Cycle Nicaragua & Costa Rica Costa Rica, Nicaragua

Cycle Nicaragua & Costa Rica

Costa Rica, Nicaragua

Biking
8 days
Medium
Transfer, Accomodation, Equipment
Friends, Individuals, Couple
2019

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Overview

  • Central America is ripe with uninterrupted natural beauty.
  • What’s more, it’s a part of the world that’s frequently overlooked – meaning you can often see it all without the tourist crowd.
  • From the lakes and volcanoes of Nicaragua to Costa Rica’s forested surrounds, get to the heart of each of these destinations from the saddle.
  • On this active 8-day adventure you’ll cycle past old colonial forts and small villages through serene Nicaraguan countryside, ancient rock carvings and cheeky monkeys on Ometepe Island, and orange groves, banana plantations, and other agricultural bounties in Costa Rica.
  • Action-packed, though not without a good dose of relaxation, this cycling adventure through Nicaragua and Costa Rica delivers it all.

Price Includes

Accommodation
  • Hotel (6 nights),homestay (1 night)
  • The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline.
  • 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/multi-share basis.


Tour Guide
Transport
  • Bicycle, support vehicle, boat
  • 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.
Bicycle
  • 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.
Border Crossing Fee
Safety Helmet
  • 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.
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.
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Fascinating Journey

  • Central America is ripe with uninterrupted natural beauty.
  • What’s more, it’s a part of the world that’s frequently overlooked – meaning you can often see it all without the tourist crowd.
  • From the lakes and volcanoes of Nicaragua to Costa Rica’s forested surrounds, get to the heart of each of these destinations from the saddle.
  • On this active 8-day adventure you’ll cycle past old colonial forts and small villages through serene Nicaraguan countryside, ancient rock carvings and cheeky monkeys on Ometepe Island, and orange groves, banana plantations, and other agricultural bounties in Costa Rica.
  • Action-packed, though not without a good dose of relaxation, this cycling adventure through Nicaragua and Costa Rica delivers it all.

Route

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Granada

Ometepe Island

+4 more

San Jose

Itinerary

Day 1Granada
Bienvenidos! Welcome to Nicaragua. Home intriguing volcanic landscapes, laidback colonial towns, lush forests and gorgeous beaches, it’s no small wonder Nicaragua has flourished in recent years and is often a traveller favourite. Make you own way to the hotel, where your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. Other than this important group meeting there are no activities planned for today. Cycling: none
Day 2Masaya/Granada
Avoid the heat today with an early cycle (approximately 4 hours) around Apoyo Lagoon. As you leave town, pass by the ‘Fuerte de Polvora’, a white Spanish colonial fort built in the 18th century. The route takes you off the beaten path, on dirt tracks and up slight inclines, through small settlements in the Nicaraguan countryside. Before arriving at Apoyo Lagoon, stop at a lookout in Santa Catarina and enjoy breathtaking vistas over Apoyo Lagoon and the distant Mombacho Volcano. There are some steep, cobblestoned hills leading up to this viewpoint but the effort is well worth it. Please note that if you are not comfortable with riding the steep hills to Santa Cata-rina you can always use our support vehicle. After soaking in the view, ride along the border of the lagoon before returning to Granada (a route that is mainly downhill). On return to Granada there is time to enjoy lunch at your leisure. Following lunch, hop aboard a tour bus to see the sights of this charming city. This includes a visit to the White Towns – an area where talented local artisans make clay pottery, bamboo baskets, up-cycled flowerpots out of old car tyres and much more. Stop for a quick visit at Masaya Market and then on to Masaya Volcano, where lava can often be seen. The day concludes on return to Granada, where you can take dinner at your leisure. Cycling: riding distance is about 37 kilometres/23 miles over 4 hours, on hilly terrain with an elevation gain of aprox. 645 metres/2115 feet
Day 3Ometepe Island
Head out this morning on a walking tour with a local expert, who will point out traditional historic sites and reveal behind-the-scenes insight into life in Granada. In the late morning, catch a transfer to San Jorge, then take a boat across Lake Nicaragua to Moyagalpa, the main town on Ometepe Island. Formed by two impressive volcanoes rising from Lake Nicaragua, you will want to pay attention to views of this remarkable hourglass-shaped island during the journey. Upon arrival, enjoy some free time before starting your biking adventure around the north side of Conception Volcano. Stop and marvel at the many stone carvings of Altagracia – evidence of early, culturally developed indigenous tribes who inhabited the island long before the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors. After another half hour in the saddle, arrive at Santo Domingo Beach in time for a swim and some well-deserved rest at the beach or hotel pool. Cycling: riding distance is about 23 kilometres/14 miles over 2.5 hours, on rolling terrain with an elevation gain of approx. 345 metres/11,30 feet Vehicle Transfer: approx. 1 hour
Day 4Maderas Volcano & San Juan del Sur
In the morning make a loop around the less populated Madera Volcano. The volcano itself is not active and its crater now contains a lake. Ride through secluded rural areas that are home to howler monkeys, a wide variety of bird species and small mammals. Stop and cool off with a visit to Ojo de Agua, a beautiful swimming spot where the water comes from deep within the Maderas Volcano. Take time to relax and enjoy lunch before transferring to Moyagalpa and boarding the boat back to the mainland. It’s a 2-hour journey (first by boat, and then by bus) to the laidback surf town of San Juan del Sur, on Nicaragua’s south-west coast. Upon arrival, take an easy afternoon ride down to the Pacific beach in time for sunset. Cycling: riding distance is approx. 50 kilometres/30 miles over 4 hours, on hilly terrain with an elevation gain of approx. 580 metres/1900 feet Vehicle Transfer: approx. 2 hours
Day 5Arenal/La Fortuna
Say goodbye to Nicaragua and journey south to Costa Rica. Hit the road before 7 am and cross the border at the sometimes unpredictable Penas Blancas border crossing. Once on the other side, start cycling down and along the shores of Lake Arenal. The lake sits at the base of the ever-steaming Arenal Volcano in the northern highlands of Costa Rica and is the country's largest landlocked body of water. There are quite a few rivers to cross, with Cano Negro being the biggest one. Spend the evening in the charming town of Fortuna in the shadows of the Arenal Volcano and enjoy a coffee (or a well earned beer) at one of the many small cafes and bars in town. Cycling: riding distance is approx. 45 kilometres/28 miles over 4 hours, on rolling terrain with an elevation gain of approx. 490 metres/1600 feet (mostly towards the end of the ride) Vehicle Transfer: approx. 4-5 hours
Day 6El Castillo Area
Take breakfast with (hopefully) clear views of Arenal's volcano before saddling up for the day. Your destination is the El Castillo region, an area of great natural beauty, rich in orange groves, banana plantations, sugar cane and other agricultural bounties. Spend a full day exploring this lush and fragrant region before returning to La Fortuna. Cycling: riding distance is approx. 60 kilometres/37 miles over 6 hours, on hilly terrain with an elevation gain of approx. 625 metres/2050 feet Vehicle Transfer: approx. 1 hour
Day 7Santa Rosa Pocosol
Cycle from La Fortuna to Santa Rosa where you’ll spend the night in a homestay. Just down the road is the Juanilama, an agricultural community where you’ll have the opportunity to get to know local villagers, help with farm chores or take a cooking lesson. Several villagers have built comfortable rooms for guests next to their homes. All rooms have shared facilities. In order to make the most of this homestay experience, it may take a bit of effort from your side to break the ice first. Learn as many Spanish words as you can and get ready for some serious hand language signals. Cycling: riding distance is approx. 45 kilometres/28 miles
Day 8San Jose
Today is a non-cycling day as you make your way by vehicle to Costa Rica’s capital, San Jose, where your adventure ends on arrival. San Jose is perhaps Central America’s most surprising capital, where an assortment of interesting museums, galleries, theatres, lively plazas and markets are set amongst glitzy modern shopping malls. Many of the most interesting buildings can be found near Avenida Central, including the Teatro Nacional, an elaborate confection of marble staircases, statues, frescoes and mirrors. If you'd like something more organised than just wandering the city why not try one of our Urban Adventures – ask your leader for more information. If you are departing today, please ensure you book a flight departing after 4pm. Should you wish to spend some extra time in this enchanting city, your booking agent would be happy to help you book an extra night's accommodation or two (subject to availability).
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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’re still regular Intrepid leaders, which means 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.

Meeting Point

B&B Hotel La Estación

  • Bienvenidos! Welcome to Nicaragua. Home intriguing volcanic landscapes, laidback colonial towns, lush forests and gorgeous beaches, it’s no small wonder Nicaragua has flourished in recent years and is often a traveller favourite.
  • Make you own way to the hotel, where your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm.
  • Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place.
  • Other than this important group meeting there are no activities planned for today.

Finish 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.

Difficulty

  • To complete this trip it is important that you are both confident and competent in riding a bicycle.
  • 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.

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.

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. hello@trekhunt.com

Related Video: Costa Rica

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

Travelling responsibly is all about making good choices. It's about ensuring you have an incredible trip while also having a positive impact on the local environment, community and economy you are travelling in.


How can you be a Responsible Traveller?


  • Choose to travel with a responsible travel company like us! We've already offset the main carbon emissions of your trip, so your footprints is already lighter.
  • Bring a refillable water bottle and some water purification tablets (or a Steripen) to cut down on plastic bottle waste.
  • Be an animal-friendly traveller.
  • Only go to venues that respect animals by allowing them to live normally in their natural environment. Steer clear of venues that use animals for entertainment or abnormal activities and/or keep animals in poor and unnatural conditions.
  • Eat at local restaurants, buy from regional artists and support social enterprises so you can contribute directly to locals and their economy.
  • Always be respectful of local customs and ask permission if you want to take a photo of someone.
  • Learn a few words of the local language and engage with the people around you.
  • Carry a cloth or re-usable bag so you can avoid plastic bags.


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
  • A few cotton t-shirts
  • Quick-dry socks
  • Cycling gloves
  • Rain gear
  • Light breathable waterproof/windproof jacket
  • Water bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • Cap/hat
  • Day pack – our support vehicle will carry your main bag, but a day pack for snacks and clothes is a good idea.
  • Suncream
  • Shoes
  • Saddles

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.

Find more about the region

Price Includes

Accommodation
  • Hotel (6 nights),homestay (1 night)
  • The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline.
  • 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/multi-share basis.


Tour Guide
Transport
  • Bicycle, support vehicle, boat
  • 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.
Bicycle
  • 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.
Border Crossing Fee
Safety Helmet
  • 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.
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.
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Fascinating Journey

  • Central America is ripe with uninterrupted natural beauty.
  • What’s more, it’s a part of the world that’s frequently overlooked – meaning you can often see it all without the tourist crowd.
  • From the lakes and volcanoes of Nicaragua to Costa Rica’s forested surrounds, get to the heart of each of these destinations from the saddle.
  • On this active 8-day adventure you’ll cycle past old colonial forts and small villages through serene Nicaraguan countryside, ancient rock carvings and cheeky monkeys on Ometepe Island, and orange groves, banana plantations, and other agricultural bounties in Costa Rica.
  • Action-packed, though not without a good dose of relaxation, this cycling adventure through Nicaragua and Costa Rica delivers it all.

Route

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Granada

Ometepe Island

+4 more

San Jose

Itinerary

Day 1Granada
Bienvenidos! Welcome to Nicaragua. Home intriguing volcanic landscapes, laidback colonial towns, lush forests and gorgeous beaches, it’s no small wonder Nicaragua has flourished in recent years and is often a traveller favourite. Make you own way to the hotel, where your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. Other than this important group meeting there are no activities planned for today. Cycling: none
Day 2Masaya/Granada
Avoid the heat today with an early cycle (approximately 4 hours) around Apoyo Lagoon. As you leave town, pass by the ‘Fuerte de Polvora’, a white Spanish colonial fort built in the 18th century. The route takes you off the beaten path, on dirt tracks and up slight inclines, through small settlements in the Nicaraguan countryside. Before arriving at Apoyo Lagoon, stop at a lookout in Santa Catarina and enjoy breathtaking vistas over Apoyo Lagoon and the distant Mombacho Volcano. There are some steep, cobblestoned hills leading up to this viewpoint but the effort is well worth it. Please note that if you are not comfortable with riding the steep hills to Santa Cata-rina you can always use our support vehicle. After soaking in the view, ride along the border of the lagoon before returning to Granada (a route that is mainly downhill). On return to Granada there is time to enjoy lunch at your leisure. Following lunch, hop aboard a tour bus to see the sights of this charming city. This includes a visit to the White Towns – an area where talented local artisans make clay pottery, bamboo baskets, up-cycled flowerpots out of old car tyres and much more. Stop for a quick visit at Masaya Market and then on to Masaya Volcano, where lava can often be seen. The day concludes on return to Granada, where you can take dinner at your leisure. Cycling: riding distance is about 37 kilometres/23 miles over 4 hours, on hilly terrain with an elevation gain of aprox. 645 metres/2115 feet
Day 3Ometepe Island
Head out this morning on a walking tour with a local expert, who will point out traditional historic sites and reveal behind-the-scenes insight into life in Granada. In the late morning, catch a transfer to San Jorge, then take a boat across Lake Nicaragua to Moyagalpa, the main town on Ometepe Island. Formed by two impressive volcanoes rising from Lake Nicaragua, you will want to pay attention to views of this remarkable hourglass-shaped island during the journey. Upon arrival, enjoy some free time before starting your biking adventure around the north side of Conception Volcano. Stop and marvel at the many stone carvings of Altagracia – evidence of early, culturally developed indigenous tribes who inhabited the island long before the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors. After another half hour in the saddle, arrive at Santo Domingo Beach in time for a swim and some well-deserved rest at the beach or hotel pool. Cycling: riding distance is about 23 kilometres/14 miles over 2.5 hours, on rolling terrain with an elevation gain of approx. 345 metres/11,30 feet Vehicle Transfer: approx. 1 hour
Day 4Maderas Volcano & San Juan del Sur
In the morning make a loop around the less populated Madera Volcano. The volcano itself is not active and its crater now contains a lake. Ride through secluded rural areas that are home to howler monkeys, a wide variety of bird species and small mammals. Stop and cool off with a visit to Ojo de Agua, a beautiful swimming spot where the water comes from deep within the Maderas Volcano. Take time to relax and enjoy lunch before transferring to Moyagalpa and boarding the boat back to the mainland. It’s a 2-hour journey (first by boat, and then by bus) to the laidback surf town of San Juan del Sur, on Nicaragua’s south-west coast. Upon arrival, take an easy afternoon ride down to the Pacific beach in time for sunset. Cycling: riding distance is approx. 50 kilometres/30 miles over 4 hours, on hilly terrain with an elevation gain of approx. 580 metres/1900 feet Vehicle Transfer: approx. 2 hours
Day 5Arenal/La Fortuna
Say goodbye to Nicaragua and journey south to Costa Rica. Hit the road before 7 am and cross the border at the sometimes unpredictable Penas Blancas border crossing. Once on the other side, start cycling down and along the shores of Lake Arenal. The lake sits at the base of the ever-steaming Arenal Volcano in the northern highlands of Costa Rica and is the country's largest landlocked body of water. There are quite a few rivers to cross, with Cano Negro being the biggest one. Spend the evening in the charming town of Fortuna in the shadows of the Arenal Volcano and enjoy a coffee (or a well earned beer) at one of the many small cafes and bars in town. Cycling: riding distance is approx. 45 kilometres/28 miles over 4 hours, on rolling terrain with an elevation gain of approx. 490 metres/1600 feet (mostly towards the end of the ride) Vehicle Transfer: approx. 4-5 hours
Day 6El Castillo Area
Take breakfast with (hopefully) clear views of Arenal's volcano before saddling up for the day. Your destination is the El Castillo region, an area of great natural beauty, rich in orange groves, banana plantations, sugar cane and other agricultural bounties. Spend a full day exploring this lush and fragrant region before returning to La Fortuna. Cycling: riding distance is approx. 60 kilometres/37 miles over 6 hours, on hilly terrain with an elevation gain of approx. 625 metres/2050 feet Vehicle Transfer: approx. 1 hour
Day 7Santa Rosa Pocosol
Cycle from La Fortuna to Santa Rosa where you’ll spend the night in a homestay. Just down the road is the Juanilama, an agricultural community where you’ll have the opportunity to get to know local villagers, help with farm chores or take a cooking lesson. Several villagers have built comfortable rooms for guests next to their homes. All rooms have shared facilities. In order to make the most of this homestay experience, it may take a bit of effort from your side to break the ice first. Learn as many Spanish words as you can and get ready for some serious hand language signals. Cycling: riding distance is approx. 45 kilometres/28 miles
Day 8San Jose
Today is a non-cycling day as you make your way by vehicle to Costa Rica’s capital, San Jose, where your adventure ends on arrival. San Jose is perhaps Central America’s most surprising capital, where an assortment of interesting museums, galleries, theatres, lively plazas and markets are set amongst glitzy modern shopping malls. Many of the most interesting buildings can be found near Avenida Central, including the Teatro Nacional, an elaborate confection of marble staircases, statues, frescoes and mirrors. If you'd like something more organised than just wandering the city why not try one of our Urban Adventures – ask your leader for more information. If you are departing today, please ensure you book a flight departing after 4pm. Should you wish to spend some extra time in this enchanting city, your booking agent would be happy to help you book an extra night's accommodation or two (subject to availability).

Map

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’re still regular Intrepid leaders, which means 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.

Meeting Point

B&B Hotel La Estación

  • Bienvenidos! Welcome to Nicaragua. Home intriguing volcanic landscapes, laidback colonial towns, lush forests and gorgeous beaches, it’s no small wonder Nicaragua has flourished in recent years and is often a traveller favourite.
  • Make you own way to the hotel, where your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm.
  • Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place.
  • Other than this important group meeting there are no activities planned for today.

Finish 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.

Difficulty

  • To complete this trip it is important that you are both confident and competent in riding a bicycle.
  • 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.

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.

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. hello@trekhunt.com

Related Video: Costa Rica

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

Travelling responsibly is all about making good choices. It's about ensuring you have an incredible trip while also having a positive impact on the local environment, community and economy you are travelling in.


How can you be a Responsible Traveller?


  • Choose to travel with a responsible travel company like us! We've already offset the main carbon emissions of your trip, so your footprints is already lighter.
  • Bring a refillable water bottle and some water purification tablets (or a Steripen) to cut down on plastic bottle waste.
  • Be an animal-friendly traveller.
  • Only go to venues that respect animals by allowing them to live normally in their natural environment. Steer clear of venues that use animals for entertainment or abnormal activities and/or keep animals in poor and unnatural conditions.
  • Eat at local restaurants, buy from regional artists and support social enterprises so you can contribute directly to locals and their economy.
  • Always be respectful of local customs and ask permission if you want to take a photo of someone.
  • Learn a few words of the local language and engage with the people around you.
  • Carry a cloth or re-usable bag so you can avoid plastic bags.


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
  • A few cotton t-shirts
  • Quick-dry socks
  • Cycling gloves
  • Rain gear
  • Light breathable waterproof/windproof jacket
  • Water bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • Cap/hat
  • Day pack – our support vehicle will carry your main bag, but a day pack for snacks and clothes is a good idea.
  • Suncream
  • Shoes
  • Saddles

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.

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