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14 Days
Availability : Multiple 2022 & 2023 Dates
San Jose
San Jose
Tour Details
Costa Rica Coast to Coast Ride

Cycle stretches of the Pacific coastline and see the highlights of Costa Rica on this 14 day adventure

14 Days | San Jose Roundtrip

Price per person from $5,795 CAD, based on double occupancy

International airfare additional

 

Departure Location

San Jose

End Location

San Jose

Price Includes

  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
  • 13 nights hotels all en suite
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour/Cycling leader and support team throughout
  • Local bike hire

Price Excludes

  • Travel insurance
  • Any private expenses
  • Optional excursions
  • Visa's, if required
  • Airfare
  • Gratuities

Tour Specialist

  • Lesli Heron
What to Expect

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.

Highlights
  • Cycle along the stunning coastal highway with incredible Pacific views and beaches
  • Ride through ever-changing tropical scenery, alongside coffee farms, volcanoes, banana plantations and rainforest
  • Hike in Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Explore the waterways of Tortuguero National Park in search of wildlife
For more information on this tour, or help with booking, please contact your favourite Lloyds Travel Agent!
Itinerary

Day 1Start San Jose

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

Hotel Rosa America (or similar)

Day 2Ride and transfer to Rio Tarcoles; boat tour; transfer to Playa Bejuco

After breakfast we have a briefing and spend some time adjusting our bikes before riding out on paved roads with very little traffic through small rural communities and a dry tropical forest. This initial stage will finish just outside Atenas, and then we have a short transfer (approx. 20 mins) to Orotina, where we will jump back on the bikes and cycle onwards until we reach the coastal highway. After lunch we will embark on our private, guided boat tour of the estuary. We hope to see crocodiles, waterbirds, shorebirds, and even Scarlet Macaws. After the boat tour, we transfer (approx. 30 mins) to our beach hotel at Playa Bejuco. If tide and sand conditions permit, we can get in another few kilometres of cycling and arrive at the hotel riding on the immense tropical beach.

(Extra 10 km for beach ride option)

Hotel Playa Bejuco (or similar)
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3Wildlife hike in Manuel Antonio N.P.; to Playa Dominical

Today we start the day with a transfer (approx. 40 mins) to Manuel Antonio National Park. This is an outstanding region for wildlife and we will enjoy a 2 hour guided hike in the Park. The forest here meets the sea and iguanas and White-faced Capuchin monkeys can often be seen on the beach. Leaving the park, we have a short transfer (approx. 20 mins) to the coastal road outside Quepos, where we begin to cycle south to Playa Dominical. Tonight we will spend the night at Hotel Villas Rio Mar which is set within the lush rainforest.

Hotel Villas Rio Mar (or similar)
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4Ride to Ciudad Cortes

Today we continue cycling south along the coastal road, which includes a few hilly sections near Uvita and Ojochal. Off to our right is the Pacific, with some lovely, isolated beaches, and at Playa Hermosa we will stop for a quick refreshment break. Afterwards we cycle further until we arrive at Boca Coronado and stop for lunch at a restaurant which offers great views of the Rio Terraba estuary. After lunch, we have a short easy ride to our hotel for tonight, Las Palmas de Osa, set just outside Ciudad Cortes.

Hotel Las Palmas de Osa (or similar)
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5To Osa Peninsula; ride to Puerto Jimenez

Our ride today takes us from Ciudad Cortes on to Palmar 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. Afterwards we will board the coach for a transfer (approx 1.5 hours) to La Palma, stopping for lunch on route. We will resume our cycling, passing through Puerto Jimenez en route to our beach hotel, set on the beautiful Playa Platanares.

Agua Dulce Lodge (or similar)
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6Ferry to Golfito; ride and transfer to Las Cruces; hike at Las Cruces Botanical Garden

We board a ferry 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 using a short but hilly biking stage. 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 guided hike in the afternoon.

OTS Las Cruces Lodge (or similar)
Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 7Cycle to Paso Real; transfer to San Gerardo de Rivas

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 sometimes be seen in traditional dress. We will stop in Buenos Aires 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.

El Pelicano Mountain Lodge (or similar)
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8Ride to San Isidro de Perez Zeledon; transfer across the Cerro de la Muerte pass; cycle to Orosi

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 all of Central America. On this stretch we will drive through rainforest, up into the cloud forest before we start our descent back down towards the Central Valley. From here we will get back on our bikes for another downhill stage into the Orosi Valley.

Tapanti Media Lodge (or similar)
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9Cycle 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. Along the way we will stop to look at coffee trees and the tour leader will give an explanation on coffee and its part of the history of Costa Rica. As we continue our ride through the valley, we will ride around a hydroelectric dam before starting a section that involves some climbs. We will arrive at the little town of Tucurrique where will stop off for lunch. Afterwards we will cycle through lush scenery sugar cane plantations before 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.

Hotel Turrialtico (or similar)
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10Cycle to the Caribbean side of Costa Rica, Cahuita N.P. hike and transfer to Puerto Viejo

After breakfast we will start cycling a hilly section with incredible views, followed by a fast downhill to the town of Siquierres, from where we will board the coach and take a transfer to the Caribbean coast. This afternoon we will enjoy a guided hike in Cahuita National Park. Here you can expect to see lots of wildlife including two and three-toed Sloths, Capuchin monkeys and also Iguanas. Afterwards we transfer (approx. 15 mins) to Puerto Viejo, a typical Caribbean town with lively reggae music / culture and spicy cuisine.

Hotel Escape Caribeno (or similar)
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 11Transfer to Guacimo; cycle through banana plantations; transfer to La Pavona for boat trip to Tortuguero

Today is a very early start as we have a short transfer (approx. 20 mins) to the town of Cahuita for breakfast. Then we continue to the start of our backroads biking stage which takes us through several small towns set within the immense banana plantations of Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast. We will have lunch at a banana packing facility and we will get a chance to observe the harvesting and packaging process. Afterwards we transfer (approx. 30 mins) to La Pavona and board a boat which will take us into Tortuguero National Park along the wildlife rich rivers and canals used for transiting in this densely forested area.

Rana Roja Lodge (or similar)
Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 12Boat trip in Tortuguero; ride and transfer to La Fortuna near Arenal Volcano; visit thermal springs

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 La Pavona where we will start cycling through banana plantations, stopping for a brief explanation about the importance of these plantations to Costa Rica. Afterwards we have a transfer to just outside Guapiles for an early lunch provided by our Tortuguero lodge. 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 Costa Rica before continuing on to our hotel, set in the centre of town. This evening there is an included excursion to Volcano Lodge hot springs.

Hotel San Bosco (or similar)
Meals included: Breakfast Lunch

Day 13Cycle to Bajo Rodriguez; transfer to La Garita de Alajuela

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 (approx. 2 hours) back to La Garita de Alajuela.

Hotel Rosa America (or similar)
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 14End 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.

Meals included: Breakfast

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Why Book With Us?

  • Worry free planning
  • Exceptional knowledge
  • Family owned & operated
  • Superior value


Have a Question?

Don’t hesitate to give us a call. Our team of experts are happy to assist you in creating your next dream vacation.

1.800.800.7252

travel@lloydstravel.com