Adventure in Costa Rica
Despite being just under 20,000 square miles and under a quarter of the size of the UK, Costa Rica is one known as one of the most exciting destinations for adventure travel. Below you will find just a few examples of the adventurous activities that I did in Costa Rica:
Costa Rica is the home of recreational ziplining and it is a must-do when visiting the country for that very reason. I ziplined in various areas, over various landscapes, but a highlight for me was ziplining alongside Lake Arenal, with spectacular views of Arenal volcano. I was terrified at first, having always had a slight fear of heights, but the guides made me feel totally at ease. Having completed the first couple of ziplines and got my first taste of the fabulous views, I began to enjoy the experience more and more. It was truly exhilarating and is something I would recommend to anyone who enjoys an adrenaline rush. What better way to experience a country and its landscapes than from the sky.
Pacuare river is one of the most well-known rivers in the world for white-water rafting and I can completely understand why. The river itself it’s incredibly scenic, surrounded by rugged canyons and lush rainforest, and the rapids are world-class. If staying at Pacuare Lodge, you are encouraged to arrive at and leave the lodge by raft (there are no roads that lead to the lodge, so it is quite a bumpy experience arriving there by car). I enjoyed the rafting immensely, particularly the rafting out of the lodge as this is grade 3 and 4 on the international scale of river difficulty. There is nothing quite like experiencing sheer exhilaration whilst be surrounded by truly unspoilt rainforest and incredible natural beauty.
Having always been a horse rider, and having always dreamt of riding on the beach, this was a definite highlight for me. I was taken out on ride through a family owned ranch near the surfing town of Santa Teresa on the Pacific coast. I rode through the farm with my private guide and sabanero, taking in the scenery and enjoying seeing a different side of the Nicoya peninsula. We rode up an incredibly steep hill to a viewpoint which, for use of a better term, took my breath away. It’s not every day that you find yourself sat on a horse admiring dramatic views of unspoiled beaches and pristine grasslands. We then rode down to the deserted beach and slowly pottered along the sand. It was everything that I dreamt the experience would be and is just one example of the incredible places where you can ride a horse in Costa Rica.
I was told that I shouldn’t go to Costa Rica without trying my hand at surfing and I’m so glad that I did. I was apprehensive at first, as balance isn’t my strong suit, but with the help of an expert guide who has been surfing since he could walk, even I managed to stand up. I was taken onto a beach called Playa Hermosa, which literally translates as ‘beautiful beach’ – and beautiful it was. There are several beaches in Costa Rica called Playa Hermosa, but this one, located near the town of Santa Teresa, is a surfer’s paradise. It’s peaceful, has hardly any development except the occasional house nestled in the trees, and has a great surf break. Your guide is there to give you the best possible direction but also to make sure you have fun. I had such an enjoyable time and standing up was just a bonus!
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