Thrill seekers won’t be disappointed by a trip to Costa Rica, where white-water rafting down the Pacuare River, kayaking and ziplining are part of the daily itinerary.
Follow GLP Films to the Ríos Tropícales ecolodge, an outpost made of reclaimed wood and running on hydroelectric power, nestled on a private reserve that stretches over 2,000-acre of rainforest at the edge of the Pacuare Gorge. Guests will become deeply involved in the company’s eco-efforts, exploring hiking trails (with bilingual naturalists) that wind over 40 miles, swimming in natural pools, and encountering native wildlife.
You’ll participate in the lodge’s extensive reforestation and bamboo-farming projects, and visit nearby indigenous Cabecar Indian villages. After a day of horseback riding or rappelling down waterfalls, you’ll retire to the open-air pavilion for cocktail hour and a candlelit chicken-and-rice dinner. Even travelers who prefer a more low-key experience will find plenty of diversions at the ecolodge, like the mariposas del Pacuare butterfly garden and fresh fruit breakfasts with Costa Rican coffee enjoyed on the outdoor hammocks. Intrigued? Have a look at the video, above.