Sun salutations on a tropical beach. White, warm sand between your toes. The crackle of a beachside bonfire in the distance.
A crisp glass of wine awaits you fireside, ready for shared stories of the day’s epic mountain bike adventure through the quaint villages of the Guanacaste Province of beautiful Costa Rica. This is Pura Vida.
On this première women’s mountain bike adventure, we will guide you from the serenity of the rainforest at the foot of the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano, to grand waterfalls, natural mineral hot springs and sparkling blue volcanic rivers, to our final destination: the shores of Las Catalinas.
Lush jungle riding, views of tall and majestic volcanoes, scintillating cultural experiences and tropical beaches are just a few of the highlights this amazing Costa Rican mountain bike retreat has to offer!
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Is This Ride For You?
You are an adventure-seeker by day, and a Yogi by night (or willing to try it out!). You love to explore other cultures and try new things. You don’t mind getting out of your cultural comfort zone, on bike or water. You’re a physically fit woman with intermediate mountain bike skills, happy to pedal 3 hours per day. You like the heat and don’t mind some big days of climbing if it means views of volcanoes, lush jungle forest and the ocean. Check out our Skill and Fitness Ratings HERE.
DAY 1. Welcome to Costa Rica!
We will provide complimentary airport pick-up at 3:00 p.m. as well as complimentary pick-up at 3:45 p.m. from the Hilton Garden Inn by the Liberia International Airport. At the airport, meet your shuttle adjacent to Customs, just outside the glass doors on the outside pick-up platform. Please note, additional shuttle times can be arranged for an added cost. Please see the Ride Add-ons tab for details.
You will be transported from Liberia International Airport to our mountain eco-lodge, where we encourage you to unwind, settle in and rest up for the week’s mountain bike adventure!
At 5:00 p.m., we’ll meet up to build our bikes and review some bike maintenance techniques while we’re at it. Bike rentals will be assigned to those who rented.
Tonight, the group will convene for a delicious dinner and a meet-and-greet, reviewing what our week has in store!
DAY 2. Ride Oropendula to Jacarundi and Ziplining Through the Rainforest
Rise and shine! After an early buffet breakfast, we’ll gear up for the epic day ahead.
Today’s mountain bike ride takes us through the rainforest along the flanks of the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano. This is a half day singletrack ride with a scenic detour to a spectacular waterfall when we get to the top of the climb!
After a curvy fun and flowy downhill, we’ll enjoy a hearty buffet lunch overlooking the rainforest. This afternoon the group will head out on a mountain adventure to zipline through the canopy of the rainforest and get wet in the cool rushing waters of spectacular waterfalls!
Tonight we’ll have a fresh and refueling dinner back at the eco-lodge.
DAY 3. Ride Guachipelin Abajo
After an early buffet breakfast, we’ll gear up for another adventure packed day.
We will spend the morning riding more great Costa Rican singletrack. We’ll get a chance to step it up a bit with some more technical climbs and descents, while also enjoying some super fun flowy downhill!
After lunch, we’ll pack up our private shuttle for a scenic drive to our next eco-lodge and spa. Yes, we said spa! (At Riders own expense, options include: Deep Tissue or Relaxing Massage, Volcanic Mud Facial and much more…Contact us in advance to make spa reservations for this location).
Tonight, we’ll enjoy a delicious group dinner at the lodge.
DAY 4. Ride Volcanic Singletrack, Soak in Mineral Hotsprings, and Yoga
Today’s morning adventure is a loop ride out the back door of our hotel.
We’ll head out on a doubletrack road for a quick climb then work our way into a private trail system filled with flowy singletrack speckled with some short technical sections. This is a great day to play around on this new and interesting volcanic terrain and learn some new moves on your bike.
We’ll take some time to session some technical sections and enjoy amazing views from a unique lookout.
After a healthy lunch at the lodge, you have the afternoon to spend as you wish! Endless options from river tubing to ziplining (for the adventurous) or for those looking to relax those biking muscles you can head to the spa for a massage or soak in the natural hot pools at our eco-lodge.
Dinner will be at the in-house restaurant at our hotel.
Day 5. Off to the Ocean! Sunrise Yoga, Afternoon Travel, and Sunset Ride
Today we’ll kick off the day with early morning yoga, a healthy breakfast, followed by a relaxing morning at our eco resort. Take the time to read a book by the pool, soak in the hot springs, or head to the river for some R&R.
Midday we’ll pack up and head to the beach. We’ll stop at a fun, local restaurant for lunch and then continue on our way to the beaches of Las Catalinas. We’ll top off this day with a sunset ride overlooking the ocean and a really incredible dinner by the sea. Now that’s Pura Vida!
Day 6. Ride Pura Vida Mountain Bike Trail System, Beach Afternoon, and Yoga
After early morning sunrise yoga, we’ll hit the trails of the Pura Vida Mountain Bike Trail System.
We’ll make our way through the scenic singletrack trails with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and the Catalina Islands. This first ride will be short and allow our group to acclimate to the different heat so close to the beach.
After a beachside lunch, we’ll have the option to spend the afternoon SUPing or sea kayaking around the Catalinas Islands or get back on our bikes for some more time on the trail.
Top off this amazing day with dinner overlooking the Pacific Ocean!
Day 7. Ride Pura Vida Mountain Bike Trail System and Dinner on the Town
After an early beachside breakfast, we’ll hit the trails of the Pura Vida Mountain Bike Trail System.
Today, we’ll make use of our final day and explore the Big Loop. Challenged by some rolling climbs, you’ll enjoy the fun, flowy downhills and vistas of the aqua blue waters below.
After a well-deserved lunch, we’ll return the rental bikes and pack up our bike bags.
We’ll freshen up back at our hotel before heading out to our final beachside dinner. Tonight, we’ll celebrate the week’s adventure, new friends, and lifetime memories.
Day 8. So Long, Farewell! Shuttle to Liberia International Airport
We have reached the last day of our amazing trip in Costa Rica and it’s time to say goodbye to its beautiful beaches, lush forest trail riding and cultural experiences.
High five your new riding pals before heading back to the airport.
A complimentary airport shuttle to Liberia International Airport will be offered, arriving at the airport by 12:00 p.m. followed by a 12:45 p.m. drop-off to the Hilton Garden Inn by the Liberia International Airport if you are staying an additional night. Additional shuttle times can be arranged for an added cost, please see the Ride Add-Ons tab.
If you are looking to stay longer in Costa Rica, check out our optional Add On trips to enhance your Costa Rican adventure! Just click on the Add-Ons tab for more info.