Sustainable Costa Rica. Home to eco friendly Tico’s and adrenaline fuelled adventure. “Pura Vida” Costa Rica really is the perfect country for the Eco conscious traveller. One of the few countries not to have an army, and have the majority of their energy produced through renewable sources. Costa Rica is a pioneer of ecotourism too, and a must visit for any sustainable traveller. Whether it’s exploring the lush cloud forests in Monte Verde or the secluded beaches of Tortuguero national park, nature and wildlife are at the top of everyone’s must see list in Costa Rica. But there are other adventures to be had here as well that are guaranteed to get your adrenaline pumping.
1.Get some white water
With some of the toughest rapids in the world Costa Rica is well known for its rafting. Strap on a helmet and life jacket, grab an oar and jump in to some of the choppiest waters around at Rio Balsa. But hold on tight or like me you will end up a lot wetter than you bargained for! Head to the Arenal region and the town of La Fortuna to find a reputable operator (I can recommend Desafio tours). Hotel Arenal Montechiari has amazing views of the Arenal Volcano and is a great base only a short walk from town.
2. Traverse waterfalls in a rainforest canyon
Canyoneering put simply is getting from one end of a canyon to the other, abseiling down steep waterfalls, negotiating slippery rocks and plummeting into deep pools. Surrounded by lush rainforest you may even spot a sloth as you take your life in your hands and step off the top of a waterfall. Be prepared to get a little too close to nature as the guides covertly check the edges of pools for snakes and other hazardous critters, but under the expert supervision of the guys at ‘Lost Canyon Adventures’ near La Fortuna all this will feel like a walk in the park (or jungle)!
3. Explore Monte Verde under the cover of darkness
A myriad of species, usually hidden during daylight hours, comes to life at night. Expect to see orange kneed tarantulas, tiny frogs, sloths and maybe the odd sleeping toucan. Feel your senses heighten as you stumble around in the mud in the pitch black, totally immersing yourself in the sounds of the jungle. Join a night time guided jungle hike to explore by torchlight, just watch what you put your hands on… “is that branch moving?”!
4. Zipline above the cloud forest in Monte Verde
Suspend yourself high above the cloud forest canopy for the best treetop views; opt for a zip lining tour in Monte Verde and propel yourself headfirst (superman like) through the sky while gazing at the dense jungle below. For the brave there is the Tarzan swing, step out on to a platform where you are tied to a rope and “gently” encouraged to jump off the edge swinging back and forth like the jungle dweller himself! Combine this with the hanging bridges and butterfly gardens for an pretty epic day out.
5. Get close to nature in Manuel Antonio National Park
Wildlife is everywhere in eco-friendly Costa Rica but isn’t always that easy to spot. In Manuel Antonio National Park however the monkeys, sloths and birds don’t bat an eyelid as tourists goggle at them. Watch your bags though as the monkeys know a free lunch when they see it! Go early in the morning to get the whole place to yourself. Later, spend the afternoon getting your kicks with a spot of surfing (lessons are available) or relax on the beach in nearby Quepos.
I’d love to hear about your experiences in the land of Pura Vida, sustainable hot spot Costa Rica, or if you have any questions for an upcoming trip drop me a line below. Happy travels!
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