Neenan Cycling Logo

Active Costa Rica

Discover the rainforest, volcanoes and coastline of captivating Costa Rica



At a glance

* Travel by air-conditioned minibus
* Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
* 8 nights comfortable hotels

Discover the rainforest, volcanoes and coastline of captivating Costa Rica

From rumbling volcanoes to sweeping, sandy beaches, Costa Rica’s beauty is
evident in every corner. On this action-packed adventure we try grade III
whitewater rafting in Sarapiqui, take bikes around Lake Arenal and have a go
at zip-lining through the misty cloud forest of Monteverde. Our adventure
ends in the lush Manuel Antonio National Park, where we can appreciate the
wildlife and picture-perfect coastline on a catamaran excursion.

https://www.exodus.co.uk/sites/exod/files/node/itinerary/images/auf.jpg?t=1Dgp6K

Type: Land Only

Flight prices available from NeenanCycling. Contact us for details

What’s included

* All breakfasts 3 lunches and 2 dinners
* All accommodation
* All transport and listed activities
* Tour leader throughout
* Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

Food:
All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners included.

Hotel breakfasts are normally buffet style, with toast, cereal, eggs, fruits
and tea/coffee all available. For lunch and dinner, the tour leader will
recommend various options in convenient locations, usually booking
restaurants and eating with the group. Vegetarians are generally well catered
for in Costa Rica but please inform us before departure of any special
dietary requests.

Costa Rican specialities include ‘Gallo Pinto’, a black bean and rice dish
considered to be a staple part of the local diet. Soups and stews are also
common, and fresh fruit is abundant and will no doubt be one of the
highlights of your time in the tropics.

Start destination: San Jose

End destination: San Jose Airport

Cycling profile

Day 1

The group flight usually arrives into San Jose this morning. Land Only
clients should aim to arrive at the hotel this afternoon/evening. This
evening is the perfect opportunity to meet your guide and get to know your
fellow travellers.
Accommodation: Balmoral Hotel (or similar)
*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 2

Heading northeast of San Jose we swap the capital for the Sarapiqui region,
an area blessed with abundant vegetation and the beautiful Sarapiqui River.
This area is gathering a reputation as a great spot for adventure seekers! We
board 6-person rafts and set off for a 1/2 day white water rafting excursion
on grade II and III rapids. Starting at a section of the river called La
Virgen, travel 11km through exhilarating rapids and clear pools, with
rainforest towering over the river banks at either side. There will be a
short stop for seasonal fruits and plenty of time for a refreshing swim in
one of the calm sections of the river. After lunch, we transfer for around 3
hours to the area surrounding Arenal Volcano. Following a massive eruption in
1968, Arenal was Costa Rica’s most active volcano until recently when it
entered a resting phase. As well as the volcano, this region has plenty to
offer, with thermal waters, waterfalls and Lake Arenal waiting to be
discovered.
Accommodation: Arenal Montechiari Hotel (or similar)
*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 3

There is a guided hike this morning through Arenal Volcano National Park. The
park has a great system of trails passing through secondary forest and near
lava fields created by previous eruptions. In the afternoon we visit a local
organic farm located at the foot of Arenal Volcano, where lunch is provided
for us and we can learn how sugar cane and other crops are produced. In the
late afternoon we visit Ecotermales Hot Springs as a group to enjoy a hot
thermal bath from the volcanic spring water, a refreshing end to the day.
Accommodation: Arenal Montechiari Hotel (or similar)
*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 4

Following yesterday’s thermal bath our muscles should be ready for today’s
mountain bike ride around Lake Arenal! Gear yourself up for a moderate ride
this morning, mostly following quiet country roads and gravel trails that
border the Arenal Volcano National Park. There are stunning views and
travelling by bike is a great way to discover the beauty of the rainforest.
Upon request, the tour can end at a different hotsprings nearby (entrance fee
not included). The rest of the afternoon is free to sign up for an optional
activity, such as the Sky Walk (canopy walk), Sky Trek (zip wire), kayaking
tour or the Hanging Bridges excursion.
Accommodation: Arenal Montechiari Hotel (or similar)
*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 5

From the northern lowlands we travel through the Tilaran mountains to reach
the cloud forest, passing breathtaking views of the Gulf of Nicoya and the
islands below as we ascend the hills to Monteverde. The road climbs to this
forest-cloaked region whose name literally means ‘Green Mountain’. Today’s
drive is about three and half hours, on some bumpy roads. Monteverde is our
location for the next two nights – you’ll notice a real difference in the
climate of this area; gone is the humidity of the lowlands and in its place
is a cool mist, a steady stream of clouds and a much cooler average
temperate, given the altitude of 1,440m. In the afternoon, we take a walk
around the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, an area chosen as one
of Costa Rica’s ‘Seven Wonders’ for its incredible biodiversity. The moisture
in the cloud forest supports a fantastic array of plantlife, with ferns and
moss growing on every available tree trunk. Hundreds of mammals, birds,
butterflies, reptiles and amphibians live in this habitat and we should
discover a number of them today.
Accommodation: Monteverde Country Lodge (or similar)
*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 6

This morning we get a completely new perspective on the cloud forest by
taking a zip-lining excursion through the forest canopy. Before you fly down
the zip-lines, guides will teach you the proper technique, including how to
position yourself and hold the cable correctly, enabling you to safely embark
on this adrenaline pumping adventure through the trees. The afternoon it’s
possible to join an optional excursion to the Don Juan estate to learn about
the process of making coffee.
Accommodation: Monteverde Country Lodge (or similar)
*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 7

We travel southeast along the coast, following the Pan-Am Highway and passing
plantations of African oil palms and teak to reach our next destination,
Manuel Antonio. It takes around 4 hours to reach Manuel Antonio. The national
park is a beautiful spot where the forest meets the sea and iguanas and
White-faced monkeys can often be seen on the beach. Entrance into the park is
included in our activities tomorrow, but this afternoon there will be some
free time to visit the beach or join one of the optional activities
available, such as sea kayaking, horse riding or a mangrove boat tour.
Accommodation: Playa Espadilla / Villa Bosque (or similar)
*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 8

This morning we take a guided walk in the park to reach one of the higher
elevations for incredible coastal views of dramatic rocky headlands. Inside
the park we may see monkeys (White-faced, Squirrel and Howler), iguana,
sloths and agouti. Most of the walking trails lead to beautiful beaches
within the national park. This afternoon we set sail on a catamaran excursion
to discover the coastline of Manuel Antonio. The catamaran charts a
picturesque course, starting in Quepos and navigating around the back of
Manuel Antonio National Park, passing islands, cliffs and rock formations.
There are a number of nesting grounds for birds and marine wildlife here as
well as plentiful vegetation. After navigating the coastline we sail to
Bisanz beach, where we can don a mask and snorkel to discover the underwater
world (parrotfish, angelfish and starfish might be seen). If we are lucky, we
may even spot dolphins in the water. Please note that water visibility varies
depending on the season and the snorkeling activity is weather permitting.
Drinks and snacks are available on board and an early dinner will be served
as part of the trip.
Accommodation: Playa Espadilla / Villa Bosque (or similar)
*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 9

A four hour journey takes us back to San Jose, where those on group flights
will be transferred to the airport in time for their return flight. Land only
clients end in San Jose and are advised not to book a flight leaving San Jose
before 5pm today, as arrival at the airport will be timed to co-incide with
the group flight.

Prices & Dates

Date: 2018-11-162018-11-24

Trip code: AUF181116

Availability: Available

Trip status: Fully guaranteed

Price: €1905

Book now

Date: 2019-01-252019-02-02

Trip code: AUF190125

Availability: Available

Trip status: Fully guaranteed

Price: €2285

Book now

Date: 2019-03-152019-03-23

Trip code: AUF190315

Availability: Available

Trip status: Fully guaranteed

Price: €2285

Book now

Customer Feedback

Lots of variety!

Summary:
A thoroughly enjoyable and exciting way to see the country – walking,
cycling, boat trip, ziplining, white water rafting, and plenty of jungle and
wildlife. All with a manageable amount of travelling to see very different
parts of the country.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Ziplining over the Costa Rican rainforest canopy, feeling liberated and
taking in the incredible views

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Our leader Adriana was really lovely, had great English, and as a Biologist
by trade had an incredible eye for pointing out all sorts of flora & fauna as
we were partaking in our various activities. We saw monkeys, sloths,
crocodiles, coatis, as well as endless beautiful birds. Our driver Olivier
was also fantastic, taking great care of the minibus every day.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Pack a variety of lightweight clothes for different activities and quite
varying climates throughout different parts of the country. Wet shoes or
velcro sandals are useful for white water rafting, otherwise you will be
wearing your trainers and hoping they dry out for the next day! If you wear
glasses then best to take a strap to hold them on during rafting. Take a
water bottle with you as a water dispenser is available on the minibus so you
can refill as and when you like.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
During the dry season, the river levels are quite low and the rapids are very
tame! If you’re looking for true grade 2/3 rapids then best to go when the
river is a bit higher

Read full review

Watching a classy act

Summary:
The trip was good with Exodus staff doing a great job. Even our non-English
speaking driver, Roberto, always managed a warm “hello”. Makes a lot of yards
in starting each day and making it into a great day.
Costa Rica is geared mainly for the American market – everything in dollars.
Sadly all things American includes plastic cheese and processed meat – makes
for a lousy omelette! Food was disappointing, largely because I expected some
elements of ‘spice and fire’. Food was plain on the Caribbean (how does that
happen?). Sauces really shouldn’t be offered in plastic bottles of 57 – no
names! And beer at London prices???? Prevented the group from bonding at the
bar on the first night. Some, like me, used the convenience store to stock up
and no garden, meant a bedroom snifter before dinner – pity.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Zip Lining and Rapid descent. The guy pulling the brake on time, when I
plunged (by arrangement) 150 feet – it gets higher in telling – from a cloud
forest tree to Mother Earth. Then, being told to climb back up there!

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Splendid! As someone who has written and led tours, I can’t speak more highly
of him. Great driver too!

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Buy some Colonas (local currency) or you will be given change for dollars in
local money at variable rates.
Take Vitamin B6 for 2 weeks before trip, plus during visit (check with your
(GP) – mossies will positively spit you out!

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Hotel in San Jose was utility. Better location might have been on city edge,
as we had no time to look around, so why choose there?. Better a more
peaceful setting. Also, insist on those bar prices being regulated for your
clients, if no-one else. As I said, it directly influenced some (not just
me) to avoid the bar and so delay the highly important getting to know our
fellow travellers.
I used to select trade shows my company attended and it was small things like
this and silly lunch prices, that influenced the decision makers. Earls Court
wouldn’t listen, nor Olympia – said it was out of their control – REALLY? We
just didn’t buy stand space.

Read full review

Costa Rica Mixed Activity

Summary:
Excellent trip. Very busy itinerary with a variety of activities. Eduardo was
a great leader and was very knowledgeable about the areas we visited and the
country as a whole. His love of his country is very evident!

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Loved challenging myself to some new activities: whitewater rafting,
kayaking, zip lining!

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Make sure you have a long sleeved shirt or rash guard! The sun is lovely but
intense! 🙂 Bring your sun cream!

Read full review

Costa Rica mixed activity

Summary:
Stunning scenery, extraordinary and wonderful wildlife, excellent and
knowledgable guide in a wonderfully diverse and enchanting country.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Exhilarating white water rafting, contrasting with the stillness of the cloud
forrest broken only by the sound of bird calls.
Coming face to face with white faced monkeys in Dan Antonio was fun too!

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Andreas was a knowledgable group leader.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Take closed wet shoes for the whitewater rafting, and plastic bags for damp
clothing as items don’t dry easily in the rain forest despite the high
temperatures!

Read full review

Costa Rica with lots of activity

Summary:
I loved the trip, and would highly recommend it for everyone who loves being
active, being outdoors, doing different activities during your holiday, and
who does not mind being rained on (lots!). The group was fantastic, the tour
leader fabulous, nature and wildlife are just amazing! We saw so many birds,
reptiles, bugs and butterflies (mostly due to the unbelievably good eyes of
our tour guide Ozzy), the nature is breathtaking and we actually didn’t mind
taking lots and lots of pictures of trees and leaves and other greenery. The
activities were well balanced, and you could fill every hour of spare time
with additional adventures, which all most of our group did.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
I loved the wild water rafting (grade C), the guides were great fun, and as
the first activity it is the perfect ice breaker for the group. I could not
fault any of the other activities, all were great fun and a memorable
experience. We were all in awe when we saw a Quetzal, apparently a very rare
and hard to spot bird. Seeing the sloth with a baby was fantastic, picture
perfect. The catamaran and snorkelling tour was a grand finale to the trip.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Ozzy was the perfect guide. Very knowledgable, his eagle-eyes spotted every
animal no matter how well it tried to hide. He feels very passionate about
his country and shows this with every story or tale.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Inform yourself of any other activities you may want to do in your spare
time. Every hotel or lodge we stayed in has a number of options, there is no
reason to sit around unless you actually want to do that 😉 Be prepared for
rain, take a good quality rain poncho.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
The number of options and activities for this trip is great. I would suggest
to use the longer trip and add all those activities to it, so customers can
choose between the more relaxed and the active trip. I would have liked to
travel to the Carribbean cost and see the turtles, but I did not choose the
longer trip because the activities was what I definitely wanted.

Read full review

Costa Rica Mixed Activity

Summary:
A fun filled trip. An amazing country, influenced slightly by USA but it has
not lost any of its charm.
If you are looking for wildlife then this trip is for you.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Spotting so much wildlife including Sloths, howlers, humped back whales,
iguanas, birds etc
Canyoning optional activity, zip lining, thermal hot springs, swimming in the
Pacific, white water rafting Grade 3

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Ozzie was amazing- he went out of his way to organise all optional
activities, even some not on the list
Super restaurant recommendations
A great ability to spot wildlife and an excellent knowledge

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Several people extend the trip so they can visit other national parks e.g. to
see the turtles
Take a good quality poncho

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
This trip would be even better if 2 weeks long- there is another Costa Rica
trip that caters for 2 weeks and looks wonderful for wildlife but doesn’t
include the many activities this trip does.

Read full review

Very Active Costa Rica!

Summary:
This was a great trip, with a brilliant guide and a wonderful group of
people. It was a really good way to see and experience the adventures that
Costa Rica has to offer. As well as the activities which were included in
the price there was also time to do optional extras. It was a really active
and enjoyable trip. The food was good and the accommodation very comfortable.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Swimming in the warm Pacific after a long ( but interesting) bus trip, and a
nature walk in Manuel Antonio NP. With the help of Ozzie, we spotted sloths,
lizards, squirrel monkeys and hummingbirds and avoided having our stuff
stolen by the white headed monkeys. A really magical day! Also feeling the
fear of the biking and zip lining, doing it anyway and having great fun.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Ozzie took great pride in showing us his country. His love of the environment
was very clear and he was able to spot and show us animals, birds and
reptiles. He also took great care that everything was organised really well.
A really professional and experienced Guide- he was great. Also a special
mention for our driver Gerardo who kept us safe and comfortable all week.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Be prepared for wet weather ( condensation as Ozzie called it) , and the fact
that its hard to get things dry. A good raincoat or poncho was invaluable.
You also need warm weather stuff, but remember someone has to haul your bag
up on top of the bus!!
Investigate additional activities – each hotel had brochures as well as the
additional activities identified by Exodus. Some of us did a kayak safari
float, a night nature walk, surfing etc.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Costa Rica was recommended to me by other Exodus travellers and I would do
the same. Tourism is well organised and that means it feels safe to travel
there. It is also a really great place to explore diverse environments from
rain forests, rivers, oceans and beaches. Go for it!

Read full review

TRAILS OF COSTA RICA

Summary:
A unique trip to a wonderful country.  Costa Rica is beautiful, its flora
and fauna are gorgeous.  This new itinerary covers northern and
north/western areas with the diversity of rainforest, volcanic landscape,
cloud forest and Pacific coastline.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
I enjoyed every single day of this trip but particularly three (optional)
activities: (1) Monteverde hanging bridges.  A lovely walk in the
tranquillity of the cloud forest.(2) Cano Negro Wildlife Reserve river
safari.  We saw all three monkeys found in the region (howler, spider and
white-faced capuchin), many exotic birds, caimen, butterflies, so much
more.(3) The boat trip at Samara (although I would have preferred a bigger
boat with more shelter from the sun).  We had a magical encounter with a 
huge pod of spotted dophins which included many calves and several acrobats
performing all the tricks – hurling themselves out of the ocean, doing flip
flops and even tail walking.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Jose Saenz was excellent – everything I have come to expect of an Exodus
leader.  Efficient, personable, likeable, good-humoured, extremely
knowledgeable re Costa Rica’s flora and fauna, soon tuning into our
individual interests and concerns and going that extra mile to look after us.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Three essentials for this trip – a poncho, binoculars and Deet (especially in
Samara).  And a few words of Spanish – always appreciated.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Because I was visiting in the rainy season I expected it to rain a lot – and
Costa Rica did not disappoint!  We had several downpours of biblical
proportions and spectacular thunder and lightning storms.  However, there
are real advantages in travelling at this time – fewer tourists at many of
the venues and in restaurants, better access to river channels, less extreme
heat.We were a micro-group (just three of us) and Jose was our
guide/driver.  This was my 11th Exodus trip but the first time I have
travelled in such a small group.  In fact this proved to be a very enjoyable
experience (thank-you, Suzy and Tim) allowing us the flexibility to set our
own schedule.  In practice, we soon realised (with Jose’s input) that it was
best to start our days early and complete our activities around lunchtime
(after which the rains inevitably arrived), usually leaving afternoons free
for us to do our own thing – swimming (all the lodges/hotels had pools), spa
treatments or just relaxing. Tourism is very important to Costa Rica’s
economy and it shows.  The standard of accommodation was pleasing and
everywhere we went we were greeted warmly and service standards were top
notch.  We ate well – delicious, fresh, local produce especially fruit
(pineapple – divine) and vegetables, eggs at breakfast cooked to order and we
had many tasty meals at lovely restaurants (Chilean Sauvignon Blanc
recommended) and pit-stop cafes.  I thought food was very good value for
money (compared to London prices). I have been back from this holiday for
ten days now but the feel good factor of my visit to Costa Rica has yet to
wear off!

Read full review


Activity Levels


Activity Levels range from Leisurely to Tough, the grading takes into account the daily cycling distances and terrain, as well as any technical riding skill required. We also consider the number of cycling days as there can be a cumulative affect from tiredness on a longer trip and the type of accommodation used, as this can also influence your day to day recovery.

If you are in any doubt, please give us a call on +353-1-607 9900 or email us.


Activity level 1 - Leisurely Activity level 1: Leisurely

If you can ride a bike and enjoy gentle exercise, these are an ideal introduction to a cycling holiday. No routes are entirely flat, so expect some short climbs and descents. Maximum daily height gain is approximately 250 metres and daily distances rarely exceed 50kms (32 miles), any longer days are often optional.


Activity level 3 - Moderate Activity level 3: Moderate

Most people who enjoy a weekend riding at home will enjoy a Moderate trip. You need to be in good health and reasonably fit. Ideal for occasional cyclists, or as a more relaxed trip for fitter riders. Moderate off-road trips require no previous experience. Distances rarely exceed 70kms (43 miles) per day.


Activity level 5 - Challenging Activity level 5: Challenging

For any ride at this level, fitness is important. Challenging trips require confidence in your ability and physical condition. They are equivalent to an extended period of cycling at home. Previous mountain biking experience is essential for Challenging off road trips as they will involve some technical riding.


Activity level 7 - Tough Activity level 7: Tough

Previous experience of the cycling style or surface is a must as these routes have long cycling days and tougher terrain on both road and off road trips. You need complete confidence in your fitness and technical ability to cope with difficult or steep terrain, rough surfaces and longer distances. Ideal for those seeking a challenge!


Split grades

In order to provide more accuracy, where a trip falls between two grades we use an intermediate or ‘split’ grade, for example 2: Leisurely/Moderate.


Facebook