Costa Rica - Ruta de los Volcanes - Guided Road Cycling Holiday
- Spotting an unparalleled diversity of wildlife
- Cycling in the shadow of palm trees along the Pacific coast
- Breaking through the clouds as we cross Costa Rica’s central mountains
- Enjoying volcanic vistas over a drink in La Fortuna
- Watching the sun go down from Samara beach after a rewarding day in the saddle
- The change in scenery on opposing sides of the continental divide
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|1||Arrival: San José Airport||Non Riding Day|
|2||San José to Cahuita (plus optional ride)||36 Miles / 58 kms Approx.||B|
|3||Cahuita to Turrialtico||56 Miles / 90 Kms Approx.||1,500 Metres Approx.||B L|
|4||Turrialtico to Orosi||42 Miles / 67 Kms Approx.||1,750 Metres Approx.||B L|
|5||Santa Ana to Orotina||44 Miles / 70 Kms Approx.||1,500 Metres Approx.||B L|
|6||San Ramon to La Fortuna||39 Miles / 62 Kms Approx.||1,100 Metres Approx.||B L|
|7||Arenal Loop||47 Miles / 76 Kms Approx.||500 Metres Approx.||B L|
|8||La Fortuna to Cañas||63 Miles / 102 Kms Approx.||1,550 Metres Approx.||B L|
|9||Cañas to Samara||70 Miles / 112 Kms Approx.||850 Metres Approx.||B L|
|10||Samara Loop (optional)||36 Miles / 56 Kms Approx.||1,100 Metres Approx.||B|
|11 *||Transfer to San José||B|
|12 *||Departure: San José Airport||B|
|13 *||Christmas/New Year Trip - Departure Day||B|
Meals: B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner | Please keep in mind the distances and ascent information provided are intended to be indicative and may vary from the actuals due to accommodation changes or when compared on different GPS devices and software
For more information download our trip notes
For more information download our trip notes
Nothing short of outstanding...
Just an excellent holiday!! David is a real ambassador for Skedaddle! Very professional indeed. I can’t praise him enough really. Mau is a gentleman and a fantastic guide. David and Mau made a super team. Extremely patient and calm and a font of knowledge on Costa Rica. We also had Enrique driving the bus who although he didn’t speak much English, we still managed to have a good laugh. He was safe and always there when you needed him. David, Mau and Enrique were nothing short of outstanding. Nothing was too much for them. Super efficient, considerate, knowledgeable, patient and polite. I shouldn’t forget Kerry who was also fab, extremely helpful and efficient as always.
John, Reading, UK
The team did a fantastic job!
David is simply one of the best tour guides, always on hand to answer any questions or sort anything out for you. Nothing was too much trouble for him. He ensured everybody was ok with riding etc and looking after each capability and safety whilst ensuring we all enjoyed each ride. The guys looked after each and every one of us – Emilio is a great mechanic and sorted out all the bikes ensuring they were in perfect working order (we certainly needed those good brakes on the descents), they were cleaned and serviced for us ready to ride each day; both he & Mau did a brilliant job whether that was working late or getting up early to cater for certain needs. Saul picked us up when it got too much in the heat and ensured we were comfortable, he was always on hand to drive us wherever we needed him to. The team did a fantastic job!! Too many favourite days to choose from. Really enjoyed the ride from San Ramon to La Fortuna, the optional ride from La Fortuna and then onto Canas, fantastic ride with a cracking beer at the end of the day!!
I very much enjoyed it!
Tour leader David was great. He is a great cyclist, he knew a lot about the area, the riding, the bikes if there was a problem, and took care of everything, like loading/unloading the bikes, cleaning the bikes, organizing dinner. He was also very responsive to emails/text messages. Mau was also very helpful, kind, and available for all kinds of questions about Costa Rica. The last day was a great final stage. I also liked the ride from La Fortuna around the lake – I very much enjoyed it!
An amazing way to spend Christmas and New Year - just the best!
An amazing way to spend Christmas and New Year – just the best! Our tour leader managed an extreme range of cycling ability in a way that ensured everyone enjoyed the holiday. Everyone seemed to feel he was attentive to their needs and wanted to make the holiday special for them. I had booked both Costa Rica and Colombia and the office staff were extremely helpful in coordinating plans and offering suggestions. It was good value for money in the context of support vehicle and number of transfers.
Hoping to get on another Skedaddle holiday soon!
Lots of great days – the ride around Turrialba on xmas day, the killer downhill toward Canas, and many more.
David was great. On top of everything, unflappable, and always in good humor. Would ride with him again in a heartbeat.
This was not a cheap trip and we hesitated about booking it in part for that reason. However, it was totally worth it. The leader and guides were great, the rest of the riders were interesting and fun, and the riding was terrific and challenging.
High standards met all round!
Care and service, attention to detail, as always excellent; genuine interest in the clients – all good!! Communication before and during the trip was both professional and timely.
Our tour guide David was sociable, knowledgeable, responsible, and took care of clients with a good touch of personal interest – fit and capable, and a great sense of humour (you need it to deal with some of us!)
Love your cycling holidays...
All of the rides were scenic and challenging. As my fitness wasn’t great to begin with a big achievement for me was the first full day I did then once my fitness was up the cycle outside san jose was awesome.
Costa Rica is an ideal cycling destination...
It was great to spend Christmas/New year somewhere different and hot. The area has a lot to offer; friendly people, varied terrain, great food, interesting wildlife, quality hotels. We were well looked after by all the guides with plenty of water, snacks, vehicle support and well organised transfers.
David went above and beyond to accommodate everyone’s diverse needs and skill set. All the days had their unique experiences. But at the margin, New Year’s Eve day stands out, short but sharp ride in the morning, followed by a free afternoon at Carrillo beach surfing waves, and then spectacular fireworks with good company for New Year’s.
Russell, New York (USA)
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Great route through a fascinating country! Our guide, Mau, was a very pleaseant person.
A well organised trip...
The hotel’s locations were exceptionally beautiful!
Loved the fresh fruit, Rony was always around and responsive when needed for water/snacks ….and motivational words
I think the management of entire holiday was very fluid (hotel check ins, transfers, food stops, rides, dinners) and considerate of everyone’s needs. Very attentive, friendly and genuine personality.
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11 nights hotel accommodation
8.5 days riding
Breakfast and lunch
Guided and vehicle support
The Christmas/New Year itinerary includes an extra day (13 days total including 12 nights hotel, 9.5 days riding).
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Last Updated: 28/07/2017