Costa Rica Volcanoes Mountain Biking

NEW for 2016!

Costa Rica Volcanoes Mountain Biking 10-Day Tour

We are thrilled to announce this NEW 10 day mountain biking adventure tour that immerses you in four different regions of Costa Rica – Cartago, Central Caribe, Arenal and Guanacaste with a backdrop of spectacular volcanoes. Every year guests exclaim how they’d love to have a longer biking adventure tour in Costa Rica – well here is that tour! The tour includes up to six days of easy-to-moderate mountain biking between small towns and villages and along rivers, volcanoes, and lakes interspersed with days of white water rafting on two of Costa Rica’s best rivers, and ends with well-deserved beach time and optional biking and surfing at the beach. You’ll start with mountain biking in Cartago and Central Caribe and then enjoy 2 days of white water rafting adventure on the famous Pacuare River combined with a fantastic overnight stay at Rios Tropicales Lodge, an award-winning ecolodge on the banks of the Pacuare river. Leaving Central Caribe and the Pacuare, you’ll head to Arenal’s famous volcano in La Fortuna, and enjoy cycling backroads in the shadow of the Arenal Volcano and beautiful Arenal Lake. From Arenal, you’ll bicycle to neighboring Guanacaste Province. Here you’ll get to experience Guanacaste’s high adventure rafting gem: the Cucaracho River, and 2 days to relax on the Northern Pacific beaches of Guanacaste, north of the province’s capital of Liberia. Picnic lunches are provided daily on the tour.

Trip Details

Trip Length 10 Day

Experience Type   Adventurers

Price Dependant on lodging choice. Find options and details below.

What’s Included

  • Professional bilingual guides
  • Bike Rental, helmet, water bottle, all rafting equipment, secure & dry transport of your luggage during rafting days, secure transport of your luggage in bike shuttle on bike days
  • 8 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 5 Dinners, plus water and snacks daily during the tour
  • Transportation from and to your  hotel in the San Jose area
Recommended Gear
Reservation Information


Day 1: Arrival at San Jose.

You’ll fly into Juan Santa Maria Airport in San Jose, where you be greeted by your Rios Tropicales bike tour leader and transported to your hotel in San Jose

Lodging at Bougainvillea Hotel

Day 2: Mountain Biking: Irazu Volcano to Turrialba Volcano

You’ll get an early start with van transportation to Irazu Volcano National Park in Turrialba, Central Caribe where you’ll pick up your mountain bike and gear. Today’s ride descends from Irazu Volcano through plantations of vegetables and pineapple, then follows winding dirt roads up into a cloud forest. You’ll take in spectacular views of the 2nd volcano of the tour – Turrialba Volcano. Turrialba Volcano is currently Costa Rica’s most active volcano. The day’s ride ends with a wonderful descent to Guayabo National Monument.

Lodging at Turrialba Bed & Breakfast. (B,L,D)

Day 3: Turrialba Mountain Biking and Pacuare River Rafting

You’ll start today riding from our hotel after breakfast on a variety of paved and dirt roads, passing sugarcane fields in the countryside on your way to the famous Pacuare River. From there you’ll begin your overnight Pacuare River rafting trip – one of the most famous rivers in all of Costa Rica.

The Pacuare River Ecolodge 2-Day Trip gives you two incredible days of tropical white water rafting and a night at the Rios Tropicales Lodge. This exceptional adventure vacation experience combines rafting with a stay at our remote ecolodge, nestled in the rainforest on the banks of the Pacuare River. The Rios Tropicales Lodge, complete with hydro-powered electricity, is a model of ecotourism and deluxe accommodations.
From our ecolodge’s remote, riverside location you can enjoy rainforest hikes with naturalist guides, self-guided walks to waterfalls and pools, relaxing in a hammock overlooking the beautiful Pacuare River, and birdwatching. Dine in the open air with wine and exceptional meals, more stars than you can imagine, and the vibrant sounds of the jungle

Rated one of the top rivers in the world, you’ll experience the intimate nature of the rainforest as you raft right through it. The warm water, cascading waterfalls, and opulently lush rainforest with its brilliantly colored plants, animals, and birds indulge your senses on every level. The river includes two sections of exciting Class III-IV white water rapids. You’ll raft halfway down the river to the ecolodge today. 
Read more about the Pacuare 2-Day trip here.

Lodging at Rios Tropicales Lodge. (B,L,D)

Day 4: Rafting the Pacuare River and Transfer to La Fortuna

After a wonderful night’s rest in the jungle at our ecolodge, you’ll raft the rest of the Pacuare river. The best rapids of the river are today, with Huacas Falls, Lower Huacas Falls, and Dos Montanas as some of the highlights of your day. At the take-out you’ll take a short bus shuttle to the Rios Tropicales Pacuare Operations Center for a hearty Costa Rican hot lunch and to change into street clothes for the bus transfer north to La Fortuna, home of the Arenal Volcano in the scenic Arenal region. Tonight’s lodging is another gracious Costa Rican hotel in La Fortuna.
Lodging at Arenal Springs or similar. (B,L,D)

Day 5: Mountain Biking La Fortuna to Guayabo de Bagaces

Today is a gorgeous day of mountain biking along dirt roads next to Arenal Volcano, with views of Arenal Lake. You’ll pedal beside rivers and creeks, to the sounds of Costa Rica’s incredible birds and raucous howler monkeys. You’ll enjoy a tasty picnic lunch along the way and in the afternoon visit the hot springs at Guayabo that come out of nearby Miravalles Volcano, our 3rd volcano of the trip. Lodging tonight is in Guayabo.
Lodging at Termomanía or similar. (B,L,D)

Day 6: Guayabo to Colonia Dos Rios

Today’s riding starts in the colorful community of Guayabo and travels along dirt back roads between two more impressive volcanoes, Miravalles and Rincon de la Vieja, into the midst of the rainforest. Your guide will point out birds and wildlife along the way. Sights of the Pacific Coast come into view as we head towards Guanacaste and the coast.
Lodging at Blue River Resort (B,L,D)

Day 7: Cucaracho River Rafting

We’ll rest from biking today and pick up a full day of white water rafting on the exciting Cucaracho River. Set on the slopes of the amazing Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, flowing through its pristine National Park is Costa Rica’s new outstanding rafting adventure: the Cucaracho River. About 2 hours from the town of Liberia in the Guanacaste region, this thrilling river is surrounded by lush primary rainforest, cascade dripping walls and unique wildlife. The Cucaracho River gives you 12 miles of over 70 Class III-IV rapids plus two Class Vs!
This Cucaracho rafting adventure takes you through an amazing canyon surrounded by primary rainforest, and packed with inhabitants such as spider, howler and white-face monkeys, and exotic tropical birds such as the sun bitter, white hawks, herons, egrets and much more. The Cucaracho River starts after the confluence of four beautiful rivers that flow at the northeast base of the Rincon De La Vieja Volcano on the Caribbean slope. Read more about Cucaracho River rafting here.
After rafting trip, you’ll transfer to Avellanas Beach in Guanacaste.
Lodging at Las Olas (B,L,)

Day 8: Avellanas Beach for Surfing, Biking, or Beach Time

Today is a day of choices at the beach! Optional activities include surfing, bike riding along the beach and into town, or good old-fashioned beach relaxation with sunbathing, a good book, beach walks, and enjoying the company of new friends on the trip. Avellanas is known for great surfing, and local surf shops offer lessons daily.
Lodging at Las Olas (B)

Day 9: Avellanas and nearby beaches

More wonderful beach time on the northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica! Your optional activities include biking to other area beaches, surfing, beach time, shopping in town, and soaking up Costa Rica’s pura vida culture.
Lodging at Las Olas (B)

Day 10: Return to San Jose or Liberia for afternoon flights or hotel in San Jose

Plan your return flight late in the day from Liberia or for the following day from San Jose. We’ll drop you off at either the airport or your hotel in Liberia or San Jose.

Who Can Go

Minimum Age 14.



Our Adventure Trip Regions

Guanacaste & Canas, Arenal, Central Caribe

Daily Distance

  • 15-30

  • 23-26


Trip Time

  • 3

From 3 1/2 to 5 hours, per day – depending on water level.

This trip includes our authentic, award-winning ecolodge.

Share Bunkbeds & Bathroom

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Deluxe Room With Private Bathroom

Deluxe Room With Private Bathroom

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