adventure tours in costa rica (5)

Costa Rica was named 2014 Sustainable Destinations Global Top 100

If you are an eco-adventurer looking for up-close contact with pure nature and fun wild adventures, Costa Rica might be the perfect destination for you. Reaching the five top regions selected for best ecotourism countries by Independent Traveler ; and also chosen in the top 100 most sustainable global destinations involving 30 international experts by The Sustainable Destinations Global Top 100.

five top regions selected for best ecotourism countries by Independent Traveler

Since around 1980 Costa Rica has become a popular ecotourism destination, mainly because of its Nation

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They call it the "ultimate waterfall rappel". Frommer's calls it "a bigger rush than a canopy tour."

Rappel down a 165-foot waterfall on the Pure Trek Canyoning Tour in Arenal, Costa Rica / photo Pure TrekI'm talking about the Pure Trek Canyoning tour near Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica. Canyoning is a mixture of rappelling down waterfalls and hiking in a canyon. Noted by TripAdvisor as one of the top 10 activities to do in the Arenal area, the Pure Trek Canyoning tour will have you rappelling down some of the most spectacular waterfalls in Costa Rica.

Few people experience places like this. Imagine b

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Costa Rica’s greatly varied terrain, from beaches to jungle to rugged mountains, makes for a fun playground for ATV tours.

Costa Rica's diverse terrain is great for ATV tours

Officially known as All-Terrain Vehicles, or “Quads” in North America and “Quad Bikes” in England and Australia, ATVs can be an exciting way to access Costa Rica’s beautiful landscapes where other vehicles can’t travel. You also can cover more ground and see more than hiking. Some of Costa Rica’s best places for ATV riding include the Arenal Volcano, Manuel Antonio, Jacó, and

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The onset of Costa Rica’s “green season” means it is whitewater rafting time! Rainwater flows into Costa Rica’s tropical rivers this time of year, making the rapids bigger and more exciting. What could be more fun than splashing down a warm-water tropical river on a hydro-powered rollercoaster? Costa Rica is one of the world’s top destinations for whitewater rafting.

See waterfalls and rainforest rafting on the Pacuare River, Costa Rica / photo by Rios Tropicales

Tropical rivers in Costa Rica are renowned for their beauty. Thick green jungle splashed with rainbow colors of over-sized flowers,

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Writer and poet Henry David Thoreau said it best, “I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least … sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements.”

I agree wholeheartedly. I always feel renewed, refreshed, and more at ease with the world after walking in nature. The wilder, the better. Even if I return drenched in sweat, covered in mud, tired, even hungry and sore … afterward, the feeling of

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