NatureAir at the cost of $90-180. Book far in advance as flights sell out and be sure to check the baggage restrictions. Please keep in mind, whatever adventure you choose, on your departure from Costa Rica, there is a $28 departure tax that must be paid at the airport prior to checking in for your international flight.

Before: Alajuela, Costa Rica

Downtown Alajuela has a large daily indoor market, where you can find fresh produce and cheeses, a wide range of local products and various food stands with typical Tico foods. For a day tour, we recommend a visit to Poás Volcano National Park, an active volcano, whose summit reaches over 8000 ft, and is a highly visited site, featuring plenty of trails and an extensive center for visitors. There are many guided tours offered, most last around 5 hours and cost between $40-60 per adult (children's prices vary), transportation included.

Pura Vida Hotel

Once a coffee plantation, this hotel is now in a lush tropical garden, surrounded by coffee and sugarcane plantations. The restaurant features local organic foods prepared in a Costa Rican, French, and Asian fusion style.

Apdo. 1703 | +506 2430 2929 | www.PuraVidaHotel.com | ~$105

Hotel Buena Vista

This Spanish Colonial-style resort features a 360 degree, panoramic view of Poás, Barva, and Irazú volcanoes.

Apdo. 760-4050 | +506 2442 8595 | www.HotelBuenaVistaCR.com | ~$85

Xandari Resort and Spa

22 individually designed villas on a 40-acre plantation overlooking the Central Valley. The restaurant serves fruit and vegetables from their organic greenhouse, orchard, and gardens.

Apdo 1485-4050 | +506 2443 2020 | www.Xandari.com | ~$230

After: Playa Guiones, Nosara, Costa Rica

Playa Guiones is a gorgeous, four mile stretch of white sand known best for its consistent surf break and beautiful sunset. Time is counted in tides and rides, not minutes and hours. Even without the surf, families and other travelers here will be captivated by the tropical idyll - exotic butterflies and birds, howler monkeys, stunning sunsets and laser-bright constellations. At low tide you are able to walk the whole bay from north to south. If you head far enough south, you’ll find several large tide pools that make for excellent snorkeling and relaxing. Past those tide pools you will come upon Playa Rosada or Pink Beach, which is the area’s true gem, an amazing place to spend a few hours before the tide returns. To the far North end you will see Punta Pelada and the old Hotel Nosara, with its unique spire, no longer in business, but worth the walk to explore. In addition to the natural beauty and simplicity of Guiones, the village has many locally owned shops with handmade items and organic cafes to refuel the body and chat up the locals. We recommend the following accommodations for your post-trip hotel:

Living Hotel

Looking for something affordable, but with convenience and charm? Living Hotel may be just what you’re looking for. Nestled in the lush jungle of Nosara, Costa Rica, and centrally located and close to a variety of restaurants, social hot-spots for live music, surfing, yoga, a short walk to the beach. Choose to grab fresh juice from the Cafe and lounge by the pool or take a stroll to the beach, Living Hotel offers an ideal place for relaxing and resting, accessible to all that Nosara has to offer

Playa Guiones | +506 2682 5201 | www.LivingHotelNosara.com | ~$110

Harmony Hotel

Inspired by old school tropical destinations of eras that appreciated low key glamour and total escape, The Harmony Hotel opened in 2004. From the beginning, it has been a passion project for the owners—a couple who met surfing in Nosara—and all those involved in creating the lush, sustainable property where guests now mingle with hummingbirds and howler monkeys. Situated a stone’s throw from a pristine surf break on Playa Guiones, the Harmony is ideal for a surfing and beach adventure. But it is much more than that. With it’s juice bar, spa, yoga classes, pool and top restaurant, the Harmony as something to offer the entire family

Playa Guiones | +506 2682 4114 | www.HarmonyNosara.com | ~$300

Harbor Reef Surf Resort

Tucked away in the astounding beauty of the jungle, just footsteps to the sand and one of the world’s most beautiful and uncrowded beaches, Harbor Reef is the essence of “pura vida,” surpassing anything you can imagine in a vacation al paraiso; at a surprisingly reasonable price. Situated a stone’s throw from the pristine beach of Playa Guiones and only moments from the village, Harbor Reef is ideal for both a surfing and beach adventure or a tranquil experience spent relaxing in the hammocks sprinkled within the grounds.

Playa Guiones | ‘+506 2682 0733 | www.HarorReef.com | ~$125


* Hotels listed above are local properties we love. We do not have special rates available.

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Our unrivaled selection of Trek Bikes sets the bar for quality and comfort. From the full-carbon, ultra smooth Trek Domane 5.9, to the comfortable Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid–both included in the trip cost, to our numerous upgrade options, you deserve the best ride on your vacation.

Our Guides

Our guides are trained to make your trip magical. They aren't just experts in riding; they're trained in delivering uncompromising service in ways you won't believe. We know that it's the unexpected surprises that make a trip magical. That's why our guides pride themselves on anticipating your needs before you ask.

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Our vacations are built to deliver the ultimate in flexibility, from extreme relaxers to hard-core roadies. You pick your mileage, itinerary and experiences. We take care of the rest.

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