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.

Location

San Jose

San Jose, Costa Rica

Day 1

Fortuna

Alajuela Province, La Fortuna, Costa Rica

Day 2+3

Los Angeles Cloud Forest

Los Angeles de la Fortuna, Provincia de Alajuela, San Carlos, Costa Rica

Day 4+5

Cristal Ballena

Cristal Ballena, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica

Day 6+7

Manuel Antonio Park

Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio, Puntarenas Province, Quepos, Costa Rica

Day 8+9+10

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, and mangrove tour included
Use of a high quality hybrid 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

Particulars

EVENT DATES

2019 & 2020
Start any date
Custom trips also available and can start any day. Call or email for details.

TOTAL DAYS

10 days / 9 nights

ARRIVE / DEPART

San Jose / Quepos

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Moderate: 40-60 km (25-37 miles) daily

TERRAIN

Moderate

COST

Classic Accommodation: US$2950
Single Supplement: US$1350

Luxe Accommodation: US$3550
Single Supplement: US$1650

Prices based on 4 people.

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. If you have any questions before making your reservation, please contact us at info@randonneetours.com or by telephone at 604.730.1247.
Getting There San Jose: Direct flights are available from a number of US cities including Miami, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, New York, LA, and Chicago. You will want to arrive the night before our trip departs; our meeting hotel is the luxurious Mariott in Alejeula, close to the airport and an exquisite colonial hacienda style hotel, on 30 acres of former coffee plantation.

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Day 1

San Jose

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.

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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.
Ride Distance Day 2: 65 km, elevation gain 837 m.*
Ride Distance Day 3: 42 km, elevation gain 815 m or 57 km, gain 1170 m.*

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Day 4+5

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.
Ride Distance Day 4: 42 km, elevation gain 352 m.*
Ride Distance Day 5: 36 km, elevation gain 751 m.*

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Day 6+7

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.
Ride Distance Day 6: 26 up to 61 km, elevation gain up to 561 m.*
Ride Distance Day 7: 52 km, elevation gain 477 m.*

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Day 8+9

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. There is lots to see and do here including options for kayaking, horseback riding, zip line tours or rafting (included).

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Day 10

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.

Classic

Adventure Inn, San Antonio de Belen

Located close to the San Jose Airport, this hotel has large rooms, and swimming pool. Complimentary airport pick-up is provided.


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.


Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel & Spa, Alajuela *Luxe Inn

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


Alma de Ojochal, Ojochal

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.


The Falls Resort, Manuel Antonio

This boutique hotel is a popular choice in Manuel Antonio with contemporary decor. There is a lovely pool and the views are great.


Luxe

Hotel Marriot, San Jose

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.


Lost Iguana Resort, La Fortuna

Located west of La Fortuna, this peaceful jungle lodge has rooms with balconies offering volcano vistas, large, comfortable beds and a swimming pool.


Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel & Spa, Alajuela

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.


Lodge at 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!


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