Costa Rica’s Adventure Parks blend outdoor activities with pure nature, and there are several spectacular parks where you can enjoy extreme adventures as well as more tranquil, family-oriented activities.
One of the most popular extreme activities preferred by tourists as well as locals is experiencing the thrill of zip lines and canopy rides, carried out with a network of cables, towers, and platforms suspended through the treetops in the forests.
For the adrenaline seekers, there is bungee jumping on cables hanging in valleys at a height of 450 feet as well as extreme swinging from 143-meter high trams, like Tarzan on a rope.
Hiking and mountain biking on trails in the forests to enjoy the abundance of nature here.
Walking on hanging bridges and riding in gondolas suspended high in the trees of the rainforests.
Flyboarding on Lake Arenal.
Below are useful details about various parks that you can use as an adventure guide in Costa Rica.
Sky Adventure Parks – zip lines, canyoning, rappelling, Tarzan swing, hiking, mountain biking on trails, sightseeing on suspended bridges and riding in gondolas through the rainforest, as well as flyboarding on Lake Arenal.
Locations: Lake Arenal and Monteverde
Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Prices: from $15 to $137
Diamante Eco Adventure Park – The most unique oceanfront zip line ride, featuring the longest dual-line in the Country, and bungee jumping as well as get back to nature in their renowned animal sanctuary. Here you can horseback ride on the beach, snorkel, kayak and stand-up paddleboard in the Pacific Ocean, as well as ride through the jungle on ATV’s.
Location: Matapalo, Guanacaste, between Flamingo Beach and Coco Beach
Hours: 7 days a week, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Prices: from $34 dollars up to $118 dollars
Contact: 1-800-464-5544, https://diamanteecoadventurepark.com/en
Monteverde Extremo Park – inside one of the most spectacular rainforests in Costa Rica, where you can enjoy 4×4 buggy tours, bungee jumping, and one of the longest canopy rides in the country, at 3400 feet long and 600 feet high. The canopy ride has 14 cables, with 2 lines and rappelling of 30 meters.
Location: La Cruz de Abangares, Monteverde
Hours: Monday to Sunday from 8:00 am. to 2:00 pm.
Prices: National: $35 and up, with various options for awesome activities
Contact: 2645-6058, https://monteverdeextremopark.com/
Canopy Colinas del Poas – offers 21 platforms, 9 trails, 12 cables, and the total journey is 1-1/2 hours. In addition, it complies with all security measures according to international standards.
Location: 1 km north and 100 meters east of the School of Fraijanes de Alajuela.
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 8:00 am. at 4:00 p.m.
Prices: 15 thousand colones per person
Contact: 2482-1212, 2482-1414, https://www.facebook.com/Colinasdelpoas/
Canopy Adventure Volcan Barva – has more than 600 hectares, of which 350 are protected cloud forests. The adventure consists of 13 platforms located mostly in giant oak trees, typical of that area. During the journey, you will also walk on elevated paths that connect several of the platforms.
Location: Monte de Barva, San Jose de la Montana.
Hours: Monday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Prices: $ 45 per person
Contact; 2266 0782, https://www.canopycr.com/en/
Canopy La Carpintera – located in the forest reserve from where you can see the entire central valley, including views of the Poás, Irazú, Barva and Cerro de las Tres Marías volcanoes. This facility offers 19 platforms, 13 cables and the longest is 500 meters.
The canopy is in a forest reserve and includes a 15-minute walk to get to know the cloud forest, 13 canopy, and rappel lines.
Location: Cerro “La Carpintera” in Tres Ríos, Cartago.
Hours: Monday through Sunday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Prices: $ 50
Contact: 2278-3355, https://www.facebook.com/canopylacarpintera/
Canopy Valley del General – located in the Talamanca mountains at 1600 meters above sea level. There are 7 cables, 10 platforms, abseiling 32 meters high, the longest cable is 210 meters.
Location: General Valley, at kilometer 119 of the South Pan-American Highway.
Hours: Monday to Sunday 8:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m.
Prices: $30 to $50 per person.
Contact: 2200 5465, http://valledelgeneral.com/tours/
Canopy San Lorenzo – The tour begins at the highest point of the cloud forest, the guides take care of visitors with harnesses of the highest quality. They have 8 cables and 8 platforms, trails, 2 suspension bridges, a Tarzan swing – for a total of 1045 meters.
Location: on the main road from San Ramón to La Fortuna.
Hours: Monday to Sunday from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm.
Prices: National: $30 dollars – Foreigners: $45 dollars
Contact: 2447 9331, http://canopysanlorenzo.com/en/
Adventure Park Finca Daniel – The main attraction here is the 3-4 hour waterfall zip line, with 25 cables crossing over 11 waterfalls, 2 rappelling, a suspended bridge and swimming in a natural mountain pool.
Location: Miramar, Puntarenas
Hours: 7 days a week, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Prices: from $26 to $79
Contact: 2639-9900, www.finca-daniel.com/
The writer, Tom Rosenberger has lived and worked in Costa Rica for 25 years and from his travels throughout the country, he has acquired a wealth of knowledge about living and doing business in Costa Rica. If you have questions and would like to contact Tom click here.