There’s something for everyone in Costa Rica with jungles ripe for exploring, rivers perfect for watersports and natural wonders galore. This being the case, it’s not hard to think of a long list of Costa Rica adventures we’d like to tick off our list!
Raft the Pacuare River
Voted one of the top 10 most scenic rivers in the world by National Geographic, the Pacuare offers challenging (but not terrifying!) white water rafting combined with some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. You’ll raft in blissful isolation through dramatic gorges, surrounded by pristine rainforest and abundant wildlife.
Where to stay: Stay at Pacuare Lodge and a white water rafting expedition along the Pacuare River is guaranteed as that’s how guests access this remote jungle lodge.
Hike the Piedras Blancas National Park
The flora and fauna of the Piedras National Park is among the richest on the planet, with thousands of different species of plants and animals. In a remote location in the south of the country, you’ll have the trails to yourself and the experience of a lifetime.
Where to stay: Best combined with a stay at Playa Cativo, a remote eco-lodge set at the edge of an unspoiled beach and surrounded by 1,000 acres of rainforest reserve.
Relax in the Hot Springs
Although regular eruptions ceased in 2010, the Arenal Volcano remains an impressive landmark and a popular attraction. The nearby town of La Fortuna is the adventure capital of Costa Rica, but for an altogether more relaxing experience, we recommend a visit to the Tabacón Hot Springs where you can soak in one of the 20 natural pools and waterfalls, heated up to 40°C by the volcano.
Where to stay: Tabacón Thermal Resort and Spa – this idyllic wellness retreat is set amongst waterfalls and thermal pools at the foot of the mighty Arenal Volcano.
Zip Line Through the Jungle
You’ll find zip line adventures all over Costa Rica and each has a different backdrop, whether you’re whizzing through jungle, over cloud forest or alongside rivers. But if you’re in it for the sheer thrill of the ride, you can’t beat the Diamante Superman Zip Line in Guanacaste. Not for the faint-hearted, you’ll fly head first down the wire, and, if you can bear to open your eyes, you’ll have spectacular views of the Guanacaste coastline.