• Travelcode: 449

    Costa Rica

    Pura Vida E-Bike Tour

    • In this interesting trip ideal for recreational cyclists, you will get to know the rural Costa Rica on different cycling stages with the e-mountain bike. In the central valley, you visit the beautiful Orosi Valley and the Tapantí National Park and get an impression of wide coffee and sugar cane plantations on the way to La Suiza de Turrialba. In Sarapiquí, you will interact with the locals who will introduce you to the secrets of the Costa Rican cookery. You will be captivated by the stunning nature of the northern lowlands in Boca Tapada and relax your tired limbs in the warm waters of a thermal spa in La Fortuna until you finish your bike experience in the seaside resort of Sámara on the Pacific.
      Pura Vida!

      Tourprofile / Level 2-3

      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.

      Itinerary

      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

    • ARRIVAL - DEPARTURE

      ARRIVAL BY PLANE

      Airport: San José (SJO)

      Flights to be booked individually.


      TRANSFERS

      Airport - Hotel - Airport inclusive
      Please advise your flight details as soon as you have them

      Transfers from and to the airport are included on the official arrival - and departure days.
      On all other days transfers upon request.
      A guide will welcome you at the airport.


      PARTICIPANTS

      Minimum number of participants: 2
      Maximum: 12


      ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

      Passport must be valid at least 6 month within entry. Generally no visa needed - to be sure please contact the embassy of Costa Rica.


      VACCINATION

      With increasing distance from larger cities, the infrastructure and quality of medical care decreases. A necessary supply is recommended especially in the capital in private clinics.Effective insect repellent and other preventive measures to prevent various tropical diseases (especially Zika virus, malaria, dengue, leishmaniasis) should be respected. Detailed information on common infectious diseases on journeys and necessary travel vaccinations can be obtained from the Public Health Portal or at the tropical medicine institutes.
      Caution when eating raw fruits and salads, tap water should be drunk only when boiled.


      CLIMATE

      The mountain ranges spanning the country from the northwest to the southeast form a barrier that divides the country into two larger climatic zones, the Pacific and the Caribbean. That’s why weather conditions on the Pacific side are usually the opposite of the Caribbean and vice versa. Independent of the climatic zones, several days of consecutive rainfall are rare. You will usually experience sunny mornings and a refreshing tropical thunderstorm in the afternoon. There is a period of less rain from December to April on the Pacific side and August to October on the Caribbean side.

      From July to November, is a perfect time if you want to experience three great nature wonders in Costa Rica: The observation of humpback whales on the Pacific coast, the sea turtle nesting season and the bird migration from North America on the Caribbean side. Costa Rica’s flora literally explodes and shows its most diverse side from May to November. In our opinion it is a pity to only lay around on the beach in Costa Rica, but if you are looking for a pure beach holiday, December to April is perfect for the Pacific side and August to October on the Caribbean side.

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    • Included services:

      • 9 nights in indicated hotels or similar in rooms with private bathroom incl. meals as per itinerary
         
      • Transfer airport - city hotel on seat-in basis
         
      • Transportation as per description by car, minibus, bus or boat: With 1-3 participants, the guide accompanies the tour in the pick-up, in which also the guests and bikes are transported during transfer sections. Up from 4 participants, transportation takes place on a bus. On selected days, the pick-up provides additional support.
         
      • English-speaking guide during the tour from day 2 San José to day 10
         
      • All entrance fees as per description (except airport departure tax SJO)
         
      • Mountain E-bike type Ave, Alloy frame, Bosch 400Wh Li-Ion battery from day 2-10, including rented helmet
         
      • Documentation with information about the country in English
    • Choose Categories

      S2 07.01. - 16.01.20
      S2 11.02. - 20.02.20
      S2 10.03. - 19.03.20
      S2 14.04. - 23.04.20
      S1 09.06. - 18.06.20
      S1 14.07. - 23.07.20
      S1 18.08. - 27.08.20
      S1 13.10. - 22.10.20

      Extras

      Discount extrabed
      no discounts -
         
      Bicycled & Equiment
      MTB-E-Bike incl. helmet incl.
         
      Additional nights
      upon request -

      Best - Price - Guarantee

      If you would verifiably receive better conditions and/or prices from another tour operator at the time of booking we guarantee at least the same conditions PLUS 1 handlebar bag for FREE!
      All prices per person in EUR

      We book selected hotels for you as follows:

      San José: Colonial**(*), Standard
      Orosi surroundings: Tapanti Media Lodge**(*), Standard
      Turrialba surroundings: Turrialtico Lodge**(*), Caribe
      Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí: Tirimbina Lodge**(*), Standard
      Boca Tapada: Pedacito de Cielo**(*), Standard
      La Fortuna: Las Flores**(*), Standard, or Faro Arenal**(*), Standard
      Sámara: Belvedere**, Standard, or Sol Samara**, Garden View Standard

      Please be informed that the mentioned hotels are just examples and may vary depending on availability.

    • BICYCLE & EQUIPMENT

      Your rental bike is already included in the tourprice.

      You´ll receive a Mountain E-bike as follows:

      • type Ave
      • alloy frame
      • 10-speed shifting
      • Bosch 400Wh Li-Ion battery
      • frame sizes available in 40/45/50/55 cm
      • including rented helmet

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