COSTA RICA Tour al Pacifico (10 days)
The date of the trip has not yet been set.
The trip is regularly organised every year between the months of December and April.
There is a life before and after knowing Costa Rica.
'Pura Vida' (enjoy lifeis) the Costa Rican people's greeting that is also the philosophy of life in this peaceful country that expresses joy, vitality and kindness. A people who are very attentive and proud of their ability to respect, protect, preserve and care for nature like few in the world.
Discovering this incredible Country on a motorbike is an experience that leaves indelible memories, which is why there is a life before and after knowing Costa Rica.
A tour to be done in total relaxation in contact with the indigenous population with roads that pass through rural areas unknown to mass tourism. The itinerary and programme of the tour allows you to take advantage of and enjoy the wonders that Costa Rica has to offer. A motorbike holiday where nothing will be missing, mountains, volcanoes, rivers, landscapes, fauna, flora and wild beaches. To make the tour even more exciting and unforgettable, we have included visits to parks, reserves and national monuments, kayaking in the mangrove, canopy in the forest, horseback riding, etc.
Arrival at Juan Santamaria International Airport in San José.
Our staff member will welcome you and accompany you to the hotel, which is located in the lush, tropical central valley of Costa Rica.
The elegant swimming pool and spa are at your disposal to soothe you after your flight.
Delivery of the motorbikes and first kilometres of the tour along the slopes of the Poas and Barva volcanoes.
We visit a park with protected animals and waterfalls or a coffee plantation. Lunch will be taken in a soda shop to enjoy the "casado", a national dish made with legumes, salad, rice, beans and a choice of meat or fish.
On the return trip, you can take advantage of the hotel facilities.
Today's route is virtually unknown to mass tourism and will take us to the hotel built by the lake and inside a coffee plantation in the Orosi Valley, which is of exuberant natural beauty and rich in thermal waters.
The roads pass through small villages where the people cultivate mountain coffee.
In the town of Cartago 1,450 m.a.s.l. (Costa Rica's former capital) built at the foot of the Irazù volcano (3,432 m.a.s.l.) we make a brief stop to admire and photograph the remains of a Catholic church, which was first destroyed by an earthquake and during its reconstruction a second earthquake rendered it in its present condition.
Today we visit the Guayabo National Monument, which is located in the vicinity of the town of Turrialba.
Turrialba has been declared a City of National Archaeological Interest, due to its proximity to indigenous settlements, and the Guayabo National Monument bears witness to this.
In addition, the town has become a tourist reference point for white-water rafting in the Pacuare and Reventazon rivers.
We will travel along the two roads that run alongside the two most important and picturesque rivers in Costa Rica.
The Rio Revetazon, after the construction of the dam to produce electricity, lost its interest for rafting enthusiasts, making the Pacuare River more attractive, so much so that it is considered by National Geographic as one of the most beautiful rivers in the world for the sport of rafting.
In short, a breathtaking itinerary with bends to the extreme that will allow us to cross into the Canton of Limón.
This stage will take us to the beaches of the Ocenao Pacifico. We will drive along route no. 2 to the summit of Buena Vista Mountain (3,451 m.a.s.l.), known as Cerro de la Muerte, which belongs to the Talamanca Cordillera.
If the weather is favourable, one can admire both the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic or Caribbean Ocean.
The Quetzales National Park protects the country's only heath forest and is a particularly popular place for quetzals (brightly coloured tropical birds revered by ancient peoples) at various times of the year.
The journey continues until we reach the valley of the General and after passing through the City of San Isidro (Perez Zeledon) we continue in the direction of the Pacific coast and in the afternoon reach our accommodation at Playa Matapalo.
Playa Matapalo is one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica because it has remained untouched and wild.
Dark sand, warm sea with significant tides are the characteristics of this little paradise.
From the beach on the Pacific Ocean (not at all boring), one can admire and photograph spectacular sunsets.
Day 6 (possible reversal with day 7)
A relaxing day in Manuel Antonio, a place visited by almost all tourists because the reception facilities are well developed and the white sandy beach at the entrance to the national park of the same name is very beautiful.
In the afternoon we return to our accommodation to admire the sunset from the playa.
Day 7 (possible reversal with day 6)
A day without using the bike with the possibility of doing extra activities or simply resting on the beach or by the hotel pool.
Possible extra activities are:
- Mangrove excursion by kayak, navigating the waters of the Savegre River in the direction of the mouth and then penetrating inside the mangrove taking advantage of the high tide.
- Ride on the beach and in the forest where it is possible to spot animals (sloths, various birds, monkeys, etc.);
With the longest leg of the tour, we move from the Pacific coast to La Fortuna, a town on the slopes of the Arenal volcano.
Along the way we will see (from above the Tarcoles River Bridge) a large population of crocodiles.
We set off again in the direction of the Interamericana road (No. 1), and after travelling along it for a few kilometres we take a scenic road that leads us along the shore of Lake Arenal.
Second day at leisure during which we will take advantage of the thermal water that flows from the Arenal volcano.
A stage that will take us back to the hotel where the tour began. The route involves climbing mountains with immense green landscapes where the herding industry has settled, developed and consolidated over the years.
There are attractions and an adrenaline-pumping activity along the way.
In the village of Sarchì we visit a handicrafts centre to buy gifts and souvenirs of Costa Rica.
The trip continues individually or you will be taken to the Juan Santamaria International Airport in San José.
Price (per person)
EURO 4'550.-- Driver (including motorbike rental)
EURO 3'250.-- Passenger
EURO 3'900.-- Drivers (including motorbike hire and room shared with another driver)
EURO 3'900.-- Traveller without motorbike in individual room
- Transport to and from Juan Santamaria Airport - San José / Hotel
- 10 overnight stays
- 10 breakfasts
- 10 dinners
- 9 lunches
- The motorbike (BMW GS 650)
- Fuel and assistance
- Motorbike tour leader
- Vehicle for luggage and accompanying persons
- Costa Rican coordinator
- Visit to the coffee plantation or waterfalls in the protected animal park
- Kayak excursion in the mangrove or horseback riding
- Visit of the archaeological site Gauyabo National Monument
- Canopy adventur
- Entrance to the thermal baths at our host hotel
Services NOT included
- Personal extras, tips and everything non mentioned under "services included"
- Accident or illness insurance
- Insurance for medical expenses
- Travel cancellation insurance
- Travel to and from Costa Rica
- Travel to and from Costa Rica
Flights from Europe
From Switzerland direct flight with the airline EDELWEISS (ZH/San José) round trip.
From Spain/Germany/France/Holland direct flight or 1 stopover with national airline.
From other countries 1-2 stopovers with the airlines KLM / AIR FRANCE / IBERIA / LUFTHANSA / EDELWEISS.
This property is in high demand!
Extra health & safety measures
Some of the FAQ
A passport with a minimum validity of 6 months is required to travel to Costa Rica.
The official language of Costa Rica is Spanish. English is the most widely used foreign language.
The currencies accepted for cash payments are Colones (national currency), US Dollars, Euros. Credit and debit cards are also accepted for small amounts.
osta Rica, in general, is a stable and safe country, neutral, without an army for over 60 years and with an entrenched democracy. Official figures rate Costa Rica as the safest country in Central America. Violent crime is relatively rare, petty thefts in cars or flats are present, but with a little common sense they can be prevented.
Yes. The World Health Organisation (WHO) ranks Costa Rica 36th in the world for health quality. Obviously, there are considerable differences between the slower public healthcare, and the private healthcare, which reaches peaks of absolute excellence. However, outside the capital, San José, medical care is not always guaranteed. Hospitals require a financial guarantee (credit card or advance payment) before starting treatment.
With the exception of the Caribbean area, tap water is safe to drink and can be used for oral and personal hygiene.
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