Mountain Biking

With countless kilometers of dirt roads and paths traversing a variety of terrain, Costa Rica has enough mountain biking routes to keep a serious biker rolling for years. "Andar en bici" or cycling as it is usually referred to by Costa Ricans is one of their favorite pastimes. No matter what corner of the country you tour through, you will always pass a uniformed cyclist along the way. One of the main reasons for the devotion to bicycling has been the long held tradition of the "Vuelta de Costa Rica" or Tour of Costa Rica the international race where top cyclists compete in differents stages around the country.

Mountain Biking became popular in Costa Rica in the beginning of the 90's. Since then this ever - growing sport draws enthusiastic fans to explore Costa Rica's world famous beauty. The sport has grown so popular among Costa Ricans, to the point that native Andres Brenes is ranked as the number one mountain biker of the Americas. This year he finished 15th in the World Championship in Switzerland and 10th in the World Cup.

If you are planning to visit Costa Rica and enjoy the outdoors, going on a bike tour is a great way not only to savor some of the country's different ecosystems (Costa Rica holds almost three fourths of the ecosystems available in the world), but also to meet friendly "ticos."

There are bike tour companies that combine the Costa Rica adventure experience with this exciting sport, either on or off the main road. Due to Costa Rica's tremendously varied terrain, trips are available for any skill level, from beginning to expert. Taking bicycle tours through the wilderness is an excellent way to come in close contact with many species of birds and other animals... carrying a camera is strongly recommended! Some tour companies even incorporate tours such as white-water rafting, sea kayaking, canopy tours and others to combine with biking adventures.

Mountain bikes can be rented at most resort towns, and several local companies offer mountain bike tours of the country's less visited areas, many of which are mellow enough for people who have not been on a bike for years.

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