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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by The Toad, Jan 16, 2010.
I visited CR two years ago and downloaded a free basic map to my handheld. We rented a vehicle and boy as you are finding out navigation is a challenge.
1. Even in a developed nation like CR there are NO ROAD SIGNS. In the country, the paved roads are the major routes but as it comes into a town of any size, it gets lost as it looks just like all the other surface streets. I learned to follow buses and big trucks. In Hereria, I spent two hours trying to get to the other side of town.
2. When out on the major paved routes, be prepared for the peer pressure to pass when sane people wouldnt even think about it. The locals jump across a double yellow going uphill in a blind corner to pass. When it comes your turn to pass the slow going logging truck, you will hear horns urging you on from those behind you.
3. I was amazed at how little locals knew about their surroundings. My wife is fluent in Spanish so we didnt hesitate to ask for directions. Problem was, it seemed people only knew of what was immediately around them. Bus drivers and truckers are a great source of info and we used them at the gas stations.
Finally, none of the houses or businesses had addresses. I always wondered how the mail service worked at all.
Have fun as it is an incredible place. I want to go back and travel by bike as you are. Toss the Lonely Planet and use your head and you will find some gems as far as places to stay for little in the way of money.
Now that's my kind of couples vacation!! Lucky couple!
Keep it comin'... please and thank you
Sorry to hear about your scrapes Toad. I'm glad your posting how it is down there on the "secondary" roads.
My girlfriend and I are taking the same trip in March to Costa Rica for a ten day bike trip. I have been on bikes and raced all my life. My girlfriend is relatively new to the scene with three Canadian seasons of riding. Zero off road !!! I would like to find the more remote roads, but seeing what that has done to your better 1/2 has served as a wake up call to me.
I will be following your thread here. Be safe, party on !!!
We decided to do the same trip. The more details the better
My address where I lived in Costa Rica was something like:
500 meters east of the railroad
Across from the Paco Cruz apartments
25 meters south
Montes de Oca, San Pedro
That's what my parents had to write on the evelop to send me letters (pre email, 1988). All their letters arrived.
Very nice job on the write-up. Great photos, and you've got a puravida riding buddy.
Your "Princess" is a trooper and you are lucky to have her. ENJOY!!
Nice work on the report and thanks for posting it up. Looks like you guys really got off the beaten path.
great inspiration for the trip i need to take my princess on.
Yo Toad, a sorta live report is calling
Many questions for you but.... are you back?
thanks for sharing.
Thanks for sharing your awesum vacation with us.
Thank you so much for taking us with you on your trip. It looks like a blast. Great pics.
I also appreciate the information on packing and lodging, etc. Would you mind sharing some of the other costs? I might have missed them in the narrative, but what were you spending on rentals, gas, etc. to get around?
Thanks again for the report, tips, and pack list. Our upcoming trip have my girlfriend and I covering some of the same terrain :
Mar. 12.meet and greet at the Juan Santamaría International Airport and transfer to Hotel Presidente for your first night.
Overnight at HotelPresidente
Mar. 13. Early in the morning pick up your bike and ride to Irazú Volcano, Costa Rica's highest volcano. Continue south to Turrialba dotted with coffee, banana and sugar cane plantations.
Overnight at the elegantCasa Turire Ride the Caribbean Lowlands to the Sarapiquí region for some excellent wildlife sightseeing.
Set on the banks of the Puerto Viejo River, 42 miles North of San Jose and next to the Braulio Carrillo National Park, Sarapiqui, has become an important destination among tourists seeking for adrenaline adventure or to relax in an ambience surrounded by exotic nature. It is known as of the richest areas for bird watching.
Mar. 15. After breakfast, you can choose to go on a River Rafting adventure down the Sarapiquí River or take a nice hike through the tropical humid forest of this region.
Ride north to the Arenal Volcano area. Visit the deliciously warm thermal waters at Tabacón to relax and enjoy a style buffet dinner and perhaps enjoy one of Arenal dramatic eruptions. Check in at Arenal Paraíso Hotel.
Mar. 16. Enjoy a morning canopy tour located in the Arenal river canyon for a perfect combination of nature and adventure. This adrenaline experience has 12 platforms; over 1000 foot long cables and heights averaging 250 feet make it an unforgettable adventure.
Take the rest of the day to explore the area, an option is to visit the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge for some exciting wildlife!
Overnight at ,Ride north to Nosara Beach, take the Panamerican highway north and turn left to cross over the Tempisque River, continue your ride towards Samara Beach and take the detour north to Nosara.
Nosara region, which includes Playa Ostional, San Juanillo, Playa Pelada, and Playa Guiones, is one of the most pristine beach spots of Costa Rica. It is great for surfing, fishing, and other fun water activities. One of its main attractions is the Ostional National Wildlife Refuge where thousands of endangered Pacific Olive Ridley sea turtles show up every year for the arribada or turtle nesting.
Three nights at Hotel Harmonycocos room. Mar. 20.Ride back to Central Valley.
Overnight at Hotel Presidente
Mar. 21. Transfer back to the Juan Santamaría International Airport for flight home.
I hope that our ride kicks it like yours did ! Thanks for the info dude.
Is 7 days enough? I'm thinking 14, which for me is a long time to be away but... sure seems like a great place.
Did you ever relax? If you could stay put for a couple of days in a row, where would you?
If you were going for 2 weeks, do you think mixing rental bikes and maybe a 4x4/car would work out better.
Thanks again from all of us stuck in the winter blahs.