Rock Climbing, Surfing, And Waterfall Rappelling are Some Of My Favorite Outdoor Adventures In Costa Rica
Guest Post by Maddison M.
During my senior year of high school, my Aunt, who lives in Costa Rica, asked me if I would like to spend the summer after high school with her. I was completely stoked because she worked for a Costa Rica adventure tour company for years, so she knows all the cool places to challenge yourself and find your strength in the great outdoors.
I grew up in Southern California and I love the outdoors and just about any outdoor activity. In school, I played sports, but I was more interested in sports found outside of school like surfing, skiing, and rock climbing. I love the feeling of challenging myself. Competitive sports are ok, but when I am challenging my body, it is something I am doing for the pure enjoyment of it. I’m not interested in scoring points or whose team wins.
Since my aunt owns a vacation condo in in the Los Sueños Resort (which she rents out to vacationers through the vacation property management team HRG Vacations), trips to Costa Rica are all the more exciting. When I’m not pushing myself climbing rock walls, rappelling down jungle waterfalls, or surfing the killer waves in Playa Hermosa nearby, I’m relaxing in the resort’s gorgeous swimming pools, golfing, getting a massage or sunning myself on the beach.
I’ve had some amazing adventure trips in Costa Rica with several awesome tour operators that HRG is connected with and always sets up:
- Desafio Adventure Company: This place takes you to the middle of a thick rainforest behind an old church in La Fortuna. The whole trip takes about four hours to get through. You get to rappel down a series of eight waterfalls. The guides take you on the smaller ones first to get you used to the equipment and then take you down the more challenging ones.
- On the North Pacific side of Costa Rica, there is a canyoning tour set back in the Rincon de la Vieja National Park. It’s in the Pailas sector in north Guanacaste. This adventure tour gives you a variety of challenges. I like maneuvering my way through rivers, ponds, waterfalls and even rappelling down canyons! They use nylon ropes with a figure eight on this tour to send you rappelling a full twenty meters down into a canyon. You then climb back up the rock wall. Funny enough this canyon is called the “Colorado River Canyon”. If you need help going back up the rock wall, the guides will help you.
- I always look forward to visiting the Strangler Fig. Now you may think that that sounds like some kind of haunted house or horror movie, but it’s not. The Strangler fig is kind of a creepy plant though because it kills its host tree slowly by strangling it from sunlight. Basically, the strangler fig starves its “victims” in order that it can grow and thrive. So this one adventure place on the Osa Peninsula allows you to scale 100 foot waterfalls on your way to the strangler fig where you will get to climb the fig up roughly 70 feet to see an unparalleled view of the Golfo Dulce. You’ll view this gorgeous body of water and surrounding greenery from over 450 up. The degree of difficulty that you face climbing the strangler depends on which root you decide to climb.
Every time I return to Costa Rica I look forward to seeing what new adventures my aunt will cook up for us! In fact, when I graduate from college, I plan to head back to Costa Rica for a year long internship at a permaculture farm on the East Coast near Limon. It won’t be the luxury of Los Sueños on the Pacific, but I’m always happy no matter where I’m at in Costa Rica, and you can bet I’ll get my little luxury vacation at Los Sueños in, at some point, while there.