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Stay at the luxurious Hotel Belmar in Costa Rica's Cloud Forest
Costa Rica's Cloud Forest
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Costa Rica Multisport Bike Tour

Discover the Arenal Volcano, Cloud Forest and Pacific Coast

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, stroll on white sand beaches 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.
From:
$3199 Per Person
Duration:
6 Days & 5 Nights
Rider Type: ?
2 - Recreational Non-riders Welcome
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Trip Wows
Relax on a boat ride across Lake Arenal with a view of towering Arenal Volcano
Get ready for a thrill as you zip line through the world-renowned cloud forests of Monteverde
Cycle alongside the Pacific Ocean from Playa Carrillo to Playa Sámara and explore palm tree-lined beaches
Horseback ride along the beautiful sands of Playa Carrillo en route to a sunset social hour and dinner
Experience Costa Rican whitewater during a rafting trip down the Rio Balsa, whose waters originate on the Poás Volcano
There is no way that one could individually organize that trip on their own. All the activities, travel, and logistics required to pull them off was massive, and in the end it seemed to proceed seamlessly.
-Peter

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*Pricing, availability and guest minimums are all subject to change at any time. Certain dates have a minimum number of guests required, please contact us for details. Custom trips are not available on Ride Camp, Race, Special Edition or Cross Country style trips.

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.

Today's Activity:

Whitewater Rafting on the Rio Balsa

Hotel:

Casa Luna Hotel & Spa

Included Meals:

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.

Today's Ride:

Sonafluca Loop
Approximately 15 miles with 815 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Rainforest Chocolate Tour

Today's Activity:

Lake Arenal Boat Transfer

Hotel:

Hotel Belmar

Included Meals:

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.

Today's Activity:

Monteverde Cloud Forest Guided Natural History Hike
Approximately 2.5 hours

Today's Activity:

Canopy Tree Zip Line & Tarzan Swing

Hotel:

Hotel Belmar

Included Meals:

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!

Today's Ride:

Santa Elena to Las Juntas
Approximately 19 miles with 1,190 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Montelaguna Boutique Hotel

Included Meals:

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.

Today's Ride:

Playa Carrillo to Broken Boat Beach to Sámara
Approximately 17 miles with 1,180 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Playa Carrillo to Broken Boat Beach Return
Approximately 20 miles with 1,300 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Sunset Beach Horseback Ride

Hotel:

Montelaguna Boutique Hotel

Included Meals:

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.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Hotels

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Casa Luna Hotel & Spa

La Fortuna, Costa Rica

Trip Advisor Traveler's Choice hotel winner What happens when comfort and relaxation combine 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 outstanding 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.
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Hotel Belmar

Monteverde, Costa Rica

Trip Advisor Traveler's Choice hotel winner 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 at the hot tub or loosen up in the yoga studio, and by night you can take in expansive views of the sunset over the distant waters of the Gulf of Nicoya from 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.
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Montelaguna Boutique Hotel

Playa Carrillo, Costa Rica
 

This cozy property is located on Punto Indio, just a short walk from the gorgeous white sands and swaying palms of Playa Carrillo and Playa Sámara. This small 18-room hotel surrounds a swimming pool and has a laid-back restaurant where you will enjoy breakfast each morning during your stay. It's location just south of the Pacific-coast town of Sámara makes it a great place from which to explore this fantastic area by day and relax in your comfortable room by night.
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Hotel Variation | Brisas Arenal

La Fortuna, Costa Rica

Brisas Arenal is a boutique hotel located just outside the town of La Fortuna. The property includes a small reserve of forest that is set aside for conservation, and here guests can observe native plant and animal species. This is a small, family-owned property with a strong commitment to sustainable tourism and customer service. You will stay here in place of the Casa Luna Hotel & Spa on a select 2020 date.

What's Included

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WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 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
  • Cinch sack day bag to keep
  • Bontrager WaveCel helmets
  • All gratuities for drivers, local experts and hospitality staff
  • All luggage transfers and transportation during your trip
  • A personalized photobook of your trip

GEAR

  • 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
  • Cinch sack day bag to keep
  • 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 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.

More Information

Rider Level: 2 - Recreational?

AVERAGE DAILY MILEAGE:
17 miles
TOTAL MILES:
51 miles
AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION:
1060 feet
TOTAL ELEVATION:
3,185 feet
TERRAIN: HILLY
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. 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 support vehicle, although Type 1 riders may be intimidated by the rough nature of the roads and should consider this when booking the trip.
NON-RIDING ACTIVITIES:
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 section of the Rio Balsa
  • Rainforest Chocolate Tour
  • Boat cruise across Lake Arenal
  • Guided Natural History Hike in the Cloud Forest
  • Zip line through the Cloud Forest
  • Take a yoga class in the studio at Hotel Belmar
  • Take a Surfing lesson
  • Explore the shops, yoga studios and beaches of the Sámara area
  • Sunset Horseback ride

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.

Travel Details

How to Get There

FLY INTO:
Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO)
MEETING TIME:
8:45 AM
MEETING LOCATION:
Hampton Inn & Suites, Alajuela, Costa Rica

Say Farewell

FLY OUT OF:
Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO)
DEPARTING TIME:
3:00 PM
DEPARTING LOCATION:
Hampton Inn & Suites, Alajuela, Costa Rica

Arriving

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.

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Leaving

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.

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Planning For Your Trip

Packing and Weather

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

Before and After Your Trip

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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:

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After: Playa Guiones, Nosara, Costa Rica

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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