Are Costa Rica adventure tours for me?
If you are feeling adventurous, they probably are! The world, and Costa Rica especially, is packed with adventure. To choose the one you’ll embark only takes a little information about what the particular adventure entails. Your age and experience don’t have to be a limitation to try something new, but of course there are some activities where safety measures necessarily set certain requirements for their participants. Here’s a list with some examples.
Do this tour if you want to experience driving through off-roads in muddy terrain, across streams, sand, stones and sometimes even paved roads. You must be aware that although they’re fun, ATVs are not toys; they’re vehicles, and must be driven with care for your own safety. So if you’re in the mood for exploring just make sure you follow your guide’s instructions and enjoy the ride! Of course to drive an ATV you must have a driver’s license.
Canopy Tour/Zip Lines
Do this tour if you get a thrill out of heights, speed and the sensation of flying. Know that you’ll be off your feet, dozens of meters high in the canopy of a lush forest, zipping through the trees at sometimes more than 25 miles per hour. If that’s what you would like to experience, this is your star activity! You must be four years old at the very least to do this tour.
Do this tour even if you’ve never ridden before. Your guide will choose a calm horse for you so that you can take in the scenery and relax. Be ready to possibly ride for several hours sitting on a saddle and following your guide’s instructions. Remember to be considerate and patient with your horse and wear proper clothing and sun protection to enjoy your tour. There is usually no age restriction for this activity.
Do this tour if you enjoy an arm and core workout. No matter how weak the current, you will be paddling a lot! This activity is wonderful whether in the open ocean or in the calm mangroves. In either you will see beautiful sights, wildlife and sometimes even colorful sunsets.
Do this tour if you see yourself working as a team, following your guide’s orders immediately, getting really wet and of course taking in the scenery whenever you’re not concentrated on keeping the raft on track and afloat! Costa Rica has exhilarating class III-IV white waters like Balsa Sarapiqui, but if you would rather just relax on a raft along a calmer river, there are also options for class I-II. To do either level you must know how to swim, and to do class III-IV you must be at least 14 years old.
Do this tour if you love the ocean, love speed and want to learn something new. You’ll spend around two hours in the sun and enduring the waves, so you must be willing and able to work your upper body muscles! To do this activity you must know how to swim and be at least 8 years old. Samara Beach is a recommended spot for surf lessons.
Do this tour if you feel like getting soaked, hiking through the jungle and pending from a rope attached to a harness several feet above the ground. Do this if you like to feel a little more control in heights (as opposed to speed like in zip-lining).