Rappelling in Costa Rica

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Are you looking for an adrenaline rush during your vacation to Costa Rica? If so, you should book a rappelling or canyoning adventure tour to get a “bird’s eye view” of the rainforest, waterfalls, and other stunning scenery in Costa Rica.

If you decide that a rappelling or canyoning experience sounds like a worthwhile way to spend a day in Costa Rica, keep reading for some information about these adventure sports, the best places for canyoning in Costa Rica, and some frequently asked questions about canyoning and rappelling.


What Are Rappelling & Canyoning?

Rappelling is a controlled descent on a steep slope, such as a rock face, by moving down a rope connected to anchors. The person descending controls their own movement down the rope to land either by free fall or by slowly lowering or “bouncing” with their feet down the wall.

Canyoning (or canyoneering) is a variation of rappelling. This adventure sport consists of rappelling down canyon walls, and in Costa Rica, it often includes an opportunity to rappel down waterfalls. Canyoning can also include rock climbing, obstacle courses, suspension bridges, and even the chance to swing on a Tarzan swing, which is why it’s a popular activity in Costa Rica.


Best Places for Costa Rica Canyoning & Rappelling

Arenal Volcano National Park

Arenal Volcano National Park near La Fortuna is one of the most popular places to go canyoning in Costa Rica. On this Arenal Volcano Waterfall Rappel Tour, you’ll be able to enjoy one of the most exhilarating experiences in Costa Rica — rappelling down a series of waterfalls!

After a scenic drive through La Fortuna, an organic breakfast by Lake Arenal, and a hike through the rainforest, you’ll spend the afternoon rappelling down four waterfalls in the rainforest before enjoying lunch near the natural volcanic hot springs.

Rincon de la Vieja National Park

Rincon de la Vieja National Park in Guanacaste is the perfect place to plan rappelling and canyoning adventures. This Guachipelin Whitewater Ziplines Canyon Rappelling Tour allows you to enjoy ziplining, climbing, and rappelling down canyon walls all in one day!

However, these thrilling adventures aren’t all this tour includes. You’ll also have the chance to go horseback riding and whitewater rafting before ending the day relaxing in the natural hot springs. There is no doubt about it — this canyoning experience will satisfy your adventure goals for Costa Rica in one action-packed day that the whole family will love.

Bajos del Toro

Bajos del Toro is a small town located just north of San Jose near one of the best national parks in Costa Rica — Poas Volcano National Park. El Silencio Lodge offers a waterfall rappel, zipline adventure, or a combo tour with both activities on an adventure course located within walking distance of the property.
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Colorado Canyon

The Colorado Canyon, just a short 90-minute drive from Playa Flamingo, is another fabulous place for rappelling and canyoning in Costa Rica.

You can experience the best of this location on the Wild Canyon Adventure Tour. On this tour, you’ll be able to zipline, rappel down a 50-foot cliff used to train free climbers (and will have the chance to climb back up!), and embark on a whitewater rafting adventure. A lunch buffet with traditional Costa Rican fare is also included as a part of the journey.

Rio Perdido

Rio Perdido is a beautiful river located in Guanacaste that offers one of the best canyoning adventures in Costa Rica — the Rio Perdido Canyoning Adventure. This canyoning and rappelling experience offers a , swing, suspension bridges, up-and-down rappelling, hiking, and other aerial thrills in the Rio Perdido Canyon.

Manuel Antonio National Park

Manuel Antonio is one of the best family-friendly rappelling and canyoning spots in Costa Rica. Most canyoning packages in Manuel Antonio also include ziplining, canopy tours, and other fun activities. While you’re in Manuel Antonio National Park, take some extra time to enjoy the beautiful nature, flora, and fauna, including the fluffy white-sand beaches, stunning hiking trails, and other outdoor activities in the rainforest.

South Pacific Coast

The South Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, near Uvita and Corcovado National Park, has some great spots for rappelling and canyoning. One of the most thrilling rappelling adventures, Diamante Falls, should not be missed on a trip to the South Pacific Coast!


Find the Perfect Place to Stay on Your Adventurous Trip to Costa Rica with Special Places of Costa Rica

There are tons of excellent canyoning and rappelling locations across Costa Rica — from the high-elevation rainforests in the Monteverde Cloud Forest and Arenal Volcano to the raging rivers and waterfalls in Guanacaste and along the Pacific Coast.

Suppose you’re looking for the perfect place to stay during your trip to Costa Rica. In that case, we hope you’ll consider one of our vacation rentals in Playa Flamingo, Playas del Coco, or the surrounding beach town on the Northern Pacific Coast. If you stay with us, we can help you arrange day trips and adventure tours with reputable tour companies that include rappelling and canyoning with round-trip transportation to and from your vacation rental along Costa Rica’s Gold Coast.

Browse our available rentals to find the perfect property for your vacation. We cannot wait to see you in Costa Rica soon!


Choose Your Next Adventure

Costa Rica is the perfect opportunity for thrill-seekers and nature lovers alike to explore the beauty and diversity of this tropical paradise. From white sandy beaches to lush rainforests, Costa Rica is home to a wide range of breathtaking landscapes and activities. Whether you want to zipline through the canopy, surf the waves, or relax in a luxury eco-lodge, there is something for everyone in Costa Rica.

Other Attractions

After you have visited volcanoes and national parks you may want to observe (or cool off in) some of the many beautiful waterfalls while in Costa Rica. Be sure to view our full list of things to do in Costa Rica to ensure you’re experiencing all of the main attractions while on your vacation.


Frequently Asked Questions About
Canyoning & Rappelling in Costa Rica

Yes, canyoning and rappelling with a reputable tour company in Costa Rica is completely safe. It may seem daunting to catapult yourself down a waterfall with only a rope attached, but each experienced, trained, and safety-conscious guide is equipped to operate the ropes and pulleys that will support you, your family members, and friends while rappelling down waterfalls or canyon walls.

If you’re planning to rappel down a waterfall, you’ll want to wear a swimsuit underneath your clothes (and bring water shoes if you’d like to go swimming after!). Remember to wear pants and shorts long enough to provide a barrier between the harness and your legs, and wear a pair of hiking or tennis shoes with thick soles and good traction. Apply sunscreen and bug repellent before heading out too.

If you are rappelling or canyoning with a tour company in Costa Rica, they should provide all the safety equipment you’ll need, including a harness and helmet. Before your rappelling trip, ask the tour company if there is any additional gear or supplies you’ll need to wear or pack.

There is no difference between canyoning and canyoneering — they describe the same thing! Technically, “canyoning” is the more widely accepted term used worldwide, while “canyoneering” is used primarily in the United States
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