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Liberia, Costa Rica

Exploring Costa Rica outside of the rainforest

Liberia is the perfect home base for many different activities because it’s located between the mountains and the beaches of Guanacaste. Although zip lining through the gorge was beautiful, the highlight of our adventures in this area was something that we had never done before: white water tubing down Rio Negro in Rincón de la Vieja National Park. The river gorged an adventure park style rapid suitable for individual tubing in an amazing forest setting. We stitched together a few clips to give you a feel:

We were wishing we had a naturalist with us walking through Tenorio National Park when we reached the magnificent blue waters of Rio Celeste. Apparently a result of sulfur and calcium carbonate mixing together, there is the most amazing place in the park where two crystal clear rivers meet and form this shimmering blue color:

Most people know the Nicoya Peninsula for its surfing and turtle sanctuaries. We would also like to highlight that there is an awesome cave network in Barra Honda National Park. There is one cave with four or five thousand bats that come flying out after sunset, and another that you can repel into and explore. Unfortunately they are still working out a way to offer tours to see the bats without disrupting them, so we settled for spelunking to the eerie sounds of howler monkey growls.

As if we didn’t get dirty enough spelunking, we also paid a visit to the volcanic thermal waters and mud spa at Rincón. The hot springs were in an incredible natural setting next to a flowing cool river. The perfect spot to ‘cleanse’ after all the hiking we had done.

Posted by Robin-and-Kevin 18:15 Archived in Costa Rica

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Now, that's real tubing! Nothing like in Laos...
It looks really cool!

by Gen

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