Wacky races to tempt Costa Rica tourists

25th Jul 2013

Costa Rica is preparing to tempt holidaymakers on specialist tours with a spirit of adventure by hosting this year's Racing World Championships.

Visitors will be treated to 140 hours of non-stop challenges, including trekking, kayaking, abseiling and even inner tubing.

Eighty teams from around the globe will compete between November 29 and December 12.

The course will span from coast to coast, Pacific to Atlantic, and from border to border, Nicaragua to Panama.

The race's terrain, climate and strategy is expected to test participants to the limit.

Holidaymakers on city breaks to the Costa Rican capital of San José can watch both the opening ceremony on November 29 and the closing one on December 12.

The former will feature a welcome by sponsors, dinner, teams presentation, and an official photo with the race's jersey.

The latter will include a party, prize ceremony, dinner, and live music.

Costa Rica boasts four main cards in drawing European tourists: Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve's stunning mountain rainforest habitat; Tortuguero National Park's winding rivers and lovely lagoons; Puerto Viejo's world-class surfing, snorkelling, diving and reefs; and Cahuita National Park's coral reef and sumptuous beaches.

The race continues a recent emphasis on its adventure tourism credentials by the republic, which now boasts the motto underscoring its natural attractions: "Costa Rica: No Artificial Ingredients".


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