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.
San Jose, Costa Rica
Alajuela Province, La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Bajo Rodriguez, Alajuela Province, San Ramón, Costa Rica
Alajuela Province, San Ramon, Costa Rica
Cristal Ballena, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica
Puntarenas Province, Sierpe, Costa Rica
Manuel Antonio Park
Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio, Puntarenas Province, Quepos, Costa Rica
What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?
INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP
9 nights hotels
All breakfasts and 2 dinners
Driver available throughout the tour
Necessary transfers during the tour
Zip line, boat tour, mangrove tour & naturalist tour included
Use of a mountain bike and accessories
Comprehensive Tour Details with detailed pre-trip information
Detailed route instructions and maps
Personal meet & greet with our local Area Manager
Area manager available on call throughout the tour
Access to Loyalty Program and other exclusive benefits
Custom trips also available and can start any day. Call or email for details.
ARRIVE / DEPART
Classic Accommodation: US $2,950*
Single Supplement: US $1,350
Luxe Accommodation: US $3,550*
Single Supplement: US $1,650
*Price per person based on 4 people.
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.
You will meet with your driver after breakfast (9:00 am) in the lobby of your hotel in San Jose. Your trip begins with a shuttle to the village of Aguas Zarcas, where you will begin cycling. Have lunch at a typical local restaurant, and afterwards, you continue to La Fortuna and your hotel. If time allows, stop to hike into the 75m waterfall near town, or head straight to the hotel to enjoy the heated swimming pool before dinner.
Ride Distance: 67km, elevation gain 837m or 53 km, gain 460m.*
Today, you ’ll take a boat cruise to Rio Chiquito and cycle a lake-side route around Lake Arenal, finishing the day with a visit to hot springs at Tabacon Resort.
Ride Distance: 42km, elevation gain 815m or 57 km, gain 1170 m.*
Los Angeles Cloud Forest
From La Fortuna, you ’ll ride to Bajo Rodriguez 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 Blanca, a hacienda style lodge with en-suite casitas and fine restaurant.
Ride Distance: 42 km, elevation gain 300 m.*
Today’s ride is on quiet rolling roads to the historic village of San Ramón with its museum and cigar factories. In the nearby village of Sarchi, you can visit a facility that has been making ox-carts since 1902, shop for souvenirs or visit a coffee plantation nearby.
Ride Distance: 39 km, elevation gain 850 m.*
Cristal Ballena/Alma de Ojochal
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 paved 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. You will stay at Cristal Ballena which has outstanding views, and a very large infinity swimming pool (some itineraries stay at the equally superb Alma de Ojochal).
Ride Distance: up to 69 km, elevation gain up to 561 m.*
Today, 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 and then suggest dinner at Exotica in Ojochal, one of the top restaurants along the coast.
Ride Distance: 52 km, elevation gain 477 m.*
Manuel Antonio Park
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.
Manuel Antonio Park
There is lots to see and do here including options for kayaking, horseback riding, zip line tours or rafting. We leave it to you to decide what you will want to do on this day – you will book through the front desk and they will take care of logistics to connect you. Or if you wish to just relax and enjoy the beach, that is an option.
For those departing, we recommend an early morning visit to the beach at Ballena National Park and then a transfer to the Quepos airport (shuttle takes approx. 30 minutes).
*Distance and elevation gains may vary depending on hotels chosen for specific departure.
Located close to the San Jose Airport, this hotel has large rooms, and swimming pool. Complimentary airport pick-up is provided.
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.
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
This hotel boasts views of the Terraba river, Garza Island and the Pacific ocean beyond. To the east, a spectacular view of the Ojochal mountains. The vibe is sophistocated, yet relaxed.
This boutique hotel is a popular choice in Manuel Antonio with contemporary decor. There is a lovely pool and the views are great.
Voted by Conde Nast as one of the best hotels in Central America and Mexico, the Marriott San Jose, Costa Rica Hotel is a beautiful colonial hacienda set on a 30 acre coffee plantation. With unique architecture and elegant antiques, this luxury San Jose hotel features exceptional service.
Located west of La Fortuna, this peaceful jungle lodge has rooms with balconies offering volcano vistas, large, comfortable beds and a swimming pool.
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.
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.
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!