Great Explorations

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Trip Dates:

Jan 27- Feb 2

Feb 3-9

Feb 10-16

Mar 5-11

Mar 11-18

Dec 20-26

Jan 26- Feb 1

Feb 2-8

Feb 9-15

Mar 4-10

Mar 10-17

Dec 19-25

Self-guided and custom trips also available and can start any day.Call or email for details.

Trip Size:

8-12 participants

Total Days:

7 days/ 6 nights

witih optional extensions


San Jose/ Quepos


Volcano Lodge , La Fortuna

Mystica Lodge, Arenal

Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel & Spa

Cristal Ballena, Uvita

Extensions hotels:


Si Como No, Manuel Antonio

Hotel Santa Teresa

Flor Blanca, Santa Teresa

Activity Level:

20-40+ miles daily


Land Cost (current year):
US $2450

Includes 7B/2L/6D

Single Supplement:
US $600

Bike Rental:
US $180

Extension Manual Antonio:

US $595
Single suppl: US $245
(see details on the detailed description below right)


Extension Santa Teresa:
US $595
Single suppl: US $245

or Luxe option:
US $995
Single suppl: US $450

(see details on the detailed description below right)


Additional cost:
Cristal Ballena flight (end of regular trip): US $44

Extension Manual Antonio flight: US $44
Extension Santa Teresa flight: US $83

map of Costa Rica

Trips by Destination

Costa Rica


We first visited this region a decade ago, attracted by the beaches, warm weather, stunning scenery and ecological diversity. With the development of eco-friendly boutique hotels, Costa Rica and the recent paving of formerly dirt roads, the country is now more appealing than ever. The cycling is on paved roads where you’ll ride through lush vegetation, past volcanoes, rainforests and waterfalls. With opportunities to raft, kayak, zip-line and or hike through jungle beneath the vaulting canopy of ancient rainforests, the temptations are many.


Only Great Explorations:


  • Small groups, extraordinary guides, and authentic experiences.
  • A day you will never forget- boat cruise to start, cycling around Lake Arenal, lunch at Mystica, hot springs soak and dinner at Tabacon Resort- best day ever candidate?
  • We take care to find the quietest roads with minimal traffic.
  • Order off the menu at our idea of fusion restaurants such as Exotica in Ochigal, where the setting and food are Costa Rican, yet accent, cooking style, and service are French. It will be a favourite meal of your trip, promise.  
  • Distinctive, charming hotels too small for larger groups.
  • We design and operate our own trips so there are only good surprises.


Volcano Lodge , La Fortuna

All of the rooms here are large and tastefully decorated and most have great views of the volcano. There are two restaurants each with separate heated jacuzzis. We like the Volcano Lodge because it is locally owned and managed and has the best location and views of the volcano.



Mystica Lodge, Arenal

This lodge boasts outstanding views of Lake Arenal and features a natural pool, organic gardens, yoga studio and superb restaurant on site. We stay at Mystica on some trips, in lieu of one night at Villa Blanca.




Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel & Spa, Los Angeles Cloud Forest
This 75 acre boutique hotel is surrounded by the spectacular Los Angeles Private Biological Reserve. There are 35 individual casitas and a large common ‘Hacienda House’ with billiards room, comfortable salons with fireplace and the Sendero Restaurant, where authentic Costa Rican meals are served.



Cristal Ballena, Costa Ballena
Located within walking distance of Ballena Natrional Park (named for the whales that are often seen close to shore in winter months), this hotel sits on 30 acres of land with extensive gardens. The infinity pool is large with sweeping views over Ballena National Park and the restaurant on site is excellent.




Si Como No, Manuel Antonio
This upscale, boutique hotel boasts outstanding treetop views over the forest to the Pacific. The rooms, situated in 3-story villas are very comfortable and all have superb views. Amenities include 2 restaurants, 2 beautiful swimming pools, spa, on-site theatre. The service is excellent and this is our favorite hotel in Manuel Antonio!



Hotel Santa Teresa, Santa Teresa
This casual hotel boasts the best location in Santa Teresa, with beachfront bungalows and duplex units with A/C and is a Frommers guidebook favorite. There is a good swimming pool, an excellent restaurant on site, as well as yoga studio and impressive spa. If you want a ‘luxe’ experience with refined service and more upscale rooms, consider Flor Blanca, below.




Flor Blanca, Santa Teresa
Here’s what Frommers says: “This lush hotel is the most luxurious option in this neck of the woods and one of the top boutique hotels in the country. The individual villas are huge, the spa is modern and there is a full-size dojo, or yoga studio. There is a free-form swimming pool and small, but private beach. The restaurant Nectar offers New American and Nuevo Latino cuisine at its finest."




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Map of the Area

Ride Info

San José Weather

What's Included in the Cost of Your Trip?


  • Services of one or more experienced Great Explorations guides and support vehicle
  • 6 nights lodging
  • All breakfasts, 2 lunches, and all dinners but 1
  • Entrance fees for selected tours including lake cruise, hot springs entry, zip-lining/canopy and others
  • Detailed map and route instructions
  • All baggage transportation
  • All transportation from initial meeting point to final drop-off (see arrive/depart cities)


Please note: Final itinerary is subject to revision; any changes made are done so in an attempt to provide the best possible trip given route conditions and available services. Due to the nature of our business and exchange rates, prices are subject to change. All prices quoted are U.S. dollars but we gladly accept payment in Canadian dollars also. Due to cancellations and waiting lists, trip availability fluctuates daily. If you have any questions or would like to confirm space on this trip before making your reservation, please contact us at or by telephone at 604.730.1247



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