An eco-travelers dream come true, Costa Rica should be on your list of top destinations for the next vacation. Zip-line through the jungle canopy or take private guided tours into the deep jungles the OSA, the most bio rich place on the planet, if you’re looking for eco-adventure, Costa Rica delivers!
This incredibly fertile tropical heaven, with its mountainous cloud forests and over 800 miles of coastline is a treasure trove of adventure. Costa Rica offers unlimited outdoor activities: trekking through its 5,000 square miles of protected rainforests, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, canopy tours, surfing, swimming in the Caribbean or Pacific, ATVing, scuba diving, snorkeling and fishing, relaxing in one of the many natural volcanic hot springs or soaking up the hot tropical sun of one its pristine beaches.
When you are planning your Costa Rica vacation, make sure to check out these three amazing adventures activities:
Zip Lining/Canopy Tours
Imaging standing hundreds of feet up on a platform in the jungle canopy overlooking the ocean – you have just watched your partner launch herself off the platform and sail at incredible speed the length of a football field on a zip line and disappear though an opening in the thick jungle foliage… as your guide turns smiling saying “Your turn!”
Flying through the jungle hanging in a harness attached to a zip line is one of the most high energy experiences you can have. Costa Rica’s famous zip-line tours are rated as the best in the world for are length, speed, height and excitement.
Arenal Volcano, the #1 tourist attraction in Costa Rica is one of the most active volcanoes of all Central America. Its last major eruption was in 1968, but is continuously active and sometimes explosive activity. You can watch lava oozing down from the summit, and often witness explosions as lava boulders spew out and cascade down the classic, perfect conical shaped volcano.
You can book guided hikes around the volcano, and visit the observatory. Make sure if you are staying overnight to book a hotel room with a view of the volcano to watch the nighttime volcanic fireworks. While you are there visit the hot springs resorts of Baldi and Tabacon in nearby town La Fortuna, where you can enjoy numerous pools, hot springs, ponds and waterfalls in a stunning tropical garden setting.
Shooting the White Water Rapids
Whether you’re a novice or a world-class rafter, Costa Rica’s has a white water river to fit your abilities. The rivers can rise and fall quickly with the rainfall, but in the dry season there is plenty of fantastic excitement to be had on this adventure tour.
The Pacuare River offers some of the best white-water rafting and is incredibility scenic. If you are a beginner with river rafting, Class II and III rivers will give you plenty to remember. Consider the Reventazón, Sarapiquí, Peñas Blancas, and Savegre rivers as they offer a range of rapid classes, including plenty of Class IV and V sections to shoot.
There is so much to see and do in this small country selecting only three to highlight is difficult but if its adventure you want while on your Costa Rica vacation, the ones listed here are a must-experience.