Costa Rica · February 2 - 9 2025

RAD Freeride Adventure

Ride the steeps and get rugged in the rainforest with us on this amazing experience in the heart of the jungle. 

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The Experience

We have partnered with Rad Bikes to offer this high powered freeride adventure to get rad and get amongst it in Costa Rica. Travel from the central valley to high altitude tundra with a combination of all mountain and enduro-style riding. You'll ride trails in a variety of climate zones from cloud forest to pure jungle. Top all that off with cold local brews at the end of the day, excellent local cuisine, and unique lodging.  The Costa Ricans are known for the saying “Pura Vida,” which translates as Pure Life, and carries the sentiment that life is good. This mountain bike experience embodies the true essence of that statement. Join us on this heart throbbing, fist bumping adventure to shred the loam, rip across the tundra, and tap into the essence of Pura Vida!  Skill Level: ADVANCED Fitness Level: 4/7

Highlights

Unique Rainforest Trails

Unique Rainforest Trails

Off the bike adventures

Off the bike adventures

Epic Shuttle Rides

Epic Shuttle Rides

Excellent Local Food

Excellent Local Food

Amazing Memories

Amazing Memories

Itinerary

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Day 1: Welcome to Costa Rica!

Upon arrival to Costa Rica, gather your luggage, make your way through customs and exit the airport. You Ride the Earth crew will be waiting for you as you exit. There will be one scheduled airport shuttle to provide transport to the hotel. Note, additional shuttle times can be arranged for an added cost. Contact our team to make arrangements.

Once aboard our private van, we’ll head to a local hotel, nestled in a quiet, lush garden. We encourage you to unwind, settle in and get ready for the week's mountain bike adventure. Once the group is settled, we’ll get together to build bikes, have a cold beverage and get to know the fab crew you’ll be riding within Costa Rica. This evening, we’ll enjoy a group dinner and discuss the week’s activities.

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Day 2: Shred the Bike Park

Kick off the day with a fresh breakfast at our boutique lodging to fuel up for our day’s adventure. Don’t forget to try the local favorite, “gallo pinto,” a traditional breakfast of rice and beans fit for mountain biking champions!

Get ready for action as we are headed to an awesome bike park near the city of San Jose. We’ll spend the day shuttling laps on the trails to maximize our time and experience. This park is a total riot with jumps, drops, berms and quality man-made features to play on.

Once we’ve rallied the trails, we'll head back to our accommodation for dinner and rest. 

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Day 3: Volcano Ride & Travel South

Start the day early with a tasty breakfast before heading out to our next destination. This day is full of action. We'll kick it off by biking off one of the largest volcanoes in Central America. We’ll descend down a technical gully that snakes through misty gnarled forest. The dirt walls grow higher as seemingly endless trail flows down to the coffee plantations below.

After our ride, we'll head to a local "soda" a typical Costa Rican style restaurant. Try the typical Casado lunch, which is a healthy plate of rice, beans, protein and salad. It's a perfect post ride meal! After lunch, we'll hop in the van to travel south into the heart of the Talamanca Mountains. As we travel through the countryside, take in the landscape as we climb up into the high tundra of the rainforest, passing small villages adorned with markets and fruit stands.

By early evening, we'll arrive to a beautiful eco-lodge high in the cloud forest of the Talamanca mountains. We’ll settle into our rooms and then head to the main lodge for a delicious dinner. Relax for the evening and take in the incredible sights and sounds of the rainforest and get ready for another excellent day tomorrow. 

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Day 4: Big Mountain Adventure

Wake up to the sounds of the jungle before we hop in the van and head high into the mountains for a most epic adventure. This cherry ride will take us through the high rainforest and down mountain peaks to the valley below. This trail has a litte bit of everything; rocky technical terrain, fun side hits, fast and flowy sections, and is topped with some optional steep chutes near the end. A little something for everyone! Our group has exclusive access to this trail so come, enjoy, and get ready for an experience of a lifetime in the Costa Rica backcountry. Test your limits and find your groove, this place is an absolute highlight of the week!

We'll finish our big epic ride with high fives, cold beverages, and an amazing lunch back at our hotel. After lunch, the group will load up and travel to the coast where we'll make a quick stop to jump in the ocean and grab food and cold beers at a local brewery. Then we'll head back into the mountains for a couple nights of "glamping" at a luxury riverside eco lodge. This incredible boutique hotel has trails out the back door, a waterslide and pool, and incredible food for all of our meals. The permanent tents have private bathrooms, running water, and an amazing patio with a view. This is “glamping” Costa Rica style!

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Day 5: Sunrise Laps & Jungle Adventures

Today we’ll head out at sunrise for an early morning ride out the back door of the hotel. This super fun trail system was recently developed by our friends, the Rafiki crew. A short climb will bring us to a series of trails developed for bikers, by bikers. A sweet combination of fun rollercoaster style sections decorated with berms, drops and technical segments.

We'll return from the ride for showers and lunch at the main lodge. Then spend the rest of the day as you wish. Head to the river for an afternoon of rafting, relax in the pool overlooking the valley below, or hit up the super fast water slide (and believe us when we say, it's FAST!). Tonight, we'll have a delicious dinner, prepared by the chefs at our glamping lodge.

For those looking for more time on the trails, we'll tee up a night ride to experience the jungle by night!

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Day 6: Surf, Beach & Travel Day

Today you can choose between a morning surf session or a morning ride. For those who want to spend the morning on the beach, we'll head to Dominical where you can grab a surf board (and a lesson if you wish) or simply spend the morning with your feet in the sand. For those who want to ride, we'll take you out for a couple early morning laps to round out your morning.

After our morning adventures, we'll load up and travel north to our next location in the heart of the mountains. We'll arrive in time for happy hour and a chill dinner overlooking the valley below. Rest up, because we have a full day of shuttle laps tomorrow!

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Day 7: Rainforest Hot Laps

After morning coffee and breakfast, we'll head out for a full day of shuttle laps. This park is an increidble addition to the trails of Costa Rica and we can't wait to lap it all day with you! A quick shuttle to the top, and there's a collection of trails to choose from for each descent. A combination of flow and tech trails provide a full day of shredding options. We'll get into the steeps, we'll show you the sweet lines, and we'll let you fill this day with as many laps as your legs can handle!

We'll top this day with cocktails in the pool & a final dinner overlooking the valley below.

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Day 8: Back to San Jose & Airport Shuttles

Today is the final day of our adventure. For those flying home today, there will be an early shuttle to the airport (departing between 3-4am) for those with early flights out of San Jose. Most departures return to the US and Canada in the early morning, so this shuttle time generally accommodates most people.

For those who wish to have a more relaxing departure from Costa Rica, we make it super easy to add on an extra night to your stay. Choose the "Extra Night Add On" and we will book you a room near the airport for this last night and arrange your shuttle to the airport. 

Want to stay longer in Costa Rica? Give us a shout and we'll help you customize extra days to play at the beach or explore other areas of the country. 

*Note: Shuttles outside of the scheduled time are available at an extra charge.

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Day 9: Rest & Recover

If you're like us, you need a day to relax & recover before going back to life. Grab that extra night to add on at the end of your trip and we'll sleep in, take a chill ride back to the city, and we'll give you a ride to the airport the next day. 

Want to stay longer in Costa Rica? Give us a shout and we'll help you customize extra days to play at the beach or explore other areas of the country. 

Now that's Pura Vida!

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Extras

Airport Shuttle |  Arriving Early

Airport Shuttle | Arriving Early

Add this option if you want to arrive a day (or more) early and want us to arrange your airport pick up upon arrival.

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Extra Night + Shuttle | End of Trip

Extra Night + Shuttle | End of Trip

Sleep in, take a chill ride back to the city, and we'll give you a ride to the airport the next day.

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Details

What's Included

7 nights of boutique accommodations

6 days of incredible mountain biking

All bike park entrance fees

Scheduled Airport Shuttle to/from SJO

Daily fresh breakfast & healthy lunches (Days 2-7) & 2 dinners

An ice cold beer post ride and other beverages provided each day

Purified water available at all times

Equipment Rentals (Bike, helmet, pedals)

Dinners, most alcohol & snacks

Non-scheduled Airport Shuttles

Gratuities for guides & drivers

International Airfare

Travel Insurance

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RAD Freeride Adventure

02 - 09 February 2025

FROM$3,895.00/pp

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Destination Info

Boutique Style

Boutique Style

This is a traveling tour. In order to maximize our time riding each day, our group will change hotels every couple days to be as close to the trails as possible. The accommodations for this trip are all comfortable 3-star accommodations with one 4-star luxury glamping experience. Each hotel is carefully selected and perfectly situated nearby the trails we plan to ride. Amenities will vary from hotel to hotel. You’ll want to bring luggage that is easy to pack and carry around. A rugged duffel bag is highly recommended (with or without wheels).

Getting There & Away

Getting There & Away

Airport: Juan Santamaria Airport
Airport Code: SJO


This trip starts and ends in Alajuela, Costa Rica, at the Juan Santamaria International Airport. 


See the Arrival & Departure section for airport shuttle times and details.

Arrival & Departure

Arrival & Departure

A scheduled airport pick up will be provided on arrival day and another on the last day for your return to the airport. 


Arrival Day Shuttle Times: 4:00pm at SJO
Airport: Juan Santamaria International Airport
*On day one, there are no scheduled activities until late afternoon to allow time for all the riders to arrive via their international flights. 


Departure Day Shuttle Time: 3:00am departure for arrival at SJO by 4:30am.
On the final day, there is a scheduled shuttle to the airport in the morning allowing proper time for departing flights. Shuttles on the last day to other locations in Costa Rica can be arranged at an additional cost.

Visas & Entry

Visas & Entry

All travelers require a current passport that is valid 6 months after your return date in order to enter the country. Citizens of most countries (ex: USA, Canada, UK) will receive a tourist visa upon entry and don’t need to apply for any approvals in advance. 


For more information, or if you’re from a country not listed above, check with your local embassy or passport office for detailed travel requirements.

FAQs

In general, you can expect hot sunny days in Costa Rica. Typical year round temperatures range from 80-90F (26-32C) during the day and only dropping a few degrees in the evenings. You will need very light, quick drying biking clothes for each day. We will travel to areas in the mountains where the temperature can drop to 40-50F (4-10C) and rain can happen at anytime. It’s the rainforest after all! You will want to have a rain jacket and warm layers with you to be prepared for a variety of temperatures and weather changes. Refer to the suggested packing list for detailed information on what to bring. You will also be able to leave items in our van each day so you can have back up supplies if needed throughout the day.

Yes, it is very hot and humid in Costa Rica. We recommend all riders should be prepared to carry 2-3L of water on them each day. There are a variety of days on this trip when we will be doing shuttle laps. On those days, you can minimize your gear and ride with a water bottle in your water bottle carrier and refill between shuttle laps.

Our crew will have some snacks available, however, it is up to you to provide your own personal snacks and electrolyte replacement tabs and/or chews while riding. There are stores in Costa Rica where these can be purchased, however, it is recommended that you bring a supply of your favorite items from home as the selection in Costa Rica can be limited.

There are 6 full days of riding on this trip. There will be a combination of all mountain/enduro style rides and shuttle rides. Expect to be out on the trail for 4-6 hours each day. The rides are mixed up so there is time to rest (i.e. not too many days of big climbs in a row). Expect to climb for 1-3 hours during enduro rides and up to 2000ft of vertical. Some days will be climbing at a private bike park so the climbs will be short, but repeated multiple times.

The short answer is YES! All of our trips can cater to most all dietary needs, however, make sure you tell us in advance so our team can be properly prepared. We will provide you with forms to fill out prior to travel that will allow you the opportunity to notify us of any dietary needs or allergies.

Once you’re in Costa Rica, there are a variety of food options available at all restaurants to cater to most diets. The typical plate in Costa Rica is called a Casado and is a plate with rice, beans, salad and a protein (beef, chicken, fish, or fresh cheese for vegetarians). Whole foods, fresh meats, fruits and vegetables are easy to come by everywhere you go. When eating at restaurants, our group will always choose venues that are happy to cater to a variety of dietary needs.

Absolutely! Our guides will be there to help you build your bike at the start of the trip and pack it up at the end. We will have tools available and we’re very experienced in assembling and packing bikes. We’ll gladly give you tips and help you out during the process.

Although tipping is completely up to your discretion, it is customary to provide gratuity for guides and drivers. A typical gratuity for your guides is 5-10% of your trip cost per person and 2-5% for drivers. This may be given to the lead guide on your trip or to each person individually.

The following outlines the fitness and skill required for this specific itinerary. If you have questions about your ability level, contact us and we’ll answer all your questions.

Skill Level - Advanced(Black Trails): You are very advanced in all areas of mountain biking. You have significant and strong skills in the areas of shifting, braking, speed control, cornering, climbing and descending. You can comfortably navigate all terrain at high speeds. You’re not afraid of jumps and drops and can easily manage transitions. 

Fitness Level - 4/7: You have moderately strong mountain bike fitness. You bike or exercise 3-4 times per week all year long for at least 2-3 hours per session. You are comfortable biking for 2-3 hours at a strong pace and 4-6 hours with some stopping or at a slower pace. You can comfortably ride 5 days back-to-back with climbing of up to 1500ft per day.

The group will be split into shared rooms. Book with a friend and we'll pair you together, or book solo and we'll pair you with someone of the same gender. There are limited private room upgrades available. 

RAD Freeride Adventure

Costa Rica · February 2 - 9 2025 · 7 nights

FROM$3,895.00/pp

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