Top 5 Eco Adventures in Costa Rica

Top 5 Eco Adventures in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is continually called the greenest country in the world.

While we didn’t know what could kill us there, we at least knew this little fact prior to our arrival. Although despite knowing this, we just didn’t know the extent of how green it would really be.

You want to know how green? People don’t flush toilet paper there and basically every trash can we encountered was converted to a dual purpose recycling bin. 

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Most people give off a pretty pura vida attitude, but if there’s one thing Costa Rica takes seriously, it’s ecotourism.

With that, you know there are plenty of awesome eco-activities to take part in throughout the country. And take part we did. Down in the Osa Peninsula we were all about the whale watching and baby sea turtle releasing, but once we reached La Fortuna, it became all about the volcanoes and rainforest trekking.

Here’s a look at our favorite eco activities in La Fortuna, Costa Rica:

Go on a sky trek

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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.

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.

I’m not going to lie, Central America travel is tough and more than once I found myself in need of a massage. But 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.

Zip-line through the rainforest

La Fortuna - Aug 2014

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.

While I’m not sure I agree that it gives you the best views around (because really, can you actually see anything as your whirring by?), but 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

La Fortuna - Aug 2014

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! Want to visit one of our favorites? Then head to Arenal Volcano National Park.

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Have you been to Costa Rica? What are your favorite activities there? 

A special thank you to Essential Costa Rica and Sky Adventures for helping to arrange our visit to La Fortuna, Costa Rica!
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73 Comments

  1. Nikki
    March 9, 2015 / 8:00 am

    Looks really fun and exciting! It reminds me of some of the tourists spots here in the Philippines. If you’re looking for adventures like this one, I highly recommend that you visit the Philippines ;) I’d gladly be your online guide! (haha)

    • Beth Williams
      March 9, 2015 / 10:37 pm

      I’m dying to go back to the Philippines! I only got to visit Cebu and Bohol while there, but it was a lot of fun!

  2. March 6, 2015 / 10:17 am

    Great list! Costa Rica is one of the leading countries when it comes to being eco-conscious and being environmentally aware. Great list of eco-adventrues – love Costa Rica!

    • Beth Williams
      March 6, 2015 / 2:23 pm

      Hopefully more countries start stepping up to be more eco-conscious as well!

  3. March 6, 2015 / 3:48 am

    Did you go zip lining? I really, really want to try it!

    • Beth Williams
      March 6, 2015 / 2:27 pm

      You need to!! So much fun :)

  4. March 6, 2015 / 12:45 am

    Never been there, but really want to go! We’ve tried zip lines, but never sky trek. Sounds like a great activity to get in touch with the forest :)

    • Beth Williams
      March 6, 2015 / 2:45 pm

      You should go! If you liked zip lines, it would be the perfect place for you!

  5. Ashley
    March 6, 2015 / 12:04 am

    Wow! Gorgeous, gorgeous pictures! Even though I readthe10 deadly things post, I still want to visit Costa Rica! The sky trek and zip line seem fun, and I’ve always wanted to see a hot spring! Thanks for the beautiful pictures and the info!

    • Beth Williams
      March 6, 2015 / 2:47 pm

      There’s really something for everyone in Costa Rica!

  6. March 5, 2015 / 11:39 pm

    I’m not scared of heights or anything, but those Sky treks look scary.. lol But that view is priceless!! Hot springs sound amazing, always wanted to go to one. I’ve also always wanted to go zip-lining as well! The Arenal Volcano National Park, how cool.. The only other Volcano I’ve ever been near is Diamond Head in Hawaii.. I love them!

    • Beth Williams
      March 6, 2015 / 2:49 pm

      The view was definitely worth it! And Hawaii– jealous! It looks so beautiful there.

  7. Carly
    March 5, 2015 / 11:18 pm

    I’ve always wanted to go to Costa Rica, and these pictures are amazing! That ziplining looks scary, but awesome. And the hot springs? Yes please!

    • Beth Williams
      March 6, 2015 / 2:50 pm

      Exactly! Costa Rica had so much to offer.

  8. March 5, 2015 / 6:32 pm

    That zip line looks so fun! I’ve only done a zip line once before, but had a blast. Would love to experience this one.

    • Beth Williams
      March 6, 2015 / 2:54 pm

      Costa Rica has some of the highest and longest zip lines in the world, so I’d bet you’d love them!

  9. March 5, 2015 / 4:16 pm

    Costa Rica seems like such a beautiful place omg! I don’t think i could do the sky treks lol i’m such a nervous wreck when it comes to heights lol!

    • Beth Williams
      March 6, 2015 / 2:52 pm

      I am too but somehow I made it! :)

  10. March 5, 2015 / 9:47 am

    Even though I think it would be a test of nerves, the Sky Treks look like a lot of fun. I don’t know if I’d be able to do it – I had a near panic attack going up a really tall escalator in California. I thought I was going to pass out from the heights. Out of all these suggestions, I am all about the animal sanctuary.

    • Beth Williams
      March 5, 2015 / 12:56 pm

      I almost had a panic attack going across the Sky Trek! Especially when it started wobbling.

  11. March 5, 2015 / 6:19 am

    I have never been to Costa Rica. However, it is definitely on my bucket list. Your pictures have proved my reasons for going to – it is beautiful there! Also, soaking in a hot spring does not sound bad at all.

    • Beth Williams
      March 5, 2015 / 12:58 pm

      The hot spring is super relaxing!

  12. March 5, 2015 / 12:29 am

    I would love to do the Sky Walks they look amazing and like an experience. Costa Rica looks like an amazing place to travel to and explore. The scenery is beautiful and breathe taking in your pictures.

    • Beth Williams
      March 5, 2015 / 2:26 pm

      The Sky Walks are the best way to see all the wildlife!

  13. March 4, 2015 / 11:59 pm

    I would love to experience Costa Rica’s volcanoes once, I’ve heard amazing stories about them and your pictures is just gorgeous! We could all learn from this tiny country and definitely my country has a far way to go when it comes to being green for sure!

    • Beth Williams
      March 5, 2015 / 2:26 pm

      Pretty sure the Netherlands is greener than the US! At least you guys bike everywhere ;)

  14. March 4, 2015 / 8:07 pm

    I haven’t tried going to a sky trek before just because I don’t have friends or people to go with me. I’m sure it would be great to witness a bird’s eye view of the rainforest. Zip-lining also sounds awesome! How high is that and how long is the zip line?

    • Beth Williams
      March 5, 2015 / 2:30 pm

      That one was about 700 feet high and 2,500 feet long. Incredible!

  15. March 4, 2015 / 6:13 pm

    It’s fun to soak in hot spring. I have experienced it once and it’s very therapeutic. I would love to do that again, hopefully in Costa Rica next time? That would be awesome!

    • Beth Williams
      March 5, 2015 / 2:31 pm

      That’s awesome! Where do you go to a hot spring?

  16. March 4, 2015 / 4:36 pm

    My brother took a trip to Costa Rica a couple of years ago and loved it. It looks like such a beautiful vacation destination! I would really enjoy the animal sanctuary I think. It would be cool to see a sloth!

    • Beth Williams
      March 5, 2015 / 2:31 pm

      I loved the animal sanctuary. I saw many things I hadn’t even heard of before!

  17. March 4, 2015 / 3:44 pm

    I really would love to travel there despite the things that would kill me lol. My mom won’t flush her toilet paper either and once while traveling with her (never do that again) she was giving lectures to people in a restroom about flushing the tp down the toilet. I. Was. Embarrasses. I really love the work Costa Rica is doing to protect the country’s rainforests, dry forests, cloud forests and marine areas.

    • Beth Williams
      March 5, 2015 / 2:32 pm

      Haha that’s too funny! Well, your mom would fit right in with most of Central America and Mexico!

  18. March 4, 2015 / 1:48 pm

    Wow! I have always wanted to go to Costa Rica. It is on my bucket list and now after seeing these 5 amazing eco adventures it makes me want to go even more! The National Parks looks simply breathtaking and sign me up for a soak in the hot springs. Not sure I could do the high thrill adventures but maybe.

    • Beth Williams
      March 5, 2015 / 2:35 pm

      The national parks, and especially the volcanoes, were simply breathtaking.

  19. March 4, 2015 / 2:52 am

    A great selection of adventures! Zip-lining through the forest must be a very rewarding experience.

    • Beth Williams
      March 5, 2015 / 2:42 pm

      Thanks Jeremy! Costa Rica had many rewarding experiences :)

  20. March 3, 2015 / 11:46 pm

    I had not heard of sky walks before!!! Those look amazing to do while in Costa Rica!!

    • Beth Williams
      March 5, 2015 / 2:44 pm

      They ended up being tons of fun!

  21. March 3, 2015 / 8:48 pm

    The sky trek and the zipline would be super fun! A friend of mine went to Costa Rica not too long ago and loved every moment.

    • Beth Williams
      March 6, 2015 / 11:05 am

      I believe it! It’s a fun country.

  22. March 3, 2015 / 8:25 pm

    My mom went to Costa Rica and had an amazing time! I would really love to visit some day and see the rain forest!

    • Beth Williams
      March 6, 2015 / 11:06 am

      I think it would be super fun to do a rain forest trek!

    • Beth Williams
      March 6, 2015 / 11:12 am

      It’s a beautiful country.

  23. March 3, 2015 / 6:20 pm

    These all look like amazing adventures! I’d love to soak in a hot spring! Well I’d actually like to do all you listed! How fun!

    • Beth Williams
      March 6, 2015 / 11:15 am

      They’re all really fun activities :)

  24. March 3, 2015 / 4:36 pm

    Oh wow, I would love to soak in a hot spring. They say it will cure what ails you don’t they? Love your pics! Thanks for sharing.

    • Beth Williams
      March 6, 2015 / 11:18 am

      It’s supposed to cure lots of ailments!

  25. March 3, 2015 / 4:06 pm

    Ughhh I need to go to costa rica! Sooo pretty! I’m just going to close my eyes and shut out the snow and cold and pretend I am under a waterfall in a hotspring. haha

    • Beth Williams
      March 6, 2015 / 11:19 am

      Pretty sure I do that every day! This snow needs to go away asap!!

  26. March 3, 2015 / 3:57 pm

    What a beautiful place. I would love to take a tour around Costa Rica! I bet it’s stunning with lots to see and do.

    • Beth Williams
      March 6, 2015 / 11:19 am

      It’s a very stunning country!

  27. March 3, 2015 / 3:19 pm

    Though I am scared of any heights higher than my best I would so love to zipline across the rainforest. Costa Rica looks and sounds like a wonderful place to visit

    • Beth Williams
      March 6, 2015 / 11:20 am

      You seem braver than I am!

  28. March 3, 2015 / 1:37 pm

    I haven’t been to Costa Rica , it’s on my to travel to list. My friend went and had a great time, she went ziplining there.

    • Beth Williams
      March 6, 2015 / 11:22 am

      Sounds like she had a lot of fun!

  29. miriam
    March 3, 2015 / 1:16 pm

    I hear the Costa Rica is a wonderful place to visit. I hope I get to experience all these fun activities one day!

    • Beth Williams
      March 6, 2015 / 11:22 am

      I hope so too :)

  30. March 3, 2015 / 1:06 pm

    Hum-waterfalls-sitting under-Costa Rica you say. If I get to go anywhere I want to go there!

    • Beth Williams
      March 6, 2015 / 11:23 am

      I don’t blame you!

  31. March 3, 2015 / 12:03 pm

    I am sold. I did zipline in Belize but never Costa Rica. Although, Costa Rica is definitely on my bucket list. Thanks for sharing! I will make it to this beautiful destination one day…hopefully soon!! Xo

    • Beth Williams
      March 6, 2015 / 11:24 am

      I haven’t been to Belize, other than to drive through it. Would love to visit someday though!

  32. March 3, 2015 / 11:05 am

    I would love to try the zip line to conquer my fear of heights and speed. Costa Rica looks so beautiful! I can only explore it virtually for now, maybe someday I could visit.

    • Beth Williams
      March 6, 2015 / 11:36 am

      Hopefully someday!

  33. March 3, 2015 / 10:11 am

    Gorgeous natural beauty! Looks likes you need to be in a good shape to enjoy all of these activities. Great pictures, too.

    • Beth Williams
      March 6, 2015 / 11:39 am

      You definitely don’t need to be in good shape. I handled them just fine and I’m one of the most unfit people ever, haha ;)

  34. March 3, 2015 / 7:38 am

    Costa Rica looks breathtaking – and I would love to say I would take a treetop tour but I know I could coward out, I would be completely terrified! I’d like a soak though ;)

    • Beth Williams
      March 6, 2015 / 11:41 am

      I almost coward out, but so glad I didn’t!

  35. March 3, 2015 / 5:00 am

    The sky trek looks like fun! I bet it feels like you’re walking in the treetops. And a soak in the hot springs sounds heavenly.

    • Beth Williams
      March 6, 2015 / 11:42 am

      It did feel like that! It was a lot of fun.