ATV tours don’t seem like an everyday thing to do. Well, that is because it’s not. Nothing beats the excitement of a Costa Rica ATV tour. Getting muddy as you go off-roading on an ATV or quad in the jungle along the beach or through the mountainside. This is the kind of thrill-seeking we all need to escape life back home. So now that we got your attention, where do we start?
Where to go?
Costa Rica ATV tours Are held all over the country, Guanacaste, Manuel Antonio, Monteverde, and Arenal are a part of the popular tours. Depending on where you go you will experience a wide variety of different scenery. In Manuel Antonio alone you will be able to see the Nicoya Gulf, Arenal Volcano, and lake. Over in Monte Verde near Santa Elena, you can ride along the beach at the Pacific Ocean. If those are not your cup of tea then slide over to Guanacaste and go riding through the beauty of the rainforests.
What it’s like?
If you have never been off roading before it certainly will be the ride of your life. Speeding through the groomed trails or going over rocky terrain and then splashing through the mud is quite the adventure. On the way through the trails you can stop and see the many animals and especially birds in the trees, it can be a great way to see a vast variety of flora and fauna in just a few hours. The intensity of some trails is great for more experienced riders and ones who love the thrill of adventure.
Who can do it?
Anyone can. It does not matter what skill level or amount of experience you have off roading, tours have trails and machines for all. For those that are new to the sport, there are smoother trails that allow you to practice until you feel ready for more challenging things. Many tours even take it slow so you can ride along while bird watching or riding on the beach. And for the more experienced riders, tours offer a huge amount of trails with roots, mud, hills, curves and everything you can image while storming through the backside of the jungle. As for age, many tours ask that drivers be at least 14- 16 years old and no riders under the age of four.
Safety Precautions and What to bring?
Safety is always the number one priority when riding anywhere. It only takes a few seconds to get into a serious accident. Tour operators make sure everyone is equipped with a helmet and gloves if needed. Way before riding anywhere they will go over basic techniques and what to do in the emergency. There is no need to worry because the guides are riding alongside you the whole way. On tour, it is good to bring clothing your not afraid to get muddy in, comfortable shoes, possibly a waterproof camera, and always bring the “Pura Vida” spirit.