Cycle Costa Rica & Panama Costa Rica, Panama

Cycle Costa Rica & Panama

Costa Rica, Panama

Biking
8 days
Medium
Accomodation, Transfer, Equipment
Family-friendly, Individuals, Friends
2020

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Overview

  • Cycle through Central America, a land of mysterious ruins, active volcanoes, idyllic beaches and emerald jungles.
  • See the sights and engage in a wide range of activities across two different countries.
  • Chill out with Caribbean vibes in Puerto Viejo, a lively village with great food and even better music.
  • Cycle the Panama Canal and marvel at the leviathans sailing through the water.


Price Includes

Accommodaiton
  • Hotel (5 nights), Mountain Lodge (2 nights)
  • On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our usual accommodation. A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances.
  • Accommodation on this trip is on a twin/multishare basis.
Group Leader
Bicycle
Transport

Bicycle,Support vehicle

Meals
Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips.
  • We require that, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation.
  • When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.
Helmet
Border Crossing Fee
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Amazing Destination

  • From the deep rainforests of Panama to the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean, witness all the natural splendour of Central America from your unique vantage point in the saddle.
  • Costa Rica and Panama are the epitome of Central American and Caribbean living, with a diversity of wildlife and rich local cultures waiting to be discovered.
  • This cycling adventure takes you off the beaten path for a journey that's not restricted to the mainland, with voyages to tropical archipelagos and isolated islands surrounded by active volcanoes.

Route

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San Jose

Puerto Viejo

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Panama City

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Itinerary

Day 1San Jose
Hola! Welcome to Costa Rica. San Jose is a bustling city with lively markets, intriguing museums and a dynamic atmosphere. You'll meet the rest of your group at 6 pm this evening, but if you arrive early there's plenty to do in town. A good place to start exploring is the main plaza, where artisan booths are common, or at the Gold Museum containing an amazing collection of indigenous gold art. You could also hit the outdoor market in Plaza de la Cultura or the popular Central Market. Once you've met the other travellers, maybe join them for a group dinner or otherwise dine out by yourself. Remember, this is a cycling trip so carb-loading is absolutely encouraged.
Day 2Puerto Viejo
Depart San Jose early this morning on a long driving day (approximately 230 km / 4 hours). The group will make their way to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca for a taste of the Caribbean: think reggae bars and palm-fringed beaches. Once known only for the legendary Salsa Brava surf break, this town maintains its laid-back vibe while being the departure point for a range of activities like snorkelling, chocolate tours or the popular Jaguar Rescue Centre. Stop en route at the famous (and supposedly haunted) Cartago ruins. On arrival in Puerto Viejo, check into the accommodation then stretch your legs with a relaxed ride along the coast to the small beachside town of Manzanillo, returning to Puerto Viejo in time for a sunset beer.
Day 3Puerto Viejo
Cycle away from the beach this morning and follow the peaceful Sixaola River that forms the border between Costa Rica and Panama. Enjoy a longer ride, passing rolling green farmland and the Gandoca Manzanillo National Park before returning to Puerto Viejo for a free afternoon. Hit the surf, rest your riding muscles on the beach or grab a cold drink at one of the town's bamboo bars.
Day 4Boquete
Board a support vehicle this morning and cross the border into Panama, arriving in Caldera some 4 hours later (245 km). The area is home to beautiful pine forests, river valleys and streams, with the Baru Volcano serving as a stunning backdrop. Jump back in the saddle for a hilly ride with nice descents and amazing scenery. Once you reach the town of Caldera, drive up to the Boquete area, the spectacular mountain town serving as your home for the next two nights. Your hotel is located at nearly 1700 m above sea level, and the 7-km incline to the hotel door may be an appealing challenge for the more energetic cyclists in the group. Cycling: riding distance is approximately 30 km / 3 hours on hill terrain with an elevation gain of approximately 530 m. Vehicle transfer: approximately 3.5 hours.
Day 5Boquete
Take advantage of a free day to stretch your legs and take part in an optional activity, like a coffee tour or a visit to the nearby hot springs to soothe your muscles. Alternatively, take it easy and just enjoy the serentity surrounding this mountain gem. If you're keen to get back in the saddle, optional rides in the area can be arranged with your leader.
Day 6Baru Volcano & Panama City
Transfer to Los Portrerillos for today's ride along the slopes of Baru Volcano, an active stratovolcano. There are some undulating sections before a long, fun descent on rarely-used roads and on a clear day you can see the Pacific Ocean. Freshen up at the bottom before boarding your transfer to Panama City. Cycling: Riding distance is approximately 32 km / 2 hours, on undulating then downhill terrain with an elevation gain of approximately 270 m. Vehicle transfer: approximately 7 hours.
Day 7Panama Canal & Gamboa Rainforest
See the highlights of Central America's glitziest capital on a short ride along the Panama Canal. Set out from the hotel, close to the Pacific end of the Panama Canal, and  transfer by bus (approximately 15 minutes) to the Miraflores Locks. Entrance to the Visitor Centre is included featuring a large interactive museum, multiple viewing platforms and a delicious buffet restaurant with views of the canal. Departing Miraflores, ride into Soberania National Park, which spans almost the entire width of the country along the east side of the canal. Take a quick side trip down the plantation trail deep into the jungle. Afterwards, continue to Gamboa, a town which was left deserted following the completion of the Panama Canal. See the remains of the town before ending your ride at the truly spectacular Rainforest Discovery Center, a non-profit organisation. One of the main attractions is a tower way above the canopy where it's possible to observe up to 14 species of hummingbirds. You may also see other other animals such as monkeys, crocodiles, coatis and butterflies. Enjoy lunch at the Discovery Center before heading back to town for some free time. Perhaps explore Casco Viejo, the historic old town of Panama City. This evening you have a special farewell dinner to celebrate the end of this cycling adventure.  Cycling: riding distance is approx. 20 km / 3 hours, on mostly flat terrain with an elevation gain of approx. 190 meters Vehicle transfer: approx. 1.5 hours
Day 8Panama City
You can depart at any time after check out as there are no activities planned for today. Cycling distance: none

Meeting Point

Autentico Hotel

  • This streamlined modern hotel is a 15-minute walk from Contraloria train station.
  • Unfussy rooms with warm decor offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and coffeemakers, as well as safes and ceiling fans.
  • Breakfast and parking are complimentary.
  • Other amenities include a landscaped garden with an outdoor pool and seating, and an understated restaurant and bar that hosts regular themed buffets.
  • The Provider offers a pre-arranged arrival transfer service from San Jose International Airport [SJO] at an additional fee.
  • If you have pre-booked this service, please ensure you provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel so the transfer can be organised.


Alternate Meeting Point

  • KC San Jose is a comfortable hotel, strategically located in the Sabana Sur neighbourhood of San Jose.
  • Offering free Wi-Fi, the elegant rooms have ceiling fans, flat-screen TVs, and tea and coffeemakers.
  • There's a stylish, glass-fronted restaurant which serves international fare, as well as an outdoor pool.

Finish Point

Hotel Centroamericano

  • Hotel Centroamericano is 600 m from Panama City Yacht Club and a 10-minute drive from Marcos A. Gelabert International Airport.
  • The hotel offers 24-hour reception, free Wi-Fi and free parking.
  • The modern air-conditioned rooms feature flat-screen cable TV and a laptop safe.
  • There is a desk and a wardrobe, and the private bathroom comes with a shower, hairdryer and toiletries.
  • A laundry and dry cleaning service is offered.
  • Intrepid offers a pre-arranged departure transfer service to Panama City International Airport [PTY] at an additional fee. If you require this service, please advise your flight arrival details at least 14 days prior to your trip departure.
  • If you have pre-booked this service, your transfer driver will collect you from your hotel 4 hours before your flight time.

Group Leader

  • This cycling group trips are accompanied by one of our cycling leaders.
  • The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Intrepid endeavours to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders.
  • Our cycling leaders are all passionate cyclists, as you’d expect, but they also go through some pretty rigorous cycle-trip specific training.
  • Each one has undergone on-road training and supervision and knows how to do safety checks, basic repairs and emergency first-aid.
  • And at the end of the day they will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends.
  • While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.
  • We aim to support local guides who have specialised knowledge of the regions we visit.
  • If you were interested in delving deeper into the local culture at a specific site or location then your leader can recommend a local guide service in most of the main destinations of your trip.

Important Information

  • A Single Supplement is available on this trip, please ask your booking agent for more information.
  • Bicycle hire is included in your trip price.
  • Please advise your height at time of booking so as we can organise a suitable sized bike.
  • Bike helmets are compulsory on this trip. We are unable to hire bike helmets locally so please ensure you bring your own bike helmet from home.
  • On this trip we have a single leader that rides with the group, and another that drives the support vehicle (acting as a back marker where needed). Where the vehicle cannot travel directly with the cyclists (e.g. a cyclists-only path) your leader will assign a person from the group to act as a back marker.
  • Border crossing fees are not included in the trip cost.

Difficulty

  • To complete this trip it is important that you are both confident and competent in riding a bicycle.
  • This is a new trip - we have researched the itinerary and accommodation extensively but there is the possibility of some last minute changes if improvements can still be made.
  • On this trip we have a single leader that rides with the group, and another that drives the support vehicle (acting as a back marker where needed).
  • Where the vehicle cannot travel directly with the cyclists (e.g. a cyclists-only path) your leader will assign a person from the group to act as a back marker.
  • While the cycling distances on this trip are relatively short, the terrain of Central America is naturally hilly with a warm, humid climate. You’ll need a reasonable level of fitness to enjoy the trip – but remember the support vehicle will be on hand if you need to take a break for an hour or a day.

Food

  • While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world.
  • Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip.
  • To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility.

What to take

Packing for a cycling tour isn’t that different from any other adventure. But if you want to be comfortable and warm, here are a few bike-specific tips.

  • Helmet
  • Padded bike shorts
  • Quick-dry jerseys
  • Quick-dry socks
  • Cycling gloves
  • Light breathable jacket
  • Waterproof/windproof jacket
  • Water bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • Day pack
  • Suncream
  • Shoes

Feedback

  • After your travels, we want to hear from you! We rely on your feedback. We read it carefully.
  • Feedback helps us understand what we are doing well and what we could be doing better. It allows us to make improvements for future travellers.

Related Video

With this video, we would like to show you, how beautiful is Costa Rica. This video may contain locations that this trek not contains.

Responsible travel

As part of our commitment to responsible travel a portion of your trip cost will be donated to Bicycles for Humanity – a not-for-profit, volunteer run, grass roots charity organisation focused on the alleviation of poverty through sustainable transport – in the form of a bicycle. In the developing world a bicycle is life changing, allowing access to health care, education, economic opportunity and wider community. A bicycle means you can travel twice as far, twice as fast and carry four times the load, providing a profound and lasting positive effect for the individual as well as their community. Bicycles For Humanity collect donated (used or new) bicycles, repair them if needed and send them to Africa. Along with donated bicycles each of the 40 ft shipping containers that Bicycles For Humanity sends becomes a bike workshop, providing employment, skills, training, business, opportunity and economic development for the community in which it's placed, helping the community to move away from aid dependence. For more information see http://www.bicyclesforhumanity.com/ We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestions on how you can be a responsible traveller. http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/rt/responsibletraveller Latin Americans can be very conscious of appearance so try to be casual but conservative in your dress. Outside of beach areas halter tops and very short shorts should not be worn. When visiting churches or religious sites shoulders and knees should be covered.

Climate

  • Hurricane season in this region is June to November, when landslides, mudslides, flooding and disruptions to essential services can occur.
  • We monitors any situations that arise, and may need to change itineraries or activities in response to these natural weather occurrences.

Transport

  • While there are occasions we use local public transport such as trains, buses or taxis to cover long distances or attend non-cycling activities we predominantly use the bicycle as our main form of transport.
  • On most of our trips we also have a support vehicle as secondary transport for travelling longer distances, avoiding hazardous areas to cycle, as a backup should we have any incidents and of course an option for those that would prefer not to cycle for an hour or a day.
  • These vehicles range from a minivan in most regions up to a full sized coach or overland vehicle in others.
  • Your main luggage is transported in the support vehicle.
  • Due to border restrictions and having to change bikes in each country, on this trip we use a variety of different makes and models.
  • While we’re confident in the quality and suitability of the bikes we include, we do recognise that sometimes you just need the comfort of your own bike to enjoy the ride.
  • If you are thinking of bringing your own bike on this tour please advise us at time of booking and take note of the below information.
  • If you do choose to bring your own bike please note that we will not being carrying a spare bike for you.
  • We recommend that you have a full service of your bike performed by a trained mechanic, to help minimise any issues you may have during the trip itself.
  • Please also ensure that you have specific and adequate cover for loss, damage or theft for your bike under your travel, home contents or a specialist insurance policy.

Physical preparation

  • This is an active trip, requiring a reasonable level of physical fitness. While there is flexibility in the distance you can elect to cycle each day, the cycling on this trip can be challenging at times, with the heat and terrain adding to the physical effort.
  • It is also important that you are both confident and competent in riding a bicycle.
  • As a general rule, the more preparation you can do for this type of trip, the more you will enjoy it.

Find more about the region

Price Includes

Accommodaiton
  • Hotel (5 nights), Mountain Lodge (2 nights)
  • On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our usual accommodation. A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances.
  • Accommodation on this trip is on a twin/multishare basis.
Group Leader
Bicycle
Transport

Bicycle,Support vehicle

Meals
Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips.
  • We require that, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation.
  • When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.
Helmet
Border Crossing Fee
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Amazing Destination

  • From the deep rainforests of Panama to the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean, witness all the natural splendour of Central America from your unique vantage point in the saddle.
  • Costa Rica and Panama are the epitome of Central American and Caribbean living, with a diversity of wildlife and rich local cultures waiting to be discovered.
  • This cycling adventure takes you off the beaten path for a journey that's not restricted to the mainland, with voyages to tropical archipelagos and isolated islands surrounded by active volcanoes.

Route

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San Jose

Puerto Viejo

+5 more

Panama City

Map

Itinerary

Day 1San Jose
Hola! Welcome to Costa Rica. San Jose is a bustling city with lively markets, intriguing museums and a dynamic atmosphere. You'll meet the rest of your group at 6 pm this evening, but if you arrive early there's plenty to do in town. A good place to start exploring is the main plaza, where artisan booths are common, or at the Gold Museum containing an amazing collection of indigenous gold art. You could also hit the outdoor market in Plaza de la Cultura or the popular Central Market. Once you've met the other travellers, maybe join them for a group dinner or otherwise dine out by yourself. Remember, this is a cycling trip so carb-loading is absolutely encouraged.
Day 2Puerto Viejo
Depart San Jose early this morning on a long driving day (approximately 230 km / 4 hours). The group will make their way to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca for a taste of the Caribbean: think reggae bars and palm-fringed beaches. Once known only for the legendary Salsa Brava surf break, this town maintains its laid-back vibe while being the departure point for a range of activities like snorkelling, chocolate tours or the popular Jaguar Rescue Centre. Stop en route at the famous (and supposedly haunted) Cartago ruins. On arrival in Puerto Viejo, check into the accommodation then stretch your legs with a relaxed ride along the coast to the small beachside town of Manzanillo, returning to Puerto Viejo in time for a sunset beer.
Day 3Puerto Viejo
Cycle away from the beach this morning and follow the peaceful Sixaola River that forms the border between Costa Rica and Panama. Enjoy a longer ride, passing rolling green farmland and the Gandoca Manzanillo National Park before returning to Puerto Viejo for a free afternoon. Hit the surf, rest your riding muscles on the beach or grab a cold drink at one of the town's bamboo bars.
Day 4Boquete
Board a support vehicle this morning and cross the border into Panama, arriving in Caldera some 4 hours later (245 km). The area is home to beautiful pine forests, river valleys and streams, with the Baru Volcano serving as a stunning backdrop. Jump back in the saddle for a hilly ride with nice descents and amazing scenery. Once you reach the town of Caldera, drive up to the Boquete area, the spectacular mountain town serving as your home for the next two nights. Your hotel is located at nearly 1700 m above sea level, and the 7-km incline to the hotel door may be an appealing challenge for the more energetic cyclists in the group. Cycling: riding distance is approximately 30 km / 3 hours on hill terrain with an elevation gain of approximately 530 m. Vehicle transfer: approximately 3.5 hours.
Day 5Boquete
Take advantage of a free day to stretch your legs and take part in an optional activity, like a coffee tour or a visit to the nearby hot springs to soothe your muscles. Alternatively, take it easy and just enjoy the serentity surrounding this mountain gem. If you're keen to get back in the saddle, optional rides in the area can be arranged with your leader.
Day 6Baru Volcano & Panama City
Transfer to Los Portrerillos for today's ride along the slopes of Baru Volcano, an active stratovolcano. There are some undulating sections before a long, fun descent on rarely-used roads and on a clear day you can see the Pacific Ocean. Freshen up at the bottom before boarding your transfer to Panama City. Cycling: Riding distance is approximately 32 km / 2 hours, on undulating then downhill terrain with an elevation gain of approximately 270 m. Vehicle transfer: approximately 7 hours.
Day 7Panama Canal & Gamboa Rainforest
See the highlights of Central America's glitziest capital on a short ride along the Panama Canal. Set out from the hotel, close to the Pacific end of the Panama Canal, and  transfer by bus (approximately 15 minutes) to the Miraflores Locks. Entrance to the Visitor Centre is included featuring a large interactive museum, multiple viewing platforms and a delicious buffet restaurant with views of the canal. Departing Miraflores, ride into Soberania National Park, which spans almost the entire width of the country along the east side of the canal. Take a quick side trip down the plantation trail deep into the jungle. Afterwards, continue to Gamboa, a town which was left deserted following the completion of the Panama Canal. See the remains of the town before ending your ride at the truly spectacular Rainforest Discovery Center, a non-profit organisation. One of the main attractions is a tower way above the canopy where it's possible to observe up to 14 species of hummingbirds. You may also see other other animals such as monkeys, crocodiles, coatis and butterflies. Enjoy lunch at the Discovery Center before heading back to town for some free time. Perhaps explore Casco Viejo, the historic old town of Panama City. This evening you have a special farewell dinner to celebrate the end of this cycling adventure.  Cycling: riding distance is approx. 20 km / 3 hours, on mostly flat terrain with an elevation gain of approx. 190 meters Vehicle transfer: approx. 1.5 hours
Day 8Panama City
You can depart at any time after check out as there are no activities planned for today. Cycling distance: none

Meeting Point

Autentico Hotel

  • This streamlined modern hotel is a 15-minute walk from Contraloria train station.
  • Unfussy rooms with warm decor offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and coffeemakers, as well as safes and ceiling fans.
  • Breakfast and parking are complimentary.
  • Other amenities include a landscaped garden with an outdoor pool and seating, and an understated restaurant and bar that hosts regular themed buffets.
  • The Provider offers a pre-arranged arrival transfer service from San Jose International Airport [SJO] at an additional fee.
  • If you have pre-booked this service, please ensure you provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel so the transfer can be organised.


Alternate Meeting Point

  • KC San Jose is a comfortable hotel, strategically located in the Sabana Sur neighbourhood of San Jose.
  • Offering free Wi-Fi, the elegant rooms have ceiling fans, flat-screen TVs, and tea and coffeemakers.
  • There's a stylish, glass-fronted restaurant which serves international fare, as well as an outdoor pool.

Finish Point

Hotel Centroamericano

  • Hotel Centroamericano is 600 m from Panama City Yacht Club and a 10-minute drive from Marcos A. Gelabert International Airport.
  • The hotel offers 24-hour reception, free Wi-Fi and free parking.
  • The modern air-conditioned rooms feature flat-screen cable TV and a laptop safe.
  • There is a desk and a wardrobe, and the private bathroom comes with a shower, hairdryer and toiletries.
  • A laundry and dry cleaning service is offered.
  • Intrepid offers a pre-arranged departure transfer service to Panama City International Airport [PTY] at an additional fee. If you require this service, please advise your flight arrival details at least 14 days prior to your trip departure.
  • If you have pre-booked this service, your transfer driver will collect you from your hotel 4 hours before your flight time.

Group Leader

  • This cycling group trips are accompanied by one of our cycling leaders.
  • The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Intrepid endeavours to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders.
  • Our cycling leaders are all passionate cyclists, as you’d expect, but they also go through some pretty rigorous cycle-trip specific training.
  • Each one has undergone on-road training and supervision and knows how to do safety checks, basic repairs and emergency first-aid.
  • And at the end of the day they will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends.
  • While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.
  • We aim to support local guides who have specialised knowledge of the regions we visit.
  • If you were interested in delving deeper into the local culture at a specific site or location then your leader can recommend a local guide service in most of the main destinations of your trip.

Important Information

  • A Single Supplement is available on this trip, please ask your booking agent for more information.
  • Bicycle hire is included in your trip price.
  • Please advise your height at time of booking so as we can organise a suitable sized bike.
  • Bike helmets are compulsory on this trip. We are unable to hire bike helmets locally so please ensure you bring your own bike helmet from home.
  • On this trip we have a single leader that rides with the group, and another that drives the support vehicle (acting as a back marker where needed). Where the vehicle cannot travel directly with the cyclists (e.g. a cyclists-only path) your leader will assign a person from the group to act as a back marker.
  • Border crossing fees are not included in the trip cost.

Difficulty

  • To complete this trip it is important that you are both confident and competent in riding a bicycle.
  • This is a new trip - we have researched the itinerary and accommodation extensively but there is the possibility of some last minute changes if improvements can still be made.
  • On this trip we have a single leader that rides with the group, and another that drives the support vehicle (acting as a back marker where needed).
  • Where the vehicle cannot travel directly with the cyclists (e.g. a cyclists-only path) your leader will assign a person from the group to act as a back marker.
  • While the cycling distances on this trip are relatively short, the terrain of Central America is naturally hilly with a warm, humid climate. You’ll need a reasonable level of fitness to enjoy the trip – but remember the support vehicle will be on hand if you need to take a break for an hour or a day.

Food

  • While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world.
  • Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip.
  • To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility.

What to take

Packing for a cycling tour isn’t that different from any other adventure. But if you want to be comfortable and warm, here are a few bike-specific tips.

  • Helmet
  • Padded bike shorts
  • Quick-dry jerseys
  • Quick-dry socks
  • Cycling gloves
  • Light breathable jacket
  • Waterproof/windproof jacket
  • Water bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • Day pack
  • Suncream
  • Shoes

Feedback

  • After your travels, we want to hear from you! We rely on your feedback. We read it carefully.
  • Feedback helps us understand what we are doing well and what we could be doing better. It allows us to make improvements for future travellers.

Related Video

With this video, we would like to show you, how beautiful is Costa Rica. This video may contain locations that this trek not contains.

Responsible travel

As part of our commitment to responsible travel a portion of your trip cost will be donated to Bicycles for Humanity – a not-for-profit, volunteer run, grass roots charity organisation focused on the alleviation of poverty through sustainable transport – in the form of a bicycle. In the developing world a bicycle is life changing, allowing access to health care, education, economic opportunity and wider community. A bicycle means you can travel twice as far, twice as fast and carry four times the load, providing a profound and lasting positive effect for the individual as well as their community. Bicycles For Humanity collect donated (used or new) bicycles, repair them if needed and send them to Africa. Along with donated bicycles each of the 40 ft shipping containers that Bicycles For Humanity sends becomes a bike workshop, providing employment, skills, training, business, opportunity and economic development for the community in which it's placed, helping the community to move away from aid dependence. For more information see http://www.bicyclesforhumanity.com/ We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestions on how you can be a responsible traveller. http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/rt/responsibletraveller Latin Americans can be very conscious of appearance so try to be casual but conservative in your dress. Outside of beach areas halter tops and very short shorts should not be worn. When visiting churches or religious sites shoulders and knees should be covered.

Climate

  • Hurricane season in this region is June to November, when landslides, mudslides, flooding and disruptions to essential services can occur.
  • We monitors any situations that arise, and may need to change itineraries or activities in response to these natural weather occurrences.

Transport

  • While there are occasions we use local public transport such as trains, buses or taxis to cover long distances or attend non-cycling activities we predominantly use the bicycle as our main form of transport.
  • On most of our trips we also have a support vehicle as secondary transport for travelling longer distances, avoiding hazardous areas to cycle, as a backup should we have any incidents and of course an option for those that would prefer not to cycle for an hour or a day.
  • These vehicles range from a minivan in most regions up to a full sized coach or overland vehicle in others.
  • Your main luggage is transported in the support vehicle.
  • Due to border restrictions and having to change bikes in each country, on this trip we use a variety of different makes and models.
  • While we’re confident in the quality and suitability of the bikes we include, we do recognise that sometimes you just need the comfort of your own bike to enjoy the ride.
  • If you are thinking of bringing your own bike on this tour please advise us at time of booking and take note of the below information.
  • If you do choose to bring your own bike please note that we will not being carrying a spare bike for you.
  • We recommend that you have a full service of your bike performed by a trained mechanic, to help minimise any issues you may have during the trip itself.
  • Please also ensure that you have specific and adequate cover for loss, damage or theft for your bike under your travel, home contents or a specialist insurance policy.

Physical preparation

  • This is an active trip, requiring a reasonable level of physical fitness. While there is flexibility in the distance you can elect to cycle each day, the cycling on this trip can be challenging at times, with the heat and terrain adding to the physical effort.
  • It is also important that you are both confident and competent in riding a bicycle.
  • As a general rule, the more preparation you can do for this type of trip, the more you will enjoy it.

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2020

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