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ARENAL - VOLCANO NORTH PACIFIC BIKING EXPEDITION 9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS

Remember there is a departure tax of $29.00 per person.

What to bring? This is going to be a warm place with temperatures ranging between 75°F in San José, 90°F in Guanacaste, 75°F in Rincon de la Vieja, 75°F in Arenal. Swimming suit is necessary, hiking shoes or good snickers and an extra pair of shoes, sandals, suntan lotion, insects repellent (this I recommend just in case), flashlight, a rain coat, binoculars, camera and good vibrations to enjoy the beauty of this little peaceful country that we are happy to show you.

Day 1

Upon arrival a representative of Coasts & Mountains will meet you at the International Airport Juan Santamaría, to take you to the hotel.


Day 2

08:00 AM After breakfast our naturalist guide will pick you up to take you to the Arenal Volcano, one of the most active of the world. Afternoon, ride your bike from the hotel to the Volcán Arenal National Park. It is the most active volcano in Costa Rica. Recognized as a volcano since the 19th century, it was known by foreign investigators as Volcan Costa Rica, Rio Frio, Canastos Volcano and Cerro de los Guatusos. Arenal is the youngest and most active of all the mountains in Costa Rica. Arenal rises 1710 metres above sea level and overlooks Lake Arenal; both are part of Arenal Volcano National Park.

The country's most active volcano, Arenal's eruptions are strombolian in type, being frequent but moderate and can be viewed without danger as long as the viewers are behind the safety perimeter. This constant activity and minimal endangerment makes Arenal a popular tourist destination, especially at night, because the lava and incandescent rocks make a spectacular sight. Then hike to the lava flow, an impressive deposit from 1992. Mirador El Silencio Reserve has 4 trails located in a 556-acre property, with 247 acres of old growth forest, where a wide variety of animals in their natural habitat can be watched.

The Forest’s varied vegetation include majestic trees such as Ceibo and the trumpet-tree or Guarumo, where a wide-range of birds nest. Located just opposite of the impressive Arenal Volcano, the Reserve is the best lava observation point, which together with a wide variety of local fauna, bird watching possibilities and trails make this an unforgettable experience. Afternoon optional visit to natural Hot Springs.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch.


Day 3

08:00 AM After breakfast, ride your bike around the majestic Lake Arenal to Tronadora where you will board the support vehicle for your transfer to Miravalles, Guanacaste. The majestic Lake Arenal is Costa Rica’s largest lake.

Surrounded by rolling hills of pastured and forested land, the imposing cone of Volcan Arenal dominates its eastern vista. Following the 1968 eruption, Lake Arenal was enlarged to 3 times its original size, an area of 85.5 km (33 sq. miles). Now its basin forms a hydroelectric project that produces 9% of Costa Rica's electricity. Lake Arenal is the key driver in a nationwide hydroelectric project that currently produces the majority of electricity for the entire country. Water depth generally varies between 100 and 200 feet (61 m). The communities of "old" Arenal and Tronadora were submerged by the expanded lake.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch.


Day 4

08:00 AM After breakfast transfer to the slope of Miravalles Volcano, where you will pick up your bike to start riding uphill going from the tropical rain forest to the cool Tropical Cloud forest of the extinct Santa María Volcano, from there you start riding rolling hills crossing 7 rivers and creeks and then you will take a long down hill paralel to the canyon of the Río Liberia to finish in a landscape of tropical dry forest to arrive to the white city of Liberia .

Transfer to Hacienda Guachipelín. Meals: Breakfast and Lunch


Day 5

07:30 AMAfter breakfast, you will get ready to discover hidden waterfalls, pastures and blue water rivers colored by the volcanic activity, while you exercise your legs riding a great bike all over the trails.

After this event you will have lunch and in the afternoon take a 15 minutes walk to the Canyon tour where you will swing like Tarzan from platform to platform along the canyon of the Río Blanco. Our specialized guides are very professional and will make sure that you have a safe experience. we pack together in it, many more things than just the zip lines. Imagine yourself doing Rappeling, Rock Climbing, Canopy, Tarzan Swings, Via Ferrata, Hanging Bridges, all set in the majestic canyon made by the erosion of the Blanco River during millions of years.

Overnight at Hacienda Guachipelín. Meals: Breakfast and Lunch.


Day 6

07:30 AM Visit the mud pots at the Volcán Rincón de la Vieja National Park. Rincón de la Vieja (1,895 meters), an active volcano in a period of relative calm, is the largest of five volcanoes that make up the Cordillera de Guanacaste. It is composed of nine separate but contiguous volcanic craters, with dormant Santa María (1,916 meters) the tallest and most easterly. Its crater harbors a forest-rimmed lake popular with quetzals, linnets, and tapirs. The main crater--Von Seebach, sometimes called the Rincón de la Vieja crater--still steams. Icy Lake Los Jilgueros lies between the two craters.

The last serious eruption was in 1983. The attractions are protected in the 14,083-hectare Parque Nacional Volcán Rincón de la Vieja, which extends from 650 to 1,965 meters in elevation on both the Caribbean and Pacific flanks of the cordillera. The two sides differ markedly in rainfall and vegetation. Transfer to Hotel in Gulf of Papagayo. Afternoon at leisure to explore the beach and enjoy the warm waters of the tropical pacific of Costa Rica. This area is untamed and very beautiful. If you want to get away from people and experience the nature of Costa Rica at its fullest, this is a great area to explore.


Day 7

08:00 AM Tranfer to the town of Sardinal where you will start riding your bike along the North Pacific crossing several beautiful beaches to arrive to Playa Conchal or Playa Real. The North Pacific Side is one of the most popular places in Costa Rica, located in the Guanacaste Province, where hundreds of beautiful beaches and various national parks are located. National parks and biological reserves in Guanacaste are a privilege. Then transfer back to Gulf of Papagayo. Overnight in Papagayo.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch.


Day 8

12:30 AM After a free morning to go kayaking or to relax by the beach, lunch will be served at the hotel and then transfer to San José for overnight.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch.


Day 9

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

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