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Motorcycle itinerary for 11 nights

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Motorcycle itinerary for 11 nights

I'm on a MC trip for 11 nights in CR in late February.Experienced,senior rider.

Some thoughts:

I have a short list of hostels that look good & same sort of list for destinations. I want "off the beaten path riding", not just for a "muddy, adventurous ride" but to avoid the crowds & gain access to mtns, forested areas & less crowded beaches. Good MC roads are also fine with me for the joy of the riding. I'm a not into "beach scene/surf/good vibes thing" but want to get out into day hikes,etc. to really see whats there in parks,etc..

Volcano hiking interests me but I don't need a zip line to enjoy the woods. I've read plenty &: Arenal/Monteverde area appeals to me but perhaps more than a little touristy? Trying to decide if I want to avoid the Nicoya & focus more on Osa? Same for mountains: spend more time in both areas-Arenal & San Isidro locale or focus on just one?First part of trip is off MC with wife & carribean/pacuare areas are well covered then.

Ideas?

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1. Re: Motorcycle itinerary for 11 nights

Think Turrialba and Orodi valleys southeast of San Jose. There's Irazu and Turrialba volcanoes, Tapanti National Park and very few tourists. Lots of winding narrow roads.

The Osa or the area around Dominical/Uviat also sounds like it might work but getting there is the problem. The Pan Am Highway through the mountains would not be my idea of a great motorcycle ride due to heavy truck traffic, steep dropoffs, fog and rain. If you hit it on a good day it could give you access to the south Pacific coast.

As you stray off the beaten path you will find it more difficult to find hostels. The Moon guidebook has a pretty good list of cabinas in many locations that are simple but affordable or you can ask around when you stop for a meal break.

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2. Re: Motorcycle itinerary for 11 nights

Thanks. I used the Hostelworld ,CR list for hostels & made positive notes on many.

One area has none listed-San Isidro, other than nearest coast.

I see the Pan Am road as similar to "I- roads" in USA-a way to get to another place,not because it's MC friendly. I have many MC miles in Mexico & some spots there "eat you up"!-Guadalajara is an e.g.! Mexico is a no-no too.

I don't mind drop-offs being there as long as they don't include me. FWIW,I live in eastern KY mtns & roads here often lack guardrails & plenty of steep roadsides.

Edited: 02 February 2014, 16:36
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Ideas for San Isidro mtn area lodging?

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4. Re: Motorcycle itinerary for 11 nights

First I flunked spelling - it's Orosi valley not Orodi.

If you can handle eastern KY mountain roads with coal trucks you won't have any issues with the Pan Am Hwy over the Cerro de la Muerte except for fog. I spend a day in San Isidro last year but that was a shopping trip for supplies. Can't say I'd want to use it as a base, although it's not that far in miles but a long climb up from Dominical. Loved exploring the back roads in the hills above Uvita and Dominical but we used a 4WD rather than a motorcycle. The area uphill from San Isidro - think San Gerardo de Dota and better yet San Gerardo de Rivas would be 2 great areas to explore by bike as long as you're content with gravel roads.

Might want to check out Quetzal's Paradise at the 70 km marker on the main highway near San Gerardo de Dota: http://www.quetzalsparadise.com/index.php/en/ For San Gerardo de Rivas check out http://www.sangerardocostarica.com/ which has a listing of cabinas

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5. Re: Motorcycle itinerary for 11 nights

Not being a MC rider I have nothing to offer but I hope you can give us a trip report when you return. Sounds like fun.

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6. Re: Motorcycle itinerary for 11 nights

You don't have to ride a MC to be of help with CR info! If you like to read MC trip reports ADVrider is the place!!! the wholw world is shown-Horizons Unlimited too.

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7. Re: Motorcycle itinerary for 11 nights

Rincon de la Vieja Volcano should be in your plans, lots of waterfalls trails hot springs and lots of things to do .

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8. Re: Motorcycle itinerary for 11 nights

Jose-One lodging I looked at there is:

La Anita Rainforest Ranch -Might be my 1st place I ride into. I tried to contact them but no one there speaks English so I could not make a reservation via email or telephone. Are you familiar with them? They are more $ than hostels but meals are included & looked to be a nice place! Ideas?

Edited: 02 February 2014, 19:50
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9. Re: Motorcycle itinerary for 11 nights

OP, I think it would be useful for you to contact Thorsten at www.wild-rider.com. He and his company specialises in MC tours in Costa Rica. Have you driven a bike there already? Or anywhere in Central America? What type of bike are you planning to use?

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10. Re: Motorcycle itinerary for 11 nights

You have some great suggestions here. Just to add to crfan’s recommendations, between Orosi and the Cerro de la Muerte, take a detour on the “Route of the Saints” (just google it) This would be a blast on a bike and the scenery is amazing.