Costa Rica is a mountain biker's dream. In addition to having some of the world's most breathtaking and diverse scenery, it's also criss-crossed by a variety of tracks, paths, and cattle trails so that we can experience all the diversity of this land while staying off-road for 40% of our journey.
Our 5-day mini-trip, 60% of which is downhill, crosses the Continental Divide and winds its way through rain forests, traditional farmlands, national parks and lakeshores. In addition to exhilarating mountain biking, you'll also receive expert instruction from our qualified instructors, enjoy a relaxing soak in a volcanic hot spring, and enjoy lively evenings in our carefully selected restaurants and lodges.
Our Costa Rica mountain bike tour is ideal for beginner and intermediate mountain bikers who wish to develop their all-round riding skills. Our expert instructors will work with you to develop your riding technique, your confidence, and your technical knowledge. Beginners will learn critical skills such as climbing, descending, cornering, balance and weight distribution. Intermediates will work on these skills as well as more advanced techniques such as drop offs, basic front and back wheel lifts, and switchbacks. Our instructors will also teach you about bike mechanics, maintenance and repairs, and responsible trail use.
DAY 1: Arrive & Relax Pick-up from Juan Santamaria International Airport. Check into modern hotel just outside the city.
DAY 2: Costa Rica Bike Tour Begins Warm-up ride and mountain bike instruction on scenic pasture lands, rain forests and sugar cane plantations. Ride double tracks, cattle farm roads and some gravel roads. End in a riverside resort.
DAY 3: Bike & Hot Springs Off-road biking through the town of La Fortuna to the base of Arenal Volcano. Evening dinner at the natural hot springs with view of the volcano. Stay at mountain resort.
DAY 4: Bike the Shores of Arenal Mountain bike instruction continues with ride around southern shore of Lake Arenal. River and creek crossings with lots of varying terrain. After lunch, cross Lake Arenal by boat and return to mountain resort.
DAY 5: Depart Breakfast. Drop-off at Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO).
Our Costa Rica Mountain Bike Mini-Trip is ideal for beginner and intermediate mountain bikers who wish to explore the very best of Costa Rica's magical scenery in a short time frame. The trip provides a great introduction to downhill and multi-terrain riding but does not require any previous mountain biking experience, although a strong level of comfort riding a bike is required. Van support is available for those who get tired.
Excellent multi-terrain and off-road trails for beginner & intermediate riders
Expert instruction & knowledgeable local naturalist guides
Experience the full spectrum of Costa Rica's diverse scenery: rainforests, volcanoes, and working farms
Shorter itinerary to accommodate busy schedules
Cross-country trails, exhilarating downhills & uphill with van support
Instructor to Guest Ratio
Max Group Size
1 night modern hotel, 1 night riverside resort, 2 nights mountain resort
All breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Important flight, insurance and equipment information
Miriam (USA): We had two trip leaders and they were both incredible. Not only did we get great kayak instruction, but also amazing talks on local history, animals, and plants. Incredible.