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South America, and Costa Rica in particular, is a hotbed for outdoor excursions and thrill-seeking adventures. The rainforest is the perfect location for a hilly, high-altitude hike, the warm waters below are the perfect platform for world-class surfing. Biking, ziplining and white water rapids are all available to those who want to experience the country from a whole new adrenalin-filled perspective.
There is no better location than the wild bounds of the Costa Rican rainforests, the home to wildlife like you’ve never seen it before. Vibrant macaws perch on the treetops, caiman circle the mangrove swamps, bright blue butterflies circle the atmosphere while the waters are teaming with tropical fish as well as dolphins, sharks and sometimes even whales. A short trip to the rainforest is the perfect excursion for those who want to add a sense of adventure to their upcoming cruise.
Home to gigantic volcanoes
Costa Rica is home to numerous active and dormant volcanoes, all just as impressive as each other. The Arenal Volcano is one of the most popular in the country and is accessible on a number of trekking and hiking excursions, you can even walk on the lava flow from the 1968 eruption. The trek is perfect for walkers of all abilities with level trails and steady inclines before reaching the summit where vast views across the planes can be seen.
No trip to Costa Rica is complete without a trip to Puntarenas or as it’s more familiarly known ‘Sandy Point’. Puntarenas is a city hugged by the sandy beaches of the Pacific and was founded by Christopher Columbus in 1502. Visitors can expect to learn all about the rich coffee-making history of the location before tasting some of the goods for themselves in one of the local-run cafes or coffee shops.