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    Adventure in Costa Rica

    Written by Milly Warr

    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:

    Ziplining

    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.

    Milly Adventure Costa Rica

    Milly Adventure Costa Rica

    Milly Adventure Costa Rica

    White-water rafting

    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.

    Milly Adventure Costa Rica

    Milly Adventure Costa Rica

    Milly Adventure Costa Rica

    Horse riding

    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.

    Milly Warr Latitude 10

    Milly Adventure Costa Rica

    Milly Warr Latitude 10

    Surfing

    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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