Check out these 10 experiences that bring you closer to nature in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a popular destination for ecotourism, adventure and wildlife. But if you want to explore beyond the usual attractions and discover some hidden gems, here are 10 offbeat experiences to have in Costa Rica.

Visit a sloth sanctuary

If you love sloths, don’t miss the world’s first and only Sloth Sanctuary. Learn about these adorable animals, see them up close, and even adopt one. Take a canoe tour through the rainforest to spot wild sloths, monkeys, and birds.

Soak in volcano-fed hot springs

Experience natural hot springs with mineral-rich waters created by active volcanoes. Tabacon, a luxury resort, offers thermal pools, waterfalls, gardens, spa treatments, yoga classes, and gourmet dining in a lush jungle setting.

Zipline through the tree-tops

Thrill-seekers, try ziplining, invented in Costa Rica. Soar above the rainforest canopy, glide over rivers and waterfalls, and enjoy panoramic views of mountains and volcanoes with Sky Adventures.

Walk through the cloud forest

Explore the misty and magical atmosphere of Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, a high-altitude ecosystem with over 400 bird species, 100 mammal species, and 3000 plant species. Walk, horseback ride, or cross hanging bridges.

Discover rainforest wildlife

Wildlife enthusiasts, visit Tirimbina Biological Reserve to see toucans, macaws, monkeys, sloths, frogs, and snakes. Learn about conservation efforts and research projects in this biodiversity hotspot.

Visit chocolate and coffee plantations

Explore organic plantations in Costa Rica, known for top-quality coffee and chocolate. Learn about production, taste different varieties, and even make your own chocolate bars.

Raft wild white water rapids

Adrenaline junkies, try white water rafting on rivers like Pacuare, Sarapiqui, and Balsa with H2O Adventures. Choose from calm to fast and furious, and enjoy tropical scenery along the way.

Traverse jungle mangroves

Explore coastal mangroves with Kayak Jaco. Take a kayak or boat tour to observe diverse wildlife and plants in Damas Island, near Manuel Antonio National Park.

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Explore an underground cave

Visit Barra Honda National Park to explore one of Central America’s largest cave systems. With more than 40 caves, see stalactites, stalagmites, fossils, and bats on a guided tour.

Sleep in a treehouse

For a truly offbeat experience, spend a night in one of the seven cozy treehouses at Tree Houses Hotel. Enjoy private bathrooms, hot water, balconies, a swimming pool, trails, and wildlife sightings.

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