Costa Rica Biking
- Road bike past thriving rain forest, breathtaking waterfalls and captivating villages
- Commune with nature at the tranquil eco-friendly Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel
- Ride in the shadow of imposing Arenal Volcano
- Soak in hot springs in a jungle oasis
- Proximity to Costa Rica's beaches - why not extend your trip? We make it easy!
Through the Cloud Forest to Arenal Volcano
Your wedding day, graduation, the day you got that promotion. What are some of your best days? Well, make space for these five days in Costa Rica. You'll follow undulating routes on road bikes, spinning past scenery so enchanting you're instantly smitten. Be greeted by farmers - and howler monkeys! Soak in hot springs, dive into cloud forest, gape at waterfalls and that majestic volcano. Love the riding and those papaya batidos. By the end, you'll know these five incredible days will never be forgotten.
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.
Accommodations & Service StandardsWhile our accommodations on this trip are the best options available in these remote locations, they're quite casual and may not offer the level of customer service you might expect. Service can seem slow and laid-back. Your best bet is to be patient, keep a sense of humor and appreciate the cultural differences that abound here.
Traffic & TerrainCosta Rica is known for its rugged topography. In order to provide you the most outstanding road biking experience, we've carefully crafted this itinerary to feature the highlands, which offers a temperate climate and the country's best scenic paved roads.
Our routes are designed so you'll encounter as little traffic as possible, though you may experience some busy sections. We'll flatten some of the hills with strategic shuttles to give you a boost (and to bypass busier areas), but you need to be comfortable with some long downhills or with hopping in the van.
Costa Rica's excessive rain and humidity, while ideal for the cloud and rain forests, make road maintenance a continual challenge. Be prepared for the occasional pothole and gravel or dirt road during the trip.
Day 1 Jump-start the day with a coffee plantation tour, learning about - and sampling - grano de oro (golden bean) java En route to the Los Angeles Cloud Forest, bike beautiful undulating roads past prolific coffee plantations, small villages, brilliant orange poró trees and friendly farmers Commune with nature at the eco-friendly Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel.
Day 2 Ride past thriving rain forest and breathtaking waterfalls, listening to toucans call and howler monkeys roar - a particularly challenging option takes you up and over the Continental Divide! An interpretive walk through the cloud forest reveals an incredible variety of flora and fauna The mountain town of Zarcero invites you to explore its charming century-old pink and blue church Taste some of Costa Rica's mind-boggling array of tropical fruits - fresh guanabana, anyone?
Day 3 Soak in hot springs amid palms, bromeliads and ferns Pedal rolling roads flanked by plantations of papaya, pineapple and yucca to La Fortuna The afternoon is yours to do as you choose - a zip-line flight through the jungle canopy or a visit to the spa, perhaps?
Days 4-5 Take in views of majestic Arenal Volcano on a scenic boat ride across Lake Arenal Bike part of the Vuelta del Lago race route - at your own pace of course Listen for the call of howler and white-faced monkeys as you leisurely stroll along a network of hanging bridges high in the lush rain forest canopy Pedal through scenic ranchland to Proyecto Asis, where we explore a wild animal rescue center and learn about the community conservation project.
Guests Reviews About This Trip
Another outstanding biking trip! This is the very best way to visit the diverse environments of Costa Rica and relax at the end of the day in outstanding accommodations. Bravo Backroads!- Miami, FL
What can I say but fantastic! Our support drivers were SO crucial to our good time. They kept us hydrated, fed and happy. Since my first travels with Backroads 11½ years ago, I have been constantly talking about the company with other people. I have never had such great vacations as I have had with Backroads.- Fort McMurray, AB
Great bike rides, wonderful people, excellent staff (both leaders and drivers), incomparable food and accommodations - what's not too like? The local drivers were fun, enthusiastic, and clearly part of a successful team with the leaders. Great trip! Good bike routes, wonderful food and accommodations, very friendly people, and incomparable leaders and drivers. The friends we made were icing on the cake.- Ann Arbor, MI
Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel
Los Angeles Cloud Forest (1 night) This eco-conscious boutique hotel features charming casitas, each with a splendid view of the cloud forest. (spa)
Tilajari Hotel Resort
Muelle (1 night) Spot caimans and iguanas from this welcoming retreat overlooking the San Carlos River amid 35 acres of rain forest and manicured gardens. (pool, spa, tennis)
Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens
La Fortuna (2 nights) Arenal Volcano is on display at this tranquil oasis, whose spacious bungalows each offer a private deck with whirlpool tub and a secluded outdoor shower. (pool, spa)
Private Trips Options & Pricing
Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.
You can pick any open date in next year's lineup for your group of 8 or more except for trips departing during the last two weeks of December, where a 16 guest minimum is required - just book by December 31st of this year. Call us for date availability.
Pricing for Private Trips
|8 - 9 guests $3,498 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests $2,598 pp dbl. occ.|
|10 - 11 guests $3,198 pp dbl. occ.|
For groups of 2 to 7 guests, please call for Custom Trip pricing.
This Trip Is Rated Level 2-5
Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.
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|Coffee estate tour (1 hour)|
|Hike into Villa Blanca (3 miles)|
|Cloud forest and hummingbird hike (1.2 to 2.2 miles)|
|OYO Activities - Arenal|
|Boat cruise on Lake Arenal (30 minutes)|
|Hanging bridges walk (2 miles)|
There is less than 5% of riding on hard-packed dirt on this trip. Since the overwhelming majority of the trip is paved, we've elected to use standard road bike tires on our titanium road bikes. Most guests find this to be the right answer. If you prefer to skip the dirt, a shuttle is always a possibility.
Some routes may feel more difficult than the mileage suggests due to altitude and elevation gain. There are multiple days with significant elevation gain on the longer options and guests must feel comfortable with steep climbing and descents.
* Includes a shuttle