Costa Rica is a country with more than 802 miles of coastline and countless lakes and rivers. This means that it has the perfect conditions for those who wish to go on extreme adventure tours such as canyoneering (also known as canyoning), where you can experience nature in a different way.
Can you imagine yourself descending vertical rock walls with amazing waterfalls next to you? That’s what canyoneering is all about. It is classified as one of the most extreme adventure tours in Costa Rica because of this activity’s characteristics, which combine a variety of techniques such as: descending canyons or waterfalls, swimming, jumping, and climbing.
This activity originated as a sport in the 1970s in Europe. Currently, it’s practiced in many countries, such as: the United States, Germany, Switzerland, Portugal, Australia, Costa Rica, Brazil, Croatia, Turkey, Greece, Italy, France, and Ecuador, among others.
It’s important to remember that canyoneering is very fun to practice. First, there’s sport canyoneering, where participants are knowledgeable about techniques like climbing, and they know how to analyze rivers and their currents to be able to descend the canyons using cords. This is done without any manmade anchors so as not to alter nature.
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Then, there’s the recreational-commercial version, which is the best option for those who are looking for an extreme adventure, as all you need to bring with you is your enthusiasm. This kind of canyoneering is developed using platforms, manmade anchors, security chords, various guides, and pre-established routes to make sure that the experience is as safe as it is enjoyable.
The ideal setting for canyoneering is in rocky canyons, rivers, or creeks with waterfalls, caves, and natural pools. In these kinds of terrains there are countless obstacles where you can face your fears. You’ll find places to climb, waterfalls, slides, and places to jump into natural pools that you can swim across.
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If you’re coming to Costa Rica in search of spaces to practice this sport, you will have come to the right place. There are areas with extremely beautiful scenery where you can find canyons here, which will allow you to experience extreme adventures that you’ve only dreamed of.
Some of the perfect places to go canyoneering safely are: Turrialba, Dota, Bagaces, La Fortuna and Liberia.
It’s important to note that every company has to follow a protocol to teach visitors how to use the equipment and safety features.
Each tour begins with a presentation that will explain how to correctly use the equipment (helmets, gloves, and special harness). They will also explain how to act in case of emergency, and answer any questions. Canyoneering is an activity that you can enjoy with friends or family.
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