Rainforest Adventure Vacations in Costa Rica

Costa Rica may not be what you think of when you think outdoors adventures, but if its not, then you couldn’t be more wrong.

Tucked away in the rainforests that make up a good percentage of Coasta Rica, cooled by the gentle breezes of the Pacific, lie some of the most remarkable wildlife, natural scenery and good old fashioned hair raising adventures you’ve ever going to have.

Costa Rica borders the Caribbean Sea to the east and the North Pacificto the west and features about 800 miles of coastlines that are waiting to share their bounty with you.

The Monte Verde Suspension Bridge in Costa Rica

The area is just about the size of the US State of West Virginia and can easily compete with that state when it comes to the incredibly breathtaking whitewater rafting and kayaking opportunities as well.

Of the many outdoor sports, there are few that you can’t take part in, in fact won’t have to take part in to make your visit worthwhile
Kayaking and rafting, climbing, rapelling and hiking are in some cases going to be a necessity in order to see all that there is to see in Costa Rica.

Cataract on the Rio Savegre

Among the things you won’t want to miss will be Corcovado National Park , offering some of the most in depth rainforest experiences you can find anywhere in the world.

The Costa Rican Rain forests are like a miniature lost world, waiting to greet you.
The Corcovado Tent Lodges are an ideal place to stay while you are on your adventure,
located just above the high tide line, and well within walking distance of the Corcovado National Park a unique experience in itself.The tents are ten by ten canvas, and each has two beds, a night stand and are served by common bath houses with modern facilities. They feature mosquito netting, which you’re absolutely going to require.

When you arrive, after your hike, in Corcovado National Park, a climb will take you to view the wildlife at their own level.
About 110 feet above the forest floor, Corcovado is known for its canopy, and the tent camp for its canopy platform, where you can get a “birds eye view” of what lives in the parks interior.

Corcovado Costa Rica

Costa Rica, more than just dry and rainy seasons, has more than 10 actual climate zones that will sharply contrast with each other, so that some areas will be experiencing a dry season while others will be in their rain, or green season.

Costa Rica is not for the faint of heart, but if you’re looking for adventure you came to the riht place.
A whopping 13 feet of rainfall occur here annually, the drier months taking place between January and April, while the wettest are September and October.

Howler Monkeys

Most visitors to Costa Rica appear when the average rainfall throughout the country is lowst and migratory bird populations are highes, however if you’re of a more adventurous sorty, you’re going to prefer to travel during the off peak season, when you will have the areas largely to yourself , lush vegetation, a far wider choice of guides and places to stay, lower rate and a huge variety of blooming orchids and flowers, and other benefits.

The Poison Dart Frog

Costa Rica features lowland rain forests, highland cloud forests, jolillo palm forests, mangrove swamps, and beach habitats all of which you’re going to want to explore.

All of the monkey species that are found, including the red backed squirrel monkey, a very endangered species can be seen in the wilds of Costa Rica, as well as six species of Big cats, including jaguars, as well as reptiles that will thrill you, such as sea turtles, over forty varieties of frogs including the poison arrow frog,as well as the red-eyed tree frog, the rain frog, the dink and others.

Many dozens of snakes make their home here, including boas, as well as the well known and much feared bushmaster, and some 30 odd species of lizards.

Boas are common in Costa Rica

More than 100 types and species of butterflies will be found here and at least ten thousand other insects, including a whole slew that you will wish were endangered before your trip is done.
Bring along a good supply of repellent,.

For those of you interested in birds, more than four hundred varieties live here including as many as twenty types of humming birds and the largest number of Macaws found in Central America.
More than 400 species of birds including 16 different hummingbirds and the largest number of Scarlet macaws anywhere in Central America.

According to those who have lived here
“Corcovado National Park is the backpacking experience of a lifetime. It encompases the only remaining old growth wet forests on the Pacific coast of Central America, and 13 major ecosystems including lowland rain forest, highland cloud forest, jolillo palm forest, and mangrove swamps, as well as costal marine and beach habitats.There is a good chance of spotting some of Costa Rica’s shyest and most endangered inhabitants here; Baird’s Tapirs, Jaguars, Scarlet Macaws, Harpy Eagles, Red-backed squirrel monkeys and White-lipped Peccaries. It is wet, remote and rugged, but the trails are relatively good, and the camping areas near the ranger stations are grassy and well drained.”

Local bird life

One visitor reports that having hiked eleven miles, they say one other person on their trek.

White water rafting and kayaking on the inland waters is a breathtaking trip, with some of the best whitewater available anywhere flowing through the canyons of Costa Rica.

Swimming, snorkeling and diving are also going to take up a good portion of your time.
Imagine swimming up to a deserted beach, that is lined with pristine golden sands, the trees hung full of coconuts from the palms that line the shore, and being able to rinse your self under a cool waterfall before entereing the rain forests to view the wildlife.
This is not an imagined trip in Costa Rica, its a reality.
The advice from the experts

“Take care where you swim, there are areas where hammerhead sharks school (there has never been a reported attack), and crocodiles are common in Corcovado Lagoon and the estuaries of the RĂ­os Claro and Sirena.”

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