Costa Rica

MIXED RIDING ADVENTURE

Highlights

*Includes bike rental*
Ride through the coffee-clad Orosi Valley
Swim at the incredible Nauyaca Falls
Hike up to massive Diamante Cave
Boat ride through Tarcoles crocodile estuary
Relax at an incredible yoga lodge
Soak in natural hot springs in La Fortuna
Pedal around beautiful Lake Arenal

6 Days: $1,599

Mixed Riding Tour

Dates (Sat > Thur):
Sep 2 – 7
Oct 21 – 26
Nov 4 – 9
Dec 9 – 14
Jan 20 – 25, 2018
Feb 17 – 22
March 17 – 22
April 21- 26

*Groups of 6 or more select their own dates*

9 Days: $2,299

Mixed Riding Tour

Dates (Sat > Sun):
Sep 2 – 10
Oct 21 – 29
Nov 4 – 12
Dec 9 – 17
Jan 20 – 28, 2018
Feb 17 – 25
March 17 – 25
April 21- 29

*Groups of 6 or more select their own dates*

Guaranteed Departures

No more worrying about whether or not a trip will run due to group size. If you book, you go.

Daily Itinerary

A country that abolished its military. Where nearly 30% of its land is protected. Where you can go from some of the tallest peaks in Central America, down through dense rainforest, and reach stunning beaches in one day. We’ve put the best of Costa Rica on display and experiencing it all on a bike allows you to actually get off the beaten path.

Day 1: Arrive in San Jose

¡Bienvenidos! Welcome to Costa Rica, one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. We’ll take care of your short transfer from the airport to the hotel where a beautiful botanical garden and a refreshing pool await.

Days 2: Orosi Valley

After getting fitted to your bike, we’ll load up and head out of the city towards the coffee-clad Orosi Valley for our first ride: a really fun loop through coffee plantations and some classic farming towns.

Day 3: Nauyaca Falls

Easily one of the most impressive waterfalls in Central America, our lodge is a short hike from Nauyaca Falls. We take an time to explore this adventure-packed area: rappelling, hiking, caves, and an optional ride along the coast if you want to get more miles in.

Day 4: Tarcoles

A working fishing village where very few tourists go, we make our way up the coast with a stop at the famous Manuel Antonio beach to Tarcoles for the night. The best way to end the day? A gorgeous sunset boat ride through an estuary grove that’s home to one of the biggest populations of crocodiles in Latin America.

Days 5 & 6: Lake Arenal

From one body of water to another, today we venture up into the beautiful rainforest hills north of Lake Arenal. Our destination is an amazing yoga lodge set on a huge garden property. Authentic Italian food to recharge and wine to relax before tucking into tastefully done cabins for the night. Two days here to explore the area and an optional day of riding to visit Rio Celeste and swim in its mesmerizing blue water. *For the 6-day riders we’re happy to arrange a shuttle to either the Liberia International Airport (1.5 hours), San Jose International Airport (3.5 hours), or any of the amazing beaches on the Nicoya Peninsula (1 hour).

Day 7: La Fortuna

After a highlight ride takes us around Lake Arenal, we pedal all the way to La Fortuna at the base of iconic Arenal volcano. It’s big, it’s imposing. But the best part? It’s geothermal waters make for a great soak in one of the local hot springs after a full day on the bikes.

Day 8: Alajuela

A rolling ride through one of the most agriculturally productive regions in the country to start the day and then lunch at a great local spot to get your last dose of gallo pinto and plantains. A transfer in the shuttle takes us back to the hotel in Alajuela where we celebrate the trip with a final group dinner.

Day 9: Departure from San Jose Airport

¡Hasta luego! A short transfer gets you to the airport on time for your flight home after an incredible time in Costa Rica.

245 total cycling miles (175 for 6-Day)

# of cycling days (5 for 6-day) 7
avg. miles/day 35
% unpaved roads 30
% paved roads 70

As a “mixed riding tour” this trip features a fun mix of paved and unpaved roads, but nothing technical. Bring your own bike or rent one of our quality hardtail mountain bikes (Cannondale, Trek, or Haro) with hybrid tires, which go on top of a support vehicle along with luggage and gear…or you if you decide you don’t want to ride a certain section.

As always, we look for thoughtfully selected local lodges and B&Bs. Clean and comfortable with upgraded rooms wherever we stay for two nights. You’ll get everything from simple local places to beautiful fine-wood cabins. Rooms are booked as double occupancy unless you want to pay extra for an individual room (single supplement).

A Costa Rican staple, the almighty “casado” fuels us most days. Rice, beans, plantains, salad, and your choice of meat or vegetables. While the local diet is primarily meat-based, vegetarians won’t have a hard time finding good options in Costa Rica. Look for fresh fish while we’re on the coast.

For all trips, Day 1 is the arrival date and the last day is the departure date. Please note that we do not book international flights.
6-day: Arrive SJO > Depart LIB or SJO – The LIB airport is roughly 1.5 hours from the trip finish and SJO is about 3 hours from the trip finish.
9-day: Arrive SJO > Depart SJO

Included

*Bike rental*
All accommodations
All in-country transportation, including airport transfers
All breakfasts, some dinners
Support vehicle w/snacks & water
Bilingual guide and professional mechanic
Entrance to Nauyaca Falls, Diamante Cave, & Rio Celeste
Hot springs in La Fortuna
Tarcoles estuary boat ride
Coffee farm tour

Not Included

Airfare to/from Costa Rica
Travel/medical insurance (required)
Trip cancellation insurance (recommended)
Single supplement for individual rooms ($300)

Difficulty Level: Moderate

The cycling for the Costa Rica trip is a little bit more laid back since we spend a fair amount of time riding along the coast, however, it’s definitely best to come prepared for the occasional climb. We make regular water/fruit stops and the support vehicle allows us to accommodate a very wide range of speeds, fast or casual. Want more info? Contact us and we’ll send you the elevation profiles for each day.

Questions? Let’s talk it out…

Feeling like you need to talk to someone before booking? Never done anything like this before? Worried about flights or just curious to hear more about our approach to designing trips?

Call or email with ANY question and we’ll gladly help. Seriously, there’s a lot going on here so don’t hesitate.

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