A rugged, rainforested Central American country with coastlines on the Caribbean and Pacific. Costa Rica is known for its beaches, volcanoes, and biodiversity. Roughly a quarter of its area is made up of protected jungle, teeming with beautiful wildlife such as monkeys, sloths, jaguars, macaws, toucans and quetzal birds.
Our three week tour of the country was in January 2017.
After flying into the capital San Jose, we were picked up the following morning and driven to one of the worlds best white water rafting rivers in the world. Pacuare River has 19 miles of Class III-IV rapids. We chose the 2 day excursion, staying overnight in an Eco lodge halfway down the river.
The following day we were dropped off in La Fortuna, we stayed here for 5 days. There are lots of activities to do, the main attraction of this area is Arenal Volcano and its hot springs (Titoku is the best). We also really enjoyed jungle hikking up Chato Volcano to swim in the crater lake on top. The rainforest was wet, hot and humid, a great nature experience. We saw many interesting plants, flowers, animals, insects and waterfalls. There are Hanging Bridge parks that allow you to venture up into the tops of the tree's to see the birds and monkeys up close.
Next we got a jeep-boat-jeep ride to Monteverde where we stayed 1 night. Montreverde is famous for its cloud forests and the countries best bungee jump from a moving tram on cables hanging in a valley at a height of 450 feet. It was my first ever bungee jump, wow I'll remember that moment for a very long time! The Extremo Park also has many other great activities such as zip-lines and the off road buggies were really good fun.
Next we jumped on a 5 hour bus ride back to San Jose, where we met up with a GAdventures tour group to do the 12 day Hidden Trek Adventure. The next day we headed off Piedras Blancas National Park. Here we did jungle trekking with AutenticoAdventures.com and stayed at 3 different local homestays. Totally offline, no mobile phone or interest for 4 days! Milking cows, swimming in the river, making sugar and cheese were our activities. To finish off we did some more white water rafting down Savegre River. The day ended in the beach resort of Dominical..
Next our adventure really stepped up a notch as we travelled to Tumbas to join up with PacificJourneysCR.com. The Diamante Falls are the biggest in Costa Rica. We trekked to a unique fully equipped cave with twin 26m (85 ft) waterfalls. Sleeping in the cave for 2 nights was great fun, really close to nature. We found a Viper sake just meters from our sleeping bags! Activity included waterfall rappelling, swimming in natural pools, cliff jumping, exploring the jungle and living off a yummy vegetarian menu. The freshly picked lemongrass and ginger tea was very unique.
The last 2 days of the GAdventures tour took us to the beautiful beach of Uvita. The fun activities we did here we surfing and horseback riding along the beach at sunset. Galloping along the beach was yet another unforgettable experience.
As we headed back to San Jose, we stopped of at Manuel Antonio National Park. This is home to Costa Rica's best and prettiest beaches. All set within a nature reserve full of moneys, sloths and colorful birds. A fantastic end to a fantastic adventure.
Special thanks to our Gadventure guide Pamela Acuña and to all the wonderful people we met along the way.
Thank you Costa Rica!
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