4% of the world’s biodiversity is found in a country the size of West Virginia, Costa Rica! Half a million plant and animal species are found here! This being said, it is not easy to spot all of the animals on your own. It’s definitely worth taking a trained guide! In the following activities you will see twice as much with a guide.
Rainforest Walks– Biologists understand that 90% of the rainforest organisms live in the top part of the canopy. Going on a skywalk or suspension bridge will get you closer to the treetops to explore them up-close. A guide will often come with equipment to help you get better views and incredible pictures.
Diving– Cano Island is a sought after destination to see some of the healthiest reefs in the world. The rapidly changing currents bring a variety of fish and sharks but also make it more dangerous. Take a dive master with you for safety.
Birding– A certified guide in Corcovado National Park can help you spot 894 species of birds hidden in the forest. They also have telescopes that are high quality. It’s worth paying a guide, if even just for the use of an expensive telescope.
Kayaking– Water temperatures are steadily around 23 degrees Celsius. Raging whitewater rapids abound in this tropical paradise. A guide can help you maneuver them as well as point out safe fruits to eat along the way. They may also know where the best photo opportunities, animals, and rope swings are.
Horseback Riding- This activity is most popular in the cowboy culture of Guanacaste. The activity seems low impact but a guide is needed to care for the animals and control and who want to go to fast or the wrong way!
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