|Difficulty: Rugged climb with a lot of gradients.|
|Best feature: The long, fun descent. The beautiful Papagayo Beaches at the end.|
|Type of terrain: Asphalt at the start, then rocky dirt tracks.|
|Of interest on the route: A walk to appreciate the sheer age of these mountains.|
- Distancia 26.42 km
- Tiempo 2 h 0 min
- Velocidad 14.0 km/h
- Min. Elevación 6 m
- Max. Altura 378 m
- Desnivel + 655 m
- Desnivel - 656 m
The route: Mixed. Start on tarmac, then off road.
You’ll have to start on the road but as soon as you see some houses on the right, take an uphill track along physically very demanding and rocky ground. Continue up to Femés (up a very steep road) and from there go up to the top ridge of the mountain along Calle del Filo, and enjoy the view.
After reaching the highest point, called Degollada del Portugués, there is a fun descent for almost 5 kilometres. It is important not to miss the turn-off to the Barranco Parrado ravine which is at the end of a long straight section of path. Once at the bottom, there is a short ride for a few kilometres parallel to the coast. And at the end you’ll be delighted by the famous Papagayo beaches.
Photo: Víctor Hernández [instagram.com/victorhdl]