MONGOLIA

MONGOLIA

11-21 August 2022

TRIP OVERVIEW

Mongolia, cradle of great civilisations. A country of contrasts. A land of adventure.

Come with us to discover one of the most incredible and challenging countries for the western traveller.

After more than a decade of organising the Mongolia Bike Challenge and having travelled so many times, we feel confident that we can offer you the best of the best of this country we love so much.

For the success of this expedition and the safety of all participance the creation of a strong team is absolutely imperative. No one will be left behind or in difficulty for any reason. It will be the responsibility of not only the guides, but also of each team member (participants) to help solve any and all kinds of problems that arise during the trip.

It will not only be an unforgettable journey, but also a unique opportunity to experience self-education in group consciousness, to share joy in fatigue, planning, organization, coordination, in defeats as well as in successes.

Success will not only be the arrival at our destination, but through our journey. And knowing we have done our best to arrive, together.


Refund and cancellation

Where, for whatever reason, one person is obliged to withdraw, the person must give written notice to Project Adventure Cycling.

Refund will be calculated with this penalty:

– Within 45 days from date of departure the penalty fare is 10% of the total cost of the trip.

– Within 30 days from departure the penalty fare is 30% of the total cost of the trip.

– Within 21 days from departure the penalty fare is 60% of the total cost of the trip.

– Within 14 days from departure the penalty fare is 75 % of the total cost of the trip.

– After this date no refund will be given.

No refunds for those who will not show at the start or withdraw during the course of the tour.
No refunds for those who could not make the tour due to lack or inaccuracy of the personal travel documents (i.e Visa or Passport). Traveler understands that some destinations pose more risk than other destinations due to weather conditions, political conditions and the geography of the region. Traveler acknowledges that factors such as, but not limited to, weather conditions, landslides, floods, flight cancelations or delays, strikes, labor troubles, failure of power, restrictive governmental laws or regulations, riots, insurrection, war or other reason of a like nature not the fault of Project Adventure Cycling (hereinafter “Force Majeure Event”) can hinder, delay or even prevent the Traveler’s ability to make or complete the trip.

Traveler acknowledges that the Project Adventure Cycling shall not be liable to Traveler for any delay or cancelation of the trip due to a Force Majeure Event. Traveler shall not be entitled to a refund or any other payment for damages from the Project Adventure Cycling in the event that the trip is cancelled or delayed due to a Force Majeure Event. Please note that we are never responsible for any airfare ticket expenses.

COVID 19

In the event that you are unable to fly due to COVID 19 restrictions because of a declared state of emergency, PA Cycling, SL, guarantees:

RETURN OF QUOTE* (Except for expenses incurred up to the time of cancellation of the trip)

QUOTA FREEZE UNTIL NEXT DEPARTURE*.

FEE FREEZE UNTIL THE DEPARTURE OF ANY OTHER TRIP ORGANISED BY PA-CYCLING, SL*.

* The above conditions ARE NOT VALID in the case of a positive individual.

The price includes

– Bike guides from PA Cycling depending on the number of participants

– 3 nights in 4* Bayangol hotel (BB, twin/double)

– 6 nights in tourist ger camps on twin share basis

– All meals, snacks and drinking water on the tour

– Welcome and farewell dinner in Ulaanbaatar

– 2 Russan vans as support vehicles

– Airport transfers

– National park fees

– Travel insurance coverage

The price does not include

– Meals in Ulaanbaatar that are not indicated

– Drinks and alcohol

– Gratuities

– Return airfare and baggage fees, bike equipment

– Excursions, extra activities

– Additional costs in case of logistical changes (extra transfers etc.)

– Anything not included in “The price includes” section.


  • Dates
    11-21 August 2022
  • Duration
    10 days
  • Stages
    5
  • Length
    430 km
  • Elevation
    5530 m
  • Difficulty
    Medium-High
  • Price
    2450 €

THE TRACK

THE STAGES

Stage 01. Start of cycling ride to Khangai mountain range – 100 km | 1250 m

Having tuned the bikes, we start our cycling adventure. We ride across large arid grassland where gentle hills and brows alternate at an insignificant upward incline throughout the day. The vast open land gives you a chance to feel the immensity and emptiness of Mongolia. The terrain is predominantly flat with a combination of packed ground, loose gravel, and mud if it rains. We pedal passing by nomadic tents and huge herds of livestock. After a substantial lunch break, we continue riding and reach the foothills of the Khangai mountain range that covers nearly a fifth of the country’s territory. This region, dominated by dome-shaped mountains, mixed woods, clear streams, and lush grassy valleys receives abundant rainfall compared to all other parts of Mongolia. The mountain range is an immense mountain biking playground with fantastic packed soils, diverse terrain, and spectacular landscapes. Our today’s destination is the minerals springs of Tsenkher Valley, located in the eastern outreaches of the massif. The lush wooded valley is famous for its mineral hot springs. Although somewhat crowded with both local and foreign travelers during the short summer season, it certainly feels good to soothe your muscles in a hot pool. Relaxing massage and laundry service are available too. Another night in traditional Mongolian tents. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner / ger camp)

 

Stage 02. Cycle to Orkhon river valley – 83 km | 1400 m

Continue cycling enjoying the idyllic scenery of the traditional herding life. This part of Mongolia is known for producing fermented horse milk of exceptional quality and taste and today you will notice many mares and foals separately tethered outside of nomadic homes. Making of the airag, as it’s locally called, is a continuous and labor-consuming process: mares are milked every two hours throughout the day and thousands of times of churning is required to boost the fermentation in large barrels or ox hide sacks. We will visit a nomadic tent to try a sip and chat with locals. Overall, it’s a fast day on great soils with a few steep passes. Great views of the immense wilderness open from their tops with some extinct volcano craters seen from the last pass. A 20km breathtaking downhill to the Orkhon valley floor completes today’s ride. A designated UNESCO historic heritage site, the Orkhon valley contains an overwhelming wealth of historic data such as burial mounds, deer stones, and prehistoric settlements. Upon checking in you can take a dip in the cool waters of the Orkhon river. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner / ger camp)

Stage 03. Cycle to Orkhon waterfall – 73 km | 470 m

We first ride upstream to the Orkhon waterfall, the signature attraction of the area, and then bike downstream along the vast valley strewn with basalt fields surrounded by impressive wooded mountain and extinct volcanos. The riding surface today is great, and is prevailed by smooth packed soil. We will be passing by many nomadic encampments and massive animal herds. Horses get particularly agitated on seeing cyclists and excitedly run alongside your way. We stop to chat to nomads, try local food and drinks. Tonight, we stay in a ger camp. Despite no running water or electricity, you can freshen up with soft towels perfumed with essential oils. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner / ger camp)

Stage 04. Cycle to Mongol Els dunes – mini Gobi – 87 km | 1360 m

We leave the Orkhon valley behind and make our way across undulating hills and rugged mountains to arid grassland which extends for hundreds of more miles to the Gobi desert. Quite often we follow faint car tracks that wind on narrow valley floors which from time to time bring us to a high point with great views of wild mountains and boundless grasslands, the classical landscape, associated with Mongolia by most people. The last 50km we load bikes and drive on tarmac road to Mongol Els, spectacular sand dunes that stretch for 100km across arid grasslands and dramatic mountains. Here settle in a ger camp right beside the dunes which you can walk in the evening cool. Star gazing is breathtaking here: the pitch-dark celestial canvas illuminates with myriads of stars. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner / ger camp).

Stage 05. NLoop around Khugnu Khan mountain – 87 km | 1090 m

We ride around the Khogno Khan Nature reserve, a spectacular area comprised of dunes, rock formations, and majestic mountains. About a third of the say is hampered by sand and may require pushing the bikes. We then travel through the inner of the reserve enjoying the untouched wilderness and savannah-type vegetation. From the day’s highest point, you will enjoy a breathtaking view of boundless expanses. On the way down we can explore the ruins of a 17th-century Buddhist monastery that has a dramatic history to be told by your guide. We return to our camp for the rest of the day. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner / ger camp)

YOUR GUIDE

Willy Mulonia

Willy Mulonia

Founder & President

Willy Mulonia, expert lonely traveler and cyclist for more than 30 years. He made several solo expeditions, but the most important is without a doubt the 28,640 bike trip from Ushuaia (Patagonia) to Prudhoe Bay (Alaska). He raced in the Crocodile Trophy (Australia) in ’98 and the famous Iditarod Trail Invitational (ITI) in Alaska in 1999, 2000, 2018, 2019, 2020 & 2022 as well as many other mountain bike stage races all over the world. In 2003 he founded the bike travel agency Progetto Avventura, now renamed Project Adventure Cycling. In 2010, with the help of all the team of PA-Cycling he created the Mongolia Bike Challenge, one of the most important MTB stage race in the world. Today you can find him guiding most the tour offered by Project Adventure Cycling.

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AL-ÁNDALUS

AL-ÁNDALUS

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01-09 October 2022

TRIP OVERVIEW

Andalusia, the land of great civilisations. Frontier of many wars. Cradle of cultures that have changed the history of the world. Al-Ándalus, or Land of Venús in Arabic, remains a fascinating territory where a bicycle trip quickly becomes an adventure. It’s where deserts meet high mountains and fertile valleys, large cities and small towns stay rooted in the land and history—where the hospitality of its people, the diversity of its cuisine and the infinite number of historical buildings make our journey an unforgettable and always-surprising experience.

Before we start cycling, we will enjoy a day in Granada, visiting the magical gardens of the Alhambra.

We will set out from the beautiful city of Granada, where the Alhambra is located, crossing two deserts: the Gorafe and Tabernas, with the final two stops by the beautiful Mediterranean Sea!

The Gorafe desert is a natural paradise that is still almost unknown, with an intricate network of ravines through its famous ‘calanques’ and surprisingly abundant fauna and flora.

The Tabernas Desert is famous for being the ultimate setting for most of Western films of the last century. Practically all productions of the so-called “Spaghetti Westerns” were filmed here.

Finally, we will cross the Sierra Nevada, Baza and the Sierra Alhamilla to reach the coast and cycle through the paradisiacal Cabo de Gata to finish in the seaside city of Almería.

It is a journey of great contrasts that crosses an area that helped birth a historic union between differing peoples and cultures.

During each stage, we will carry on the bike what we need for the day: some clothes, spares, a few snacks… the rest (our travel suitcase) will be waiting for us when we arrive at our destination.

Throughout our adventure, we will sleep in big and modern hotels, in small hostels by the sea, in a comfortable rural house and even in an incredible cave-house.


Refund and cancellation

Where, for whatever reason, one person is obliged to withdraw, the person must give written notice to Project Adventure Cycling.

Refund will be calculated with this penalty:

– Within 45 days from date of departure the penalty fare is 10% of the total cost of the trip.

– Within 30 days from departure the penalty fare is 30% of the total cost of the trip.

– Within 21 days from departure the penalty fare is 60% of the total cost of the trip.

– Within 14 days from departure the penalty fare is 75 % of the total cost of the trip.

– After this date no refund will be given.

No refunds for those who will not show at the start or withdraw during the course of the tour.
No refunds for those who could not make the tour due to lack or inaccuracy of the personal travel documents (i.e Visa or Passport). Traveler understands that some destinations pose more risk than other destinations due to weather conditions, political conditions and the geography of the region. Traveler acknowledges that factors such as, but not limited to, weather conditions, landslides, floods, flight cancelations or delays, strikes, labor troubles, failure of power, restrictive governmental laws or regulations, riots, insurrection, war or other reason of a like nature not the fault of Project Adventure Cycling (hereinafter “Force Majeure Event”) can hinder, delay or even prevent the Traveler’s ability to make or complete the trip.

Traveler acknowledges that the Project Adventure Cycling shall not be liable to Traveler for any delay or cancelation of the trip due to a Force Majeure Event. Traveler shall not be entitled to a refund or any other payment for damages from the Project Adventure Cycling in the event that the trip is cancelled or delayed due to a Force Majeure Event. Please note that we are never responsible for any airfare ticket expenses.

COVID 19

In the event that you are unable to fly due to COVID 19 restrictions because of a declared state of emergency, PA Cycling, SL, guarantees:

RETURN OF QUOTE* (Except for expenses incurred up to the time of cancellation of the trip)

QUOTA FREEZE UNTIL NEXT DEPARTURE*.

FEE FREEZE UNTIL THE DEPARTURE OF ANY OTHER TRIP ORGANISED BY PA-CYCLING, SL*.

* The above conditions ARE NOT VALID in the case of a positive individual.

The price includes

– Bike guides from PA Cycling (specific number of guides depends on the number of participants)

– Transfer Malaga-Granada ed Almeria-Malaga

– 1 night stay in a hotel in Granada and welcome dinner.

– 1 night stay in a hotel in Almeria and goodbye dinner.

– Luggage transfer between lodgings.

– All hotels/hostels during all 6 stages

– All dinners and breakfasts during the 6 stages

– Lunches during the stages and in Granada/Almeria.

– Travel insurance coverage

The price does not include

– Return airfare and baggage fees, bike equipment

– Excursions, extra activities

– Additional costs in case of logistical changes (extra transfers etc.)

– Anything not included in “The price includes” section.


  • Dates
    01-09 October 2022
  • Duration
    9 days
  • Stages
    6
  • Length
    420 km
  • Elevation
    6500 m
  • Difficulty
    Medium-High
  • Price
    1.950 €

THE TRACK

THE STAGES

Stage 01. Granada–Gorafe – 94 km | 1700 m

The longest and hardest stage will be on the first day. We will start by “climbing” the beautiful city of Granada until we reach the Llano de la Perdíz, above the Alhambra. From there we will move away from the city to the landscapes of the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Through tracks and small roads, we will reach our first destination: Gorafe.

 

Stage 02. Gorafe Loop – 67 km | 1300 m

This is probably the most incredible stage of the trip: a tour of the Gorafe desert that will not leave you indifferent. Ravines, caves and endless landscapes. We will return to the village of Gorafe for dinner and rest.

Stage 03. Gorafe-Gérgal – 84 km | 1100 m

The transition stage between deserts. We will travel at full speed along the ramblas and tracks between huge wind turbines to completely change the landscape and reach the gates of the Tabernas Desert. We will sleep in Gérgal.

Stage 04. Gérgal-Níjar – 75 km | 1500 m

The “second queen stage” of the trip will leave us speechless. We will start by crossing the incredible Tabernas Desert and, after regaining our strength, we will attack the Sierra de Alhamilla mountain pass and then descend to the village of Nijar. Three absolutely different landscapes in a single day’s journey.

Stage 05. Níjar-Isleta del Moro – 45 km | 450 m

We will leave Nijar and approach the coast, passing through greenhouses to get to know the old mining area of Cabo de Gata, where the famous gold was extracted. Tracks and paths will take us to the small village of Isleta del Moro, where we will rest on the beach, enjoying the fresh fish and the sea breeze.

Stage 06. Isleta del Moro-Almería – 60 km | 600 m

On our last stage, we will skirt the spectacular Cabo de Gata to leave the beaches and enter the city again, after six days of travelling through the least populated part of this territory. It will be a day of tracks, sands, flamingos and beaches.

YOUR GUIDE

Willy Mulonia

Willy Mulonia

Founder & President

Willy Mulonia, expert lonely traveler and cyclist for more than 30 years. He made several solo expeditions, but the most important is without a doubt the 28,640 bike trip from Ushuaia (Patagonia) to Prudhoe Bay (Alaska). He raced in the Crocodile Trophy (Australia) in ’98 and the famous Iditarod Trail Invitational (ITI) in Alaska in 1999, 2000, 2018, 2019, 2020 & 2022 as well as many other mountain bike stage races all over the world. In 2003 he founded the bike travel agency Progetto Avventura, now renamed Project Adventure Cycling. In 2010, with the help of all the team of PA-Cycling he created the Mongolia Bike Challenge, one of the most important MTB stage race in the world. Today you can find him guiding most the tour offered by Project Adventure Cycling.

Julian Bueno Risco

Julian Bueno Risco

Travel Logistic Coordinator & Guide

Julian Bueno is a geographer, photographer, traveler, digital-map-maker, bike lover and route & event designer. In this way, and as an active and passionate person, Julian has collaborated and published several spanish mountain bike guide books and he is an active member of the Spanish Mountain Bike School (EEMTB). He likes to share his passions and to discover new routes and friends, spending also time steering many people through different cycling destinations. Overall, he feels movement as part of his life and he used to participate in marathon, roller skates challenges and general long distance events. You can chat with him about life, GPS secrets and innovative cycling gadgets. Now, he is part of the Projecting Adventure Cyclism.


Me ha gustado mucho. Paisajes espectaculares, bien organizado y buena gente.

Lo recomendaría a un amigo, pero no a cualquier amigo, es un tipo de viaje que a mi me gusta mucho, pero no a todo el mundo le gusta, tiene que ser gente a la que le guste de verdad.

Fantastico !!!!!!!!!
E difficile trovare parole giuste per descrivere la esperienza appena fatta in questa avventura, che mi dispiace che è finita.
Aver potuto a farlo insieme a Willy, Julian e Edoardo e resto della fantastica gente del gruppo.❤️
Vedere ❄️ neve in deserto e una cosa che non si dimentica mai piu, partire con 3 gradi e finire con 20 gradi vicino mare e una cosa fantastica
Invito tutti che hanno passione per bici 🚲🚵🏼‍♂️🚵🏼 a participare questi viaggi con voi.
Ancora un grande GRAZIE 🤩 per tutto

Si. Molto avventuroso ed al contempo ben organizzato. Ottimo in generale mettere l’hotel più chic alla fine. Proporrei, viste le condizioni avverse che abbiamo trovato giusto alcune cose : 1 fornire il furgone di un vd40 e qualche panno vecchio per pulire alla meglio la catena (oppure esplicitarlo tra le cose da portare se non sta già esplicitato) 2 Il percorso con acqua/vento diventa molto duro! Per questo cercherei, dov’è possibile, di trovare un’alternativa al percorso tradizionale, perché, come abbiamo fatto con Julian è stato per me fondamentale fare un po’ di asfalto al posto del letto del fiume. 3 io personalmente avrei iniziato a pedalare 30/60 minuti prima delle tappe più lunghe (le prime 4 compreso il loop non fatto)

Viaggio dalla Natura vera, selvaggia ed intensa nella sua asperità, ma anche nella sua bellezza.
Il tempo atmosferico è stato un elemento predominante…. siamo passati dalla neve di Gorafe, al sole marino della costa vicino a Almeria..
Bellissima la tappa all’interno del deserto di Tabernas. Percorso tecnico, ma spettacolare.
Non meno lo sono state le due tappe lungo il mare, che riempe gli occhi quanto il deserto passato nei giorni precedenti.
Suggerirei di specificare che il viaggio sia più adatto alle mtb piuttosto che alle Gravel, o per lo meno specificare che in tal caso occorre essere esperti nella guida del mezzo rigido.
Ottime tutte le location dove siamo arrivati……Gorafe una cosa eccezionale.
Un plauso alla capacità di tutte le guide, in particolare a julian, che ha saputo gestire soluzioni a vari problematiche che si sono presentate durante il percorso a causa del maltempo che in alcuni casi è stato accentuato.
Buona anche la serenità del gruppo di noi che abbiamo pedalato.
Riproponete questo viaggio, avrà sicuramente successo!!!
Un abbraccio a voi, ed un sincero GRAZIE…… è stato un ripartire non solo per PA cycling, ma anche per me!!!

Catapultati in un mondo parallelo a sole poche ore di volo da casa. L’Andalusia in bici ti offre emozioni sia per gli occhi che per lo spirito! Grazie infinite a Willy,Julian e al gruppone di viaggiatori…ci si vede in Patagonia!!
Ps Super consigliato!

Itinerario con paesaggi incredibili, un grande ringraziamento a Willy e Julián che con la loro esperienza e organizzazione hanno reso questo viaggio super

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EL CAMINO DE SANTIAGO

EL CAMINO DE SANTIAGO

ON DEMAND

OVERVIEW

Riding EL Camino

This tour should be on the must-do list of every serious cyclist. The classic pilgrimmage route of the Camino combine many elements that make it a truly unique experience: history, culture, art, and nature come together on this magnificent route. Thousands of people around the world arrive in the north of Spain every year, to walk and live this unforgettable adventure.

We will ride on what is known as the “Camino Frances”, which starts in the north of Spain in Roncesvalles and continues 760 kilometres, ending in Santiago de Compostela.

There are ten riding stages that vary in distance from 60 to 106 kilometres.

The riding is not technical and we will be fully-supported on each stage. We have planned a quiet ride, stopping to explore the amazing sites and hidden corners along the way.


  • Dates
    On Demand
  • Duration
    12 days
  • Stages
    9
  • Length
    760 km
  • Elevation
    12.500 m
  • Difficulty
    Medium
  • Price
    1.750 €

THE TRACK

THE STAGES

DAY 01

Roncesvalles

Riders should arrive at Pamplona Noain Airport (PNA) by 6:00 p.m. or arrive directly in Roncesvalles.
Accomodation is in a hostel in Roncesvalles. This evening we will put the bikes together and have a welcome dinner.

DAY 02 – STAGE 01

Roncesvalles – Puente la Reina – 68 km | 1.000 m

We begin our tour in Roncesvalles where a granite cross at the side of the road shows us the beginning of the Camino de Santiago. The road takes us through small rural villages typical of Navarra: Espinal, High Mesquiriz and Vizcarret between tree-lined roads, through forests and down fast descents. El Camino then leads us to Villava (the birthplace of the legendary cyclist Miguel Indurain) and across the Ulzama Rover, and over an ancient medieval bridge in Arre. Near the river we can see the Romanesque Church of the Trinity built in the XIII century as well as an old hospital.
We arrive in Pamplona after passing through the neighborhood of La Maddalena and after visiting the gothic Cathedral (XIV-XV century) of Santa Maria la Real. We continue to Cizur Menor and his small church. After, the route continues to climb up to Alto del Perdon at 1037 metres. On its ridge we can see modern wind power turbines and from here we descend to Obanos on a steep descent. Aftrer the last downhill of the day we will reach Puente la Reina.

DAY 03 – STAGE 02

Puente la Reina – Logroño  – 74 km | 1.400 m

We leave Puente de la Reina on the medieval bridge which gives the town its name. We pass the village of Cirauqui and its cobbled main street which leads to the square and a church from the thirteenth century. We cross the Gothic bridge of Lorca to get to Villatuerta, known for its church and numerous chapels. We visit Estella which was founded at the end of the eleventh century. We then ride from Estella to the Monastery of Irache where we encounter the famous Fountain of the Wine. After a sip of wine we continue through the vineyards.
We continue on dirt tracks with ups and downs until the fortified town of Viana, the last town of Navarre, with its astonishingly large church. We enter the region of La Rioja, spotting Logroño at the horizon.
We enter Logroño the bridge of San Juan de Ortega over the Ebro River. After a short rest at the hotel and a good local dinner and wine tasting, we will stroll around the city to visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria la Redonda.

DAY 04 – STAGE 03

Logroño – Belorado – 75 km | 1.200 m

We leave Logroño for Navarte, a beautiful town with narrow streets. We climb to the Alto de San Anton and then go down to Nájera to visit the monastery of Santa Maria la Real, with a sculpture of the Virgin on an eleventh century altar.
We arrive in Azofra where we see a vast plain and the track that runs along the river Oja leading us to Cirueña .
We arrive in Santo Domingo de la Calzada after a gentle descent where we visit a Cathedral built in different styles. The facade of the square was completed in neoclassical style but it has a curious renaissance style chicken coop in memory of the legend of a rooster who sang even after being killed and cooked. At the exit of the village, opposite the Monastery of St. Francis, there is a modern monument dedicated to the pilgrims. We leave the town crossing the twenty-four archers bridge on the Oja river, built by the St. Francis himself .
We are now in Grañon, the last town of La Rioja and we enter the region of Castilla via Cedecilla del Camino. After passing Castildelgado we arrive in Viloria de la Rioja, the birthplace of Santo Domingo de la Calzada. Here we arrive at Belorado and the end of today’s stage.
After resting at the hotel we can visit the Church of San Pedro and Santa Maria.

DAY 05 – STAGE 04

Belorado – Castrojeriz  – 95 km | 1.100 m

We leave Belorado and ride through typical villages of the Way as Tosantos, Villabistia, Espinosa del Camino and Villafranca Montes de Oca.
We begin the ascent to Monte de Oca, populated by pine woods, it will be the last shade the Camino offers us until the mountains of León. Further on, we visit the fountainhead of Mojapán and reach the Puerto de la Pedraia.
After a quick descent we arrive in San Juan de Ortega, an area with a strong medieval spirit. We can visit the Monastery de los Jerónimos, the chapel of St. Nicolas and the old hospital.
Next, we arrive in Atapuerca, known for its caves and prehistoric sites. Leaving the town we tackle a big uphill,  passing through Villabal and then, Burgos.
After we have rested and eaten in Burgos, we visit the monumental Cathedral of the fifteenth century.
We leave Burgos to discover the big plateau known as the “meseta”, passing through Villalbilla, Tardajos Rabe de la Calzadas y Hornillos del Camino.
We arrive in Castrojeriz where we spend the night.

DAY 06 – STAGE 05

Castrojeriz – Sahagún – 83 km | 700 m

Before continuing our trip we visit the pilgrim route that goes around the Castle Hill. We see the Gothic church of Santa Maria del Manzano, the church of San Juan and its beautiful cloisters.We face an uphill to get to Alto de Mosterales and follow the wide, flat land of Pisuerga which divides the provinces of Burgos and Palencia.
The Way leads us to Itero de la Vega and Bodilla with its huge church.
We travel in parallel to the Canal de Castilla and arrive at one of its weir, an impressive work of hydraulic engineering from the eighteenth century.
We get to Mista and visit the church of San Martín, one of the ‘pearls’ of the Way. The Gothic churches of San Pedro and Santa María del Castillo also deserve our admiration. At Carrión de los Condes we can visit the Templo de Santa María la Blanca. We continue on dirt roads to get to Sahagún, where we spend the night.

DAY 07 – STAGE 06

Astorga – Villafranca – 80 km | 1.600 m

We leave behind Astorga and pass through the cobbled streets of Castrillo de Polvazares to get to Rabanal del Camino where we begin the legendary climb to the Cruz de Ferro at 1,525 metres. A huge mountain of stones left by pilgrims supports the cross at the top of the pass. We then continue our on the Way and pass through an abandoned village called Manjarín in the Bierzo region.
We begin a steep downhill that leads us to Acebo, Riego de Ambro, Molinaseca, finally arriving in Ponferrada 500 meters above sea level .
This village has grown around an iron bridge built by the pilgrims. Its control was entrusted to the Templars, who built the Castle of the Temple in the twelfth century. We enter the plaza Major for the Torre del Reloj, a remnant of the medieval walls, and take a look at the Baroque Town Hall . We continue to other towns: Fuente Nuevas , Camponaraya and Cacabelos that had five churches and three hospitals testimony to its importance in the past as a station along the Way .The last effort of the day leads us to Villafranca del Bierzo. It is dominated by a hill topped with the castle of the Marquis of Villafranca in front of which we find the Sanctuary of Santiago. On another hill, above the Plaza Major, there is the church of San Francesco, founded by the saint himself.

DAY 08 – STAGE 07

Villafranca – Sarria – 83 km | 1.900 m

We leave Villafranca and start the climb to Ambasmestas, Herrerías and La Faba. From here we begin a steep uphill of 5 km with 525 meters of elevation gain. Riding through the Laguna de Castilla we enter O Cebreiro. We are now in Lugo, with the Galicia and its distinctive landscape in front of us. We continue on the Way to Liñares and Hospital de la Condesa, with continuous up and down we go through Padornelo and a final climb brings us to Alto del Poio at 1,350 metres. Countless villages adorn the Galician Way. Among them, Triacastela stands out for the length of its main street and its Church of Santiago with its Baroque tower. Riding on minor roads and forests we cross San Xil, Fontearcuda, Furela, Pitín y Calvor to finally arrive at Sarria. There are ruins of a castle from the fourteenth century, the Romanesque church of El Salvador, the old Hospital of San Antonio and the convent of Los Mercedarios, and the Gothic church, all part of its heritage. We spend the night in a cozy hostel.

DAY 09 – STAGE 08

Sarria – Melide – 58 km | 1.300 m

We leave Sarria and enter into a magical part of the Camino which crosses mystical forests that pass through charming villages like Puerto Leiman, Cortinas, Erea, Morgade, and finally, Portomarín . The ancient village lies near an artificial lake, with its medieval bridge. The new Puertomarín was rebuilt stone by stone, the church of San Nicolás. The facade of San Pedro and part of two Renaissance palaces have also been preserved. We exit town through a narrow metal bridge to follow our trail, which runs through an array of small villages, chapels, crosses, fountains and shelters for pilgrims and continues to climb up to Alto del Rosario, where the pilgrims use to recite a rosary before arriving in Palas do Rei .
Along a stretch of ancient pilgrim road, we cross authentic villages that bring us back to the middle ages.
After arriving at our hotel in Melide, we will have the opportunity to taste the famous “pulpo a la Gallega”.

DAY 10 – STAGE 09

Melide – Santiago – 57 km | 1.500 m

Today is the last stage of our pilgrimage. We will follow different types of terrain today, including field roads, forest tracks, trails and quiet roads. After passing Bonete and Castañeda we arrive in Arduous, the last town of the Camino, with its typical elongated shape. We cross the main street and see the church of Santa María Magdalena and Santiago. We leave the town across the fuente de los Franceses to continue until Pereiriña, Tavernabella, Calzada, Salceda, Xen, and Sirere Amenal. We come to Labacolla on a beautiful trail through the woods.
We continue through Villamayor, San Marcos and El Monte de Gozo, with one last climb of the Camino up to Santiago de Compostela.
We enter the city on bike in the old town heading to the Plaza del Obradoiro, where we will find the Cathedral, our final destination.

DAY 11

Transfer to Santiago Airport. End of services

YOUR GUIDE


Julian Bueno Risco

Julian Bueno Risco

Travel Logistic Coordinator & Guide

Julian Bueno is a geographer, photographer, traveler, digital-map-maker, bike lover and route & event designer. In this way, and as an active and passionate person, Julian has collaborated and published several spanish mountain bike guide books and he is an active member of the Spanish Mountain Bike School (EEMTB). He likes to share his passions and to discover new routes and friends, spending also time steering many people through different cycling destinations. Overall, he feels movement as part of his life and he used to participate in marathon, roller skates challenges and general long distance events. You can chat with him about life, GPS secrets and innovative cycling gadgets. Now, he is part of the Projecting Adventure Cyclism.

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ROME TO FLORENCE OFF ROAD

ROME TO FLORENCE OFF ROAD

13-22 May 2022

OVERVIEW

Discover the “Bel Paese”

Your ride starts next to the Colosseum in the heart of Rome and concludes in the Piazza della Signoria in Florence.

You will ride through several ancient trails like Via Francigena, the pilgrimage route from Canterbury to Rome. The ride will also include forest roads, mountain biking trails, low-traffic secondary and unpaved gravel roads.

One of the highlights of the tour are the Strade Bianche, which criss-crosses Tuscany and passes through the most breathtaking scenery in the region.

We have choose a mixture of local farm-stays and small hotels for your stays.

Tuscany is home to the Slow Food Movement: all of the food and wine provided is produced and prepared locally.

The most challenging aspect of this ride is the cumulative climbing with an average 1,500 meters of climbing per day.

This ride is designed to be challenging  hence you should be comfortable with riding 4-7 hours per day. You will be able to ride at your own speed, but you should come to the tour in good shape.


Refund and cancellation
Where, for whatever reason, one person is obliged to withdraw, the person must give written notice to Projecting Adventure Cyclism.
Refund will be calculated with this penalty:

Within 45 days from date of departure the penalty fare is 10% of the total cost of the trip.
-
Within 30 days from departure the penalty fare is 30% of the total cost of the trip.
-
Within 21 days from departure the penalty fare is 60% of the total cost of the trip.
-
Within 14 days from departure the penalty fare is 75 % of the total cost of the trip.
-
After this date no refund will be given.

No refunds for those who will not show at the start or withdraw during the course of the tour.
No refunds for those who could not make the tour due to lack or inaccuracy of the personal travel documents (i.e Visa or Passport).

Traveler understands that some destinations pose more risk than other destinations due to weather conditions, political conditions and the geography of the region. Traveler acknowledges that factors such as, but not limited to, weather conditions, landslides, floods, flight cancelations or delays, strikes, labor troubles, failure of power, restrictive governmental laws or regulations, riots, insurrection, war or other reason of a like nature not the fault of Projecting Adventure Cyclism (hereinafter “Force Majeure Event”) can hinder, delay or even prevent the Traveler’s ability to make or complete the trip. Traveler acknowledges that the Projecting Adventure Cyclism shall not be liable to Traveler for any delay or cancelation of the trip due to a Force Majeure Event. Traveler shall not be entitled to a refund or any other payment for damages from the Projecting Adventure Cyclism in the event that the trip is cancelled or delayed due to a Force Majeure Event. Please note that we are never responsible for any airfare ticket expenses.

The price includes

– Vehicles for the transport and assistance of luggage.
– Organizing and logistic team, including joker and mountain bike driver.
– 8 breakfasts, 8 lunches (en route) and 8 dinners.
– 8 overnight stays in hotels and rural houses in double or triple rooms, depending on the number of participants.

The price does not include

– Transport costs by plane and bicycle.
– Accommodation before and after the trip
– Lunch and dinner in Rome.
– Drinks and extra activities in hotels and rural houses.
– All services and extra transport before and after the trip.
– Transfer to the airport.
– Single room supplement.
– Everything not listed above PRICE INCLUDES.


  • Dates
    13-22 May 2022
  • Duration
    9 days
  • Stages
    8
  • Length
    620 km
  • Elevation
    12.000 m
  • Difficulty
    Medium/Hard
  • Price
    2.150 €

THE TRACK

THE STAGES

DAY 01

Rome
Arrival of riders in Rome. Briefing of presentation. Overnight in Hotel.

DAY 02 – STAGE 01
Roma – Bracciano – 95 km | 1.000 m

We start in the center of Rome, with a view of some of its most famous monuments. After the inevitable group photo with the Colosseum in the background we take a bike path that follows the Tevere River and leads us out of the city. We enter the quiet Roman country-side, cycle through the beautiful Veio Regional Park with some interesting single-track sections.
After lunch we will continue toward Bracciano Lake facing the wind that always blows from the sea to the interior during the afternoon. When we will spot the Bracciano Castle it’s time for the last downhill that will lead us to our hotel, right on the shore of the lake.

DAY 03 – STAGE 02
Bracciano-Tarquinia – 76 km | 1.700 m

We leave the peaceful shores of the Bracciano Lake for a stage that will lead us north, with continuous climbs and descents through the Tolfa Mountains. We can have an espresso in Canale Monterano before entering the Natural Reserve that we will cross through on a nice gravel road. Here it will be possible to admire the Maremman Cows, with their big horns, grazing quietly.
After a fast descent in the forest we will cross the Mignone river on an old, unused road. After a pretty steep uphill and a brief section on the old railway we will enter into the Tarquinia area, full of historical Etruscan tombs and ruins.
On the last climb of the day we will enter Tarquinia through the old door “Porta Castello”,  where our day ends.

DAY 04 – STAGE 03
Tarquinia-Lago di Mezzano – 80 km | 1.200 m

We start with an easy secondary road that will take us to Canino and the beginning of the Brigant Path, an old trail used until the 19th century by the outlaws that lived in this area. Near Castro we will experience our first Via Cava, old roads carved into the typical stone of this area named Tufo.
After lunch we will cross the Lamone Forest on one of its nice forest roads. This forest resembles the one mentioned by Dante in the first part of his Divine Comedy. The last part of the day is the most difficult, with steep uphill that will reward us with stunning views of the countryside and the sea – if we are lucky!
We will spend the night in the idyllic Mezzano Lake agritourism, tasting the fabulous food produced and cooked by the owner of the farm.

DAY 05 – STAGE 04
Lago di Mezzano-Saturnia – 70 km | 1.200 m

From Mezzano Lake we ride up to the little town of Latera. We are now riding in the Alta Tuscia, an area rich in Etruscan monuments. We visit the historical centers of Sorano, Pitigliano and Sovana before joining the nice winding road that will bring us to Saturnia.
The stage is mostly on wonderful country roads. After our lunch in Pitigliano we will ride into the spectacular ‘Vie Cave’: old roads built into the rocks by the Etruscan – the ancient inhabitants of Italy. We will spend the night near Saturnia, and have the chance to enjoy its famous hot springs.

DAY 06 – STAGE 05
Saturnia-Monte Amiata – 55 km | 2.200 m

Today is the day for the climbers. We have to reach the highest point of our tour on Mt. Amiata at 1,400 metres.
Mt. Amiata is an ancient volcano, now covered with a dense beech forest. We will reach the top following the Albegna River that we will cross several times during the day.
We start the ride from our agritourism and, after 3 kilometers, cross the Albegna River for the first time. We now have a steep, 5 kilometer climb to Rocchette di Fazio. After passing the river again on an old bridge, we follow a trail under the little town.
We take another difficult trail and cross the river once more. When we arrive in Roccalbegna, we fill our water bottles from one of its numerous fountains.
We then climb into the Natural Reserve of Monte Labbro at 1,000 metres, followed by a downhill ride to Aiole. Finally, we take the final forest road that brings us to Monta Amiata, first crossing a nice chestnut forest and then entering a shady beech forest that is interrupted only by a few nice meadows.

DAY 07 – STAGE 06
Monte Amiata-Pieve a Salti – 73 km | 1.500 m

We leave our cozy hotel near the top of Mt.Amiata and enter the forest to ride some fun single-track. After arriving at the Capo Vetra Shelter, we take a wide forest road until Vivo d’Orcia. It is a nice, long descent that will lead us in the Val d’Orcia Artistic, Nature and Cultural Park and the Province of Siena. At Castiglione D’Orcia, we take our first Strada Bianca or White Road.
We can visit the little town of Bagno Vignoni, famous for its main square that is actually a natural pool. After a technical uphill section we will stop for lunch near the beautiful Sant’Antimo Abbady. We then continue on white roads to Villa a Tolli, over Lume Spento Pass, and into Castiglione nel Bosco.
Our final destination is the farmhouse of Pieve a Salti, located just outside of the beautiful center of Buonconvento.

DAY 08 – STAGE 07
Pieve a Salti-Fonterutoli – 55 km | 1.000 m

From Pieve a Salti we ride to the historic center of Siena which has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is well known for its cuisine, art, museums, and medieval cityscapes.
In this stage we will ride part of the Eroica Route, a permanent bicycle route of about 200 kilometres, mostly on White Road. We will have lunch in Siena and stop to see the Piazza del Palio where the famous Horse Ride is held twice a year. After lunch we will enter the Chianti Hills where the famous wine of the same name is produced. Our final destination is the spectacular Fonterutoli Hamlet in the heart of the Chianti Classico region.

DAY 09 – STAGE 08
Fonterutoli-Firenze – 80 km | 1.700 m

The last stage brings us to the heart of our final destination: Florence.
From Fonterutoli we follow the Eroica route until Radda in Chianti. Here we start climbing to the beautiful town of Volpaia where we can stop for an espresso.
From here we enter the forest that will lead us to Monte San Michele, the highest point of the Chianti Hills. We will ride mostly on the ridge of the Chianti Hills until we reach Poggio alla Croce, where we have a beautiful view of the Valdarno. From here we follow secondary roads and a beautiful single-track that offers amazing views of Florence. We enter the city through a bike path that follows the Arno River and end our tour, after crossing Ponte Vecchio near The Duomo.
Our journey ends in a typical Osteria where we can taste the famous Fiorentina meat and the delicious cookies called Cantucci with a taste of Vin Santo.

End of tour and services. Participants can continue their travels in Italy or return to Rome on their own.

YOUR GUIDE


Roberto Gazzoli

Roberto Gazzoli

Travel Logistic Coordinator & Guide

Lover of cyclotourism since the late 90s, over the years has always tried to move a little more further the limits of his biking adventures. After several solo bike tour including Sardinia, Sicily, Corsica and Iceland, in 2006, he came in contact with Projecting Adventure Cyclism, former Progetto Avventura, participating in the Atacama Desert and Mongolia bike tour. Passionate about winter ultramarathon and endurance, he has participated in several editions of the Iditarod Trail Invitational in Alaska. In 2017 he raced the Tour Divide, 4.500 km from Canada to Mexico on a singlespeed. Since 2009, he joined the Projecting Adventure Cyclism taking care of various aspect of the Travel Agency. It deals with the creation, management and guiding of bike tour, in addition to maintain relationships with customers. Much of the information that you will receive will have his signature.

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OVERVIEW

It’s been a while since we wish to add the Arabic Peninsula to our tour’s catalog.

Looking for the right place we finally choose Oman, a country that has a stable polical situation, a good whaeter for riding in the winter season and a variety of landscape really surprising.

This little Sultanate is located in the south east side of the Arabic Peninsula, facing directly the Indian Ocean. This area was called by the Romans “Arabia Felix” that means Happy Arabia, this area is partially influenced by the Monson Season and it’s always been rich of aromatic drugs, like incenso.

From the seventies, under the guide of the Sultane Qaboos the country has developed in an armonic way, without the arctitectonic excess of the bordering countries line the EAU. The economy is not just linked on petrol (that is anyway available) but also on tourism, especially in the last years.

On our bike tour we will cross the Hajar Mountains. This mountain range cross the country from north to south. With its 3,000 meters peaks is a natural barrier that divides the white beaches facing the Indian Ocean and the Wahiba Sands Desert.

We enjoy a variety of landscapes: amazing sandy beaches, impressive canions rich of water (Wadi), sand dunes, savannah and rocky area to reach again the sea.

After one overnight in hotel in the capital Muscat, we will start our expeditions in a nomadic style, sleeping each night in tents in very special places. We will end our adventure on the beach, in the very east point of the arabic peninsula.

Finally, going back to Muscat we will have the chance to enjoy a pleasent night in this quiet and fascinating city.


Refund and cancellation
Where, for whatever reason, one person is obliged to withdraw, the person must give written notice to Projecting Adventure Cyclism.
Refund will be calculated with this penalty:

Within 45 days from date of departure the penalty fare is 10% of the total cost of the trip.
-
Within 30 days from departure the penalty fare is 30% of the total cost of the trip.
-
Within 21 days from departure the penalty fare is 60% of the total cost of the trip.
-
Within 14 days from departure the penalty fare is 75 % of the total cost of the trip.
-
After this date no refund will be given.

No refunds for those who will not show at the start or withdraw during the course of the tour.
No refunds for those who could not make the tour due to lack or inaccuracy of the personal travel documents (i.e Visa or Passport).

Traveler understands that some destinations pose more risk than other destinations due to weather conditions, political conditions and the geography of the region. Traveler acknowledges that factors such as, but not limited to, weather conditions, landslides, floods, flight cancelations or delays, strikes, labor troubles, failure of power, restrictive governmental laws or regulations, riots, insurrection, war or other reason of a like nature not the fault of Projecting Adventure Cyclism (hereinafter “Force Majeure Event”) can hinder, delay or even prevent the Traveler’s ability to make or complete the trip. Traveler acknowledges that the Projecting Adventure Cyclism shall not be liable to Traveler for any delay or cancelation of the trip due to a Force Majeure Event. Traveler shall not be entitled to a refund or any other payment for damages from the Projecting Adventure Cyclism in the event that the trip is cancelled or delayed due to a Force Majeure Event. Please note that we are never responsible for any airfare ticket expenses.

The price includes

  • 8 overnight (2 in Hotel, 5 in Camp, 1 in Resort on the beach)
  • Vehicles for luggage transportation
  • Logistic team with bike guides and drivers, cookers and helpers
  • Full-board during the bike stages.
  • Arrival Airport Transfer on December 28, 2020
  • Departure Airport Transfer on January 5, 2021

The price does not include

  • Flight ticket and overbaggage
  • Visa on arrival (about €15)
  • Lunch on the arrival day (December 28)
  • Extra services and alcoholic drinks in hotels and resort.
  • Extra services and transportation before December 28 and after January 5.
  • Single room or single tent supplement
  • Everything not present in “The price include”


  • Dates
    ON DEMAND
  • Duration
    8 days
  • Stages
    5
  • Length
    350 km
  • Elevation
    4.900 m
  • Difficulty
    Medium
  • Price
    2.500 €

THE TRACK

THE STAGES

DAY 01

Arrival in Muscat must be whitin 2.00 p.m. on this day. We will organize your hotel/airport transfer. Bike need to be set up. In the late afternoon we will have a briefing to introduce the staff and all the participants. Dinner in the hotel.

DAY 02 – STAGE 01

Wadi Dayqah Dam – Fins – 70 km | 650 m

We leave Muscat early, to move to the beginning of our first bike stage (approximately 120 km of transfer). Our starting point is placed in the presence of the imposing Wadi Dayqah Dam. From here we start pedaling heading towards the sea, along a dirt road that winds through the mountains. Once we arrive at the coast we continue south until we reach our camp on the beach near Fins.

DAY 03 – STAGE 02

Fins – Beehive Tombs – 40 km | 2.200 m

This stage is as challenging as it is spectacular. We continue a little bit along the coast before start our crossing of the Hajar mountains to reach the plateau overlooking the sea. The initial part of the climb is really tough, a continuous series of hairpin turns allow us literally to climb the mountain, leaving the sea below us. Once we reach the plateau we will cross some solitary villages before reaching our final destination: the camp located near a number of ancient tombs dating back to 2000 BC and declared World Heritage.

DAY 04 – STAGE 03

Beehive Tombs – Wadi Bani Khalid – 100 km | 1.050 m

We continue for about 5 km on the plateau before starting a long downhill that allows us to complete the crossing of the Hajar Mountain Range. Once in the valley, we will leave soon the main road to ride in a spectacular trail that develops between multi colored rock formations. The last part of the day, on asphalt, will take us to get to the special place that we chose to spend the night.

Do not forget your swimsuit!

DAY 05

Wadi Bani Khalid – Wahiba Sands

Day off from bike. We can spend the morning trekking on the Wadi and it’s cave, or just swimming in the amazing natural pools. After lunch we will move with the 4×4 to reach the sand dunes of the Wahiba Desert and enjoy the sunset.

DAY 06 – STAGE 04

Wadi Bani Khalid  – Camp – 72 km | 500 m

The day begins with a transfer of about 70 km. We start riding the bike near a village and cross an area of low shrubs coasting the southern end of the Hajar Mountains. The desert will be far away to our right and to our left the mountains. The mountains will leave places to a vast plan where the spaces and distances will expand considerably. The fast track will lead us towards the north to our camp.

DAY 07 – STAGE 05

Camp – Al Hadd – 68 km | 100 m

Last stage of our bike tour. We continue all day riding north, through fast tracks where on the bikes we will suffer  the presence of the typical road corrugations caused by 4×4 cars. The points of reference will be made up of rocky masses of different colors that we will  see in the distance. Gradually we will feel the presence of the sea.  Our track ends near a lagoon; from here we miss the last kilometers of coastal road, to reach the end of our adventure.

DAY 08

Morning by the sea with possible extra activities. In the early afternoon transfer to Muscat, dinner and night in hotel (or direct transfer to the arport for early departure)

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Willy Mulonia

Willy Mulonia

Founder & President

Willy Mulonia, expert lonely traveler and cyclist for more than 30 years. He made several solo expeditions, but the most important is without a doubt the 28,640 bike trip from Ushuaia (Patagonia) to Prudhoe Bay (Alaska). He raced in the Crocodile Trophy (Australia) in ’98 and the famous IditaBike (Alaska) in 1999, 2000, 2018, 2019 & 2020 as well as many other mountain bike stage races all over the world. In 2003 he founded the bike travel agency Progetto Avventura, now renamed Projecting Adventure Cyclism. In 2010, with the help of all the team of PA-Cyclism he created the Mongolia Bike Challenge, one of the most important MTB stage race in the world. Today you can find him guiding most the tour offered by Projecting Adventure Cyclism.

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NEW YEAR´S EVE IN COSTA RICA

NEW YEAR’S EVE IN COSTA RICA

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December 26 2022 to January 05 2023

OVERVIEW

At PA-CYCLING we can´t stop searching for new exotic destinations for you. This time we present you an incredible itinerary in the ecotourism mecca: Costa Rica. In our 10 days trip we will be riding from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea passing through jungles, cloud forest, volcanoes, waterfalls; all this from our bicycle at the same time that we discover all the exuberant flora and fauna of this country of only 51,000 km2 but which contains 6% of all the biodiversity on the planet.

Our adventure starts pedaling from the mountains of the southwest of Costa Rica´s Central Valley to the Pacific Coast. It will be an excellent way to start our tour, with a nice mix of rural landscapes, jungle and a great beachfront ending.

In the second stage we continue on the Pacific Coast, visiting the “Peñon de Guacalillo” with its famous cliff. After the mandatory stop at the “Crocodiles Bridge” we take our transportation to the Monteverde Cloud Forest, where we will have our first day off. You can use this day doing of the many activities that this beautiful destination have to offer: canopy, handging bridges walks, night walks, among others.
Back on the bike, our third day will be the longest and hardest route of the itinerary; but also one of the most spectacular, we descend from the Monteverde mountains to the shore of Lake Arenal which we will be riding alongside for a few kilometers until we finish our tour at the slopes of the Arenal Volcano. Here we will celebrate the news year eve in a special dinner!

After the celebration we have our second day off in La Fortuna de San Carlos, another destination with lots of activities to choose from.

And with the recharged energies we face the last two bike tours. The first of them descending from the Central Volcanic Cordillera of Costa Rica to the Caribbean plains with its extensive jungles and varied cultivation areas. A

Our bicycle tours will end with a mainly flat coastal route, where we finally reach the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica and we can cool off on the spectacular Manzanillo beach, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful in this country.

One last night of celebration and half a day more on the beach before taking our transport back to San José, where we will take the respective flights to our places of origin.


Refund and cancellation

Where, for whatever reason, one person is obliged to withdraw, the person must give written notice to Project Adventure Cycling.

Refund will be calculated with this penalty:

– Within 45 days from date of departure the penalty fare is 10% of the total cost of the trip.
– Within 30 days from departure the penalty fare is 30% of the total cost of the trip.
– Within 21 days from departure the penalty fare is 50% of the total cost of the trip.
– Within 14 days from departure the penalty fare is 75 % of the total cost of the trip.
– After this date no refund will be given.

There will be no refunds for those who do not show up at the start of the trip or withdraw during the course of the tour.
There will be no refunds for those who are unable to start or complete the tour due to a lack or inaccuracy of personal travel documents (i.e Visa or Passport).

The traveller understands that some destinations pose more of a risk than other destinations due to weather conditions, socio-political situations and the geography of the region. The traveller acknowledges that factors such as, but not limited to, weather conditions, landslides, floods, flight cancellations or delays, strikes, labour issues, power failures, restrictive governmental laws or regulations, riots, insurrection, war or other (hereinafter called “Force Majeure Event”) are not the fault of Project Adventure Cycling and may hinder, delay or even prevent the Traveller’s ability to make or complete the trip. The traveller acknowledges that the Project Adventure Cycling shall not be liable to the traveller for any delay or cancellation of the trip due to a Force Majeure Event. The traveler is neither entitled to a refund nor any other payment for damages from the Project Adventure Cycling in the event that the trip is cancelled or delayed due to a Force Majeure Event. Please note that we are never responsible for any airfare ticket expenses.

 

COVID 19

In the event that you are unable to fly due to COVID 19 restrictions because of a declared state of emergency, PA Cycling, SL, guarantees:

RETURN OF QUOTE* (Except for expenses incurred up to the time of cancellation of the trip)

QUOTA FREEZE UNTIL NEXT DEPARTURE*.

FEE FREEZE UNTIL THE DEPARTURE OF ANY OTHER TRIP ORGANISED BY PA-CYCLING, SL*.

* The above conditions ARE NOT VALID in the case of a positive individual.

THE PRICE INCLUDE

  • Two PA-Cyclism guides riding with the group.
  • Welcome dinner.
  • 6 bicycle routes according to itinerary.
  • 9 nights accommodation in double rooms in the above mentioned hotels or similar.
  • Transfers to and from the airport.
  • Assembly of the bicycles and packing at the end of the itinerary.
  • All internal transfers in luxury minibus with AC.
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners. (some breakfasts and lunches could be taken on the road or during transfers for logistical and itinerary reasons).
  • Support vehicle/Broom.
  • Mechanic on the course.
  • Assistance stations with moisturizer, water, snacks, fruits, soft drinks, etc.
  • Luggage transfer.
  • Rafting on the Sarapiqui River.
  • Entrance to the Monteverde Reserve.
  • Visit to Tenorio National Park and Rio Celeste (free day in La Fortuna).
  • Complimentary beers at the end of the bike ride.
  • Group travel insurance.

THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Flight ticket and overbaggage.
  • Extra services and activities.
  • Extra cost in case of logistic changes.
  • Everything not present in “The price include”


  • Dates
    December 26 2022 to January 05 2023
  • Duration
    10 days
  • Stages
    6
  • Length
    350 km
  • Elevation
    2.350 m
  • Difficulty
    Medium
  • Price
    2.700 €

THE TRACK

THE STAGES

Day 01 – Arrival in Costa Rica

Arrival in Costa Rica. Our staff will be waiting for you at the Juan Santamaría Airport to make the transfer to our hotel. In the evening we will have a welcome dinner and explanation of the itinerary for the following days.

Day 02 – STAGE 01 – 75 km – 1.500 m – Puriscal – Playa Hermosa

After breakfast we make a one hour transfer to the picturesque city of Puriscal, nestled in the middle of the mountains in the southwest of the Central Valley of Costa Rica. From here we start our first bike tour along a rural road that will take us to the Pacific coast, specifically to Playa Hermosa, in the Central Pacific. On the tour we will enjoy rural landscape, mountains, jungle, river crossing and finally a few kilometers by the sea until we reach our beach Front hotel.

Day 03 – STAGE 02 – 60 km – 1.320 m – Tarcoles – Monteverde

We start our second bike tour from our hotel, first riding on asphalt, but when we reach Jaco Town we take a steep gravel climb in the middle of the jungle with ramps of up to 20%. The reward for this ascent will be the panoramic view that we will have of the Pacific coast. After enjoying the view we begin the descent to the town of Bijagual and the Tárcoles area, also with spectacular views of the Pacific.

We reach the asphalt and cross the Tárcoles river, where we can appreciate the many crocodiles that live on its banks. We will have one last ascent to finish our tour in the Pozón de Orotina area, where we enjoy a typical Costa Rican lunch before taking our transportation to the Monteverde area.

Day 04 – STAGE 03 – Monteverde – Monteverde

The first activity of the day is to visit the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. The characteristic cloud forest of the area is famous in the world, what we call clouds is actually mist produced by high humidity at a height of 1,600 meters above sea level. The humidity which comes from the Caribbean Sea towards the Pacific Ocean, is trapped around the branches of the tallest trees, harboring a prosperous ecosystem below.
In fact, while the entire country of Costa Rica represents 0.03% of the land mass on the planet, the Monteverde Cloud Forest houses 2.5% of the total world’s biodiversity.

We will have about 3 hours to walk through this impressive forest and learn its secrets.

Once we finish our visit we will enjoy some snacks before continue with our bike tour. We will make a descent towards the San Luis valley with spectacular views of the Gulf of Nicoya. This is a more agricultural area than Monteverde but it always maintains the same natural essence. Leaving San Luis behind we must take the ascent back to reach our hotel in Monteverde, where we will arrive in time for lunch. It is a short but explosive route due to the mountainous area.

Day 05 – STAGE 04 – Monteverde – La Fortuna de San Carlos

Today we have the hardest route of our itinerary. We leave Monteverde behind riding up and down in a gravel road that gives us impressive landscapes of the mountains, while we cross small rural towns whose inhabitants subsist on agricultural activities: dairy cattle and some crops such as coffee, sugar cane or the tomato.

At a certain point, the path abruptly pulls down and leaves us on the shore of Lake Arenal. This artificially formed lake in the 1970s is the largest in Costa Rica, and its waters, in addition to being used for recreation and landscaping, are also a source of hydroelectric power in various projects.

The next section will be flatter, always pedaling along the lake shore and with a change in the climate and vegetation: we leave the high altitude cloud forest behind to now pedal through the rain tropical forest. As the kilometers pass, the majestic Arenal volcano is discovered before us, which with its 1600 meters above sea level and its perfect cone is one of the best-known images of Costa Rica. Our tour ends precisely in the town that is located on the slopes of this volcano: La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Highly recommended towards the end of the day to visit any of the famous thermal water spas in the area, whose waters are born directly from the hot veins of Arenal.

 

Day 06 – La Fortuna

Today we have a free day of the bicycle. We are going to visit the nearby Tenorio National Park and the “Rio Celeste” river; one of the “must see” at Costa Rica.

Day 07 – STAGE 05 – 50 km – 500 m – La Fortuna – Hacienda Pozo Azul

We start our tour directly from our hotel. Today we will combine asphalt sections with gravel.

The Northern Zone of Costa Rica is one of the most agricultural in our country and for this reason we will have various crops along the way: cassava, orange, pineapple, among others.We finish our tour at Hacienda Pozo Azul, in the Virgen de Sarapiqui area. Here we will be having lunch and leaving the bike behind to take the boats and navigate the waters of the Sarapiqui River, with its class II-III rafting.

Day 08 – STAGE 06 – 75 km – 500 m – Limón – Manzanillo Beach

Our last bike tour begins on the outskirts of the city of Limón, where we arrived after a transfer of about 2 hours.

This last route will be mostly on tarmac, but the presence of the Caribbean Sea next to it in almost all the route will give us the necessary motivation for our last kilometers.

Our final stop will be Manzanillo Beach, totally in the South Caribbean, where we will enjoy a traditional rice and beans and we can celebrate the end of our itinerary while we take a bath in the warm turquoise waters of the Caribbean.

Day 09

In the morning you will have some free time to enjoy of the sea and the town of Puerto Viejo. In the afternoon we will have the transfer back to San José.

Day 10

The time has come to say goodbye to Costa Rica. Our staff will be transferring to Juan Santamaría Airport to take the flights back to home. ¡Pura Vida Amigos!

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Julian Bueno Risco

Julian Bueno Risco

Travel Logistic Coordinator & Guide

Julian Bueno is a geographer, photographer, traveler, digital-map-maker, bike lover and route & event designer. In this way, and as an active and passionate person, Julian has collaborated and published several spanish mountain bike guide books and he is an active member of the Spanish Mountain Bike School (EEMTB). He likes to share his passions and to discover new routes and friends, spending also time steering many people through different cycling destinations. Overall, he feels movement as part of his life and he used to participate in marathon, roller skates challenges and general long distance events. You can chat with him about life, GPS secrets and innovative cycling gadgets. Now, he is part of the Projecting Adventure Cyclism.

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