Costa Rica vacation Mountain Biking Extraordinaire!
Costa Rica has exceptional mountain biking, from rugged mountain 4×4 tracks to gentle downhill. We have explored over 80 bike routes all over Costa Rica, so you have numerous choices on what you can try… from deep forest cover to spectacular open views; from isolated jungle trails to inter-village pathways; from nearly vertical mountains to flatter, more open spaces; from gentle ups and downs to solid, hair-raising descents; from beaches to volcanoes to rivers to forests; from 3 hours to 9 days.
Costa Rica Bike Routes
The best biking is in the area around Turrialba, which includes some archeological sites as well as great sparkling pools begging you to jump in.
For those who are immune to the sun, you can reach the Caribbean Coast in two or three days of riding from Turrialba (Moderate/Strenuous, about 16 hours of biking total).
Or you can follow developed foot trails through a wilder part of Costa Rica, ascending the spine of the country near Cerro de la Muerte (about 8000 ft. altitude), sleep in the cloud forest, then descend to a Pacific beach.
Starting from the mountainous area of the Central Valley west of San Jose, you can reach the Cloud Forest area, and strong bikers can make it to the Arenal volcano (strenuous uphill, steep downhill, about 12 hours of biking total) on back roads used only by local horses and a few tractors.
You can include biking as one activity in your trip, or develop an entire vacation around it.
Do you want to combine road and trail riding? We’ve found a route that enables you to cross the whole country, coast to coast, with almost no other traffic except a few horses and oxcarts.
How do you like this idea — from your arrival at the airport until you reboard your flight, you are either on bike, or in white water, or on foot. Once the 4×4 has transported you beyond the terrible city traffic near the airport you never once see the inside of a motorized vehicle (though the 4WD is with you the whole way to the beach). If your “purity” isn’t quite so demanding, you can jump into the 4×4 for the steep ascents, or for the air conditioning.
Mountain biking Costa Rica Serendipity Style
Where ever you ride with Serendipity, you will be accompanied by a bilingual guide and there’s always a 4WD nearby to carry supplies, equipment, and a comfortable place to collapse after (or during) the journey. Our excellent front suspension bikes are well maintained, or you may bring your own bike, and we’ll store your bike box while with us.
Serendipity offers ONLY PRIVATE BIKE ITINERARIES — we DO NOT combine independent groups, rent bikes or provide route maps independently of our guides and support equipment.
All biking trips are outfitted with a front-suspension bike, helmet, gloves, water bottle, energy bars and other trail-mix snacks, biking guide, support vehicle, two-way radios to communicate with support vehicle, Serendipity’s excellent First Aid kit (which includes Epi-pen and full road rash supplies), bike repair equipment (plus a spare bike with the support vehicle), and a Serendipity bike leader — bilingual, certified and current in CPR and First Aid, and very knowledgeable about the bike options in the area.
Want some great biking, set to your own pace of travel? Just ask us at Serendipity. We’ll design your adventure, then come along to enjoy it with you.
For examples of how mountain biking can be incorporated into your active Costa Rican vacation, have a look at the sample itineraries of private Costa Rica vacations.
The first step to enjoying a Serendipity adventure is to contact us.