Osa Oddyssey

Nine day tour. Total distance: 168/188 miles 
Terrain: See daily descriptions.

Price: $1,995.00 per person double occupancy / $315.00 single supplement.


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This exciting 9D/8N biking adventure is Bi Costa Rica's finest beach tour. The tour includes our finest National Park, Corcovado, which National Geographic calls "the most biologically intense area in the world". This is truly Costa Rica's last frontier as the Osa Peninsula contains Central America's largest remaining rain forest, full of diverse flora and fauna.

In addition to the wonders of the rain forest, we also ride to some of Costa Rica's finest beaches, including Manuel Antonio, Dominical, Ballena, Bahía Drake, Matapalo and Carate.  At Manuel Antonio we will enjoy a hike in the famous National Park. Further down the coast at Ballena we will exercise some different muscles  with a guided sea-kayak tour of Costa Rica's first Marine Reserve with a chance to do some snorkeling as well.  Our arrival at Bahía Drake will involve  a wonderful boat trip down Río Sierpe, crossing through  Central America's largest remaining Mangrove estuary, full of bird and animal life, concluding with a cruise across the open Pacific, often accompanied by dolphins!.

Drake Bay, at the North edge of Corcovado, is one of Costa Rica's gems. Our rustic Jungle lodge is frequented by Scarlet Macaws and Howler Monkeys, our rain forest alarm clocks!.  Here we can enjoy a beautiful, private beach, swim in a crystal clear tropical river or even search for Sir Francis Drake's hidden treasure.

Departing Drake Bay, we bike through beautiful and diverse scenery on the boundary of Corcovado, a challenging ride including several fordings. Our destination, Puerto Jiménez, is the Osa Península's commercial center and enjoys a true frontier ambience.  Here we enjoy a sunset kayak tour, hopefully guided by some of the Golfo Dulce's many dolphins.

Finally, on to incredible Carate at the south edge of Corcovado: truly one of the world's spectacular spots!.  Our lodge here is a really special place, located in the rain forest above a pristine beach.  We can enjoy the Scarlet Macaws flying by at eye-level while hump-backed whales cruise offshore!.

This tour is suitable for intermediate level and above cyclists, as there is some strenuous climbing involved.  Please note that the support vehicle is generally available for those who need a break.

 

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Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival at San Jose International.  Greeting  by Bi Costa Rica representative for 30 minute shuttle to Atenas, located on the Western rim of Costa Rica's Central Valley.  Atenas is famed for "The World's Best Climate" and your hotel the "Vista Atenas", features beautiful grounds, a large pool and wonderful views to the Poás and Barva Volcanoes on the North side of the Valley.  If you arrive hungry, Atenas has a variety of restaurants, including typical Tico meals, as well as Chinese and Italian.  We will have a short meeting to discuss the upcoming adventure, go over maps and get to know one another.
 

Lodging:

 Vista Atenas

Includes:

Lodging, Dinner (if required), transfer

Note:

 For early arrivals bike ride available if desired.

Mileage:

N/A

Terrain:

N/A

 

Day 2

Following an excellent full breakfast, we will fit bikes and set out on our first ride.  Today we climb up to the final ridge of the Central Valley and then begin a long (10 mile) descent into the Río Grande de Tárcoles Valley.  We will actually travel on some of the original cobble-stones placed by the Spanish Conquistadores when they began their colonization of Costa Rica in the 16th Century.  Our route takes us through coffee and sugar plantations, several small villages, and traverses the interesting and little-know Dry Tropical Forest.  We finish the days ride on the North edge of the Carara National Park, home of one of the country's largest flocks of Scarlet  Macaws and our first chance to see the coastal Rain Forest.  Following lunch in a typical "Soda" we shuttle (1.5 hour) on to spectacular Manuel Antonio. Our hotel is located near the edge of the famous National Park. We probably will be serenaded by howler monkeys!.  Mid-afternoon we set out for our exciting hike in Manuel Antonio National Park. Although this park is the most visited outside the Central Valley, it is full of bird and animal life, especially one of the largest troops of Squirrel Monkeys in the country, along with agoutis, coatis, pacas and iguanas.  Late afternoon free to stroll the beach and enjoy the wonderful sunsets the area is know for.  Again, a wide variety of restaurants is available.
 

Lodging:

Los Almedros

Includes:

Lodging, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Note:

 Manuel Antonio Park is closed on Monday.

Mileage:

30 (Optional routes available)

Terrain:

Mostly downhill, several steep climbs. 70% unpaved, 30% paved.

 

Day 3

After a quick early breakfast we set out on our bikes traveling through African Oil Palms, Rain Forest, some remove villages an crossing the Naranjo and Savegre rivers, excellent for a quick dip (barring crocodiles!).  Our route takes us gradually South along the coast through Dominical, Uvita and finally on to our hotel located on a hill above Playa Tortuga.  Wonderful view and nice pool to relax in!.
 

Lodging:

Posada Playa Tortuga

Includes:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Lodging

Note:

 Optional, challenging ride available in coastal hills.

Mileage:

30 to 50 (your option)

Terrain:

Steep climbs, then mostly level along coast 50% unpaved, 50% paved.

 

Day 4

Early breakfast (again!) so we can enjoy our kayak trip, departing from beautiful Playa Piñuelas and paddling through the Uvita Maritime Reserve.  Here we may spot humpback whales, along with dolphins, sea-turtles and a multitude of sea birds.  If sea conditions permit, we will also get a chance to snorkel as well!  After kayaking, we set out on our bikes for the town of Cortes, where we will board a river boat to cross the Río Térraba, Costa Rica's longest river. On the far side we bike through banana plantations en route to the small town of Sierpe.  Here we will eat a quick lunch and then board a boat for our trip out to fabulous Bahía Drake.  We travel through Central America's largest Mangrove Estuary, full of bird and animal life, including crocodiles, and then on across the open Pacific, often escorted by dolphins.  Our destination is rustic Las Caletas, a small jungle inn overlooking Drake Bay and featuring wonderful meals, spectacular views and superb beach.
 

Lodging:

Las Caletas

Includes:

Lodging, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Kayak tour, Boat transfer

Note:

If sea is rough, kayak trip will be through Mangrove estuary.

Mileage:

37

Terrain:

Mostly level, very bumpy through banana plantations. 70% unpaved, 30% paved.

 

Day 5

After an early wake-up by Scarlet Macaws and Howler Monkeys (both very common here) and nice breakfast, you have the entire day free to explore this incredible area.  Hiking in Corcovado National Park, horse-back riding, kayaking, scuba diving, snorkeling:  all are available!.  Off shore (45 min) is Caño Island, famous for excellent diving and also reputed to be the burial site of Sir Francis Drake's treasure!
 

Lodging:

Las Caletas

Includes:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Lodging.

Note:

Due to the variety of tours available here, I nave not included them in the packages.  Lodge owners can arrange any/all of the available options

Mileage:

Very challenging single-track ride available along coast.

Terrain:

N/A

 

Day 6

After breakfast, a short boat ride to rejoin with our bicycles for a beautiful and challenging ride from Bahía Drake on out to Rincón at the North end of the scenic Golfo Dulce, reputed to be the world's only tropical Fjord.  After a lunch break in Rincón, we head South to Puerto Jiménez, the commercial center of the Osa Península.  Our hotel here is located right on the sea, which will allow us quick and easy access to our next adventure: a sunset sea-kayak tour!  Often the dolphins join us too; the sunsets are wonderful here!
 

Lodging:

Perla de Osa

Includes:

Lodging, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Kayak tour

Note:

Shuttle is available following lunch break.

Mileage:

39

Terrain:

2 steep climbs leaving Drake, them level on to Puerto Jiménez. 100% unpaved.

 

Day 7

An easy, level ride out to Punta Matapalo where we will take a quick swim at a remote, hidden beach, then on out to incredible Carate.  Our hotel here features outstanding meals, a nice pool and one of the World's great views!  Directly in front is a perfect palm-shaded beach while all around us is the jungle!. Just up the beach is the South entrance of Corcovado National Park.  In the other direction is a mysterious fresh-water lagoon.  Lots of area to explore.
 

Lodging:

Lookout Inn

Includes:

Lodging, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Note:

Several optional rides available.

Mileage:

27

Terrain:

Mostly level, one steep climb leaving Matapalo. 100% unpaved.

 

Day 8

Again, a free day to enjoy the environs of Corcovado National Park.  Hike into the park, laze on the beach, kayak in the lagoon, try fishing from shore or boat: it's your choice!
 

Lodging:

Lookout Inn

Includes:

Lodging, Breakfast, Lunch, Shuttle

Note:

 Kayak trip in Pejiperro lagoon is great for birdwatching

Mileage:

Several bike rides available

Terrain:

N/A

 

Day 9

Following still another great breakfast at the Lookout Inn you have another chance for a final quick dip in the Pacific (or the pool).  Then we retrace our route in the support vehicle back to the Central Valley (approx 7 hrs)  Lunch stop along the way, with nice view overlooking the sea.  Transfer to the hotel of your choice.
 

Lodging:

Open (not included in tour package)

Includes:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Transfer

Note:

Air transport to Central Valley can be arranged at extra cost (from Carate or Puerto Jiménez)

Mileage:

N/A

Terrain:

N/A

 

 

 

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