Seven issues you want to do whereas backpacking by Costa Rica

Costa Rica is the last word vacation spot for journey seekers. Whether or not you take pleasure in rappelling down a waterfall or zip-lining by the cloud forest, this unimaginable Central American nation has one thing totally different in retailer for you.

I spent 11 days exploring Costa Rica on a brand new small-group journey referred to as Epic Costa Rica: Craters, Rainforests and Hanging Ten , which is a part of the brand new journey fashion referred to as ‘Roamies’ – a collaboration between G Adventures and Hostelworld. ‘Roamies’ journeys are small group adventures for 18-35 12 months olds who need to discover totally different locations world wide whereas sticking to a finances.

This explicit journey began within the Costa Rican capital of San Jose and included adventures within the cities of La Fortuna, Monteverde, Nosara and Tamarindo. Listed here are among the highlights:

Go to the Mi Cafecito espresso farm within the Alajuela province

Mi Cafecito is a espresso farm discovered on the foot of the Poás Volcano within the Alajuela province of Costa Rica.

The Mi Cafecito Espresso Tour was initially created by an area co-operative to assist discover methods for the espresso producers within the area in 2009. Sadly, they didn’t obtain sufficient guests to maintain the enterprise, and have been on the level of shutting down when G Adventures’ non-profit accomplice, Planeterra, started working with them to develop a sustainable enterprise.

Now, Mi Cafecito is ready to proceed its help of over 200 small farmers that produce natural espresso from the 4 areas of San Carlos, Sarapiqui, Heredia and Alajuela.

Throughout our tour of Mi Cafecito we loved a typical Costa Rican lunch of domestically caught Tilapia fish, adopted by a tour of the grounds and an ideal cup of espresso.

Keep on the Arenal Poshpacker hostel in La Fortuna

La Fortuna is a city within the Costa Rican northern highlands and presents the jaw-dropping Arenal volcano as its scenic backdrop. There’s something notably particular in regards to the second you see the Arenal volcano stand up on the horizon because it seems as if it was painted there.

My ‘Roamies’ group had a two-night keep on the Arenal Poshpacker hostel. The hostel has pretty workers and a welcoming vibe, with a swimming pool full with swim-up bar. It’s additionally an ideal location to take a look at the close by waterfalls, hikes and scorching springs.

It’s price spending a couple of days in La Fortuna to get in as many actions as potential, comparable to aa safari rafting tour or heading torappel down waterfalls

Take a dip in Poza los Coyotes

About two hours from La Fortuna is a good native swimming spot referred to as Poza los Coyotes which is thought for its clear, aquamarine blue water.

There are a selection of factors you’ll be able to swim at and loads of spots to make use of a rope swing or simply bounce in. It solely prices round 1,000 colones or €2 to enter.

Our group spent an ideal morning right here having fun with the water and listening to the wildlife within the rainforest. Because it’s not vastly widespread with vacationers, we virtually had the world to ourselves!

Zip-line by the cloud forest in Monteverde

Monteverde is a city nestled within the Cordillera de Tilarán mountain vary within the Puntaneres area of Costa Rica. A visit to this evergreen space will not be full with out zip-lining by the cloud forest.

The Aventura 100% Journey Park has a complete of 10 zip traces together with the longest zipline in Costa Rica (5220ft), a hammock bridge, one rappel, and a mega Tarzan swing. On two of the ziplines you may get hitched up ‘Superman’ fashion to provide the sensation you’re flying by the cloud forest.

There’s additionally an choice to do the Tarzan swing on the finish. It’s possible you’ll need to again out of it as a result of it appears terrifying however it’s one of the crucial exhilarating experiences. Whereas rigged up, you want to bravely step off a forty five foot drop and free fall earlier than being jolted again into the air. A good way to recover from a concern of heights, belief me!

Strive conventional Costa Rican Cosada in Rosie’s in Nosara

Nosara is a laid again, seashore city on Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula. The seashore right here, Playa Guiones, is right for browsing and it’s also called a yoga hub with loads of locations to take a category within the village.

There’s all kinds of eating places, bars and cafes in Nosara too, however Rosie’s Soda Tica is a good place to seize some conventional Cosada – a dish consisting of rice with black beans, a small salad and a chunk of fish, hen, or beef. Rosie’s has the very best Cosada I attempted whereas on the journey and it solely prices 3,500 colones or simply over €5.50.

Surf the waves in Tamarindo

If you need to attempt your hand at browsing, the seashore city of Tamarindo on the Nicoya Peninsula in northwestern Costa Rica, is a good place to start out out. It’s really ranked as one of many prime 10 seashores on the planet for learner surfers.

Our final day as a gaggle was spent browsing collectively on the Iguana surf store, Tamarindo’s authentic surf store working since 1989.

A gaggle surf lesson begins at €45 per particular person with a devoted teacher, for 2 hours spent within the water.

Keep within the Selina hostel in Tamarindo

Selina hostels are discovered throughout South and Central America and this one on the Tamarindo beachfront had a lot to supply. With Selina hostels, you’re assured clear bunks within the dorm rooms with loads of plug sockets for chargers, nice wi-fi and an on-site tour operator to e-book day journeys and actions.

Nonetheless, this Selina was probably the greatest I’ve stayed in. The workers have been notably pleasant and the actions on provide have been very totally different from what you’ll be able to normally anticipate. This one positively takes a extra holistic method, with morning yoga courses and sundown walks on the seashore.

Our final night time as a ‘Roamies’ group began with the Selina cacao ceremony, the place cacao is utilized in a ritualistic approach, permitting you to attach with your self. After the ceremony, we sat all the way down to a three-course vegetarian meal by a campfire with Selina brewed beers accompanying every course. This was in all probability one of the crucial distinctive hostel experiences I’ve had to-date.

For extra data on the Epic Costa Rica journey and different Roamies journeys, go to the G Adventures web site .