This tour requires good on- and off-road skills, as well as stamina on the motorcycle, as we will be riding 10-11 (!) hours and close to 200 miles. It is the most you can get out of Costa Rica in a single day, as it takes us from San José over the Western mountain range all the way down to the Pacific Coast and back.
We leave San José at 7:00am, heading westbound one of the major highways. After approx. 15 km we pass the picturesque town of Ciudad Colón. Right after the city limits, we begin to climb a mountain range on a well maintained asphalt road. For the next 20 km, on curve ends where the next one begins as the road winds the mountains, giving us breathtaking views over the Central Valley and its volcanoes on one side and a majestic mountain range on the other side. On the highest point of our trip, we pass the town of Puriscal, located on a mountain rim at an altitude of approx. 5,000ft.
Shortly afterwards, the road changes from asphalt to gravel and the descent down to the Pacific Coast begins. From this point, we can take several routes for different skill levels. But even if we take the "easy" route, some off-road skills are required as some stages are fairly steep, others can get really muddy. We pass many different vegetation zones, from the windy mountain range down to the hot jungle of the pacific coast. At lunchtime, we reach the tiny village of Playa Bandera, which consists of only a few houses and its own 10 mile beach, where we'll have the fresh catch of the day for lunch at a typical restaurant directly at the seafront. As you get to Playa Bandera only if you find your way through a huge labyrinth of palm-plantations, there are hardly ever any tourists. So after lunch, the beach is all ours to enjoy on the motorcycles.
Around 2 PM we will start returning to San José on a route that offers many breathtaking views and landscapes. First we ride northbound along the Pacific Coast passing the town of Jaco and reaching the famous Tarcoles River, where we will see the largest wild crocodile colony of Costa Rica. Shortly afterwards, the road starts to wind up the mountains and once again, it is a paradise for curve-lovers. We take a final break at a cozy coffee shop with a scenic view over the coastal line, before we finally return to San José at around 6PM.
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