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Costa Rica Coast to Coast Ride 2019

from $3,255.00

Cycle stretches of the Costa Rican Pacific coastline.

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All about the Costa Rica Coast to Coast Ride 2019.

Take in the variety of Costa Rica by bike, pedalling past rainforest, volcanoes and stunning sections of coastline. From San Jose we cycle south with vast Pacific views to the right and dense forest to the left. Crossing the 3400m Cerro de la Muerte pass into the Orosi Valley we ride past coffee plantations and volcanoes to arrive on the fertile Caribbean plains where banana plantations take over the landscape. We take a break from the saddle to explore the wildlife-rich rivers and waterways of Tortuguero before travelling to La Fortuna, a lovely spot located at the foot of Arenal Volcano.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
* All accommodation (see accommodation section)
* All transport and listed activities
* Tour/Cycling leader and support team throughout
* Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
* Local bike hire

  1. Day 1 Start San Jose.

    Those on the group flight land into San Jose and will be transferred to our start hotel in La Garita, around 15 minutes away. Those on land only arrangements should make their own way to the start hotel this evening.*Comfortable Hotel*

  2. Day 2 Ride to Rio Tarcoles.

    We have a briefing this morning and spend some time adjusting our bikes before riding out through small rural communities followed by dry, tropical forest with very little traffic on the paved roads. This initial stage concludes outside Atenas, then we have a 20 minute transfer to a scenic lunch stop. In the afternoon we’ll have a second cycling stage, passing mango orchards and cattle ranches. Following another short half hour transfer we arrive at our lodge for the night.*Comfortable Hotel*

  3. Day 3 Boat tour; cycle to Esterillos.

    Following an early breakfast, we transfer 20 minutes to Rio Tarcoles for a private guided boat tour of the estuary. We hope to see crocodiles, water birds, shore birds and Scarlet macaws. A 30 minute transfer brings us to the outskirts of Jaco where we return to our bikes and cycle to Playa Esterrillos, arriving at our seafront lunch stop. After lunch we get back on the bikes for a short ride to Playa Bejuco, our destination for tonight.*Comfortable Hotel*

  4. Day 4 Wildlife hike in Manuel Antonio N.P; to Rio Savegre.

    We start the morning with a 2 hour guided hike in Manuel Antonio National Park, an outstanding region for wildlife. The forest here meets the sea and iguanas and White-headed Capuchin monkeys can often be seen on the beach. A 30 minute transfer takes us to Rio Savegre where we begin to cycle on the Coastal Highway and continue all the way to Playa Tortuga. This is a spectacular stretch of road, with dense forest and steep hills on the left and fantastic Pacific views on the right.*Comfortable Hotel*

  5. Day 5 To Osa Peninsula; ride to Puerto Jimenez.

    Our ride today takes us from Playa Tortuga on to Palma Norte, where we cross the Rio Terraba, Costa Rica’s longest river, then to Palmar Sur, where we will stop at the central park for a look at some of the famous spherical rocks, made by a little-known ancient indigenous culture. Continuing on through oil palm plantations, we reach Sierpe for our lunch stop. Afterwards we will board the coach for a transfer (approx 1.5 hours) to La Palma, on the Osa Peninsula. We will resume our cycling, passing through Puerto Jimenez en route to our beach hotel, set on the beautiful Playa Platanares.*Comfortable Hotel*

  6. Day 6 Ferry to Golfito; ride/transfer to Las Cruces.

    We board a private boat this morning for a 30 minute journey across the Golfo Dulce to Golfito. Here, sometimes dolphins can be seen frolicking in the surrounding waters. Our cycle route heads to Rio Claro via a tropical garden where we will learn about the medicinal properties of indigenous plants and the history of the United Fruit Company in this region. Following a 1 hour bus transfer across the steep mountains surrounding San Vito, we arrive at Las Cruces Biological Station. Las Cruces Biological Station is surrounded by the famous Wilson Botanical Gardens where we will enjoy a short guided hike in the afternoon. Departing the botanical gardens, we make a short transfer through San Vito on to our hotel, a lovely property owned by a local family.*Comfortable Hotel*

  7. Day 7 Cycle to Paso Real; transfer to Orosi Valley.

    Back on the saddle we enjoy a fantastic ride from the hilly region near San Vito downhill to Paso Real, far below at the Rio Terraba. En route we pass through an indigenous area where villagers can often be seen in traditional dress. We will stop in Paso Real to have lunch before boarding the bus for our transfer (approx. 2-3 hours) to San Gerardo de Rivas. We will pass the first of many pineapple plantations, which has now become Costa rica’s most exported crop. As our hotel tonight is located in the mountains it may be chillier than you expect.  *Comfortable Hotel*

  8. Day 8 Cycle in the Orosi Valley.

    This morning we start with a short downhill stage before jumping on the bus for a transfer that will take us over the infamous Cerro de La Muerte. At 3,541 metres above sea level, this is the highest point of the PanAm Highway in Costa Rica. On this stretch we will drive through rainforest, up into the cloud forest before we start our descent back down to the Central Valley. From here we will get back on our bikes for another downhill stage through the Orosi Valley. *Comfortable Hotel*

  9. Day 9 Ride to Turrialba. 

    After breakfast we start cycling from the hotel for perhaps one of the most beautiful cycling stages riding past numerous coffee plantations. With any luck, we will see some farmers using their colourful traditional oxcarts to haul the coffee to nearby processing facilities. As we continue our ride through the valley, we will ride around a hydroelectric dam before starting a section which involves some climbs. We will arrive at the little town of Tucurrique where will stop off for lunch. Afterwards we will head to the Golden Bean coffee farm for short tour to learn the process of harvesting coffee. Then we will have a short transfer to our hotel for the night. Our mountain lodge this evening has excellent views of the surrounding region, including the coffee growing Orosi Valley and both the Irazu and Turrialba volcanoes.*Comfortable Hotel*

  10. Day 10 Cycle to the Caribbean side of Costa Rica.

    After breakfast we will start cycling until we arrive at the town of Siquierres form where we will board the coach and take a transfer to the Caribbean coast. On arrival to the coast we will start a second biking stage through an isolated backroad and as we arrive at the Rio Banano Junction, the traffic can get really heavy so we will board the coach again for a short transfer (approx. 15 minutes) to our hotel in Cahuita,  a typical Caribbean town with lively reggae music/culture and spicy cuisine.*Comfortable Hotel*

  11. Day 11 To Tortuguero.

    This morning we will start by hiking in the Cahuita National Park. During this hike you can expect to see lots of wildlife including two and three-toed Sloths, Capuchin monkeys and also Iguanas. At the end of the hike we will transfer to Guapiles where we will stop for a quick lunch before getting on the bikes for today’s cycling stage. Concluding our biking, we transfer out to tiny La Pavona, where we board a boat which will take us out to Tortuguero along the wildlife rich rivers and canals used for transit in this densely forested area.*Comfortable Hotel*

  12. Day 12 Boat trip; ride and transfer to La Fortuna near Arenal Volcano.

    An early morning boat trip enables us to discover the extraordinary flora and fauna of Tortuguero, passing serenely along the waterways. At this time of day wildlife is usually at its most active and with the help of our expert guide we are likely to encounter monkeys, caiman, iguanas, butterflies and many of the 300+ bird species recorded here. We retrace our route by boat to the dock at Pavon where we transfer to just outside Guapiles for an early lunch provided by our Tortuguero lodge, having stopped along the way at a banana plantation for a short visit. After lunch we head towards La Fortuna and the imposing Arenal volcano. Following a massive explosion in 1968, Arenal was Costa Rica’s most active volcano until recently when it entered a resting phase. En route we will take a break to observe the thriving pineapple operations in this zone before continuing on to our hotel, set in the centre of town. This evening there is an included excursion to Eco-Termales hot springs, by far the best in the area.*Comfortable Hotel*

  13. Day 13 Cycle to Bajo Rodriguez; to San Jose.

    Following a short transfer, our final cycling stage starts with a ride through the dense rain forest surrounding beautiful Lake Arenal, with several spots to observe the volcano as we continue back toward La Fortuna. Departing Fortuna, we bike through tropical farmlands dedicated to exotic fruits and vegetables, then do a bit of climbing through forested hills up to the conclusion at Bajo Rodriguez. The last leg of our journey is completed by bus as we transfer back to La Garita, travelling for around two hours with tropical views on the way.*Comfortable Hotel*

  14. Day 14 End San Jose.

    Our trip ends in San Jose (La Garita) after breakfast this morning and those on group flights will be transferred to the international airport for the return journey.**

Package Confirmed Dates Trip Status Trip Status Price (PP) Excluding Flights Price (PP) Including Flights  
January 26, 2019
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$3,715.00
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February 2, 2019
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$3,715.00
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February 16, 2019
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$3,715.00
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March 9, 2019
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$3,715.00
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March 16, 2019
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$3,255.00
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April 13, 2019
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$3,255.00
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August 10, 2019
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$3,335.00
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October 19, 2019
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$3,875.00
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November 2, 2019
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$3,875.00
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November 16, 2019
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$3,875.00
N/A
December 14, 2019
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$3,875.00
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December 21, 2019
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$3,875.00
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January 4, 2020
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$3,995.00
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January 18, 2020
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$3,995.00
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February 1, 2020
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$3,995.00
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February 15, 2020
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$3,995.00
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March 7, 2020
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$3,995.00
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March 21, 2020
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$3,995.00
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April 4, 2020
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$3,995.00
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July 11, 2020
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$3,995.00
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September 19, 2020
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$3,995.00
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October 17, 2020
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$3,995.00
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November 7, 2020
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$3,995.00
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November 21, 2020
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$3,995.00
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December 19, 2020
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$3,995.00
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