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Costa Rica

Discover the Arenal Volcano, Cloud Forest and Pacific Coast

Exotic, beautiful and exhilarating, our Costa Rica multisport bike tour is full of 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 relax in the pool with a view of Arenal Volcano, discover the ancient secrets of chocolate on a rainforest chocolate tour, enjoy a boat cruise across Lake Arenal, 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.

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$2999PP

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2

Recreational

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Explorer

 

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Duration

6 days | 5 nights
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Alajuela, Costa Rica


Daily Itinerary


Day

1

Today's Activity:

Whitewater Rafting on the Balsa River

Description:

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Hampton Inn & Suites at 8:00 AM on the first day of the trip. You’ll transfer one and a half hours to Bajo Rodriguez, enjoying a light breakfast upon arrival at the put-in (if you are staying at the Hampton Inn the night before, we suggest taking advantage of the provided hot breakfast, as arrival is slated for 9:30am). Once at the river, you’ll meet your unforgettable raft guides, who will discuss rafting safety and technique before we begin. 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 over fifty Class III rapids in 9.5 miles as you pass through a dense tropical wilderness on a river fed by waters flowing from the Poás Volcano. There will be stops along the way to swim and refuel with fresh fruit. Afterwards, you’ll enjoy an authentic Costa Rican lunch at a local farm, where your raft guides become your farm guides and show you what “Ecotourism” really means. After this exhilarating adventure you will take a final shuttle to your hotel, where you can relax in the pool or jacuzzi while taking in stunning views of the Arenal Volcano. Reconvene with your companions for a social hour and dinner as your guides fill you in on the details of the adventures to follow.

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Hotel:

Casa Luna Hotel & Spa
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Alternate Hotel on Select Dates:

Hotel Arenal Hot Springs Resort & Spa
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Included Meals:

Light Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day

2

Today's Ride:

Casa Luna to Chachagua Return
Approximately 15 miles with 1,400 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Rainforest Chocolate Tour

Today's Activity:

Lake Arenal Boat Transfer

Description:

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 and from the small town of Chachagua, on the banks of the Rio Chachaguita. Your ride concludes at Rainforest Chocolate, where you’ll take part in a 2-hour 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. After the tour you will enjoy a picnic lunch before boarding a boat and cruising across Lake Arenal toward your next hotel, nestled high in the Monteverde Cloud Forest. 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.

Hotel:

Hotel Belmar
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day

3

Today's Ride:

Selvatura to Hotel Belmar
Approximately 8 miles with 1,400 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Selvatura to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Approximately 12 miles with 3,100 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Canopy Tree Zipline & Tarzan Swing
Optional Afternoon Yoga Class

Description:

The sky is the limit today, as you begin with an adrenaline-filled canopy zipline tour on one of Costa Rica's longest ziplines, and the only canopy tour inside the Monteverde Cloud Forest. This biological reserve is one-of-a-kind and world-famous for being 90% virgin forest with an extremely high level of biodiversity, including over 2,500 plant species (and the most orchid species in a single place), 100 species of mammals, 400 bird species, and 120 reptilian and amphibian species. After your zip-lining adventure, you’ll enjoy lunch in a colorful garden full of hummingbirds before heading off to explore the rugged beauty and panoramic views of Monteverde on your bike. You may choose to ride straight back to the hotel or tackle the out-and-back climb to the entrance of the Cloud Forest Reserve. The hotel also offers a complimentary yoga class mid-afternoon to guests of the hotel. Tonight, you may dine at your leisure 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).

Hotel:

Hotel Belmar
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day

4

Today's Ride:

Sámara to Playa Garza
Approximately 11 miles with 700 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Tico-Style Beach Cookout

Description:

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 Province. The shuttle ends at a wonderful organic juice bar called Sámara Organics, where you'll hydrate, grab a snack and change into cycling gear. You’ll pedal to the sea from Sámara past small communities as you head north along a rural dirt road to 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. Tonight enjoy a catered meal by a local chef at your cozy bed and breakfast in an open-air setting with magical panoramic views of the Nosara beaches.

Hotel:

Villa Mango Bed & Breakfast
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day

5

Today's Activity:

Surfing Lesson at Playa Guiones

Today's Activity:

Sunset Beach Horseback Ride

Description:

Visit with your hosts Agnes and Jo at Villa Mango over a made-to-order 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) or simply lounge by the pool to enjoy the Pacific views. The day is yours to enjoy and explore how you would like. This evening you'll have the option 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 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.

Hotel:

Villa Mango Bed & Breakfast
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Social Hour | Dinner


Day

6

Today's Activity:

Departure

Description:

This morning, after a final breakfast on the terrace, you will say farewell to your guides at 8:00 AM at the Villa Mango Bed & Breakfast. 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 8:30 AM and another shuttle to the village of Playa Guiones, arriving around 9:00 AM, or you can take our shuttle all the way back to Alajuela/San José. This shuttle can take 4 to 6 hours, however, so we recommend the 45-minute flight from Nosara to San Jose on NatureAir at the cost of $100-170. Book far in advance as flights sell out and be sure to check the baggage restrictions. If you choose 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.

VIEW MEETING AND DEPARTING INFORMATION»

Included Meals:

Breakfast




Day

1

Today's Activity:

Whitewater Rafting on the Balsa River

Description:

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Hampton Inn & Suites at 8:00 AM on the first day of the trip. You’ll transfer one and a half hours to Bajo Rodriguez, enjoying a light breakfast upon arrival at the put-in (if you are staying at the Hampton Inn the night before, we suggest taking advantage of the provided hot breakfast, as arrival is slated for 9:30 AM). 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 over fifty Class III rapids in 9.5 miles as you pass through a dense tropical wilderness on a river fed by waters flowing from the Poás Volcano. There will be stops along the way to swim and refuel with fresh fruit. Afterwards, you’ll enjoy an authentic Costa Rican lunch at a local farm, where your raft guides become your farm guides and show you what “Ecotourism” really means. After this exhilarating adventure you will take a final shuttle to your hotel, where you can relax in hot spring-fed pools of natural mineral water while taking in stunning views of the Arenal Volcano. Reconvene with your companions for a social hour and dinner as your guides fill you in on the details of the adventures to follow.

VIEW MEETING AND DEPARTING INFORMATION»

Hotel:

Hotel Arenal Hot Springs Resort & Spa
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Included Meals:

Light Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day

2

Today's Ride:

Arenal Springs to Rainforest Chocolate Tour
Approximately 12 miles with 700 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Rainforest Chocolate Tour

Today's Activity:

Lake Arenal Boat Transfer

Description:

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 coast alongside the massive and beautiful Arenal Volcano for the ride down to La Fortuna. Upon reaching your destination, Rainforest Chocolate, you’ll take part in a 2-hour 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. After the tour you will enjoy a picnic lunch before boarding a boat and cruising across Lake Arenal toward your next hotel, nestled high in the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Tonight, you'll delight in a special dinner at the hotel, admiring views of the distant Gulf of Nicoya from the deck of the Celajes Restaurant.

Hotel:

Hotel Belmar
Visit Website

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day

3

Today's Ride:

Selvatura to Hotel Belmar
Approximately 8 miles with 1,400 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Selvatura to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Approximately 12 miles with 3,100 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Canopy Tree Zipline & Tarzan Swing | Afternoon Yoga Class

Description:

The sky is the limit today, as you begin with an adrenaline-filled canopy zipline tour on one of Costa Rica's longest ziplines, and the only canopy tour inside the Monteverde Cloud Forest. This biological reserve is one-of-a-kind and world-famous for being 90% virgin forest with an extremely high level of biodiversity, including over 2,500 plant species (and the most orchid species in a single place), 100 species of mammals, 400 bird species, and 120 reptilian and amphibian species. After your zip-lining adventure, you’ll enjoy lunch among a colorful garden full of hummingbirds before heading off to explore the rugged beauty and panoramic views of Monteverde on your bike. You may choose to ride straight back to the hotel or tackle the out-and-back climb to the entrance of the Cloud Forest Reserve. The hotel also offers a complimentary yoga class mid-afternoon to guests of the hotel. Tonight, you may dine in the Celajes Restaurant again, at your leisure (the dinner is included in the price of your trip, but you are free to eat at the time of your choosing).

Hotel:

Hotel Belmar
Visit Website

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day

4

Today's Ride:

Sámara to Playa Garza
Approximately 11 miles with 700 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Tico-Style Beach Cookout

Description:

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 Province. The shuttle ends at a wonderful organic juice bar called Sámara Organics, where you'll hydrate, grab a snack and change into cycling gear. You’ll pedal to the sea from Sámara past small communities as you head north along a rural dirt road to 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. Tonight enjoy a catered meal by a local chef at your cozy bed and breakfast in an open-air setting with magical panoramic views of the Nosara beaches.

Hotel:

Villa Mango Bed & Breakfast
Visit Website

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day

5

Today's Activity:

Surfing Lesson at Playa Guiones

Today's Activity:

Sunset Beach Horseback Ride

Description:

Visit with your hosts Agnes and Jo at Villa Mango over a made-to-order breakfast including "gallo pinto," or rice and beans--a Costa Rican breakfast staple which may be one of your favorites too 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) or simply lounge by the pool to enjoy the Pacific views. The day is yours to enjoy and explore how you would like. This evening you'll have the option 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. 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.

Hotel:

Villa Mango Bed & Breakfast
Visit Website

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Social Hour | Dinner


Day

6

Today's Activity:

Departure

Description:

This morning, after a final breakfast on the terrace, you will say farewell to your guides at 8:00 AM at the Villa Mango Bed & Breakfast. 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 8:30 AM and another shuttle to the village of Playa Guiones, arriving around 9:00 AM, or you can take our shuttle all the way back to Alajuela/San José. This shuttle can take from 4 to 6 hours, however, so we recommend the 45-minute flight from Nosara to San Jose on NatureAir at the cost of $100-170. 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.

VIEW MEETING AND DEPARTING INFORMATION»

Included Meals:

Breakfast



Dates & Pricing

THE EARLIER YOU BOOK, THE GREATER THE REWARDS

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

2017


Jan
15th - 20th / 6 days / 5 nights
$2999 / Person, $500 / Single Occupancy
Guaranteed *
Jan
22nd - 27th / 6 days / 5 nights
$2999 / Person, $500 / Single Occupancy
Guaranteed *
Feb
5th - 10th / 6 days / 5 nights
$2999 / Person, $500 / Single Occupancy / Alternate Hotel: Arenal Springs
Guaranteed *
Feb
12th - 17th / 6 days / 5 nights
$2999 / Person, $500 / Single Occupancy / Alternate Hotel: Arenal Springs
Guaranteed *
Feb
19th - 24th / 6 days / 5 nights
$2999 / Person, $500 / Single Occupancy
Guaranteed *
Feb
26th -
Mar
3rd
/ 6 days / 5 nights
$2999 / Person, $500 / Single Occupancy
Guaranteed *
Mar
12th - 17th / 6 days / 5 nights
$2999 / Person, $500 / Single Occupancy
Guaranteed *

What does "Single Occupancy" mean?

We understand that some guests find it more convenient and comfortable to have a private room while on vacation. And that’s why we offer a Single Occupancy option. The supplemental charge guarantees a private room without a roommate.

Hotels

Stay at Casa Luna Hotel & Spa on our Costa Rica bike tour

Casa Luna Hotel & Spa

La Fortuna, Costa Rica

What happens when sumptuous luxury combines with natural beauty and global consciousness? Welcome to a hotel with a higher calling. Casa Luna is an ecological marvel, committed to protecting Mother Nature while providing the pinnacle in food and amenities. Located at the foot of Cerro Chato, an inactive volcano, the hotel was constructed with reforested wood, contaminate-free paint, roofs of recycled plastic and an energy saving electrical system, which minimizes the footprint without sacrificing comfort. Gardens surround the grounds, and rooms typically include terraces with exquisite views.
Stay at Hotel Belmar on Trek Travel's Costa Rica Cycling Vacation

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. By day you can rest tired muscles in total relaxation at the hot tub or loosen up in the yoga studio, and by night you can choose to take in expansive views of the sunset over the distant waters of the Gulf of Nicoya at the hotel bar. Perched in the Cloud Forest but enjoying views of the Gulf on the horizon, the Hotel Belmar is situated in a truly privileged location.
Stay at Villa Mango Bed and Breakfast on Trek Travel's Costa Rica Cycling vacation

Villa Mango Bed & Breakfast

Nosara, Costa Rica

Is there anything more authentic than a hotel that treats you like family? Located on a hill above Playa Pelada, Villa Mango has a reputation for a great vibe that's perfect for relaxing, recovering or discovering some of the magic of this area. The owners, Agnes and Jo, always go the extra mile to make guests feel at home, from charmingly decorated rooms to breakfasts that are sure to surprise and delight while they fuel you for the day ahead. Combine this homey feel with epic views and great weather, and this is one hotel that's sure to rejuvenate!
Stay at Hotel Arenal Hot Springs Resort and Spa on Trek Travel Costa Rica Bike Tour

Alternate Hotel: Hotel Arenal Hot Springs Resort & Spa

La Fortuna, Costa Rica

Hotel Arenal isn't a dream. It's real, with a 100% all-natural mineral pools, a special swim-up bar, exotic gardens, free yoga and a health spa that conspire to close out the outside world and give you an escape hatch from your worries. With sprawling views of the Arenal volcano on the horizon, tempting fusion cuisine that combines the best in Costa Rican and American favorites, and fully-appointed suites that don't leave any amenity behind, Hotel Arenal is your personal paradise. You will stay at this hotel in place of Casa Luna Hotel & Spa on select dates.

What's Included

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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
  • Whitewater Rafting on a Class III section of the Balsa River
  • Rainforest Chocolate Tour
  • Boat cruise across Lake Arenal
  • Zipline through the Cloud Forest
  • Surfing lesson
  • Sunset Horseback ride
  • 5 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 hand picked for their character and location. 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 cozy bed and breakfast overlooking the vast Pacific.
  • Daily breakfast, 4 lunches, 2 social hours, 5 dinners, and all snacks and drinks for each day
  • On our Costa Rica trip, lunches vary by region, and are a variety of "Tico" specialties featuring locally grown, seasonal produce. We'll try traditional staples including "casados," "patacones," "gallo pinto," "guanábana" and "ceviche." Dinner is a semi-casual affair with emphasis on local food and fresh seafood. We'll have one private, catered meal at Villa Mango and a fantastic final meal oceanside on Playa Pelada.
  • 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 Bontrager merchandise
  • The use of a Trek X-Caliber 9 mountain bike
  • Trek Travel Bontrager RL jersey
  • The use of Bontrager bike helmets and other gear and equipment to make your ride comfortable
  • Trek Travel water bottles
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Contact us for details.

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 | 11
  • Terrain | Hilly
  • Average Daily Elevation | 1,170 ft.

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. The terrain is mostly non-technical on rough dirt roads with some sections of pavement, with some steep grades. We will ride hardtail mountain bikes on this trip due to the nature of the riding--although we will always be on roads, these roads sometimes have large potholes and some washboard surfaces that make mountain bikes the preferred method of travel. 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 on a Class III section of the Balsa River
  • Rainforest Chocolate Tour
  • Boat cruise across Lake Arenal
  • Zipline through the Cloud Forest
  • Take a yoga class in the studio at Hotel Belmar
  • Surfing lesson
  • Sunset Horseback ride

The weather in Costa Rica varies widely by region, and also by the hour! Be prepared for a mix of weather conditions. La Fortuna and the Monteverde region can be intermittently rainy and often cool, while the Pacfiic coast of the Guanacaste Penninsula tends to be hot and dry this time of year. Daytime temperatures are typically in the 70's and 80's, but can drop considerably in the mountains of Monteverde or climb into the upper 90s in Nosara. At night temperatures are typically in the low 60's to upper 70's. We recommend bringing layers, including at least one pair of pants and a long-sleeve shirt, as well as a rain jacket, to be prepared for a variety of conditions.

For an additional fee you may request to upgrade to the Trek Emonda SLR with Shimano Di2 Electronic shifting or Bontrager Aeolus carbon wheels for the ultimate riding experience. Contact our trip consultants for more details.

If you’re going we’re going on almost all our trips. Trips with 1 guest booked are guaranteed to run. Select trips like Cross Country, Race and Special Edition trips require a minimum number of guests to run and are not guaranteed until that number is reached. Contact your Trip Consultant for more details.

In the event that a departure has low enrollment, we will notify guests at 60-90 days before departure to give the option to select a different date with more guests booked. Please do not reserve airfare before confirming your Trek Travel trip.

When a trip is booked, a guest confirmation letter is immediately sent out. One week prior to the trip start you will receive an email containing a trip start meeting location reminder and any last minute information that you will need to know before your trip. Once you arrive at your destination Trek Travel staff will brief you on the day-to-day plan for the trip and provide you with daily route guides and a detailed map allowing you to ride with complete confidence and independence.

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.

Meeting & Departing

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 24-hour airport shuttle if you choose to stay there an evening. Alternatively, for those arriving early to explore, a 20-minute taxi ride takes you to downtown San José and costs around $12 USD.

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 8:00 AM on the first day of the trip. You’ll transfer one and a half hours to Bajo Rodriguez, enjoying a light breakfast upon arrival at the put-in (if you are staying at the Hampton Inn the night before, we suggest taking advantage of the provided hot breakfast, as arrival is slated for 9:30am). 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.

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, Casa Luna Hotel & Spa (506-2479-7368) or Hotel Arenal Hot Springs Resort & Spa (506-2479-1212), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details.

Villa Mango Bed & Breakfast | Nosara, Costa Rica

You will say farewell to your guides at 8:00 AM at the Villa Mango Bed & Breakfast. 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 8:30 AM and another shuttle to the village of Playa Guiones, arriving around 9:00 AM, or you can take our shuttle all the way back to Alajuela/San José. This shuttle can take from 4 to 6 hours, however, so we recommend the 45-minute flight from Nosara to San José on NatureAir at the cost of $100-170. 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.

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 8,000 ft. It 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 $100-150 per adult, transportation included. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre-trip hotel:

Pura Vida Hotel

"Pura Vida" or "the pure life" is an existential characteristic of Costa Rican culture, and it's alive and well at this charming hotel. Here, nothing gets between you and the relaxation you crave. 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.

506-2430-2929 | www.PuraVidaHotel.com | ~$150

Hotel Buena Vista

Spanish Colonial charm combines with tropical beauty at Hotel Buena Vista. At 4,200 feet in elevation, it's the only resort that sits atop a mountain and offers 360-degree views of lush tropical forests, coffee plantations, three volcanoes and the city below. When you're done soaking in the views, relax in the heated pool, have a drink at the poolside bar, or grab a post-activity massage.

800-506-2304 | www.HotelBuenaVistaCR.com | ~$150

Xandari Resort and Spa

At this remarkable resort, 24 individually designed villas on a 40-acre plantation overlook the Central Valley. The restaurant serves fruit and vegetables from their organic greenhouse, orchard, and gardens.

866-363-3212 | www.Xandari.com | ~$250

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 sunsets. Time is counted in tides and rides, not minutes and hours. Even without the surf, 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. 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 with the locals. We recommend the following accommodations for your post-trip hotel:

Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort

"With humble gratitude, we invite you to explore eight breathtaking acres of large Guanacaste and Pochote trees or sit and meditate by any of the 3 waterfalls and streams that run throughout the grounds." The Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort is ground zero for tranquility and complete mindfulness, with every thoughtful detail designed with peace in mind. Choose to walk the expansive 8-acres of gardens, waterfalls and jungle landscape as you make your way to the beach just a few minutes away. Or, if something a little more strenuous is in your plans, do a lap swim in the 25-meter saltwater pool.

855-263-8733 | www.bodhitreeyogaresort.com | ~$400

Harmony Hotel

You’d expect a hotel started by a couple of surfers to be steps from a pristine surf break on Playa Guiones. But what you don’t expect is that this glorious, hidden gem - with its hummingbirds and howler monkeys - is committed to sustainability, energy efficiency, and keeping the tropical paradise that surrounds it as perfect as possible. The accommodations have got it all, with well-appointed rooms and health-conscious amenities like yoga, a spa and juice bar. But it’s also got ecology in its bones. You’ll feel it the moment you set foot inside. Surf’s up. And so will be your spirits.

506-2682-4114 | www.harmonynosara.com | ~$250

Harbor Reef Surf Resort

Tucked away amidst the beauty of the jungle, just footsteps to the sand, Harbor Reef is the essence of “pura vida” 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 throughout the grounds or in the pool with a swim-up bar.

506-2682-5049 | www.HarborReef.com | ~$130


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

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