Extreme Activities in Costa Rica
Go extreme in Costa Rica
Standing Up Paddling (SUP) is a new activity that can be enjoyed in Costa Rica. There are only a few companies that offer this activity, including on in Lake Arenal, Playa Carrillo, Playa Samara and Jaco. It is a paddle sport, rooted in the Polynesian culture, which includes a special kind of board and a paddle; the person stands up on the board and enjoys the exercise while maintaining the equilibrium.
Bungee Jumping is one of the extreme activities that can be done in Costa Rica. There are three different places where you can try this rush of adrenaline: Jaco beach with a specially made platform (it was before in Arenal, La Fortuna), Naranjo bridge (the closest to San Jose), and one in Monteverde. The three of them are very different, the first one is on the beach, the second one is on the mountains close to the capital of the country, and the third one is located in the middle of the cloud forest.
Paraglading is yet another extreme activity in Costa Rica. The most popular location is on "Nido de Aguilas" (Eagle´s Nest) on Caldera, close to Puntarenas City, and Turrialba, close to the Turrialba Volcano. People who want to try this activity just have to go to the place (or previously arrange the tour) and settle a jump accompanied with a professional. Normally, this activity is not that expensive compared to others.
It is possible to see Costa Rica on a Hot Air Balloon flight. There is just one company that offers this activity, and they have flights over Arenal Volcano, with low and slow drifting, over rain forests or mountain villages and the tops of giant trees. It is a magical experience that will truly change the way you know Costa Rica. As they say, the Hot Air Balloon flight will give you a time to fly low over nearby rivers, fields, and forests, to play with the clouds, to frolic with the birds, and to laugh with the animals.
For the extreme adventurist, Kite Surfing is a great activity. Kite surfing can be done in Bahia Salinas on the Pacific side of Costa Rica. It is one of the best places to practice this sport, because of its constant winds (November to May), and beautiful landscapes. You can combine adventure and relaxing time on the beach any time, or you can build your own set of extreme sport activities. If you don´t have experience, they have a kite surfing class, and they offer the whole equipment.
Canyoning, one of the adventure sports offered in La Fortuna and Rincon de la Vieja, is great for beginners who want to feel the adrenaline rush on amazing surroundings. There are two places in Arenal, one in Rincon de la Vieja, and another one in San Ramon. However, the best one and the one that has more different drops is the Pure Trek Tour in Arenal. It has 5 Rappels (4 waterfalls and 1 rock wall) in a rainforest. Also a time for hiking on beautiful trails in the canyon between rappels.