A pocket-sized link in the chain connecting North and South Americas, Costa Rica promises travelers a range of outdoor activities that sweep across cloud forests, active volcanoes, tumbling rivers, and wild beaches. Touring the Arenal National Park, you can discern the rumblings of the region's perfectly conical volcano and negotiate the hanging bridges in search of numerous bird species. At Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge, a three-hour cruise along the Rio Frio could put you in sight of sloth, caiman, lizards, tropical birds, monkeys and turtles. Or, fly through the treetops of the Selvatura Forest on a zipline, glimpsing birds and monkeys among the canopy.
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Ideas for experiencing Costa Rica
The experiences you have as you travel often hold the longest memories. As part of their research trips, our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know Costa Rica, and the best local guides. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed.