Mas Tico que el gallo pinto! (More Costa Rican than spotted rooster)

You've been asking for Costa Rica for years.  Our guess is, many of you went without us -- we don't blame you!  In our defense, we wanted to take our time, find the perfect adventure, create unbreakable partnerships -- all with our guest in mind and special touches involved to be worthy of our Unbound™ signature line of trips.  We did it!   And in 2017, our energy, passion, love of people, food, wildlife, culture and adventure will come to Costa Rica for the first time!

We introduce to you....Costa Rica Unbound.

TWO DATES ONLY! (First come, first served)

  • February 5-10, 2017
  • February 19-24, 2017

RATES

  • $2890 - first 9 guests 
  • $2490 - 10 or more guests
  • $500 single supplement.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Luxury accomodations
  • Monkeys, Birds, Wildlife Galore
  • Local, delicously prepared meals
  • Multiport: raft, hike, bike, horseback and kayak! (at your pace)
  • Zipline canopy tour
  • Tico-Style beach cookout
  • Rainforest chocolate tour

RESERVE YOUR SPOT

  • Email: morag@rowadventures.com
  • Call: Morag at 800-451-6034 ext 813

SEE DAY TO DAY ITINERARY

 
Day
1

TODAY'S ACTIVITY:

Whitewater Rafting on the Balsa River

DESCRIPTION:

Your ROW Adventures' guides will meet you at the Hampton Inn & Suites at 8:00 AM on the first day of the trip. You’ll transfer one and a half hours to Bajo Rodriguez, enjoying a light breakfast upon arrival at the put-in (if you are staying at the Hampton Inn the night before, we suggest taking advantage of the provided hot breakfast, as arrival is slated for 9:30 AM). Once at the river, you’ll meet your unforgettable raft guides, who’ll show you the ropes of rafting before putting on the water. Please have your rafting day bag easily accessible, separate from your luggage (non-cotton clothing and water shoes that will stay on your feet); you will have the opportunity to change into your rafting clothes once you arrive at the put-in. There are no dull moments today, as you will experience over fifty Class III rapids in 9.5 miles as you pass through a dense tropical wilderness on a river fed by waters flowing from the Poás Volcano. There will be stops along the way to swim and refuel with fresh fruit. Afterwards, you’ll enjoy an authentic Costa Rican lunch at a local farm, where your raft guides become your farm guides and show you what “Ecotourism” really means. After this exhilarating adventure you will take a final shuttle to your hotel, where you can relax in hot spring-fed pools of natural mineral water while taking in stunning views of the Arenal Volcano. Reconvene with your companions for a social hour and dinner as your guides fill you in on the details of the adventures to follow.

HOTEL:

Casa Luna Hotel & Spa or Hotel Arenal
VISIT casa Luna WEBSITE

VISIT HOTEL ARENAL WEBSITE

 

 

INCLUDED MEALS:

Light Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

 

 
Day
2

TODAY'S ACTIVITY:

Arenal Springs to Rainforest Chocolate Tour
Bike Ride - Approximately 12 miles

TODAY'S ACTIVITY:

Rainforest Chocolate Tour

TODAY'S ACTIVITY:

Lake Arenal Boat Transfer

DESCRIPTION:

After breakfast, your ROW Adventures guides will fit you to your bike for the week and describe what to expect on today's ride. Then you’ll hop on the bikes and coast alongside the massive and beautiful Arenal Volcano for the ride down to La Fortuna. Upon reaching your destination, Rainforest Chocolate, you’ll take part in a 2-hour tour to learn about the origin and history of the cacao tree. From the harvesting of the fruit to the drying and grinding of the seed, you will discover the ancient secrets of chocolate and of course, enjoy high-quality organic chocolate. After the tour you will enjoy a picnic lunch before boarding a boat and cruising across Lake Arenal toward your next hotel, nestled high in the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Tonight, you'll delight in a special dinner at the hotel, admiring views of the distant Gulf of Nicoya from the deck of the Celajes Restaurant.

HOTEL:

Hotel Belmar 
VISIT WEBSITE

INCLUDED MEALS:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


 
Day
3

TODAY'S activity:

Selvatura to Hotel Belmar
Bike Ride - Approximately 8 miles

AVID OPTION:

Selvatura to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Approximately 12 miles

TODAY'S ACTIVITY:

Canopy Tree Zipline & Tarzan Swing | Afternoon Yoga Class

DESCRIPTION:

The sky is the limit today, as you begin with an adrenaline-filled canopy zipline tour on one of Costa Rica's longest ziplines, and the only canopy tour inside the Monteverde Cloud Forest. This biological reserve is one-of-a-kind and world-famous for being 90% virgin forest with an extremely high level of biodiversity, including over 2,500 plant species (and the most orchid species in a single place), 100 species of mammals, 400 bird species, and 120 reptilian and amphibian species. After your zip-lining adventure, you’ll enjoy lunch among a colorful garden full of hummingbirds before heading off to explore the rugged beauty and panoramic views of Monteverde on your bike. You may choose to ride straight back to the hotel or tackle the out-and-back climb to the entrance of the Cloud Forest Reserve. The hotel also offers a complimentary yoga class mid-afternoon to guests of the hotel. Tonight, you may dine in the Celajes Restaurant again, at your leisure (the dinner is included in the price of your trip, but you are free to eat at the time of your choosing).

HOTEL:

Hotel Belmar 
VISIT WEBSITE

INCLUDED MEALS:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


 
Day
4

TODAY'S activity:

Kayaking Rio Montana

TODAY'S ACTIVITY:

Tico-Style Beach Cookout 

DESCRIPTION:

After another truly memorable Costa Rican breakfast on the terrace of Hotel Belmar, your destination today is the Pacific coast. The day begins with a 3.5-hour shuttle down from the mountains into the warmer, dryer Guanacaste Province. The shuttle ends at a wonderful organic juice bar called Sámara Organics, where you'll hydrate, grab a snack and get ready for a memorable kayaking session with a special guest guide on the wildlife filled Rio Montana.  We may also get to see the famous turtles on Playa Ostional!   The kayaks are nicely equipped sit-on tops, comfortable and perfect for a casual paddle down a lazy river.  After our kayak tour, you’ll then meet Pilo, a local fisherman, and his family who will host a beach cookout of just-caught fish and the freshest ceviche you'll ever taste. Tonight enjoy a catered meal by a local chef at your cozy bed and breakfast in an open-air setting with magical panoramic views of the Nosara beaches.

HOTEL:

Villa Mango Bed & Breakfast 
VISIT WEBSITE

INCLUDED MEALS:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


 
Day
5

TODAY'S ACTIVITY:

Surfing Lesson at Playa Guiones

TODAY'S ACTIVITY:

Sunset Beach Horseback Ride

DESCRIPTION:

Visit with your hosts Agnes and Jo at Villa Mango over a made-to-order breakfast including "gallo pinto," or rice and beans--a Costa Rican breakfast staple which may be one of your favorites too by now. Then it's time to head down to Playa Guiones for a surfing lesson at one of the most consistent and best 'beach breaks' a beginner could ask for. If surfing isn't up your alley, you can choose to sign up for a yoga class at one of Nosara's renowned studios (not included in the price of the trip) or simply lounge by the pool to enjoy the Pacific views. The day is yours to enjoy and explore how you would like. This evening you'll have the option to get back in the saddle - but this time on horseback - as our friends from Playa Ponies guide you through lush jungle trails and along the river as you head to the pristine beach of your final destination, Playa Pelada. Here, you'll admire the sunset while celebrating the last night of your Costa Rican adventure at La Luna, the best beachfront restaurant in town.

HOTEL:

Villa Mango Bed & Breakfast 
VISIT WEBSITE

INCLUDED MEALS:

Breakfast | Social Hour | Dinner


 
Day
6

TODAY'S ACTIVITY:

Departure

DESCRIPTION:

This morning, after a final breakfast on the terrace, you will say farewell to your guides at 8:00 AM at the Villa Mango Bed & Breakfast. From here, you may extend your stay in the Nosara area or return to San José via flight or shuttle. ROW Adventures will provide one shuttle to the Nosara Airport, arriving around 8:30 AM and another shuttle to the village of Playa Guiones, arriving around 9:00 AM, or you can take our shuttle all the way back to Alajuela/San José. This shuttle can take from 4 to 6 hours, however, so we recommend the 45-minute flight from Nosara to San Jose on NatureAir at the cost of $100-170. Book far in advance as flights sell out and be sure to check the baggage restrictions. If you chose to take the shuttle back to Alajuela, we strongly suggest spending the night near the airport and booking a flight for the following morning. It is very risky to book an evening flight from San José, as traffic and road conditions on the drive back from Nosara are unpredictable.

INCLUDED MEALS:

Breakfast

 

 

 

 

 

HOTELS

Stay at Casa Luna Hotel & Spa on our Costa Rica bike tour

CASA LUNA HOTEL & SPA

LA FORTUNA, COSTA RICA

What happens when sumptuous luxury combines with natural beauty and global consciousness? Welcome to a hotel with a higher calling. Casa Luna is an ecological marvel, committed to protecting Mother Nature while providing the pinnacle in food and amenities. Located at the foot of Cerro Chato, an inactive volcano, the hotel was constructed with reforested wood, contaminate-free paint, roofs of recycled plastic and an energy saving electrical system, which minimizes the footprint without sacrificing comfort. Gardens surround the grounds, and rooms typically include terraces with exquisite views.

 

Stay at Hotel Belmar on Trek Travel's Costa Rica Cycling Vacation

HOTEL BELMAR

MONTEVERDE, COSTA RICA

Located in Costa Rica’s lush Cloud Forest amid the mountaintops of the Monteverde Reserve, Hotel Belmar offers guests a truly unique experience rich in natural wonder and elegance. Surrounding the two charming Chalets that compose the hotel you will find naturally landscaped gardens with luscious native plants, a vegetable and herb garden and a beautiful swan lake complete with sun deck. By day you can rest tired muscles in total relaxation at the hot tub or loosen up in the yoga studio, and by night you can choose to take in expansive views of the sunset over the distant waters of the Gulf of Nicoya at the hotel bar. Perched in the Cloud Forest but enjoying views of the Gulf on the horizon, the Hotel Belmar is situated in a truly privileged location.

 

Stay at Villa Mango Bed and Breakfast on Trek Travel's Costa Rica Cycling vacation

VILLA MANGO BED & BREAKFAST

NOSARA, COSTA RICA

Is there anything more authentic than a hotel that treats you like family? Located on a hill above Playa Pelada, Villa Mango has a reputation for a great vibe that's perfect for relaxing, recovering or discovering some of the magic of this area. The owners, Agnes and Jo, always go the extra mile to make guests feel at home, from charmingly decorated rooms to breakfasts that are sure to surprise and delight while they fuel you for the day ahead. Combine this homey feel with epic views and great weather, and this is one hotel that's sure to rejuvenate!