We offer our own fleet of e-mountain bikes which opens the country to even less trained bike riders!!! Costa Rica is a paradise for mountain bikers! Volcanos, different mountain ranges, valleys, the Pacific and the Caribbean coastline are waiting to be discovered! However the mountainous terrain combined with the tropical climate can be a real challenge, especially for hobby bikers. But now this is no reason to renounce to this great way of actively discover Costa Rica. The electric motor has 4 levels of support and you decide on the level of exercise you want to do. There is no better way of experiencing a country than pedaling through nature and immerse into the local culture off the beaten tracks.

We offer an English-guided seat-in e-Bike tour at fixed departure dates. Additionally, we’d be glad to create tailor-made travel itineraries with a local bike-guide.

Itinerary 1


Pura Vida E-Bike

Pura Vida E-Bike Seat-in Bicycle Tour

Costa Rica > Central Valley > San Jose


Discover Costa Rica by bike!

This interesting tour is ideal for recreational cyclists. It gives you the opportunity to know the rural Costa Rica with the e-mountain bike. While you are In the central valley, you can visit the beautiful Orosi Valley and the Tapantí National Park and get an impression of wide coffee and sugar cane plantations on the way to La Suiza de Turrialba. In Sarapiquí, you will interact with the locals who will show you the cultivation of pepper and introduce you to the secrets of the Costa Rican cousine. You will be amazed by the stunning nature of the northern lowlands in Boca Tapada and can be able to relax your tired limbs in the warm waters of a thermal spa in La Fortuna. Your bike experience will finish in the seaside resort of Sámara on the Pacific.

Pura Vida!


Day 1: Arrival in Costa Rica

In the afternoon, arrival to San José. Standard transfer to your hotel. From your centrally located hotel, you can reach sights and restaurants within walking distance.

Included entrance fees/activities: None
Included meals: None

Day 2: Orosi - Tapantí

Pick up early morning to go to the former state capital Cartago, where we can visit the Basilica, continuing into the small village of Orosi. In the hotel, we will familiarise ourselves with the bicycles. Afterwards, we drive for about 13 km to the park entrance of the Tapantí National Park, on the way we stop for lunch. We will visit the national park by bike or walking. On the way back, our guide can tell you a lot of interesting things about the history and cultivation of coffee.

Bike stage: approx. 28km Elevation difference: up 410m, down 410m
Included entrance fees/activities: Tapantí National Park
Included meals: Breakfast, lunch

Day 3: Purisil - Pejibaye - Turrialba

Today we drive via Purisil to Pejibaye and into the sector La Suiza (Switzerland) of Turrialba. Coffee and sugar cane plantations accompany us on the way. In the case of rain, an alternative route via Cachí is taken.

Included entrance fees/activities: None
Included meals: None

Day 4: Turrialba - Siquirres - Sarapiquí - El Roble

Bus drive until we swing on the bike. Today's journey will start with a partial view of the Reventazón River. The largest hydroelectric power station in Latin America is located in this river. The generated energy will cover the needs of more than half a million households - an important step for Costa Rica on its way to climate neutrality. We continue by bus the rest of the route to Sarapiquí.

During our visit to the village El Roble, we will get to know the cordiality of the Ticos and we will spend the night in private houses of the villagers. Pepper cultivation has been an important income factor of the village since the 1950s. We will hear about the history, cultivation and processing of pepper in the afternoon before we get an insight into the secrets of Costa Rican cuisine and be able to prepare a few typical dishes at a cooking course. We will have dinner together in the village.

Info: Since it is an overnight stay in a privately owned house, the comfort and privacy are slightly limited. Some families have children or pets and, eventually, the bathrooms (often with only cold water) are shared with the families.

Bike stage: approx. 38 km
Elevation difference: up 830m, down 1388m
Included entrance fees/activities: Pepper tour, cooking lesson in the village
Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, joint dinner

Day 5: Sarapiquí - Boca Tapada

From the north, take the first kilometres through an asphalted road, then follow mostly dirt roads, passing pineapple plantations and the last stretch to Boca Tapada through the rainforest. The small village is located on the San Carlos River in the very north of the country, near the border river San Juan into which the San Carlos River flows. Here, life runs smoothly and in harmony with nature. The tourist infrastructure is limited to three small, family-run hotels that rent basic accommodation to nature lovers.

Info: In case of rain, an alternative route may be taken.

Bike stage: approx. 55 km over partly paved, but mostly natural road
Elevation difference: up 450m, down 610m
Included entrance fees/activities: None
Included meals: Breakfast with the family, dinner

Day 6: Boca Tapada

First of all, we are going to do a cosy boat trip right from the hotel. Just before the border with Nicaragua, we get on the bicycles and drive a few kilometres parallel to the border crossing before we head over the hills and forest to the private reserve of the lodge. Now we continue the discovery of the rainforest on foot until we strengthen ourselves with a lunch picnic. Then return to the lodge by bike. The afternoon is free to relax in the quiet environment or to go on a search of the tropical birds and lizards that like to visit the garden of the lodge.

Bike stage: approx. 25km
Elevation difference: up 418m, down 418m
Included entrance fees/activities: Boat tour
Included meals: Breakfast, lunch picnic, dinner

Day 7: Boca Tapada - La Fortuna

We swing back on the bike and take the route over San Marcos and Tabla Grande to Boca Arenal. The northern lowland is characterised by different landscapes: pastureland, primary forests, swamps, jungle, rainforests, cloud forests, active volcanoes and a network of river arms. From Boca Arenal, we will take the bus to La Fortuna, close to the Arenal volcano. In the evening, we are going to relax in one of the beautiful hot springs where we also enjoy our dinner.

Bike stage: approx. 51 km
Elevation difference: up 916m, down 879m
Included entrance fees/activities: Hot springs with dinner
Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8: El Castillo at Lake Arenal - Sámara

Along a gravel road, we will drive to El Castillo on the southern side of Lake Arenal today. With the assistance of our support vehicle, we cross a river and then enjoy the quiet ride along the lake shore to Río Chiquito. Here, we take a boat to the other side of the lake where the bikes are loaded and lunch is already waiting for us. Then drive to the Pacific coast of Costa Rica.
Our charming hotel is located near the beach of Sámara between beautiful jungle plants, trees and flowers, which are always visited by howler monkeys and shy iguanas. The beach and the village are easily reached by foot/bike.

Info: Due to operational conditions, the boat is only available up from 4 people. For a smaller group, the trip continues by bike or pick-up to Tilarán and from there on to the Pacific coast.

Bike stage: approx. 32 km
Elevation difference: up 530m, down 550m
Included entrance fees/activities: Boat crossing Lake Arenal (up from 4 participants)
Included meals: Breakfast, lunch

Day 9: Sámara

Cycling tour from Samara or day at leisure at the beach. This evening, we finish the trip with a festive farewell dinner.

Included entrance fees/activities: None
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner, including one drink

Day 10: Sámara - San José or extensión

Transfer with the guide directly to the airport San José (4h travel time) or to a hotel in San José city for an overnight stay. If you would like to extend your stay in Costa Rica you can book this at the beach hotel in Samara or you can also transfer by private transfer to another beautiful beach on the Pacific coast.

Included entrance fees/activities: None
Included meals: Breakfast

Next dates:

  • 08/01/2019
  • 05/02/2019
  • 12/03/2019
  • 16/04/2019
  • 14/05/2019
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  • 16/07/2019
  • 20/08/2019
  • 01/10/2019

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