Arenal & the Northwest Coast Multisport

  • Itinerary Summary

    For those of you who just can't get enough out of your active vacation, we invite you to join us in Costa Rica for nine days of multisport adventure. Cycling down lush, tropical river valleys, and past active volcanoes is just the beginning - you'll also white water raft down the world famous Pacuare River (water levels occasionally require that we switch to the Reventazon River), canoe and snorkel in protected estuaries and in the crystal-blue Pacific ocean, and enjoy delicious tropical meals and the warm hospitality of our native Costa Rican guides.
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    1. Day 1: Arrive in San José, Costa Rica

      Highlights: Welcome dinner, beautiful Orosi Valley

      Welcome to Costa Rica! We'll meet at 1:00 pm to shuttle from San José to our starting hotel in Orosi. Here we we'll fit bikes, have a safety talk, and enjoy a traditional Costa Rican casado dinner together.

      Hotel Features: Resort with hot springs surrounded by the forest in the picturesque Orosi River Valley.

    2. Day 2: Bicycling the Reventazón Valley

      Highlights: Cycling Orosi & Reventazón river valleys, Angostura Lake

      Our bike ride this morning starts right outside the hotel, and follows the scenic Orosi and Reventazón River valleys as they wind through coffee, sugar, and palm plantations to Turrialba and on to our hotel for the evening on Angostura Lake. We'll enjoy dinner together tonight in this lush tropical retreat. Biking distance: 54 km (36 miles). Please note that 15 km or 9 miles will be on a gravel road.

      Hotel Features: Colonial Plantation House surrounded by gardens on the shore of Angostura Lake.

    3. Day 3: Rafting the Pacuare River

      Highlights: Guided whitewater rafting trip on a National Wild and Scenic River

      After a short shuttle to the Pacuare River, we will enjoy a day of white water rafting. The Pacuare features some of the best rafting in Latin America and a project to build a hydroelectric dam on this river was recently rejected by the environmental authorities of Costa Rica based on lack of information about the project's social and environmental impact. Throughout the day we see stunning scenery as the river winds its way through deep canyons and primordial rainforest. Professional guides with years of experience on the river pilot each raft. We stop to enjoy a picnic lunch in these beautiful surroundings. Following our trip, we'll shuttle on to Sarapiquí where our hotel is located near La Tirimbina Rainforest Reserve. Dinner together. Rafting distance: 27 km (17 miles).

      Hotel Features: Sustainable eco-lodge with butterfly garden, frog pond, medicinal plants and vegetables garden and walking trails.

    4. Day 4: Guided Rainforest Hike

      Highlights: Hike in La Tirimbina Rainforest Reserve with local naturalist, hot springs, night viewing of Arenal Volcano

      The rainforest reserves in this area feature some of the last remaining mid-elevation tropical forests in Central America. Today at La Tirimbina Reserve, you can choose a short hike or a longer hike guided by a local naturalist. At sunset we shuttle to the hot springs at the base of the volcano where we'll enjoy a traditional homemade dinner together. The dining room is a replica of the buildings made by pioneers who colonized this area in the first half of the 20th century. After dinner we'll shuttle closer to the Arenal Volcano to get a night-time view of the mountain. Walking time: 2 - 4 hours, your choice.

      Hotel Features: Sustainable eco-lodge with butterfly garden, frog pond, medicinal plants and vegetables garden and walking trails.

    5. Day 5: La Fortuna and East Arenal Foothills Loop Ride

      Highlights: Scenic ride

      Our loop ride out of La Fortuna takes us into the countryside on the Santa Clara plains, past many small rural villages, all with a church and the soccer field in front. We return to Fortuna on the road at the base of the Tilaran Mountains, crossing beautiful rivers. Dinner is on your own tonight and we'll recommend our favorite restaurant in town. Biking distance: 28 or 52km (17 or 33 miles), your choice.

      Hotel Features: Family run hotel in the center of the town. Very close to restaurants, post office, banks and pharmacy.

    6. Day 6: Bicycling near Arenal

      Highlights: Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal

      Arenal Volcano dominates our ride this morning - and what a sight! As you approach Lake Arenal, keep your eyes and ears open for the playful 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, we enjoy views back to the lake and the volcano in the distance. Dinner is together. Distance: 38 or 55km (24 - 34 miles) your choice.

      Hotel Features: Colonial style accommodation in the middle of the Costa Rican Dry Forest with traditional Costa Rican restaurant, swimming pool, and walking trails full of wildlife.

    7. Day 7: Viewing Wildlife on the Tenorio River

      Highlights: Float trip and wildlife on the Tenorio

      As we shuttle to the Pacific Coast we'll stop for a float trip down the Tenorio River. Enjoy views of iguanas, monkeys, egrets, herons and more on this two-hour scenic and educational float trip. We'll stop for lunch in the old town of Liberia before continuing to Esterillos Beach, where you can relax by the pool or take a walk on the almost endless stretch of beach. Dinner together at our hotel in Esterillos this evening.

      Hotel Features: Oceanfront boutique hotel on isolated Esterillos beach.

    8. Day 8: Canoeing & Snorkeling

      Highlights: Canoeing and snorkeling along the Pacific Coast

      The last full day of our Costa Rica adventure takes us to nearby Agujas Beach, where we'll take outrigger canoes for a day of paddling and snorkeling. Each canoe holds 6 to 7 people plus a guide, so you don't have to do all of the work. We'll paddle to a nearby beach where we'll stop to eat a picnic, rest, swim, and snorkel before heading back to the starting point in the afternoon. We'll celebrate the end of our journey with a final dinner together at a seaside restaurant.

      Hotel Features: Oceanfront boutique hotel on isolated Esterillos beach.

    9. Day 9: Shuttle back to San José

      Highlights: Morning shuttle back to San José, arriving late afternoon

      After breakfast together, we offer a free shuttle back to San José for those needing to get home. We'll arrive in San José between 11:00AM and noon, so make sure your departing flight leaves no sooner than 3:00PM. There are daily flights from a local airport to San José as well, if you would like to spend some extra time on the beach. Pura Vida!

    • Highlights

      Pacific coast beaches, Hiking in the rainforest, Great cycling, Wildlife viewing on a float trip down the Tenorio River, Snorkeling in the Pacific, White water rafting on the Pacuare River
    • Includes

      9 days, 8 nights accommodation, 7 dinners with beer or fruit drinks, 2 picnic lunches, 7 breakfasts, group shuttle to San José at tour end, and all activities included in itinerary. plus "The Usual"
    • Countries

      Costa Rica
    • Begin/End

      Orosi/Esterillos Beach
    • Arrive/Depart

      San José
    • Total Distance

      Bicycling: 120 - 161 km (74 - 99 miles) - Rafting: 27 km (16.6 miles) - Hiking: 2 to 4 hours
    • Daily Distance

      Bicycling Average: 33 miles
    • Rating

      301 There is a 15km (9 miles) section of gravel road on the first day of riding. If you prefer a hybrid bike you may have to shuttle this section. Shorter rides with some steep climbs; varied activities.
    • Terms

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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.

    • 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 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.

    • We have never been on a guided holiday before and this trip exceeded our expectations. The country is amazing, the people are friendly and gracious and you can drink the water everywhere.

      Katherine T., Denver, CO
    • Our tour leader made a great tour even better. [My favorite part was ] the mixture of activities, getting to see lots of wildlife, and the significant amount of country we saw.

      Laurel E.
      San Francisco, CA
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      Ken J.
      Fort Collins, CO

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