Costa Rica is a compact country, sandwiched between Panama and Nicaragua, with a well deserved reputation for conservation and promoting sustainable tourism. Cyclists can discover a land rich in natural diversity, where a quarter of the territory is protected and well managed to maximise your chances of observing the wildlife.
Costa Rica has three climate zones: the central highlands where Spanish colonists settled, the Pacific coast and the Caribbean coast; and several micro-climates, which allows for the great biodiversity. On a cycle trip it is possible to experience the contrast of these changes in a short space of time as the distances to cover are relatively short. The patient and eagle-eyed will see howler monkeys, toucans, sloths, colourful Macaws and many species of butterflies. Famous national parks include the waterways of Tortuguero and the less visited Corcovado. You can take a break from the bike to try your hand at adventurous activities such as whitewater rafting or zip-lining through the forest canopy.
Cycling on the quiet roads and mountain trails of Costa Rica you can take in a variety of landscapes from lava spewing Arenal volcano to the morning mists and birdsong of Monteverde cloud forest, from the palm-fringed beaches and cheeky monkeys of Manuel Antonio National Park to the Caribbean vibe of Puerto Viejo village.