Traveller Review: Top 10 outdoor activities to try in Costa Rica
Approximately 25 per cent of this beautiful country is protected as National Parks, so it's an outdoor enthusiast's playground! See what Adventure World traveller Kristy Prince got up to on her recent trip to the beautiful nation.
1. Bird Watching
From the Resplendent Quetzal, to the Scarlet Macaw, to Hummingbirds and Toucans, almost 900 bird species have been found in this tiny country, more than the US & Canada combined!
2. Wildlife Viewing
As well as the birds, Costa Rica is home to 4 species of Monkey, including the vocal howler monkey, which sounds more like a great ape than a tiny monkey, sloths, jaguars, ocelots, caimans, crocodiles and tapirs, as well as many insects, reptiles and amphibians. It's also home to a number of turtle species, and if you are lucky enough to be there is season, the opportunity to watch them come ashore to lay their eggs, or see the babies hatching, is a special event!
Ranging from easy, paved or wooden pathways, to extreme hikes up the side of a volcano, there is plenty for every fitness level in Costa Rica!
From beginners wanting to lessons, to experienced surfers, you can find what you need in Costa Rica.
A great option for wildlife viewing, as these small watercraft can go places bigger boats can't. No experience necessary!
Bordered by the Caribbean to the east, and the Pacific to the west, Costa Rica has plenty of beautiful beaches to lay out and enjoy the sun, or go for a dip.
7. White Water Rafting
Even in dry season there are raftable rivers in Costa Rica, in fact getting stuck on rocks and trying to stay in the raft while the guide shoves it off a giant boulder is half the fun!
Costa Rica is one of the best places in the world for zip lining, soaring above the canopy of the jungles below. Some even offer the option to fly like superman, or finish with a Tarzan style swing...
Clambering through canyons, over rocks, jumping into rock pools and abseiling down waterfalls… it's an adventure lover's dream!
10. Horse Riding
Ride along the beach, around the base of a volcano, to a waterfall, or just through the rainforest. Suitable even for those who've never been on a horse before.
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