Peninsula Papagayo promises fresh thrills this November with the launch of Papagayo Explorers new adventure outpost within the 250-acre Palmares forest. The natural playground will offer an array of heart-pounding pursuits including ziplining, tree climbing, aerial trekking and miles of hiking and mountain biking trails designed for all ages and fitness levels.
“Palmares is the jewel of the peninsula,” says Miguel Sanchez, manager of Papagayo Explorers. “It’s part of an extraordinary biological corridor that stretches up to Santa Rosa National Park and beyond.” Hemmed in by the Pacific coastline to the west and rocky ridges to the north and south, the lush valley is encompasses an estuary and multiple microclimates including a biodiverse tropical dry forest and mangroves teeming with wildlife. Acting as a seasonal sanctuary for exotic birds, butterflies, reptiles and mammals, Palmares thrives with yellow-naped parrots, trogons, monkeys, coatis and iguanas. The area is also a gateway to the neighboring Guanacaste Conservation Area, a 360,000-acre UNESCO-protected expanse of land and sea in northwest Costa Rica that’s home to four tropical ecosystems supporting some 7,000 plant species and more than 900 vertebrate species.