Arrival day in San Jose. Your hotel is included on this day. The hotels we use are conveniently close to the airport, so you can quickly get settled in, enjoy dinner and rest from your flight. Our luxe hotel was voted by Conde Nast as one of the best hotels in Central America and Mexico, and is a beautiful colonial hacienda set on a 30 acre coffee plantation. Our Classic hotel is a casual boutique property that includes complimentary airport pick-up.
Day 2 + 3
Fortuna – You will meet with your driver after breakfast at 9:00 am. Your trip begins with a shuttle to the village of Agua Zarcas, where you will begin cycling. Lunch is at a typical local restaurant, and afterwards, you continue to La Fortuna and your hotel. If time allows, stop to hike to the 75m waterfall near town, or head straight to the hotel to enjoy the heated swimming pool before dinner. Next day, you ’ll take a boat cruise to Rio Chiquito (included) and cycle a lake-side route around Lake Arenal. Finish the day with a visit to hot springs at Tabacon Resort or Eco Termales.
Distance D2: 65 km, elevation gain 837 m.*
Distance D3: 42 km, elevation gain 815 m or 57 km, gain 1170 m.*
Los Angeles Cloud Forest - From La Fortuna, cycle to Bajo Rodrigues along roads dotted with fruit stands of enticing watermelon, mango, papaya and strawberries. After lunch and a swim, you’ll shuttle to our luxurious hotel, the Villa Banca, a hacienda style lodge with en-suite casitas and fine restaurant. Next day’s ride is on quiet rolling roads, finishing in the village of Palmares. In the afternoon, enjoy a zip line (included)in the Cloud Forest where you’ll have the chance to encounter howler monkeys and birds.
Distance D4: 42 km, elevation gain 352 m.*
Distance D5: 36 km, elevation gain 751 m.*
Cristal Ballena- you start the day with a transfer to the coast and start cycling along a road that not long ago was dirt but now is superb pavement with a good cycling shoulder. After stopping for lunch in Dominical, you will continue south to Ballena Park, named after whales that are often found here. Next day, on what will be a favourite cycling route, you ride a quiet road through traditional villages to Sierpe. Here you board a boat for a cruise down the Sierpe River through mangroves that are home to an incredible assortment of animals and birds. (included) A local naturalist will explain about the biodiversity and flora and fauna here. Late afternoon, you will return to the hotel for swim. Enjoy dinner at Exotica, a favourite local restaurant and one of the finest along this coast.
Distance D6: 26 up to 61 km, elevation gain up to 561 m.*
Distance D7: 52 km, elevation gain 477 m.*
Transfer from Cristal Ballena to Manuel Antonio Park, which is boasts one of the most impressive landscapes of the world with several coves with white sand beaches and lush foliage amidst great mountains and forests that reach the beaches. Enjoy a private guided walking tour here with an expert naturalist to learn the many secrets of the park. There is lots to see and do here including options for kayaking, horseback riding, zip line tours or rafting (included).
We’ll time the shuttle to Quepos to co-ordinate with your on-ward travel plans.
*Distance and elevation gains may vary depending on hotels chosen for specific departure.