Costa Rica and Nicaragua

A trip through lush greenery

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  • Duration

    17 Days
  • Difficulty

    Easy
  • Distance

    337km
  • Landscapes

    • Sea/Ocean
    • Nature
  • Theme

    • Deluxe
    • E-Bike
    • Culture 
  • Type of Journey

    Guided

Description

Known for its great wealth of species, Costa Rica awaits you with a beautiful flora and fauna. One third of its area is protected. Lagoons, beaches, coastal landscapes on both the Caribbean and Pacific coasts await you along with dense jungles, rainforests and volcanic landscapes. During the visit of several national parks, by bike or on foot, we discover a rich world of exotic birds and butterflies. This bike tour gives a detailed overview of these two neighbouring countries and offers a deep dive into a sea of colours.

Characteristics of this journey/holiday

Day by day

Day 1

Departure from Frankfurt to San Jose (night flight with a stopover in Santa Domingo, duration of flight ~14.5 hours)

Day 2  San José

Arrival in San José and transfer (30 min.) to our hotel in the capital of Costa Rica. The Gold Museum is known for one of the largest collections of gold in America. But the city is also a real jewel of history and architecture.

Day 3 Pusical – Orotina   40 km

Our first bike ride will begin easily with a visit to a rainforest. Here you will discover monkeys, coatis and numerous multicolored birds. Pusical is particularly known for its ceramics and coffee production. Throughout our journey, we will cross many coffee and fruit plantations. There are often markets are located on this road, with all kinds of tropical fruits on offer (especially avocados and mangos).

Day 4 Florencia – Fortuna          35 km

Today the bus takes us to Florencia, from there we will cycle along quiet roads to reach La Fortuna. On the way we will come across a magnificent view of the plateau. In the small town of Fortuna, the main attraction is the volcano which is 6.4 km away. It is still active, so who knows, maybe we’ll see a little eruption

Day 5 Arenal 

The largest lake in Costa Rica is at the foot of the volcano! We go for a hike on the suspension bridges! It is a beautiful hike in the heart of the magical valleys. Gigantic trees, fig-stranglers, mountain bamboo, orchids, ferns, and lianas punctuate your ride. In the evening, visit a thermal bath whose warm waters come from the Arenal volcano with the possibility of bathing there (about $ 40 optional)

Day 6 Arenal   40 km

A small transfer (about 20 min.) brings us to the lake dam. From here the bike stage begins, always at the waters edge, through the rainforest and small villages, towards Tilaran.

Day 7 Around Miravalles Volcano   55 km

We ride quietly from Bagaces to the slopes of the impressive Miravalles volcano. The volcano itself is the culminating point of the day, with its hot springs and fumaroles. It’s an unforgettable show..

Day 8 Rinçon de la Vieja

We spend the entire day in the Rincon de la Vieja National Park. This incredible volcanic landscape is characterized by gnarled trees, very dry vegetation, and natural wells.

Day 9 Santa Catalina – Granada  19 km

After a transfer to Santa Cantalina, we will visit one of the villages on the flanks of the crater of the Apoyo lagoon known for practicing witchcraft. After enjoying the beautiful view of the lagoon and Lake Nicaragua, we go to the heart of Granada via small roads and dirt tracks, to finally reach our hotel. Throughout this stage, we are fascinated by both the blue of the lagoon and the tropical landscape. Granada, is the oldest city in Central America, with its old restored neighborhoods, palaces, cathedrals, avenues, bistros, and its pastel-colored facades.

Day 10  Granada  Walking in Mombacho

After a short 15-minute transfer, we arrive at the foot of Mount Granada, the Mombacho. A truck takes us to the crater from which many hiking trails leave into the rainforest. You may see monkeys (you will almost certainly hear them). Granada with its colonial heritage, should not to be missed this afternoon.

Day 11   Belan/Rivas – San Juan del Sur  41 km

Rivas is on the Panamericana, about 4 km from the west shore of Lake Nicaragua, between the Costa Rican border near Peñas Blancas to the south (35 km) and the capital Managua to the north (100 km). The city is the most important junction towards the coastal city of San Juan del Sur on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. After a transfer to Belen we begin the cycling stage near Lake Nicaragua through the mountain ranges, characterised by pastures. Our destination: the Pacific Ocean. Along the way we visit a village school and discover a little more about the daily life in this country where there is no army. Before arriving at the hotel on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, we cycle past a very colorful market, which gives us a small glimpse of the daily life of the inhabitants. Our hotel in San Juan del Sur is located directly on one of the most beautiful beaches of the Pacific Ocean.

Day 12  Isla Ometepe                      45 km

We arrive at the San Jorge pontoon to enjoy crossing the Lake Nicaragua (1 h), the largest inland lake in Latin America. Our relatively easy stage of the day takes us to the beaches of Santo Domingo. In Ometepe, tourism is developing slowly and leaves room for the authentic culture. We will have the opportunity to discover two spectacular volcanoes surrounded by very fertile agricultural land.

Day 13 La Cruz – Junquillal         30 km

We leave Nicaragua and go along the coast to Costa Rica. Here we follow the coastal landscape and quiet beaches for several kilometres. farms stretch beside the road and aside from the late-stage climb, the bike ride is very relaxing. Enjoy the sea air.

Day 14  Hermosa Beach

A towel, a good book, sunglasses, sunscreen and here we are, ready to relax. Hermosa Beach and its golden sand and clear water. No need for diving goggles to see the fish. Enjoy your rest day.

Day 15  Poas Volcano – Tambor    32 km

On the way to Poas Volcano (2704 m), we drive between coffee and vegetable plantations. The green colour of the lush vegetation dominates and creates a special atmosphere, with the summit of Poas often mysteriously shrouded in mist. The waterfalls falling from a vertiginous height also create a very magical atmosphere. We will discover giant butterflies and tiny hummingbirds. Prepare the camera!

Day 16  San José

The last day has arrived. After a final short passage in San José, the bus takes us to the airport.

Day 17 

We arrive in Frankfurt. It’s time to say goodbye and to go home with our heads and cameras filled with unforgettable memories.

Accommodation

10 nights in 3 Stars Hotels mainly in rooms with private facilities and most of the time with air conditioner and Swimming pool
5 nights in 4 Stars Hotels and Poussadas in rooms with private facilities and most of the time with air conditioner mainly with Swimming pool

Included services

Flight from/to Francfort to San José
10 nights in 3 Stars Hotels mainly with Swimming pool
5 nights in 4 Stars Hotels and Poussadas mainly with Swimming pool
Rooms with private facilities and most of the time with air conditioner
Use of the Swimming pool
Daily breakfast
15 x Half board
France A Velo guide
Tour guide (speaks English)
1 support vehicle during the whole trip
Boat transfer Isla Ometepe
All mentioned transfers with mini-bus
All entrance fees
Suspension bridge walk through the primeval forest
Drive with Truck to Mombacho Crater and walk with hiking guide
National parks entrance fees
27-Gang Mountain bikes
Handlebar bags for bikes
Rout book, maps and information material

Additional informations

Minimum of participants: 11 maximum 16

Grade :

Mainly asphalted stages, very few roads are non-asphalted. There is always the possibility to climb on the support vehicle

Admission in the country:

A passport, valid 6 months after your return, is compulsory for the entry in Costa Rica and Nicaragua. For both countries, you don’t need any specific vaccine. You can find all our advices and suggestions in our “Travel information” that we will be glad to send you.

The best time to travel to Costa Rica and Nicaragua is between October and April.


Many extraordinary included services!

How to get there ?

Flight from/to Francfort to San José

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