Why do we require an application?

Our application process is in response to two of the most common questions our Riders have prior to booking a trip with us:

1) Am I skilled/fit enough to participate in this Ride?
2) Will the other people on my Ride be skilled/fit enough?

Ensuring that you - and the other Riders on your Ride - are a good fit for the Ride selected is of paramount importance to us. We want to help you pick the Ride that's perfect for you, and ensure that everyone booked on a Ride is on the right Ride for them. That's why we want to know a bit more about you - your mountain biking history, where you ride, how often, etc... - before we take your money.

We review every application and if, based on your responses, we think you're a good fit, we'll approve your application and you'll receive a link to place a deposit. If we think you might not be a good fit (either too skilled or not skilled enough for the Ride you chose), then we'll give you a call to discuss your preferences in greater detail.

Please note: our application process isn't about excluding anyone, or making anyone feel like they're not 'good enough' to participate in one of our Rides. It's about ensuring that you end up on the right Ride for you, with people of similar skill, fitness and riding preferences. In the end this ends up being a much better experience for everyone.

The extraordinary trail within which we can find different types of climates, flora, fauna and geography having as a highest point the passage of Cerro Azahar that is at 1550 mts; you will have a spectacular scenario of the Costa Rica rain forest that will meet all your expectations 100% guaranteed.

 

 

 

La Ruta del Quetzal is a complex trail where you should vary many times the climate from cold to hot and hot to cold, you will get rain, sun, mud, wind and fog. The first 20 km of climbing will give you a full challenge of your mountain bike skills giving you after that a nice refreshing downhill breath thru the second peak which proof your mind and body to finally finish with an extraordinary downhill hitting Miramar downtown.

The extraordinary trail within which we can find different types of climates, flora, fauna and geography having as a highest point the passage of Cerro Azahar that is at 1550 mts; you will have a spectacular scenario of the Costa Rica rain forest that will meet all your expectations 100% guaranteed.

IS THIS RIDE FOR YOU?

This Ride is for you if you are an Advanced Level Rider, with the fitness to conquer some big peak. Riding trails and loose dirt with exposure does not bother you. You enjoy all-mountain style riding, and have the skills to play. Climbing is huge on this trip, but worth it! You are super comfortable on your bike and are not scared to let go of the brakes or roll down 2 foot drops. You love to ride singletrack and you're up for adventure with a few creature comforts: a post-ride hot tub soak, a gorgeous lodge to come home to after an epic ride, and a chilled beer.

  • MTB SKILL RATING

    8/9

    Level 8/Expert

    • You are fully confident riding all types of terrain and distances.
    • You ride as often as possible and can handle technical terrain and medium-level stunts, such as large log rollovers (over 1 ft high) and small bridges.
    • You can descend steeps and climb technical singletrack with little to no problem.
    • You rarely - if ever - get off your bike to walk sections except on extremely technical terrain.

    click here for more information on skill and fitness ratings

    Level 8/Expert

    • You are fully confident riding all types of terrain and distances.
    • You ride as often as possible and can handle technical terrain and medium-level stunts, such as large log rollovers (over 1 ft high) and small bridges.
    • You can descend steeps and climb technical singletrack with little to no problem.
    • You rarely - if ever - get off your bike to walk sections except on extremely technical terrain.

    click here for more information on skill and fitness ratings

  • Price CAD | USD | EUR

    $185 USD
  • FITNESS RATING

    8/9

    Level 8

    • You can ride up to 7 hours a day at a fast and steady pace over several days.
    • You have little trouble climbing 1,000 vertical metres (3,280 ft.) in a day on steep terrain.
    • You exercise on average 8-10 hours per week (including riding/being active).

    click here for more information on skill and fitness ratings

    Level 8

    • You can ride up to 7 hours a day at a fast and steady pace over several days.
    • You have little trouble climbing 1,000 vertical metres (3,280 ft.) in a day on steep terrain.
    • You exercise on average 8-10 hours per week (including riding/being active).

    click here for more information on skill and fitness ratings

  • DURATION

    1 day
  • DATES

    All year roundSEE ALL DATES
  • CULTURE LEVEL

    Way Out There

Day 1 : Welcome to La Ruta del Quetzal Challenge

At 5 a.m. your Guides will meet the group at the hotel, we’ll leave the city and drive about 2 hours to San Ramon. We’ll review the exciting itinerary for the adventure during the road with Snacks, juice and fruits.

Our first stop will be the local restaurant for a hearty breakfast that might include everything necessary for the ride.
 
We’ll then head over San Ramon central park as our starting point. Right there we’ll have a group meet and greet to build up our bikes already set up for each rider. Also, we’ll review the fundamentals of mountain biking in efforts to break bad habits and establish new and improved ones! There is always something to learn.  
After mastering our skills, our adventure begins going all the way up thru el Cerro Azahar which is the highest peak at this adventure, we will get into the deep forest with some loose gravel roads, mud, trails thru the first bog downhill of the adventure taking care since it is a loose terrain. Passing out the first peak the second challenge will be ahead of us, a very intense climb will take our strath away for a while in conjunction with the beautiful scenario that you will get at this trail.Finally and intense and fast downhill will set your expectations up that everything was worth it during this trip.

We will be searching the sunset at the Miramar town, that’s our target so after a long ride we will be enjoying a great time chilling out right at the beach waiting for the sunset with some coolers to refresh, they will be waiting for us with a hot shower, a warm water swimming pool, ready to change our clothes and be prepare for a great typical “casado” dish dinner.

After a full day of adventure, we'll return to town, driving time 3 hours to San Jose and take you back to your hotel. If there is any energy left a celebratory drink at the hotel bar will be a good option for all to celebrate.
 
Smiles all around as we cheers to an incredible adventure of Costa Rica!

Back to the hotel ETA 9:00 p.m.
  • 1 delicious breakfast, lunch, fruits, snack and drinks for riding
  • 1 day of organized, pedal-packed, guided mountain biking
  • Certified, experienced and super-fun guides
  • Welcome packet with hydration bottle.
  • Pictures and video packet
  • Broom/SAG truck (will carry equipment, food, rider luggage, mechanics. Also will pick up riders unable to continue)
  • FREE WIFI connection during the tour so you can live shares your best memories with your homies at any time during the tour. (When signal is available. Up to 10 simultaneous users/devices)

Below you will find a comprehensive list of information about this Ride and destination.

We’ve Got You Covered +

GETTING THERE AND BACK +

Getting The Most Out of Your Trip +

BIKE AND GEAR INFO AND PACKING LIST +

Destination information +

Important Stuff +

Other Stuff +

Name Bio

Fabian Duran
Mountain biking in Costa Rica is very famous, all the time there are more people outside riding bicycles because people have started thinking about their lifestyle and mountain biking is an excellent sport with all the wondrous ecology in Costa Rica...

Please note that the following data represents a typical itinerary, and unfortunately there is no such thing as a typical itinerary. Weather issues, road closures, changes to the itinerary to accommodate requests, and other issues may affect the itinerary, so the data below represents an 'average' itinerary, and may differ when you actually show up to ride your bike! Our guides make every effort to stick to the itinerary as posted, though :)

Day Hours of Riding Distance ridden Elevation gained Elevation lost Highest elevation
1 8-9 hours 60 km 1673 m 2600 m 1597 m
Totals 8 hours 60 km 1673 m 2600 m 1597 m


Below you will find the start and end dates as well as pickup locations for departures of this Ride. To book a spot on this Ride, click on the 'Book Now' link to book your spot.

This Getaways destination is not accepting bookings just yet. Please send a message via the Contact Us form if you would like to be notified when Rides are ready for booking.

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