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6 Day Northern Ultimate Guided Motorcycle Adventure in Costa Rica

San Jose, Costa Rica

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Six days will be enough to sample the best of the Costa Rica Northern region. These types of tours are on paved roads must of the time but that doesn’t mean you won’t be in touch with the natural wonders of the country, as you will also ride on gravel roads and pass through small creeks. The beauty of this type of tours is that you will cover a lot of ground in less time, and that will give you the opportunity to discover more destinations!

Key information

  • Terrain: mostly paved roads with a mix of gravel and water crossing
  • Bike: rental bike (KTM or BMW)
  • Riding gear: available to rent: helmet, goggles, off-road boots, kneepads, chest protector, gloves, jersey and pants, and hydration backpack
  • Meals: breakfasts and lunches

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in San Jose
  • Relax by the beach in Tamarindo
  • Visiting some awesome rivers and waterfalls
  • Do a quick stop to take pictures in Braulio Carrillo National Park
  • Soak in the thermal pools at the Arenal Volcano
  • 5 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


4 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: Minimum of 2 participants
Airport transfer included: Juan Santamaría International Airport
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Accommodation

You will be accommodated at various places along the route.

Program

Day 1: San Jose

You will be transferred from the airport to the hotel. Pick up will be at 8 a.m. There will be a welcoming session and briefing.

Day 2: Santa Ana, San Jose to the Arenal Volcano (221 kilometers / 137 miles / 5 hours 20 minutes)

Your journey will begin in Santa Ana, San Jose where you will pick up the bike and head towards one of the most popular active volcanoes in Costa Rica, the “Volcán Poás”. You will embark on a trip filled with amazing views of coffee and strawberry plantations as you approach the exuberant cloud forest that surrounds this magnificent national park.

Then, you will continue to your next stop at “La Paz Waterfall”. The River La Paz forms the waterfall after traversing eight kilometers (five miles) of volcanic terrain, and then continues through the rainforest of the eastern side of Poás Volcano (total height 37 meters)

After a few pictures, you will hit the road again until you get to your next stop named “Hidden Treasure”. It’s a blue colored river located at Bajos del Toro. To visit this waterfall, there is a walking distance of three kilometers, but it is totally worth it.

To finish the first day, you will visit another popular destination: “Volcan Arenal”. The volcano is located at the center of Arenal Volcano National Park in the northern zone of the country, 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) southwest of the La Fortuna district in San Carlos canton, Costa Rica. Here, you will chill out on one of the many hot springs pools with a delicious cocktail (all meals and hot springs entrance fees are included on this day).

Day 3: Arenal Volcano to Playa Potrero (217 kilometers / 135 miles / 6 hours)

You will start the day riding around the Arenal Volcano and the lagoon, until you get to another volcano named “Volcan Tenorio”. Here is where you will visit “Rio Celeste”; a blue river tinted by the veins of the Tenorio volcano. There is a walking distance of 2.5 kilometers in the middle of the tropical forest where you will be able to see the dyers “los tenideros” (in Spanish).

Depending on the season of the year, you will be able to visit “El Cañon de Liberia”; a technical and very entertaining loop. It is very interesting how the vegetation turn out to be like a desert.

You will continue through Liberia looking for the challenging and very popular off-road shortcut that will take you to your last destination of the day: Playa Potrero. “The Monkey Trail” is a shortcut between Playas del Coco and Flamingo. This curvy mountain pass is famous for eating cars. Its narrow, plunging corridors snake through river crossings and shouldn’t be attempted in the rainy season, or with anything less than four-wheel drive. But those who dare to brave the Monkey Trail are in for one of Costa Rica’s most extreme thrills.

The trail – and it really does feel more like a hiking trail than a road – takes you on a bumpy ride down rock faces, through jungles, and across streams toward the Pacific coastline. Eventually the trail spits you out in the idyllic beach town of Playa Potrero. Its dark sand cove and bathtub-warm seawater provide the perfect setting to relish the adrenaline rush (all meals and afternoon cocktail except dinner are included on this day).

Day 4: Playa Potrero to Playa Montezuma (195 kilometers / 121 miles / 5 hours 41 minutes)

Most of the day, you will be riding on the pacific coastline. There are three rivers that you will need to cross; the last one named “Río Bongo” is the biggest one which is not recommended in the rainy season.

You will finalize the day with an amazing riding trip on the beach from Playa Santa Teresa to Playa Montezuma, the place where you will sleep. Montezuma is a quiet village on the Pacific Coast where life tends to slow down to the perfect pace for relaxation. The warm Pacific waters are very inviting for a swim or snorkel but just cool enough to keep your core temperature perfect after soaking up the blistering sun.

The chill town is surrounded by lush green hills and rivers for the adventurer to seek out the best waterfalls and pools for a refreshing swim. The Capuchin monkeys are a sight to see, this is an animal lover’s utopia with an array of wildlife (all meals and afternoon cocktail except dinner are included on this day).

Day 5: Playa Montezuma to San Jose (225 kilometers / 140 miles / 5 hours 45 minutes)

The Paquera Ferry will take you to Puntarenas, crossing Nicoya Gulf for around 1.5 hours. From there, you will head back to San Jose to finalize the tour.

If you are able to catch the ferry that departs at 9 a.m., then you will finalize your off-road journey crossing part of a popular off-road trail named “El Paso del Quetzal” which is gravel in the middle of the jungle with a couple of rivers to cross. This trail will take you to Piedades Sur of San Ramon where you will hit the Interamericana road that you will take back to San Jose.

Otherwise, you will take part of the morning to relax at the beach, then you will take the ferry that will take you to Puntarenas where you will stop by for lunch and then return to San Jose (all meals and except dinner are included on this day, ferry fee also not included).

Day 6: San Jose

You will be transferred from the hotel to the airport.

Motorcycle models available:

  • KTM ADVENTURE 1190 R or 1050
  • BMW F 700 GS
  • BMW F 800 GS
  • 2017 KTM 690 Enduro R
  • BMW R 1200 GS
  • 2017 KTM 1090 Adventure

Skill levels required for this tour:

Beginner:

  • can ride for 2-3 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

Advanced:

  • can ride for 5-6 hours
  • extensive riding experience
  • assistance on demand (if required)
  • experienced with riding a variety of motorcycles

Location

This tour will take you through San Jose, Tamarindo, Montezuma, and Santa Teresa. There will be various interesting stops and sights that you will enjoy during the tour.

Food

Your package will include daily breakfast and lunch.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

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
  • Gas
  • Support Vehicle
  • Bilingual tour guide
  • Airport transfers from and to Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO)
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast and lunch
  • Hot springs entrance fee and dinner on day 2
  • Ferry ticket

What's not included

  • Riding gears

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Ultimate Rides will pick you up from the airport.

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 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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