The best biking tours in Costa Rica

photo by Fred Hsu

Perhaps the most famous attractions in Costa Rica are the jungles, the beautiful cloud forests rife with plant and animal life, lush canopies and sparkling waterfalls. There is so much nature to see and embrace in Costa Rica that the mellower landscapes are often ignored by visitors in favor of the wilder spots like national parks and volcanoes. However, if you prefer to stick to a lightly more beaten path, then you can explore Costa Rica by bike. Many of the most picturesque areas of the country have paths and roads that invite cyclers, and whether you want to take part in an organized biking tour or just take a map and head out alone, you will have a lot of trails to choose from. Here are some of the best biking tours in Costa Rica, for those who want to see this beautiful country on two wheels.

Lake Arenal to El Venado

If you are in La Fortuna, most likely visiting Arenal Volcano National Park, then you should take a few days off zip lining in the canopy and trekking through the jungle in order to see some parts of the area that can be seen on a bike. These bike tour start in La Fortuna at around 8 in the morning, and cover a little over 22 miles.Alternatively, you can circle Lake Arenal on bike on your own, and see the most splendid view of the volcano without delving into the jungle.

Don Carlos Organic Farm Trail

photo by Jesse Newland

Also in the vicinity of Arenal, children and beginner bikers can take a fun half-day tour around the Don Carlos Organic Farm. There won’t be any difficult jungle trails for bikers on this tour – only the most pleasant and beautiful countryside scenery in Costa Rica. Farmlands, fields, gentle gravel roads and patches of forest dot this exceptional trail, making it one of the best biking tours in Costa Rica.

Cartago to Irazu Volcano National Park

Cartago is the departure point for many exciting trails, such as Orosi Valley, but if you want to see another one of the most impressive mountains in Costa Rica you should head in the direction of Irazu Volcano National Park. The trail has some challenging parts uphill too, but there are many scenic spots where you can stop and take a rest. For a spooky experience, you can stop near an old abandoned center for the treatment of TB patients, which the locals say that it haunted by ghosts.


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