The Ultimate Adventure Medley

Biking, Hiking, Kayaking, Whitewater Rafting & Zip Lining
Costa Rica adventure travel

This is our most popular Costa Rican adventure. The goal is to traverse across the country on a series of trails, rivers, and backcountry roads while sampling a variety of outdoor activities. We begin with a 2-day whitewater rafting experience on the Pacuare River. Here we overnight at a riverside jungle camp, enjoying delicious meals and surrounding wildlife. We move onward to the Arenal Volcano where we ride mountain bikes and take to the jungle canopy for a zip-lining tour. After a full day of adventure, we have a soak in the thermal hot springs surrounding the volcano. Moving to the Pacific coast, we paddle sea kayaks to an island off Samara Beach and enjoy a lunch in the sun. We conclude on our mountain bikes as we cycle on the hard-packed sands of Coyote Beach. Meals are served in carefully selected local restaurants or prepared by our guides. Our nights are spent in cozy hotel accommodation, offering private bathrooms and comfortable amenities.

WOW FACTORS

  • Biking on abandoned whitesand beaches on the Pacific Coast
  • Two days of whitewater rafting down the Pacuare River
  • Hiking and canopy tour at Arenal Volcano

Trip Itinerary

DayDestinationActivityLodgingMeals
1San JoseArrivalHotel-
2San Jose - Pacuare RiverRaftingJungle CampB,L,D
3Pacuare River - La FortunaRaftingHotelB,L
4Arenal VolcanoBiking, Zip-lining & Hot SpringsHotelB
5Samara BeachSea KayakingHotelB,L
6Samara BeachBikingHotelB,L
7Playa CoyoteBikingHotelB,L,D
8Coyote Beach - San JoseTransferHotelB
9San JoseDeparture-B

Day 1: San Jose (Arrival)

A BikeHike Adventures representative will meet you at the Juan Santamaria International airport in San Jose and transfer you to a comfortable hotel in town.

Day 2: San Jose - Pacuare River (Whitewater Rafting)

We begin with a scenic two hour drive along the foothills of the Irazu and Turrialba volcanoes to our whitewater rafting "put-in" on the Pacuare River. Here we kick off for two days of adventure tackling (28 km's/15 miles) of class III-IV rapids. The first day on the river is a short paddle day giving us plenty of time to explore this pristine river valley. Tonight we overnight at a luxury riverside campsite with tents mounted on wooden platforms facing the river, beautiful manicured gardens, an open-air dining room and kitchen, a washroom with flush toilets and sinks and lots of hammocks in a gazebo to relax in. There are also some short hikes accessible from the campsite if you still have some energy. (B,L,D)

Day 3: Pacuare River (Whitewater Rafting)

We have another day of Pacuare adrenaline planned, plunging downstream through a dramatic landscape of rainforest, cascading waterfalls and fertile canyon walls. This section has non-stop rapids that are mightier and faster than yesterdays. We’ll stop along the way to do a side hike up to some natural waterslides. We "take-out" near the town of Siquirres and then head towards the town of La Fortuna - closest town to the Arenal Volcano. (B,L)

Day 4: Arenal Volcano (Biking, Zip-lining & Hot Springs)

Up until now we've stayed on terra firma, but it's time to ascend to the rainforest canopy - a thrilling way to view the diversity of a Costa Rican rainforest. Secured in a harness, 100 feet off the ground, we'll traverse on cables between the trees, viewing the vegetation from the canopy. Afterwards we take to the trails on foot, hiking to a 120-foot cascading waterfall. Wading below the powerful rush of water is absolutely thrilling. Late afternoon we jump on bikes, cycling amongst dense tropical forest and a few cattle farms. This route connects the Arenal Dam with the main entrance to Arenal Volcano National Park. We'll also ride to the village of El Castillo. Today there are opportunities to see howler monkeys, coatis and a lot of bird life including keel-billed toucans, snowy egrets and kingfishers. The Arenal Volcano is visible during most of our ride today and is a constant reminder of its active presence because of the frequent rumblings. The day concludes soaking in the Ecotermales Hot Springs, natural springs heated by the volcano. Overnight in a comfortable hotel. (B)

Day 5: Samara Beach (Sea Kayaking)

Today we depart for the southwestern Pacific Coast. Our route is around the picturesque Lake Arenal and down to the cattle grazing plains of Guanacaste. This afternoon we paddle down the Nicoya coast exploring the pristine beaches and rugged rocky points. Keep your eyes peeled along the way for sea turtles basking in the turquoise water, flying fish darting through the air, or a glimpse of a playful dolphin. We land our kayaks on the palm fringed white sand beach in time for a cool drink at the Mirador viewpoint. At Playa Samara, the evening is free to play in the surf, walk along the beach, or relax by the hotel pool. (B,L)

Day 6: Samara Beach (Biking)

Host to the annual Vuelta de la Soledad mountain bike race with around 800 entrants, the laid-back beach resort of Samara is Costa Rica’s hidden tropical paradise on the Pacific Coast. With a superb coral reef and its own picturesque wooded island in the bay, it is popular with swimmers and windsurfers and is a thriving fishing and farming community. The race covers 83kms of beach, road, hill and trail encountering various river crossings which traverse countryside and rainforest, rugged pacific coastline and sleepy Costa Rican villages. On today’s biking adventure we will explore the route (minus the crowds!) meandering inland and back to the coast. As evening draws in we witness the spectacular sunsets of the Nicoya Peninsula. Overnight at the same hotel in Samara. (B,L)

Day 7: Playa Coyote (Biking)

Right after breakfast, we drive to the beaches of Coyote.  Here we spend another day exploring this spectacular coastline by knobby tire mountain bikes. An incredible playground of dirt roads, rolling hills, trails and hard-packed sand beaches await us as as head south.  We settle for the night in a cozy hotel. (5-7 hours biking). Overnight at a cozy hotel in Coyote. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Coyote Beach - San Jose

We have a free morning to enjoy the beach. After lunch we will begin our drive back to San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica. This evening is a chance to take in the sights and sounds of San Jose. Overnight at a comfortable hotel. (B)

Day 9: San Jose - Departure

You will be transferred to the airport for your return flight home. (B)

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Trip Includes:

All accommodation (twin shared), meals as indicated (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner), all internal transport, 24-speed mountain bikes with front suspension, sea kayaks, rafting gear, 2-person tents, support vehicle, airport transfers and veteran wilderness guides.

Trip Does Not Include:

Airport departure taxes, gratuities, meals not included and items of a personal nature.

Meals:

8 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 2 Dinners

Accommodation:

Hotel: 7 Nights

Jungle Camp: 1 Night

“I liked everything about the trip. It was well organized with lots of variety and fun everyday. Jairo and Manriqui did a wonderful job of loooking after our group. I can't say enough good things about both of them. They are great representatives for BikeHike.”
~ Cathy Windsor - Ontario, Canada

“The white water rafting was my favorite. I very much enjoyed all of it actually, and being able to see the real Costa Rica from the back roads, on a bike was incredible. Juan Carlos, our guide, was absolutely wonderful with his high energy and positive, contagious personality.”
~ Brenda Studebaker - Missouri, USA

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About Costa Rica:

Costa Rica is a lush paradise guaranteed to satiate any traveller's hunger for biking and hiking vacations. The untouched wonders that await in this tiny country are so varied and so rich you'll want to return again and again. National parks and reserves account for more than one quarter of the land in Costa Rica. BikeHike Adventures was born guiding travellers through Costa Rica's rainforests, seacoast and rivers. We're hooked, and we know you will be too. From jungle canopy to raging rapids, Costa Rica will delight and amaze you with its natural beauty.

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