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Costa Rica has to be one of the most fun and active countries I have visited. There is never a dull moment. If you are as adventurous as I am and love thrill seeking activities, do not miss visiting this beautiful country!

Here is a list of must activities while  in Costa Rica:

1. Manuel Antonio National Park

Rainforests, white sand beaches, and coral reefs means trails, snorkeling and wildlife. This small but diverse national park is an amazing way to spend the day. We spent the entire time playing under the sun and competing to see who could spot the most animals. I personally saw sloths, iguanas, crabs and what seemed like hundreds of squirrel monkeys.

One concern about this beautiful park is that there is a theft problem. You need to watch over your valuables, most importantly your food, the monkeys will take it! Trust me, I know from personal experience.

 
2. Zip-line Tours

If you love the thrill of adventure like me, this is quite the adrenaline rush! We soared down 17 zip lines starting at a platform 500 feet in the air. Usually I am scared of heights, but when you look down while you are in the air, all you see is the jungle underneath you! You will never experience the beauty of the rainforest until you are bound to a rope zooming through it. Also, if you book online before you go, there is usually a 10% discount as opposed to showing up for a canopy tour.

 
3. Arenal Volcano

I had never seen a volcano before going to Costa Rica. Once I got over my fear of a catastrophic eruption, it was one of the most beautiful sites I had ever seen. I know if you have some extra money to splurge that you can even take a private helicopter tour that will fly you directly over the Volcano. We hiked all around the volcano, enjoying the warm waterfalls that you run into on the trails.

What I enjoyed most from the volcano, is that Costa Rica is filled with jacuzzis created by Mother Earth herself. These are known as the hot springs which are created by the very active volcano and stream all the way down, making natural pools of 105 degrees fahrenheit. Entering these springs, my body automatically relaxed and was reinvigorated by it’s natural minerals.

 

4. ATV Tours

Explore the beach, mountains and forest in an ATV tour. My tour guide was a Costa Rican native who brought me and my friends to the waterfalls to ride through them and even ate lunch in the springs while we cooled off. This was one of my favorite activities splashing around Costa Rica using a fast vehicle. It is a great opportunity to experience the countryside off track.

5. White Water Rafting

Costa Rica is known for having some of the best white water rafting in the world. It is definitely a roller coaster and also, a huge adrenaline rush! It is also such a great opportunity to appreciate the beauty of nature and wildlife.

While we chose to go on class IV rapids, there are options for beginners as well.  Maybe choosing the class VI wasn’t the best way to end a trip with so much adventure because my friend flipped out of the raft during some rough waters! As soon as we got over the initial shock (and okay, maybe a little of laughter), we helped pull him in right away and he was safe! Thankfully, we listened to the instructor when he told us if we fell to not stand on the rocks and we had a tour guide with us!

Costa Rica was such an amazing adventure and one of my personal favorite trips. It has definitely made me much more conscious of preserving our ecosystem and conservation.

Remember if you are planning on visiting, I would highly suggest your passport being valid for at least 6 months upon entering. If you need to renew your passport, Passport Study Abroad can expedite it in time for your trip!.

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