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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 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 shuttle to La Fortuna where you will enjoy an authentic Costa Rican lunch at the headquarters of our rafting outfitter. A very brief shuttle then brings you 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
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
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
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 bike ride from the hotel to the small town of Las Juntas. You'll take in beautiful views as you ride down from the cloud forest into the Province of Guanacaste. Here you will have lunch before shuttling about 2 hours to your final hotel, Montelaguna Boutique Hotel. This property is located just steps from the gorgeous Playa Carrillo, where you can walk on the palm tree-lined beach or swim in the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Take some time to relax and unwind this afternoon. This evening is yours to explore the nearby town of Sámara for dinner and your guides will have some recommendations to help you choose the best spot to suit your tastebuds!
Santa Elena to Las Juntas
Approximately 19 miles with 1,190 feet of climbing
Montelaguna Boutique Hotel
Breakfast | Lunch
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 board your bike for one last ride. You'll head north through Sámara and onto dirt roads to cross the Rio Buena Vista and out to the coast at Playa Barco Quebrado, or Broken Boat Beach. Turn around here and head back to town for a beachside lunch of your choosing. Spend some time exploring the local shops, stroll along the beach, or ride on back to the hotel to simply lounge by the hotel pool. The day is yours to enjoy and explore how you would like. Later this afternoon you'll have the option to get back on the saddle - but this time on horseback - as our guides from Carrillo Tours lead you along Playa Carrillo and Playa Sámara. Ride straight to dinner and admire the sunset while celebrating the last night of your Costa Rican adventure at Gusto Beach Restaurant, the best beachfront restaurant in town.
Playa Carrillo to Broken Boat Beach to Sámara
Approximately 17 miles with 1,180 feet of climbing
Playa Carrillo to Broken Boat Beach Return
Approximately 20 miles with 1,300 feet of climbing
Sunset Beach Horseback Ride
Montelaguna Boutique Hotel
Breakfast | Social Hour | Dinner
This morning you will have a bit of time to take a walk on the beach or relax by the pool with breakfast one more time. At 9:00am you will check out and begin the shuttle back to Alajuela/San José. This shuttle is all on paved roads but can take from 4 to 5 hours. Your guides will chose a location during the drive to stop for a bathroom break and to pick up a lunch of your choosing. We strongly suggest spending the night near the airport this evening 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 Playa Carrillo are unpredictable.
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See itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options. 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. Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer 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.
Averages and totals are calculated from our "Today’s Ride" options.
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, an hour-long taxi ride takes you to downtown San José and costs around $20 USD.
Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Hampton Inn & Suites (Hwy 1 Airport Blvd, Alajuela, Costa Rica 1017) 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.
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), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details.View our pre hotel recommendations
On the final morning of your trip the Trek Travel shuttle will depart at 9:00 AM from Montelaguna Boutique Hotel. From here, you may extend your stay in the Sámara area or return to San José via shuttle. The Trek Travel shuttle back to Alajuela/San José can take from 4 to 5 hours. We strongly suggest spending the night near the airport this evening 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 Playa Carrillo are unpredictable.View our post hotel recommendations
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 Sámara. At night temperatures are typically in the low 60's to upper 70's. We strongly recommend bringing layers, including at least one pair of pants and a long-sleeve shirt and jacket, as well as a rain jacket and some wet weather riding gear, to be prepared for a variety of conditions. Packing List
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:
Located about one hour's drive north of Playa Carrillo, 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. 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, should you choose to extend your stay in this area:
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