Kayak in Costa Rica
With the 30-year-old Rios Tropical tour operator as your personal trainer, you can easily turn this exotic paradise into the ultimate outdoor gym. Give your upper body a helluva workout paddling (think seated cable row) through two of the country’s most challenging and stunning rainforest rivers on this three-day, two-night kayaking trip ($500 per person, riostropicales.com).
If you’re new to this sport, no worries; there’s a good reason National Geographic Adventure consistently calls Rios Tropical one of the best adventure companies in Costa Rica. Your bilingual guide will naturally ease you into it with a gentle float and stroke on Lake Arenal, complete with breathtaking views of the Northern Volcano Mountain Range as the backdrop (take out your binoculars to eye the spewing lava!). From there, you’ll work your way up to Upper Tenorio (8 miles of intense, challenging rapids) and the Cucaracho River (12 miles of over 70 Class III-IV rapids plus two Class Vs!), which guarantee an unforgettable, wild ride!
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