We headed out to the trails that afternoon. We found them buffed and immaculate, with epic views of a tantalizingly cool ocean below.
We cruised through the Costa Rican jungle behind our guide down bermy, winding singletrack, the leafy canopy overhead providing some blessed shade from the mid-day tropical sun
Exploring the extensive and scenic trail system of the Pura Vida Mountain Bike Park was definitely one of the highlights of the entire trip.
Back at the beach, we aimed straight for the cool outdoor shower. It would take a few days to adjust from Canadian winter temperatures to the humid tropical climate.
The bike maintenance clinic went through all the basics for us, including yes, fixing a flat. Something I'd always embarrassingly relied on the guys I ride with to fix for me.
Johanna is all smiles riding high above the Pacific with the Catalina Islands scattered in the background.
The evening outdoor yoga sessions were a godsend to tired legs and bodies in need of a little quiet stretching and meditation
The trails here were perfectly suited to beginner to intermediate level riders, with easy climbs and fantastic downhill flow.
Some muddy, rooty and rocky trails with the odd creek crossing thrown in provide some fun challenges for our small group.
We dart under rainbows with the summit of the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano shielded in shifting mists behind us
Hot and sweaty from the ride? Jump into a deliciously fresh pool that flows down from the flanks of the volcano above.
If you're feeling adventurous you can traverse in behind the rushing waterfall and then dive off the mossy rocks on the far side.
A visit to the El Bosque Nuevo Butterfly Farm has us all playing and chasing butterflies for an hour while giggling like schoolgirls
Riding through the countryside we get a feel for the local culture and lifestyle as we wind through small villages and farms.
The final day was spent relaxing on the coastline. Morning Yoga - a perfect way to start the day - and then swimming in the sea. Here's the exact millisecond before Johanna accidentally dives straight into a small school of jellyfish... ouch.
Perfectly suited to watch when the school of dolphins suddenly started popping up and playing all around our boat.
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