"Julie and Eduardo were amazing guides & wonderful people! Julie is so positive and has a fantastic "Can Do!" attitude. Her knowledge of the areas we travelled to was extensive, and she suggested incredible restaurants each & every night. I would absolutely love to go on another trip with her guiding!" Stephanie Maunder, CAN
 

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Sun Salutations on a tropical beach.  White warm sand nestled between your toes.  The crackle of a beachside bonfire off in the distance.  A crisp glass of wine awaits you fireside, ready for shared stories of the days epic mountain bike adventure through the quaint villages of the Guanacaste Province of beautiful Costa Rica.

 

On this premiere 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!

 

Check out the PINKBIKE article HERE.

 

Check out the Photo Journal HERE

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.

  • MTB SKILL RATING

    INTERMEDIATE 5/9

    SKILL LEVEL 5 - INTERMEDIATE

    At a controlled speed and on mellow singletrack terrain, you are comfortable riding a variety of singletrack which may include tight trees, mud, loose rocks and sand.

    You are comfortable and confident rolling over small obstacles (a couple inches high) like roots, rocks and small rollable drops (a couple inches high).

    You do not take your wheels off the ground.If you have ridden a bike park, you are comfortable on all green trails and easy blue trails. You roll over obstacles with ease, although keep both wheels on the ground.

    Click here for more information on our Skill and Fitness Rating System

    SKILL LEVEL 5 - INTERMEDIATE

    At a controlled speed and on mellow singletrack terrain, you are comfortable riding a variety of singletrack which may include tight trees, mud, loose rocks and sand.

    You are comfortable and confident rolling over small obstacles (a couple inches high) like roots, rocks and small rollable drops (a couple inches high).

    You do not take your wheels off the ground.If you have ridden a bike park, you are comfortable on all green trails and easy blue trails. You roll over obstacles with ease, although keep both wheels on the ground.

    Click here for more information on our Skill and Fitness Rating System
  • Price CAD | USD | EUR

    $3,495 USDABOUT CURRENCIES

    About Currencies

    The default currency of the Ride, as displayed, is the same as the currency that we pay our local guides and suppliers in. This helps mitigate our risk of currency fluctuation. However, although the price of the Ride is set in this currency, our payment processing system processes in Canadian dollars (we're a Canadian company, eh).

  • FITNESS RATING

    6/9

    FITNESS LEVEL 6

    • You are capable of riding for multiple days in a row at a moderate pace for an average of 3-4 hours of pedal time each day. You could handle adding in a day requiring up to 5 hours of pedal time.

    • You can handle moderately steep climbs of up to a total of 500 vertical metres (1,650 ft.) in a day.

    • You exercise on average 5 hours per week.

    • Your exercise regime includes a combination of endurance training like riding a bike and strength training.

    Click here for more information on our Skill and Fitness Rating System

    FITNESS LEVEL 6

    • You are capable of riding for multiple days in a row at a moderate pace for an average of 3-4 hours of pedal time each day. You could handle adding in a day requiring up to 5 hours of pedal time.

    • You can handle moderately steep climbs of up to a total of 500 vertical metres (1,650 ft.) in a day.

    • You exercise on average 5 hours per week.

    • Your exercise regime includes a combination of endurance training like riding a bike and strength training.

    Click here for more information on our Skill and Fitness Rating System
  • DEPOSIT CAD | USD | EUR

    $699 USDLIFETIME DEPOSITS

    Our Lifetime Deposit policy protects you from unexpected events that may cause your trip to be cancelled or delayed.

    If you need to cancel for any reason, your initial deposit is good forever and will remain on file with us until you’re ready to use it. You can even pass it on to a friend.

  • RIDE TYPE

    Women's

    RIDE TYPES

    • SINGLETRACK:for experienced mountain bikers
    • EXPLORER:for beginner mountain bikers
    • BRING-YOUR-PARTNER:for experienced mountain bikers and their non-MTB-ing partners
    • WOMEN'S:skills camps and Rides for women only
  • DURATION

    8 days
  • DATES

    Nov-AprilSEE ALL DATES
  • CULTURE LEVEL

    Adventurous

    Level Adventurous

    • On our Adventurous Rides, you'll step out of your comfort zone a little bit, perhaps with foreign languages, semi-remote areas, new cultures and cultural experiences, and/or other experiences that are a little bit unfamiliar to 'Western'-country Riders.
    • If you're looking for something a little more exotic, check out our 'Out There' Rides, or if you prefer the familiar, check out our 'Familiar' Rides.

    Level Adventurous

    • On our Adventurous Rides, you'll step out of your comfort zone a little bit, perhaps with foreign languages, semi-remote areas, new cultures and cultural experiences, and/or other experiences that are a little bit unfamiliar to 'Western'-country Riders.
    • If you're looking for something a little more exotic, check out our 'Out There' Rides, or if you prefer the familiar, check out our 'Familiar' Rides.

WHY RIDE WITH US?

  • Satisfaction Guarantee
  • Guaranteed Departures
  • Lifetime Deposits
  • Risk-Free Booking Window
  • 4:1 Guide Ratio (Best in Industry)

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Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the itinerary described below, adventure travel can be unpredictable and may result in necessary or desirable alterations to the trails we ride, accommodation we stay in and destinations we visit. 

 

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 / 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 / sunset yoga

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).

 

Late afternoon, we’ll convene for a sunset yoga session.

 

Tonight, we'll enjoy a delicious group dinner at the lodge.
 

DAY 4. ride volcanic singletrack / soak in mineral hot springs / 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. Ride Donkey Trail / beachside yoga

We’ll enjoy a relaxing morning at the lodge before packing up our private shuttle and heading to the beaches of the Pacific Coast. 

 

Along with our bikes, we’ll get dropped off at the trailhead for the Donkey Trail and enjoy a fun, flowy downhill into Las Catalinas.

 

After lunch, we’ll enjoy an afternoon at the beach. The SUP around the islands is a must!

 

After our ride, we'll have lunch on the beach and enjoy some free time along the water before heading to our hotel.

 

We'll top this day off with a sunset yoga session and a delicious dinner at our beachside hotel.
  

 

DAY 6. Ride Pura Vida Mountain Bike trail system / beach afternoon / 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 / 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. 

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off from and to Liberia International Airport
  • 7 Nights accommodation
  • 7 Healthy breakfasts, 6 lunches, snacks and drinks for riding including purified water.
  • Post-ride celebration drinks
  • 4 Oceanside and rainforest studio yoga sessions
  • 6 Days of spectacular mountain biking including 3 days at Pura Vida Mountain Bike Park
  • Zipline tour through the canopy of the rainforest

Below you will find a comprehensive list of information about this Ride and destination, including Frequently Asked Questions by site visitors and our Riders at the bottom. If you don’t find the information you’re looking for below, click the ‘Ask a Question’ button below.

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Name Bio My 'Sacred Ride'

Eduardo Aguilar Salazar
A native to Costa Rica, Eduardo has been guiding guests through Costa Rica for 17 years. He is an active adventurer and passionate outdoorsman. Though he'll effortlessly take you down pristine whitewater or guide you through the incredible... Coming soon!

Julie Hanen
Born and raised in Montana, I thought there wasn't anything that could put a smile on my face more than skiing powder...then I got a mountain bike! I have since spent all my free time in summer riding trails from Montana to New Zealand to Costa...[more] Every moment I spend on my bike is a sacred experience! But if I have to pick one, I'd say there's nothing more satisfying than a good clean sweat on the trails of Las Catalinas...[more]
Below you will find some of the videos for this Ride. Please keep in mind that some of these videos may have been recorded by our guides and the speeds they are riding at aren't necessarily indicative of the speeds you'll be riding at!
Pura Vida Yoga and Mountain Bike Retreat in Costa Rica!
Guanacaste Mountain Bike Park in Costa Rica

Please note that the following data represents a typical itinerary, and unfortunately there is no such thing as a typical itinerary. Weather issues, road closures, changes to the itinerary to accommodate requests, and other issues may affect the itinerary, so the data below represents an 'average' itinerary, and may differ when you actually show up to ride your bike! Our guides make every effort to stick to the itinerary as posted, though :)

Day Hours of Riding Distance ridden Elevation gained Elevation lost Highest elevation
1 0 hours 0 km 0 m 0 m m
2 1.5 hours 12.5 km 300 m 300 m m
3 2.5 hours 20 km 420 m 460 m 784 m
4 2 hours 11 km 240 m 240 m 250 m
5 1.5 hours 13 km 170 m 350 m 195 m
6 1.5 hours 16 km 335 m 335 m 120 m
7 2.5 hours 19 km 640 m 640 m m
8 0 hours 0 km 0 m 0 m m
Totals 11.5 hours 91.5 km 2105 m 2325 m 784 m
RIDE ADD-ONS
Ride enhancements (MTB rentals, single rooms, etc...)
ADD-ON PRICE
Full-Suspension Mountain Bike Rental$525.00 USD
Single Room Supplement$825.00 USD
Front-Suspension Mountain Bike Rental$425.00 USD
Non-scheduled airport pickup$120.00 USD
1 Month Pre-Ride Training Program$390.00 USD
3 Month Pre-Ride Training Program$710.00 USD
6 Month Pre-Ride Training Program $1,330.00 USD
Other
ADD-ON PRICE
Donation to Bikes Without Borders$20.00 USD
2019
Start Date Meeting Point & Time End Date Dropoff Location & Time Price Deposit Currency Private? Availability Booking
Saturday, March 9, 2019 Liberia International Airport (LIR) , 3 pm Saturday, March 16, 2019 Liberia International Airport (LIR) , 12 pm 3,595.00 719.00 USD Guaranteed Book Now!
Saturday, November 30, 2019 Liberia International Airport (LIR) , 3 pm Saturday, December 7, 2019 Liberia International Airport (LIR) , 12 pm 3,595.00 719.00 USD Guaranteed Book Now!
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