This traditional route on paved roads takes us from the emerald green coffee plantations of Naranjo to the impressive Arenal Volcano to the quiet sunsets on the coast of the Nicoya Peninsula. Enjoy stunning scenery and the diversity of landscapes that defines Costa Rica. Delicious tropical meals and the warm hospitality of our native Costa Rican guides.
· Six days mountain biking � 37 to 67 km each day
· One day hiking in the Rainforest � 2 hours hiking
· Visit to the Arenal Thermal Springs
· Boat Tour on Bebedero and Tempisque Rivers
Difficulty: easy to intermediate. A moderate physical challenge with varied terrain.
Beginner riders might want to shuttle part of the way on hilly days.
Day 1: Arrive in Alajuela, Costa Rica
We’ll pick you up at the Juan Santamaria airport today. Relax at the hotel pool or walk in the tropical gardens before introductions with the group this afternoon. Then enjoy a special dinner together in the veranda restaurant of our hotel.
Day 2: Ride through coffee plantations, ornamental plant farms, and the rainforest
After a shuttle to Naranjo this morning, we will ride past sugar cane fields and coffee plantations as we climb out of the Central Valley and across the Continental Divide. Whether you choose to cycle to the top of the divide or shuttle in the van, you’ll enjoy spectacular vistas. We will arrive mid-afternoon at our hotel, tucked away from the road in a beautiful valley on the edge of a private rainforest reserve. Ample walking trails and a beautiful pool give us plenty of options for exploring and relaxing this afternoon. We have a special dinner planned tonight. Distance: 53 km (33 miles)
Day 3: Nature Walk, Hot Springs & Night Views of Arenal Volcano
Learn about Costa Rica's natural history this morning on a guided walk through a local nature reserve. Then it's back to the bikes to enjoy a scenic ride toward Arenal Volcano, the most spectacular of Costa Rica's active volcanoes. Our destination is La Fortuna, nestled in the eastern foothills of Arenal. This evening, we'll visit the local hot springs where you can enjoy a relaxing soak and a classic Costa Rican dinner. After dinner we'll shuttle closer to the Arenal Volcano to get a night-time view of the mountain, and if we are lucky we'll see "fire rocks" cascading down its side. Dinner together. Distance: 40 km (25 miles)
Day 4: Bike around Arenal Volcano and scenic Lake Arenal
Arenal Volcano dominates our ride this morning - and what a sight! You may even see and hear it erupt as you ride around its base, from a safe distance of course. As you approach Lake Arenal, keep your eyes and ears open for the distinct sounds of howler monkeys and the comic antics of coatimundi, as well as other wildlife that call the lake home. At our hotel this afternoon, you will enjoy views back to the lake with the volcano in the distance. Dinner together. Distance: 50 to 67 km (31 to 42 miles).
Day 5: Bicycle to Sunny Guanacaste Province and Boat Ride and Viewing Wildlife on Bebedero & Tempisque rivers
Ready for a change of pace? You will get your chance today as we pedal for the Pacific plains. This is the Guanacaste province, one of the few areas in the world where you can still find primary tropical dry forest. Later we'll board a boat on the Bebedero River that will take us across to the Nicoya Peninsula. River banks are prime feeding areas for a wide variety of animals, so this is a great opportunity to see monkeys, iguanas, crocodiles and other wildlife. Afternoon transfer to the city of Nicoya. Total distance: 51 km (31 miles)
Day 6: Bicycle to the Pacific Coast, seafood dinner together
The beach awaits today, and what a beach it is -- nestled in a quiet cove along the Pacific Ocean. We'll bike the rolling hills from Nicoya to Samara. If you arrive at our hotel early, you can choose to enjoy the beach or the pool for the afternoon. Or you can just relax with a cool drink and enjoy the ocean breeze. We'll celebrate the end of our journey this evening with a final dinner of local fresh seafood. Distance: 37 km (23 miles)
Day 7: Shuttle back to San Jos�
After breakfast this morning, we offer a free shuttle back to Alajuela and San Jose for those needing to get home. There are daily flights from a local airport to San Jos� as well, if you would like to spend some extra time on the beach or exploring more of Costa Rica. Pura vida!
Departures: Every Saturday. Private departures are possible on any date, with a minimum of two persons, depending on availability.
Cost: US $ 1,590 per person in double occupancy. NO additional bike rental fee.
Single supplement: US $ 325
· 6 nights lodging on select accommodations
· Support Van with A/C
· Costa Rican Bilingual Naturalist Tour Leaders
· Use of a quality Hybrid Bike
· 6 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners
· All entrance fees and tours listed in the itinerary
· All legal taxes