Costa Rica Cross Over - Cycling Tour

Included Services
  • 16 Highlights in 14 Days: San José, La Fortuna, Waterfall La Fortuna, Chiquito, Monteverde, Bosque Eterno de los Niños, Samara, Camarona, Playa Carrillo, Ostional Wildlife Reserve, Ruins of Ujarrás, volcano Irazú, Turrialba, National monument Guayabo, Tucurrique
  • 13 nights in hotels with a 2-3* Standard, incl. breakfast
  • qualified English-speaking guide and local guides
  • many bike tours and guided visits
  • from £ 2,295

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For all cyclists, adventurers and nature lovers: Start your journey from lively San José, through abundantly covered rain- and mystical cloudforest, to three smoking volcanos, one of them is one of the most active volcanos in the world, further to the coast and back to San José. Some of the kilometers will be taken by bike. On our 14-day cycling tour through Costa Rica you wil experience the diverse nature of Costa Rica. At the volcano Arenal and in the cloud forest Monteverde you can choose between many different activities and create your own perfect holidays. At the beach of Samara you can relax and enjoy the Pacific Ocean. Afterwards you go to Cartago and with the bike to the volcano Irazú and Tucurriqe. Enjoy the landscape and find out what "Pejibaye" is. More details you can find in our detailed itinerary.


Route of the cycling tour "Costa Rica Cross Over"

After this trip, you'll be an expert on all things Costa Rica! Accompanied by an English-speaking guide, you'll get up close and personal with this Central American country as you travel through, even some sections by bike! You'll even have time for extra activities such as rafting, hiking, horseback riding or more. Below is the itinerary where you can explore the daily activities. 

Below you'll find the day-by-day breakdown for our Costa Rica Cross Over tour

These highlights are waiting for you on this tour

  • Beautiful Costa Rican beach
  • Sport fishing, snorkeling
  • Lovely Isla Chora nearby
Irazú Nationalpark ✪
  • Active volcano and craters
  • One of the highest viewpoints
  • A green-blue lagoon at its crater
  • Northern Costa Rican Nationalpark
  • Most active volcano in the country
  • Popular among bird enthusiasts

Itinerary

Welcome to Costa Rica!!! You can arrive in San José at any time. Your accommodation is arranged so take this time to settle into the hotel or explore the city on your own. Watch the locals doing their interesting daily activities, visit the disctrict Amón or the Jade, Gold and National Museums. We can arrange to pick you up at the airport if you would like.

Unterkunft im Hotel in San José, 3* Standard

After your first Costa Rican breakfast, you will meet your guide at 08:00, who will explain all the details of your tour in Costa Rica. You will be driven by private transfer through beautifull rolling hills to the Costa Rica adventure zone – The Arenal area, located at the bottom of the active Arenal volcano. After checking into your hotel in the afternoon you´ll ride through the green rainforest and pass majestic mountains to visit the waterfall "La Fortuna".

Estimated cycling distance: 11km

Unterkunft im Hotel in La Fortuna, 2,5* Standard   Verpflegung: Breakfast

Until 31.10.2019

In the morning and afternoon you will have time to explore La Fortuna de San Carlos on your own. The city is one of the main tourist destinations in Costa Rica and Central America. In addition to its major attraction such as the volcano, La Fortuna is a place that offers visitors a wide range of services and a variety of attractions. It is a great place to try rafting, horse riding or abseiling. People interested in a more peaceful experience are encouraged to take a canopy tour in the hanging bridges, visit the Caño Negro Wildlife Reserve, the Venado Caves or the thermal springs. Do not miss the stunning National Park Arenal Volcano! Your tour leader will help you to book your optional activities.

From 01.11.2019

In the evening around 5 pm you will go on your bikes to get to a sanctuary of frogs, there you will have a guided night tour and learn about costa rican night time animals. The bus will take you back to your hotel.    

Estimated cycling distance: 6km

Unterkunft im Hotel in La Fortuna, 2,5* Standard   Verpflegung: Breakfast

Mountain biking is a great way to travel from La Fortuna to Monteverde. A boat will take you across Lake Arenal to the community Viejo Arenal. The moderately difficult ride is about 16 kilometers and will take you along the lake to Tronadora in approximately 2-hours.From there your driver will drive up the steep, gravel roads to your hotel in Monteverde. Here you can explore Costa Rica’s diverse natural environment with chances to see wildlife such as monkeys, birds, coatimundis, and sometimes even sloths and toucans!

Estimated cycling distance: 16km

Unterkunft im Hotel in Monteverde, 3* Standard    Verpflegung: Breakfast

Today we will bike through the hills of Monteverde to the so-called "Children Eternal Forest". Your bike tour starts in the district San Bosco and will continue through the hummingbird garden until you get to the forest, where you can observe animals in their natural habitat. On the way you can stop for an icecream or cheese  in the famous Monteverde cheese factory. After this, you will have the rest of the day to participate in a lot of optional activities (not included). For nature lovers Monteverde offers a wide range of activities such as visiting the Santa Elena or Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, the Serpentarium, the Butterfly Gardens or crossing the cloud forest on suspension bridges. You need a kick of adrenaline? Monteverde is world famous for adrenaline tours and has the longest zipline in Latin America! Try bungee jumping, rafting or the jungle night walk tours!    

Estimated cycling distance: 12km

Unterkunft im Hotel in Monteverde, 3* Standard    Verpflegung: Breakfast

Today you will get to know why Costa Rica is famous for its beaches! Your next destination is Samara. The beautiful coastal hamlet is a paradise on the Nicoya Peninsula's western shore. Spend a day relaxing at the beach and enjoy the turquoise sea. Need more activity? Go surfing or discover the fascinating sea creatures by diving. Our inside tip for you: visit the bakeries Los Argentinos or Bohemia and try delicious local pastries and cakes.

Unterkunft im Hotel in Samara, 3* Standard   Verpflegung: Breakfast

Today's bike ride takes you along the costa rican Pacific coast.  This will be the hardest, but most rewarding ride of the tour. Enjoy some breath-taking views of the ocean. You will go by bike until you reach Camaronal Wildlife Refuge, where you will take a break. This wildlife refuge is important for the preservation of the turtles in the area. On the way  back to Samara you will stop at Playa Carrillo to take a refreshing dip in the ocean.

Estimated cycling distance: 18km

Unterkunft im Hotel in Samara, 3* Standard   Verpflegung: Breakfast

Today we will rise bright and early and then we will cycle to the Wildlife Reserve of Playa Ostional. If you choose the right time for your trip to Costa Rica, you might be able to observe turtles at the beach. Samara's laidback vibe gives travelers the perfect setting for an afternoon of rest and relaxation. Spend some time shopping or trying new foods in the village. There are some great discos for those who are anxious to sample the nightlife! A short one-mile (2 km) walk down the beach brings visitors to the Tico hamlet of Matapalo, a great snorkeling spot. Otherwise, an excursion to the Chora Island will impress bird lovers.   

Estimated cycling distance: 35km

Unterkunft im Hotel in Samara, 3* Standard    Verpflegung: Breakfast

Spend some more time relaxing on the pristine beaches of Samara before heading to charming colonial city of Cartago by bus. The city is located near San José and the Irazú volcano. In Cartago you will find the most important church of Costa Rica: Basilica de Nuestra Señora de Los Angeles. Because today it´s already too late to visit the church and Cartago, you will visit both on day 13 of your journey.   

Unterkunft im Hotel in Cartago, 2,5* Standard    Verpflegung: Breakfast

In the morning you will travel by bus up to the mountains of Tierra Blanca de Cartago, one of the coldest places in the country and home of the farmers who produce potatoes and onions for the rest of the country. Admire beautiful landscapes on the way to the Irazu volcano National Park. In good weather conditions you will possibly see the overwhelming crater. In the afternoon you will travel by bus to Pacayas. From there you take your bikes and continue through Cervantes and Santiago villages all the way to the Ujarrás Ruins. You can have a look at the remains of the first stonewalled church of Costa Rica. Before heading back by bus you continue riding to Cachi dam, an important hydroelectric project for the country.

Estimated cycling distance: 21km

Unterkunft im Hotel in Cartago, 2,5* Standard    Verpflegung: Breakfast

Today you continue the tour to enchanting Turrialba. From Cartago to Pacayas Village you will be taken by bus and then go on by bike to the Guayabo National Monument. The monument, situated at the slope of the Turrialba volcano, is considered to be the biggest archeological site of the country. You will see fascinating sculptural works and rock engravings, aqueducts and cisterns from over 1000 years ago! The bus will take you back to the hotel.

Estimated cycling distance: 23km

Unterkunft im Hotel in Turrialba, 2* Standard    Verpflegung: Breakfast

Enjoy the idyllic countrysides with numerous rivers while cycling to Tucurrique. Try one of the diverse delicious dishes or the local speciality Pejibaye, which means peach palm. In the afternoon optional activities could be a visit to the jardin botanico CATIE (The Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) or a coffe tour, where you can see the cultivation of coffee plants and the process of the coffee production.   

Estimated cycling distance: 25km

Unterkunft im Hotel in Turrialba, 2* Standard   Verpflegung: Breakfast

Today you will continue to the last city of your roundtrip, San Jose, Costa Ricas capital. On the way you will stop at Cartago for a short city tour and a visit to the Basilica de Nuestra Señora de Los Angeles. Make the most of your stay at your last destination San José! Discover the charming capital and do not forget to buy some souvenirs. Visit the Central Market, the National Theater or some of the thrilling museums.

Unterkunft im Hotel in San José, 3* Standard   Verpflegung: Breakfast

This is your last day in sunny Costa Rica. We can take you to the airport or help you extend your trip. Thank you for letting us share this amazing country with you. See you again soon!

Verpflegung: Breakfast


Services

Included

  • 13 nights in hotels with a 2,5-3* standard, incl. breakfast
  • many bike tours (e.g. in the tropical rainforest or along the coast)
  • boat tour across the lake Arenal
  • entrance to the waterfall "La Fortuna"
  • entrance to the reserve "Bosque Eterno de los Niños"
  • entrance Refugio Camaronal
  • entrance Refugio Ostional
  • guided city tour in Cartago
  • entrance to the ruins of Ujarras and volcano Irazú
  • entrance to the national monument Guayabo
  • Qualified English-speaking local guides
  • Bicycle and helmet
  • All described transfers in air-conditioned vehicles

Not Included

  • International flights to / from Costa Rica
  • Transfer in/out: booking available on request
  • Costa Rica Departure Tax
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals and excursions other than the specified above
  • Tips and gratuities

Important Information

  • We guarantee the operation of every group with four booked clients
  • Maximum group size: 16 people
  • Visa and vaccination requirements and general information about country and people of Costa Rica
  • Solo travellers can request a room shared room with another person of the same sex
  • If we can't find another solo traveller who wants to share a room, the single room supplement needs to be paid

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Optional Extras:

  • Transfer IN/OUT optional:
  • San José Airport - San José Hotel
  • ONE WAY Price per transfer: £ 45 (1-3pax); £ 58 (3-5pax)

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