Costa Rica Adventure Itinerary
Have you been to Costa Rica yet?
If Costa Rica is not on your adventure list, it should be! It's an adventure travellers playground with hiking, waterfalls, surfing, white water rafting, canopy tours etc. The options are almost endless. In fact, you could visit for a week and only scratch the surface of all the things to do.
Here are ten fantastic activities to have in Costa Rica:
Whether it's through the evergreen Monteverde Forest with the Arenal Volcano's view or through the vibrant jungle canopy, ziplining is an excellent activity for any age. It'll give you an exceptional view that you can't any other way allowing you to see animals and birds up close and add some more adrenaline to your vacation.
Nearly 25% of the country consists of national parks and wildlife. It is home to 27 national parks, making up 5% percent of the world's biodiversity. The Los Quetzales National Park allows birdwatchers to get a view of the various species of birds. You'll most likely encounter a monkey or a sloth dangling on the branches. The Corcovado National Park is another prominent place where you will likely encounter countless whales and dolphin sightings.
Towns such as Samara, Avellanas, and Tamarindo are great places for year-round surfing on these Pacific and Caribbean coasts. The warm water and steady wind combo make Costa Rica a surfing paradise. Many of the beaches offer boards and lessons for beginners. Whether you're a beginner or a pro, you're bound to catch a gnarly wave in Costa Rica.
The massive Arenal Volcano is one of the most well-known spots in Costa Rica. The surrounding area around the volcano is often used for kayaking, boating, and paddleboarding. Hot springs and waterfalls are also very prominent, with zip lines and horseback riding available below the volcano summit. Rincon de la Vieja National Park's main attraction is another million-year-old volcano that offers views of the Nicoya Peninsula and Lago de Nicaragua.
The natural hot springs with a green background provide geothermal waters heated by the volcano. The springs have been utilized for therapeutic healing in addition to simply relaxing in the tropics.
La Fortuna waterfall by Arenal is an approximated 20-minute hike presenting a massive waterfall with a jungle backdrop. Another favorite is located in Tenorio Volcano National Park in the Northern Plains, offering bright blue waters. Lesser-known waterfalls include Bajos del Tori in the Alajuela province and Catarata del Toro, which plummets into an extinct volcanic crater and delivers breathtaking views.
Named as a Biosphere Reserve, Rio Pacuare offers a white-water Caribbean experience through the safari-like jungle. According to National Geographic, it is one of the top spots for white-water rafting. While rafting in the Rio Savegre, you can encounter jaguars, tapirs, and birds that pass by the riverside.
The 4x4 is recommended for the best driving experience throughout Costa Rica. The off-beaten paths present unique views and require vehicles that can beat their own path. Driving on the beach, however, is not permitted. Another exciting way to get around is via horseback, offering a different way to see the views.
The majority of shore islands on the Pacific coast are the hub spots for scuba and deep diving, offering spectacular views of various species of sharks, dolphins, and much more. A renowned spot for divers is The Gulf of Papagayo in the Guanacaste province.
Aside from the adventurous and bold activities offered in Costa Rica, yoga retreats are available for those looking to relax and rejuvenate in the peaceful surrounding. Nosara is a spot located in the Nicoya Peninsula, offering a stunning beachfront area for a serene yoga session.
Whether it's relaxing on the sultry beach, exploring the markets and local cuisine, or releasing that rush of adrenaline with these exciting activities, Costa Rica is a go-to spot to have fun and savor these moments. We'll help you book the trip of your lifetime!
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