New trip! On this adventure Paulo will lead us to a Costa Rica that most would never see as we venture deep into jungles on snaking singletrack, climbing and descending mountains and volcanoes. Along the way we will ride amongst an incredibly diverse flora and fauna and explore areas that only locals and biologists explore. Waterfalls, parrots, monkeys and lots of epic experiences; are you ready? Then we'll decompress from our adventure on a beautiful Pacific beach and the Manuel Antonio National Park. This is a true mountain bike adventure.
Day 1 – Arrive in San Jose, transfer to resort
Pick up at the airport and transfer to La Condesa Mountain Resort, a sweet hotel with a tasty buffet breakfast and sweeping views of San Jose. Upon arrival we’ll set up our bikes and depending on how the group is feeling, maybe we’ll go out and sample the Costa Rica nightlife. Most flights from North America arrive in the late evening or early morning (the red eye).
Day 2 – Warm up ride around La Heredia Mountains
Today we will take it easy and go for a warm up ride, in the mountains around La Condesa. Heredia is the name of the province where the hotel is located. The ride will a mix of dirt roads, double track and short pavement climbs with some very fun singletrack in an area that Paulo calls “Little BC”. It will be an easy ride to fine tune bikes and legs, to get ready for what is to come!
Day 3 – Ride from Cartago to Santa Maria de Dota
After breakfast and loading all the bikes and gear in the van, we will drive for about an hour and a half to the town of Cartago. From there we will ride to the town of Santa Maria in the Dota Valley, an area known for having one of the best soils on the planet to grow coffee. The ride is up and down with a long double track climb on the first half then on the second half a long singletrack descent with a couple of short hike a bike sections. Estimated time of the ride 3.5 to 4 hours. Tonight we stay at Cabinas Doña Cecilia, a small home style Inn in the beautiful town of Santa Maria, with the best food in town.
Day 4 – Ride Cerro Vueltas to Providencia
This morning we’ll drive for an hour from Santa Maria to Cerro Vueltas at 3000 meters on the Inter-American highway. This trail is a secret jewel, one of the best XC trails in all of Costa Rica and an old hiking trail used by the founders of Providencia to communicate with the town of Copey (another tiny town in the Dota area). We’ll quietly jump over a gate (without being caught) to start our ride. The trail has a bit of everything with ups and downs and some hike-a-bike sections that combined with the altitude can be a little punishing, but the reward is huge: a continuous singletrack descent back to Providencia where a warm and hearty lunch will be waiting for us. Estimated riding time: 4 hours. Tonight, we stay at Cecilia´s in Santa Maria again.
Day 5 – Ride from Santa Maria to San Isidro de Dota
In the next 2 days we will ride across the Los Santos Reserve an 80,000-hectare primary forest reservation, to end up in the Pacific Coast in the Manuel Antonio National Park. On the first day we will ride from Santa Maria to the community of San Isidro, taking some very technical trails with epic views on countless waterfalls along the way. This will be a very demanding ride with lots of ups and downs in the most remote area that we will be on the whole trip. We will spend the night in a small hostel in the middle of the mountains, which only can be accessed by horse or hiking. Horses will bring our gear up the final climb to the hostel. Estimated riding time: 5+ hours.
Day 6 – Ride from San Isidro to Manuel Antonio National Park
We will leave our hostel very early in the morning to start riding to Manuel Antonio National Park and hopefully see a nice sunset on the Pacific Ocean by the end of day. The ride will start going down a technical and steep descend followed by 5 mountain passes on a double track road and a long descend to a place called London. From London it’s a 15 km flat ride to Quepos, followed by a very steep 3 km paved climb and a 3 km descend to Manuel Antonio National Park. Estimated riding time: 4.5 Hours. We will stay at Hotel Playa Espadilla…on the beach!
Day 7 - Explore Manuel Antonio National Park
Today is an opportunity to relax: explore the national park, try surfing, take a walk with a biologist…or just sit on the beach and do nothing. Or, you could go for another ride!? Again, we’ll stay at the Hotel Playa Espadilla.
Day 8 - Ride La Platanilla, transfer to San
On our drive back to San Jose (4.5 hours) we’ll ride La Platanilla in the town of San Mateo. La Platanilla is private reserve with some very fun singletrack loops that will be a nice dessert after all the riding we have done over the trip. Then it’s back to San Jose where we pack up the bikes and gear up for a celebratory night on the town! Tonight we stay at the La Condesa Mountain Resort.
Day 9 – Fly home
Transfer to airport, fly home.
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