Four wheelers provide an exhilarating experience while exploring otherwise hard-to-reach mountains, rivers, waterfalls, and beaches.
Thrills ahead? The country’s terrain is ideal for four wheeling. Head out on one’s own or take a guided tour of fascinating destinations. Beaches including Jaco, Conchal, Flamingo, Tamarindo, Nosara, Manuel Antonio, as well as La Fortuna, Arenal, and Monteverde among others offer interesting scenery.
Many tourist centers offer trails for ATVs. In Miramar, Puntarenas, there are three types of trails. The first is muddy and winds through the trees, the second crosses over a stone bridge, and the third offers views of the forest and the Nicoya gulf.
Another option is the trail in Cartago, a challenging and complex terrain used for motocross, four wheeling and cross country.
The following communities organize rally competitions for tourists: Altamira de Aguas Zarcas, La Marina and Almendros de Cutris, in San Carlos; Upala, Caño Ciego de Guatuso and San Gerardo de Rio Cuarto de Grecia, are all in Alajuela.
While enjoying the Arenal countryside, riders can travel through exotic tropical plantations and observe the majestic La Fortuna waterfall and even take a quick dip in approved areas. The experience in the Monteverde rainforest includes riding through creeks and mud with winding and rocky trails. The craggy mountains of Quepos provide tropical rustic trails, unpaved roads, huge African palm plantations, cattle farms, and small towns like Naranjito and Villanueva which sell traditional products. Muddy trails, clear water creeks, and winding trails through the mountains are all part of the excursions.
The Pacific coast provides the ideal scenery for families who wish to enjoy beautiful excursions through the mountains and appreciate beaches like Tamarindo, Capitan Island, Playa Grande, and Langosta as well as impressive sunsets. Four wheeler tours are provided along with other adventure sports like canopy and surfing, among others. The small fishing town at Playa Dominical is now one of the preferred destinations for experienced surfers as well as four wheeler excursions.
South of the capital, some 40 minutes from San Jose, traveling through Aserri, marvelous views from the highway are hard to miss. From its peak at 8,200 ft., on a clear day, one can see the Central Valley and three volcanos: the Poas, Barva, and Irazu volcanoes. On the other side of the city, in the hills of Escazu, visits to coffee plantations near a primary forest offer an abundance of flora and fauna sightings. All out adrenaline!
On the map you'll find Costa Rica's tourism regions, where you can participate in these activities. For more information on any of these activities, contact your travel agent or hotel.