“Pura Vida” is a Costa Rican colloquial phrase that translates to “pure life,” but means so much more. It is a lifestyle in which you choose to live life to the fullest while nurturing the mind, body and soul. The phrase “Pura Vida” can be heard echoing throughout Costa Rica as a greeting or expression of happiness, as it accurately describes the tranquility, wonder and adventure that awaits visitors.
The opportunities for adventure and wellness in a sustainable setting are at the heart of Costa Rica. That’s why it is one of the most visited international destinations in Central America.
Costa Rica’s unique landscape creates diverse adventures for thrill-seekers to explore. From zip lining and hiking in the rain forest to surfing and whale watching on the coasts, Costa Rica offers once-in-a-lifetime experiences and exceptional opportunities for memorable adventures.
Costa Rica’s terrain and location lend to rousing endeavors, for all walks of life and all travel styles. Visitors will find an array of adventure activities to try on land, from navigating through the country’s tropical canyons, to mountain biking or trekking through its unspoiled rainforests. For those looking for an extra thrill, they can try zip lining or skydiving above Costa Rica’s breathtaking scenery.
With the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean on each coast of Costa Rica, the opportunities for adventure on the water is endless. Visitors can sail in the Southern Pacific, snorkel and scuba dive in various regions (Islas Murcielago, Isla del Cano, Isla Catalina and Cao Island), or catch some waves in Jaco, Playa Naranjo, Pavones or Playa Hermosa in the Central Pacific.
In Costa Rica, families of varied ages and interests will find no shortage of adventure. Anything, from hiking in National parks, ziplining, to relaxing on the beach will do. Or visitors can opt for a river adventure by tubing or rafting down one of the country’s many rivers, such as the Pacuare River!
No matter the activity, travelers are encouraged to work with certified local guides and tour operators, and take note of their surroundings as well as weather advisories, to ensure a safe experience.
Wellness – Pura Vida!
Costa Rica is widely recognized as one of the leading wellness destinations in Latin America and one of the best yoga and meditation destinations. Visitors will enjoy the unique and advanced techniques of relaxation and personal care, activities in a natural environment and delight in healthy and nourishing gastronomy.
Wellness-related activities can be enjoyed year-round due to the country’s ideal climate averaging between 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Tropical rains add to the wellness experience, with many travelers finding the soothing sounds and smells of rainfall a peaceful addition to their activity.
Couples can find unique blends of wellness and romantic experiences all throughout the country – from five-star resorts located deep within the rainforest, to intimate villas found on secluded beaches.
Due to the geothermal activity of Costa Rica’s volcano formations, the destination boasts a number of natural hot springs. The hot springs and mineral-rich mud baths offer a warm and soothing experience perfect for visitors seeking relaxation and rejuvenation throughout their stay.
Costa Rica has been recognized globally for its pioneering sustainability and conservation efforts. Costa Rica received the 2019 Champions of the Earth award, the United Nations’ highest environmental honor, for its role in the protection of nature and its commitment and ambitious policies to combat climate change.
No matter what region travellers choose to visit, one of Costa Rica’s 30 national parks awaits exploration. Twenty six percent of the country is officially zoned protected territory, which demonstrates the value placed on preserving the environment and the natural plant and animal species that call it home.
The country is the mecca of wildlife and biodiversity. It is home to approximately 95,000 registered species, which accounts for more than 6% of the known species in the world. Costa Rica is the first tropical country in the world to reverse deforestation. Its forest coverage went from 21% in the 1980s to 55% in 2012.
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