No Costa Rica vacation is complete without at least one hair-raising adventure – and with ample adrenaline-pumping tours on offer, the hardest part is often narrowing down your choices. Canopy zip-line tours, waterfall rappelling, parasailing, and rafting Costa Rica’s churning river rapids are just a few that top the list. Here are some of the most popular tours that will satisfy even the most die-hard of adventure buffs.
Thrills & spills: whitewater rafting on the Pacuare and Reventazon
For a mellow river rafting trip, Costa Rica offers several options, including the Sarapiqui, Savegre and Naranjo Rivers. The latter two make for great day trips from both Jaco and Manuel Antonio. But if heart-pounding Class IV and V rapids are more your cup of tea, a Pacuare River excursion promises a day of unforgettable scenery and challenging white waters. Multi-day packages can be booked out of San Jose and Turrialba, which include mountain lodging, meals, equipment, bilingual guides and roundtrip transportation, plus an exhilarating run down either the Pacuare or Reventazon, both of which are renowned as some of the world’s toughest.
Waterfall rappelling: get wet and wild in Arenal
Also known as canyoneering, waterfall rappelling is rapidly becoming one of Costa Rica’s most extreme adventure activities. The best place to test your mettle is the town of La Fortuna, which sits beneath the looming shadow of Arenal Volcano. A handful of tour operators feature this spine-tingling excursion, which takes guests deep into the jungle, where they’ll descend down the slippery faces of 200-foot cascades. A thrilling blend of hiking, rock-hopping and rappelling, this tour is geared for visitors as young as 5, as seasoned guides ensure safety always comes first!
Extreme canopy tour in Manuel Antonio
Are you ready to zoom like a superhero above the treetops? Located just outside of Quepos and Manuel Antonio, this adventure park boasts Central America’s longest Superman canopy tour, at over 2.2 miles in length! Kids age 9 and older are welcome to enjoy this amazing activity, which guarantees the ride of a lifetime. Whether you’re traveling to Tamarindo, Arenal, Jaco, Monetverde or just about any tourist town, you’re bound to find a selection of canopy tour operators. Choose from optional extras like Tarzan swings, bungee drops and hanging bridges to round out your above-ground experience.
Bungee jumping: become a human yo-yo
For the truly brave, the ultimate adrenaline rush can be achieved by hurling your body off a 460-foot ledge, on one of Monteverde’s famed bungee jumping tours. For those traveling in the Central Valley, a leap off the 265-foot Rio Colorado Bridge may be a more convenient (though no less terrifying) option. Situated near Grecia, this bridge has been the site of more than 60,000 safe jumps, are you ready to be the next?