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Las Catalinas is full of dramatic hills, stunning views, tropical wildlife and foliage, and we have over 22 kilometers of trails to enable you to enjoy this beautiful land.

Mountain Biking

22 kilometers of world-class ocean view singletrack mountain biking trails make Las Catalinas the most prominent mountain biking destination in the American tropics. The trails feature fantastic ocean views from a variety of angles to different parts of the coast. There are sections deep in the shade of quiet valleys. Likely wildlife sightings include monkeys, pizotes, deer, pecaries (wild pigs) and a variety of exotic birds. The trails are sustainably built with moderate grades. This is fantastic “flow” riding with enjoyable swoops and roller coasters but no sustained grunting climbs. Mountain biking is a very popular sport in Costa Rica, and these trails are without peer! Pura Vida Ride provides bikes and tours. Las Catalinas is a destination for mountain biking enthusiasts from the world over!

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Las Catalinas is a hiking and trail running paradise, with over 22 kilometers of very dramatic trails. Signature routes include:

Punta Guachipelines: This is a ridgetop trail out to an extremely dramatic peninsula with cliffs down to the ocean on three sides, and great views of the nearby Pitahaya islands, which are important nesting sites for frigate birds and pelicans. Round trip time from Beach Town: 1 to 2 hours.

Punta Penca: This trail hugs the coast out to the tip of Punta Penca, offering some flatter ground, and a dramatic park-like setting out at the tip of the peninsula. Round trip time from Beach Town: 30 to 60 minutes.

McHenry Peak Loop: This trail climbs steeply up to the central high peaks of Las Catalinas at an altitude of just over 200 meters. The trail is artfully carved in looping turns up and down the steep slopes. The views in all directions are just stunning. This trail requires some fitness! Round trip time from Beach Town: 1 to 2 hours.

Las Catalinas Trail System Map, December 2015

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