Canadian Cycling Magazine - - COSTA RICA -

How to get there Canada’s ma­jor air­lines fly di­rect from Toronto to Liberia. From here, you can cycle clock­wise or coun­ter­clock­wise around the Ni­coya.

When to go The best months for cycling Ni­coya are Jan­uary to March. Dur­ing this time, the rainy sea­son is a dis­tant mem­ory, which means river cross­ings are much more man­age­able. The trade-off is that cer­tain roads be­come very dusty.

The Ni­coya is not a place where you’re go­ing to pound out 100-km days. Rough roads, hot temps and sight­see­ing will work against your dis­tance goals. Ideally, you should set aside about two weeks to make a full loop.

What to bring There are not a lot of op­tions for multi-day bike ren­tals: you should bring your own ride from home. You can go with tra­di­tional pan­niers or set your­self up bikepack­ing style with frame bags. Be sure to run tires that are 2.1" or wider with some grip.

Where to stay Ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions in­clude ex­pen­sive ho­tels, bud­get-friendly cab­i­nas (fam­ily-owned guest houses) and free camp­ing on the beach.

Where to eat Fam­ily-run restau­rants called so­das are your best bet for rea­son­ably priced calo­ries. Nearly ev­ery mid­size town has at least one. Also, you’re never too far from small gro­cery stores where you can get a cold drink, ice cream or food sup­plies for self-cater­ing.

How to find your way Pa­per maps won’t be very help­ful for nav­i­gat­ing around the Ni­coya. We used Ride with gps to plot the roads and trails we wanted to take, and then up­loaded the routes to our head units. To see our 420-km Ni­coya loop, head to my Ride with gps pro­file, mkadey, and search Routes and Rides for “Ni­coya.”

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