Costa Rica may be a tiny Central American country but it's anything but short of exciting things to do. From coast to coast, Costa Rica is bursting with natural assets, interesting attractions, and adventurous activities. On the Pacific coast, most hotels are happy to arrange excursions to nearby highlights, and on the Caribbean coast it's more D-I-Y. Play hands-on with howler monkeys and three-toed sloths at the Jaguar Rescue Center, where they hang out before being released back into the jungle a few feet away. On the Crazy Monkey Canopy Tour, you'll whiz along the treetops suspended from cables on Costa Rica's signature tourist attraction. For foodies, there's the Chocolate Forest Experience, an off-the-beaten track trek through a real cacao farm, where organic chocolate is made the old-fashioned way. Discover the colorful underwater world thriving along the Caribbean coast with a dive to the still pristine eco-system of the barrier reef, where nurse sharks, lion fish and sea horses live. Explore the Volcan Irazu, soak in the thermal hot springs beneath Volcan Arenal, and cool off on a whitewater rafting trip down the Rio Pacuare, where the journey is one wet and wild destination. Welcome to la pura vida.
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