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  • 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
  • Have a full day to explore the waterways of Tortuguero National Park in search of wildlife
The Costa Rica Coast to Coast Ride tour starts and ends in San Jose. The Costa Rica Coast to Coast Ride is a Bicycle Tour that takes 14 days taking you through San Jose, Costa Rica and other destinations in Costa Rica.

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.
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4.7 - Excellent Based on 10 reviews
Costa Rica Coast to Coast Jan 2017
5 - Excellent
“We had a fabulous time; Costa Rica is a beautiful and fascinating place and the itinerary was varied and interesting. The reason we booked on this is that we went to Vietnam with Exodus a couple of years ago and wanted something similar and this certainly ticked that box. Neither are really out and out cycling trips, more journeys with the opportunity to enjoy some of the country from the vantage point of a bike.”
Costa Rica cycling coast to coast
5 - Excellent
“Costa Rica is an amazingly varied country, with different landscapes and vegetation in relatively close proximity, and with a hugely rich and abundant wildlife. The cycling was mainly on Tarmac roads - the majority of which were great - some days they were undulating, but there were some more challenging hills...& it was hot! Whilst cycling was the focus of the trip, there were other great activities arranged including walks in the national parks & boat trips with informative guides, and visits to coffee and banana plantations, botanical gardens, beaches, hot springs, a museum, church, school etc. Fantastic organisation & leadership (see below) & can't speak highly enough of Roberto who was organised, informative, delightful, funny and just great at his job. Accommodation wasn't luxurious (though the beds were comfortable), hot water a bit patchy, but generally in fabulous locations & in amongst the wildlife...& beautiful in the early mornings in particular. The food was generally good & places we ate at well chosen, but it wasn't gourmet quality - Though the fruit and fruit juices were amazing. We were so well looked after & it is certainly a trip that I would recommend highly to others.”
Costa Rica Coast to Coast Feb 2016
5 - Excellent
“A truly amazing holiday! Hot and very sweaty cycling was a big part of almost every day (the first few days on the Pacific Coast were particularly hot)- but we did so much more besides! Beware if you don't like early mornings! - we were up by 6am most days, breakfast by 6.30 and on the bikes not long after that! We didn't often cycle more than 10 - 12 miles without a break and it was always wonderful to see the bus and Ronald our driver cutting up delicious fruit for us!”
Costa Rica Coast to Coast - Just do it. You have to do it!
5 - Excellent
“Absolutely amazing trip. From start to finish. Sights, accommodation, wildlife. All of it. I wrote more about it in my blog http://spinbella.com/2015/11/22/why-cycling-is-simply-the-dogs-bollocks/ [1]. Excellent bikes and the whole back up team. [1] http://spinbella.com/2015/11/22/why-cycling-is-simply-the-dogs-bollocks/”
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*
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*
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*
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*
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*
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*
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*
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*
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*
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*
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*
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*
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*
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.**
what’s included
Accommodation
  • 13 nights hotels all en suite , All accommodation
Meals
  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
Transport
  • 10 days cycling with full vehicle support
  • All transport and listed activities
Others
  • 80% tarmac, 20% unpaved tracks
  • Routes mainly follow quiet road
  • Short road transfers 
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader and staff. Min age 16 yrs
  • Tour/Cycling leader and support team throughout
  • Local bike hire
what’s excluded
  • International Flights
  • Any international flights to/from San Jose are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Costa Rica Coast to Coast Ride tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 14 days
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 16 participants
Minimum Participants 4 people
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends San Jose, Costa Rica/ San Jose, Costa Rica
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A deposit of 372 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 56 days before departure. For any departures within 09 January 2019 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The Costa Rica Coast to Coast Ride tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

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For this Costa Rica Coast to Coast Ride tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

CancellationNo additional cancellation fees apply for this Costa Rica Coast to Coast Ride tour. You can cancel the tour up to 57 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 56 days of departure.
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