Sometimes, when I'm hopping through the rainforest, I see tourists whiz past me on mountain bikes. It sure does look like a lot of fun, but I don't think they make bikes in my size! Follow me to learn more about this exciting sport!
Costa Rica has thousands of rugged trails that can be explored on foot, but why settle for a gentle stroll? If you're the adventurous type, mountain biking can be a great way to see the spectacular sights of this beautiful country. Regardless of whether you're an experienced mountain biker or haven't ridden a bicycle since you were little, there's a trail to suit you.
Hit the trails, see the sights
One of the best places to go biking in Costa Rica is near Arenal Volcano National Park. Not only is this area incredibly beautiful, it's also home to one of the most active volcanoes in the Pacific Rim! Although bikes aren't permitted in the park itself, there are dozens of trails and paths around it that offer great views. Some of the routes near Arenal are pretty difficult, so this is the best spot to begin your biking adventure if you're up for a challenge.
Another great route for biking is Turrialba. Starting here, you can ride all the way to the Caribbean Coast! However, be warned that this lengthy route takes about two to three days' of solid riding, and can be pretty tough in some spots. Most of this trail is moderately strenuous, but some parts require serious endurance and stamina.
It's tempting to get carried away by the excitement of a mountain biking tour in Costa Rica, but the best vacations are safe ones. Before you set off on your adventure, make sure you're adequately prepared.
You can rent bikes from many tour operators located throughout the country, and most will offer safety gear as part of the package. Even though it gets pretty hot and humid during the wet season - just the way us treefrogs like it! - don't ride a mountain bike without a helmet. If you take a tumble, you could hurt yourself.
A bottle of water is another must for mountain bikers. Cycling in Costa Rica's rugged countryside can be pretty hard work, and without water, you could become dehydrated. Don't forget to bring some snacks, too. Energy bars and healthy treats like trail mix are ideal, as they are low in fat and high in energy.
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