One-of-a-Kind Adventures Await at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica

Discover Peninsula Papagayo’s 1,400-acre (570 hectare) ecological wonderland and surrounding coastline – all in the Resort’s backyard and guided by in-house adventure providers Papagayo Explorers

November 7, 2022,
Costa Rica

Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo along with Papagayo Explorers launches a new adventure outpost offering an array of heart-pounding pursuits including ziplining, tree climbing, aerial trekking and miles of hiking and mountain biking trails all within Peninsula Papagayo and minutes away from the Resort.  

“It’s an exhilarating feeling to fly through the trees more than 30 feet – 9 metres - off the ground,” explains Victor Gallo, a world-class designer and adventure park pioneer, who was tapped to create the aerial experience among a forest of old growth guanacaste, ceiba, sura, cenízaro, and ficus trees. “We work with professional arborists to ensure minimal impact to the ecosystem. Our goal is not to move or harm a single tree.”

Guests can choose their own adventure with the aerial trekking course. It's the ultimate challenge with 21 obstacles arranged in circuits of increasing difficulty. The nearly three-hour circuit commences with a pulse-quickening zipline through the tree canopy on seven different cables ranging from 50 yards to 150 yards (45-149 metres) and two 100-foot (30 metre) hanging bridges.

Arriving at the recreation area’s modern bamboo basecamp, guests are greeted by a specialized team of guides and naturalists. The zipline segment culminates with the opportunity to climb a massive ficus tree using vertical tree roots and branches for hand and footholds along with the security of a harness and auto belay system.  Obstacles such as the log bridge, snake, giant steps, Heebie Jeebie, and wave are great for family bonding and team building. Adrenaline junkies can leap from the course’s 40-foot (12 metre) tree jump for a quick freefall rush before landing softly on the ground thanks to an auto descent system.

Adventurers who prefer to keep their feet on solid ground can explore 12 miles (19 kilometres) of wilderness trails in the company of a naturalist guide. Day walks are ideal for close encounters with hummingbirds, turquoise-browed motmots and long-tailed manakins, while nocturnal creatures such as fishing bats, boas and silver foxes are spotted on night time expeditions.

“Our team is so knowledgeable about endemic flora and fauna,” Miguel Sanchez, manager of Papagayo Explorers, explains. “It really adds to the richness of the experience.”

Purpose-built mountain biking trails extending all the way to Palmares Beach are designed for riders of all levels. Premium full-suspension mountain bikes, including electric-assist mountain bikes, make for pleasant pedalling through the area’s scenic forests, estuaries and mangroves.

“Palmares is right in the Peninsula’s backyard,” says Sanchez, “but it feels a world away from civilization.”