Leaping into Costa Rica
Exploring an Action-Packed Jungle Paradise
On a stretch of land between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean lies Costa Rica. While you could relax on sandy beaches and sip fruity drinks, and by all accounts have a wonderful time, the true heart of Costa Rica is revealed when travellers seek out an adventure. Costa Rica is a land of wild beauty, and to experience it you need to set off into the jungle and see just what awaits you. Hiking, zip lining, jungle safari cruises, and whitewater rafting are just some of the action-packed experiences that call to adventurous travellers in the Costa Rican jungles.
Arenal Volcano: The Sleeping Giant
Arenal Volcano had slept for years before awakening in 1968 and reminding the jungle that it grew above volcanic rock. Since then, it’s remained relatively peaceful, and is a truly stunning National Park. The thick jungle clings to the volcano’s sides, concealing within some of the best hiking trails in Costa Rica, and some would argue the world. Home to hot springs, waterfalls, Arenal Lake, and a thousand picturesque views, Arenal Volcano National Park rewards anyone who hikes through its beauty.
Ziplining Through the Canopy
But why hike through the beauty of Arenal Volcano when you can soar? Zip line tours have become a staple of the Costa Rica experience, for being a safe thrill that’s hard to find quite the same anywhere else. Flying through the treetops from view to spectacular view gives you a perspective on the wild side of Costa Rica that’s impossible to get any other way. Step into a harness and you’ll soon be zipping through the jungle, grinning from ear to ear.
A Modern-Day Jungle Expedition
The wildlife of Costa Rica deserves its own mention. And the best place to see a variety of everything that walks, swims, crawls or flies is the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge. There, you can board a “panga” a type of covered riverboat, and cruise the waters of the Refuge in search of the largest collection of indigenous wildlife in all of Costa Rica. Catch glimpses of awe-inspiring crocodiles, capricious river otters, adorable sloths, rare river turtles, exotic birds, and stunningly colourful butterflies.
Rafting on the Sarapiquí
Does a wildlife cruise seem a little too low-key for a water adventure? Than try rafting on the Sarapiquí River on for size. A perfect blend of exhilarating rapids and comfortable cruising, the Sarapiquí River will reveal the untamed heart of Costa Rica to you, one riverbend at a time. You’ll also be able to see the more agricultural side of Costa Rica, as the Sarapiquí runs alongside plantations growing coffee, cocoa, bananas, and sugar cane.
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