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Costa Rica Cycling Tour

This tour is perfect for a wide-range of different travellers, including bicycle enthusiasts, adventurers and nature lovers. When you join us on the Costa Rica Crossover Bike Tour we will take you on a journey from spirited San José, up and over two majestic volcanoes, down to the pristine, azure coast, and back again! As you peddle through Costa Rica you will experience nature in a way that lets you return to yourself, to grow in a way that makes you feel free and unbounded.

During your 12-day cycling tour you will get to see the glowing lava streams of the wondrous Arenal Volcano and venture into the mysterious and exotic Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Look forward to swimming in the soft waves of the Pacific Ocean and then drying off on the ivory-white sands of Samara Beach. Your journey will end in the utopian hamlet of Heredia – the “City of Flowers”.

  • Private Transportation
  • Guided bike tour
  • Max. 16 participants
  • Accommodation in 3 star hotels inc B&B
   Dates Adult(PP)
From 4 February 2017 to 16 February 2017
Based on double/twin rooms
From 4 March 2017 to 16 March 2017
Based on double/twin rooms
From 1 April 2017 to 12 April 2017
Based on double/twin rooms
From 22 April 2017 to 4 May 2017
Based on double/twin rooms
From 29 April 2017 to 10 May 2017
Based on double/twin rooms

Travel Information:

Additional Information:

International flight IN/ OUT not included (price on request)
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What's included

  • 1 Dinner (Allow 450 -550 USD for meals not included.)
  • 12 Breakfasts
  • Bikes & Helmets
  • English Speaking tour leader throughout
  • Private land transport between destinations and to/from included.
  • Standard Hotels (11 nights)

What's not included

  • Arrival/ Departure Transfer
  • Costa Rica Departure Tax (28 USD)
  • Meals and excursions other than the specified above.

Day 1: Arrival in San Jose

Welcome to Costa Rica!!! You can arrive in San José at any time. Your accommodations are arranged so take this time to settle into the hotel or explore the city on your own. We can arrange to pick you up at the airport if you would like. You will spend your first night at the magnificent Hotel Casa de las Orquideas or a similar hotel.

Day 2: San Jose to La Fortuna - Proyecto Asis (40 kms Mountain Bike ride)

After your first Costa Rican breakfast, you will meet your adventure guide and he or she will explain all the details of your tour in Costa Rica. You will be driven by private transfer through beautiful rolling hills to the Costa Rica Adventure Zone – The Arenal Area. After checking into your hotel in the afternoon we´ll ride 26 km through the green rainforest and past majestic mountains. We will stop and visit a wildlife rescue center called Proyecto Asis. Afterwards, we will come back to La Fortuna by van. Rest after your day by soaking in one of the natural hot springs at your hotel. Tonight you will stay at the idyllic Hotel Arenal Paraiso. Estimated Travel time: 3hr /134 km

Day 3: La Fortuna - Free day for optional activities.

La Fortuna de San Carlos is one of the main tourist destinations in Costa Rica and Central America. In addition to its major attraction such as the Volcano, La Fortuna is a place that offers visitors a wide range of services and a variety of attractions. This a great place to try rafting, rappelling or ATVing! People interested in a more peaceful experience are encouraged to take a canopy tour and visit the Caño Negro Wildlife Reserve or the Venado Caves. Your leader will help you book your activities ahead of time. Enjoy a relaxing evening at the Hotel Arenal Paraiso or similar. Estimated travel time: 3 hr/144 km

Day 4: La Fortuna to Monteverde (13km Bike Ride )

Mountain biking is a great way to travel from La Fortuna and Monteverde. The moderately difficult ride is 13 kilometers and will take 1.5 to 2 hours. We will start at the Lake Arenal Dam where you can drop off your luggage with our boat driver. From there we will ride to the rural community of El Castillo. Upon arrival to El Castillo, you will be reunited with your luggage and our boat driver will take you across lake Arenal to Rio Chiquito. From there our driver will drive the remaining 1.5 hours up the steep, gravel roads to your hotel in Monteverde. Here you can explore Costa Rica’s diverse natural environment with chances to see wildlife such as monkeys, birds, coatimundis, and sometimes even sloths and toucans! This cycling route is a real adventure – the terrain is rugged, the scenery is incredible but this is the perfect way to travel between La Fortuna and the small community of Monteverde. Tonight you will recover from your day of physical activity at the pastoral Hotel Historias Lodge.

Day 5: Monteverde - Founders of town in the hills (Bike ride of 12 kms )

Today we will bike through the hills of Monteverde, to meet the founders of the town and listen to some fascinating local history. Learn how the rest of the world came to know this magnificent place. After this, you will have the rest of the day to participate in the activities that your leader has helped you to book in advance. For nature lovers Monteverde offers a wide range of activities such as visiting the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve, the Serpentarium, the Butterfly Gardens and Jungle Night walk tours! Monteverde is world famous for adrenaline tours and has the longest zipline in Latin America! Tonight your accommodation is at the quaint Historias Lodge!

Day 6: Monteverde to Samara

Today you will get to know why Costa Rica is famous for its beaches! Our next destination is Samara. The beautiful coastal hamlet of Samara is a paradise on the Nicoya Peninsula's western shore. Spend a day relaxing by the turquoise sea and spend the night at the scenic Villas Playa Samara or similar accommodation. Estimated travel time: 3.5hr /203 km

Day 7: Samara (50 km Bike Ride)

Our next ride takes us along quiet rural dirt roads past the nicest beaches of Guanacaste. This will be the hardest, but the most rewarding ride of the tour. Enjoy a beautiful sunset and a splendid dinner before spending the night at the vibrant Villas Playa Samara or similar accommodation.Estimated Biking Distance: Up to 50 km on gravel roads.Altitude gain: 290 m (950 ft)T

Day 8: Samara - Bike Ride To Ostional Wildlife Reserve 37kms

Today we will rise bright and early and then we will cycle to the Wildlife Reserve of Playa Ostional. Samara's laidback vibe gives travelers the perfect setting for an afternoon of rest and relaxation. Spend some time shopping or trying new foods in the village. There are some great discos for those who are anxious to sample the nightlife! A short one-mile (2 km) walk down the beach brings visitors to the Tico hamlet of Matapalo, a great snorkeling spot. Spend another night at the tranquil Villas Playa Samara.

Day 9: Samara to Cartago

Spend some more time relaxing on the pristine beaches of Samara before heading to charming colonial city of Cartago where you will spend the night at the relaxing Hotel Mi Tierra.Estimated travel time: 5hr /263 km

Day 10: Cartago - Volcan Irazu (25 km Bike Ride)

Today we´ll ride up to the mountains of Tierra Blanca de Cartago, one of the coldest places in the country and home of the farmers who produce potatoes and onions for the rest of the country. Admire beautiful landscapes on the way to the volcano. The bike ride is intense, but its worth it because of the spectacular view from the top. Tonight you will stay at the Mi Tierra Hotel or similar accommodation.

Day 11: Cartago - Heredia

Today we´ll go to Heredia, the City of Flowers. Enjoy your last full day in Costa Rica. Stroll through the city or just relax at the hotel´s pool. Spend the night at the beautiful Hotel Bouganvilleas or a similar hotel.

Day 12: Departure

This is your last day in sunny Costa Rica. We can take you to the airport or help you extend your trip. Thank you for letting us share this amazing country with you. See you again soon!

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Frequently asked questions

1. How fit do I need to be for these holidays?

Our Bikecations are designed to attract people of all ages and levels of fitness. All the holidays can be enjoyed by anyone who is reasonably fit. Some holidays involve greater distances or frequency of cycling and some will cover hillier terrain than others. Our tour gradings and itinerary descriptions should help guide you towards the most suitable holiday options for you. If you are not sure, give us a call.

2. How many miles a day can I expect to cycle?

This depends on the Bikecation you choose. These have been graded so you know what to expect.

For a bikecation leisure cycling holiday a gentle pace is about 7-8 miles per hour, so, if you cycle for four hours, you can expect to cover 25-30 miles comfortably. This leaves plenty of time for sightseeing, picnics, visiting castles or churches, stopping for morning coffee or whatever you want to do. You have all day to get to your next stopover, so you can relax and enjoy the countryside. We can also include rest days when you can enjoy other activities if you require.

For our road cycling and bespoke tours for groups we will advise you what is best for the particular trip you wish to ride on. Usually we try to cover 60-100 miles at an average speed of 13.5 to 14.5 mph but this can be slower or faster depending on the group.

3. What do I wear for leisure cycling ?

It is important to be comfortable when cycling so we suggest wearing thin layers of clothing. Padded cycling shorts, a zipped top, windproof light jacket and trainers are standard fare. Fast drying and hardwearing synthetic fabrics are ideal as a base layer as these allow your skin to breathe and wick the moisture away from your skin to the next layer, avoiding the chill which cotton T-shirts can cause. In mid-summer you may just need shorts and a t-shirt. Safety helmets are strongly recommended on all Bikecation holidays and are a legal requirement in some countries so please bring your own helmet. We will send out a What to wear document to you well in advance of your Bikecation.

4. Are cycling holidays suitable for children?

Cycling can make an ideal family holiday, provided the right distances are chosen for the younger members of the party. We would suggest that you call us to discuss the most suitable tours for your children. In most places we are able to offer children’s bikes and child seats, if you have toddlers or babies.

5. How much luggage can I bring?

Your luggage is transported for you every day so bring what you need to make your holiday relaxing and comfortable. Please try and limit it to one item of luggage per person and that it is clearly labelled. On some tours there is a weight limit per item.

6. What happens to my luggage?

We want you to enjoy your Bikecation to the full so, for your comfort, we arrange the transportation of your luggage from one hotel to the next. The only thing we ask is that you leave your suitcases in reception on setting out each morning, and the hoteliers will ensure that it is waiting for you at your next hotel. We will provide luggage labels for you. All you need carry with you are drinks, a camera, waterproofs and sun cream.

7. Is my money safe if anything happens to Bikecation?

Your money is safe when you book your Bikecation. To protect your payments fully, all monies paid by you to us for your holiday are held in a separate Client’s Trust Account and are not released to Bikecation until your holiday has taken place. This practice fully satisfies the requirements of EC and UK law. Please call us if you would like to discuss this further.

Bikecation is also fully licensed by ATOL ( no. T7462) that is issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). for full details how how your payments are protected, please read our Your Financial Security page.

8. Do I need to bring my own bike? What type of bike should I bring?

We arrange for hire bikes to be provided for your holiday or tour. However, if you would prefer to bring your own bike then by all means bring it with you, but it must be in good working order. We recommend either a hybrid or a mountain bike fitted with road tyres for our leisure cycling holidays.

For our road cycling trips we can advise on what is best for your situation but we regularly transport bikes to the start destination.

If you do bring your own bike, you should insure it separately. Most household insurance policies can be extended to cover your bike whilst on holiday.

9. What happens if I have a problem with the bike or any other problem en route ?

If you are provided with a bike it will be well-maintained and serviced before being rented out so there should be no problems however, there are emergency numbers provided in the Route Notes for more complex problems.
If you have brought your own bike and you are unable to fix it, we will find you a replacement for the rest of your holiday.

Our road cycling trips will also have back up support with a mechanic unless requested otherwise with a possible spare bike for any major problems.

10. What should I do about holiday insurance?

If you choose a holiday abroad, you should have adequate insurance to cover you for medical expenses and for cancellation or curtailment of your holiday. For holidays in the UK we recommend everyone should have holiday travel insurance. Not all insurance policies cover cycling daily so we recommend Campbell Irvine. For full information, please read our ‘Trip Preparation’ page

11. Where will I leave my car for the duration of the leisure cycling holiday?

In most cases you can leave your car for the duration of your holiday in the car park of the hotel used for the first night’s accommodation. Where parking is not available at the first hotel, you will be advised of the alternative arrangements made for you.

12. I’m on my own – Which holidays are best for me ?

Nearly all our holidays are open to single travellers, but our Group guided holidays may be of most interest. Group holidays give you the opportunity to meet others of like mind and to enjoy cycling together. The group ‘vibe’ continues into the evening if you decide to eat together. A guide will help you appreciate the history and culture of the area you’re visiting.

13. What type of accommodation can I expect?

There is a variety of accommodation ranging from Castles and Chateaux to small boutique hotels and good quality B&Bs, thereby offering a range of different priced holidays. If you have any questions regarding which accommodation is used in the trip you are interested in riding please contact the office.

14. What are the routes like?

The descriptions of our Leisure Bikecations indicate the main types of routes we use on each holiday, such as provincial roads, country lanes, dedicated cycle ways, some tracks and Casa Verdes (disused railway tracks). While we try to use quiet routes wherever possible, you should be comfortable riding occasionally in traffic. Traffic volumes can vary even on minor roads, especially in more popular tourist areas; we sometimes have to use short sections of busier roads to cross rivers or connect scenic routes, and traffic will inevitably be heavier in and near towns.

Some routes include occasional sections on unsurfaced tracks, but these don’t require any specific technical riding skills. If you are unsure of your level, or would like to know more about the cycling on specific holidays, then please do not hesitate to contact our knowledgeable reservations team.

15. Do I need to bring money for food?

All the holidays include a hearty breakfast each day. Some also include lunch and an evening meal. Where they are not included, you are free to choose where and when to eat. Some hotels will provide you with a packed lunch on request, but most people like the freedom of stopping at the place of their choice to experience the local cuisine. Some routes have been designed to incorporate gastronomic delights and will include an evening meal. Details are given with each individual tour.

16. Is it possible to extend one of the holidays from a few days to a full week?

We have the resources to design a tour to suit your requirements, incorporating rest days if desired, taking in places that are of interest to you. Give us a call and we will try to accommodate your wishes. The only constraint may be the availability of the accommodation.

17. Can you arrange flights for the overseas tours?

Flights are not included in the tour price, however we can book flights for you. Holding an ATOL licence means that if you book a tour and flight together with us you will have the added piece of mind of the financial protection offered by ATOL. If you prefer to book your own, we recommend that you wait until your tour booking is confirmed before you book any flights and booking separately means you will not be covered by ATOL. For full information on our flight services please contact us on

18. When are the tours available?

Departure dates are shown for all tours. Please be aware that the holidays are very dependent on the availability of the selected accommodation. These have been chosen carefully, looking for a high standard to ensure you are comfortable at all times. During busy periods this is not always available, so we advise that you should book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

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