Arrival day in San Jose. Your hotel (Mariott Costa Rica San Jose) is included and you can take a taxi from the airport- it is only 3 miles away.
Voted by Conde Nast as one of the best hotels in Central America and Mexico, the Marriott Hotel is a beautiful colonial hacienda set on a 30 acre coffee plantation.
Day 2 + 3
Fortuna – You will meet with your driver after breakfast (9:00 am) in the lobby of the Mariott Hotel. Your trip begins with a shuttle to the village of Agua Zarcas, where you will begin cycling. Lunch is at a typical local restaurant, and afterwards, you continue to La Fortuna and your hotel. If time allows, stop to hike into the 75m waterfall near town, or head straight to the hotel to enjoy the heated swimming pool before dinner. Next day, you ’ll take a boat cruise to Rio Chiquito (included) and cycle a lake-side route around Lake Arenal, finishing the day with a visit to hot springs at Tabacon Resort.
Distance D2: 65km, elevation gain 835m or 53 km, gain 460m.*
Distance D3: 42km, elevation gain 815m or 56 km, gain 1170 m.*
Los Angeles Cloud Forest - From La Fortuna, you ’ll ride to Bajo Rodrigues along roads dotted with fruit stands of enticing watermelon, mango, papaya and strawberries. After lunch and a swim, you’ll shuttle to our luxurious hotel, the Villa Banca, a hacienda style lodge with en-suite casitas and fine restaurant. Next day’s ride is on quiet rolling roads, finishing in the village of Palmares. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a zip line activity (included)in the Cloud Forest where you’ll have the chance to encounter howler monkeys and birds.
Distance D4: 57 km, elevation gain 500 m.*
Distance D5: 38 km, elevation gain TBD.*
Cristal Ballena- you start the day with a transfer to the coast and start cycling along a road that not long ago was dirt but now is superb pavement with a good cycling shoulder. After stopping for lunch in Dominical, you will continue south to Ballena Park, named after whales that are often found here. You will stay at Cristal Ballena which has outstanding views, and a very large infinity swimming pool. Next day, on what will be a favourite cycling route, you ride a quiet road through traditional villages to Sierpe. Here you board a boat for a cruise down the Sierpe River through mangroves that are home to an incredible assortment of animals and birds. (included) A local naturalist will explain about the biodiversity and flora and fauna here. Late afternoon, you will return to the hotel for swim and then for a final night treat at Exotica in Ojochal, one of the top restaurants along the coast.
Distance D6: 35 km, elevation gain 840 m.*
Distance D7: 41 km, elevation gain 265 m.*
For those departing, we recommend an early morning visit to the beach at Ballena National Park and then a transfer to the Quepos airport by 10:45 flight (flight cost takes around 30 min).
*Distance and elevation gains may vary depending on hotels chosen for specific departure.