Costa Rica - Volcanes y Playas - Cycling Holiday
- Enjoying biking through the very heart of Costa Rica
- Taking a pre-lunch dip in the Pacific Ocean near Samara
- Biking the rancher routes of Guanacaste
- Searching out wildlife as you cycle along
- Sunset on Coyote Beach with a chilled Imperial
- Cycling across the Continental Divide
For more information download our trip notes
Guides were willing to go that extra 'mile' for us...
The scenery was stunning, each day’s ride was different, from a series of climbs to long flat stretches crossing rivers, to beach rides and more. But a great deal of credit was due to the excellent planning and attention to detail by John (our guide) and of course his team.
This holiday was billed as a cycling adventure and it certainly was!
Favourite day? The day we rode along the sand! John, our Tour Leader, was always helpful and there when needed! Juan Carlos was brilliant, always cheerful and encouraging and a wildlife expert! How many drivers are also bird watching guides? Marvin was great, and Heine who drove the 4×4 vehicle was supportive and friendly. They were a great team. This is a great way of seeing/exploring a foreign country, especially if the local guide is as good as Juan Carlos was.
Sarah, North Yorks
It’s all about the teamwork…
John (the main guide) was always helpful ……His knowledge of Spanish and good relationships with the other guide and drivers enhanced our experiences considerably. Juan Carlos was a delight and his knowledge of the wildlife and his country was outstanding. Marvin and Heina our two drivers were also outstanding in their safe driving, knowledge of wild life and their support and helpfulness.
Local knowledge of wildlife in particular from both JC and Marvin the driver added so much to the trip!
Lake Arenal – Lovely scenery, exciting river crossings, quiet tracks and great spot for a picnic lunch. The fruit, snacks and picnic lunches were fantastic and generous. The guys worked really hard to make it varied, well-presented and very tasty!
Going the extra mile…
Fez (our guide) – He was calm, friendly and always went the extra mile. Top man.
Food Glorious Food
It’s always difficult to comment on the meals as they vary. Breakfasts were generally good, and usually there was a mix of Costa Rican gallos pintos and western style offerings. The included dinners – Tito took us to a lovely restaurant on the beach in Samara, the service was slow but I didn’t care as the setting was so lovely.
The last day when we went from Mal Pais to the waterfall, was the best fun, as the riding was slightly more technical. I also enjoyed the day with all the hills! Fez was an excellent leader: calm, friendly, efficient and cheerful. Also very helpful when I lost my backpack. It was great to have someone local as he was able to tell us lots about the history and culture of the country.
Can't praise highly enough!
As usual the Guides, bicycles, and whole atmosphere was excellent. Couldn’t be faulted. The three guides/drivers JC, Marvin and Haina were all fantastic. Marvellous support. Bikes were very well maintained, cleaned and serviced frequently during the trip. The boys were up at 5.30am cleaning one day!!
Favourite day was Day 12, beach ride back to San Jose. Because JC and Marvin were so good at spotting wildlife the days we watched the white faced coaxl performing for us, and the 3 toed sloth and the Howler monkeys were amazing. I always recommend Skedaddle holidays, and hoping to get to Vietnam in January. That will be my 9th trip with Skedaddle!
Paul, County Durham
I really enjoyed this holiday. Great variety, excellent leadership from the guides – lots of cycling tips, allowed everyone to cycle at their own pace, lots of local knowledge of the wild life and countryside we were cycling through. Didn’t feel that we were in a race to the finish. Amazing picnics – prepared and served with a smile – even if it was raining. Our tour leader John was great – relaxed, good fun and very informative.
Elizabeth, West Sussex
- 12 days
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Place to place
11 nights hotels / lodges / guesthouses
70% meals provided
8 days biking (1 day optional)
1 rest day
Guided & vehicle support
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Last Updated: 15/05/2017