A great ride on an all natural, man-made trail. This ride is fresh and cool because of the altitude and the forest that you ride through. You'll also enjoy great views of the volcano and the lowlands. Along the way, riders will encounter natural obstacles, rivers, downhills with rocks, rock gardens, and river crossings.
Admission fee is $10. Bring cash or credit card for a beer and lunch. Santa Cruz bikes can be rented on site.
The ride starts at the Adventure Center, taking you through the forested trails up to the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park. You'll ride up alongside Rio Blanco. This section is called Oropendula Jaguarundi
, and it has three short hard uphills, two rock gardens, and some roots.
You'll then start descending back to Hacienda Guachipelin, and there are three bridges, a few table tops, and stream to cross. This section of the ride goes alongside Rio Colorado.
At the Adventure Center, you continue with La Leona y Victoria
, again riding alongside a river on a mostly shaded trail. Again, this is an all natural trail, with natural obstacles. This section requires a little more experience as there are rocks, three steep uphills, two short and one a bit longer. The downhill sections are more technical. Then as you return to the Adventure Center to complete the ride, you have to cross four streams, only two sections can be ridden.
The trail is located at the foot of an active volcano, right next Costa Rica's most visited national park. The property used to be an extensive cattle ranch that has been converted into a nature retreat with lots of adventures.