The top outdoor activities to do in Costa Rica

There are so many activities in the great outdoors of Costa Rica’s Guanacaste region, providing you with an ample amount of activities to enjoy the plethora of ecosystems in this destination. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie looking to kick your vacation into the highest gear, or you simply wanna relax and take it all in at a more leisurely pace, there’s a perfect outdoor activity in Guanacaste just for you!

Let’s start with excursions for thrillseekers looking to get their hearts pumping during their time in Costa Rica. You shouldn’t be surprised that an adventure like Pure Adrenaline is chock full of, well, adrenaline! Whitewater rafting, zip lining and jungle swinging are just the perfect activities to get the most out of this breathtaking countryside. To take it up another notch, you can soar almost as high as an eagle at Diamante Eco Adventure Park and its glorious zip line course that’s highlighted by the 4,000-foot ‘Superman’ line, the longest in Central America. This park also includes a collection of Costa Rica’s animals, birds and butterflies at its natural sanctuary, plus you can kick back at the beach and soak in the sun and the fun. But if you’d rather stay on the ground and feel maximum adrenaline, explore the bumpy terrain tucked away in the countryside with a high-power Costa Rica ATV tour.

Now, for the travelers seeking more laid-back outdoor activities in Guanacaste, Costa Rica has plenty to offer as well. You can go up to the mountains to experience the magic of the Culture and Adventure Mega Combo, giving you a more relaxed time with a gentle horseback or tractor ride, a dip in thermal pools, and a cultural look at how locals make cornbread, cheese, coffee and pottery. And if you get the urge for some adrenaline, this excursion also offers a zip line course and a 1,300-foot water slide. Or you can immerse yourself in the natural world of the Tempisque River at Palo Verde National Park, where a guided boat ride will take you to the habitat of monkeys, birds and even peaceful crocodiles lounging around the riverside. Cap off your search for relaxing outdoor activities in Guanacaste by exploring its hidden side with a gentle horseback riding adventure, just what you need to feel connected to this wonderful natural world.

Whether you're looking for outdoor activities in Costa Rica, or things to do in Guanacaste remember to book your activities with a known DMC like Amstar that has a guarantee of excellence thanks to it's relationship with Apple Leisure Group.

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Recommended excursions in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Pure Adrenaline

Combine river rafting on whitewater rapids, whizzing on zip lines, flying on jungle swings and relaxing with horseback riding, and you get a magnificent adventure in the forests of Costa Rica.


Take an adrenaline-filled ATV journey through streams, mountains and bumpy terrain as you get away from civilization. This excursion is for guests at Dreams Las Mareas.


Hit the gas with this all-terrain jaunt that takes you through Costa Rica's dry forest landscape. This excursion is for travelers at Secrets Papagayo, Riu Palace or Riu Guanacaste.


Are you ready to soar on the the 4,000-foot ‘Superman' line, the longest zip line in Central America? This and other zip lines are complemented by an animal sanctuary, a beach visit and a full buffet lunch.


Discover the power of the mountains as you glide down a 1,300-foot water slide and fly on a zip line course over the forest, and enjoy thermal pools, a horseback ride, and a display of local culture and flavor.


Take it easy at one of the largest national parks in Costa Rica, where a boat ride will give you a look at a river landscape and varied fauna, before visiting the history-rich city center of Liberia.


Experience how the cowboys of Costa Rica lived centuries ago with this horseback riding journey, which is available to guests staying at Dreams Las Mareas resort.


Vist the dry forest that makes up the countryside of Costa Rica with this horseback riding excursion available to guests at the Secrets Papagayo, Riu Palace or Riu Guanacaste resorts.

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