When you go to Costa Rica for a vacation, it is definitely suggested for you not to return without undertaking and experiencing the extreme sports available in the country. This country is extremely unique in this aspect and even defies certain aspects of a typical tropical country, when it comes to offering extreme sports, pledging to offer even more than what is advertised about this country.
Costa Rica is a very mountainous country. It is also home to a very rich and vast rainforest which hosts millions of animal and insect species. Within Costa Rica also flows a labyrinth of river and stream systems which on one hand, flow as serene as a moonlit night, but on the other hand, in certain stretches, surges like a raging mass of bulls. Surely you must have taken the inkling, about how conducive the situations in Costa Rica are for hosting extreme sports.
Below is a list of the top three extreme activities that you will surely enjoy in Costa Rica:
- White Water Rafting – As mentioned above, Costa Rica owns numerous intertwined and interconnected rivers. This is a perfect blend of nature for white water rafters. Basically, this highly adrenaline-filled game involves riding down voluminous water, which is violently flowing. Of course, whilst doing so, you are clad in a high-quality suit and ride an advanced kayak or rubber boat along with professional rafters to ensure your relative safety. The most thrilling rivers for white water rafting are the class III and IV rivers of Costa Rica, namely – Reventazon, Pacuare and Corobici. Of course there are plenty more rivers, but these are the most conducive for this sport.
- Diving Bungee – This is just like the typical, fun-filled bungee jumping where you attach yourself to an extra strong and extra flexible cord and you jump off a cliff. Dying is not the idea here, excitement is. But it is the feeling of near death, which makes this extreme game so popular. The diving bungee is a kind of mutated form of bungee jumping; and is a bit more exciting and electrifying. What could be more exciting than free-falling hundreds of meters straight down to the earth? Nothing actually..! However, the fact remains, that when you bungee jump, you do not actually hit the earth (which apparently is a good thing..!), whereas when Diving Bungee, your head hits a body of water at free-fall speed (which apparently is reported to be even better..!). The most suited place for this sport is at Arenal Volcano, which is actually an extinct volcano, having nothing in its center other than cool, refreshing freshwater.
- Cave Exploration – This activity is definitely not for the claustrophobic; and most definitely not for the weak hearted. Cave exploration especially in the Venado caves is a myriad of extreme sports rolled into one, requiring the participants to venture into a dark, unknown and endless cave going straight into the stomach of a gargantuan mountain. Nothing comes close to this type of adventure in terms of exhilaration, but of course, this sport is really not dangerous. You will be loathed in a high-tech, gizmo fitted suit and will be accompanied by an expert cave explorer who would know the complete layout of the cave like the back of his hand.
Finally, as it is rather clear, although Costa Rica is a very attractive nation for the lovers of serenity and quietness, it is definitely a place for adventure lovers and for those who live dangerously; and need their adrenaline pumped, to get their highs.