Adrenalin & adventure in Costa Rica
There is plenty to do in Costa Rica to get your adrenalin pumping…
Costa Rica Active holidays
Adrenalin & Adenture in Costa Rica
The more active tourist will not be disappointed, with class II to class V rapids negotiable by raft or kayak. Some of the forests have amazing tree-top canopy walks allowing you to see things from a different angle, or even zip-line through the trees. Horse-riding is available too and there are hikes galore, from easy to very very hard!
White Water Rafting
This is one of Costa Rica’s most popular activities. For the beginners and families there are Class I rapids that can be negotiated and for those wanting a real rush, in various places Class V rapids are there for the taking – so depending on your experience and your nerve, there is something for everyone to enjoy – all set to a backdrop of luscious rainforest. Manuel Antonio is said to have gentler rapids, while the hardcore rafters head for Río Pacuare. All trips are run with certified guides.
There are some superb kayaking locations particularly in Sarapiquí and Pacuare. You can opt for a trip lasting a few hours, to spending days on the water if you wish. It is a great way to view wildlife from another perspective as you paddle along the waterways. Sea kayaking is also becoming more popular but for safety reasons does require substantial experience.
With miles of different landscapes to explore, you may choose to do some of this on horseback. There are various tours available to cater for all abilities. Riding is available in most areas, from the beaches, to the open areas of Guanacaste, to the rainforests and hillsides of the central valley. You can opt for a short couple of hours to multi-day trips – the choice is yours.
Flying through the canopy on a zip-line is yet another way to experience the rainforests of Costa Rica. There are zip-lines all over the country, some of the best ones are in Arenal, Manuel Antonio and Monteverde. Suspended from a wire in the tree-line will give you a bird’s eye view of the rainforest – even the sounds and smells will seem a little different, more acute as your adrenalin starts to pump through your body.
Diving & Snorkelling
The warm waters of Costa Rica are the perfect temperature for diving and snorkelling. The best places to dive in Costa Rica are probably on the Pacific coast – you can also get your PADI Certificate if you have the time. The best snorkelling is arguably the small reef near Manzanillo on the Caribbean coast, this offers good opportunities for diving beginners too.