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8 unusual activities to do in Costa Rica, a temple of biodiversity

Written on : 16 April 2019
By : Clarisse Haurogné

Costa Rica, a small gem, located in Central America, is full of countless riches. With its breathtaking landscapes, one of the most developed fauna and flora in the world, the country is the ideal place to escape and live an exciting experience. Whether you are with family or friends, there is something for everyone. Here is a taste of some unusual activities that will allow you to immerse yourself in an extraordinary Costa Rican culture and create wonderful memories.

1- Adventure in the Monteverde Biological Reserve

1- Adventure in the Monteverde Biological Reserve

Embark on a sumptuous hike through the Monteverde Biological Reserve and its dense tropical forest. Nestled at an altitude of 1500 meters, you will have the opportunity to have your head in the clouds because the reserve is one of the highest in Costa Rica. Keep your eyes open because in this small natural jewel, you can observe many rare and colorful species that are absolutely magnificent, such as the famous quetzal (mythical bird of the country).

2- Try to cross the many suspension bridges of Costa Rica

2- Try to cross the many suspension bridges of Costa Rica

There are indeed several suspension bridges in the country and these are a delight for tourists. Come and experience the thrill of walking through the treetops, over hills and rivers. These bridges will allow you to see some of the hundreds of animals species that are present in Costa Rica. So keep your eyes open!

3- Visit the crater of Mount Poás

3- Visit the crater of Mount Poás

Go for a walk to discover the Poás National Park and its mythical mountain. This one will also have a wonderful surprise in store for you at its summit. You will be able to enjoy an incredible panorama and observe the gaseous manifestations of the most active volcano in the country as well as the turquoise color of the latter. A marvel for the eyes! Don’t forget to bring your camera to immortalize the captivating beauty of this place.

4- Test the aerial tramway

4- Test the aerial tramway

The best way to get the most of Costa Rica's diverse landscapes is to board the aerial tramway. So go for an adventure in the trees with this unique means of transport. You will have the opportunity to see lush vegetation, the green scents of the forest and discover all the secrets hidden in this mysterious jungle. An adventure not to be missed!

5- Snorkel in Isla del Cano

5- Snorkel in Isla del Cano

Isla del Cano is the ideal place for diving and snorkelling enthusiasts. This reserve is a very attractive tourist destination thanks to its magnificent coral reefs, its great diversity of marine life and its paradisiacal beaches. The site has several exceptional spots where you can see many species, the most popular of which are marine turtles, manta rays and dolphins. You can even see humpback whales depending on the season. Then enjoy a well-deserved rest on one of Costa Rica's most beautiful beaches.

6- Climb Mount Chipiró

6- Climb Mount Chipiró

Mount Chipiró is the highest peak in Costa Rica. Thanks to its altitude of more than 3800 meters, it is one of the most famous and difficult sites to reach in the country. The ascent has to be earned and the view is worth it. Start your hike from the charming little village of San Gerardo and enjoy a few days of adventure in the park's sumptuous tropical forest, stopping off at the various mountain huts on Mount Chipiró.

7- Become a true coffee expert

7- Become a true coffee expert

If you are a coffee lover, Costa Rica is for you. Many guided tours of coffee plantations are indeed offered throughout the country. You can learn more about the different aspects of the production of this black gold. The Finca Rosa Blanca plantation is known for its organic coffee production, grown in the shade of the sun and in respect of the Costa Rican ecosystem. A marvel for the taste buds!

8- Visit the Venado caves

8- Visit the Venado caves

Rediscovered by hunters in the 20th century, these caves are made for thrill-seekers. So venture below the Earth's surface and discover all the corners of these caves that are older than 5 million years old. By observing the walls more closely, you will be able to notice the presence of many marine fossils, witnesses of the past presence of a sea in these places. A fascinating journey to the centre of the earth.