the route description
The first day is all about arriving in Costa Rica, we'll pick you up at the airport and take a 20min drive to the Hotel. If you pick the premium tour, or mechanic will assembly and check the bikes, and if you have the self-guided tour there is a space to do it by yourself and the hotel will store the bike cases for the upcoming days. At night we'll have a meeting/dinner to explain everything. Depending on your flight arrival time you might have some time to have a short ride.
Day 2: Easy: 92km 2100m or Hard: 110kms 2670m
Stage one is all about climbing. From the start is all the way up to 2700 meters over sea level Poas Volcano. The 30kms climb must be one of the worlds hardest climbs. The "easy" option gets you up to 3/4 the way up. Either way, the climb is hard and will get you thru coffee plantations, cow fields, and low temperatures(10° celsius the lowest). On the way down there is a coffee stop before taking on a technical descent with dozens of 180° switchbacks just beside a 40m La Paz waterfall. After the ride, you will get the best recovery method ever! Volcanic hot water springs in the middle of the forest.
Day 3: Easy 115kms 1830m or Hard 118kms 2300m.
Stage 2 is a hilly ride thru San Carlos area, besides Arenal Volcano and half loop around Arenal awesome lake. The hard option will get you more hills but is very similar to the easy one. Fun fact; Costa Rica has the weirdest micro climates especially in this area, so be ready for unexpected rain or sun or wind any time. This place is just magical, no words could describe it. Our hotel for that night has the coolest lake views, local coffee, and crafted beer made right there.
Day 4: Easy 140kms 1600m or Hard 153kms 2400m and gravel segment.
Stage 3 is the longest, the hard option will get you a 15kms segment of gravel thru wind energy fields (good enough for any road bike). Fun fact, Costa Rica makes 99.9% of its electric energy with renewable resources. The rest of the way is kind of flat and might get hot, but it worth it! We will arrive at Samara Tropical beach for recovery at the beach.
Day 5: This one is your choice, go for an easy ride or enjoy the beach. But we might go early because is a 4 hours drive to the first hotel were bike cases are stored, to pack up the bikes and then go to the airport. Your flight must be after 14:00hrs or we can coordinate an extra night.
Is Triathlon your thing? there are nice running and swimming places in every hotel to complement your training.
We recommend to book a skype meeting and we can talk face to face all the details.
You don't believe us about the awesomeness of the route? Check our Instagram or google Samara Beach, Poas Volcano, Arenal Lake, Arenal Volcano, La Paz Waterfall, or other of the destinations.