Costa Rica : Bike Adventure in the national parks

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Costa Rica enchants us with tropical flora, exotic animals and hospitable people. Hardly any other country offers such diverse landscapes in such a small area. The Cordillera chain with its lava-spitting volcanoes rises above the humid cloud forest. Wild water rivers, crystal-clear lakes and endless, beautiful sandy beaches lure you to take a refreshing dip. We discover bird paradises in the lowland dry forests and mangroves, encounter howler monkeys and, with a bit of luck, toucans and sloths. Of course, we don’t miss out on biking: Most of the time we’re on dirt roads and adventurous trails. The grand finale is the dream downhill from the Irazú volcano (3432 m) down to sea level! If you are looking for a nature experience from your bike,

Highlights

  • Reservoir and Arenal Volcano
  • Skywalk in the Monteverde cloud forest
  • Hot springs in the Rincón de la Vieja
  • Wildlife in Palo Verde National Park
  • Swimming and biking on dream beaches

Travel Program

We meet at Zurich Airport and with a direct flight from Edelweiss we fly to San José, where we arrive in the evening (local time). The accompanying bus takes us to the nearby hotel. We move into our rooms and enjoy our first evening together in Costa Rica.

Overnight: Hotel in San Jose or the surrounding area

We take the bus to Zarcero (1800 m). This area is also called «Switzerland of Costa Rica». This is where our bike adventure begins with a long shot ride. First we drive on an asphalt road, then on a red dirt natural road through wide green farmland. Back on the asphalt, the side road winds its way through a narrow, winding valley covered in jungle with many ups and downs. Depending on the time of day and the weather, the bus takes us the last few kilometers to Fortuna, to our spa hotel at the foot of the Arenal volcano (1633 m ).

Bike route: 50 km, 800 m
ascent Overnight stay: good spa hotel or lodge in La Fortuna

From the hotel we cycle along the foot of the volcano up to the Arenal reservoir. First we bike through meter-high reed grass and then through lush tropical forest on a natural trail that gets narrower and narrower along the shore and are amazed by the variety of fauna and flora. It is also important to cross one or the other river! In the afternoon the bus takes us via the “Cordillera de Tilaran” to the area of ​​the impressive Monteverde National Park.

Bike route: 42 km, 600 m
ascent Overnight stay: beautiful hotel lodge, Monteverde

Here, in the always humid cloud forest regions of Costa Rica, we find a uniquely rich flora. The Skywalk, a network of bridge paths set high in the jungle canopy, offers us many interesting insights into flora and fauna that are still intact. The canopy is even more adventurous – if you want, you can try out this optional adventure and zoom through the airy treetops on a steel cable.

Overnight: beautiful hotel lodge, Monteverde

A long descent with wonderful views over rural Costa Rica and a subsequent bus ride on the famous highway, the Panamericana, bring us to the small town of Liberia in the north of the country. In the afternoon, a special treat awaits the technically experienced bikers. The single trails laid out in the tropical forest at the foot of the Rincón de la Vieja volcano require calf strength and technical skills. For pleasure bikers, a mostly paved road leads up. Our accommodation usually has a pool for enjoyment without further biking. Here we spend two peaceful nights in nature, far away from civilisation.

Bike route: 35/56 km, 350/1000 m
elevation gain Overnight stay: Hotel with pool, Liberia or Rincón de la Vieja

The Rincón area is full of surprises. There are numerous volcanic features such as fumaroles, bubbling mud pools and volcano-heated streams to explore. There are many animals in this area: larger ones like raccoons or smaller ones like the bright blue butterflies. Depending on your mood, we bathe in a waterfall or go on a leisurely optional Wild West ride on horseback.

Overnight: Hotel with pool, Liberia or Rincón de la Vieja

Today, depending on the accommodation, an adventurous bike tour follows on dirt roads through the wild and romantic hinterland to the Palo Verde biological station, an important feeding area for a large number of waterfowl, or we bike to the Costa de Pajaros.

Bike route: 85 km, 850 m
ascent Overnight stay: simple accommodation in Palo Verde or Costa de Pajaros

At dawn we glide with a boat right through the awakening bird paradise. With a bit of luck we can also see iguanas, monkeys, coatis and armadillos. The subsequent bike tour across the Nicoya peninsula takes us to the Pacific coast for the first time, where we treat ourselves to a refreshing swim.

Bike route: 70 km, 700 m
ascent Overnight stay: cozy hotel with pool, Samara

We enjoy the rest day doing nothing under the palm trees on the sandy beach and swimming or snorkeling in the clear water.

Overnight: cozy hotel with pool, Samara

Some of Costa Rica’s most beautiful and pristine beaches dot the south of the Peninsula de Nicoya. We explore this wild, unspoilt area by bike.

Bike route: 40 km, 700 m
ascent Overnight stay: simple family hotel with pool, San Miguel or San Francisco

Today we bike further south on the varied dirt road. Depending on the high and low tide, we can even bike a bit directly on the sand of a dream beach in the direction of Malpais. The afternoon is free for surfing (surfing) or la dolce far niente.

Bike route: 45 km, 200 m
elevation gain Overnight stay: nice hotel with pool, Malpais

An attractive natural slope and beautiful trails lead through the lush jungle to the east coast of the Nicoya Peninsula, to the hippie village of Montezuma. The challenging ramps will remain in our memories – pure bike adventure. If you prefer to take it easy today, you can swim and relax on the beach of Malpais.

Bike route: 32 km, 750 m
ascent Overnight stay: nice hotel with pool, Malpais

If you like, you can cycle early in the morning from the hotel to the ferry port on your own on a hilly, sweaty route. The bus takes everyone else directly to the port. We take the ferry back to the mainland and a winding bus ride takes us up to San José (1160 m), the capital of Costa Rica. If you want, you can stroll through the city in the evening and enjoy the diverse, typically Latin American nightlife.

Bike route: optional 60 km
Overnight stay: good colonial-style city hotel, San Jose

We spend today near the two highest volcanoes in Costa Rica, the impressive Irazú (3432 m) and the no less beautiful Turrialba (3328 m). The bus takes us via Cartago (with the most beautiful church in Costa Rica) up to the Irazú. If the visibility is good, we have a wonderful view down into the mighty volcanic crater of the Irazú. Then we cycle on a wonderfully hilly route to the Turrialba volcano and through coffee plantations in the lovely nature of the Orosi Valley to our cozy lodge.

Bike route: 70 km, 850 m
altitude difference Overnight stay: quiet, cozy lodge, Orosi valley

Some of Costa Rica’s most beautiful and pristine beaches dot the south of the Peninsula de Nicoya. Explore this wild, unspoilt area by bike.

Bike route: 40 km, 700 m
ascent Overnight stay: simple family hotel with pool, San Miguel or San Francisco

In Manuel Antonio we let our bike holidays end comfortably. The beaches here are among the most beautiful in the country. In addition, there is a rich flora to be discovered in the national park, and countless animal species live here, such as coatis and raccoons, sloths, iguanas and capuchin or howler monkeys. On the last evening we enjoy a farewell dinner together and think back to the experiences in Costa Rica.

Overnight: good hotel with pool on the hill or near the beach at Manuel Antonio National Park

The bus will take us back to the Central Valley to San Jose Airport. We say goodbye to Costa Rica and fly back to Europe overnight.

Included meals: B=breakfast; L=lunch; D=dinner

What's Included

Services included in the prices:

  • Flight taxes and fuel surcharges
  • Support vehicle and transfers
  • 15 nights in a double room
  • 2 nights in simple lodges (possibly shared rooms)
  • breakfast
  • Entrance fees and visits according to the programme
  • front suspension rental bike
  • Bike Adventure Tours guide

Not included:

  • Meals and beverages not listed
  • Tips for local team
  • Flight Zurich – San Jose – Zurich
  • Transport your own bike
  • Cancellation cost and assistance insurance
  • Possibly small group surcharge (see AVRB point 3.2)
  • possibly ½ single room surcharge (see AVRB point 3.1)

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Country / Location: Costa Rica
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