This action packed family itinerary is the perfect way to explore the highlights of Costa Rica. From horse riding through the rainforest, hiking active volcanoes and exploring wildlife-rich National Parks there is something for everyone.
Top 5 adventure activities in Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a thrill seeker's dream. With so many diverse ecosystems and terrains, it is the perfect adventure playground. With hiking, horse riding, snorkelling, rafting, zip lining, and surfing, there really is something for everyone. With so much variety on offer, we’ve helped you out and narrowed down our top five adventure activities to help you get out and explore the country’s natural wonders...
1. Experience the Sky Tram and Trek
The Sky Tram and Trek is an experience which can be enjoyed in both Arenal and Monteverde and is the ultimate zip lining experience. The tour starts by riding on an open-air gondola to the heights of the rainforest where you will be dropped off at an observation area for the most amazing views. From here, you ride down on a zip line track stretching across canyons and in between treetops. It’s the most thrilling experience and our top thing to do whilst in Costa Rica.
2. Go white water rafting
Wherever you are in Costa Rica, you will be within easy reach of some exhilarating white water rafting. The country is dissected by a chain of rivers, making it the perfect place to experience anything from the soft and relaxing class II-III rafting, to world-class thrilling grade IV-V rapids. As well as providing a heart-pounding experience, it’s the perfect way to see the country, immerse yourself in nature and explore the rainforests and wildlife in the area. The Pacuare River is ranked as one of the top five rivers in the world to go white water rafting. What earns the Pacuare River this acclaim is its eighteen miles of class III and class IV rapids and some of the most breath-taking scenery in all of Costa Rica. Other popular rivers include Sarapiquí and Balsa River.
3. Hike a volcano
Costa Rica has 110 volcanoes, of which five remain active. Most of them allow access for visitors, and some have access to the main crater where you can peer deep inside. For the more adventurous, you can hike along the base of Arenal Volcano, allowing you to explore the lava flows and witness the most extraordinary views of this (almost) conical volcano.
4. Try out surfing
With the Caribbean Sea to its east and Pacific Ocean to its west, Costa Rica is a legendary surfing destination. The country has a really extensive coastline offering a ridiculous number of breaks to seek out, not to mention it’s a year-round surfing destination blessed with a tropical climate. It’s the pacific coast that attracts the highest number of surfers, and with waves suitable for the most skilled to the first timer, it offers something for every level. We believe the best places to catch the waves are Tamarindo, Mal Pais, Playa Negra, and Nosara, to name just a few.
5. Kayak through mangroves and pristine river systems
A kayaking adventure in Costa Rica is the best way to explore the rainforest and experience the magic of nature. Glide along in your kayak and hear the noises of the forest come alive, see a myriad of wildlife along the riverbanks and look up to see the rainforest canopy looming above. Our favourite places to experience this are in Tortuguero National Park and the mangroves at the Esquinas River at Golfo Dulce.