Situated on just 51,100 square kilometers (19,700 square miles) of land and water, Costa Rica is small, but still boasts plenty of great aerial sports opportunities for enthusiasts of every level.
In terms of paragliding, there are plenty of incredible spots to explore. Among the most popular are Caldera, which takes participants along the cliff-lines Pacific coastline of central Costa Rica. Turrialba, a volcano situated just east of the capital, is another great spot that offers the chance to see some of the county’s immense tropical rainforests.
Jacó, also on the central Pacific coastline; Dominicalito, within another section of rainforest; Rivas, in the Perez Zeledón valley; and Caballito, in the country’s dry northern plains are also great spots to head.
In terms of ziplining and exploring the jungle canopy – another popular aerial sport – Arenal Volcano and the Monteverde cloud forest are the places to head.
The Arenal Volcano offers an exciting opportunity to fly through the jungle canopy surrounding the volcano on a zipline. Meanwhile, the Monteverde cloud forest has various raised platforms which can be hiked and used to see and experience the ecosystem of the forest canopy.
Due to its proximity to the equator, there are only two seasons in Costa Rica: the wet and dry seasons. The dry season runs from December to April and sees average daily temperatures around 23 ºC (73 ºF). Crucially for outdoor trips, not much rain falls during this time of year.
Any trip to Costa Rica begins with a flight into the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) in the capital. From here, it is easy to rent a car and drive to the start of the trip.
Costa Rican colón (CRC)
December to April
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