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Recommended Activities

Costa Rica has far too much to offer to just laze around when on vacation. There are plenty of interesting activities to try out during your trip to Costa Rica – something for every person’s liking and physical condition.

Costa Rica – the ideal country for active adventurers!

Around 30 national parks and wildlife refuges, and just as many private reserves, are waiting to be explored. As one of the foremost nature destinations in the world, Costa Rica offers a vast array of activities. From a relaxed hike through a national park to soft-adventures or daring trekking expeditions through the jungle, Costa Rica’s nature experiences cater to all fitness-levels and age groups.

Hiking & Trekking

Discovering the overwhelming natural beauty of Costa Rica on foot is one of the most popular activities for travelers. Most of the national parks and reserves maintain well-kept hiking trails. Proper hiking shoes and binoculars for spotting and watching animals are a must. Experienced hikers can challenge themselves with more adventurous treks, such as climbing Costa Rica’s highest mountain, Mt. Chirripó (3,820 m / 12,533 ft), or crossing the Corcovado National Park.

Adventure in the Treetops on Zip Lines

American biologist Dr. Donald Perry was the first to discover and explore the biodiversity of Costa Rica up in the treetops. While doing his biology research, he pulled himself up into the high trees using ropes; then he mounted platforms and studied the fascinating animal and plant worlds he encountered. More than 60 percent of all life in the rainforest lives in the tree canopy. To make this extraordinary world more accessible to other scientists, he built an aerial rope network through the jungle canopy so people could easily move between the trees.

Travelers to Costa Rica will be forever grateful to Dr. Perry as they delight in the evolution of his aerial network on thrilling modern-day zip line tours. Sailing through the treetops high above the forest floor, over waterfalls or rivers, or across canyons on strong cable zip lines has become the No. 1 adventure tour in Costa Rica. You can find zip line tours pretty much everywhere in the country.

Mountain Biking

Mountain biking is becoming one of the most popular ways to explore and enjoy Costa Rica’s beautiful nature. There are numerous trails and dirt roads around the country that are ideal for bikers. Day tours and multi-day itineraries are offered in many different regions. The most well-known mountain bike tours in Costa Rica are by the Irazú Volcano and Orosi Valley, at Arenal Volcano, and around Rincon de la Vieja Volcano. One of the world’s toughest mountain bike races is held every November in Costa Rica – the Ruta de los Conquistadores – which covers 161 miles crossing from the Pacific Coast to the Caribbean Coast in three days.

Water Adventures

Hundreds of rivers, creeks and canals flow through Costa Rica’s remarkable landscapes, giving rise to numerous excellent water adventures. Whitewater rafting is a favorite adventure tour, especially on the Pacuare River, one of the most scenic rafting rivers in the world. Silently gliding in a kayak through the narrow canals of the Tortuguero National Park is also an unforgettable adventure. Miles and miles of coastline bordering two oceans enable sailing tours, sportfishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, sea kayaking, surfing, and especially whale and dolphin watching in the Ballena Marine National Park.

Waves and Wind

Surfing in Costa Rica is world class. The waves are constant, the water is warm, and surf spots are uncrowded. Tamarindo, Jacó, Playa Hermosa, Dominical and Puerto Viejo are some of the most popular beaches for surfing. Windsurfers will get their fix at the northern end of Lake Arenal, or offshore at the northern end of the Nicoya Peninsula in Guanacaste.