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9 Day Guided Motorcycle Tour in Costa Rica and Nicaragua

San Jose - Arenal Volcano - Rincon de la Vieja - Tamarindo, Costa Rica; Granada - Leon - San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

Motorcycle Tour in Costa Rica and Nicaragua

Tour on a motorcycle through two beautiful countries, from stunning scenery to colonial ancient cities. You start the motorcycle tour in Costa Rica where you will ride the BMW to Arenal Volcano, one of the most active volcanoes of the world. Then, take a ride around the lake to Rincon de la Vieja National Park. Next is Nicaragua! Once you cross the Nicaraguan border, you will visit the colonial cities of Granada and Leon Viejo. Return to Costa Rica and enjoy Tamarindo Beach. This definitely a motorcycle adventure not to be missed!

Key information

  • Terrain: asphalt and ripio-stone
  • Mileage: 1,346 kilometers/836 miles
  • Bike: rental bike (BMW F 800 GS and BMW R 1200 GS)
  • Riding gear: not included: helmet, riding gear, jacket, leather boots. Please bring your own.
  • Meals: 8 breakfasts

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Ride to Poás National Park and the famous Arenal Volcano
  • Explore Granada, Leon, San Juan Del Sur in Nicaragua
  • Enjoy the relaxing beach atmosphere in Tamarindo
  • Motorcycle rental, service of bilingual guide
  • 8 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


7 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: Minimum of 4 participants
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Accommodation

Costa Rica BMW Tours strives to provide riders with an authentic Costa Rica experience which means selecting lodging that is less pretentious steering clear of the "mega resort" scene (in other words, leave your golf clubs at home).

Costa Rica BMW Tours has carefully selected hotels, lodges, and quaint bed and breakfast where riders will receive fine service and attention is a setting that is guaranteed to make your holiday one to remember.

Program

Day 1 - Arrive in San Jose

Meet and greet at the airport and transfer to hotel for your first night. Overnight at Studio Hotel standard room. Today's meal plan includes breakfast.

Day 2 - Central Highlands

Early in the morning, transfer to Costa Rica BMW Tours' office to pick up your bike. Start your ride to the active Poas Volcano National Park.

Poás National Park protects an epiphyte-laden cloud forest and elfin (small tree) forest, a blue crater lake (Laguna Botos) and the volcano´s active crater which is nearly one mile long and 1,000 feet deep (one of the largest active craters in the world). Continue your ride to the world famous Arenal Volcano.

Arenal’s perfectly symmetrical shape makes it a sightseer’s dream, while its abundance of outdoor activities makes it an easy place to check things off your “must-do in Costa Rica” list. So visit one of the nicest volcanoes in Costa Rica! Cloud forests and a lake world-famous for windsurfing and an incredibly diverse population of wildlife are just part of what you will find in this amazing area of Costa Rica.

Enjoy the hot springs located in the hotel. Overnight at Arenal Manoa junior suite room. The meal plan includes breakfast.

Day 3 - Rincon de la Vieja

Ride north passing the scenic Lake Arenal, then via Liberia and reach Rincon de La Vieja National Park. This park is named after the active Rincon de la Vieja Volcano.

Being one of the most accessible volcanoes of the area, you can reach the numerous cones, craters, and lagoons either on horseback or by foot. Here, you will also find fumaroles and boiling mud pools, steam vents, and sulfurous hot springs with therapeutic properties. Various tours are offered outside the park including canopy, horseback, hiking, and birding tours.

Overnight at Cañon de la Vieja superior room. The meal plan includes breakfast.

Day 4 - Granada

Have an early start riding to the north to the border between Costa Rica and Nicaragua, Peñas Blancas. Continue to Granada for your first night in Nicaragua.

Built by the Spanish conquistadors in 1524, Granada is the best place for tourism because of its beauty and colonial architecture, charming hotels and activities to enjoy nearby; Lake Nicaragua and the islands, Mombacho volcano with its nature reserve, Masaya and its folklore.

Overnight at Hotel Plaza Colon standard room. Today's meal plan includes breakfast.

Day 5 - Leon

Early morning, continue riding north to Leon, one of the main colonial cities in Nicaragua. On the way, visit the ruins of Old Leon City which was declared World Site Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in the year 2000. Visit to the San Jacinto hot springs, over the impressive volcanic chain of Nicaragua.

Overnight at El Convento standard room. Today, the meal plan includes breakfast.

Day 6 - San Juan Del Sur

Today will be a long ride south until you reach the beach town of San Juan del Sur. With a rich history as a seaport and fishing village, and as the most popular Nicaragua vacation destination on the Pacific coast, San Juan del Sur offers a lively mix of local culture and international flare. Direct access to a wide variety of activities, sports, nightlife, and amenities makes San Juan del Sur the ideal location to enjoy your Nicaragua vacation.

Overnight at Piedras & Olas Hotel ocean view room. Today's meal plan includes breakfast.

Day 7 - Tamarindo

Today you will cross the border back to Costa Rica. Ride to Tamarindo Beach. Both nature and beach lovers will find plenty here to fill there days. Tamarindo is famous for its stunning beaches, its marine national park, and wildlife refuge.

Overnight at Tamarindo Diria Resort lagoon pool view room. Today, the meal plan includes breakfast.

Day 8 - San Jose

Relax at the beach in the morning and ride back to San Jose after lunch. Overnight at Studio Hotel standard room. Today's meal plan includes breakfast.

Day 9 - Departure

Transfer back to the airport for your flight home.

Skill level(s) required for this tour: intermediate

Beginner

  • can ride for two to three hours
  • minimal riding experience
  • assistance required
  • comfortable with curves and leans
  • basic experience with unsurfaced roads
  • short distance ascents and descents

Intermediate:

  • can ride for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

About the road

The itineraries are designed to be almost entirely on paved roads, however, you can not experience the natural side of Costa Rica without traveling occasionally on well surfaced but unpaved roads. Some of the approaches to the lodges are not paved, however, Costa Rica BMW Tours stresses that any experienced road rider can easily handle the unpaved portions.

By design, Costa Rica BMW Tours is cautious to avoid anything which is too technical. For those who wish to explore, the KTM 640 LC4, Aprilia Pegaso 650 Trial is perfectly suited for off the beaten path tours.

Location

The tour starts from San Jose, Costa Rica. Then, you will head for Arenal Volcano and Rincon de la Vieja, before crossing a border to Nicaragua's charming city of Granada, followed by Leon and San Juan del Sur. Afterward, you return to Costa Rica via Tamarindo and back to San Jose.

Costa Rica

There is something exhilarating about riding in uncharted territory. If you don´t mind a few challenging roads and getting a bit of attention from locals then this tour is for you!

Don’t miss this unforgettable adventure ride that goes from the Central to the northern areas of Costa Rica. This tour leads you from active volcanoes, narrow mountain roads through impressive scenery, to misty cloud forests and well-known beaches.

In Costa Rica, visitors will have the privilege to enjoy an assortment of sceneries and ecosystems within a very short drive: dense rainforests where electric blue Morphos and Resplendent Quetzals fly over green baby leaves and fresh flower dew.

You can find tropical dry forests where century-old trees lit the vistas with pink, yellow and orange splashes. Mystic volcanoes with smoky craters were rare sub-alpine dwarf vegetation breathe, golden coasts where surfers will slide through luscious warm sparkling waves, and deep blue waters where scuba divers will discover an enchanted world of colorful corals, green sea turtles, blue whales, and crowds of mantas.

"Ticos", as Costa Ricans are called, are open-minded, diverse, free, global, polite, courteous, calm, humble, hospitable, hard-working, and highly educated. Costa Ricans are people proud of their culture and the extraordinary natural richness that surrounds them. They are persistent in their religious convictions and very family oriented.

Costa Ricans are the result of a peaceful nation with a long democratic tradition. Costa Rica is a peaceful nation, which has always avoided conflict and any military actions. Instead, it has a conflict resolution based in negotiation and its efforts have been dedicated to developing social equality.

It is considered a progressive nation, as it has more teachers than policemen, more biological reserves than cities and endless dedication to social programs.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Bike rental (BMW F 800 GS and BMW R 1200 GS)
  • A professional bilingual guide
  • A support vehicle for passengers and luggage
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Taxes and service charges
  • All breakfasts

What's not included

  • 2,000 USD deposit in case of damage
  • Meals Not Described
  • Alcoholic Beverage
  • International Airfare
  • Personal fees to crossed the Nicaragua/ Costa Rica Border

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Pricing information

Renting BMW R 1200 GS is also possible with the below cost:

  • 1 rider in a single room 4,580 USD;
  • 1 rider in a double room 3,925 USD;
  • 1 rider and 1 pillion Partner Sharing Room with Rider 6,135 USD;
Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 4 participants

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