Inject Some Adventure into your Costa Rica Tour
Impossibly green forests, hammock-lined beaches, relaxing natural hot springs, and incredible volcano views unlike anywhere else in the world – it’s easy to see why travelers have been flocking to this lush oasis. While the draw for many visitors is the country’s many pristine beaches and focus on “Pura Vida”, Costa Rica is home to an enticing wild side for those looking to add a little more adventure to their vacation. There are countless ways to spice up your tour of Costa Rica, but here are a few of our favorites:
Zip-lining has become a staple of trips to Costa Rica, and it’s easy to see why. Where else can you experience the lush vegetation of a rain forest while dangling from a harness above the treetops? The activity has become so popular that you won’t run into any trouble finding someone offering a zip line canopy tour. Aside from the adrenaline rush, you may be lucky enough to run into some of the diverse wildlife of Costa Rica, like one of the 894 different bird species that call the country home.
Though zip lining has become especially popular in recent years, it’s hard to beat time honored adventure travel options such as hiking, and Costa Rica certainly has plenty to offer. One of the best places for hiking in the country is undoubtedly Arenal National Park, which will bring you through a wide variety of ecosystems. Arenal National Park is home to two volcanoes, and its geologic activity is part of what makes hiking here so appealing. You can make your way through the trails to check out some of the old lava flows – something you probably don’t get to see very often!
With its diverse ecosystem, you’ll also have ample opportunities to be on the lookout for many of the animals that populate Costa Rica. There are a number of great places to visit for the best chances at spotting some wildlife, but the Osa Peninsula (Corcovado National Park, in particular) is your best bet. Here, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, you’ll get to experience the wild side of Costa Rica. The region is known for being its rich biodiversity – it’s actually home to 2.5% of the world’s biodiversity – so you’ve got a great shot at seeing all kinds of different wildlife in just one day. For an extra bit of adventure, join a kayaking journey through the rivers and streams of the Osa Peninsula and search for wildlife along the shores.
No matter where you find yourself in Costa Rica, adventure can be found around every corner. Whether you prefer ziplining, wildlife safaris, white water rafting, or learning to surf at one of the country’s many beaches, there’s something for everyone.