Day 1: Individual arrival to San Jose. In the evening Welcome meeting at your hotel in San Jose.
Day 2: San Jose, Irazu Volcano, Turrialba (65 km, 40 km downhill, rest of itinerary on scenic roads with some withdrawals). The first cycling day begins with a journey to the top of the Irazu volcano (3432 meters) where we will have time to walk through the strange landscape to the lake of unusual colors reminding of the moon surface. If the weather is nice, view extends across the country from the Caribbean Sea to the Atlantic Ocean. After warm up descend, we are ready to start the journey in Costa Rica. Most of the day we will descend and ride on the panoramic roads, vast pastures and past many farms at the foothills of Turrialba Volcano. Common descent of the day is 3000 meters! (Breakfast at Turrialtico, the house has a gorgeous view of the valley below the volcanoes!).
Day 3: Turrialba to Orosi (50 km, one ascend of 150 m in 2 km, rest of cycling on flat terrain). We wake this morning to the sounds of birds and an incredible view of the endless fields of sugarcane that carpet the valley floor. After a short transfer and a visit to a traditional sugar processing facility we begin the day’s ride. A gradual climb up the Reventazon Valley takes us up to higher altitudes and the start of one of Costa Rica’s oldest and most important coffee growing regions – the Orosi Valley. Following a pleasant ride along the Catchi lake and a fun crossing of a swing bridge we arrive at the town of Orosi. Lunch in town and a chance to walk around is the plan for the afternoon. Our Lodge for the night overlooks the valley.
Day 4: Orosi - Puriscal - Atenas (40 km, some very short ascends of 10 m, rest a long descend 1600 m). A short transfer from the Orosi Valley takes us to the town of San Ignacio and the start of an exhilarating ride along a ridge that overlooks the Pacific slopes to one side and the Central Valley to the other. Even though the majority of the ride is downhill there are several short but challenging climbs along the way but the incredible views will help us up the hills. The day ends with a fun 15 km descent on a road with few cars down to the coastal plains of the Central Pacific region of Costa Rica. Tonight we stay near the town of Atenas.
Day 5: Atenas - La Fortuna (40 km, easy rolling on hills footsteps). After breakfast and a 1.5 hour transfer up and over the central mountain range we begin our ride to the town of La Fortuna at the base of the active Arenal Volcano. This morning’s ride is not very long but the terrain is undulating as it passes through several towns and villages of the agriculturally rich San Carlos area. Lunch is at one of these quaint towns at a local restaurant followed by a short ride into La Fortuna. The afternoon is free to explore La Fortuna and enjoy the local color.
Day 6: La Fortuna. After being on the move for the past few days it is great to spend a little more time in the majestic Arenal Volcano area. There is a lot to offer in this area which is perfect for all kinds of adventure activities giving differing views of the volcano. Choose from: whitewater rafting, sea kayaking, canopy traversing,horseback riding, nature viewing tours, hiking, and even bungee jumping can all be arranged. An evening visit to one of several hot springs is also a worthwhile optional activity.
Day 7: La Fortuna - Puerto Santa Cruz (55 km, easy rolling). Today’s ride will definitely be a highlight of the trip. Starting at the base of the volcano we spend the day cycling around Lake Arenal. The first part of the route goes through sections of rainforest along the Lake broken up with views of the volcano towering overhead. As the day goes on we ride further and further away from the volcano appreciating its almost perfect cone shape from a distance. There are a lot of photo opportunities with views of the Lake and the Volcano as we make our way to the Tilaran area. Our hotel is on the banks of the Lake and if you still have some energy when we arrive you can rent a kayak and go for a paddle.
Day 8: Puerto Santa Cruz - coast Carillo (25+40 km). The last day of cycling is mainly downhill, past many ranches to the town on the plateau Cañas Guanacaste, famous for its livestock. We will load the bikes and move into the old colonial city of Nicoya, from where we can optionally continue cycling (more fit). After lunch we bike along the ridge of the peninsula Carillo beach.
Day 9: Playa Carillo. In the morning you will be able to relax and enjoy the Carrillo Beach area. If you still want to stay active there are several optional activities including: sea kayaking, canopy traversing, horseback riding, hiking, fishing, as well as keeping your legs moving by cycling the coastal routes. For those who want to end their trip with some relaxation, Carrillo is a very laid back town with the perfect atmosphere to just chill out and enjoy the beach. In the Afternoon we head back to San Jose. Evening is free to enjoy the city.
Day 10: Playa Carillo - San Jose. After breakfast we return to San Jose, on the way a chance to buy last souvenirs and individual departure.
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