Category: Things To Do

Barrio Amón, San Jose’s Oldest District

February 19, 2015

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Historic architecture in Barrio Amon, San Jose. Photo courtesy of ElTico68 via Flickr.

Just northeast of downtown San Jose, Barrio Amón offers a characterful alternative to the bleak office blocks of the center, with its striking colonial buildings, tranquil parklands and chic assortment of cafes, restaurants and bars.

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Canyoning in Arenal Volcano National Park

February 12, 2015

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Arenal National Park, Costa Rica

Whether horse riding through remote jungle trails, zip-lining through the treetops, hiking around an active volcano or paddle-boarding on Lake Arenal, Arenal Volcano National Park offers seemingly endless opportunities for outdoor activities, and the rugged park is also one of the best places for canyoning in Costa Rica. A mix of rappelling, rock climbing and swimming, using ropes and climbing harnesses to safely navigate through narrow canyons and waterfalls, canyoning in Arenal Volcano National Park is a non-stop rush of adrenaline and best of all, anyone with reasonable fitness (and over 13 years old) can take part, even if you have no previous experience.

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Outdoor Adventures in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

January 22, 2015

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Outdoor adventures in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s ever-changing landscapes have long been a natural playground for adventurous travelers and few regions offer as much variety as Guanacaste, where the palm-fringed beaches are hemmed in by sweeping cloud forests, a string of dormant volcanoes and swaths of verdant rainforest. Best of all, the northwestern province is on the doorstep of some of Costa Rica’s most famous National Parks, so whether you want to hike through the wilderness, scale a volcano or soak in a thermal spring, there endless opportunities for outdoor adventures in Guanacaste.

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Costa Rica for Chocolate Lovers

January 22, 2015

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Costa Rica for chocolate lovers

Costa Rica is more famous for coffee beans than cocoa beans, but the country also has a history of cacao production dating back to pre-Colombian times and the cocoa bean was once so important that the native Chorotega people used it as currency and proclaimed it ‘a gift from the Gods’. Today, cocoa plantations are dotted all around the country and with sustainable chocolate factories, chocolate-tasting workshops and chocolate tours, Costa Rica is a great place for chocolate lovers to indulge their sweet tooth.

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Discovering Lake Arenal

January 15, 2015

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Kayaking on Lake Arenal, Costa Rica

With the misty cone of Arenal Volcano looming on the horizon and miles of lush forest hemming its banks, Lake Arenal is as striking in real life as it is on the postcards. Starting life as a small crater lagoon lying within the Arenal Volcano National Park , Lake Arenal was expanded in 1979 and is now Costa Rica’s biggest lake and an important hydroelectric dam, as well as a popular tourist attraction.

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Visiting Adventure Park Costa Rica from Jaco

January 1, 2015

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Visit Adventure Park Costa Rica from Jaco

From whizzing though the jungle on a zip-line to diving amidst colorful corals and schools of tropical fish, Costa Rica has long been known as a top destination for thrill-seekers and the rainforests, waterfalls and cloud forests of Puntarenas form a natural playground. Canopy tours are among the most popular outdoor activities and Adventure Park Costa Rica is one of the biggest canopy parks in the country, where a network of aerial bridges, zip-lines and rappelling lines offer an exhilarating way to explore the rainforest.

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