Medium-heavy routes in hilly terrain with sometimes longer ascents and descents. Differences in altitude may be up to 1´000 metres, sometimes more.
The daily stages average 40 to 70 km, ideal for recreational cyclists.
Day 1: Costa Rica
Individual arrival in San José in the afternoon and standard transfer to the hotel. From your centrally located hotel, you can reach sights and restaurants within walking distance.
Day 2: San José - Orosi - Tapantí, approx. 28km (B, L)
By bus, we leave early this morning and head over the former state capital Cartago, where we can visit the basilica, continuing into the small village of Orosi. In the hotel, we will familiarise ourselves with the bicycles. Afterwards, we drive for about 13 km to the park entrance of the Tapantí National Park, on the way we stop for lunch. We will visit the national park by bike and on foot. On the way back, our guide can tell you a lot of interesting things about the history and cultivation of coffee. Elevation difference: up 410m, down 410m
Day 3: Tapantí - Purisil - Pejibaye - Turrialba, approx. 46km (B, L)
Today we drive via Purisil to Pejibaye and into the sector La Suiza (Switzerland) of Turrialba. Coffee and sugar cane plantations accompany us on the way. Depending on the condition of the clients and the weather, an alternative route via Cachí may be taken. Elevation difference: up 880m, down 1´190m
Day 4: Turrialba - Siquirres - Sarapiquí - El Roble, approx. 36 km (B, D)
Bus drive until we swing on the bike. Today’s stage is partly with a view of the river Reventazón. In 2016, the largest hydroelectric power station in Latin America was put into operation here. The generated energy will cover the needs of more than half a million households - an important step for Costa Rica on its way to climate neutrality. We continue the rest of the route to Sarapiquí on the bus. Today we will get to know the cordiality of the Ticos during a visit to the village of El Roble, where we prepare dinner with typical Costarrican delicacies and learn more about their main source of income, the cultivation of pepper.
Overnight at the sustainable biological station Tirimbina. Elevation difference: up 1´260m, down 1´580m
Day 5: Sarapiquí - Boca Tapada, approx. 37 km (B, D)
Early in the morning, you can discover the private Tirimbina Reserve on your own, a paradise for bird and nature lovers. With all your senses you can immerse yourself in the pulsing flora and fauna of the jungle. Then departure to the north. The first kilometres lead on an asphalted road, then you follow mostly dirt roads, passing pineapple plantations and the last stretch to Boca Tapada through the rainforest. The small village is located on the San Carlos River in the very north of the country, near the border river San Juan into which the San Carlos River flows. Here, life runs smoothly and in harmony with nature. The tourist infrastructure is limited to three small, family-run hotels that rent basic accommodation to nature lovers. (over partly paved, but mostly natural road) Elevation difference: up 350m, down 438m
Day 6: Boca Tapada, approx. 25km (B, L, D)
First of all, we are going to do a cosy boat trip right from the hotel. Just before the border with Nicaragua, we get on the bicycles and drive a few kilometres parallel to the border crossing before we head over the hills and forest back to the lodge. In the afternoon, we continue the discovery of the rainforest on foot. The rest of the day is free to relax in the quiet environment or to go on a search of the tropical birds and lizards that like to visit the garden of the lodge. Height difference: up 418m, down 418m
Day 7: Boca Tapada - La Fortuna, approx. 49 km (B, D)
We swing back on the bike and take the route over San Marcos and Tabla Grande to Boca Arenal. The northern lowland is characterised by different landscapes: pastureland, primary forests, swamps, jungle, rainforests, cloud forests, active volcanoes and a network of river arms. Shortly before Boca Arenal, we will take the bus to La Fortuna, close to the Arenal volcano. In the evening, we are going to relax in one of the beautiful hot springs where we also enjoy our dinner. Height difference: up 916m, down 879m
Day 8: La Fortuna - El Castillo at Lake Arenal - Sámara, approx. 32 km (B, L)
Along a gravel road, we will drive to El Castillo on the southern side of Lake Arenal today. With the assistance of our support vehicle, we cross a river and then enjoy the quiet ride along the lake shore to Río Chiquito. Here, we take a boat to the other side of the lake where the bikes are loaded and lunch is already waiting for us. Then drive to the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Our charming hotel is located near the beach of Sámara between beautiful jungle plants, trees and flowers, which are always visited by howler monkeys and shy iguanas. The beach and the village are easily reached by foot/bike.
Info: Due to operational conditions, the boat is only available up from 4 people. For a smaller group, the trip continues by bike or pick-up to Tilarán and from there on to the Pacific coast. Height difference: up 530m, down 550m
Day 9: Sámara (B, D)
Cycling tour from Samara or day at leisure at the beach. This evening, we finish the trip with a festive farewell dinner incl. one drink.
Day 10: Sámara - San José (B)
Transfer with the guide directly to the airport San José (4h travel time) or extension.
B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner