- Cycle the spectacular coastal highway
- Manuel Antonio and Tortuguero
- Short road transfers
Take in the variety of Costa Rica by bike, pedalling past rainforest, volcanoes and stunning sections of coastline. Starting in San Jose we cycle south, covering a stretch of the picturesque coastal highway, with vast Pacific views to the right and dense forest to the left as far as the eye can see. Costa Rica's rainforests are bursting with wildlife - we hope to encounter Howler monkeys and iguanas on our journey, as well as eagles, hawks and Scarlet macaws. The crashing waves of the Pacific tempt us away from the saddle as we make a stop at an isolated beach along the way.
Crossing the 11,000ft Cerro de la Muerte pass into the Orosi Valley we cycle past coffee plantations and volcanoes to arrive on the fertile Caribbean plains where huge banana plantations cover the landscape. We will learn how the banana industry has shaped Costa Rica before continuing on to Tortuguero to explore the wildlife-rich rivers and waterways of this famous national park. The final stage of our journey takes us to pretty La Fortuna, a lovely spot located at the foot of Arenal - Costa Rica's most active volcano.
What makes this trip responsible?
This trip uses locally owned hotels and restaurants wherever possible, so that money spent directly benefits the local community. One of our overnight stops will be at Las Cruces Biological Station, an organisation located near San Vito that provides education and job opportunities to locals in an otherwise isolated area. During the Mangrove Estuary Tour at Rio Tarcoles, (Day 3 of the itinerary), we use an operator who adheres to good conservation practices and does not support the feeding of crocodiles in this area.
Cycling through tropical Costa Rican scenery