Every year, a large number of thrill seekers head to Costa Rica. Although there are many things to experience, four adventures in particular stand out that all adrenaline junkies should try. For people who enjoy more extreme adventures and the great outdoors, Costa Rica is the ideal destination.
With diverse natural landscape and challenging terrain throughout the country, finding action-packed adventures is not overly difficult. For thrill seekers, the thing that makes Costa Rica unique is its size. Being a small country, people have the opportunity to do more. Whether you are looking for the next adrenaline rush or connecting with nature, with this country being home to 5 percent of the world’s biodiversity, boredom is nonexistent.
This adventure takes place in areas like Rincon de la Vieja, San Ramon, Miramar, Turrialba, and La Fortuna. Typically, groups consist of no more than 12 people. There is also a trained and skilled guide on the trip. Canyoning consists of hiking, climbing, walking, and, best of all, repelling down any of the six available canyons. With tropical landscapes and perfect weather, this is a great option. If preferred, people can spend time exploring or taking in views of cascading waterfalls.
The mountain biking experience in Costa Rica is definitely different. Bikers travel miles through rough terrain and on rocky trails, which makes biking somewhat challenging. In fact, some of the trails are so rugged that they take days to cover. The majority of mountain biking trips last between five and eight days. However, 10-day trips are also available for the more extreme adventurer.
Thrill seekers have several great options, including a three-day trip down the professional route of La Ruta de los Conquistadores. If preferred, they can take a shorter route that includes mountain biking along with rafting, walking, and kayaking. For the diehard adrenaline junkie, a completely off-road adventure is a must. One of the most challenging and beautiful routes is Rincon de la Vieja. This route covers 24 to 31 miles and is comprised of downhill paths and gorgeous waterfalls.
This is yet another adventure for thrill seekers visiting Costa Rica. Between the unspoiled rainforests and rugged mountain terrain, trekking provides a unique experience. Some people compare trekking to hiking, but in reality, there are distinct differences between the two. With trekking, the route is much longer, typically lasting three days.
Costa Rica offers a number of excellent trekking routes, including the Savegre. This route offers a number of connected trails that meander through agricultural towns. People can stop in whatever town they prefer to participate in a host of additional activities or to enjoy the available facilities.
For a five-day trekking adventure, the Kamuk route comes highly recommended. Because trekkers carry everything, including tent, sleeping bag, and food, this adventure is more demanding. When tackling the Chirripo route, which is the tallest hill in all of Costa Rica, trekkers are required to obtain the proper permit from the national park.
With beautiful beaches and blue-green ocean water, no adventure would be complete without sea kayaking. A four-day route at Golfo Dulce includes kayaking and camping. Regardless of the time of year, it is common to see various species of dolphins and whales giving birth and nursing their pups.
This trip starts at Puerto Jimenez. Kayakers travel roughly 12 miles a day up the coast. During the second day, kayakers cross over the gulf. After reaching the other side, they set up camp in the Piedras Blancas National Park. Due to the nature of this adventure, thrill seekers are required to have everything they need in the kayak. This includes tent, sleeping bag, food, water, change of clothes, and so on.
Yet another great opportunity for sea kayaking starts at Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui. This trip goes through Rio San and finally ends up at the magnificent Barra del Colorado Wildlife Refuge.
There is no question that Costa Rica offers a wide range of adventures. Adrenaline junkies can also try skydiving, which is offered in several areas, such as Esterillos, Manuel Antonio, and Puntarenas. Scuba diving in Isla Catalina and Isla del Cano is also a great way to spend time in Costa Rica. Some lucky divers even get the chance to see giant devil rays up close.
Surfing is also a popular activity in Costa Rica. In fact, the massive waves make this the ideal place for international competitions. Surfers looking for the best waves should head to Pavones, Playa Naranjo, and Jaco, the location of the 2016 Surfing Association World Surfing Games.
Introduction to Costa Rica
Located in Central America, Costa Rica sits between Panama to the south and Nicaragua to the north. On the east is the Caribbean Sea and to the west is the Pacific Ocean. In addition to breathtakingly beautiful rainforests, this country is known for its perfect climate and abundance of unique wildlife.
With such a wealth of natural resources, Costa Rica is a global leader in practicing sustainability. To protect its vast biodiversity, approximately 26 percent of the land mass resides in protected areas. The country’s economy and educational system are also of great importance, relying on exportation, technology, and strong tourism.
Due to Costa Rica being a tropical paradise, complete with dense rainforests, pristine beaches, volcanoes, cloud forests, and beaches that connect with mountains where beautiful macaws and mischievous monkeys live, it has become a popular place to visit and live. For this reason, Costa Rica has an extremely organized infrastructure for tourists.
In addition to a host of activities, people have no problem finding excellent accommodations that include charming oceanfront bed-and-breakfast inns, boutique mountain lodges, and luxurious hotels and resorts that cater to everyone. From coast to coast, the people of Costa Rica commonly say, “Pura Vida.” Translating to “pure life” or “full life,” this expression represents happiness.
For the regulation and promotion of the extensive tourism that Costa Rica offers, the Instituto Costamcense de Turismo spearheads efforts. First established in 1955, this tourism board along with various partners within the private sector strive to bolster recognition, encourage cultural development, standardize practices, and provide helpful research data that ultimately ensures unique resources and tourism products.