Costa Rica

Summary
Overall rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – 5 adventure travel stars (rounded up)

Magical sunset in Costa Rica

Magical sunset in Costa Rica

If you’ve been looking for your adventure travel Shangri-la, you’ll find it tucked away in the heart of Central America… Costa Rica.

The unspoiled beaches stretch for miles along the Pacific and Caribbean waters, the sunsets are pure magic, the jungles and rainforests are filled with exotic wildlife and the adrenaline-filled adventures will beckon and call as soon as you step foot into the country.

The local “ticos” and “ticas” are a gregarious people who will welcome you to enjoy the good life as you surf some of the tastiest waves of Central America, explore the wilderness on a quad bike and fly through the jungles on ziplines.

The wildlife watching experiences are simply amazing with the mantled howler monkeys, the strange looking pig-like tapir, the big cats, colorful amphibians and exotic parrots. There are also some interesting reptiles that you probably hope you don’t see like the eyelash viper and the American crocodile.

With all of the pure adventure excitement in Costa Rica you still need to be mindful of a problem with the local crime, so don’t cozy up to people who appear to be overly helpful and don’t flash your money or credit cards.

The bottom line: There are many reasons why Costa Rica is an adventure traveler’s fantasy come true. Find out what they are for yourself by booking the next flight out. Don’t put this one off. Do the Costa Rica experience ASAP.

Exotic Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – 5 adventure travel stars

If you’re into exotic locations for adventure travel experiences, then Costa Rica is a perfect place for you.

Here you’ll find an extreme diversity of stunning landscapes filled with unique and unusual flora and fauna. Take your pick from volcanoes to beautiful Caribbean and Pacific beaches, lush rainforests to dry and temperate forests and high majestic mountains to marshy, picturesque lowlands.

Ecotourism thrives in Costa Rica due to its rich biodiversity. This place is swarming with incredible creatures like the fierce and stealthy jaguar, the adorable, but elusive margay, brightly colored macaws, poison dart frogs and more strange and remarkable critters that will fill you with wonder and awe.

The exotic plants will fascinate you with about 1,500 different kinds of orchids and the many unusual plants that live in the secluded lush green rainforests.

Costa Rica is an exotic setting that will take your breath away and leave you feeling like you’ve found the ideal land of enchantment.

Cultural Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

Costa Rican culture has been heavily influenced by Spain after their conquest of the land with the greatest evidence being the country’s Spanish language and the widespread Catholic religion.

There has also been a great deal of influence from indigenous Indians, Afro-Caribbeans, Asians, North Americans and Europeans. All together this eclectic mix makes for a unique cultural experience you’ll want to explore while you’re in Costa Rica.

The cuisine in Costa Rica is an interesting fusion of Spanish, Caribbean, American and Southern American influences. It’s known for the tasty, mild flavors and the heavy use of fresh fruit and vegetables. Generally speaking, Costa Ricans don’t like hot, spicy foods. The main staple is known as gallo pinto, which consists of rice and beans.

Costa Ricans – also known as “ticos” (male) and “ticas” (female) – are a friendly, fun-loving and hospitable people who love to dance and celebrate. One of the phrases you’ll hear most while in this adventure travel paradise is “Pura vida,” which means “pure life” or “good life.”

So if someone asks you how you’re doing, respond with a resounding, “Pura vida.”

Adventure Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – 5 adventure travel stars

Costa Rica is definitely one of the most popular adventure travel destinations in all of Latin America.

The unspoiled natural wonders and biodiversity attracts people to the extensive jungle rivers for rafting and kayaking, and the magnificent rainforests offer everything from the adrenaline rush of a zipline canopy tour to more relaxed excursions like hiking, bird watching and some of the most interesting eco tourism offerings you’ll find.

You’ll also discover enlightening cultural tours and thrilling wildlife watching adventure activities that will leave you in awe of mother nature.

See below for a longer list of exciting adventure travel experiences you’ll find in Costa Rica.

Hard

  • Bungee jumping
  • Canoeing
  • Four wheel drive trips
  • Hang gliding
  • Hunting
  • Jungle exploring
  • Motorcycling
  • Mountain biking
  • Mountain climbing
  • Orienteering
  • Overlanding
  • Paragliding
  • Rappelling
  • Rock climbing
  • Scuba diving
  • Sea kayaking
  • Skydiving
  • Snorkeling
  • Soaring (gliding)
  • Spelunking (caving)
  • Surfing
  • Survival training
  • White water rafting
  • Wilderness training
  • Windsurfing

Soft

  • Bird watching
  • Cultural tours
  • Eco tours
  • Nature trips
  • Walking tours
  • Whale watching

Could be either

  • Backpacking
  • Bicycling
  • Camping
  • Canopy tours / Ziplines
  • Fishing
  • Flying
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Hot-air ballooning
  • Quad-biking / ATVs
  • Safaris
  • Sailing
  • Trekking
  • Wildlife watching

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