Costa Rica is continually referred to as the greenest country in the world.
Most people give off a pretty pura vida attitude and adhere to island time, but if there’s one thing Costa Rica takes very seriously, it’s ecotourism and protecting the environment.
With that, you know there are plenty of awesome eco-activities to take part in throughout the country.
To the south you have the Osa Peninsula, which alone is known as the most biologically intense place on earth with 2.5% of the world’s biodiversity. It’s here that you can take part in animal encounters such as baby sea turtle releases, sloth sanctuaries and whale watching tours.
Whereas north, in La Fortuna, it’s all about the volcanoes, cloud forests, national parks and rainforest trekking.
Despite being a smaller country, Costa Rica has curvy roads and getting from one city to the next can eat up a lot of your precious vacation time. With that you need to come prepared and have your itinerary ready so that you don’t miss any must-see attractions.
Here’s a look at 5 eco activities you won’t want to miss in Costa Rica:
It seems that lately zip-lining has become ubiquitous with Costa Rica. People now come from all over the world to experience the rush of flying through the canopies.
Supposedly it gives you the best views around, so if you’re looking for a little adventure, then you’ve come to the right place.
Visit an animal sanctuary
Costa Rica holds 5% of the world’s biodiversity, which for such a tiny country, is huge. You’ll find animal sanctuaries all over the country working hard alongside the local community to help preserve this diversity.
Whether you want to see sloths, birds or any of the country’s other unique critters, animal sanctuaries provide great environments for educational animal encounters.
Explore one of the many national parks
Costa Rica has long been a world leader in conservation. They have dozens of national parks and private nature reserves that work to protect the country’s rainforests, dry forests, cloud forests and marine areas. Over 25% of Costa Rica’s landmass is protected– which is the highest percentage in the world.
All park entry fees and donations go directly to funding maintenance and the local community, so the best way to support these parks is by visiting them while you’re in Costa Rica! One of the best? Head to Arenal Volcano National Park.
Soak in a hot spring
If you’ve come to Costa Rica looking to relax or are simply tired after a day of hiking, sooth your muscles by relaxing in a hot springs. These naturally-heated thermal pools are the ultimate form of relaxation.
Forget the spa! Sit under the waterfall, allowing it to give you a press-perfect massage while staring out at Arenal Volcano in the distance. Pure bliss.
Go on a sky trek
Sky treks are beginning to pop up everywhere in Costa Rica, and why shouldn’t they be? If you know anything about the rainforest, you should know it’s dense and trees grow amazingly tall in order to compete for sunlight. That means, trekking around on the rainforest floor isn’t too exciting since 90% of anything you’d want to see live in the treetops.
So how to get up in the higher levels of canopy? Sky treks! These hanging bridges are well, a bit scary, but they’re also a really cool way of getting a birds-eye view of the rainforest. Taking this trek was totally worth all the omg-I’m-going-to-die moments whenever the bridges would start swaying.