Ken Stamps spotted a business idea thousands of miles from his Michigan home, in rainforest-rich Costa Rica, where a popular tourist attraction sends travelers soaring through the treetops on a pulley.
Ziplining through tropical rain forests, rappelling down steep waterfall cliffs and whitewater rafting satisfy the rugged outdoor cravings of Costa Rica's tourists.
A 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck Costa Rica on Monday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
Lots of Americans these days want something more from a vacation than vegging out on a beach, a mojito close at hand. Some 30% of respondents to a Travel-Ticker.com survey put adventure travel on their 2012 wish list, and spending in the category has been growing 17% a year, even as economic woes slowed leisure travel overall.
VANCOUVER -- When a team has beaten another team in all seven meetings by an aggregate score of 34-0, is there anything to be worried about?
"Randal was supposed to be your guide into the rain forest today, but a tree fell on his house," the woman behind the counter tells me. "He's fine," she goes on, seeing my concern, "but his house isn't."
A Costa Rican organization calls for a ban on finning. CNN's Rafael Romo reports.
Whether you want to leap from a helicopter onto the icy slopes below or cycle through the Italian countryside, adventure travel is filled with niche experiences for any personality. But finding one that suits your budget, fitness level, expectations and safety needs can feel overwhelming.
CNN's Alison Kosik offers tips to make an adventure out of your next vacation.
From rappelling down waterfalls to zip-lining between mountains, Costa Rica has something for everyone who is adventurous at heart. Beyond the canopied forests, majestic waterfalls and impressive volcanoes, it remains a place full of wonder and magic.
The rainy season is a good time to go to Costa Rica. It's a lot cheaper and there are far fewer tourists. My visit was from July 22 to 31. Even if there is a lot of rain, chances are that it will come down during your afternoon nap and clear up just in time for cocktail hour at 5:30 p.m.
Three quick thoughts following the U.S.' 1-0 loss to Costa Rica on Friday night ...
U.S. player ratings vs. Costa Rica (scale of 1-10):
The U.S. takes on CONCACAF rival Costa Rica at the Home Depot Center in Jurgen Klinsmann's second game at the helm. Join Avi Creditor and SI staff for live play-by-play analysis of the game starting on Friday at 10:30 p.m. ET.
The supermodel mama and her 20-month-old son splash around while vacationing
Nadine Hays Pisani was desperately seeking a permanent vacation.
A look at the teams in Group A and their projected order of finish:
Five storylines to follow as the CONCACAF Gold Cup kicks off Sunday:
The security guard suspected of killing a 16-year-old American student in Costa Rica has been charged with simple homicide, authorities said Friday.
A 16-year-old on a high school trip was accidentally killed by a security guard who mistook the teen for a thief
Costa Rica and Nicaragua both must refrain from sending or maintaining civilians, security forces or police in a disputed border area, the International Court of Justice ordered Tuesday, offering each side something it could claim as a victory.
Womack has a tough week with "very intense emotions" and "extremely difficult" goodbyes
Costa Rica will take its border dispute with Nicaragua to international court Tuesday.
Sloths are fantastically weird animals, the junkies of the jungle who seem to spend their lives either nodding off or scratching and occasionally eating a bean or two before drifting back to what looks like a blissful sleep.
Power lines and roads crisscross Costa Rica's jungles, posing a threat to the sloth population, as VBS.TV shows us.
Costa Rica has taken its border dispute with Nicaragua to international court, repeating claims that its territory has been invaded.
The permanent council of the Organization of American States has approved a resolution asking troops to withdraw from the disputed border area between Costa Rica and Nicaragua.
Costa Rica will take its border dispute with Nicaragua to the United Nations and the International Court of Justice, if a resolution is not found, Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla said.
The secretary-general of the Organization of American States announced Monday that the two sides in a Central American border dispute had agreed to talks, but the responses from Costa Rica and Nicaragua showed that they remained far from resolution.
Officials in Costa Rica worked Friday to mop up the damage after heavy rain and mud slides buried homes and killed at least 23 people in the Central American country, authorities said.
The accuracy of Google Maps has been pulled into a debate about the border between two Central American countries.
The Organization of American States will send its secretary-general to Costa Rica and Nicaragua to mediate a border dispute between the two countries, the body announced Thursday.
Looking to get away this holiday season? Who better to find the deals than agents catering to notoriously cash-strapped students?
At least 16 people died and more than 15 others were missing Thursday after heavy overnight rains caused severe mudslides in parts of Costa Rica, the nation's Red Cross said.
Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla is urging citizens to exercise restraint as her government seeks a diplomatic course to resolve a boundary dispute with neighboring Nicaragua.
Costa Rica on Wednesday made its case in front of the permanent council of the Organization of American States that Nicaraguan troops had made an incursion onto their territory.
American graduate student David Gimelfarb vanished a year ago while hiking in Costa Rica. He is one of three men who disappeared in Costa Rica in 2009.
Doug Miller's honeymoon flight to Costa Rica is canceled by US Airways, and he's left with only one option: a full refund. The airline later agrees to reschedule him on a flight the following day, but it won't cover his hotel bill. Is it allowed to do that? And is there anything he can do to make US Airways sweeten the offer?
A strong 6.1 magnitude earthquake rattled Costa Rica Monday night, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
Want to hear the latest stupid-passenger joke? Just hang out near the galley on your next flight, and you might catch the attendants poking fun at our gullibility -- and geographic illiteracy.
Costa Rica elected its first female president, as the ruling National Liberation Party claimed a historic victory.
Costa Rica's first female candidate held a two-to-one lead in the country's presidential election, as the second-place candidate, Otton Solis of the Citizen's Action Party, conceded defeat.
In the same way organisms select for characteristics that favor the survival and well-being of its species over successive generations, so too do cultures. With organisms, we call this process evolution and it represents a sort of accumulated wisdom. There is no word for this process in cultures, but there is one for the result. And that word is tradition.
At a press conference prior to the Hexagonal finale against Costa Rica in Washington, U.S. Soccer press officer Michael Kammarman pointed out that in 2009, the U.S. would play its 21st competitive match, the most ever in a calendar year.
CNN's Richard Roth reports on the rise in soccer in the United States and fans are looking forward to the World Cup 2010.
Forget Disneyland! Costa Rica is the happiest place in the world, according to an independent research group in Britain with the goal of building a new economy, "centered on people and the environment."
The Mexican navy smelled something fishy and their intuition paid off. They found nearly a ton of cocaine hidden inside a shipment of frozen sharks.
CHICAGO -- A U.S. team, meticulously prepared and riding a wave of confidence, marched into hostile territory and proceeded to get ambushed. The whistle had barely blown before the Americans' game plan fell to pieces and they gave up an early, back-breaking goal.
With its exotic wildlife, sun-soaked coasts and dramatic mountains, this Central American playground offers trips for all types of explorers.
In 2001, Costa Rica pulled off the unthinkable. Los Ticos went into Mexico City's Estadio Azteca and walked away with a 2-1 World Cup qualifying victory. The so-called Aztecazo was one of the most important victories in Costa Rican history and still stands alone in CONCACAF as a monumental achievement.
The president of Costa Rica announced Wednesday that he is re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba more than 47 years after one of his predecessors severed them.
When I travel in Europe, I'm working. So when I take a vacation, I like to go elsewhere. I asked my friend Kurt Kutay, who runs Wildland Adventures, to set up the best possible eight-day Costa Rican vacation for a variety of experiences. This was a rare chance for our entire family to be together for the holidays.
If you consider new experiences and foreign cultures an investment, Costa Rica might be a better option than the stock market right now.
The number of people killed from an earthquake in Costa Rica rose to 34 on Saturday, a government official said.
The official count of confirmed deaths grew to 15 Friday afternoon, one day after a 6.1-magnitude earthquake shook north central Costa Rica, a government emergency official said.
Two girls died in a landslide Thursday triggered by a 6.1-magnitude earthquake that struck near Costa Rica's capital of San Jose, the National Emergency Commission of Costa Rica said.
There's just one thing 12-year-old Emily Wolfram can't live without on vacation. And it's not her cell phone or Internet access.
"Voluntourism is not about martyrdom," says Christopher Hill, CEO of Hands Up Holidays, a London-based company that arranges high-end excursions that incorporate volunteering. "It's about making a difference, even if you're staying at a luxury hotel."
The beach is pitch black, except for the light from the stars dancing across the sky. The ocean waves pound. And right in front of us, a huge (more than 300 pounds and three feet long) green sea turtle methodically drops her eggs into a nest she's dug deep in the black sand -- more than 100 eggs in just a few minutes.
Soccer turns out to be the only language the kids need.
The newlyweds "love the landscape" in the country, a source tells PEOPLE
The security minister in Costa Rica stepped down Sunday after alluding to possible links between a Colombian rebel group and Costa Rican politicians.
Europe has the UEFA Champions League, South America has the Copa Libertadores. Almost by default, North America also has to hold an international club tournament that pits champion against champion.
Mexico's win against Costa Rica on Sunday wasn't pretty. The beautiful game was hardly on display in Houston's Reliant Stadium, as El Tri struggled with an undermanned Costa Rican side as fouls, dives and cards dominated.
U.S. employers are set to enter the new year with a steady - if more cautious - hiring pace, according to a survey released Tuesday.
Costa Rica is a magnet for international tourists and the Central American state's astonishing geographical and biological diversity -- packed into an area just slightly bigger than Switzerland -- means many are attracted by the great outdoors.
This year, David and Laurie Bergthold, of Oceanside, California, are celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary -- surprising to some, considering the couple got engaged after knowing each other only four months, and were married four months after that.
Former MTV talk-show host Tom Green said an accident near his house in Costa Rica has made him more respectful of the ocean.
At least 565 individuals have been arrested on allegations they operated phony sweepstakes and lottery contests and a variety of other mass marketing fraud schemes in the United States and four other countries, Justice Department officials announced Tuesday.
Coffee-heart attack link clarified
With its beaches, golf courses, cuba libres, and rock-solid social-security system, it's no wonder that Costa Rica is luring American executives who want an alternative to Indian outsourcing. After...
Sea turtles are a migratory species found in a variety of coastal areas around the world, including southeastern U.S. beaches from North Carolina to Florida, Hawaii, the Caribbean, Mexico and Costa Rica.
A desperate message for help stuffed into a bottle helped save 88 South American refugees stranded at sea near Costa Rica, officials said Tuesday.
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