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Costa Rica Looks to Attract Canadian Adventure Travelers

The Costa Rican Institute of Tourism showcases the many adventure and nature activities available in Costa Rica, at the Outdoor Adventure Show (OAS), at...

Arenal: If you weren’t looking for adventure, you’ve come to the wrong place

Arenal is the unofficial capital of adventure tourism in Costa Rica — whitewater rafting, ziplining, canyoning, mountain biking, horseback riding, all-terrain vehicles — and all of these adventures are served up with a few spoonfuls of fear.

Paddling the Sarapiquí, with monkeys and metaphors

As we set out to paddle the Sarapiquí River, we were told that every obstacle on a journey is a metaphor. We found ours when asked to join hands and jump off a cliff.

Terrified Tarzan: Getting into the swing of things

I was in the Osa Peninsula's Matapalo, which means "strangler fig," so what the heck, I agreed to climb 68 feet up a strangler fig and be yanked off the tree into a Tarzan swing that felt like free-falling from heaven to earth.

Thrills and chills in Rincón de la Vieja

After the invigorating horseback ride, the thrill of whitewater tubing, the first three ziplines and the heart-stopping drop off a bridge over a canyon...

Sunsets and waterfalls in Dominical

The alarm rings at 5:00 am, and I'm ready. The bags are in the car, dogs fed, and coffee brewing. "Wake up sleepyheads," I...

Manuel Antonio: 5 can’t-miss tropical wonders

1. The park Manuel Antonio National Park is the region’s crown jewel and raison d’etre. The park is one of the most visited national parks...

Puente Sixaola: A border runs through it

Two buses, one perplexing walk to the Mepe station, a taxi, and two boats is what it took for my wife Melanie and I...

Deliciously dirty in the Orosi Valley

  My wife Melanie and I made a special point of taking the train, which runs obscenely limited hours, from San José to Cartago as...

Annual “Little Devil Games” play out in Boruca

Each year, the men of Boruca cover their faces in elaborate balsa masks and pretend to fight a bull. Los Juegos de los Diablitos...

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