It’s that time of the year again. D and I just celebrated our 11th anniversary on 11/11. We were definitely looking for a fun way to honor this day. We have done ATV riding in the Pocono Mountains in PA several times and we even enjoyed a few occasions of ATV riding in the desert of Qatar so we had to try it in Costa Rica too. I booked us a 3 hour ATV Jungle Waterfall Adventure through Viator and Adventure Tours Costa Rica.
Jaco is about a 2 hour highway drive from San Josè so it was relatively close and easy to get to. This is where our adventure began. The excursion was $95.00 each but let me tell you, it was well worth it. When we arrived, we found out our tour would be private. Alex was our guide. He’s Tico and speaks pretty good English. After watching a safety video and putting on our helmet we rode out.
We headed toward the mountains behind Jaco, through dirt paths and started our ascent. On the way we passed the small waterfall, Cascada del Zorro.
We continued through the rainforest and along the mountain top until we arrived at Pura Vida waterfall. It was quite steep to get to this waterfall and with about 10 minutes left ’til arrival, I gave up. The path was covered with slippery rocks and that downward drive was too much for me. I parked my 4 wheeler and hopped on the back of Alex’s for the remainder of the ride down. Darryl was a trooper, determined to drive his ATV the whole way.
We spent some time at this waterfall. The water was cold and brown but still nice to wade in. Some people were jumping off of rocks and swinging from ropes into the water.
After our visit to the waterfall, I climbed back onto my ATV for the remainder of the ride. We stopped at a Vista Point and grabbed a beer. From this Mirador, on a clear day, you can see Manuel Antonio Park, the Nicoya Pennisula and Puntarenas. Our view was completely blocked by clouds and fog which later gave way to Costa Rica rains which just added to the adventure.
Our descent down included driving through rain, mud, and streets of Jaco, over bridges, slipping and sliding. We traveled at high speeds through streets and up and down mountains. We felt the cool wind, cold rain and dirty mud on our skin. We saw tall trees and beautiful flowers as we whizzed through the jungles. On several occasions my helmet visor was so covered in mud and rain that I could barely see and we had to stop multiple times to wipe it clean. By the time we arrived back at the meeting point, we were completely dirty. It was one of the most exhilarating adventures, we have ever had and one we would not soon forget. Of all the places we have done ATV riding, this was the most fun.
Update with advice: If you decide to do this ATV tour, wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to get really dirty. I suggest long pants and sleeves. I also suggest hiking boots or shoes, a poncho, wipes, waterproof bag, towel, bottled water, wear your bathing suit under your clothes and water shoes. Be prepared to have fun and bring along some tip money for your guide