5 Incredible Places for Canyoning in Costa Rica – A Photo Odyssey
Want to swing through the jungle like Tarzan? Then take up canyoning and Costa Rica is the perfect place to give it a try.
This emerging eco-sport is a combination of waterfall rappelling, down climbing, river tracing, and hiking. Check out our picks for the most incredible, if not a bit off the beaten-path, places to go canyoning.
1. Hang by a rope in Jaco.
Jaco might be home to the most rappel lines in all of Costa Rica. It is also where you will navigate down a 300 foot waterfall through a series of smaller falls and finally end up dipping into calm pools, the perfect spot for a bit of bird watching.
2. Uvita, is for beginners.
This is where Mother Nature built her own waterfall theme park. It’s a great place to begin canyoning. Most treks involve rappelling through several waterfalls of varying heights from smallest to biggest, making it a great stepping stone into the sport.
3. Turrialba meshes zip lines and waterfalls, high up in a cloud forest.
Turrialba is home to the Pacuare river and the Puente Vigas Canyon and sits just a two hour drive below San Jose, the nation’s capital. Canyoning at Turrialba is just a bit more difficult than at Uvita, with waterfall rappelling, vertical climb downs, and zip lines through a rustic cloud forest.
4. Waterfalls are Monteverde.
Prepare to get wet, Monteverde is known for its waterfalls. Getting to these isolated waterfalls will have you hiking through a cloud forest into a remote canyon surrounded by primary rainforest. Definitely a true canyoning experience.
5. Go big, go large at The Lost Canyon.
The Lost Canyon is hands-down said to be the best spot for canyoning in all of Costa Rica. Near the Arenal Volcano, it is rugged, mountainous terrain making for an memorable canyoneering experience.
Have an incredible canyoning experience you would like to share or just know of a great spot we missed? Leave us a comment below!
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