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Manuel Antonio: Zipline and roller coaster, together at last
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Manuel Antonio: Zipline and roller coaster, together at last

Karl Kahler - August 20, 2015

MANUEL ANTONIO, Puntarenas — I’ve always had a fear of roller coasters from the way my stomach lurches when they plunge toward the ground. Yet I’ve ridden…

Arenal Hanging Bridges is a high-altitude stroll through the canopy
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Arenal Hanging Bridges is a high-altitude stroll through the canopy

Karl Kahler - August 19, 2015

ARENAL, Alajuela — My feet leave the dirt path and step onto the metal grating of a gray bridge. I shuffle forward and the suspension bridge gently sways…

Costa Rica dash: 3 visitors, 2 weeks, 1 country
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Costa Rica dash: 3 visitors, 2 weeks, 1 country

Karl Kahler - August 13, 2015

PUERTO JIMÉNEZ, Puntarenas — It was a happy problem to have: My two sons and one of their moms were coming to Costa Rica for two weeks…

Ziplining in Arenal brings out the monkey in the man
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Ziplining in Arenal brings out the monkey in the man

Karl Kahler - August 8, 2015

LA FORTUNA, Alajuela — The miracle of flight: With a leather glove for a brake, you hook your harness to a 700-meter cable, jump off a platform and fly…

Waterfall rappelling in Matapalo: How to walk down a cliff
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Waterfall rappelling in Matapalo: How to walk down a cliff

Karl Kahler - June 30, 2015

MATAPALO, Puntarenas — I’ve been wanting to go waterfall rappelling in Matapalo since I first heard about it 20 years ago. My dad and brother were living in…

Mombacho Volcano: Hiking El Puma trail in search of big cats
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Mombacho Volcano: Hiking El Puma trail in search of big cats

Michael Krumholtz - June 25, 2015

RESERVA NACIONAL VOLCAN MOMBACHO, Nicaragua – A figure with a whitish, blond coat lurked beyond the dense greenery that covers the top of Mombacho Volcano. I motioned…

Sámara: When kayaking meets thunderstorm on desert island
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Sámara: When kayaking meets thunderstorm on desert island

Karl Kahler - June 24, 2015

SÁMARA, Guanacaste — We were talking about “Jurassic Park,” the dinosaur movie set on an island in Costa Rica where everything goes horribly wrong, when everything started going…

Montezuma-Tortuga boat trip: Treasure in the water
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Montezuma-Tortuga boat trip: Treasure in the water

Karl Kahler - June 20, 2015

TORTUGA ISLAND, Puntarenas — Five minutes after our boat sped out of Montezuma toward Tortuga, the captain suddenly throttled down and turned it around in a tight…

Montezuma waterfall: Leap if you dare
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Montezuma waterfall: Leap if you dare

Karl Kahler - June 19, 2015

MONTEZUMA, Puntarenas — I knew Tom Brady did it, but I couldn’t believe my hostel-mate Tizian Gangwisch was actually thinking of jumping off the 12-meter waterfall. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVF0jmv5H3I&feature=youtu.be…

Venado Caves: Wet, muddy, cramped and scary good fun
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Venado Caves: Wet, muddy, cramped and scary good fun

Karl Kahler - May 24, 2015

VENADO, Alajuela — This is not your ordinary cave tour. To enter Cavernas Venado, just north of Arenal, you first have to slog through a fast river…

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