With such diversity of nature in the backroads of Costa Rica, there are plenty of things to do in Guanacaste, the province where travelers find the best excursions to make them feel like they’re visiting paradise. The majestic vistas come from a combination of mountains, volcanoes, forests, jungles and rainforests, all within driving distance of one another.
Without a doubt, one of the most popular things to do in Guanacaste is visiting the breathtaking Arenal Volcano. It’s located in a magical green area where you can enjoy a boat ride on the largest lake in Costa Rica, followed by a walk through the waterfall-rich rainforest and even a nice dip in hot springs, allowing you to feel totally connected to this magnificent land. Or you can completely immerse yourself in the rainforest that gives Costa Rica its well earned fame at Sensoria, the Land of Senses. This nature reserve in Rincon de la Vieja National Park gives you access to a plethora of vegetation, and its waterfalls and cool-blue pools give you refreshment before swimming in a thermal river pool.
To get in touch with the amazing fauna of Costa Rica, you must take a boat ride along the Tempisque River at Palo Verde National Park. There, your captain will take you on a gentle cruise to see beautiful birds, capuchin monkeys, and even friendly crocodiles that go about their business. If you want to take your natural adventure to a higher gear, and you’re looking for an excellent dose of adrenaline, how about trying out the zip lines of Costa Rica? Start with the biggest one of them all, the 4,000-foot ‘Superman’ at the Diamante Eco Adventure Park on the Pacific coast, where you can also spend time in nature at wildlife refuges full of regional flora and fauna. This is a perfect activity for guests staying in Papagayo Gulf resorts because of its proximity.
However, if the thought of soaring on the longest zip line in Central America is too much for you, perhaps you can experience a more laid back zip lining course above the forest by checking out the Culture and Adventure Mega Combo. As the name suggests, this Guanacaste outdoor activity adds a nice touch of Costa Rican culture by seeing how locals make coffee, sweet cornbread and even pottery. To take a journey that combines thrills with thorough relaxation, you should add the Rio Perdido Adventure to your list of things to do in Guanacaste. You’ll zip line above a river canyon and let the adrenaline pump through your body, but then you’ll unwind and relax in a thermal river and several mineral pools for the complete R&R treatment you deserve.
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Experience nature in the Guanacaste province with one of the most beloved excursions in Costa Rica. Explore this paradise by taking a nice boat ride on the lake that bows before the majestic Arenal Volcano. Then take a pleasant walk along hanging bridges over the rainforest canopy before you relax in a sublime hot spring. End your day by savoring dinner with a view of the volcano.
Live and feel the magical rainforest of Costa Rica with a total immersion into this natural wonderland. Your guided hike will take you far away from civilization in a place where breathtaking waterfalls, deep blue natural pools and a thermal river give life to the flora all around you.
View the array of fauna thriving in the countryside with a memorable boat ride on a river full of friendly birds, monkeys and even a few peaceful crocodiles taking in the sun. Follow this up with a tour of the city of Liberia for a look at everyday life in Costa Rica.
Go up to the mountains and live a day full of natural fun by zip lining, water sliding and horseback riding. Also experience a cultural immersion into the old way of life of Costa Rica by seeing how the locals make coffee, cornbread, tortillas and even pottery, ending your outing with a relaxing bath in thermal waters.
Take on the 4,000-foot ‘Superman’ zip line, the longest in Central America, and soar as you enjoy a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean on the horizon. Add a touch of nature by visiting the park’s animal sanctuary, relax with a few moments of peace on the beach and enjoy a hearty buffet lunch.
Combine thrills with relaxation at this eco lodge that features adrenaline-pumping zip lines, a Tarzan swing and a crazy bridge over a river canyon out in the mountains. Follow this up with total zen on a thermal river and mineral pools flowing with hot spring water. River tubing is available only during dryer seasons.