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The competition, set for Aug. 23, 2014, is a unique adventure race – the only 100-mile mountain bike race in Latin America, and the only race in the world to circumnavigate an active volcano, according to press information.
Located in Costa Rica’s northwestern Guanacaste province, Rincón de la Vieja is the largest volcano in the region. Standing 6,286 feet tall, its caldera is nine miles (15 km) wide. The adjacent dormant Santa Maria Volcano stands even taller at 6,307 feet. The Rincón de la Vieja Volcano and National Park were declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999.
Mountain bikers from all over will test their stamina and skill riding 100 miles (160 km) clockwise around the volcano through five microclimates – from the Northern Pacific dry plains of Guanacaste up over Costa Rica’s Continental Divide to lush cloud forests, across rivers, around the smoldering Rincón de la Vieja Volcano to where it meets the Miravalles Volcano, and back to the finish line.
Starting at 5:30 a.m. from the Las Pailas entrance to the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park, competitors have 12 hours to ride gravel roads, red clay tracks, river and volcanic rock trails, smooth white ash roads and “dog’s teeth” calcite rock trails – with close to 11,000 feet of elevation gain – to reach the finish.
Race entrance information can be found at Rincon de la Vieja Challenge. Event headquarters will be at Rincon de la Vieja hotel Hacienda Guachipelin. You can make reservations online. The Guanacaste hotel is located 15.5 miles (25 km) northeast of Guanacaste’s principal city of Liberia.
Article by Shannon Farley
Costa Rica continues to be a magnet for adventure racing, high-endurance extreme sports and triathlons. Top international athletes travel to Costa Rica several times a year for sport competitions and events.
The north Pacific Guanacaste region is one of the most popular zones for extreme endurance events. In early March 2014, the International Triathlon Union (ITU) will hold the 2014 Pan American Cup at Playa Hermosa in Guanacaste. The XTERRA off-road triathlon race comes to Costa Rica also in March, staging their major international competition March 29 and 30 at Playa Conchal in Guanacaste. Costa Rica’s top triathlete Leonardo Chacon took first place at the XTERRA USA competition last year in Hawaii, and is looking to repeat his win this year.
Last year in December, Costa Rica hosted the 2013 Adventure Racing World Championships, in which 60 teams from around the world competed non-stop crossing the country 850km north to south and east to west. In June 2013, the North Face Endurance Challenge, involving 80k, 50k, 21k and 10k adventure runs happened at Hacienda Guachipelin at the rugged Rincón de la Vieja Volcano in Guanacaste.
Coming again in 2014 to Rincón de la Vieja is the second annual Rincón de la Vieja Challenge mountain biking endurance race – on Aug. 23. Held last year for the first time, the 100-mile (160 km) adventure race was the first of its kind in Costa Rica and Latin America to circumnavigate an active volcano.
Like in 2013, elite riders from all over the world will test their stamina and skill riding around the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano, the largest in Costa Rica’s northwest at 6,286 feet tall. The route travels over roads of gravel, red clay, smooth white calcium rock, and on single track, river and volcanic rock trails – with a total elevation gain of 10,862 feet (3,311 meters).
“One of the interesting aspects of Rincón de la Vieja for adventure racing is its different terrain and microclimates,” commented Hacienda Guachipelin owner Jose Tomas Batalla. “There is savannah, tropical forest, desert, and cloud forest, and the weather changes as you go up in elevation.”
Explore Rincón de la Vieja on your own adventure at Hacienda Guachipelin eco-lodge. The first-class lodge, right next to the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park, offers guests and visitors a complete adventure center with canopy ziplines, canyoning, waterfall rappelling, river tubing, horseback riding, mountain biking, nature trails, and natural volcanic hot springs.
Article by Shannon Farley
The North Face ® Endurance Challenge 2013 is an endurance race of 10 km, 21 km, 50 km and 80 km long. This race is part of an international circuit organized by The North Face and seeks to promote physical activity in the nature of safe and responsible manner, applying the philosophy of minimal impact, and also encourage the practice of trail running or mountain trail use to run.
The story of The North Face Endurance Challenge begins in 2006. When searching for Dean Karnazes (ultra marathoner well known in USA) to run 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 consecutive days, also known as The North Face Endurance 50 Endurance Challenge the idea was then born.
Launched in 2007, The North Face Endurance Challenge Series is committed to encourage riders to their limits and promote the sport of ultra-trail running. The circuits were designed to challenge even the most experienced riders, and also please the new trail running enthusiasts, and in turn incorporate the beautiful scenery of the venue.
This is a career that includes categories for people who are getting started in the sport, intermediate and expert. The courses are developed by natural terrain and difficulty of these varies according to different circuits.
The North Face Endurance Challenge now has a circuit in the United States made up New York, Washington, DC, Georgia, Kansas and California.
Due to the wide appeal of the brand and its growth in Latin America, The North Face decided to create a Latin American circuit that will accommodate the same characteristics of the circuit in the U.S. and allows us to offer our brand consumers worldwide a series of races with unique scenarios, different climates and with the stamp of quality The North Face Endurance Challenge.
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The 2011 Costa Rica EcoPhoto Challenge will taking place this year from August 13th to August 20th. This unique event will be sponsored by EcoGuide Costa Rica and X-Ray Magazine.
The event will include underwater shooting in oceans, mountains, volcanoes, and jungles of Costa Rica. The highlights include the Natural Park in Guanacaste and touring the steamy summit of Volcan Rincon de la Vieja, while underwater bull sharks, reef sharks, and other large fish. More information on the event can be obtained through the official website http://www.ecoweekcostarica.com/ .
EcoWeek Costa Rica is an annual Celebration of the Environment and Culture of Costa Rica. Throughout the week from August the 13th to August 19th, Costa Rica will celebrate its environment with a series of events and activities for both nationals and visiting tourist.
Carly Ward, a 24 year old canadian citizen with type 1 diabetes, is going to conquer Rincon de la vieja, one of the active volcanoes in Guancaste, Costa Rica’s northern province. The hike is programed for May 7, 2011.
Carly is part of Team Diabetes Canada. Team Diabetes Canada is the national activity fundraising program for the Canadian Diabetes Association that promotes a healthy and active lifestyle to all Canadians. It raises funds for the provision of education and services, while advocating for our cause and breaking ground toward a cure.
Type 1 diabetes is fatal unless treated with insulin. It is known as juvenile diabetes. The treatment must be continued indefinitely in all cases.
About Rincon de la Vieja: it is a World Heritage site, as declared by UNESCO. It is one of the 5 active volcanoes in Costa Rica. It has an altitude of 1.895 meters. Rincon de la vieja was declared National Park in 1974.
From all of the staff members at Hacienda Guachipelin, we wish Carly and Team Diabetes Canada the best. We will be around in the event that we can be of any assistance.
This coming February 24th, Futuropa is holding its annual event “European Travel Market”. This event is the perfect opportunity to match property owners with the best travel agents and tour operators who specialize in selling Costa Rica to the european travels and TTOO.
This year the event will take place in the Aurola Holiday Inn, in Downtown San Jose, Costa Rica. It will start at 8:30 am. There will be lots of important information regarding this important market, like the official strategy to approach this market, trends, travelers profiles and other important data that can help property owners market their product better.
For more information please email to email@example.com call directly to Futuropa to +506-2291-4542
Hacienda Guachipelin is a mountain hotel specialized in nature and adventure and traditions. Hacienda Guachipelin is popular among the European travelers, and will be participating at this event.
The Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin, located near the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, will be receiving local and international mountain bike competitors on Sunday June 7th.
The National Costa Rican Mountain Bike Marathon will cover an area of 72 kilometers that will range from white volcanic dirt roads to rivers and mountain trails. The competition is open to all elite and experienced bikers as it will require endurance and the mastering of mountain biking techniques on behalf of the competitor. The 72 kilometer distance will cover heights from 150 meters above sea level to the highest peak of El Chorro at 669 meters above sea level.
This Hotel in Guanacaste has released its special Mountain Bike Marathon rate for all competitors, friends and family that will head out to Guanacaste for the event. For as low as USD $40.00 per person, guests at the Hacienda will receive lodging in a double occupancy room, breakfast, buffet dinner and a pass to the relaxing thermal waters.
In addition to the special lodging rate, the Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin has offered unbeatable discounts for their exhilarating tours. The most popular adventure tour at the Hacienda is the Tubing Tour in which visitors zip down white waters on an inflated tire tube. Zip lining through the canopy of the Guanacaste dry tropical forest as well as horseback riding to spectacular lookout points are just a few of the many adventures available at the Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin.
Special rates for the adventure tours during the Mountain Bike Marathon are:
• Tubing Tour: USD$25 per person
• Canopy Tour: USD$20 per person
• Horseback Riding Tour: USD$15 per person
“We cannot think of a better place for the National Mountain Bike Marathon to take place. The scenery and terrain surrounding the Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin makes one of the most exciting, demanding and beautiful natural competition courses one can imagine.” “By hosting this high adrenaline competition, we are certain that our property and adventure tours will provide the perfect compliment for everyone,” said Jose Tomas Batalla, owner of the Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin.
The route map for GPS and Google Earth maps are available for download at the Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin’s Facebook profile.
Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin in Rincon de la Vieja, Guanacaste, is a proud member of the Guanacaste Chamber of Tourism, the Costa Rican Chamber of Tourism, and the Costa Rican Hotel Chamber. The Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin bears the Code of Conduct Stamp.
This event is planed by Henry Perez from BikeCR.com
For reservations please send an email to info+guachipelin.com