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10 Day On-Road Self-Guided Motorcycle Tour in Costa Rica

Santa Ana, Santa Ana Canton, San José Province, Costa Rica

Self Guided Motorcycle Tour Costa Rica

Elephant Moto Costa Rica invites you to experience beautiful Costa Rica including its mountains, volcanoes, and breathtaking beach views in a motorcycle tour that offers you the best of the country. Enjoy eight days of riding through wonderful landscapes of this natural bridge filled with animal beauty and exuberant flora. In this tour, you will start in San Jose, the capital city, where you will have the group meeting and in the next day, your bike will be waiting for you to start this amazing journey that you will not forget!

Key information

  • Bike: rental bike (BMW F 800 GS or BMW R 1200 GS)
  • Mileage: 1,060 kilometers / 659 miles
  • Daily rides: 125 - 249 kilometers / 78 - 155 miles
  • Riding gear: not included: helmet, gloves, boots, optional jacket, and pants; available to rent: helmet
  • Meals: breakfasts and dinners

Meet the guides

Chris & Juan Carlos
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  • Starts and ends in San José
  • Return through the coffee lands of Alajuela
  • Go up to Cerro de la Muerte at an altitude of 3,350 meters
  • Visit Arenal active volcano and Guanacaste Conservation Area
  • Discover Manuel Antonio and Guanacaste beaches
  • Go through the tropical forest of the Pacific coast
  • Experience the Inter-American Highway
  • 9 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate


8 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: 8-8 participants
Airport transfer included: Juan Santamaría International Airport
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In this tour, you will be accommodated at a studio hotel in Santa Ana, other hotels in Playa Manuel Antonio, Playa Santa Teresa, Tamarindo, and La Fortuna Arenal. While in the Rincon de la Vieja, you will be accommodated at Hacienda Guachipelin, an eco-adventure hotel.


Day 1: Arrival in San Jose

Welcome to the capital of Costa Rica. Elephant Moto Costa Rica will pick you up at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) and take you to the studio hotel in Santa Ana. You will have a riders’ meeting at Elephant Moto Headquarters and a briefing to share instructions.

Day 2: San José - Cerro de la Muerte - Playa Manuel Antonio, 227 kilometers / 141 miles

You will leave the capital to travel through San Jose and the ancient city of Cartago to climb the highest point of the Inter-American Highway (the Cerro de la Muerte) and get a great view of the General Valley. Here, you will enjoy a rich, high-altitude coffee and lunch in Dota before passing through the mountains down into the Pacific coast. Finally, you will arrive at the first destination, Manuel Antonio Beach.

Day 3: Playa Manuel Antonio - Puntarenas – Playa Santa Teresa, 227 kilometers / 141 miles

You will go north on Highway 34 past the Tarcoles River where you can observe dozens of crocodiles. Then, you will take a 90-minute ferry across the Gulf of Nicoya where you will see the famous island of San Lucas, a formerly island prison from 1873 to 1991. In Cobano, you will have lunch and travel on to enjoy a sunset at the end of the day at the spectacular Santa Teresa Beach.

Day 4: Playa Santa Teresa - Playa Tamarindo by Nicoya, 198 kilometers / 123 miles

You will drive north through the tropical forest of the Pacific coast on the Nicoya Peninsula through many small, fashionable towns. You will have lunch at Samara Beach while you acclimate to the high temperatures of the coast. After lunch, you will continue to Nicoya in the Chorotega region to deviate along the road April 27 until you reach your next destination.

Day 5: Playa Tamarindo (day off)

This day, you have many options walk around the city, relax on the beach or in the hotel pool, learn to surf, rent a horse, take a yoga lesson, or enjoy some cocktails and snorkel during a trip on a catamaran at sunset.

Day 6: Playa Tamarindo - Rincón de la Vieja, 125 kilometers / 78 miles

You will leave the coast to enter a section of the Guanacaste Conservation Area known as Rincon de la Vieja to reach the eco-adventure hotel, Hacienda Guachipelin. Rincon de la Vieja houses a great variety of tropical forests and mountain ecosystems. The trees of Laurel and Guanacaste form the perfect canopy to give an ideal environment to birds and mammals in this region.

Day 7: Rincón de la Vieja- La Fortuna Arenal via Monteverde (249 kilometers / 155 miles) or via Guatuso (199 kilometers / 124 miles)

You will go through the Rincon de la Vieja National Park (and other nearby peaks) down to the impressive Lake Arenal. You will have lunch in Guatuso or Monteverde and will end the day in the hot springs at the base of the picturesque and most active Arenal Volcano.

Day 8: Arenal La Fortuna (day off)

La Fortuna is the center of outdoor activities such as horseback riding, hiking, and windsurfing on Lake Arenal. Surrounded by cloud forests and rainforests, the Arenal Volcano is the center of this city where you can enjoy a relaxing day or full of adventure.

Day 9: Arenal La Fortuna - Río Cuarto - San José, 142 kilometers / 88 miles

This is a beautiful road trip of gentle turns through rural agricultural hills, coffee plantations, and small towns. You will pass some waterfalls at the edge of the road and enjoy a typical Tico lunch. You will also have the opportunity to do a coffee tour. Once back in San Jose, you will enjoy the farewell dinner and let the moment begin to share life stories.

Day 10: Departure day

Returning home. This is your day to plan and leave.


The itinerary is subject to changes. Elephant Moto Costa Rica reserves the right to change the order of activities listed in this published tour. In the event there is an itinerary change, comparable lodging, meals and activities, programs, or entertainment will be provided. Changes may result from scheduling needs, unforeseen incidents, or other causes.

Skill level(s) required for this tour: 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

Included excursions

You will have the opportunity to enjoy the hot springs at the base of the picturesque and most active Arenal Volcano.


Chris White


This tour starts and ends in San José, Costa Rica. Costa Rica is a diverse and unique country. It is known for its stable democracy and for having abolished the army since 1948. It is a country of friendly and hospitable people who will welcome you for this story to share for a lifetime. In this tour, you will travel through Cerro de la Muerte, Playa Manuel Antonio, Puntarenas, Playa Santa Teresa, Tamarindo, Rincon de la Vieja, La Fortuna Arenal, and Río Cuarto. It is a tour that in a short time shows the great variety of Costa Rica.


The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Snacks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

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

Things to do (optional)

  • Do a coffee tour
  • Enjoy some cocktails and snorkel during a trip on a catamaran at sunset
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Take a yoga lesson
  • Take surf lessons
  • Windsurfing

What's included

  • BMW motorcycle rental
  • Insurance and tolls
  • Use of support vehicle
  • Transfers from and to Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO)
  • 9 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfasts
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • Elephant welcome kit (apparel)

What's not included

  • Fuel
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Riding gear
  • Plane tickets
  • Activities on days off
  • Coffee tour entrance fee
  • Medical insurance
  • Bike damage deposit - 2,000 USD
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). Transfer from and to the airport is included.

Airport: Juan Santamaría International Airport Airport transfer included: Juan Santamaría International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 35% 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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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 8 participants

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