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Costa Rica's Arenal Volcano
Stay at the luxurious Hotel Belmar in Costa Rica's Cloud Forest
Costa Rica's Cloud Forest
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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.
From:
$2999 Per Person
Duration:
6 Days & 5 Nights
Rider Type: ?
2 - Recreational Non-riders Welcome
Hotel Style: ?
Explorer
Bike Included:
Trek X-Caliber 9 More options available
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Trip Wows
Relax in the pool or jacuzzi with a view of towering Arenal Volcano
Get ready for a thrill as you zip line through the world-renowned Monteverde Cloud Forest
Cycle to the Pacific Ocean and kick back on the white sand beach of Playa Garza as you enjoy an authentic Costa Rican lunch
Horseback ride on jungle trails and along the beautiful sands of Playa Pelada 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
Watch the Experience
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

Dates & Prices

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Looking for a one of a kind, once in a lifetime experience?
Look no further. All you need to do is pick any open trip date, get your group together and we will do the rest. Private trip pricing is as follows:
  • 10+ Guests Price as advertised*
  • 8-9 Guests +$500 per person to trip price*
  • 6-7 Guests +$1,000 per person to trip price*
  • 4-5 Guests +$1,500 per person to trip price*
  • 2-3 Guests +$2,500 per person to trip price*
*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. Private pricing is 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 8:30 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 10:00 AM). 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 an exciting variety of Class II and Class III rapids in 9.5 miles as you pass through a tropical wilderness on a river fed by waters flowing from the Poás Volcano. There will be stops along the way to swim in the river's calmer sections. Afterwards, you’ll enjoy an authentic Costa Rican lunch at a local organic farm, where your raft guides become your farm guides and show you what ecotourism means to them. After this exhilarating adventure you will take a final brief shuttle to your hotel, where you can relax in the pool or jacuzzi while taking in stunning views of the Arenal Volcano. Reconvene with your companions for a social hour and dinner as your guides fill you in on the details of the adventures to follow.

Hotel:

Casa Luna Hotel & Spa

Included Meals:

Light Breakfast | 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 and we will have a picnic lunch. 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. 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 one and a half hour shuttle follows the boat ride). 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 by tackling a high-altitude out-and back ride to the entrance of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. If you'd like to add some additional miles you can then head down the mountain from Santa Elena to take in some expansive views over the countryside before turning around to climb back to the hotel. After the ride, 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 a beautiful area of cloud forest. One of the extraordinary biological reserves for which Monteverde is known is adjacent to our zip line location. This world-famous area is 90% virgin forest with an extremely high level of biodiversity. 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).

Today's Ride:

Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve Return
Approximately 5 miles with 750 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Monteverde Could Forest Reserve with El Sol Return
Approximately 15 miles with 2150 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Canopy Tree Zip line & Tarzan Swing
Optional Afternoon Yoga Class

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 3.5-hour shuttle down from the mountains into the warmer, dryer Guanacaste Province. The shuttle ends at wonderful organic juice bar, 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 an oceanfront lunch of just-caught fish and the freshest ceviche you'll ever taste. After a short shuttle, settle into your room at The Gardens Hotel, located just a walk from the many fun restaurant options of Guiones, the beachside community of the Nosara area where you'll spend the next two nights. This evening is yours to explore and your guides will have some recommendations to help you choose the best spot to suit your tastebuds!

Today's Ride:

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

Today's Activity:

Tico-Style Lunch on the Beach

Hotel:

The Gardens 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 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 saltwater pool at our hotel. 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 Nosara River as you head to your final destination, the pristine beach of Playa Pelada. Here, you'll admire the sunset while celebrating the last night of your Costa Rican adventure at La Luna, the best beachfront restaurant in town.

Today's Activity:

Surfing Lesson
Enjoy the waves at Playa Guiones

Today's Activity:

Sunset Beach Horseback Ride

Hotel:

The Gardens Hotel

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Social Hour | Dinner

You will say farewell to your guides at 8:00 AM at The Gardens Hotel. From here, you may extend your stay in the Nosara area or return to San José via flight or shuttle. Trek Travel will provide one shuttle to the Nosara Airport, arriving around 8:30 AM or you can take our shuttle all the way back to Alajuela/San José. This shuttle can take 4 to 6 hours. There are in-country airlines that offer daily flights from Nosara to San Jose. If you would like more information on these airlines, please ask your trip consultant. 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.

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 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.
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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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The Gardens Hotel

Nosara, Costa Rica

Trip Advisor Traveler's Choice hotel winner New hotel in 2019! This recently renovated property is located just a 5minute walk from the world-class surfing of Playa Guiones as well as the restaurants, shops and yoga studios that make this community a highly sought-after (yet off the beaten path) destination. Enjoy farm to table dining in the on-site organic restaurant, El Local; swim in the saltwater lap pool; have a beer at the on-site beer garden or simply relax in a hammock in the gardens. This beautiful property offers a place of retreat or a jumping off point to explore all that Nosara has to offer, all while maintaining high standards of sustainability.

Travel Details

How to Get There

FLY INTO:
Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO)
MEETING TIME:
8:30 AM
MEETING LOCATION:
Hampton Inn & Suites, Alajuela, Costa Rica

Say Farewell

FLY OUT OF:
Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO)
DEPARTING TIME:
8:00 AM
DEPARTING LOCATION:
The Gardens Hotel, Nosara, 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, a 20-minute 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 8:30 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 10:00am). 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

Leaving

You will say farewell to your guides at 8:00 AM at The Gardens Hotel. From here, you may extend your stay in the Nosara area or return to San José via flight or shuttle. Trek Travel will provide one shuttle to the Nosara Airport, arriving around 8:30 AM or you can take our shuttle all the way back to Alajuela/San José. This shuttle can take from 4 to 6 hours. There are in-country airlines that offer daily flights from Nosara to San Jose. If you would like more information on these airlines, please ask your trip consultant. 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 our post hotel recommendations

What's Included

For us, the details matter most

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.

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Trek X-Caliber 9

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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
  • Each offers something special and unique. Rest your head in a spacious room in the shadow of Arenal Volcano; a family-owned eco-friendly hotel on a mountaintop near the Monteverde Reserve; and a comfortable retreat in the heart of Nosara.

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
  • 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. 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:
10 miles
TOTAL MILES:
31 miles
AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION:
750 feet
TOTAL ELEVATION:
2,265 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.
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
  • Zip line through the Cloud Forest
  • Take a yoga class in the studio at Hotel Belmar
  • Surfing lesson
  • Explore the shops, yoga studios and beaches of the Nosara 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.

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 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 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:

after

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:

Why Trek Travel

Our Bikes

Our unrivaled selection of Trek Bikes sets the bar for quality and comfort. From the all-new, ultra smooth Trek Domane SL 7, to the new Trek Electric-Assist XM700+ and the comfortable Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid, 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.

Your Day. You Decide.

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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