Osa Peninsula Multisport

  • Itinerary Summary

    Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula is both isolated and spectacular. Called the most biologically intense place on earth by National Geographic Magazine, it is home to some of the most pristine coastal rainforest found anywhere in the world - half of which is protected in Corcovado National Park and private reserves. Join us as we explore this remote and scenic area by bike and on foot. You'll also enjoy beautiful white sand beaches, kayak in the Pacific, and snorkel in the warm, clear waters off Isla del Caño, an island renowned for its coral reefs and extensive variety of aquatic life.
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    1. Day 1: Tour begins in San José, Costa Rica

      Highlights: Explore Costa Rica's capital city

      We gather at our base hotel in San José today, where you can explore Costa Rica's capital city. If you come early in the day, we'll suggest some of our favorite sights to visit. We'll meet as a group late this afternoon (5:00 pm) for a glass of wine and introductions. This evening you'll enjoy a traditional Costa Rican casado dinner complete with marimba music.

    2. Day 2: Mountain biking in the Talamanca Mountains

      Highlights: Pedal "route of the saints", coffee cooperative

      After breakfast together in our hotel, we shuttle into the Talamanca Mountains where we switch to mountain bikes for a ride along the ruta de los santos, or "route of the saints." We pedal past coffee plantations to Santa Maria de Dota, one of the most important coffee production areas in Costa Rica. At the end of the bike ride we'll walk through a coffee plantation and visit a Cooperative Coffee Processing Plant (Beneficio). We spend the night at a private lodge surrounded by the cloudforest in the small farming community of San Gerardo de Dota. Distance 32 km / 20 miles

    3. Day 3: Hike the Cloudforest

      Highlights: Watch for Quetzals, Dominical Beach

      Today we'll begin with a hike into the cloudforest in search of the colorful Quetzal, a bird of great significance to both the Aztec and Mayan cultures. By late afternoon we'll be in the quiet coastal village of Dominical, where you can enjoy its beautiful beach and magnificent coastal scenery. Dinner is on your own tonight. Hiking time 2 - 4 hours

    4. Day 4: Kayaking through the Terraba Mangrove Forest

      Highlights: Look for monkeys while kayaking in the mangrove forest

      After breakfast together we'll head off to spend the morning kayaking in the canals and estuaries of the Terraba-Sierpe Mangrove Forest. Kayaking in this unique vegetation, with its network of interlaced aerial roots, allows us to silently approach aquatic birds, lizards and monkeys. As we enjoy a little upper body workout, we'll learn about the importance of this delicate ecosystem in maintaining the health of marine life. We'll delight in a scrumptious seafood feast tonight. Kayaking time 3 - 4 hours on flat water.

    5. Day 5: Bicycling to Uvita

      Highlights: Ballena Marine National Park and it's beaches: Uvita and Playa Arco

      We pedal a short stretch today stopping to visit the beach at Ballena Marine National Park. This Park was created in 1990 to protect the warm waters around Isla Ballena and south of Uvita. Humpback whales from North and South America come here to give birth and nourish their newborns until they are strong enough to begin the migration back to their feeding territories in colder waters. Still undiscovered by tourists, this area embodies all of the natural beauty of Costa Rica - mountains, rainforest, the Pacific Ocean, and abundant wildlife. By late morning we'll arrive at our accommodation for the night, a picture-perfect rural lodge with a great view of the ocean. This afternoon we'll offer an optional hike through the rainforest to the secluded beach at Playa Arco. Biking distance: 35 km (22 miles).

    6. Day 6: Bicycle along the coast and inland to Sierpe

      Highlights: Pedal to Sierpe; pre-Columbian stone spheres; coastal ride; boat shuttle

      We pedal today to the nearby village of Palmar, known for the fascinating stone spheres made by indigenous people in pre-Columbian times. Your ride takes you along the coast first, then inland to cross the Terraba River (the largest in Costa Rica) and on to the village of Sierpe. We'll shuttle to our hotel in Corcovado by boat, following the Sierpe River all the way to the ocean. Biking Distance: 35 km. (22 miles)

    7. Day 7: Nature Hike in Corcovado National Park

      Highlights: Turtle nesting grounds, tropical lowland rainforest

      Corcovado National Park is home to the largest tree in Central America, a 77 meter (246') Silk Cotton tree. We'll do a long, guided hike in the rainforest stopping at a waterfall frequented by tapirs, macaws and other species of animals. After a picnic lunch on the beach we'll take a boat shuttle back to our hotel. Hiking time 3 - 5 hours

    8. Day 8: Snorkel and tour Isla del Caño

      Highlights: Snorkeling a Pacific coral reef, beach picnic on the island

      We've planned a tour of Isla del Caño today. Historically the sacred burial ground of the Boruca Indians, Isla del Caño is home to many ancient artifacts, including bolas, or curious stone spheres. If we're lucky, we may spot flying fish, dolphins or a humpback whale on the open ocean between Caño and the mainland. This morning we'll snorkel in the warm waters off the island. Enjoy the coral reefs and a tremendous variety of aquatic life. We'll have a special final dinner together tonight.

    9. Day 9: Shuttle back to San José


      This morning after breakfast we'll provide a shuttle back to San José. Or maybe you'd like to relax for a few days somewhere on the peninsula? For those opting for the shuttle we will arrive in San José between 4:00-5:00 pm, so be sure to schedule any flights home after 8:00 pm. Or better yet, why not spend some extra time exploring San José? We hope to see you again soon.

    • Highlights

      Cycling, Hiking, Sea kayaking, Snorkeling at Isla del Caño, Tropical rainforests and Pacific Coast beaches
    • Includes

      9 days, 8 nights accommodation, group shuttle to San José at tour end, and all activities included in itinerary. 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners with beer or fruit drinks plus "The Usual"
    • Countries

      Costa Rica
    • Begin/End

      San José
    • Arrive/Depart

      San José
    • Total Distance

      102 km (64 miles)
    • Daily Distance

      20-22 miles
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  • Dates Price Private Room Charge Notes

    * We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the private room charge. This charge will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available it will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.

  • Stories

    • Book Review: Guides to Birds of Costa Rica

      Rick reviews two guide books

    • Costa Rica 2009 Update

      Mario Cordero, who coordinates our bicycle tours in Costa Rica, tells us about the roads, a new bicycle tour, and the political situation

    • Interview with Mario Cordero

      Mario has been leading tours and coordinating our trips in Costa Rica since 1993. We recently took a few moments to catch up on his life in Costa Rica.

    • Julie Horton's describes how to pack a day pack

      Julie Horton, ExperiencePlus! Director of Operations, has hiked and bicycled all over the globe. Here she offers her insight on what to pack for a day hike. Take advantage of her expertise and find out what she suggests you take along on your next hike.

    • Tales from the Road in Costa Rica

      One story of a local encounter while bicycling in Costa Rica.

    • The birds of Costa Rica

      Mario Cordero, ExperiencePlus! Costa Rica country coordinator, describes birds and biodiversity of his country.

    • Maps of Costa Rica

      The MapCR.com site is a resource for travel information in Costa Rica. This site also sells waterproof, high quality Costa Rica maps that you may find helpful planning your vacation before and after your ExperiencePlus! tour.

    • Pre-tour training

      ExperiencePlus! has contracted with national fitness expert Joe Friel to create customized, day by day, training programs to ensure you are ready for your biking tour.

    • Sansa Airlines

      Sansa Regional Airlines can fly you around Costa Rica to San Jose. You can check schedules and book flights on their web site.

    • Fernando - excellent in every way! His knowledge of the flora, fauna, geography and culture was outstanding. His enthusiasm and customer care were outstanding.

      Paul L., Fort Collins, CO
    • The tour was a great experience and it was cool to see remote places that not a lot of other people have visited...The food was spectacular every place we went. The scenery was unbelievable, and the tour leaders were very knowledgable and I enjoyed every person I met, from the drivers of the vans to the lodge owners. Great people to spend 10 days with!

      Renee C.
      Lakewood, CO
    • And as a big plug for ExperiencePlus! vs many other bike tour companies I have dealt with ... 1) You take non US credit cards, 2) Your prices are clearly displayed on the website, 3) You are very helpful in e-mail correspondence, and 4) The [Osa Peninsula Multisport] trip I took last year to Costa Rica was everything and then some!

      Vicki H.
      Freeport, Bahamas

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