Costa Rica’s diverse natural environment is a playground for travellers who like to feel a rush of adrenaline and the wind in their hair. The thick rainforests, sandy beaches, and multitude of volcanoes provide the sort of terrain that’s perfect for adventure.

Whether a traveller is looking to zipline through a jungle canopy, hike along mountain terrain, or snorkel beneath the waves, Goway’s Destination Specialists can customize their perfect adventure to Costa Rica. Every trip to Costa Rica with Goway is tailor-made to the needs of every individual traveller. Learn more on Goway’s website.

Adventure on the Ground

It won’t take you long to find spots in Costa Rica to stretch your legs and explore the bounty of nature at your own pace. There are hiking trails all over the nation, which take you over pastoral plains, through forests, and alongside volcanoes. In Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, there are 13 km of trails that wind through the cloud-draped rainforest. If altitude isn’t a problem, head to one of the nation’s 67 volcanoes, such as Irazu Volcano, to hike through the foothills or circuit an extinct caldera. You can even hike alongside active volcanoes such as Arenal, spotting dried-up lava flows, even if you have to keep your distance from the caldera itself. You can up the challenge by canyoning to remote waterfalls and hiking alongside coursing rapids in Manuel Antonio or Arenal, or rent a mountain bike to ride trails in the Rincon de la Vieja National Park.

Adventure in the Trees

Arguably the most exciting adventures in Costa Rica take place off the ground. The nation has pioneered the use of ziplines in rainforests and you’ll find spots all over the country where you can strap on gear, hook yourself up to a line, and fly through the sky at incredible speeds and impressive distances. In the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, one single zipline goes 770m long! Diamante Eco Adventure Park in Guanacaste is equally well known for its zipline networks which crisscross the forest and allow you the opportunity to cut through the air like a bird (or superhero). If you want to explore the skies a tad slower, take to the canopy boardwalks or hanging bridges throughout the nation’s parks. Hike along the suspended bridges of Monteverde to spot birds and mammals that stick to the jungle canopy and enjoy spectacular views of the clouds hugging the forests.

Adventure in the Waters

As befitting a country with two coastlines and rivers crisscrossing the nation, Costa Rica offers you the chance to get your adrenaline fix in and on the water. Rugged explorers will want to take to the rivers for a whitewater rafting adventure. Ride the rapids down the Penas Blancas River near Arenal. On the coastlines, try your hand at surfing on Playa Jaco or if you’re more experienced, sample the breaks off the famous Nicoya Peninsula. On either coast, you’ll also have plenty of opportunity to dive and snorkel, which may not come with the same rush as whitewater rafting or surfing, but still offers a chance to stay active and enjoy nature. Cahuita National Park offers large coral reefs with shallow waters that are amenable to beginners, while Cano Island is arguably the most rewarding spot for seasoned divers.

First published at Travel Industry Today


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