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Food

  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners are included. In the itinerary we state which meals are included on which day (13 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners). Hotel breakfasts are normally buffet style. Vegetarians are well catered for but please inform us before departure of any special dietary requests. Expect to see a lot of the Costa Rican speciality 'gallo pinto' and a lot of rice, beans, fruit and grilled meats.

Activities

  • Cycling
  • Road Cycling
  • 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

    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

    Boat tour; cycle to Parrita.

    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 the border of Parrita. We will stop en route for lunch at the beach. From Parrita we ride along a pristine Pacific beach, aiming to arrive in time for sunset. This evening we will have dinner at a seafood restaurant with beautiful sea views.  *Comfortable Hotel*

  • 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

    To Osa Peninsula; ride to Puerto Jimenez.

    Our ride today takes us through Palmar Sur and onto Finca 6 where we will stop to observe some of Costa Rica’s famous spherical rocks, made by ancient indigenous cultures. The rocks were originally found in an area being cleared to make way for banana plantations but the land has since been delcared a protected area. From here we will transfer (approx. 1.5 hours) by bus to the Osa Peninsula where we recommence our journey by bike, riding along planted fields bordered by rainforest to Puerto Jiminez. *Comfortable Hotel*

  • 6

    Free day in Puerto Jimenez.

    Today has been left free to take a break from the saddle and enjoy the beautiful region surrounding Puerto Jimenez. The coastline and beaches here are lovely and there are plenty of optional excursions to choose from; canopy/zip wire tours, kayaking, surfing, fishing, cacao plantation tour or hiking within Corcovado National Park. There is also a nice bike ride out to Playa Platanares if anyone wants to cycle (13km round trip). *Comfortable Hotel*

  • 7

    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, our accommodation for the evening. Las Cruces Biological Station is surrounded by the famous Wilson Botanical Gardens where we will enjoy a short guided hike in the afternoon. *Comfortable Hotel*

  • 8

    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 board our bus for the 4 hour journey across the 3451m Cerro de la Muerte pass, arriving at Savegre by mid-afternoon (we'll take at least one stop en route). Orosi Valley is spectacular and said to be one of the best places in Costa Rica for spotting the shy quetzal. 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*

  • 9

    Cycle in the Orosi Valley.

    We transfer 15 minutes to the lovely town of Orosi and then start our ride past lush coffee plantations set on the rugged mountains which form the Orosi Valley. During harvest season we will visit a coffee plantation to see how coffee is grown, harvested and processed. The views today are incredible, as we ride past Lake Cachi, visit the Cachi Dam and see Turrialba and Irazu volcanoes. *Comfortable Hotel*

  • 10

    Cycle to the Caribbean side of Costa Rica; transfer via boat to Tortuguero

    This morning we have a short transfer through busy Turrialba, the largest town in this region, and then start a challenging ride through the remote region along the lower and middle slopes of the Turrialba volcano, which often emits smoke and ash. 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. Our lodge has easy boat access to the beach where nesting turtles come ashore to lay eggs (in season, July to October). *Comfortable Hotel*

  • 11

    Free day in Tortuguero; optional boat tour.

    Today is spent at your leisure exploring the natural wonders of Tortuguero. This area is rich in wildlife and it’s common to see monkeys, caiman, iguanas, turtles, butterflies and many of the 309 bird species recorded here. *Comfortable Hotel*

  • 12

    Ride and transfer to La Fortuna near Arenal Volcano.

    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

    Cycle to Bajo Rodriguez; to San Jose.

    Our final cycling stage covers the lush region surrounding La Fortuna, as we cycle past tropical farmlands where exotic fruits and vegetables grow in the surrounding fields. This gives way to dense rainforest as we head towards Bajo Rodriguez, our lunch stop. 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

    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. **

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